Halfway through the Broome Soccer Association 7s season the Chinatown Dragons have started to pull away at the top of table with a convincing win over second-placed Spinifex Pumas. After drawing their first match in round two, both teams were eager to notch a win — Spinifex drooling over the possibility of going equal on points with the undefeated Dragons, and Chinatown looking to go six points clear at the top of the table. A short corner from Rash Islam saw Patrick Reisig with an early shot he was able to tuck away to put the Dragons ahead. The rest of the first half saw intense battles across the field, with Dragons goalkeeper Singye Ziggy Yonden — who was feeling fresh after weeks of unexplained absences — proving a brick-wall in front of goal and keeping the Spinifex Pumas from equalising despite having a majority of attacking possession towards the end of the first period. With tensions bubbling to the surface after Spinifex put a few prickly tackles on Dragons players, the first half ended 1-nil. The second half was a more one-sided affair, with Dragons doubling their lead early thanks to a sublime strike from prolific-goalscorer Sam Jones’ left foot. After a number of poor second half performances in the past few weeks, the Dragons looked intent on proving they were able to play more than 30 minutes, holding possession for a majority of the second half. Another goal from Reisig with 10 minutes to go left Spinifex looking deflated, and a fourth from Owen Douglas — a contender for goal of the season after he back-heeled the ball between the Spinifex keeper’s legs — left them looking defeated. Then, in the dying embers of the game and in what can only be described as brain fart from Spinifex goalkeeper Gareth McKnight, he took it upon himself — FIFA 12 style — running the ball up to halfway before losing it and allowing the Dragons an easy open-goal shot to secure a 5-nil final scoreline. Speaking post-game and trying to justify what was going through his mind in the moment, McKnight said he was not meant to be caged. “Big bird gotta fly. Bantz,” he said. In the second game of the evening Buccaneers FC were able to secure their first win of the season, defeating long-time league favourites Pearlers FC in a close contest. Much like the first game of the night the Buccs were able to get an early goal after a counter attack spearheaded by Paddy Dawson saw the ball centred for Marti Cameron who tucked it away. The game hit a stale-mate after that, with the Buccs managing to hold off a relentless Pearlers side to see the first half finish 1-nil. Five mintues into the second half another quick counter from the Buccs saw a tidy goal double their lead. Then, in just his second game for the team, youngster Maruki Conley proved he was the missing link the Buccs so vehemently needed, scoring two goals to see his team in front by four. Coming face-to-face with their third loss in a row the Pearlers seemed to wake up, rushing in three goals to mount a comeback, only to again concede twice — including an own goal for Pearlers captain Ben Conneally. The 6-4 final score was a strong but not so surprising result for the Buccs, whose youngsters have been taking significant strides in improving their football week after week and finally managed their first win. Buccaneers team captain Ben Robertson said it was a special moment for the team, which comprised mostly of younger players. “Pearlers for years have been the team everyone wants to beat so to actually do it was amazing,” he said. “You could see how much it meant for the boys.” Despite a strong start to their season Pearlers now sit in third place after three straight losses. As it stands halfway through the season, Chinatown Dragons are at the top of the table with 13 points, while Spinifex Pumas sit in second with 7 points, Pearlers FC in third with 6 points and Buccaneer Rock fourth with 3 points.