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Taça de Fall River first leg Final: Fall River FC 3, Fall River Marksmen 0 — Three different scorers lift FRFC to Taça lead

WHO: Fall River Marksmen at Fall River FC
WHERE: Bliss Field, Rehoboth, Mass.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Twitter stream provided by Fall River FC
WHAT’S UP: It’s the first leg of this home-and-away tie between Fall River’s two great sides! Last year, FRFC won the Taça on a 4-3 aggregate scoreline. This year’s first leg takes place at Bliss Field on Route 118 in Rehoboth.

We’re underway. Updates are periodic.

3′ First serious foray is by FC.

5′ One card has been issued to Marksmen’s Darcy Guimaraes.

8′ Free kick for the Marksmen… offside.

9′ Nice attempt by the Marksmen on a deep cross, a header that goes wide of the far post.

12′ Both teams getting solid opportunities.

15′ GOAL FALL RIVER FC. 1-nil as Yorik Sajbin plays a nice through ball to Junior Monteiro, he slots home to put the holders ahead.

19′ Nice save by the FRFC goalkeeper there. As far as we know.

20′ Stopping play for a head injury.

22′ Austin runs off his line and keeps the Marksmen off the board.

25′ Fall River FC player Taylor was just cautioned.

30′ Both sides are about even in possession, but Fall River FC ahead where it counts.

31′ Free kick for the Marksmen…. sends it high and wide, into the woods.

33′ Fall River FC almost gets a second off a turnover, but the Marksmen clear it inside the 6.

35′ FRFC’s Sousa is cautioned.

40′ Corner to the Marksmen.

45′ Almost a second goal for FRFC, Lucho with the near goal just before the halftime whistle.


Second half underway after a 10-minute or so break

46′ Austin with an early save… back the other way, Vidal for FRFC with a good run, but he can’t get the finish down.

50′ Two Marksmen players come in from behind to try and slow FRFC.

51′ Really good try by the Marksmen, but they just get under the ball and send it flying.

54′ Great try by FRFC to release the attacker, but the Marksmen goalkeeper gets low to make the stop.

57′ Free kick to the Marksmen blazes over.

60′ GOAL FALL RIVER FC. Johnny chips the Marksmen and puts it in to put the hosts ahead, 2-nil.

66′ Free kick Marksmen, just curled wide of the near post. Comes after a questionable offside call on FRFC.

75′ Good ball movement by Fall River FC there, switching the point, but the cross gets away.

80′ FRFC with a press late in the game to cause a turnover.

82′ GOAL FALL RIVER FC, and it’s Klisman Sousa on the free kick, that’s a golazo, and it’s 3-nil to the hosts.


Your match notes:

Last year’s first leg was a 1-0 Fall River FC win at Durfee High, with the second leg a more spirited 3-3 affair.

Stephen Morrison will be in charge of his first Marksmen match. He took over from Alex Coutu just after the pandemic shut everything down, including the Bay State Soccer League season. Both sides are members of the BSSL’s Division 3 South.

Five players to watch for the Marksmen include:

Yaw Addow, who scored a hat trick against Fall River FC in the second leg last year. He also scored a hatty against Rhode Island FC in a closed door match last month, and created a goal against Taunton Eagles in mid-August.

Malaquais Garcia, who scored a goal in the preseason against Boston Siege.

Rony Morales, a UMass-Dartmouth junior and Seekonk native who will man the central midfield for the Marksmen. He’s 5-foot-7, has an engine. Played nearly 1,400 minutes as a sophomore for the Corsairs.

Dylan Pannagio, who may see important minutes.

Darcy Guimaraes, a versatile player who will likely be in the attack with Addow. Can play up top and on the wing. Showed promise against Taunton, and scored the Marksmen’s lone goal.

Players to watch for Fall River FC include:

Ibrahim Na-Aata, defense, a Fall River native and former Nor’easter Academy product.

Rubin Faria, Fall River native, former Nor’easter Academy product. Currently is a midfielder for Division II Assumption College in Worcester, has scored three goals and three assists in his two years.

Yorik Sajbin, Fall River native, former Nor’easter Academy product. At 5-foot-10, a big presence in the FRFC midfield. Plays at UMass-Dartmouth, where he scored seven goals and had three assists in 2019.

Kyle Duarte, formerly with Rhode Island Reds in NPSL, formerly with UMass-Dartmouth.

Junior Monteiro, former UMass-Dartmouth player.

Matt Vidal, former UMass-Dartmouth player.

Klisman Sousa, New Bedford native, former Providence College player, played last season with Hartford Athletic, as well as with FC Tucson in League One. Three-time Big Three MVP with New Bedford High.

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