Old Boys too sprightly for Harry's subdued strikers

Fidel’s Old Boys dented the title aspirations of Harry’s in the Heineken Sunday League on the weekend by scoring the game’s only goal at the TE McField Annex.

It was match day 18 and Old Boys bounced back from a defeat to OtisAir Wanderers the previous weekend to secure a significant 1-0 victory.

Old Boys captain Dan Haydon produced a stellar performance. Harry’s created few clear-cut chances in the first half and with Old Boys having several offside decisions given against them, the game remained at stalemate.

Midway through the second half, Old Boys scored when Nino Dilbert released veteran striker Luciano De Riso with a well weighted through ball that he lobbed over the head of the advancing keeper for a precise finish.

An uncharacteristically quiet performance from the Harry’s strikers meant that despite several phases of good possession and patient buildup, they were unable to find a way back into the game.

CML Claymores cemented their third place in the league with a 2-0 victory against Boca Juniors in the first game at the TE McField Annex. Coming off the back of a defeat to Boca in the Cup, the Claymores set out with a point to prove against their opposition.

CML set up with a new attacking formation and it paid dividends when they took the lead on 30 minutes via a set piece.

With free kick specialist James Cooper off the field, the responsibility for the kick on the right side fell to Darnell Hanley – and he showed it was not misplaced by hitting a beauty that curled into the top corner over the despairing lunge of the Boca keeper.

Without a goal all season, Hanley then doubled his account when he neatly tucked home 10 minutes after the interval to finish off a flowing move.

Boca looks forward to the return leg against the same opposition in the Cup in a few weeks’ time.

League leaders OtisAir Wanderers enjoyed a comfortable victory over Atletico Luca at Ed Bush with all their strikers contributing to the 8-0 win. Andre Berghaus and Rodrick Pearson both bagged hat-tricks in the process.

The opening goal arrived after five minutes when Berghaus knocked the ball past the Luca keeper, ran around the opposite side, and slid to hit the ball home from the tightest of angles.

Berghaus hit his second three minutes later with the goal of the game when he displayed great control before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

Pearson made it 3-0 with a curling shot into the far corner of the net before the break.

After the break, Emmanuel Brown made no mistake from 12 yards after the referee had awarded a dubious penalty.

Then Pearson claimed his second before striker Derron Campbell spun and shot home from the edge of the box.

The Wanderers were awarded a second penalty when Berghaus was upended and he confidently sent the goalkeeper in the wrong direction to claim his hat-trick.

That left Pearson to round off the scoring from close range for his second hat-trick in as many weeks for the Wanderers.

The hat-trick for Berghaus takes his season’s tally to 17 and in the lead for the Golden Boot trophy, one ahead of teammate Pearson and Floyd “Irons” McKenzie of Harry’s.

This weekend only two matches are going ahead, both at the TE McField Annex, when CML hosts Harry’s and the Wanderers take on Maples Revolution.

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