Kyle’s hat-trick lifts Crusaders

The Cayman Free Press Buzz Crusaders continue to dominate five-a-side football.

CFP nabbed its sixth win in seven games for the 2013 Kings Sports Centre men’s summer league, beating Deloitte, 6-1 in week eight. As a result, the Crusaders sit in first place at 6-1. Deloitte are third at 4-3.

Kings assistant director André Morgan said the Crusaders were in typical form against the accountants.

“The results of this game in no way reflect the excitement that surrounded the game play,” Morgan said. “Buzz, a strong attacking and defensive team, really wouldn’t ease up on Deloitte, not to mention Deloitte aren’t a pushover team that will be aggressive when necessary, especially if it means a chance at a win.

“Nonetheless, with great work from the referees and superior sportsmanship from both teams, a competitive match was played and Buzz came out the winner.”

Kyle Santamaria had a hat-trick for the Crusaders with Dave McLaughlin, Thomas Bush and David Conolly also adding goals. David Foster scored for Deloitte. CFP remain ahead of the 8-2 Doghouse Devils on goal difference (22-19 in favour of the Crusaders).

Doghouse smashed CML, 7-0, last week. William Foster had four goals, Colm Flanagan registered a brace and Shane Delaney notched the other score. CML, 3-1-3, sit fifth ahead of 3-1-3 Transformers due to goal difference (18-4 for CML). Transformers are coming off a 2-0 forfeit win over KPMG, last out of nine teams at 0-7.

Morgan said both results are previews of future playoff form.

“We knew that Doghouse were strong but I don’t think anyone knew that they would massacre CML; a stunning win against last season’s division two champions. Both CML and Doghouse had key players missing from their roster that night. More importantly, CML didn’t have Ryan Ebanks. Safe to say a lot can go wrong when your keeper is absent.

“Unfortunately, KPMG were a no show for their game. Subsequently, Transformers received a much-needed win to help move them up the standings after struggling to play to their top form all season. This is not a big surprise however, Transformers tend to be a last-minute team. We may still be able to expect big things from them come playoffs.”

The other week eight contest pitted a pair of bottom sides as KPMG II, nicknamed the Titans, clipped PwC, 3-1. Clever Mawarie, Christophe Alexandre and Raj Baiva scored for KPMG while Rich Woolcock had PwC’s goal. The Titans are now 3-4 in seventh place while PwC are 2-5 in eighth.

Morgan said the result has more significance than the records would indicate.

“The Titans are slowly getting it together, with one more week left in the season before playoffs. Beating PwC, a strong team, we may be in for a shocker from this group.”

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