Scottish Stags laid down a marker as to their title credentials with a thumping 7-0 win against Corinthians on Friday night, with the losing Gaffa suggesting their opposition looked like potential champions in the making. Going in at half time 2-0 up, they powered away in the second half. Sean Taylor grabbed a hat-trick, while both Austin Tenny (2), Miles Winter and Jack Hackett were the other goal scorers on an evening to forget for Cors.
Also showing signs of fighting it out at the top are KCC Cavs, who gave J Leaguers another defeat on Monday night. J-Leaguers welcomed back Shunske Nakamura for his first game of the season, but he left his shooting boots at HKFC in the first half while Cavs took full advantage, racing into a 3-0 lead with Josh Powell’s back post header the pick of the goals. It was more of the same in the second half, as KCC were 5-0 up with 10 minutes left- George Yang, Stefan Antonic (2) and Shehreyar Piracha doing the damage. Credit to the Japanese lads though, as they tried to salvage something from the game, grabbing three late goals to at least add some consolation to an otherwise poor performance- Shun Hamano (2) and Susumu Hatekeyama on the scoresheet.
Still leading the way at the top though courtesy of goal difference are Discovery Bay, though they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw against HK Krauts. DBFC went one up through Nick Bradley but were pegged back minutes later via Florian Puchinger’s out-stretched boot diverting a free kick home. After the break, DBFC were twice ahead thanks to Bradley’s second and a Benjamin Ortega strike, but a physically superior Krauts came back at them both times- with set plays once again proving decisive- as Simon Sarnovski and Simon Ranke equalized for the second and third time in the match to ensure a share of the spoils. Krauts are fifth on ten points.
Soho Spartans earned their first three points of the season to close the gap on their opponents Goodfellas to just one point as they sit second and third bottom respectively, thanks to a 2-0 win. Player-manager Jonathan Thompson drew the short straw having to play in goal, but will be delighted with a clean sheet after a late GK drop out. Sparts went one up from a counterattack, as the move was finished off at the back post with an Ian Samson header. Soho were unfortunate not to double their lead as the refs failed to spot that the ball had crossed the line, but thankfully for them- it did not affect the score-line as Jia Wei He tapped home a rebound in the second half to seal the win.
Wanchai Spartans are finding their feet and won again with a 4-1 victory against Scottish Eagles. Sparts went one up after 10 mins, but George Fenwick soon equalized. Sparts though were back in front before the interval and went on to dominate proceedings thereafter, scoring another two without reply. Indeed, a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping were the reasons it was no more than four. As it was, Yann Guermeur settled for a brace while Oli Baijings and Ali Thompson had one apiece.
Saving the best for last though and undoubtedly the game of the weekend came at the Valley on Saturday afternoon as Tropics and Irish Harps battled out a spectacular 4-4 draw in a game for the ages. Tropics were one up early as a long ball was mis-judged by the Irish CB leaving Olly Watson to lob the keeper with a sublime finish from the edge of the box. The game was turned on its head though as Ian Killoughery refused to give up what looked like a lost cause, keeping the ball in and pulling it back to Cian McNamara to loop a finish into the far corner. Ronan O’Boyle held off his man from a set play moments later to make it 2-1, but Tropics levelled thanks to a Kyle Wagner header from a free kick of their own. Into the second half and Tropics would twice take the lead, firstly thanks to Wanger’s second after a lovely Steve Cairns through ball but the 3-2 lead didn’t last long as Killoughery again profited from poor defending at an Irish set piece. Guru Singh thought he had won it with a worldie finish into the top corner after successive nut megs that had the crowd on their feet. However, O’Boyle was on hand almost straight from the restart to tap home his second, Harps’ fourth and neither team was able to get the ninth goal in a pulsating game. Tropics sit fourth on eleven points with the Irish in sixth on nine points, with all teams having played six games.
Legends League over 35s season finally concluded with league Champions DBFC Vets remain undefeated with 16 games played 15 win's and one draw. Manager Gary Rollinson was delighted with the sides finally game of a very long 2020/2021 season with triumphant 3-0 win against 2nd place HKFC. Although the title was won before this game, both teams still produced a good competitive standard of football. DBFC got their first goal after 20 mins played the other 2 goal came in the last 5 mins and HKFC had plenty possession and opportunities to score.