SPORTING Lesbian all but secured their second Kenna League title in three years despite a late rally from Cowley Casuals.
A goal from Leonardo Ulloa and assist from James Milner were not enough from Casuals to overturn a 17-point deficit. It would take shockers of historical significance from Sporting’s Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Westwood at Wembley this Saturday to reverse their 11-point lead.
“It was very close at the end so we had to shave it,” said the Sporting Lesbian manager, expounding the kind of attitude that makes him a champion and Hairy Fadjeetas mid-table also rans.
Graziano Pelle (39 starts), Raheem Sterling (39) and Sanchez (38) have been the stand out performers behind Sporting’s success, but the rest of side all put in near-weekly appearances to contribute.
October transfer window recruits Nathan Dyer and Ahmed Elmohamady were consistent rather than amazing, although the manager will never let the chairman forget that derogatory assessment of Elmo.
@jeffkennaleague you laughed about elmohamady, but he’s producing the goods #assistmachine
— Ben Marcangelo (@BenMarcangelo) April 28, 2015
Missing out on the league, the Casuals manager can take solace in his Canesten Combi Cup final victory over Dynamo Charlton.
Dynamo’s February transfer window signing Harry Kane levelled the score, so the tie was decided on the controversial points system. The Young Boys manager is unlikely to be impressed.
Looking at the gaps between teams in the rest of the top four, it’s unlikely Saturday’s match will change much unless Lokomotiv Leeds’ Kieron Gibbs can bother the referee more than Walthamstow Reds’ Theo Walcott.
For after 10 trophyless years the Reds manager is leading the inaugural Unfair Play league table.
“We’ve got a nice glass cabinet ready, but we’re not letting Erik Pieters near it!” quipped the Reds boss.
The chairman reminded managers to attend tomorrow evening’s – slightly premature – Kenna end-of-season awards evening at The Duke of York in Mayfair.
“Since the event’s in Mayfair we’re going all out on the Champions League final first goalscorer sweep entry: it’ll be raised to £5,” moneybagged the chairman.
There will also be a £1 first goalscorer sweep in tomorrow’s Europa League final.
Full scores and tables available from The Rub.
Canesten Combi Cup – final result
Cowley Casuals 1 – 1 Dynamo Charlton
Casuals win 26-20 on points
Kenna table week 37
|4||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||34||0|
|7||Team Panda Rules OK||George||29||2|
|8||FC Tescticuladew||James N||29||0|
|9||Judean People’s Front||Sholto||28||0|
|11||Headless Chickens||John N||23||0|
|12||Just Put Carles||Carles||23||0|
|16||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||20||0|
|18||KS West Green||Stix||19||0|
|19||St Reatham FC||Mike||12||1|
|20||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||11||0|
|Player of the week||18||Walcott, T – ARS – MID|