CML upsets Maples’ ambitions

With Fidel Wanderers being crowned league champions last week, the battle for second place in the Heineken Sunday League heated up at the weekend, with results leaving a three-way split for teams hoping to grab the runners-up spot.

Joint second with Harry’s before the weekend, Maples Revolution faced CML Claymores but lost. With neither goalkeeper over employed, the solitary goal of the game arrived four minutes after the interval. A CML free-kick into the Maples box was flicked on, and as the Revolution defense dithered, Baron Solomon reacted quickest to head the ball home for a 1-0 CML win.

Fidel’s Old Boys were looking to jump off bottom spot with a win against Luca Zaino at Ed Bush in West Bay. Against the run of play Luca forced the opening goal – and it was a fine strike by Nicolas Persico. Then Old Boys veteran midfielder Paul Blenkinsop won the argument over who was taking a penalty, but he embarrassingly blasted his spot kick high over the bar. Five minutes after the restart, Luca went two up when Persico hit his second and seventh of the season. However, with 15 minutes left, Old Boys fought back when Scotsman Craig Arthur laid the ball for Peter Kendall to hammer home.

The game swung end-to-end as Old Boys went all out for the equalizer, but as a consequence left themselves wide open to Luca’s counter attacks. Luca held on for the 2-1 victory.

The biggest scorers of the weekend were Boca Juniors, who triumphed over Shellaz with an eye-catching 7-2 victory.

Shellaz opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Ornane Wallace. Shellaz also completed the goal fest when they claimed the last of the day through Forde Pierson in the final minute.

Sandwiched in between was an impressive four goals for Boca’s midfielder Andrew Browning, two for striker Rodrick Pearson and for the second week running, an own goal for the unfortunate Kani McKenzie of Shellaz. Boca’s biggest win of the season follows a few defeats in recent weeks.

League champions Fidel Wanderers had a 3-0 forfeit walk over against Harry’s when due to several injuries and suspensions the greens were unable to field a team in their match at Ed Bush.

This weekend attentions turn back to the CML Cup with the return legs of the semifinals. Holding a 2-0 advantage over Luca from the first leg are CML Claymores while Harry’s have a 2-1 lead over the Wanderers. The final is on May 11.