KCC mourned the loss of Tim Moreno over the weekend who had been a member of the club for around five years, but sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. Both teams observed a minute’s silence, but the Royals were unable to secure the win in Tim’s honour, as they went down 2-1 to the Eagles. A George Fenwick brace was enough to see of the Royals despite Luca Merlone netting in a second successive game, leaving the cricket club as one of four teams yet to secure a point this season. Flying high at the summit of div 2 are Wanchai Wolves, who showed their predatory instincts in front of goal routing Mes 5-1. An own goal opened the scoring, but Mes were quickly on level terms through Alex Fong. A Jamie Milne free kick sailed straight in to put the Wolves 2-1 up and further goals from Willie Lee, Murphy Chan and Shane Burdekin completed the win, though it was perhaps a tad harsh on Mes who fought well.
The weekends biggest winners were Samaurai Blue, who smashed nine goals past Old Speckled Men. The match looked like being an even contest in the opening exchanges, but the Blues led 6-2 at half time. Playing on the counter-attack, they were able to add three more in the second half and despite OSM getting another one themselves, Samaurai ran out easy 9-3 winners. Doing the damage with a hat-trick each were Younes Aboubker and Ahmed Jemli, while Limbu Rishi Hang, Mir Zeshan and Nabin Guing also got on the scoresheet, Hang’s goal being the pick of the bunch. Joe Walker, Matt Bowman and Ben Wiggins added an ounce of respectability to proceedings for OSM.
It was a smash and grab job for San P’s, who were grateful to their keeper for a string of fine saves, as well as a last-minute penalty to see of the challenge from Legal Head. Jose Cabot got the lawyer’s goal, but Stuart Leigh for San P’s and then Simon Roberts from the spot kept safe their 100% winning start to the season. In a ding-dong affair between European powerhouses Krauts and Vikings, it was the Germans who came out victorious by three goals to one. In an even game, perhaps the turning point was a Leno own goal, which put Krauts 2 up having taken the lead through Oli Weston. Henrik Drud halved the deficit and gave the Vikings hope of snatching something from the game, but the goal machine that is Simon Rahnke was at it again and sealed the win with Krauts third of the match to leave them sitting pretty in third with 6 points from 6.
In division one, DBFC maintained their perfect start to their Legal League campaign after overcoming Goodfellas by the odd goal in five. The newly assembled management trio of Rollinson, Morson and Zoeller seems to be working, as the boys from the bay raced into a 2 goal lead, through Zoeller himself and veteran Paul Crompton. However, after making a few changes at half time, a disjointed DB allowed Fellas back into the game and Mathieu Demange and Sikandar Zayyad had the scores level for a while. DBFC got the winner though through Ethan Squires leaving them in second place on goal difference.
That’s because USRC put six past newly promoted KCC Cavs on Friday night, who were missing a number of their first choice 11. The Gunners took full advantage. The half time score was three nil, though it could have been more as chances were squandered. Second half saw Cavs play better and the score remained 4-1 for long periods but two quick USRC goals late on added gloss to the score. Scorers for USRC were Marcus McMillan (2), Kiearn McBride (pen), Giacomo Galina, Mark Jobling and Gwillym Cornes while Krish Sadhwani was the sole KCC marksman.
Game of the weekend was undoubtedly the 7-goal thriller between Revolution and Corinthians in Happy Valley, where some shocking defending helped with the goal fest. Revo went one up from a corner through Sam Webster, but Cors equalized thanks to an Alec Kotaskis volley. Cors then went ahead with a well worked Riccardo Chesti goal but Revo levelled matters after Chris Field’s high press forced the error, and he duly notched. Cors went 3-2 up after a harsh penalty was given for handball, with Jamie Foy making no mistake from the spot. Webster bagged his second of the day with a delightful run and rocket of a finish from 20 yards into the top bins, leaving the scores level at 3 apiece- and all of this in a frantic first half! In the second period, both sides were understandably more sluggish and league secretary Manjeet Brar was left to bask in all the glory by sealing the 4-3 triumph with a daisy cutter into the corner. Revs will rue the missed chances and despite a late onslaught, were unable to gain a share of the spoils.
Club Tropicana registered their first win of the season with a hard-fought success over HK Scottish Stags, who remain pointless after 2 games. After an even first quarter, Tropics were able to bring some quality off the bench as a trio of substitutions had the desired effect, with Kyle Wagner finding the onion bag with a fine strike, which deflected over the keeper. Stags player-gaffa Tommy Bartles switched things around in the second half, and although the change in formation saw them on top for long spells, they were unable to create any clear cut opportunities to break down a spirited Tropics defence. Also without a win are Soho Spartans, as their rivals Wanchai Spartans avenged their defeat at the back end of last season with a comfortable 2-0 win this time around. Daniel Dibden and Dan Barrie got the goals to ensure Stef and his lads have bragging rights with a derby success. Lastly in div 1, J-Leaguers and Irish Harps battled out a bruising 0-0 down in TKO on Friday. With chances for either side few and far between for most of the encounter, both sides would agree a point was fair, though it could have gone either way late on, as the Irish hit the bar while the Japanese lads saw a late shot dragged wide. Both managers lamented the courage of the match officials, as they seemingly struggled to keep things under control and credit to the Harps for keeping their cool after a late tackle should have seen a J-League player receive his marching orders. The two sides lie third and fourth in the table, both on 4 points with J-Leaguers being the only side in the division to not yet concede a goal.
In division three, Bants fired their way to joint top of the league with a convincing 6-2 win against Stray Dogs, who sit bottom. Leo Mimasu and James Bilbow actually had the Dogs ahead twice, but Alexis Devaud, Robin Jordan with 2, Perry Sea and Jeffrey Leung saw the Raptors safely home in a score-line which perhaps flattered them somewhat. Another team with a 100% record after two games are the Shooters who overcame a stubborn Dong Feng 3-2. Takayuki Ono, Yosuke Kuramae and Shinichi Yoshimoto were on hand to bag the goals, but Dong Feng felt like a draw would have been a fairer result. Wang Wei Zhi had them one goal up, and a solo effort from Liu Sheng Duo ensured the game went right to the wire, but they couldn’t grab the equalizer despite creating a number of good chances. BOC’s remain unbeaten but they could only manage a point against last week’s whipping boys Barbarians. Stevey Yeung and Jes Huan had seen BOC go into half time with a slender advantage, but a goalkeeping mistake allowed the Barbs in to nick a point in a much-improved performance that the gaffa was happy with. Rick Hartley and Onur Uzar were celebrating the goals which helped their side to a first point as newbies in the Legal League. In another close encounter, other newcomers HK Zi Jing grabbed their first 3 points of the season after a narrow one nil win against Dragon Valley. Deyang Kong was the match winner after a tight and intensive game, netting the all-important goal with an excellent header from an equally sublime corner delivery. The referee received some plaudits in this match with a rare 5 out of 5 rating!