OtisAir Wanderers were crowned Heineken Sunday League champions at the weekend, and in the process made it a third league title win in a row.
In what has been a high-scoring competition, averaging three and a half goals per game, the Wanderers built their success on a strong defense – conceding a paltry 12 goals, the meanest in the league – and by playing attack-minded football that resulted in striker Andre Berghaus claiming the Golden Boot Trophy with his league 18 goals.
Their final goal difference of +54 is testimony to how they set about retaining their crown from last year. The Wanderers lost only twice, topping the league table right from Match Day 1 until the end.
Winning captain Rob Moorhead said, “It’s a fantastic achievement to win a third league title in a row. The standard has improved each year and every team gives it their all each Sunday so we feel very fortunate to have won the title again this year.
“The Wanderers squad has changed significantly over the past few seasons, but the dedication of the manager and players and the enjoyment of playing with a really good group of players from all parts of the world makes it a special achievement.”
In their final match of the season, they collected three points and a 3-0 win when they had a walkover against Harry’s FC who didn’t field a team for their Ed Bush game.
There was goal-mouth action all the way in the last round of league matches at the Annex, with 13 goals scored from the two games.
The first match between CML Claymores and Maples Revolution saw the Claymores winning 5-3 to claim third place in the league for the second year running. CML midfielder James Cooper registered a magnificent hat-trick that took his tally for the season to 8, a fine return from midfield.
The Claymores’ other goals came from Baron Solomon and Matt Kitching. The Revolution responded with a brace of goals from Colm Flanagan and a strike from defender Mark Keys.
In the second match at the Annex, Fidel’s Old Boys had a routine 5-0 win against Atletico Luca. Luca started brightly and tested the Old Boys’ defense with their pace before Old Boys settled into the game and scored two goals before half-time. The highlight was a composed one-on-one finish by Nick Hoffman following a flicked through-ball by Paul Chivers.
Luca should have pulled one back after rounding Old Boys keeper Patrick Diaz, but Diaz recovered to make the block that would eventually lead to his fourth consecutive clean sheet.
In the second half, Old Boys took control of the match, in part due to having substitutes available to counter the hot morning conditions. The Luca players fought hard to stay in contention but faded as the half wore on with Old Boys movement and passing resulting in another three goals, including a sweet first-time drive by Chivers who, in his last game for the team, signed off in the best possible way, following a De Riso cross. De Riso himself capped off a fine individual performance with a goal, with Craig Arthur and Olar Razvan chipping in with others.
This weekend the curtain comes down on the Sunday League season with the final of the Appleton Cup when Harry’s take on Boca Juniors at the Annex with a 9 a.m. kickoff.