IN THE Northwards Shetland Works League CF Cosmos climbed back to the top of the table by beating Mossbank, relegating Services, whose game against Wast Linga Ramblers was cancelled, to third place. Chernobyl moved up to second place after sinking boatbuilders Malakoff, and Wrultizers joined the chasing pack after their victory over Titans.
Tomorrow sees the first final of the season when Wrultizers and Mossbank compete for the coveted DITT Cup. Wrultizers will be keen to put their title defence problems behind them by picking up some silverware, while new boys Mossbank will be up for their first final.
CF Cosmos 4, Wast Linga Ramblers 2
Cosmos took a 2-0 first half lead then extended their lead two minutes into the second period.
Ramblers refused to buckle and roared back into the game via two cracking strikes from first Laurence Tulloch and then Liam Williamson to make it 3-2.
Ramblers were playing some good football and Cosmsos were holding on, but with two minutes left Cosmos dashed the islanders hopes with a fourth goal to seal the points.
CF Cosmos 5, Mossbank 1
Cosmos opened the scoring with a fine goal from Gregory Mawjecki. Mossbank replied soon after with a well-taken free kick from Darren Coutts.
Mick Davies restored the lead to earn a good half from Cosmos.
The second half had Cosmos camped in Mossbank’s side of the pitch and they added three more through Pete Thomas (2) and Ronnie Calderwood with a fine goal.
Titans 1, Wrultizers 3
The Greek Gods won the toss, opted to play with the wind in the first half and took early control of the midfield.
Thirty minutes into the match and Titans won a corner that the Tizers defence cleared well leading to a counter attack. A defence-splitting pass by Chris Polson set up David McShane who clinically finished
with a well-driven shot in the bottom left corner.
Titans came straight back with a goal from a free kick, given away by Mark Davies, which was chalked off when Lyndsay Thomson was deemed to have used an arm to put the ball away.
Titans started the second half with 10 men after a striker had to be home for his seven o’clocks. Full back Arnie Brown took down Muzzy Manson in the box with a dive that wouldn’t look out of place in a swimming pool, to earn them a penalty which was saved well by keeper Liam Doull.
Muzzy redeemed his earlier miss to score 10 minutes later.
Tizers won a free kick 10 yards inside the Titans half. Alan Smith floated the ball to the net only to watch the keeper make a Peter Cech-like error to score. Five minutes from the end the Titans keeper came a long way outside his box to clear the ball only to land at the feet of McShane, who lobbed the keeper from 45 yards out to seal the game for the Tizers.
Best on the night for Titans was George Polson and for Tizers was Arnie Brown, who worked tirelessly all ight long.
Chernobyl 5, Malakoff 0
Playing with the wind at their backs Malakoff started brightly only to be repelled by a determined hoops defence well marshalled by veteran Craig Duncan.
As the half wore on Chernobyl gained the upper hand with Andy Law and Ian Smith providing a constant threat down the right flank.
With the boatbuilders’ backline under increasing pressure only an instinctive save from Michael Light denied Simon Swift a deserved opener. Light, however, could do nothing when minutes later Magnie Malcolmson headed down a Robbie Goudie corner for Sammy Sjoberg to open his account for the season. With the interval looming Malakoff forced a series of corners but despite a number of close shaves the Chernobyl goal remained intact.
The second period saw the hoops quickly double their advantage when Robert Wright rose unchallenged to head home a David Smith corner. A third soon followed when the keeper failed to hold a Simon Swift drive and Goudie raced in to smash home the loose ball.
With Ian Smith having Malakoff dangerman James Manson in his proverbial back pocket the boatbuilders never threatened. The only danger to keeper George Abernethy being a couple of back passes and the constant threat of hypothermia.
Ian Smith and Magnie Malcolmson both came close to adding a fourth before Adam Swift showed them how when he curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area.
Swift then pounced on a poor goal kick to set up substitute Jason Shaw who somehow dragged his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Sammy Sjoberg duly completed the scoring two minutes from time when he slotted the ball home following good play from Malcolmson.
Wast Linga Ramblers v Services
The game was cancelled due to no referee.