Chattanooga FC defeated Georgia Revolution 2-1 in McDonough, GA on Saturday night. Chattanooga FC featured a new look to their line up, with Mason Walsh getting a start in the center midfield and Nathaniel Bedai starting at left back.
The Revolution were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes of the game when a CFC defender made an errant back pass to CFC goalkeeper Phil D’amico. The penalty was off target, and play remained scoreless until the 20th minute, when a Revs striker won the ball deep in the left flank, played a smart ball across the area, followed by a one touch finish from another Revs striker for a goal. CFC equalized 10 minutes later when Mason Walsh controlled a clearance from outside the corner of the area, and with his second touch used the inside of his boot to curl in a shot to the top left corner of the goal. At halftime, it was tied 1-1.
In the 60th minute, Everson Lima, CFC’s center back from Brazil, scored on a header from nearly 35 yards out. The goal happened when an air-borne clearance was sent back to CFC’s defensive line and Lima headed the ball back into the Georgia Revolution penalty area. The Georgia Revolution keeper misjudged the flight of the ball from Lima’s header, and the ball bounced over the Revs keeper as he pedaled backwards and then dove in a last ditch effort to stop the ball as it floated over his outstretched arm into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The win brings CFC into second place of the conference behind Greenville FC. CFC has five remaining league matches in NPSL regular season conference play. Photo credit Intern Dane