Saturday 23rd November was set aside as a "catch up" weekend for postponed games with four taking place in Division One.
The performace of the weekend went to DBFC as they obliterated a sorry Soho Spartans 8-1. When they have a full squad available DB are still a force to be reckoned with and this was the case as they raced into a 5-0 half time lead. The second half was a more even affair but DB still won that half 3-1 to add to their five half rout. The result takes the current champions to 7th in the standing with their next aim to be getting back into the top half. Soho's sit in 9th due to a better goal differecne to Mes and one point above Forward who have a game in hand over both. Scoreres for DB were Ethan Squires (3), Kafi Harun (2), Alex Snow, Gabriel Brettel and Matthew Hoare with the solo strike for Sohos coming from Patrick Malingula.
After back to back defeats in their top of the table clashes it was back to winning ways for Wanchai Spartans as goals from Ali Thompson (2), Oli Baijings, Dan Barrie and José Aguilar saw them run away with a 5-2 victory against Forward FC. Spartans raced into a an early 2-0 but were pinned back to 2-2 by Forward into the second half, however, Spartans proved they are up for the fight and finished the game midway through the second half with a quick fire treble. Spartans leapfrog USRC on goal difference into 2nd place on 20 points with USRC having a game in hand.
While the performance of the weekend went to DB, the game of the weekend was played out on Happy Valley Pitch 2 as a 5 goal thriller went the way of HK Scottish. Falling behind to a Jevon Marsh goal after 5 minutes, Revo got back into the game but couldn't find the net. Scottish stretched their lead to 2-0 via Miles Winter after some poor marking but this seemed to only spur on the Revo boys and with 15min to go they got one back from Jamie Kelly. This lifted the team further and an equaliser soon came, again from that man Kelly. Revo pilled on looking for the winner and a dramatic comeback but were to be undone by Scottish who capatalised on a loose pass outside the Revo box to take all 3 points. Tom Canham the hero for Scottish.
Goodfellas and J-Leaguers had both played eight games before the weekend and with their two games in hand could catapult themselves back into the mix with two wins. In a tight affair it was the men from the Land of the Rising Sun who scored the only goal via Hiroaki Akaishi with the result taking J-Leaguers up to 4th in the table on 17 points and with a game in hand on 2nd placed Spartans who sit on 20 points.
Vikings conquered the Sea as Kargo delivered the goods in their game against Bants. It was Perry Sea who got on the score-sheet for a Bants side riddled with inconsistency this season. They were quick to admit that they were punished for their mistakes as Vikings played some decent stuff throughout. Soren Kargo, Hebo Christensen and Kasper Munk with the strikes to give Vikings 3 goals and 3 hard earned points to put them bang in contention.
Another side challenging at the top are Irish Harps who are in the handy habit of blowing sides away at the moment. Their physicality was far too much for MBFC to deal with as Chris Corcoran ran riot, helping himself to 4 to go with further goals from Lee McQuad (2) and Ian Killoughery. With a juicy encounter against Goodfellas in the cup to come, it will be interesting to see if Harps can prove themselves as Division 1 quality as they push on for promotion.
It’s been a slightly more mixed bag of results for Scottish Eagles who are also in their debut Legal League season but they moved closer to the top half with a comfortable 4-1 success over Young Guns. It could have been so different for Young Guns who took the lead early on through Terence Leung but Scottish hit back with goals from Howard Kelly (2), Brent Sanson and Ben Cadman to ensure the Eagles flew away with maximum points.
Shooters and Old Speckled Men are two sides that are generally involved in tight games so it was no surprise to see this one settled by a solitary goal. Both sides got stuck in during a game of attrition and passion as they looked to force a result. Speckles took an early lead through Steve Harrington and produced a dogged defensively display that Mourinho would be proud of as they held firm to repel the Shooters attack. On another day the Japanese side may have nicked a point but due to a combination of the post and a slight lack of cutting edge, they left empty handed.
In a battle of the long standing and well established clubs, Legal Head came out on top against BOCs on the new Ma On Shan pitch. Gone is the landing strip and this encouraged Head to drive deep with plenty of penetration. 1-0 at HT following a fine finish from the edge of the box, the tired BOCs lads suffered in the final 20 mins as Legal added 4 more to secure a comprehensive 5-0 win. Thomas Bombaderi (2), Mike Frank (2) and Terence Lim getting the goals.
In what was always going to be an open and exciting encounter, Cavs faced off against Sam Blue with both sides aiming for promotion and playing some of the best football in the division. In what was surely a classic encounter, it was Cavs who shaded it 5-4 but sadly there were more goals than there were words in the match report so giving the benefit of the doubt to both gaffers that they were too exhausted from all the drama.