Fidel Wanderers will head the top of the Heineken Sunday League over the Christmas break after their narrow victory against Maples Revolution at the weekend.
Second place Maples gave the Wanderers’ title credentials a stern test during their game at Ed Bush.
In a tight first half, Wanderers made the breakthrough when Joaquim Martins swept the ball home from a cross.
Maples brought the scores level when a piece of sloppy Wanderers defending was clinically punished by Scotsman Fran Donoghue who pounced on a loose pass for his second goal of the season. The winning shot came when Wanderers’ striker Nick Wellington let fly from 25 yards, giving the Maples’ keeper no chance.
Luca Zaino continued their recent good form with a second consecutive win against Shellaz, also at Ed Bush. In the last moments, the match looked destined for a 0-0 draw until Luca conjured a spectacular winner. Marc Mata hit a stunning volley from a Patrick Kathiari cross.
Fidel’s Old Boys and Boca Juniors drew 1-1 at the TE McField Annex. For Old Boys’ player Nino Dilbert, it was a case of second time lucky with a fifth minute penalty kick when his first attempt blazed over the bar, but the referee spared his blushes by ordering a retake due to an encroachment.
He blasted the ball straight down the middle for his sixth of the season. In the second half, Boca scored a deserved equalizer when Rafael Hernandez followed up an Andrew Browning shot that the Old Boys keeper could only parry.
The remaining game was between Harry’s and CML Claymores at the TE McField Annex and all there was between the sides at full-time was a solitary first-half Floyd “Irons” McKenzie goal.
This was McKenzie’s tenth of the season and he will not score an easier one, tapping into an open net.
Claymores forced for an equalizer but lamented their poor finishing as Harry’s held out for the three points.
The Heineken Sunday League returns in the New Year with the first round of the CML Cup first round, first legs on Jan. 5.