DF Express needed a last-minute header from Wang Wei Zhi, his second goal of the game, to bag all three points against HK Zi Jing by a margin of 2-1. Wei Zhi had cut in from the left wing to open the scoring, but Kong Wai Lo had equalized before the last gasp winner. Shooters remain in second place three points off the top after a 3-1 win against Bants. It was a tight game for the most part, with Lee Hodson putting Bants ahead but a storming second half saw Fuminori Ishimaru, Yohei Nakao and Kenji Fukutani all get on the scoresheet to seal the win. BOC overcame the thin squad of Dragon Valley two nil thanks to strikes from Hungy Lau and Jerry Leung in a game where they had 70% possession. Taking advantage of a healthy subs bench in the heat, BOC raced into a two-goal lead before half time and kept the ball in the second half to keep the clean sheet intact. Game of the day though was the 4-3 thriller between Barbarians and Stray Dogs, with the latter coming out on top despite s stirring second half comeback. Thomson Yung put the Dogs one up before Kaki Tsang dispatched brilliant 20-yard free kick up and over the wall after an incident which also saw the Barbs keeper sent off for a professional foul. Thomson made it three nil with his second, a left foot strike and Bruce Mak made it 4 nil at the start of the second half. However, the late arrivals of Walter Vaz and Ngue Paul Olivier helped turn the tide in Barbs’ favour as both would score, along with Maxwell Phumlani to reduce the deficit to 4-3 but they couldn’t find an equalizer late on.
USRC Gunners took advantage of a rare Irish Harps defeat to move seven points clear at the top of the table after a 6-1 win against bottom side Revolution. With both sides struggling for numbers, the game was fairly even during a scrappy first half. Giacomo Galina put USRC up early before a deserved Revs equalizer by Andy Saxton after a lovely move. Ross Crichton made it 3 goals in two games with a drilled strike from the edge of the box to put the top side 2-1 up at the interval. A combination of better football, oppo mistakes and a slice of luck led to four second half goals without reply Sean Taylor getting two, Kieran McBride with a nice lob and an OG, the only blemish Gunners being a penalty well saved by the Revs keeper. DBFC did Gunners a favour by seeing the Irish off 2-0 down in TKO as Ethan Squires netted a double, the first a nice lob and the second towards the end as Harps chased the equalizer. The Irish lads missed a few chances but DBFC fully deserved the three points. In their battle to avoid the drop, Corinthians will be gutted to only come away from their game with Soho Spartans with a 2-2 draw having led two nil deep into the game. Isaac McGirr put Cors one up before the break with a nice finish after a cross into the box and Dhiraj Mukhi doubled the lead after other chances went begging, including a worldie save that would have made it 3-0. With 5 minutes to play, Tom Lipton curled one into the top bins and in the dying moments, Daniel Backenhaus snatched a late leveller leaving Cors in the bottom two.
J-Leaguers mid-season slump seems well and truly behind them as they continued their resurgence with a 3-0 win against Tropics. In an even first half, Takekazu Hiramatsu broke the deadlock scoring from the right side. A nice one-two left Kengo Takahashi through to make it two, nutmegging the keeper and Daichi Okamoto prodded home a loose ball from a corner to make it three. KCC Cavs won again to climb away from the bottom two with a fine second half fightback against HK Scottish. Stags were 2 to the good and feeling in control after a couple of fine finishes from Tommy Bartles and Jack Morris, one a curling left footer and the other a sensational volley. KCC were a different side second half though and scored three in fifteen minutes thanks to Sherehyar Piracha, Nikhil Narwani and Shum Yu Wai. Scottish could not re-group and find a way back into the game, so they drop a place to sixth in the table. Lastly in div 1, Goodfellas edged out Wanchai Spartans 1-0 in the heat with a Vu Pham goal while Sparts also missed a penalty with the score still 0-0.
In division two, Krauts bounced back after a couple of indifferent results with a late winner against Wanchai Wolves. With a much larger squad to choose form, it was a cagey opening but Simon Ranke nudged Ze Germans ahead just after the first water break. Wolves though roared back into contention and Hung Law rose highest to equalize from a well taken corner. In the last five minutes though, Sascha Cohrs used his belly to get the winner after a long throw-in. Coming off the back of their first win of the season last week, Vikings gained another point this week at the expense of HK Scottish Eagles. Vikings raced into an early 2-0 lead in blazing heat thanks to Philip Santilhano and John Olsen. Scottish though fought back strongly in the second half and had Will Banner and George Fenwick to thank for a share of the spoils.
Elsewhere in a tightly contested game, San Ps edged a 2-1 in against OSM with a worldie winner from Austin Tenny at the end of the first half. Joe Chagas had put OSM into a one nil lead after cutting inside from the left and finishing inside the near post. Joel Yang nodded home the equalizer though before the top corner strike which proved to be the winner. Mes and Samurai Blue were spared a game in the hot conditions due to a mix up with pitch booking but did get to play on Monday at KGV where John Bona and Liam Kelly ensured Mes came away with a 2-0 win. The well-timed goals came early in the first and early in the second half and Sam Blue couldn’t get back into it. KCC Royals always seem to be involved in high scoring close games where their keeper gets man of the match, and so it proved again as they overcame a resilient Legal Head by the odd goal in five. Michael Frank and Adrian Matuszeweski were the LH goal getters while Shu Kitamura, Kenneth Cheng and Karan Daswani were the match winners for KCCC.