There was a shortened fixture list in the Heineken Sunday Football League at the weekend with only two Ed Bush games going ahead.
In the first match, Shellaz produced their best performance of the season to grab their third win of the campaign by defeating Harry’s 2-0 in an extremely entertaining match.
Shellaz made a number of recent signings to bolster their squad prior to the transfer window closing at the end of the month who made an instant impact to the side – but it could have turned out differently if the usually reliable Harry’s striker Floyd “Irons” Mc- Kenzie had tucked away an opportunity he would normally have taken while the score was still goalless.
McKenzie expertly timed his run to break the Shellaz offside trap but when presented with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he uncharacteristically hit his shot wide.
This would turn out to be the best chance Harry’s had to score in the game as Shellaz took most of possession.
McKenzie remains second top scorer with 10. The league’s top marksman is Keigel “Stamma” Atkinson with 14 and his Fidel Wanderers team-mate Nick Wellington is third with eight.
Marlon Dunk, on his Shellaz debut, was responsible for breaking the deadlock when he played a clever one-two with another debutant, Craig Cardice, inside the Harry’s box.
Then Shellaz striker Jason Baker was upended in the box by the Harry’s keeper and captain Steve Dunkley scored from the penalty. In what was an off day for Harry’s, Shellaz could count themselves slightly unfortunate they didn’t score more after hitting the cross bar twice.
The remaining game of the weekend was an equally entertaining contest between CML Claymores and Luca Zaino in which the Claymores emerged with an important 3-1 win.
In a game full of chances, the points could have equally gone to Luca – the CML goalkeeper Ryan Ebanks picking up the Man of the Match award tells its own story.
Ultimately, though, CML’s better finishing secured victory. CML enjoyed a 2-0 lead by half-time thanks to a brace from striker Baron Solomon – his first being the pick of the two with a well placed, powerful header from a Luciano De Riso cross.
After the restart, Luca gave CML a fright by eventually finding a way past Ebanks when Nicolas Persico struck, but the Claymores restored their two-goal advantage when Des Harris made a welcome return to the scoring charts with a fine shot from the edge of the box. The precious three points moves CML up to joint third place on 18 points with Harry’s.
The two games scheduled to be played at the TE McField Annex between Maples Revolution and Fidel’s Old Boys and Fidel Wanderers and Boca Juniors were postponed until later in the season.