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Pepsi rises to the challenge

In the early morning game of the amateur men’s over 35’s struggling Pepsi took on Jekyll and Hyde Yukon Brewing.

By freelancer on November 22, 2019

In the early morning game of the amateur men’s over 35’s struggling Pepsi took on Jekyll and Hyde Yukon Brewing.

In a season that has seen as many goals as Jim Brown’s excuses, here was a game that brought tension grit and intrigue, but was decided by a single goal.

The first half was evenly balanced with lots of effort from both sides, but any efforts directed at goal were easily saved by the Brew’s Stu Knaack and Pepsi’s Charlie Hoeller.

The second half started in much the same vain, although tensions on the pitch started to rise as both teams were trying to break the deadlock. That moment came midway through the half when a Brewing play broke down in the Pepsi box. Pepsi countered fast, and a deft backheel from Guliano Rayo put Jim Brown in the clear and he managed to lob Knaack who was a little off his line. The last 10 minutes seemed like a siege on the Pepsi goal but man of the match Charlie Hoeller was an impenetrable Force in the Pepsi goal. This was Pepsi’s first win of the season and well deserved.

Driving Force show
title credentials

Driving Force were put to the sword the last time they played Westmark, but revenge is a dish best served cold as they turned over Westmark 6-4 in the league’s second game of the day.

Skipper Ben Mercier led from the front with 2 goal, and Irish assassin Eric Murphy picked up a brace as well. Marcelo Gortari anchoring the midfield got one as did the young dynamic rookie Creed Swan.

Justin Carre really tried hard to get his Westmark side going, but for some reason they were not at the races, displaying a carelessness not seen before and they never really got into touching distance of Driving Force. Carre did get a hat trick to bolster his golden boot claims, with Gord Barker reaping the benefits of his full body cleanse picking a goal as well, but Driving Force were in a different class Saturday and will fancy their chances of picking up the league title.

Titanic battle goes
Yukon Info way

In a pulsating game Yukon Info.com got their noses in front when it mattered in a 5-4 win over Klondike Business Solutions. Phil Jackson was in top form, reminding the watching crowd of his true quality as he picked up 2 goals, as the Orangeman opened up an early lead, only for KBS’s Franklin Fru to cancel out the advantage with 2 goals of his own.

Shawn Fearon having an excellent game put KBS in front, only for Ciaran Connelly to dance past three defenders and score a fantastic individual effort. Calamity struck KBS’s keeper Thomas Rexinger when he misjudged a long range effort from Nathan Bingham, letting the ball into the net without a dive. Fearon then equalized to tie the game up, only for JP Ladroue to score the winner deep into normal time. Both teams played a part in a game which was a great advert for over 35’s soccer in the north.

- Submitted by ANDY TODD

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