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Air North Rangers come back to win

In the first game back after an enforced lay off saw Air North put together a fine second-half performance to maintain their lead in the Over 35’s soccer league, as they beat Yukon Brewing 5-2

By freelancer on January 8, 2021

In the first game back after an enforced lay off saw Air North put together a fine second-half performance to maintain their lead in the Over 35’s soccer league, as they beat Yukon Brewing 5-2

In the first half, it was all Yukon Brewing, as they outplayed Air North and should have gone into the interval comfortably ahead. But, their 2-1 advantage quickly eroded away as the Brew ran out of steam, and Air North remembered how to play together again.

Marcelo Gortari was central to this revival as he pushed his team forward.

The Brewing back line retreated right back onto their own half allowing Air North to run riot.

Gortari hit two goals, as did “find of the season” Huy Ngugen, with Creed “the Hunter” Swan picking up the other goal. Ciaran “three-pay”Connolly showed how fitness is an important asset in the league, while Jason Steel of Brewing showed how eating three turkey dinners isn’t.

The only cloud on the horizon for Air North is that skipper Iain Breckenridge will now be sitting on two yellow cards for the rest of the season, as again he was booked for a savage assault on one of  the opposition players.

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performance seals win

As the first half of the season ended, Yukon Info was firmly planted at the bottom of the league table, but 2021 already seems to have more potential as they beat Klondike Business Solutions 3-2 in the second game of the day.

Led courageously by Danny Macdonald, Yukon Info blasted out of the blocks scoring two goals early on, and continued to control the game through their tight defence and hard pressing of the KBS midfield.

Although, if Matthius Hartman and Gord Barker had hit the target for KBS the game may have had a different feel to it.

When Yukon Info hit their third goal, the game was all but over as they continued to make life uncomfortable for their opponents.

KBS did rally toward the end with goals from Andy Todd and Charles Mcleod, but it was too little too late for them as they recorded their third-straight defeat.

Goal scorers for Yukon Info were Danny Macdonald, Michael Zuccarini and Graham White.

Phil Jackson in the goals again

In a game with many substitute players appearing for both sides, it was not surprising that the game didn’t have much flow.

The rhythm wasn’t there, as both Driving Force and Pepsi struggled for control of the game.

Not playing for five weeks may have also been a consideration as tired bodies tried to find a breakthrough.

Phil Jackson, a genuine legend of the league with more than 100 career goals, added two more to his total as he tried to encourage his team to find deeper reserves of energy.

Pepsi will always be difficult to play against when skipper Mark Obrien is playing.

His commanding performance, including a rare goal, was one of the reasons this game ended tied at two goals apiece.

As the season continues both teams will be sharper and more battle ready for the adventures to come.

Guiliano Rayo scored the other goal for Pepsi.

– submitted by ANDY TODD

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