Digs League Update – 26th March

Photo - Chris Howells

Photo – Chris Howells

A WET WEEK in Aberystwyth had threatened to tarnish the chances of playing on Blaendolau this weekend, but luckily three pitches survived and nine Digs League games went ahead on Sunday, before the fourth Consolation Shield quarter-final was played on the Astro on Monday.

A few league games Notinher Forest v Aberzaijan (Premier League) and Goal Diggers v Aberconda (La Liga) were postponed, however, due to pitch four being waterlogged.

In the Premier League, FC Inter Yournan succumbed to a second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of CPD Premiership Pornstars. Captain Iestyn Jones bagged the only goal of the game as Pornstars leapfrogged their opponents in the table and moved up to third.

Elsewhere, CPD Y Geltaidd eased to a 2-0 win over AC ALSOM thanks to a Matthew Evans brace, and Academic Athletic went top of the table with a 5-1 victory against Athletico Bil-Banter. Geltaidd and Pornstars can both go above Academic if they win their games in hand.

In La Liga We Hate Ben overcame S.E.S. 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from last season’s Digs League Golden Boot winner Nathan Lang. Lang (17 goals) will have to work hard to catch Prestige Worldwide forward Tom Cottrell, who is ten goals ahead of him on 27 so far this year – although he may not play much more this season after dislocating his shoulder in mid-week.

On this occasion Prestige eased to victory against Internazionale United 7-2 with three goals for Andy Whatty. In the remaining game on pitch eight, FC Hammer maintained their 100% record with a 5-1 drubbing of Abertina.

In the Bundesliga the top two continued their dominance of the league, with both Sex Panthers and Obi Wan Kenobi Nil recording 2-0 wins. Obi Wan made hard work of their game against cup-upset specialists Aber Kadabra, but they pulled through thanks to goals from Mat Angella and Tokunbo Bajowa.

Panthers were up against Toke City, who had been making steady progress up the league with two wins on the bounce, but Matthew Hunton’s brace secured all three points for the Panthers.

The remaining game saw point-less Shakhtar LastNight take on Twitter rivals Aber Lions. After losing the same fixture in the Town Cup 1st round earlier in the season, the Lions had the last laugh as Shaun Wetherby bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 win.

On Monday morning the quarter-finals of the Consolation Shield were completed as Goal Diggers played Notinher Forest. A scrappy first half ended goalless, although there were chances for both sides – Max Griffiths chose to shoot rather than pass for Forest in the first minute, and Rian Devlin hit the post for the Diggers.

It was only after 75 minutes that the deadlock was broken – Louis Needs shooting from long-range, only for the goalkeeper to fumble and let slip into the net, as Notinher Forest took a one goal lead. Immediately Goal Diggers looked to equalise, and Devlin again hit the post before moments later teeing up Cameron Andrews to make it 1-1.

After the full 90 minutes were complete, it went to penalties where Goal Diggers won 4-1. The winners now face Aber Kadabra in the semi-final on the Astro this Thursday at 10am. The other semi-final will take place 24 hours earlier at the same location between Toke City and Obi Wan Kenobi Nil.

Late on Monday evening was the final of the Digs League 6s tournament – the final was contested between Obi Wan Kenobi Nil and Prestige Worldwide. In the semi-finals last Friday Obi Wan beat Sex Panthers 5-4, whilst immediately afterwards Prestige edged FC Hammer 4-3. In the final Obi Wan lead 2-1 for several minutes but three quick-fire goals put Prestige into an unassailable lead and they went on to win 4-3. Sex Panthers conceded the 3rd place play-off.