It was a goal celebration worthy of the winning goal in the World Cup Final itself, never mind a Caybrew Sunday League game, but that didn’t seem to put off Llion Ogden of MC Devils.
Granted, it was a fine individual strike by Ogden, a recent close season signing by the Devils, who took on and beat four Old Boys defenders before knocking the ball into the net and wheeling away behind the goal, falling to his knees, and milking the adulation from the imaginary crowd.
As it turned out, it was the winning goal as the Devils saw off the Old Boys in Sunday’s league match and collected three precious points. The goal that broke the deadlock however was an equally fine individual effort, Henry Mitchell of the Old Boys embarked on his own run before scoring, but his celebration was of the more modest variety.
Devils equalised Mitchell’s goal before half-time from the penalty spot with Paul Wilcockson tucking the ball away with a minimum of fuss after that man again, Ogden had been pulled down in the box by Old Boy Owen. The scores stayed level until Ogden had his moment in the sun to give the Devils a fully deserved 2-1 victory.
Next up at the Annex was Harry’s against Kickers International who were coming off an impressive win against MC Devils last week.
Kickers were eager to carry their momentum into the match against the league leaders and they put up a spirited performance, preventing the reigning champions from scoring in the first half.
But Harry’s made their domination count in the second half, first through league top scorer Ian Kenyon, who latched onto a fine through ball to poke the ball past the out rushing goal keeper into the net for his sixth goal of the season, and then doubled their lead with a fine composed lob finish from Mark Ingle after an equally fine pass.
It seemed Harry’s would then cruise to victory after this, but Kickers pulled a goal back after a fortuitous ricochet from a defender’s attempted clearance rebounded off Kickers Sherwin Rankin and flew into Harry’s net. It made for a tense final ten minutes for Harry’s and in the end they were holding onto their 2-1 lead.
The last game of the weekend at Ed Bush saw Azzurri host bottom of the table Diamonds International who managed to grind out an impressive 2-0 win to keep in touch with the teams above them. Diamonds scored the first after 37 minutes through Thiago Cuhna, and really should have capitalised further moments latter but Juan Carlos whacked a penalty against the woodwork.
Carlos made amends for this miss 20 minutes into the second half when he pounced to fire Diamonds further ahead, but to dampen his enthusiasm he was yellow carded for removing his shirt during his zealous celebrations.
Results this week mean Harry’s have taken advantage of their closest rivals dropping points by further extending their lead at the top of the table, and saw Harry’s Kenyon move further ahead in race for the league top scorer award – but perhaps this week’s games will be best remembered for their entertaining goal celebrations.