Forward manager Asaif Premji was lavishing praise upon his team after they put Corinthians to the sword in a dominant display. Leading the scoring was Kafi Harun who took home the match ball with a hat-trick, Damien Martinez scored a "stellar" volley to make it 4-0 with Silvio Jit Ruprah netting his 3rd in three games after deserting San P's after Christmas to round off the scoring. However man of the match would go to Jesus Collado who assisted in all of the five goals turning in a "dazzling" display.
At the other end of the table, the writing may be on the wall but it's not written yet in permanent ink and San P's showed they'd continue to fight by picking up a crucial win against Mes. In a scrappy game played out at Happy Valley it was a brace from the unlikely source of San P's center back Pete Harrod that secured their 2nd win of the season. Mes continue to have a strange season, losing their first 4 games before winning their next 5 games they have now lost 5 and drawn 1 from their last 6 games - Will Harvey scoring their goal at the weekend.
USRC continued their good run in 2018 coming out 3-1 victors against Krauts taking themselves into 4th position on 22 points with both managers acknowledging the score line to be an accurate reflection of the game. Stephen Cairns, Pete Crowe and Federico Martorell ensured the points for USRC with Bastian Braun notching the conciliation to take his personally tally into double figures for the season. USRC Sadly the biggest talking point from Friday night was the ref and his assistants in what has been described as an "abysmal" performance with absolutely no control exerted across the game.
J-Leaguers suffered their 2nd straight loss going down to a HK Scottish Stags 3-1 that took the Scots to 3rd and the Japanese to 6th in the league. Stags took an early lead via Lorenzo Gattai with the rest of the 1st half remaining an equally contested game. There was some confusion surrounding a J-Leaguers free kick which hit the back of the net with the ref initially disallowing it for being an indirect free kick but altering the decision to offside after a follow up with his linesman. J-Leaguers then equalized from a well taken corner via Masayuki Sakai but Stags fought back with two good team goals finished by Thomas Bartles and Howard Kelly to take the 3 points back to Joe Bananas.
Spartans and Tropics shared the spoils on the excellent grass pitch at Happy Valley (Pitch 5) but while an overall fair result it is Spartans who felt they had dropped 2 points as Tropics scored with the very last touch of the ball. Capitalizing on hesitant play in the Tropics defense Will Cortes put Spartans 1-0 up which remained in place till half time. Tropics levelled things up through a good team goals down the right hand side culminating in Michael Gee putting the ball past the excellent Spartans keeper. The scores were only level for 5 minutes however when Spartans won a free kick circa 25 yards out and Erez Asaraf tucked it into the top bin with a lovely right foot strike. A point blank save from the aforementioned Spartans keeper kept out Tropics captain Paul Ryding and it looked to have secured all 3 points but a Jonny White goal deep into injury time ensured Tropics stay above Spartans on goal difference (albeit played 2 more games).
DBFC continued their pursuit of Forward and kept pace winning 2-0 against a strong Goodfellas team with Thierry Jacquemin and Christian Romano scoring. DBFC was dominant in the 1st half pinning back Fellas but with a tactical change it was Fellas who had the better of the 2nd half but didn’t have the luck on the day citing a crucial off-side decision that didn't go their way at 1-0 and missing a one on one. With Forward not playing this weekend DBFC has the chance to go top should they win a tough game at USRC.
Waiting for Division Two report....