Titans search for old chemistry

Zolfo Cooper may not be the highest scoring team in Kings Five-a-Side Futbol League, but they have certainly found consistency lately, averaging five goals a game.

“For a team that could not buy a win last season, confidence is sky high,” said Zolfo Cooper’s Joel Edwards coming off of a 5-5 draw against KPMG Titans.

The late addition of goalie Turlough O’Brolchain has also seen Zolfo Cooper’s goals against dramatically reduced with O’Brolchain stopping 27 of 32 shots against KPMG.

“Turlough put on a goalkeeping masterclass,” said Edwards. “Together with Peter Kendall working his socks off and Niall Hanna popping in the last minute equalizer, it was overall an impressive team performance.” The Titans have shown good form but haven’t yet found the chemistry that got them to the finals last season.

“The game was a tough one but we stood up to the challenge,” said KPMG’s Titans Clever Mawarire.

“This could have been a useful win for us but we weren’t accurate with our shots. We were also a little slack mentally losing position in midfield and with a few defensive errors the game ending 50-50, overall a great game.” The Titans are currently 1-1-2 and take on league leaders Dominion Devils on Wednesday.

DMS Devils took on PwC with PWC looking to capitalize on the previous week’s win.

Despite a good work rate but with a shortened roster and top strikers missing, PwC found themselves three down at half time. “I think we worked really hard and tried to drag ourselves back into it in the second half quickly getting it back to 3-1,” said PwC’s Jack Leeland. “Some defensive errors and quickly losing two more goals pretty much ended the game as a contest though.” DMS Devils held possession well and were rewarded with many opportunities recording 25 shots on goal converting on 9 of them and a solid defensive game by James Woodbridge to earn a 9-2 win.

“It was a tough game against great opposition, but we managed to play our game and kept the ball as much as possible,” Shane Delaney of DMS Devils said.

“We had some great chances and took what we could.” The Devils’ Richard Reading recorded his third straight hat-trick and John Bruton with a notable performance put the Devils in third spot of the league standings.

Top scoring Kinetic Partners Asset Management (KPAM) with 40 goals took on KPMG FC in a hotly contested game with KPAM clinching the win 10-8 in the last five minutes.

“It was a really tough game with both teams showing good attacking play,” said KPAM’s Alistair McLeod.

“We were lucky on the day that our attacking trio was a more effective arsenal than our opponents and have our goalie Jay Mustafa to thank saving us on many occasions.” KPAM’s Ceasar Forbes extended his scoring tally to 15 and has 12 assists.

A hat-trick by Aon United’s James Cooper and three other unanswered goals in the first half was an abrupt start for Peppers Smokehouse with Aon going on to win 11-3.

Aon’s ability to control the midfield both offensively and defensively produced scoring chances as well as proved difficult for the Peppers forwards to create their own opportunities. Peppers responded with a better team effort following the break claiming two unanswered goals and a third shortly after. “They’re a very good team,” said Peppers’ Ben Bates. “I think if we played the first half like we did in the second it would have been a very different game. Not really the start you want against a team like that.”

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