The Dewar Shield which involves all the league clubs in a knockout competition kicked off this week and brought with it the first shock of the season, as last seasons runners up Sabanoh 97 were eliminated at the first hurdle by Senior Division Woodside Celtic. Marcus Nielson got Sabanoh off to a fantastic start with a cross / shot which deceived keeper Alex Catana and ended up in the back of the net to put Sabanoh 1-0 up after 18 minutes. The lead lasted just 13 minutes as Joe Bardwell forced his way through to equalise for Woodside Celtic. Things got worse for Sabanoh 7 minutes later as Jon O'Mara found himself unmarked at the back post to head Woodside into the lead on 38 minutes. A second half saw Sabanoh pile on the pressure but the Celtic defence stood firm, and were always dangerous on the break as proved in the 86th minute as Woodside broke forward again, and a mistake in the Sabanoh defence saw Joe Bardwell clear through to put Woodside 3-1 up. More pressure from Sabanoh saw Rashid Kamara pull one back on 90, but it wasn't to be for Sabanoh, and it's Woodside Celtic who progress to the second round where they will face Long Lane A after they overcame New Life United. A Tony Stanley double plus one from Jerron Cragg saw Lane progress with a 3-0 win. Also in the draw for round 2 are Maroon XI whose cup campaign seems to have started the same way as last season, by doing things the hard way! Extra Time needed in a thrilling game against Junior Reds Spartans as Maroon progress by the odd goal in 9. Chris Rostek grabbed two with Dan Lott, Alex Hyde and Padriag Biggane also on target. Lewis Crabb (2), George Collins and Zekarias Ghidey the scorers for Spartans but it wasn't enough. Maroon now host Abbeymead in round 2.
In the Amalgamated Lifts Limited Premier Division, Orpington Eagles go top after coming back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 against Springhill United. Kane Hoadley and Harry Nelson put Springhill into the driving seat, but goals from James Brown (2), Mitchell Row (2) and Nathan Brown sealed the win for Eagles. A Jordan McTigue hat-trick was enough for Eltham Phoenix B to see of Jam 3-1, Chris Nyeko on target for Jam who had Clark-Daniel Morgan sent off. Another hat-trick in the St Michaels v Footscray Lions game, this one for Jamie Williams of Footscray who along with goals from John Healy and Jamal Ossai helped Cray to a 5-2 win over St Michaels. Stacie Butcher and Matt Townsend were on target for last seasons LKSL runners up. Long Lane B followed up last weeks 0-0 against Orpington Eagles with another goal-less draw against Woolwich 90.
In the Supreme Engraving Senior Division, Bostall Old Boys find themselves top of the table on goal difference from Eltham SF after the two sides drew 2-2, James Simmons and Emmanuel Brown on target for Eltham, while no stats recorded for Bostall. Turk Ogaci Limassol Russellers got their league campaign off to a flyer with a 6-1 win over Cutty Sark (Thamesmead). Two goals a piece from Jason Thanni and N'Diri N'Dili plus strikes from Darrell Mills and Hamid Bangura for TOL Russellers, while no scorer recorded for Cutty Sark. Elsewhere Hornfair Athletic got a further reminder that life will be harder in WESFA than the Met League with their second straight defeat. Sam Spencer was on target for the WESFA newcomers, but Nicholas Joel, Jack Oliver, Adam Roberts & Al Ameen Amodu were all on target to give Woolwich Spartans a 4-1 win. Goals from Jason Hammett, Jerry Reeves and Conor Trew gave New London a 3-2 win over Phoenix Knights, who had Daniel Kennedy and Jack Cox on target.
In the Danson Property Services First Division, Abbey Wood find themselves top of the fledgling table, with 2 wins from 2. Thinking that last weeks 5-4 win against Danson Albion was not thrilling enough, they ran out 6-5 winners this week against a strong Kent Wanderers side. Chris Hart and Lee Lower both scored twice for Abbey Wood along with goals from David Bacon and Grant Mayhew. Bill Gillman scored twice for Wanderers along with Ricky Gould, Wilfred Penmani & Dollard Zola strikes to leave Kent Wanderers bemused at scoring 5 at home and still being the losing side. More goals at Meridian Sports as Bayswater RK travelled to Teviot Rangers, Ryan Styles (2), Joey White, Jack Smith and Joseph Grant-Hines giving the away side a 5-1 win. Scott Mulgrew with the consolation for Teviot.
Into the ABA Technical Division Two, FC Plasma are the early leaders after a 5-4 win at Baldon Sports WESFA, Lee Cullen, Leigh Ives, John Townrow, Aaron Feagan and Louis Rowbotham all on target for Plasma while Paul Joy and George Davis both scored twice for Baldon. Two goals from Nana Irano Ansah and one from Lawrence Boamah gave Advent Royals a 3-0 win over Welling Town A. Joe Lattimore and Ben Malyon were on target as Junior Reds Athletic got themselves off to a smooth league start with a 2-0 win over Bexley Athletic despite James Welch's red card.
In the Summerhill Music Third Division, AFC Kingfisher are the early leaders after a 2-2 draw which also saw opponents Abbeymead picking up their first point in Adult football. David Scott and Dominik Smereczynski were on target for Kingfisher while Raqib Williams scored twice for Abbeymead. Vanbrugh started their league campaign in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 win over Baldon Sports Reserves, Jonathan Shannon scoring twice with Laurie Broughton, Darren Nelson and Sam Kjeseth also on target. Danny-Jay Wallis with the consolation for Baldon. A Yavor Hristov hat-trick helped Woolwich Royals to an 8-4 win over Mottingham Forest, Michael Shote was also on target but for some reason the other 4 goals have no credits! David Shaw grabbed his first hat-trick for Mottingham Forest with Rhys Cownley getting the other goal. The clash between Meridian Sports and Eltham Lions was abandoned after 2 minutes due to a serious injury. Best wishes from all in the league for a speedy recovery.