Five games at the weekend saw some really interesting match ups, as we move two thirds of the way through the 2018/2019 season.
Friday night lights saw Casuals take on Aioli, at the familiar UWC Dover. Casuals looking to make it three wins on the bounce and their opponents with no wins in their last four. Casuals took the lead and are always dangerous in attack, and Aioli could be forgiven for thinking, it might not be their day. However, to their credit Aioli changed tactics and found opportunities, nice to see some defenders on the score sheet in this one. A much needed win and 3-1 to Aioli.
The 3pm kick off over on pitch one, saw OGS take on GSAS. OGS having had a good win over Latini last week, looking to back that up against a team in GSAS, whom they’ve had difficulties with previously. This was a game which historically has been full of goals. 1-1 at HT and all to play for in the second half.
A back and forth tussle it’s seems with counter attacking winning the day, two for OGS top scorer this season, Kike, making it 20 thus far, joint top with Joe Cadden and Mike Sharples. Back to back wins for OGS, and fourth spot in the table.
Pitch 2 at Turf city saw Hotspurs take on the resurgent Nippon, whom have remained unbeaten in their last four. Tricky game to report on, but it sounds like a pretty even affair and that a draw was the right result. A share of the spoils, ending 2-2.
Latini took on Hibs on pitch 2 for the five O’clock game. Both sides losing their last league match, getting a W back on the board part of the game day agenda I’m sure. Always a close affair between these two outfits whom know each other very well, all adding to the spice.
Latini with quality through out and always at the top end of the table, found themselves behind. Thorin striking first for the vastly improved Hibs. This perhaps sprang Latini into action, 1-1 at HT with Ruairidh finding the back of the net. All to play for in the second half, with chances for both sides. Hibs keeper, Colin pulling off some highlight reel saves by all accounts. But it was to go the way of Tally’s men this time, and a valuable 3 points for the red and and whites.
SCC took on this seasons enigma the Vikings, at Dempsey. Quality through out, and a top goal scorer amongst the Viking ranks. Vikings are a match for anyone on their day. SCC would be looking to close the gap on leaders TGA, with their game in hand. A dry pitch and sweltering hot day met the players. With conditions playing a factor, taking an early lead could be a telling factor.
It was the Vikings whom drew first blood. Sorensen cutting in from his wing and dispatching nicely. 1-0 at HT. This no doubt will have stirred SCC into action. A mass of pressure and peppering of the Vikings goal by Plain and Shotton, resulted in a Viking seeing red. The pressure of playing against 10 men perhaps too much against a strong outfit, coupled with extremely difficult conditions. SCC found their equaliser via Cullinane. An epic battle ending 1-1.
An exciting set of fixtures this weekend, across the cup and plate. Good luck to everyone involved.