Heineken Sunday League leaders Fidel Wanderers recorded another win at the weekend with a victory against the in-form Luca Zaino at Ed Bush Sports Center in West Bay.
Luca’s defenders must be sick of the sight of Wanderers’ star striker Keigel Atkinson who, by plundering a first-half hat-trick, took his tally in the three games against Luca this season to an incredible nine goals. Luca had no answer to Atkinson’s movement as he scored his first after 17 minutes and his second arrived on 22 minutes from the penalty spot after a Luca defender was guilty of climbing over the back of a Wanderers’ attacker as he attempted to get his head to the ball.
Midfielder Carlos Welcome then set up his hat-trick with an exquisite defense-splitting pass, which made it 3-0 by halftime. After the restart, Luca enjoyed their best spell of the game and managed to pull a goal back when Delano Mitchell fired high into the net to make it 3-1.
But Atkinson wasn’t quite finished as he cemented his man-of-the-match performance with an assist for the last goal of the game. He rifled an inch-perfect cross into the path of teammate Anthony Williams, who dispatched the ball past the diving keeper – high into the net – to finish the game at 4-1. Atkinson’s three goals takes him onto the 20-goal mark for the season and stretches his lead over his nearest rivals in the race for the Golden Boot Award for the league’s top scorer.
After meeting last week in the cup, Boca Juniors played CML Claymores for the second week running – this time on league business. Seven days previously, CML were the ones celebrating after knocking their opponents out of the cup thanks to a last minute goal and history repeated itself with an equally late goal to round off a dramatic Claymores fight back to win the game 4-3. But it started so differently for Boca, who shortly after halftime, were up 2-0.
Boca’s midfielder maestro Roderick Pierson was playing an increasingly influential role in his side’s attacks, and after 16 minutes showed his true class by firing a long-range shot low into the bottom of the net for the only goal of the first half. Pierson then got his and his side’s second, four minutes into the second half, to seemingly put his side in control of the game. But CML had other plans as they hit two goals in quick succession from Sherwin Bouville and Luciano De Riso to tie the game at 2-2.
The game then swung back in Boca’s favor once again when Pierson claimed his hat-trick soon afterward, but as the contest entered its final nine minutes, the game was destined to have a dramatic finish. First, CML’s Stefan Kormos pulled it back to 3-3 and in doing so, wrote the script for a CML winner which duly arrived in the last minute from midfield playmaker James Cooper. It was a memorable goal by Cooper, who set off on a fantastic solo run from the halfway line to knock the ball into the back of the net and finish an outstanding game of football at 4-3 to the blues.
Harry’s FC enjoyed a routine victory over Fidel’s Old Boys at the Annex with a 5-1 score line. First blood, however, went to the Old Boys when recent signing Ryan Nugent hit the opening goal on a breakaway with 10 minutes on the clock. This was really as good as it got for the Old Boys though, as by halftime Harry’s had established a 3-1 lead through a Dan Stuber double and a Jeff Thornton strike.
After the interval, the Old Boys’ players started to run out of puff and their weary legs were to gift Harry’s a further goal – by this stage it was all but over as a contest, with Harry’s scoring one more late on to finish the game at 5-1.
Elsewhere, Shellaz ground out a hard-earned point against Maples Revolution at the Annex. Fresh from his brace of goals in the cup last week, Gavin Reynolds once again got his name on the score sheet when he fired his side ahead, midway through the first half to make it 1-0 at the interval.
Into the second half, Maples applied the pressure in an attempt to salvage something from the game, and center forward Will Foster became their hero when he fired home the equalizing goal at the 63rd minute to tie the game at 1-1. Both sides will, on reflection, probably be reasonably happy with a share of the points as neither team deserved to be on the end of a defeat.
This weekend, the Revolution hosts Boca and Old Boys are against the Wanderers at the Annex. At Ed Bush, Luca faces Harry’s and the last game is between the Claymores and Shellaz.