Corinthians and USRC Gunners were able to take advantage of a below par DBFC display to make up two points on the leaders as we enter the business park of the season.
Kicking off the weekend of fixtures, as ever on Friday night, USRC overcame tough opposition in the form of Wanchai Spartans to run out eventual 3-1 winners. Kieran McBride continued is fine run of form with the opener, all be it fortuitously with a mishit shot that should have been dealt with. However, the Sparts GK made up for that error with a string of fine saves. That enabled Sparts to regroup at HT and come out firing second half, deservedly equalising through Ben Walters at the back post. Straight from the restart though, Marcus McMillan toe poked a beauty into the top corner and with their keeper needing to go to hospital with a nasty dislocated finger, McMillan added his second, Gunners’ third with a lob from 30 yards with their sub goalie all at sea.
Corinthians then jumped back into second place after a comfortable 3-1 win against Soho Spartans. Falling a goal behind through a lovely Li Yongsen free kick, Cors were right back in it a few minutes later again through a set piece but this time via a header. With the scores all square at the interval, Soho had no answers to the second half Corinthian display, as Jamie Foy added his second while Amanpreeet Mintoo made it 3-1. A good day all round for Cors gaffer Dan H, aside from getting smashed in the nether regions!
By his own admission, DB boss Dave R conceded his team were lucky to escape a great game with Scottish with a point as Kafi Harun’s goal against the run of play cancelled out Tommy Bartles’ strike for the Scots. Not sure which side were on the wrong end of a potential red card after a kick to the stomach, suffice to say the officials received a bit of a ribbing.
Elsewhere, AFC Forward picked up a valuable point thanks to an exciting 2-2 draw with Bants with both teams much happier with the refereeing team. With all four goals coming in the first half, it was a frantic 40 minutes. Forward enjoyed large spells of possession but Bants were always a threat on the counter. Mathieu Demange and Jose Lorenzo got the goals for Forward while Stefano Sorre and Eamon McMurray found the net for Bants. A point apiece leaves both teams on 8 points just ahead of the drop zone.
Goodfellas remained unbeaten with a convincing 2-0 win against J-Leaguers, and with a game in hand they could yet be the main threat to DBFC’s title charge. Not any details to go on from the game, only that Steve Franklin and Ed French were the match winners for the Fellas. Lastly, HK Krauts picked up their first win of the season against an under strength Club Tropicana, thanks in no small part to new signing Fritz Von Storch who netted all four goals for Ze Germans. It was even more impressive considering Tropics had raced into a two goal lead, through Kyle Wagner and Aidan Walker. However, a goal just before half time and two more in quick succession right at the start of the second half turned the game on its head, and despite pushing for an equalizer, Krauts added a late fourth to see them move onto four points and confidence that they can build similar performances in weeks to come to get out of the relegation zone.
It has taken until Week 10 in Division 2 but finally we saw the majority of results resembling some sort of footballing semblance. In a season that so far has been jam-packed with goals, Saturday’s games saw a couple of good old-fashioned 1-0 wins in addition to some closer contests throughout the league.
First up to report was BOCs vs Wanchai Wolves. Many would have predicted a comfortable afternoon for Wolves against a BOC side stuck on a solitary point so far this campaign, but it was far from that as the side sitting 2nd from bottom turned in a battling performance eventually going down 2-1. Ronnie Ho made the difference, scoring one and creating another as Will Kang nodded home the winner. Mohamed Lemistef getting what proved to be only a consolation for BOC. In a refreshing turn of events, the ref team received strong praise from both sides.
Samurai Blue have had somewhat of a resurgence of late but faced a daunting prospect against the consistently strong San Pells. Samurai were not helped by the tardiness of their keeper resulting in losing two early goals and despite staging a fight-back to bring the scores level at 2-2, the extra energy expended proved costly in the latter period as Pells edged ahead at the mid-point before wrapping up the win with a late 4th. James Redmayne(2), Peter Harrod and Tim Foster getting the goals for San Pells with Ahmed Jemli and Kevin Frimpong on target for Sam Blue.
Two other teams bang in form are Revolution and Old Speckled Men as 4th met 5th with both sides looking to make it 6 wins in a row. This truly was one for the football purists with neither side giving an inch in a toe to toe war. After half chances came and went for both sides and with the game drifting towards a stalemate, a driving run from Andy McLeod and a subsequent shot off the post fell perfectly for Jamie Ka Hei Chu to smash home the winner. It was very much ‘wrong place, right time’ according to Revo gaffer Snelly as he had just told his defensive midfielder to sit and protect but I’m sure he will be forgiven after sealing a crucial 3 points to keep Revo in the chase.
On the same pitch straight after, Legal Head and Shui Wei played out an equally attritional game with Viktor Cherednychock stooping to head home the only goal for Head to claim a welcome three points. Shui Wei pushed and piled on the pressure but their finishing let them down in a hard fought encounter at Wu Shan.
Mes strengthened their hopes of an immediate return to Division 1 by seeing off Young Guns 4-1. Even more impressive was that they managed to do so after having their keeper sent off in the first half for a handball outside the box. Young Guns were unable to capitalize on their man advantage with Raz Dansanghani, Ollie Davies, Liam Kelly and Chris Delaglesia doing the damage for the league leaders with Justin Wong replying for a Young Guns side who now need to put a great run together should they be harboring ambitions of making the top half split.
On to Monday night and the free-scoring KCC sides continued to strut their stuff at Kings Park. First up Royals comfortably saw off Shooters 4-0 with one of the most succinct match reports of the season from both sides. ‘Thanks for the game and good luck’ was the joint message meaning you can make your own summary up for this one.
MBFC can be forgiven for losing count of the score as they suffered a battering at the hands of KCC Cavs. With some confusion if it was 6 or 7 nil…….(actually it was 8), the Cavs lads moved the ball well and were ultimately far too quick for their opponents. Goals were always going to flow in this one and so it proved with ‘Hat-trick’ Harry Tse getting 3 with the remaining goals shared between Jason So, Mohit Ramchandani, Bennis Wong, Nikhil Narwani and Stefan Antonic.