Goal glut as Clerkenwell Old Boys edge Auld Shillelagh
London Badgers are top of the league
15 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Double up: Hotshot Stefan Willis and two-goal Ranger Robbie Hay
HOTSHOT Stefan Willis struck twice as Clerkenwell Old Boys started their season in Division One of the Camden Sunday League by beating Auld Shillelagh by the odd goal in nine.
Auld Shillelagh took an early lead from the penalty spot but Clerkenwell soon levelled courtesy of Willis’s well-executed volley following good wing work from Ilyas Ismail.
Clerkenwell manager Paul Ferguson admitted that his side then “went to sleep and conceded another goal following a mix up at the back” as Auld Shillelagh went in at the break with a 2-1 lead. And his side were seemingly still sleeping in the second half as they soon found themselves 4-1 down.
It could have easily been 5-1 after Clerkenwell conceded a second penalty, but this time Auld Shillelagh failed from the spot.
The miss was just the wake-up call that Clerkenwell needed, with Willis scoring again to spark a sensational revival. Denzil Attoh added the finishing touches to a sweeping attack to make it 4-3, before his strike partner, Dean Francis, found the back of the net with a wonderful half-volley from the edge of the box to make things all square.
There was still just about time for a winner, which came when midfielder Jamie Salvoni popped up to score from close range to seal a thrilling 5-4 win for Clerkenwell.
Defender James Sheen scored twice for Auld Shillelagh, while midfielder Ciaran Collins and striker Patrick Kinsella also both found the back of the net.
Meanwhile striker Arthur Seruga scored a hat-trick as London Badgers beat Cobden Athletic 6-0 to become the early pacesetters at the top of the table. Champions Crouch End Rangers kept up the pressure, and are second in the table, after two goals from forward Robbie Hay and a strike from midfielder Jordan Dujon saw them run out 3-1 winners against the Hurricanes.