Forward stretched their lead at the summit of Division One to 5 points with a 5-3 victory over Club Tropicana. Starting the game with only 9 players, Forward found themselves 1-0 down when Adam Bilbey scored directly from a free kick. However the league leaders drew level 10 minutes later when a straight forward ball over the top released Kafi Harun. Another Forward player arrived at halftime and they raced into a 3-1 lead with that man again Kafi Harun completing his hat-trick. Tropics pulled one back via a James Manning penalty but again found themselves two goals down when Jesus Parrilla netted. Back up the other end Adam Bilbey scored his 2nd and shortly after crashed one off the bar from 22 yards but it’s wasn’t to be Tropics day as Habib Spiller made it 5-3.
Corinthians faced Spartans at the newly laid Happy Valley Pitch 1 and they raced into a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes via Joe Darton, Reuben Cramer and Aron Russel. However, like their ancient ancestor the Spartans boys were up for the fight and got their act together with new signing Jorginho (got to be good if he’s only got one name!!) scoring 2 wonder goals to make it 3-2 at half time. Spartans were dominant in the second half and finished the game off as a contest scoring 4 more via Will Cortes, Nick Wood, Stuart Pollock, Wiebe Rietberg.
Mes continued their winning run running out impressive 2-0 winners against J-Leaguers with a double from Massie Khallon which takes them up to 5th in the league.
Gunners and Goodfellas faced off on the Friday night game with Fella’s running out 2-1 winner. A frustrating evening for the Kowloon boys with their manager commenting they deserved nothing from the game. Fellas scorers Daniel Derani and Rafael Wenk while the consolation for USRC coming via Marc Myers.
Discovery Bay lost ground at the top when they drew 1-1 with Krauts. DB took the lead just before half time with their first chance in the game via Robin Cross. Krauts main man Bastian Braun scored from the penalty spot when DB handled on the line resulting in a second yellow. Both teams pushed on but it ended in a stalemate.
San P’s pegged back the high flying Stags in a 1-1 draw but needed a Mark Eade “goal of the season contender” to cancel out Stags who had scored via an OG.
In Division 2, the title race is still tight but we now got a leader with some advantage. New joiners Vikings continued their invincible run to beat TWF 4-2 to surge to the top. TWF had a slow start and loss of concentration in the beginning, probably due to majority of players just arrived minutes before the kick-off. Vikings got no mercy and punished TWF with 2 quick goals, but Hang Ng’s tap in from 2 yards put TWF back on the track. After the break TWF pushed up looking for an equalizer but their hope was crushed by the header from Viking’s playmaker. TWF defence commited another fatal error at their back to give in the 4th goal, but still they put their heads up and finally Hin Li made no mistake on the spot to earn back some pride for TWF. Golden Boot favourite Lars Nielson was the hat-trip hero for Vikings while Kristian Nielson also contributed a goal.
Bants missed the chance to go to the joint top when they fell to a last-minute –equalizer by Shui Wei FC. Chee Wong, Alexis Devaud and Kenny Lam all hammered once for the Bants but these goals were all cancelled out by the brace from Tony Walsh and one from Stephen Whatcott.
Team Shotgun maintained the current good form and cruised to an easy 3-0 victory over MBFC. Aric Shek, Derek Huang and Tim Lee all put their name on the score sheet to put their team to join-second with Bants.
Elsewhere Soho Spartans beat Blue Samurai 1-0 relying on the goal from Li Yongsen, who is closely chasing Lars Nielson in the run for the Golden Boot. Young Guns also recorded a 4-1 victory over BOCs with goals from Albert Tong, Tatlai Wong and Dave Tse (2). Jase Lee was the scorer of the consolation goal for BOCs.
No winner could be found in the tough and close match-up between Legal Head and Old Speckled Men. Veteran striker Amin Ashraf reported duty with a double for Legal Head but Amro Abass and Arun Makhoja both responded with a goal each for the Old Men and they ended up all square at 2-2.
On Monday, KCC Cavaliers showed their power on their home soil after thrashing Shooters 6-2, relying on goals from Stefan Fernandez and Harry Tse. “All of you are good players with good spirits,” said manager of Shooters Toshio Sugimoto, who got a goal himself and his teammate Takayuki Ohno also banged in once.
Royals refused to surrender when they were down by 1-4 with 10 minutes to go to force out a 4-4 draw in the thriller with Revolution. Matt Creighton’s brace and a goal each from Brian Gillot and Kieran Robinson built up a comfortable lead for the Revo and when it seemed that everything was done, Luca Merlone took over and hammered 4 goals in the night to save a point for the home team.