Plenty to catch up on in division two where Krauts will have to wait and see if they or Scottish Eagles will be crowned champions when they meet each other this weekend. That’s because Krauts dropped points against KCC Royals in a competitive game. A good Simon Ranke strike put Krauts one up but a Raphael Bouceht equalizer with a hint of offside got KCC level. Angel Suarez looked to have won it with a neatly taken free kick but Royals sub Will Jin denied the title celebrations with the last kick.
Scottish Eagles have been breathing down Krauts necks of late and they recorded back to back wins of 3-0 and 4-0 over Wolves and San P’s respectively to leave them knowing a win v Krauts would gift them the title. Will Banner, Jack Boardman and an OG were the scorers against Wanchai while Sam Wolstenholme, Kiran Rapaka, Will Banner and Howard Kelly did the damage against the water boys.
San P’s over took KCC Royals after beating them 3-2 in the rearranged Thursday game. Luca Merlone put Royals one up but Reid Bailey equalized. An OG put KCC back ahead but San P’s won it with Bailey’s second and an Austin Tenny goal, the winner being a header from a corner with 5 mins to play. In the bottom six, Legal Head overcame OSM 3-0 on a fresh and windy night in TKO as Dean Brophy bagged a brace, with Christophe Armand getting the other. Legal Head would then go on to lose to Blue Samurai in a game that sealed Mes’ demotion to LL 3. Mir Zeshan, Khan Waleed and Ahmed Jemli got the goals as Michael Frank got the LH reply.
Mes had given themselves a fighting chance after their 2-1 win against Vikings the week before as they snatched the win in the dying moments coming from a goal behind. Cesar Lastra had given Vikings the lead, but they reckoned without the quick thinking Mes who took a neat corner which was finished by Massie Kallon before Liam Kelly’s late winner. The only other game played saw Vikings beat OSM 1-0 thanks to Gordon Leung in a game that saw a remarkable three red cards!
Stray Dogs and Shooters both won to set up a one off title decider next week, with both teams already assured of promotion. Shooters had Haruto Matsumoto to thank for their narrow win against BOC’s with a winner in the last 10 minutes. Stray Dogs’ win came against Dong Feng and the went one up after Eugene Kan was tripped and Thomson Yung made no mistake with the pen. Kan then set up another as Leo Mimasu rose highest to head home making it two, and the Dogs were grateful to MOM Barry Cheung in goal for a string of fine saves. Elsewhere Bants overcame HKZJ 2-0 thanks to goals from Jack Liam and Alexis Devaud and a strong defensive display. In the other match, Ngue Paul Oliver got all three goals in Barbarians’ 3-1 win against Dragon Valley, who has Mo Sarti to thank for their only goal.
Champions in div 1 USRC Gunners saw of a dogged DB in a 5-4 epic at Kings Park on Friday. USRC raced into a 4 goal lead with goals from Sean Taylor, Giacomo Gallina, Matthew Logan and Taylor again but a couple of errors had DB go in 4-2 at HT, Tita Chou and Daniel Loup with the goals. Sean Taylor sealed his hat-trick with an unbelievable goal of the season, smashing a volley into the top bins after a corner to make it 5-2 but Chou’s long range second and an A Mahama free kick made for a nervy last few minutes for the champions.
Irish Harps failed to capitalize on the DB defeat as they drew 2-2 with Club Tropicana in a random Sunday game. Cian McNamara got both Irish goals but Kyle Wagner and T De Vies earned Tropics a share of the points. KCC Cavs then beat the Irish 7-2 to keep them in division one next season as Krish Sadhwani helped himself to four goals, with Stefan Antonic, Alvin Wai and Chris So getting the others. Fionn Carr and Mark Sullivan made the score respectable enough for the Harps. JL and Fellas had fought out a drab 0-0 before the Japanese lads then overcame HK Scottish Stags 3-2 with goals from Satofumi Suzuki, Daichi Okamoto and Kenichi Sekino. Stags had gaffa Tommy Bartles to thank for their two goals but the result flattered them. Special metion to JL match winner Sekino who has battled back from a long illness at 54 years of age to prove that age is just a number. Clayon Gibb grabbed a hat-trick while Marc Beaton got two as Soho Spartans with a ‘host of HKFC ringers’ overcame Tropics 5-0 and Wanchai Spartans beat Revo by the same scorewith Oli Baijings getting a hat-trick, while Ali Thompson and Louis Feighan got the other two. Lastly, Vu Pham had two with Dino Dedic and Sam Millar also scoring as Goodfellas beat Cors 4-0 in a game that summed up Cors season with too many mistakes.