It’s “Pistol” Paul Callahan here with your week 6 preview.
Orange Crush have been on fire as of late, undefeated since opening night. Last week they hooked the Sharks 2-1. This was a physical affair as both squads were tied in the standings to start the day and played a very even match. At the 11th hour, Jeff Simsons agreed to play keeper for the Orange Crush and was ‘Man of the Match’ as he held the Sharks at bay for most of the game only allowing a goal in the final seconds of play. The Legacy will be missing midfielder Fernando Ayala as he will be scouting for talent in Argentina for the next ten days, but will have much needed help from June Fordham and Kamran Parekh back in the lineup.
Both Top Dogs and Scorpions have plenty of firepower illustrated by their wins last week 7-2(vs Bandits) and 3-1(vs Legacy) respectively. Top Dogs vs Bandits was a high tempo affairs with lots of good passing and action at both ends. The Top Dogs had the advantage early on, but had their lead cut to 3-2 thanks to a few good finishes from the Bandits’ strikers. The turning point in the game was when a Top Dogs cross ricocheted in the net off a Bandits defender which seemed to take the wind out of their sails. Scorpions are a well-oiled machine with two of the top three goal scorers in the league Dillon Suresh and Jarry Ahmad who will no doubt be looking to add to their totals.
The Titans put up a solid effort in week 5 losing to the Rebels by only one goal that came late in the game. Future first ballot Hall of Fame striker Tyler Zeng made his season debut for the Titans scoring a beautiful chip over the Rebel keeper. The Bandits are a determined bunch who will be looking to their star striker and Captain Seamus Lynott to rob the Titans of a win and leap back into the middle of the standings.
The Rebels will be knocking on the door of history this week, as they can match the Baron’s 5-0-1 start from back in the 16/17 season. Rebel defensemen Zach Siewart, said he’s been having deja vu. It’s still too early to crown Rebel’s Fall Champs but winter is coming and they’re making a strong case. The Sharks are looking to bounce back after their narrow 2-1 loss last week and have been known to score in bunches when they smell blood, with two 5-1 victories in their jaws this season.
See you on Wednesday!