A 17th minute Alberth Elis goal was all that was needed to seal victory for Olimpia over home team Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United when CONCACAF Champion’s League (CCL) Group 5 action kicked off at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence last evening.
Olimpia, in sealing victory maintained their record of not scoring more than one goal in their last 8 CCL games but it brought the desired results as they opened on a winning note, sealing their 27th CCL win with their 37th goal.
The experience of the ‘Lions’ saw them through against the inexperienced Alpha. It was not all smooth sailing however for Olimpia as Alpha took the fight to them in the opening minutes. The home team urged on by their supporters forced the first corner in the 6th minute.
It was good pressure by Alpha who had to show that they were worthy opponents. Olimpia absorbed the pressure when it came their way and responded in like manner.
The home team created more opportunities than the visitors but it was the ‘Lions’ that roared as they pounced on their lone chance to take the lead, silencing the home crowd.
Forward Kithson Bain could have very well put his team ahead even before Olimpia scored but his header went wide of the left upright. It was soon after that effort by Bain that the visitors took the ascendancy.
Poor coordinating in their defensive third by the home team allowed Alberth to take on the status of hero, sending his team into the lead. Despite this being only their third CCL game, Alpha continued to look confident, piecing together passes which resulted in them moving deep into the attacking third but they were not able to finish.
Bain had a good chance in the 21st minute which went wide of the near post working in tandem with Gregory Richardson who tried his utmost to score but didn’t make the cut. Daniel Wilson also messed up at the front and seemed to be too timid.
The second half saw Alpha trying hard for the equalizing goal but that did not come their way, Olpimpia locking up shop as they defended their slim advantage admirably. They are now at the top of the table and it would be an uphill task now for Alpha when they welcome Portland Timbers of the USA on Tuesday August 19 at the same venue knowing that they have to get a good result to keep their hopes of advancing alive.
The leading Guyana club side will also have to play return games against both teams. Both teams utilized their three subs but the score remained the same.
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