Three maintain winning start in works league

Week two of the Northwards Shetland Works League saw three teams maintaining a 100 per cent winning start with Burra beating Wrultizers 1-0 in an unusually low scoring game. Chernobyl easily dispatched Wastside Rebels with Services conquering Mossbank. The Banks v Lerwick PL match was postponed, with the Polish team still waiting to make their debut.

Wastside Rebels 0, Chernobyl 7

With a large vocal support the Rebels started brightly only to fall behind when Robert Wright rose unmarked to head home a driven David Smith corner.

The goal clearly affected the new boys and they soon found themselves further adrift. Peter Smith surged down the right touchline before drifting the ball over the keeper and into the far corner after the Rebels defence had failed to clear their lines.

The Westsiders seemed intent on continuing to dribble out of defence which quickly resulted in the loss of a third. Russell Gair won possession on the edge of the area and although keeper Elliot Tait parried his low drive Alan Taylor was on hand to slot home the loose ball.

With only 20 minutes gone it was the turn of Alan Taylor to dispossess Guy Tindall, allowing Gair to loft the ball over the stranded keeper from 30 yards to open his Chernobyl account in spectacular fashion.

Despite finding themselves four behind the Rebels pushed forward with Lee McLeod, George Jamieson and Neil Tindall all shooting wide when clean through on goal. Tindall came even closer five minutes from the interval when he chipped the keeper only to see the ball strike the outside of the post.

This seemed to spur Chernobyl back into action with Taylor bun­dling home his second before the half time oranges.

The hoops started the second half as they had finished the first with Adam Swift netting following a powerful run and cross from Robbie Goudie. Goudie then netted himself when he turned his marker to fire past the keeper. Chernobyl continued to press but keeper Tait denied both Simon Swift and Sammy Sjoberg on several occasions.

With time running out the hard-working Neil Tindall looked to have netted a deserved consolation only to see his effort cleared off the line by the impressive Peter Smith. The final effort also fell to the Rebels when keeper Colin Fraser pushed a powerful Lewis Duncan piledriver round the post to ensure a second successive clean sheet.

Wrultizers 0, Burra 1

Both teams started very evenly, trying to use the full size of the pitch to play attacking football.

Burra had to change things early on when Lindsay Thomson limped off after 15 minutes. The Tizers pushed forward and tried to use the pace of Danny Carter to cause the Burra defence problems but they were more than up to the task.

Burra almost took the lead when Marvin Inkster burst through the midfield and his defence-splitting pass found Bradley McKenzie whose shot just clipped the top of the bar. However, it wasn’t long until Burra took the lead when Bradley skipped through the Tizers defence and was clumsily tripped inside the box. This unfortunately added to Burra’s injury problems as the in-form striker suffered a broken collar bone. Danny Pirie picked up the resultant penalty and hammered the ball into the corner off the net.

The second half started much the same as the first and the Tizers almost equalised when a poor kick out found David McShane 40 yards out and his dipping volley nearly caught the Burra goalie off his line.

After that effort Burra looked the more likely to score and McShane should have doubled his tally but was twice denied by Liam Doull and the woodwork.

In the remaining minutes the Tizers pushed everything forward but it finished a very entertaining 1-0 victory for the visitors.

Best on the night for Tizers were Doull in goals and Carter and McShane who were always a threat. For Burra both John Williams at the back and the veteran Ian Uren made it very difficult for the Tizer forwards.

Mossbank 1, Services 2

Services won narrowly against Mossbank with Graham McNally and Ian Brown scoring the goals.

Fixtures (Kick-offs 6pm unless otherwise stated)

Tomorrow – Northwards Shet­land Works League: West Side Rebels v Wrultizers at Aith (5pm); Burra v Mossbank at Hamnavoe; Banks v West Linga Rovers at Gilbertson Park; Lerwick PL v Services at Seafield.

Sunday – Northwards Shetland Works League: Malakoff v Chernobyl at Seafield.

Wednesday – DITT Cup (quar­ter-final): Banks v Malakoff at Clickimin South (6.30pm).

If teams wish to know details of referees than can contact fixtures secretary Steven Jarmson.


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