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A Driving Force: Murphy does it again

Eric Murphy has started the season like a man possessed;

By freelancer on October 7, 2019

Eric Murphy has started the season like a man possessed; the big Irishman may be looking at a call up to the full Ireland side if this form continues. He stroked in 4 goals as he led his Driving Force side to a 5-4 win over Yukon Info.com in over 35’s soccer action. Driving Force had cruised into a big lead through Murphy’s goals and an absolute rocket from Marcelo Gortari, but Yukon Info’s stand-in skipper Phil Jackson rallied his troops by scoring a goal and slowly they gained a foothold into the game, with Ciaran Connolly and Nathan Bingham having big performances and a goal apiece. However, Murphy was able to split the deadlock with a well-taken winner and maintaining Driving Forces’ 100 per cent start to the season.

Adil Khalik got Yukon Info’s other goal.

Maratos is the hero everyone is looking for

George Maratos made true the old adage; heroes don’t always wear goalie gloves, as he scored the winner that took his Yukon Brewing side to a 4-3 win against a gallant Klondike Business Solutions side. Maratos stepped up to the need for some offence in his team with two goals, his second goal, with only a minute left on the clock meant there was no time for KBS to get back into the game.

This was a more robust performance from Yukon Brewing, who controlled the game throughout and made their pressure count. Mark Sebek for the Brew had a fantastic game, showing the kind of fight needed to win games, and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when one of his efforts hit both posts before coming back into play.

Martin Farrow opened the scoring for Yukon Brewing and skipper Mark O Brien grabbed a goal, with Andy Todd, Nathan Cross and Bruno Bourdache getting the goals for KBS.

Westmark on a roll

In the late game, Westmark looked to keep their winning streak going against Pepsi.

In a tight game where passing and control in the final third would be the eventual difference, both teams worked hard to carve out openings. The first half however, was punctuated with effort but not much reward except for Justin Carre’s fine run and strike giving the yellowmen a slender, but deserved lead at the half.

Pepsi stepped up the pressure early in the second half but Westmark extended their lead through Oscar Pacheco Rodriguez.

Pepsi quickly pulled one back after a trademark Guliano Rayo shot was parried into the path of Jim Brown who couldn’t miss from 3 yards. Pepsi searched for the equalizer but their touch when it mattered, just wasn’t there; with numbers committed upfield Dale Cheeseman made the game save for Westmark, and the game ended 3-1 to Westmark.

Submitted by Andy Todd

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