Ebanks hat trick sinks Luca

The DHL Sunday League produced some impressive goals spread across the four football matches on match day 6. 

However, clear-cut chances were at a premium in the match between Whiskey Mist and OtisAir Wanderers at the TE McField Annex. The first half was largely confined to a midfield battle with the goalkeepers enjoying a trouble-free half. 

As the half progressed, OtisAir Wanderers gained more possession, but still lacked a cutting edge, resorting to long-range shots, none of which really threatened. 

With time running out, the Wanderers produced one of the few pieces of quality to light up the match five minutes from time. A chipped pass to forward Alwin Brooks produced a brilliantly cushioned header straight into the path of strike partner Ruel “Teacher” Haughton who, with his first chance of the game, smashed the ball past the goalkeeper high into the net from 15 yards for a 1-0 victory. 

There were more goals in the game that followed between Boca Juniors and Luca. 

Boca striker James “Paddy” Ebanks hit a brilliant hat trick. First it was Boca midfielder Alfredo Quiros, who broke the deadlock on eight minutes from close range. Five minutes later, Ebanks got his first goal to make it 2-0 before the interval. 

Fifteen minutes after the break, Luca’s prospects of getting anything from the match receded when Jernej Zavadlav picked up his second yellow card for kicking the ball away after Boca had been awarded a free-kick. Almost immediately afterward, for the second week running, Ebanks hit an outstanding free-kick from outside the box that swerved mid-flight to find the top corner. 

It was game over for Luca when Ebanks made it 4-0 for his hat trick after he sprinted clear of his marker and lofted the ball over the diving Shane Connolly in the Luca goal. 

The first game at Ed Bush in West Bay between Bounty Hunters and Fidel’s Old Boys saw the Old Boys keep joint second place in the table with a comfortable 4-0 win. 

For the second week running, Bounty Hunters conceded early on, which left them with an uphill task. 

This week, it was Nick Hoffman who netted on seven minutes and the Old Boys’ lead was doubled on the half-hour mark through striker Nino Dilbert. 

The Old Boys’ other main striker, Olar Razvan, who was making a return from suspension, made the game safe for the Blues when he converted before the interval. Peter Kendall hit the fourth for Old Boys on 74 minutes. 

Maples Revolution kept pace with Old Boys in second place on the table with a deserved win against Harry’s at Ed Bush. 

Maples left back Dennis Lee struck a terrific left-footed shot from the corner of the box that bulleted into the net via the far side post to put his side ahead on 13 minutes. 

Richard Crozier then kept up his fine scoring form by getting on the scoresheet for the fifth time this season for Maples when his cross from the byline resulted in a shot that the Harry’s keeper parried straight into his path and, as the Harry’s defenders called in vain for offside, he had the easiest of tap ins from a couple of yards out. 

Maples had further chances to pull further ahead but were made to wait until 66 minutes when Colm Flanagan latched onto a blocked shot to hit an unstoppable volley from inside the box that sizzled past the Harry’s keeper and into the net for a fine 3-0 win. 

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

OtisAir Wanderers defend a Whiskey Mist corner. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

OtisAir Wanderers defend a Whiskey Mist corner. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Alfredo Quiros opened the scoring for Boca Juniors. - PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Alfredo Quiros opened the scoring for Boca Juniors. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Rob Moorhead and Jermaine Sutherland are about to mount an attack for OtisAir Wanderers.

Rob Moorhead and Jermaine Sutherland are about to mount an attack for OtisAir Wanderers.

Whiskey Mist left back Sean Kelly had a solid game against his old team.

Whiskey Mist left back Sean Kelly had a solid game against his old team.

OtisAir Wanderers midfielder Cohen Daley, left, challenges for the ball.

OtisAir Wanderers midfielder Cohen Daley, left, challenges for the ball.

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James ‘Paddy’ Ebanks was in superlative form again.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. We enjoy reading the sports page, and I remember long time ago it was most interesting whereby every week end we looked forward in the news paper for the picture "Spot the ball"
    The score was there but the ball was removed, and once you put an X where the ball was and send it in you received a prize free ticket or something.
    This encouraged fans to go to the events and to luckily spot the ball. Think it can be brought back?

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  2. Twla…

    I”m sorry to disappoint you but those were the days of ”real” football in Cayman.

    You won’t get anything of a quality local game in which to spot anything now…much less the ball.

    When the Annex was torn up to be replaced by a ”rubber and asphalt” pitch, the last chance went to rebuild any quality in the football from the ground up.

    No real football can be played on such surfaces and that project is one of those that CIFA carried out that needs to be investigated fully.

    There is still no guarantee that the FBI probe will not reach these shores.

    As a matter of fact, I would be very surprised if their investigators do not eventually come knocking on the doors of CIFA.

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