Aon too hot for Devils

Aon United played the Dominion Devils for the indoor five-a-side Playoff Cup Finals last Wednesday night, wrapping up the 2015 Spring Season.  

From the kickoff at the King’s Sports Centre, the tempo was fast, with quick precision touches orchestrating the game.  

The Dominion Devils looked to have the tilt for the first half, with Rolly Bodden and Merv Day continually threatening the Aon net, but found it a task to get past Aon’s keeper Ryan Ebanks, who made some incredible saves. Tied at 2-2, the second half looked like it might continue Dominion’s way, but Aon settled into the methodical precision football they have played most of the season, with Dominion finding it difficult to answer.  

“They were just clinical in the second half,” said Dominion goalie Leigh Hipkins. “I think our guys got a little tired and we didn’t have an answer. You have to respect them; they’re a good team.”  

Aon’s Steve Lovell scored a hat-trick, and with the usual contributions by Gavin Kane and James Cooper, Aon claimed the second-half, scoring seven goals to win the Playoff Cup 9-4. The League Champions Cup was claimed by Deloitte, which went unbeaten during the regular season.  

Deloitte’s acquisition of goalkeeper Patrick Diaz in the third week of the season completed their roster puzzle. With the strong defensive presence of Dan Lowry and forwards Kris Pearson and his cousin Forde Pierson scoring 42 goals collectively, Deloitte became the dominant team. Zolfo Cooper were the only team to upset the league champions in the full season during the playoff quarterfinals through a goal in the last second by Ben Hobden.  

Aon United, back, from left, Lewis Mooney, Andrew Christie, Charlie Pywell, Lee Hart, Michael Treacy and Ambrose Guilfoyle. Front, from left, Graham Blyth, Ryan Ebanks, Gavin Kane, James Cooper and Steve Lovell.