Defenses too tight for strikers

The Heineken Sunday League is usually a goalfest, but over the weekend two of the four games finished without anyone scoring. 

At the TE McField Annex, the first match was between OtisAir Wanderers and CML Claymores and, with both defenses firmly on top, there were very few goal-mouth incidents as the game finished 0-0. 

The next game at the Annex was between Atletico Luca and Boca Juniors and it resulted in an identical score line. The closest the teams came to scoring was when Boca thought they had taken an early lead when striker Henry Mitchell ghosted into the box to head home but was ruled offside. 

The two matches at Ed Bush in West Bay produced goals and in the first game Fidel’s Old Boys raced to a two goal lead inside the first nine minutes against Shellaz.  

New signing Olar Razvin made an immediate impact for his new side by claiming a brace.  

In the second half, Shellaz produced their best opportunity with a flowing passing move that resulted in Orane Wallace netting on 57 minutes. But this was as good as it got for Shellaz with the Old Boys holding on for a 2-1 victory. 

The last game at Ed Bush saw Maples Revolution take the lead against Harry’s when Dennis Lee fired home on 21 minutes.  

It was a deserved goal for Maples, who made the better start, but falling behind stung Harry’s into action and they equalized through Floyd “Irons” McKenzie from the penalty spot after a trip just inside the box.  

On the stroke of half-time, Harry’s snatched the lead when Ric Agrella’s in-swinging corner was caught in the wind and flew straight into the top corner of the goal.  

Harry’s made it 3-1 when James Smith scored from a fine header.  

With 10 minutes remaining, a poor kick-out from the Maples keeper presented Forde Pierson with an easy chance which he finished off coolly for a 4-1 Harry’s victory. Harry’s could have got a fifth, but veteran Dave Hubble was unable to convert after a piercing run . 

This weekend at the Annex, Maples host Boca in the first game while it’s Old Boys against the Wanderers in the second match, and at Ed Bush, Luca take on Harry’s and Shellaz face the Claymores. 

Irons

Floyd “Irons” McKenzie scored for Harry’s.

Ric

Ric Agrella scored directly from a corner kick. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD