CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – We’re back at Finley Stadium for tonight’s game between the Silverbacks Reserves and Chattanooga F.C. A spot in the U.S. Open Cup is on the line. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., so come join us, we’ll have lineups shortly!
A few quick notes before we get the lineups: Juan Roblez got the start for Chattanooga in goal last night. In his first game of the season he collided with defender Andrew Stewart in the second half. Roblez left injured and did not return and will be unavailable for tonight’s match.
Since joining the NPSL, Chattanooga F.C. has lost only once to another NPSL team. That loss came in the team’s opening season of 2009 when they fell 3-1 at Finley Stadium to Atlanta F.C., now known as the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves.
Atlanta will be looking to qualify for their second U.S. Open Cup. Its first berth came in 2009 where they entered in the first round and lost to the Charleston Battery 2-0.
LINEUPS: Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves: GK Eric Ati, D Ramiro Canovas, D Kevin Rodriguez, D Chris Klute, D Daniel Taylor, M Kingsley Morgan, M Deni Lulic, M Juan Carlos Nandi, M Alejandro Duque, M Nick Burton, F Tornubari Nyonebue
Chattanooga FC: GK Thomas Hunter, D James Moore, D Alex Rodriguez, D Andrew Stewart, D Nick Chase, D Nick Odeny, M Mark Beattie, M Jose Roblez, M Ivan Heredia, F Mark Sherrod, F Chris Ochieng
12th minute: Corner kick for Chattanooga F.C., cleared out by Atlanta. Silverbacks Reserves with the better chances so far, including a shot by Duque from distance that Hunter saved.
13th minute: Ochieng beats three along the end line, cuts back to Sherrod whose shot goes just wide. Great chance for Chattanooga there.
20th minute: OFF THE CROSSBAR! Nyonebue steals the ball, dribble into the Chattanooga box and unleashes a right-footed shot. The ball deflects off a Chattanooga defender leaving Hunter stranded but the ball hits the crossbar and bounces out.
22nd minute: Sherrod shoots over for Chattanooga.
24h minute: First corner kick for Atlanta after some great work from Nyonebue. Duque sends the corner in, Canovas nearly gets a head on it. Ball bounces out, Nandi and Kevin Rodriguez each put crosses back in to no danger.
32nd minute: Good possession for Atlanta who strung a number of passes together. Leads to a shot from Nandi from outside the box that goes over Hunter’s goal. Still 0-0.
33rd minute: Nick Burton in on the left side, Thomas Hunter with the HUGE SAVE.
34th minute: Corner kick by Nandi, headed back to him and his left-footed shot saved at the near post.
32nd minute: Shot from Nyonebue from 30 yards out straight out, diving save from Hunter who holds.
37th minute: Sherrod shot on from just outside the box, saved by Ati.
38th minute: Corner kick Atlanta, Nandi sends it over everyone for a Chattanooga throw.
40th minute: Free kick Chattanooga. Heredia sends it in, ball bounces around a little and falls to James Moore, who whips a shot in and Eric Ati tips it over. Critical save at this point.
HALFTIME: Chattanooga F.C. 0-0 Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves. Such an intense game. No offense to Georgia Revolution, but THIS is the best rivalry in the NPSL Southeast Division. Both teams know what’s on the line.
Second half underway. 45 minutes to decide who advances to the U.S. Open Cup. If the game is tied after regulation there will be two 15-minute extra-time periods followed by a penalty kick shootout if necessary.
46th minute: Left-footed shot by Nandi saved comfortably by Hunter.
50th minute: Yellow card to Atlanta’s Kevin Rodriguez
53rd minute: Atlanta Head Coach Ricardo Montoya giving instructions to Juan Arbelaez. Comes on in 56th minute for Deni Lulic. We’re still 0-0.
64th minute: Arturo Cruz comes on for Nick Burton. Not many clear chances for either team, but this change should give Atlanta a few more options up front.
65th minute: Chattanooga corner kick, headed out by Canovas
70th minute: Arbelaez rifles a shot into outside netting. Chattanooga had seven defenders in the box just now.
71st minute: Luke Winter on for Ivan Heredia for Chattanooga.
75th minute: Shot JUST OVER from Duque. Silverbacks Reserves coming closer, building up much better than Chattanooga.
77th minute: Corner kick for Atlanta. Kingsley Morgan gets a head to it but with no real power. Shot goes harmlessly wide.
81st minute: A couple of changes for Chattanooga in the midfield have helped them string some passes together. Good tackling by the Atlanta backline have kept them from getting any shots on Ati’s goal. We continue 0-0.
85th minute: Awaiting a free kick for Atlanta from just outside the box. Controversial foul call as Duque was taken down. Dangerously close to a penalty kick. Canovas off after clashing heads with a Chattanooga defender, has not been subbed off but went back to the locker room area to receive treatment.
87th minute: FANTASTIC SAVE by Thomas Hunter off Alejandro Duque’s free kick. Canovas is back on the field with a massive bandage wrapped on his head.
88th minute: Corner kick for Chattanooga goes all the way through the box. Dangerous but Atlanta survives. Hunter’s save has woken the crowd up. Atlanta needs to at least hang on to take this to extra time.
2nd half stoppage time: 5 minutes. Corner kick for Chattanooga, taken by Drummond, volleyed on goal by Winter and saved easily by Ati. DANGEROUS FREE KICK outside the box for Chattanooga. Canovas was struggling with Drummond on a ball over the top, Drummond goes down, Canovas gets the card. We’re nearing the end of stoppage time. Free kick by Winter goes OVER THE BAR. WE’RE HEADED TO EXTRA TIME!!!
Ricardo Montoya was ejected after the 2nd half ended. He’s now in the press box with us. Extra time about to start.
2nd minute: Duque shot over, it was deflected by a Chattanooga defender. Nothing from the corner kick, a free kick from the right flank for Atlanta now.
4th minute: Duque free kick, swung into the box. Hunter gets his hands on it but it’s headed out of his hands for a goal kick.
6th minute: Left-footed shot from Nandi goes wide of goal. Yellow card to Winter of Chattanooga.
11th minute: Yellow cards to both Calderwood of Chattanooga and Juan Carlos Nandi. Tempers flaring, the game is REALLY heated at the moment. Duque shot from outside the box goes wide.
END OF 1ST EXTRA TIME PERIOD: Chattanooga with a good chance off a corner kick that was either saved by Ati or another Atlanta defender. Just before the break, Canovas came off for Fabian Irigoyen. Silverbacks Reserves will miss his experience in the back. Teams have switched sides with another 15 minutes to play.
5th minute: Winter over a free kick for Chattanooga, plays it into the box and headed away by Atlanta. Silverbacks Reserves look gassed. Andrew Green coming in for Nyonebue to play up top.
7th minute: Shot by Nandi goes wide. Free kick for Chattanooga from the right flank coming up. Nandi down to give the players a little rest.
10th minute: Off the free kick, shot from Russell Courtney for Chattanooga goes just over the bar.
11th minute: GOAL CHATTANOOGA. Free kick lofted in the box, ball falls right to the feet of Ochieng who has enough time to take a touch and put it past Ati. Unfortunate for Atlanta, but that’s the way the ball bounces.
13th minute: Free kick from Duque goes just wide of Hunter’s right post.
FINAL: 1-0 CHATTANOOGA. Chattanooga FC is headed to the U.S. Open Cup after a thrilling game.