Sudakas FC – 3, Lokomotiv Beer Quarter – 2
Sir Ron Brierley Turf, Wellington, May 13 2018
Sudakas FC climbed into top spot on the Wellington Sunday Football League Division One table after downing defending champions Lokomotiv Beer Quarter in an action-packed match which saw Sudakas win 3-2 at Wellington’s Sir Ron Brierley artificial turf.
Lokomotiv played a precise passing game that brought them their first goal, scored by John Dover at the 10-minute mark after concerted offensive pressure.
Rain made for a slippery contest, with several free kicks called on both sides for fouls. Sudakas used the slippery pitch to their advantage with dangerous through balls that forced Lokomotiv’s defensive line to turn and give chase. Hector Mina of Sudakas had a strong game throughout, and his pace forced Lokomotiv keeper Reece Tocker to leave the penalty area for a well-executed sliding clearance early on.
An equaliser came for Sudakas later in the half after a defender handballed a clearance near the corner flag. Lokomotiv defender Greg Brown blocked the initial free kick, but the second cross from the rebound landed at the feet of Carmilo Ardiles Briones who scored to make it 1-1.
Lokomotiv’s offensive efforts continued, and they played several dangerous crosses through Sudakas’ penalty area, but when the ball next returned to Lokomotiv’s end of the pitch, a penalty shot was awarded after a conflict in the box that led to a yellow card.
Sudakas thought they had the lead after the ball found the back of the net but were forced to take the penalty again as players had entered the box early. Osorio Wilmer kept his head and sent the ball low and to the left to take Sudakas to the break 2-1.
Lokomotiv made several substitutions at half time. As the rain subsided, impact player Sam Lawrence connected with Nick Bell on the left-hand side, providing spectators with enjoyable viewing thanks to quick footwork and livewire one-touch passes.
After concerted pressure, the duo connected with Tom Cummings, who levelled the score 2-2. Lokomotiv followed this with chances that could have put them firmly in the lead, but they were thwarted by an offside call and the sheer number of Sudakas’ defenders packed into the penalty box.
Both teams were fired up, and a sequence of intensely physical plays led to yellow cards for players on both sides. The deciding goal came after Mina broke away down the right wing, beating Lokomotiv’s defenders for pace and finishing past Tocker with a shot to the near post that brought the game to its final 3-2 scoreline.
With only one win to Lokomotiv’s name in the season so far, manager James Hardaker expressed frustration at a series of close defeats.
“It’s been the story of our season so far. We’re playing really good football. The lads are fit. We’re getting close, but we just can’t buy a win.
“There are some really good teams in Division One this year. I think last season we were a surprise package, but this year everyone’s out to beat us. We’ll turn it around yet.”
Sudakas team manager Sebastián Cabeza congratulated Lokomotiv on a game well played, saying the match could easily have gone either way.
Sudakas FC was founded three years ago. The team is made up of players of South American heritage, several of whom are Colombian refugees. Lokomotiv Beer Quarter was founded when chefs from the popular Wellington bar Little Beer Quarter decided to form a team. It has a strong English heritage, with players hailing from the UK, Ireland and NZ.
In other Division One action, Sunday Blazers leapfrogged Tuskan Raiders with a 5-1 victory and North Wellington handed out a 10-0 drubbing to Levuka FC. Lazy 11 continued a run of poor form, losing 4-2 to HHH United.
The second division saw V-Well, Zazaspor and Valley FC Trust win their respective matches to remain at the head of the table, while in Division Three Sharks FC upset Ball Tamperers and Battlers FC claimed top position with a 4-1 victory over Westwood United.
In Division Four, Harimau Wellington and Expected Tolouse remain firmly set at the top of the table with no losses, while SVH rose to third place with a 5-0 victory over Trentham United.
A record 37 teams are competing in this year’s Wellington Sunday Football League, a community based 11-a-side league that was founded over 40 years ago and is growing year-on-year. A full table of results and fixtures can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WSFL2018.
Next weekend’s action (May 20)
Next weekend’s Division One action will see Sunday Blazers try to continue a strong run of form against Lazy 11, while North Wellington will test their strength against Tuskan Raiders. Sudakas FC will back themselves against Levuka FC, while Lokomotiv Beer Quarter will try to rebuild their season with a win against HHH United.
Second division team Zazaspor will look to continue a run of blowout scores against Los Blazeros, while third-placed Valley FC Trust will try to unseat V-Well from the top of the table.
The match to watch in Division Three may well be Ball Tamperers vs Shamrocks, while it will be interesting to see if Expected Tolouse can continue to score big against a Wellington Chinese United side which has shown some stickability.
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