Round three of the Caybrew Sunday League kicked off this week with the Old boys entertaining Azzurri, who were looking to bounce back from a defeat last week to Harry’s FC.
It was the Azzurri who looked sharper on the ball in the early exchanges between the teams but could not capitalize on lots of possession. It was the Old Boys who made the breakthrough in the first half with a well taken goal by Daniel Cummings after a super through ball from Henry Mitchell.
The Azzurri pushed back though and finally got level when Dexter Beckford broke down the left and shot inside the box for a brilliant goal.
The Dennis Rowe missed a penalty for Azzurri.
Second half was jam- packed with incidents; Azzurri went 2-1 up through Luca Merlonghi and looked like they could be heading for a win when Old Boy’s were reduced to 10 men when Cummings was sent off for lashing out at another player.
But Old Boy got themselves back into it on 70 minutes when a cross deep into the box found Henshaw’s head and rebounded of the post and keeper and ended up in the back of the net.
With the Azzurri pushing for the win against the 10 men the Old Boy’s caught them on the break when a ball over the top released Mitchell just inside Azzurri’s half, one on one with Rowe, Mitchell brought the ball up to edge of the box and cut inside to leave Rowe stranded and with a super finish gave the Old Boy’s a last minute winner.
That 3-2 win was enough to put the Old Boy’s into second place in the table only three points behind Harry’s FC with a game in hand.
The other 8.30am kick off at Ed Bush saw Diamonds International host champions Harry’s, who were without their captain Alan Glasgow who was on a break from the league in Bahamas for the weekend due to exhaustion.
Lots of changes were made to the Diamonds team that drew last week to MC Devils. But they still had their work cut out against the strong Harry’s side.
Chris Thorbury picked up two goals as Harry’s were in control of this game, Tommy Gribbon scored before he was sent off for an altercation with a Diamonds player. The fourth Harry’s goal was scored by the league’s top goal scorer Ian Kenyon who looks most likely for the golden boot.
The second half saw Diamonds give a spirited performance and pull two goals back through Rodrick and Cunha before they lost their defender Tristan to a bloody leg.
The game finished 4-2 to Harry’s which takes them three points clear at the top.
The final game this week was MC Devils against International Kickers.
This was another tight encounter at the Annex, Kickers went 1-0 up after ten minutes, which had Devils step up their game and they were rewarded on 35 minutes when striker Ian Jamieson equalised from a corner.
Devils continued to push and after being awarded a free kick just outside the box David Joiner stepped up and hit the post.
It was not until the 60th minute of the second half that Kicker finally broke the deadlock with a neatly taken goal.
As the Devils pushed for an equalizer the Kickers caught them on the break. Shane Gallery brought down a striker bearing on goal and the ref was given no choice but to send him off.
The game finished 2-1 to Kickers giving them their first win of the season and moving them off the foot of the table.