Maples' lapse allows Luca back

It was raining goals in the Heineken Sunday League at the weekend with 17 flying in across the four games. 

First up was the match at the TE McField Annex between second place Maples Revolution and Luca Zaino.  

Matt Fong managed to poke the ball past Luca’s keeper Shane Connolly early on and it dribbled in at the far post, then James Plowright put them two up.  

Luca managed to pull a goal back right on the stroke of half-time thanks to a strong run from Delano Mitchell. Plowright claimed his brace after finishing off a cross from close range after the break.  

Luca’s Patrick Kathiari curled a beauty of a shot into the top corner and Luca’s equalizer came through Philbrick Doiley to end the game 3-3. 

Harry’s beat Boca Juniors 4-2 at Ed Bush in another entertaining game. Harry’s scored twice in a minute to take a 2-0 lead through Jeff Thornburn and Matt Coleing. Boca responded through Rodrick Pearson and then they made it 2-2 just before half-time thanks to Andrew Browning.  

Just after the break, Harry’s effectively made the game safe with another quick fire double, the first from Herlyn Obol Mejio Guleuno and the second from Tim Evans to crush the Boca resistance. 

The other game at the TE McField Annex was a competitive and tight affair between Fidel Wanderers and Shellaz with a solitary strike separating them at full-time. The goal came via a soft penalty award to the Wanderers when a long throw-in to the penalty spot was inexplicably palmed clear by a Shellaz defender when there was little danger to his goal.  

Wanderers’s top striker, Kiegel Atkinson, fresh from scoring a penalty the week before, made it two-out-of-two for his 17th goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 victory. It’s another win for the Wanderers, their 11th of the campaign, whose good league form continues. 

The last game of the weekend resulted in a 3-1 win for CML Claymores over bottom of the table Fidel’s Old Boys. But it was the Old Boys who claimed first blood after striker Nino Dilbert was presented with a gift when a CML defender was woefully short with a pass back to his goalkeeper that allowed Dilbert to intercept.  

CML hit back through a fantastic flying header from Steve Lovell. After the break, Old Boys started to run out of steam in the searing heat with one-way traffic heading toward their goal as the Claymores went all out for a winning goal. They got it when Stefan Kormos hit an audacious chip from 25 yards that was judged perfectly.  

This was an excellent goal by Kormos, but he then hit a second almost as good when he volleyed a low shot home.  

This weekend, the teams are back in cup action with the first-round second legs of the CML Cup. 

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Colm Flanagan’s shooting tested Luca throughout. –PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Nik Tatarkin is a midfield general.

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Ben Hooper controlled things in midfield.

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