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Taça de Fall River Match Report: Fall River FC 3, Fall River Marksmen 0 — Advantage FRFC headed into the second leg

Everything you need to know about the Taça de Fall River’s first leg, won by Fall River FC, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in quickie form:


Fall River FC takes first leg in the Taça: Three different goal scorers found the back of the net for host Fall River FC, as the reigning holders moved 90 minutes closer to reclaiming the coveted trophy by taking a 3-nil victory in the first leg of the second Taça de Fall River at Rehoboth’s Bliss Field Saturday afternoon. Junior Monteiro, Jony Olivera, and New Bedford native Klisman Sousa all scored goals for The Boys In Black, who will look to hold on to that lead when the two sides will meet next month to decide who will be the champions of the Spindle City. As it is an aggregate scoreline, the two scores are added together.

Monteiro gives the hosts the lead: Both teams had their chances in the first quarter of an hour, and as usual per the Taça, it was a spirited affair. It was Fall River FC, though, that took the lead at the 15-minute mark as Yorik Sajbin played Junior Monteiro through, and he slotted home in order to put the hosts ahead by a goal to nil. FRFC had two additional chances, one in the 33rd minute off a turnover that saw the Marksmen defending rise to the occasion to clear the ball from inside the 6-yard box, and just before the half, FRFC left back Lucho nearly scored. The Marksmen were close a couple of times, but really did not get anything on frame.

Olivera makes it 2-nil at the hour, Sousa wraps it up: Following some back and forth play to open the second half, it was Fall River FC taking full control of the Taça as Jony Olivera, a new addition to the FC squad, chipped home at the hour mark. Sajbin found himself credit with the assist on the second goal, too. Eight minutes from full time, Klisman Sousa, the former three-time Big Three MVP at New Bedford High who played for Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship last season, scored a massive golazo of a free kick just outside the penalty area, putting the Marksmen under the cosh for the return leg next month.


There is only so much I can garner from a field level stream — and thank you to Fall River FC for providing it — but I can safely feel the energy between these two sides. These players know each other, mainly through playing at the interscholastic level as quite a few of these players are local, so yes, you can see the physicality and such. It was chippy, but you expect that in a derby match. Yet there are never hard feelings, and it is what is great about amateur soccer here in Massachusetts.

Attention certain scouts from USL: You’re missing the boat on Sousa. I think a certain third division team could use a player of his caliber. But what do I know.


Leg two of the Taça is slated for Oct. 14 at Atlantis Charter School, 991 Jefferson Street, Fall River, with the Marksmen hosting.