Cool and Smooth Empire kicked off the ABFA 2015/16 Premiere league season with a 2-0 lost to Piggotts Bullets.
After an aggressive opening 20 minutes seemingly with the upper hand on possession and chances created the Grays Farm side was pegged back by a handball in their penalty area that forced referee Vanroy Burns to point to the spot.
Bullet’s Alexson Montute were equal to the task slotting home from 12 yards pass the diving Randy Nicholas .
Although both sides were not convincing infront of goal squandering a few chances created the battle was clearly won in the middle of the park by Bullets picking the right passes that had an end product that proved more effective than what Empire could produce.
After a evenly poised first half Bullets were second half favorites which payed off in the end with their final strike which came during injury time when fatigue was clearly visible on the three back system employed by the Steveroy Anthony’s side.
An incredible move by Bullets No.9 Jamaican Troy Ried got the better on an Empire defender then placing his shot at near post sealed the deal for the Piggotts men.
For Empire not the start the organization was hoping for but life will not be easy in the country’s top flight with the inability to control the play in times of possession and defending as a team in organized fashion.
With defending Champions Parham and last season’s runners up Hoppers to follow in the next two encounters the Grays Farm team would have liked to take something away from Saturday’s match against Bullets.