As the Heineken Sunday League season enters its final stages, the excitement is palpable as long-term leaders Triple Crown Wanderers continue to set the pace as games went goal crazy.
The Wanderers continued their winning streak against Latitude 19 Boca Juniors at Ed Bush with Kiegel “Stamma” Atkinson scoring early.
Atkinson threatened the Boca defence throughout, but it was Emmanuel Ricoh Brown who extended the lead. A Gavin Kane brace made it 4-0. Then Atkinson hit his second.
Boca’s Fred Ebanks was sent off for dissent and their prolific centre-forward Henry Mitchell got a consolation strike to make it 5-1.
It was Wanderers’ 14th win of the season and keeps them four points clear at the top of the table – but Agua can still mathematically catch them due to a game in hand.
Agua played CML Claymores at the TE McField Annex in another high scoring match. CML scored twice early, through player-manager Steve McIntosh and a Mike Hall wonder strike from 25 yards.
Agua then scored four times in 15 minutes. Stefan Kormos pulled a goal back then Paul Blenkinsopp hit a quick fire double which sandwiched a Luciano De Riso strike.
Agua’s Dan Cummings scored just after the break before CML struck three times quickly through a Chris Turrell double, the second a spot-kick and also Mike Tracey’s first of the season – in between Agua striker Massimo Tirotta scoring another penalty as the game really got interesting at 6-5.
Agua wrapped it up with another penalty by Cummings and just before the end De Riso scored his second to make it 8-5. Agua’s Cummings was shown a red card in the aftermath of the last goal.
There was more attacking football at the TE McField Annex between Harry’s and Shellaz. Harry’s striker Floyd ‘Irons’ McKenzie capped another fine performance with five in his side’s 6-3 win.
McKenzie’s first came on 20 minutes and Dan Stuber added for Harry’s on 32 minutes.
McKenzie hit four more (42, 43, 51 and 62 mins) which were replied by Ray Hydes (44 mins) and a double for Shellaz’s captain Steve Dunkley (48 and 80 mins) to keep Harry’s in second place.
Maples Revolution won 3-0 against Old Boys at Ed Bush.
James Plowright was rewarded for his near post run to meet Ben Hopper’s cross. Then Scotsman Fran Donoghue kept up his impressive goal scoring form with two more.
Revolution did however receive two red cards, one for James Dury and in the last minute and Trevor Murphy for dissent in an otherwise sporting contest.
The race for the Golden Boot Trophy intensifies as McKenzie reaches 25, five ahead of Boca’s Henry Mitchell.
There are two catch-up matches at the TE McField Annex with Agua needing a win against Boca Juniors to keep their title hopes alive and CML Claymores host Shellaz.