Wanderers secure title again

Fidel Wanderers registered their 14th win of the Heineken Sunday League season at the weekend and in doing so clinched the league title for a second consecutive year.  

Requiring a win at the TE McField Annex against CML Claymores to put themselves out of reach of the chasing pack, the Wanderers comprehensively beat their opponents 6-0 to initiate celebrations at the end.  

Cohen Daley crossed for striker Derron Campbell for the first goal.  

In the sweltering heat after the break, Daley again produced another strong run and scored to put Wanderers two up. Wanderers’s star striker Kiegel Atkinson then scored twice to bring his season’s tally to 24.  

Ricky Parsons hit the fifth and then, two minutes from time, Daley grabbed his second with a thunderous drive from outside the box to cap off a wonderful team performance by the league champs. 

The second game at the TE McField Annex between Luca Zaino and Boca Claymores was settled by a solitary goal on 57 minutes and it was simplicity personified. 

A long Luca free kick from inside their own half was allowed to fly all the way to Nicolas Persico, who controlled it first time on his chest, allowing the ball to drop on his knee before brilliantly firing it past the Boca keeper.  

The other major talking point was a red card for Boca’s Rafeal Hernandez for dissent on 59 minutes. 

At Ed Bush in West Bay, second in the table Maples Revolution had to win against Harry’s to keep alive any chance of catching the Wanderers but fell to a 1-0 defeat.  

The only goal of the game arrived immediately after half-time and was an own goal by Maples goalkeeper Patrick Loughnane who, by misjudging an in-swinging corner, allowed the ball to hit off his boot and bounce into the unguarded net. In the last minute, Harry’s Jeff Thornton was shown a straight red card after fouling his opposite number. 

The remaining match of the weekend was the bottom-of-the-table clash between Fidel’s Old Boys and Shellaz.  

Old Boys started the game stronger and, on 34 minutes, Darren Stainrod produced an exquisite defense splitting pass to find Jose Emmanuel Valenciano, who sprinted through to finish with aplomb.  

Seconds before half-time, Jason Baker equalized for Shellaz with a curling shot from an acute angle. A winner was conjured up in the game’s last minute, although it was in a heart-breaking fashion for Shellaz, as one of their own scored at the wrong end of the pitch to gift Old Boys victory.  

Midfielder Kani McKenzie was powerless to prevent a hard cross from hitting his chest and past his despairing goalkeeper. This weekend, the Claymores host the Revolution, and it’s Shellaz versus Boca at the TE McField Annex, while at Ed Bush, Harry’s face the Wanderers, and Luca play the Old Boys. 

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Derron Campbell scored Wanderers’ first.

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Luca’s keeper Shane Connolly collects a corner kick as Boca’s Henry Mitchell attempts a header. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED