By Philadelphia Lone Star FC
Anthony Allison scored a hat trick and had an assist for Emmanuel Kollie’s goal as Philadelphia
Lone Star FC defeated New Jersey Copa FC 4-3 on Saturday evening at the South Philadelphia
Anthony Allison opened the scoring in the third minute of the match after controlling Yaya
Fane‘s pass on his chest before hitting the ball at the back of the net.
Fifteen minutes later, Copa equalized when a through pass caught both Koaussi N’Guessan and
Elliott Johnson off-guard for Brian Pereira to score.
In the 20th minute, the Stars went ahead 2-1 with Kollie lashing onto Allison‘s miskick to steer
the ball into goal and the Stars extended their lead to 3-1 in the 27th minute with Allison again
adding to his goals tally off a pass from Fane.
However, that two-goal lead was short-lived as Copa pulled one back a minute later
through Rafael Terci to keep the score at 3-2 at halftime.
After the break, Copa exerted more pressure and it paid off in the 63rd minute when Abdullah
Donzo was adjudged to have fouled Copa’s Diogo Ferreira in the box. Pereira stepped up and
sent goalkeeper Vincent Tasca the wrong way to put his side level at 3-3.
Five minutes later, in the 68th minute, Allison completed his hat trick with a beautiful goal to put
the Stars ahead 4-3. After receiving a long pass from Abdullah Donzo, Allison held off two
defenders before lashing a powerful 23-yard shot in the upper-90 over the goalkeeper. This was
Allison’s second hat-trick in the NPSL this season and that goal took his tally to 10 goals in just
In the 80th minute, goalkeeper Vincent Tasca was shown a yellow card and two minutes later
was issued a red card. Coach Fatoma Turay had to make a quick change, bringing in Prince
Monyan for Kollie. Monyan was involved right away, making a couple of one-on-one saves to
deny Copa an equalizer.
The Stars again found themselves another man down to nine men when Kouassi N’Guessan was
issued a second yellow card of the night in the 90th minute but the nine-men Stars were able to
hold onto the 4-3 win to the delight of their fans.
With the win, the Stars moved up to first on the Keystone Conference table with a 4-1-1 record.
Next up is an away game at Hershey FC at the Hershey High School on Wednesday, June 12th at
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