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Downed by Fury Again
Atoms Drop back end of Derby

September 3, 2017

Glassboro, NJ Ė The Philadelphia Atoms and Fury played their second game in less than 48 hours. The result for the 4th edition of the Philly Derby on Sunday was basically the same as Friday.

The Fury had the ASL's top scorer, Miles Englis back on Sunday and he made his presence felt immediately by scoring eight minutes into the contest. The Atoms were victimized again from the right side defensively on the opening goal. Four goals in two games from the right... This needs to be corrected to avoid a long season.

The Atoms had a few chances in the first half, but with no result to take a 0:2 score line to the half.

The Atoms field players had few answers in the second half while GK Ike Onyeador stood on his head with save after save to keep the game close. Unfortunately, the assistant referee missed an obvious offside by the Fury and allowed the violating player in one-on-one for the hostís 3rd goal. Conversely, midway through the half, Atomsí newcomer, Josh Cirocco was going to goal with a head of steam in the penalty area and was slammed to the turf by a Fury defender. However, the referee, who was trailing the play considerably, found it fit to call no foul, no caution for denying a goal scoring opportunity and most importantly, no penalty kick. Different calls could have resulted in a 1:2 score at the time instead of 0:3

At this point, the game changed as Atoms players seem to hurt themselves with miscommunication with each other, and voicing frustration with the officials. Cautions were issues to Atoms players and any connectivity in the midfield disappeared as the experienced Fury punished the visitors with a barrage of attacks. But again, Onyeador stopped the Fury on all assaults except one, which was Englisí brace. Finally, the referee blew his whistle three times ending a match that looked more like Mayweather vs McGregor than a level soccer match.

Fortunately, the toughest part of the Atomsí fall schedule is behind them and unfortunately, they have zero points to show for the weekend. For the first time in eleven matches since their rebirth, the Atoms were shut out. The expansion team is now 0-4 vs their big brothers from Philly and have been outscored 18-3. The Atoms need to double their efforts as a side and as individuals before September 10th when the spring seasonís second place team, SGFC Maryland comes to town.

Supporter's Man of the Match: Ike Onyeador

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