Maples blow away Boca Juniors

It was a high scoring round of fixtures in Match Day 5 of the DHL Sunday League last weekend with 17 goals in the four matches. 

The first match at the TE McField Annex, between Maples Revolution and Boca Juniors, produced the most as Maples ended 6-3 winners. 

Maples striker Richard Crozier got an early goal when his glancing header crept in at the far post. Boca responded with the equalizer three minutes later when Keamille Mighty was given too much time at the edge of the box. 

Maples retook the lead on 34 minutes when Stuart Rowe shot from an acute angle rather than a cross and by doing so caught the Boca keeper out at his near post. 

Just before halftime Boca equalized for a second time through Olsen Bush whose long range effort from outside the box found the bottom corner. After the interval, Maples took their chances to run away with the game. 

Crozier did good work down the right to beat two defenders before converting. He then claimed his hat trick after beating the offside trap and he had plenty of time to take the ball around the keeper to walk the ball in. 

Flying Scotsman Fran Donoghue made it 5-2 on 73 minutes from close range. Boca were briefly given some hope when James “Paddy” Ebanks scored the game’s best by curling a beautiful free kick around the wall, high into the net. 

But this response came too late for Boca who conceded for a sixth time in the last minute to David Taylor. 

Fidel’s Old Boys had an opportunity to draw level at the top of the table with league leaders OtisAir Wanderers in the second game at the Annex, but the Wanderers picked up all the points. 

There was little goalmouth action until the first score arrived on 35 minutes. 

Old Boys were forced into substituting their goalkeeper due to injury and the replacement stopper had little time to settle before he was picking the ball out of the net after being caught out at his near post by Jermaine Sutherland’s in-swinging corner. 

The Old Boys looked to hit on the counterattack as the Wanderers enjoyed the territorial advantage. The pressure eventually paid off for the Wanderers when Okive “Johnnie” Sutherland was set free following a quick interchange of passes, and his low shot across the keeper found the inside of the far post to make it 2-0. 

Conceding a second goal shook the Old Boys and four minutes later they were three down when Sutherland’s good work on the byline resulted in his near post cross being volleyed home by Ruel “Teacher” Haughton. 

Old Boys’ best chance of the game came late on when striker Nino Dilbert played one-on-one with the keeper, but his low shot was deflected away by the keeper’s legs. Ricky Parsons produced a stellar performance for the Wanderers. 

The match at Ed Bush between Harry’s and Luca produced a 1-0 victory for Harry’s. Harry’s enjoyed the better of the game and threatened the Luca goal on several occasions but were kept at bay by some heroic goalkeeping from Luca’s Shane Connolly. Harry’s striker Floyd “Irons” McKenzie was also thwarted by Connolly, as was Luciano De Riso. 

That was the way it remained until eight minutes from time when Harry’s striker Dan Stuber scored the winning goal. 

The remaining game of the weekend saw Whiskey Mist pick up their first win of the season with a comfortable 5-0 victory against Bounty Hunters. It was a spirited and hard working display by Hunters but they really never recovered from an early Eddie Arthurs goal. Strikers Johnny McLaughlin and Steve Lovell both scored in the first-half to make it 3-0 at the break. 

After the interval, Hunters were powerless to prevent McLaughlin and Lovell scoring again. 

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

Luciano De Riso of Harry’s is thwarted by Luca keeper Shane Connolly. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Luciano De Riso of Harry’s is thwarted by Luca keeper Shane Connolly. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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