The Heineken Sunday League made a welcome return from its summer break at the weekend.
Of the four matches that were played, it was last season’s champions Fidel Wanderers who produced the most eye-catching result.
Wanderers took on Luca Zaino at West Bay’s Ed Bush in the blazing morning sun. Luca started brightly but Wanderers opened the scoring through right back Dain Currie, who tapped home on 14 minutes after the Luca keeper could only parry a shot into his path. Nick Wellington added a second for Wanderers seven minutes later.
Then Wanderers’ striker Kiegel “Stammer” Atkinson turned on the style with a remarkable display as he scored twice before half-time on his way to plundering a remarkable five goal haul.
After the break, Atkinson hit a second half hat-trick and teammate Gabre Dickens chipped in with another.
Wanderers could have scored even more had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping by Luca’s Shane Connolly.
Better days definitely lie ahead for Luca who did score a consolation goal, thanks to a long range shot from Federico Destro to end the game 8-1.
The second match at Ed Bush was between CML Claymores and Boca Juniors, who between them produced a rarity in Sunday League football – a goalless draw.
Boca will perhaps feel they should have taken something more from the game, as they enjoyed more possession and created the better of the chances and surely would have taken all three points had it not been for some fantastic saves by CML’s Ryan Ebanks.
Maples Revolution got off to a winning start at the TE McField Annex when they faced Shellaz.
After a scoreless first-half, Maples took the lead 15 minutes after the restart through James Plowright and Matthew Fong added a second five minutes later – with Dennis Lee claiming assists for both.
Shellaz typically enjoyed a lot of the ball, but couldn’t turn it into clear-cut scoring opportunities with McGuffie in the Maples goal not over employed.
However, Shellaz pulled a consolation goal back though a deflected shot from Leon Bennett seven minutes before the end, but it was too little, too late.
Fidel’s Old Boys took on Harry’s next at the Annex. Harry’s dominated but it was not until near the end they sealed the win. With the Old Boys’ players tiring, Harry’s scored twice inside the last ten minutes.
Mat Coleing squeezed a shot home and then last season’s league top scorer Floyd “Irons” McKenzie got his customary strike for a deserved 2-0 victory.
This weekend, Maples host Boca Juniors, while the Wanderers take on Old Boys at the TE McField Annex and at Ed Bush Luca Zaino play Harry’s and CML face Shellaz FC.