Surrey United Firefighters extended their win streak to two games with a very impressive come from behind 2-1 victory over West Vancouver FC at Ambleside turf on Friday night. Surrey started brightly and in the fifth minute a great run down the right by Rizal Ganief didn’t get the finish it deserved as the Surrey United forwards failed touch home his excellent cross. However, the home side responded well and their highly successful long ball tactics pinned Surrey back into their own half. West Vancouver won a series of corners where they have a menacing presence and in the 25th minute when Surrey failed to completely clear a corner West Vancouver took the lead when they played a low ball back into the penalty area where Kevin Crouch ??? steered his shot into the net despite appearing to be in an offside position. In the 38th minute West Vancouver would have increased their lead again from a corner-kick except for the brilliance Surrey goalkeeper Paul Shepherd who produced a brilliant point blank save. Despite some early pressure by West Vancouver in the opening five minutes of the second frame Surrey gradually started to take control of the game with former Whitecaps duo Steve Kindel and Jeff Clarke prompting and probing in midfield and providing some fine passes to the speedy United strikers who looked very dangerous and threatening. Surrey finally got the equalizer in the 63rd minute they deserved and it was Clarke’s pass that found Ganief who flicked it across to Angus Burke who had his first shot superbly blocked by Marco Durante but Burke reacted quickly to hammer home the rebound. The Firefighters gained in confidence and not content with a tie they pushed forward in search of another goal which came in the 73rd minute when a Vinny Stewart corner-kick found sixteen year old substitute Sean Einarsson at the top of the box. The youngster hit a great low shot towards the net which Burke deflected past the sprawling Durante. United continued to attack and only another great save by Durante prevented a goal when he turned aside a goal-bound shot from Surrey substitute Cam Wilson. In the 85th minute United had a great opportunity to notch the insurance marker when Ganief set up the unmarked Einarrson at the top of the penalty area but this time the youngster pulled his low shot wide of the upright. However, as it worked out Surrey did not need another goal to secure the win and the precious three points which enabled them to close the gap on the current league leaders.
Mens Div A CAT
Surrey United extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a very creditable 1-0 away victory against Rinos on Saturday at Point Grey to maintain their title challenge which now sees them four points adrift of league leaders Westside “B”. With the game locked into a midfield battle chances were at a premium but once again United kept plugging away and scored a late goal in the 86th minute to seal the win. Tito Hernandez was in the right place at the right time to finish off a neat passing play involving Josh Possey and Trevor Tagieff.
Mens Div B CAT
Game postponed due to field conditions.
Surrey United played a nine man Langley team at Cloverdale Athletic Park on Sunday and registered a not surprising 10-0 victory. Langley, already numerically disadvantaged suffered the loss of another player through injury midway through the first half and Surrey cruised to a 4-0 half time lead. After securing the victory and the three points which is essential in order to secure number one seeding in the provincial cup United played much of the second half with 8 players in an effort not to run up the score but simply passing the ball around they added six further goals. Games like this benefit neither team as we both have different seasonal goals to accomplish and frankly without being discourteous to our opponents this was a wasted weekend from a Surrey United perspective. For the official record Rachel Pelat scored 4 goals with singles coming from Courtney Duncan, Aly Benes, and Erin Porter who all notched their first goals of the season. Veterans Kate Qually, Megan Blaker and Nicole Stewart added the other markers.
Womens Division One
Game postponed due to field conditions
Player of the Week
This week’s Player of the Week goes to Angus Burke whose two goals helped the Mens Premier goal stage a come from behind 2-1 victory over West Vancouver and also enabled Angus to share the lead in the VMSL top goal-scorers list with ten for the season.