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Men’s Over-35 Soccer: Murphy regains magic scoring touch

Chris Stacey, a stalwart of the over 35’s soccer league, who recently played his 250th game,

By Whitehorse Star on November 24, 2021

Stacey finishes off Yukon Brewing

Chris Stacey, a stalwart of the over 35’s soccer league, who recently played his 250th game, picked up the goal that finally put paid to Yukon Brewing’s chances, as Pepsi’s emergence as a serious contender for the title continues with this 4-2 win.

Skipper Danny Macdonald, looking at personal glory in the golden boot race, scored again to ensure that the Pepsi squad were always on the front foot throughout the game. They were helped by two own goals that even over 35’s legend John MacPhail would be pleased with. It seems that opposing captain Marcelo Gortari had walked under a ladder, broke a mirror, and had a black cat pass in front of him on his way to the game as his team’s luck deserted them. To be fair, both teams could have won this match, had the luck been on their side, but the game was entertaining and played with a lot of skill and dedication. David Rayo and Jim Brown got the Yukon Brewing goals, which on another day might of taken the points.

Silky smooth Murphy goal too much for Air North

Eric Murphy is scoring goals again, which is good news for his Yukoninfo.com team but bad news for the rest of the league, as he guided his team to three points with a 4-3 win over Air North.

Murphy’s goal owed a lot to the build-up play, but he still had a lot to do before he rolled the ball into the back of the net, as he used his much-vaulted disco moves to confuse the defence.

Franklin Fru marked his first appearance of the season with a goal and a good performance, as did Mark O Brien and Will Chetcuti.

For Air North, David Rayo and Miles Hume scored goals, while there was an excellent strike for Martin Farrow to open the scoring. Sometimes, however, games can turn on one incident. In this case, it was when Air North was awarded a penalty for a handball. Up stepped Iain Breckenridge, not known for a fearsome shot and shrugging off pleas from his team not to take the penalty, managed only a tame effort which was easily saved by Jan van den Horne in the Yukoninfo.com net, ultimately losing his team the game.

Crazy game ends tied

The ancient Babylonians might have had a saying, if Driving Force plays there will be drama, and so it proved in a terrific game which ended 4-4 at the final whistle. Klondike Business Solutions started the game strongly, with Greg

Grady leading his team from the front, grabbing a goal and urging his team for more effort. Which they gave him in spades, as they eased to a lead through Creed Swan’s ballet move finish and an own goal, that many thought they would not relinquish.

Driving Force’s Keith Welch, summoning the spirit that the afore-mentioned Babylonians used to build their empire, was possessed as he flew into tackles, inspiring his teammates, such as Guliano Rayo, who seems to have risen from the dead. He is looking slick and no team this season can stop him, as he buried two goals for his team. KBS wouldn’t be near the top of the league if they weren’t a very good soccer side, as Swan hit his second of the match and were a goal to the good with only the embers of the game left, when on-loan striker Eric Murphy bundled the ball in the net with the whistle on the referee’s lips to cap a remarkable fightback.

–Submitted by Andy Todd

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