Over 300 fans came out to Conyers on Friday to watch Georgia Revolution take on Carolina RailHawks NPSL. In their first meeting this season, the Revolution played their reserves and ultimately lost 4-0. This time, the Revolution deployed a full strength lineup in hopes of a better result.
Here's how the Revolution lined up in a 4-5-1: Sebastian Jones replaced Bjorn Kammholz, Scott Redding filled in at right back, and Jarrel Smalls started for injured Marcelle Francois.
As the Georgia Revolution looked for just their second win of the season, the game didn't start as the home side would have hoped. The RailHawks put in a cross from the left side, Kofi Yankey tried to head clear but ended up heading it back into his own net. Sebastian Jones had no chance of keeping it out.
The early RailHawks goal didn't prevent the Revolution from settling into the game, however. Less than ten minutes after conceding, the Revolution equalized through Jarrel Smalls. Smalls picked the ball off the RailHawks center half, charged toward goal, and rocketed a shot past the goalkeeper into the top corner.
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After the Revolution equalized, the game was intense, but there weren't many clear chances on goal besides set piece opportunities. As the ref made several inconsistent calls, tensions boiled and there weren't many good spells of possession.
In the thirtieth minute, Jarrel Smalls scored the go-ahead goal. After the Revolution committed a foul in the attacking third, the RailHawks left back tried to play a quick ball back toward their centerback. The rushed passed was wayward and Smalls got on the end of it first and beat the goalkeeper to make the score 2-1.