Kickers boot out CML champs

There will be a new name engraved on the CML Cup this season after holders Harry’s FC crashed out of the competition, losing to International Kickers 5-4 on aggregate.

Kickers headed confidently into the second leg of their first round match with Harry’s enjoying a 4-1 lead from the first leg, but were made to fight all the way after falling to a 3-1 defeat.

Harry’s dominated possession but crucially lacked a clinical finish with only an Irons McKenzie goal on 26 minutes to show for their efforts at half-time. But five minutes after the interval McKenzie got the luck of the bounce to put his side two up.

The balance of the tie then swung to Kickers after Tinoco broke through the off-side trap and chipped the keeper from 30 yards to make the score 2-1.

Harry’s continued to create chances, notably Webster smashing a shot off the bar, before McKenzie got his hat-trick in the last minute, but it was too little too late.

MC Devils took a 2-1 lead over CML Claymores into their second leg tie and got off to a dream start when Fran Donoghue put them further ahead in the tie after four minutes and soon afterwards Nik Tatarkin hit home with the aid of a deflection to make it 2-0.

CML showed great resolve to bring the scores level before half-time, first through an Alan Johnson shot followed by a Richard Addison penalty. After the break the Devils took firm control of the tie scoring three through Njogu, Kennedy and McKilllop. CML did pull a goal back when Harvey fired home to round off the scoring at 5-3 and a 7-4 aggregate win for MC Devils.

Agua FC and Fire Pros Boca Juniors clashed in their second leg tie with Agua holding a 5-2 lead from the first leg. It was Agua who won the game 4-2 for an impressive 9-4 aggregate win.

Agua opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Erwin Kormos before Olsen Bush replied for Fire Pros. Fajette then put Agua back in front only for Mike Ebanks to level the scores once again at half-time. After the break Agua took control thanks to goals from Tirotta and finally Stephan Kormos.

Old Boys played their last game under the stewardship of their long-serving manager Stevie Roughead who leaves the Island this week. They beat AC Lunetta 2-0 – winning the tie 4-1 on aggregate – with their goals coming from Henry Mitchell and Craig Arthur.

Roughead was pleased to be leaving with his side safely through to a semi-final meeting with Agua FC. He said: “It is good to sign off with a win and I wish the lads well in the next round, but against Agua we will need to have available our strongest squad to pose them problems as they are a good side – but in the cup you just never know. But I want to wish all the Sunday League teams well for the rest of the season.”

The semi-final line up is Agua FC against Old Boys and International Kickers playing MC Devils over two legs on 13 March and 17 April for a place in the 8 May final.

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