By Atlantic City FC Media
Atlantic City FC faced off against Hershey FC on Saturday, May 22nd. The Aces set the tempo early on in the match, opening their account just 10 minutes into the match with a goal from Loic Jean-Baptiste. The away side responded with a high pressing line, managing to create some chances. The flurry of counter-attacks proved to be too much: a corner set piece goal came in the 21st from Bissafi Diote, and a long ball pass to Stefen Melekos beat Hershey’s offside trap in the 32nd minute.
Midway through the half there was a collision between the home side’s keeper and teammate. Early substitutions were made; other players suffering from the hot and muggy conditions of the night. Atlantic City finished the half 3-0 up despite the tactical changes made.
The home side continued their fantastic display in the second half. Jeremy Opong netted the fourth in the 50th minute, yet again getting behind Hershey’s defense on a counter. He came close again five minutes later on a loose ball played in the back. A moment of brilliance came from Alex Pontoni in the 79th: a curling ball slotted into the upper 90 to make it 5-0.
Hershey FC scored just minutes after but was ruled offside. Then the away side conceded a penalty after tripping David Lianes just inside the 18-yard box. Lianes converted the penalty to make it 6-0. Atlantic Cityfinished with a total of six goals and a clean sheet.
Overall it was an outstanding performance from Atlantic City FC. Loic Jean-Baptiste was named Man of the Match, with his opening goal and involvement in the full 90 minutes of the match.
“Absolute team performance from all 18 guys ready to step in,” said Atlantic City FC head coach Steffen Seibert.
Atlantic City are now 2-0-1 and top of the Keystone Conference, while Hershey are in 8th on goals conceded.
Hershey FC travels to Delaware to face First State FC next week on Saturday, May 29th. Atlantic City, meanwhile, hosts West Chester United SC the following day, Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 pm.
Photo Credit: Danielle Acton