Whitehorse Daily Star

No I in team, as the Force wins

It was a great team performance from Driving Force on Saturday as they took a comfortable 5-2 win from Klondike Business Solutions in over 35’s soccer action.

By freelancer on November 6, 2019

It was a great team performance from Driving Force on Saturday as they took a comfortable 5-2 win from Klondike Business Solutions in over 35’s soccer action.

Driving Force had no fewer than five different scorers as they got most of their goals in the first half then allowed their

defenders to snuff out any threat that KBS offered. Gareth Howells and Leonard Linklater marshalled the backline well as KBS poured forward trying to find a way back into the game.

The match was over as a contest early when Driving Force scored 4 unanswered goals early on, and it was only the excellent Thomas Rexinger in the KBS net that keep the score down. Skipper Ben Mercier, hot-shot Eric Murphy, Marcelo Gortari, Creed Swan and Myles Dolphin all scored to maintain the pressure on league leaders Westmark, while Andy Todd and James McCullough got the KBS goals.

Rayo saves the day

In a highly entertaining game Guliano Rayo not only notched a fine hat trick, but scored the equalizing goal with less than a minute on the clock, as Pepsi and Yukon Info.com played out a 4-4 draw.

Rayo is at last this season finding his range in front of goal, and his team will need him to maintain his form if they are going to climb the league table.

For Yukon Info, this was a game that got away from them, as they seemed to be in control for large portions of the game. Nathan Bingham was having a huge game for them and JP Ladroue reintroduced himself back to the team when he helped himself to 2 goals, and Phil Jackson and Adil Khalik got a goal apiece. But, thanks to Rayo, Pepsi clawed themselves back into the game, and there was nearly a twist in the tale in the final seconds when Jim Brown found himself in front on the goal with only the keeper to beat, but couldn’t find a way past Stephen Doyle to leave the game tied. Pepsi’s other goal was an own goal.

The Brew end Westmark’s 100 per cent record

Yukon Brewing caused a major upset as they beat league leaders Westmark 2-1 in a bad tempered game at the Canada Games Centre. The game pitted Yukon Brewing’s mean defence, against the free scoring Westmark team.

It was an intriguing game, where the Brew tried to build slowly from defence then get everybody behind the ball when they lost possession. The boys in yellow tried everything but couldn’t find a way past and became increasingly frustrated as their attacks were broken down. Mark O Brien and Iain Brackenridge both masters of the dark arts, found ways to stop Westmark with some robust challenges.

The crowd were stunned when George Maratos having a great game, hit a quick fire double to put daylight between the two teams, only for a Justin Carre deflected shot to halve the deficit. The final 10 minutes of the game was an absorbing contest, with yellow cards being flourished and all the players giving their all. When the final whistle blew, the Yukon Brewing players celebrated like they had won the league and all their efforts being rewarded.

-Submitted by ANDY TODD

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