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Over-35 Men’s Soccer League: second week results

Rayo strikes late for a share of the spoils

By freelancer on October 6, 2021

Rayo strikes late for a share of the spoils

A heroic all-round display from Driving Force helped them score their first goals of the season and gain their first point in a 3-3 tie with Air North Rangers in Over-35’s soccer action at the CGC.

Guliano Rayo showed why he is a former winner of the golden boot when he was able to stab home the equalizer with no time left on the clock.

Captain George Maratos was again in fine form in the Driving Force net, backed up well by his backline of Goher Hafeez, Keith Welch and Gareth Howells and with JP Ladroue up front, there was always a chance of a goal. Every player for the Force used every last drop of adrenalin, with debutant Matt Davidson finishing the game looking like he had run through a car wash.

Captain of Air North Iain Breckenridge will be a little disappointed that his team let the victory slip away from them, although Ciaran Connolly and Myles Hume (two goals) both put in fine performances for the blues, but weren’t rewarded with the win.

Ladroue and Jesse Kohler picked up the other goals for Driving Force.

Caldwell hits a brace for
Yukon Brewing

Craig Caldwell put in a thoroughly professional game for Yukon Brewing as they twice pegged back Yukoninfo.com to secure a 2-2 tie. Caldwell was the lynchpin of the defence, marshalling his players into forming a defensive wall that proved very difficult for Yukoninfo.com to penetrate. When the Brew needed goals, he ventured forward and provided his team with the extra man. Both his goals were well taken and earned his team a point.

Earlier in the game, Matthias Hartmann and Andy Todd had scored goals for Yukoninfo.com, but they couldn’t establish a clear lead due to Caldwell, Kruno Kunavic and Valarii Sharpoval in the Brewing back line.

However, both teams had chances to win the game. Fabian Gylka will rue the big chance he missed when one on one with the Info keeper Jan Aalt van den Hoorn, and James McCullough saved well from Andy Todd with only seconds remaining.

The result may foreshadow the season, as these teams are very well matched, with talent running through the teams like a freshwater stream.

Steele sends KBS on their way

Jason Steele towers above his peers, not only in height, but also in looks, as he was able to bring some calm to a feisty game that Klondike Business Solutions won 4-0 against Pepsi.

Steele, playing in his first game of the season since returning from a modelling contract in the Bahamas, scored a goal that helped his side pick up three points and rise to the top of the league table.

KBS are playing some great soccer at the moment and are able to maintain the high levels of energy they are beginning to be known for.

Pepsi couldn’t match the effort put in from their rivals, and the result leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Although when Pepsi gets back to full strength, they will be a different animal.

KBS scored some great goals as well, with Creed Swan hitting a superb shot when he chipped the keeper from the halfway line.

Captain Greg Grady and Hector Lang both got their first goals of the campaign for KBS. Even a sending off didn’t deter them from clinching the victory.

–Submitted by Andy Todd

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