Sun May 10
Written By: Staff, League1
ANB Futbol came back late in the match for the second week in a row, again courtesy of 15-year-old forward Adonijah Reid, drawing 2-2 with Pro Stars F.C in a very entertaining and open match.
ANB striker Jason Mills opened scoring in the fourth minute, before a seventh minute PFC penalty from Mujtabe Ameen cancelled out the lead. PFC's David Alva put the visitors ahead in the seventy-seventh minute, before Reid provided the dramatic nintieth minute equalizer.
"[We are] still trying to combine new players with the core from last year," said ANB general manager Marcelo Almeida. "[And] still trying to find chemistry among players and fit into the ANB Futbol style of play. Too many long balls were played and few build-ups; when the build-ups did take place they resulted in good opportunities on goal."
ANB came out the gates flying in their second home match in as many weeks, but Pro Stars kept their hosts at bay with some timely interventions.
"A somewhat soft penalty call against ANB immediately after scoring the first goal killed some momentum that ANB was building," continued Almeida. "Both goals against ANB were from dead-ball situations rather than creative sequences from opposition."
"We are happy and disappointed with the result as we were leading two to one until the 89', when the ANB pressure resulted in a goal," said Pro Stars FC head coach Josef Komlodi. "We had up's and downs during the game. As a new team in the league we are learning and constantly improving. "The performance today should give us extra energy to train and play smarter."
For his skill and tirelessness in pressing the ANB defenders, Almeida singled out Mujtabe Ameen as PFC's standout player, while ANB centre-back Shiquan Lowe was elected ANBs MVP for his timely tackles, as well as putting in the effort to go forward and help find the equalizer in the late stages of the match.