The league is starting to take shape now, with most teams having played a third of their fixture list thus far.
Gaelic Lions are getting stuck into a bit of Friday Night Lights action at their new venue, UWC Tampines. The change in location seems to be paying dividends. They were up against The Vikings, whom have been on a run of bad form lately, losing three back to back. A must win for both really, having by their own high standards, not hit the heights the league would perhaps have expected, from two strong outfits. On a difficult night, from a weather point of view, both teams slugged it out, with Gaelics coming out on top with the all important three points. Conor King bagged a couple and MOM in the process.
An absolute barn stormer played out for the second Friday night game, the pioneers of Friday night lights in recent times, Casuals, took on SCC whom were sitting top after seven games. Good games between these two over the years, and this one followed suit, a feast for the neutral. Far too much to report, sounds like this one would need its own article. In summary, this game had three brace’s, David Phelps (Casuals), Liam Shotton (SCC), Andrew Hutcheon (SCC), a hattrick from Joe Cadden and two missed penalties from SCC. A share of the spoils, FT 5-5.
Pitch 1 and a 3pm kick off at the home of Comso football, saw Latini take on GSAS. Both teams winning their previous weeks fixture, and sitting in the top half of the league. A tight game by all accounts, with each team having limited opportunities. I am also beginning to pad out this dialogue, by proclaiming I am padding things out. A fortuitous goal for Latini from a set piece, saw them steal the show and maximum points. The game ending 1-0.
Over on pitch 2 however, it was a completely different state of affairs. Another ten-goal thriller, slightly more one sided than the one from Friday night. OGS have shown they have real flair in attack, with plenty of goals in their locker this season. They continued that form with seven this time out, and it was unfortunately Aioli whom were on the other end of it. Aioli have plenty of quality, so surely, they will bounce back. Eight different scorers in this one, three for Kike Sanchez & two for Mathieu Debrand. That hattrick from Kike, keeping him top of the goal scoring charts.
5pm kick off, back on Pitch 1 saw TGA take on Hotspurs, whom were looking for their first win of the season. Rangers looking to make it four on the bounce, both teams needing to win for very different reasons. All ways a good game against Hotspurs and played in good spirit. Rangers raced out the blocks and lead 4-1 at HT, some neat goals and great finishing from Mike Sharples and Victor Felicia. Hotspurs started really well in the second stanza, and put a huge amount of pressure on Rangers, thanks to two excellent finishes from Josh Donovan. Rangers weathered the storm and ran out 6-3 winners.
The final game of weekend saw Hibs, whom have the second-best defensive record in the league, take on FC Nippon whom were sitting bottom of the table. On a heavy pitch and large PSA pitch, both teams had their work cut out. Nippon still searching for their first win of the season, may have been unlucky not to collect three point on this occasion. Stalemate in the end. FT 0-0, a rare result this season