Kickers Over-30 Legends
Kickers Legends squeaked by Barnstonworth Old Boys 2-1 on Sunday. Always a close game against them. We scored first around the 10th minute through a Joe Whiteman connecting with a low Ari Dolegowski cross, and the first timed shot pinged in off the left upright. Old Boys equalized soon though, capitalizing on a dawdling Kicker midfielder. About 10 minutes before the half, John Balson tip-toed through a pack of Old Boys in the box to crack an unreachable low shot into the inside right side netting for what would be the winning goal. Results between other top 5 in the league fell our way to ensure that we will stay atop on points through the end of the season. Too bad topping the table is not enough to win the Championship.
Kickers Over-30 Premier
The Kickers performance this week almost erased the embarrassment of last weeks loss in the Cup, but falling 3-2 to the Shamrocks two weeks in row still stung. The Kickers got out to the early lead in the 10th minute, when the shot by Russ Osur found its way through the Shamrocks defense and rolled into the back of net. Five minutes later, the Rocks responded by forcing the own goal against the Kickers. In the 25th minute, Nick Bill's cross was parried home by Khouri Mullings. In the 35th minute the Rocks equalized again, breaking down the Kickers midfield, striking the shot on goal and pouncing on the rebound to bring the score 2-2 at half-time.
This one had the look of a shoot-out but the heat of the afternoon sun started to take toll on both teams. After a little back and forth, it was the Kickers that would crack under the pressure. In the 65th minute, the Shamrocks would break down the midfield again, drive the ball deep into the penalty area and with the square ball to player on the penalty spot unmarked, with time and space to slice the shot into the corner for the final score. But the excitement did not end there. In the 75th minute, a little pushing and shoving between two players escalated to an exchange of head butts and then the Shamrock player started throwing punches in all directions, both benches cleared. The next 10 minutes were consumed with a lot of pushing and shoving and name calling. Both players were ejected. Leaving only 5 minutes left for the Kickers to mount a come-back, but time ran out and that's how it ended.
In what had to be the worst refereeing performance of the season, the Kickers dropped a 2-1 decision to Panatha. Showing up more than twenty minutes late, his lack of control of the game permeated through every element of the game, culminating in denying a clearly onside goal, and then calling a penalty on the cleanest tackle of the game in the same play with little time left, leading to the winner for Panatha. Other highlights were Panatha’s players instigating a fight but not receiving any cards for that, their goalkeeper kicking out after the game ended and the referee refusing to give a card for that. Kickers had plenty of chances to win, but playing against a solid team as well as a referee proved to challenging.