Luca feasting as form picks up

The biggest upset of the season so far in the Heineken Sunday League occurred last weekend when Luca Zaino’s pulled off a stunning victory against Harry’s.

Sitting bottom of the table with only one win so far, Luca produced their best performance of the season by winning 3-1 in their game at the TE McField Annex.

Luca’s opening goal arrived from a fine Marc Mata volley that flew into the top corner then player-coach Federico Destro made it 2-0 when he coolly dispatched a penalty kick.

Luca Polloni hit the third for his side following a swift counter attack.

Harry’s pulled a goal back at the end but it made no difference. The three points earned for this confidence-boosting victory sees Luca jump off bottom spot to sixth in the table.

Stunning goals came between the two Fidel Murphy’s teams in the league when Fidel Wanderers faced Fidel’s Old Boys at Ed Bush.

On the half hour mark Wanderers opened the scoring when captain Nick Anderson, in his last game for the team, fired in from 20 yards.

The Wanderers applied pressure right from the restart and were rewarded when Derron Campbell scored and then Joe Wright celebrated in style after catching the keeper out at his near post when everyone was anticipating a cross.

On the hour mark came the goal of the game when center-half Cohen Daley let fly with a howitzer of a shot that crashed into the net to put his four up.

Strikers Nick Wellington and Gabre “Teko” Dickens rounded off the scoring when they both finished from close range for a 6-0 victory for the league leaders.

CML Claymores and Shellaz served up an entertaining game at the TE McField Annex that swung back and forth as the teams served up a seven goal thriller.

CML took the lead through Steve Lovell only for Shellaz to respond twice before the break thanks to striker Peter Rose and captain Steve Dunkley.

CML then equalized through a fine effort from Luciano De Riso following a lightning counter attack.

CML retook the lead through Stefan Kormos before consolidating their lead through Kevin Gillett who made it 4-2.

Shellaz then lost Chris Morgan for his second yellow card before CML goalkeeper Ryan Ebanks pulled down Peter Rose and was sent off too. Rose took the penalty to finish the scoring at 4-3 for CML.

The last game of the weekend was between Maples Revolution and Boca Juniors at Ed Bush. Early Maples pressure led to Iain Roberton scoring then Will Foster unleashed a strike from 30 yards that flew into the top corner to make it 2-0.

The second half started at a high tempo as Boca chased the game and were awarded a penalty which was scored by Andrew Browning on a rebound after McGuffie in the Maples goal saved the initial spot kick.

A couple of minutes later Boca equalized through Rodrick Pearson. Maples responded when James Plowright got his sixth goal of the season, then soon after Dennis Lee blasted home for a 4-2 Maples lead.

Boca were not done though, a quick counter attack allowed Henry Mitchell to score.

Boca pressed for another equalizer and Maples’ Colm Flanagan won the ball in midfield and broke through to take on the Boca keeper and coolly stroke home to end the scoring 5-3.

This weekend’s fixtures see Harry’s host CML and Boca versus Old Boys at the TE McField Annex, while Maples play the Wanderers and Luca face Shellaz at Ed Bush.

Luca’s opening goal arrived from a fine Marc Mata volley that flew into the top corner then player-coach Federico Destro made it 2-0 when he coolly dispatched a penalty kick.