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KBS and Pepsi batter each other to a stalemate

The first game of the morning in over 35’s soccer action was a good contest between two very closely matched teams.

By freelancer on September 28, 2022

The first game of the morning in over 35’s soccer action was a good contest between two very closely matched teams.

The first half was tight with not many clear-cut chances as the defences stood tall, although Klondike Business Solutions star goalkeeper Alejandro Pulido did fumble the first shot he faced into the net to give Pepsi the lead.

KBS were more direct in the second half, with Phil Jackson leading from the front, firing in two excellent goals.

The game became more stretched as the players who are not quite match fit started to feel the excesses of the summer and began gasping for air.

One player who is as lean as sirloin steak is Kruno Kunovic.

On loan from Yukon Brewing he again showed his new-found confidence in front of the goal as he slotted home his second of the game to help his adopted team to a deserved draw.

Both of these teams will be tough to beat during the season as there is depth in their rosters.

Hartmann and Knack seal first win for Yukoninfo.com

Yukoninfo.com were grateful for two players at the opposite end of the pitch.

Stu Knack in the Info goal was tremendous; he was instrumental in keeping his team in the lead with a string of great saves.

At the other end of the field, Matthias Hartmann did what he was signed to do, score goals.

His four goals were an exhibition in finishing each goal different in context but all expertly delivered.

Keith Welch returned to skipper his side, and at 2-1 at halftime Driving Force were in the game.

Welch gave a stirring team talk at the interval. It seemed he was the only one not to listen, as he passed the ball from the kickoff straight to Hartman, who never looks a gift horse in the mouth and promptly buried the ball in the back of the net.

However, as the big guns for Yukoninfo began to tire, Driving Force stuck to their task well and got back into the game through goals from Jonathan Hawkins, David Rayo and Jesse Koeller.

In the end, Info were hanging on as Driving Force exerted constant pressure, but the men in Orange managed to get across the line for their first points of the season.

Chieftain continue their winning ways

Chieftain and skipper Miles Hume have constructed a very balanced side and began the season in fine form.

Again they showed energy and fight as they put down a marker that they will be the team to beat this season.

Although they were down against Air North, you never thought that they would lie down and go meekly into the night.

Air North played some nice soccer, passing the ball around well and getting into good positions in front of goal and were well worth their lead.

Captain Iain Breckenridge again got his angles right as he scored his third goal of the campaign, and David Strachan was again positioned beautifully to add a second.

Normally this would precede Air North parking the bus in front of the goal, but in Mark Chandler, Hume and Will Chetcuti, Chieftain have the players to damage other teams.

They found the keys to the bus and drove away with the three points as they all scored and maintained their 100 per cent start to the year.

Breckenridge will feel that this was three points lost for Air North, but will be pleased by the way his team were able to compete with a very strong Chieftain side, who had picked up last year’s MVP Sean Macdonald in goal.

- submitted by ANDY TODD

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