Luca serve Hunters late feast

Luca Football Club picked up their first win of the season with an emphatic 6-2 victory against Bounty Hunters in the DHL Sunday Football League at the weekend. 

The match at the TE McField Annex was not quite as comfortable for Luca as the score line suggests as mid-way through the second half the game was balanced at 2-2 before they served the Hunters a late goal feast. 

It was Bounty Hunters who made the better start when ex-Luca striker Ben Bates fired home against his old club. 

Luca hit back with two goals in three minutes to take the lead through Chris Hedley and Damian Williams before Hunters’ Alex Almeida grabbed an equalizer just before halftime. 

With the game finely poised in the second half, Luca hit four goals without reply through Kiril Deliivanov and then striker Mike Stroh. The goal of the game arrived to make it 5-2 when Jon Borges da Silva scooped the ball over the Hunters’ defensive line for Chris Hedley to hit his second of the game with a crisp volley. 

The final goal arrived in the last minute to make it 6-2 when Da Silva switched from provider to finisher. 

There was only one goal separating OtisAir Wanderers and Maples Revolution in the second game at the Annex with the Wanderers picking up all three points to make it all four to remain the only undefeated team in the league. 

The spectators must have expected a goal-fest when Wanderers’ Alwin Brooks opened the scoring seconds into the game. The goal came from a low, hard drive from inside the box on the first attack of the match. Surprisingly, the rest of the first-half produced little in the way of goal mouth action. 

Into the second half and Maples’ goalkeeper Leigh Hipkins had to look lively to keep out a close range volley from Brooks. That was pretty much all the spectators had to get excited about until three minutes from the end when Maples should have grabbed a share of the points following an almighty scramble in the Wanderers’ box which saw the ball cleared off the line on three occasions before it was eventually cleared to safety. 

Fidel’s Old Boys kept up their good run by picking up another three points against Boca Juniors at Ed Bush. 

Walter Fajette got his first goal of the season against his former club to put Old Boys ahead after five minutes. Strike partner Nino Dilbert then doubled the lead on 24 minutes to give Old Boys a 2-0 halftime lead. 

Boca reduced the deficit at the beginning of the second half when striker James Ebanks netted, but despite spending most of the second-half looking for an equalizer Boca could not find a way past a resolute Old Boys defense. 

The remaining game of the weekend between Whiskey Mist and Harry’s at Ed Bush was greatly influenced by the strong wind that blew straight down the pitch, making life difficult for the team kicking into it. 

Whiskey Mist made the most of the wind advantage in the first half. Their first goal was a brilliant one by Kevin Gillett who from 35 yards out flicked the ball over his marker and smashed his shot home. 

Steve Lovell got the other for Whiskey Mist after finishing off a flowing move. After the interval, with the wind at their backs, Harry’s had the territorial advantage which resulted in them netting twice through Forde Pierson and Guiton King to deservedly earn a share of the points. 

This weekend sees Maples hosting Boca Juniors and Old Boys against Wanderers at the Annex, while at Ed Bush it’s Luca versus Harry’s and Whiskey Mist play Bounty Hunters. 

Graham Blyth, left, of Whiskey Mist and Jaz Muratagic of Harry’s challenge for the ball.

Graham Blyth, left, of Whiskey Mist and Jaz Muratagic of Harry’s challenge for the ball.

Alwin Brooks, left, scored the only goal of the game against Maples for Wanderers.

Alwin Brooks, left, scored the only goal of the game against Maples for Wanderers.

Forde Pierson, left, scored for Harry’s. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Forde Pierson, left, scored for Harry’s. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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