Surrey United Firefighters rebounded from last week' s defeat to tie ICST Pegasus and regain a share of first place in the standings In the local soccer derby game between the two Surrey club honours ended up even for the second time this season as the teams played to a 1-1 tie at Cloverdale on Saturday. United started brightly and took the lead after ten minutes when Stefan Leslie headed home a perfectly flighted corner-kick from Tyler Rosenlund. Pegasus responded well and enjoyed some attacking moves where Andrew Reed featured prominantly regularly joining the attacks from his full back position. The pressure finally paid off when they were awarded a free-kick twenty yards from goal which Cheetan Jhooty took and fired a vicious low shot into the corner of the net. Pegasus should have taken the lead but were denied by a brilliant point blank save by Goalkeeper Paul Shepherd. The second half was a hard fought affair with the United enjoying the majority of the play but were unable to add to their tally despite good efforts by Angus Burke, Jeff Buchanan, Rizal Ganief and Joseph Martin who all saw their attempts narrowly miss the target.
Mens CAT “A” DIVISION
Surrey Game against Wickham was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch..
Mens CAT “B” DIVISION
Surrey United’s CAT “B” suffered their 1st defeat of the year, losing 1-0 to a Burnaby Fury “RBS” team sporting 8 new playersbut still held on to their first place position
This was a definite upgrade to the Burnaby team United drubbed 4-0 by United in their 2nd game of the year.
The late 1st half goal by Burnaby was enough to beat the young United team, who were unable to cope with the constant physical play.
The game featured some exciting end-to-end play, with many chances but on this occasion United came up empty. It remains to be seen how the young team will respond to their first taste of adversity
SU were hungry for another much needed 3 points to continue their rapid climb up the standings and were both determined and optimistic about getting another 3 points on Friday night vs. Richmond. However, Richmond were more attentive to the pitch conditions and came out playing the long ball that almost paid off minutes in the first half hitting one shot off the upright. SU weathered the Richmond attack and started to maintain possession however the final pass was wanting and they failed to capitalize on their territorial advantage. Richmond got what proved to be the game winner scoring off a corner kick at about the 22nd minute mark. Surrey made some changes at the half and were certainly the more dominant team for the final 45 minutes, however, simply could not capitalize on some golden opportunities. The rather lackluster finishing coat them dearly and resulted in them traveling home on Hwy 99 without the 3 points.
Surrey United Ladies continued their winning ways again with a convincing 3-0 away win against North Coquitlam City Slickers. United made hard work of lower table opponents in the first half and squandered some good opportunities to leave the score-line blank at the interval. United picked up their game considerably in the second half and came close to scoring but were thwarted by some good saves by the Coquitlam goalkeeper. The introduction of Randee Hermus as a substitute in the 55th minute produced an immediate impact and produced some extra spark to the rest of the team. Kim McMullen was instrumental in setting up the first goal when she broke from defence linked well with Courtney Duncan and then fired over a cross which Rachel pelat guided into the net from close range. Three minutes later United increased their lead when hermus hammered home a powerful shot into the top corner of the net after some good set-up play by Nicole Stewart. Ten minutes later United completed their scoring when Hermus and Stewart reversed roles with this time Stewart scoring with a low shot into the net.
Ladies DIVISION ONE
The Ladies Division one game was postponed due to field closure.
Player of the Week
This week’s Player of the Week goes to the Ladies premier player Randee Hermus for her performance coming on as a second half substitute after a five week injury absence and notch a goal and an assist to inspire her team to victory