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Macdonald back to best for Yukoninfo

It’s been a long hard season for Danny Macdonald.

By Freelancer on March 17, 2023

It’s been a long hard season for Danny Macdonald. He has been beset by injuries and holidays, but on Saturday he was bouncing around like a newborn lamb, as he led his side Yukoninfo.com to a 9-3 win over Driving Force.

This game was a potential banana skin for the third seeds, as Driving Force is full of talented players, but it was a non-contest when skipper Keith Welch had to don the gloves, as no keeper arrived.

The luck the Driving Force team were looking for deserted them early on when Jonathan Hawking deflected a rebound into his own net for the opening goal.

From there it was a procession for Yukoninfo.com, apart from a tricky 10 minute spell where Driving Force scored three goals through Jesse Koeller, David Rayo and Jonathan Hawkins.

Macdonald grabbed a hat trick, as did big German Matthias Hartmann and there was a goal apiece for Adil Khalik and Andy Todd, as Yukoninfo.com moves on to the next round of games.

Zuccarini does the business

Mike Zuccarini is gearing up for the finals with an epic display of finishing, as Pepsi beat Yukon Brewing to progress to the semi finals 8-1.

Brewing only had five outfield players and it was going to be a big ask for them to get anything from the game. They actually scored first through Fabian Glyka, but from then on it was all Pepsi.

The great Zuccarini had an eye for goal and he backed it up with some lovely goals, as he claimed an hat trick. Graham White scored two goals and there was a return to scoring ways for Irishman Eric Murphy, as he got a brace himself.

Murphy is a humble man and doesn’t like headlines so he decided to miss a couple of open goals so he wouldn’t get his name in the paper.

Yukon Brewing stuck to the task up until the end, with all the players looking like they had been through a car wash by the time the final whistle was blown.

Poor Peter Mather from the Brew must have been regretting coming back to the real world, instead of sitting in a hole in the ground taking pictures.

Victory snatched from the clutches of Chieftain

Ronaldo, Messi and Pele would have been proud of the performance of Sandy Gross. His heroics smashed Chieftains’ hope of redemption, as his team Klondike Office Solutions caused a massive upset, beating Chieftain in penalty kicks after a 5-5 tie in regular time.

In a see-saw game, KOS took a 2-0 lead, only for Chieftain to come back and take the lead, but in Gross, KOS had an Antman type hero.

His speed and finishing was at times spellbinding and Chieftain had no answer to his play when he was coming forward.

Although Chieftain were missing some influential players, they took charge of the game and with 30 seconds of the game left they were winning 5-3 and destined for the semi finals.

But Gross, who had given up defending, was prowling the half-way line waiting for a chance. His defence came up with the ball and in the time it takes him to comb his beard, he had scored the two goals that drew his side level.

Skipper Phil Jackson scored what turned out to be the only successful penalty, as Chieftain, who were shell shocked by the earlier events, missed all their penalties.

This was a harsh way for Chieftain to finish the season, as they had been excellent for the majority of the time.

Scorers were Miles Hume, Will Chetcuti (two) Andrea Lurato and an own goal for Chieftain, with Sandy Gross hitting four and Graham Sim one for KOS.

– submitted by ANDY TODD

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