Week 20 had more goals than the previous week, but only a few more. Everyone has tightened up their defenses and played more conservatively. With 2 draws out of the 3 matches, it wasn’t exactly a decisive week but Direwolves have definitely inched closer to securing 1st place. They drew 1-1 with Lightning with both goals coming in the first half. The opener came from Lightning via ASB and the equalizer came from Alex Wong. This result kept Direwolves ahead of Red Bulls by 6 points with only 3 matches remaining. Lightning remain in a battle for 2nd place with those very same Red Bulls.
In other action, Red Bulls scored late to draw against Nightmares. Knowing that a draw did them no good in their chase for 1st, they pushed bodies forward at every opportunity. That opened up space for Nightmares who had more one v ones with Murat than we can count. Murat stopped every single one of them though – something the Red Bulls will be even more dependent on heading into the playoffs. John Altinian’s return only confirmed the worst fears for Red Bulls, that his season is likely over. Metinho shed no tears for RB. The final result was 1-1 with goals from Theo and Altinian. The result suited neither team.
Emeralds were the only team who actually won on the night with a 2-1 result against Vaders. After Duy and Victor C traded goals, it was Captain Callahan who launched himself into the air and absolutely crushed a header past the Vaders goalkeeper. The result pulled Emeralds out of the basement and they have no intention of returning there. In fact they’re now within 2 points of 4th place. Vaders have been swapping for 5th and 6th for the past month and as far as they’re concerned, they’ll swap again after next week.