Surrey United Firefighters extended their win streak by defeating Akal FC 5-1 at Newton Athletic Park on Wednesday evening and in securing the three points they narrowed the gap on the league leaders to just two points. After the initial early exchanges were fairly even Surrey United took the lead in the 25th minute when Rizal Ganief scored with a twice taken penalty shot after the Akal goalkeeper was adjudged to have moved too early on the initial kick. The goal was the inspiration that the defending champions needed as they started to find their stride and gradually took command of the game. They increased their lead in the 38th minute when Steve McAuley rose majestically to head home a superb corner-kick by Steve Kindel. With the insertion of Jeff Clarke at the interval it brought an extra dimension to the United play and ten minutes into the second frame Clarke’s brilliant left wing cross found right full back Mason Webb streaking in from a deep position to head the ball home at the far post. Akal reduced the deficit in the 76th minute when a long ball caught the United defence off guard allowing the Akal striker to steer the ball past the advancing Drew Smiley. However, it only proved to be a consolation effort as five minutes later the Firefighters restored their three goal advantage when Angus Burke continued his recent fine goal-scoring form by racing into the box to head home a brilliant cross from substitute Cam Wilson who had created the opportunity with some clever dribbling skills down the right flank. Three minutes later Wilson went from provider to finisher when he added United’s fifth with a low shot to the bottom corner after some great work by fellow substitute Andrew Proctor set-up the opportunity. United got some solid performances from their starters and their substitutes with their back line of looking very impressive in defence and with McAuley and Webb chipping in with goals to assist the attacking cause.
On Saturday the Surrey United Firefighters followed up their midweek victory with a very impressive 6-2 away victory over ICFS Inter at Burnaby Lake on Saturday to take their recent prolific goal-scoring record to 25 goals in their last six games. United opened the scoring in the 4th minute of the game when Rizal Ganief pounced on a loose clearance, cut inside the last defender and slotted a low shot into the corner of the net. The Firefighters increased their lead ten minutes later when Jeff Clarke sent Mason Webb racing down the right and his perfect low cross was slammed home from close range by league leading goal-scorer Angus Burke who recorded his 12th goal of the season. Inter reduced the deficit at the 20th minute when their striker cut inside from the left and curled a shot inside the post from the edge of the penalty area. However, Surrey replied with another goal in the 28th minute when Andrew Proctor at the near post deflected a brilliant Steve Kindel corner-kick into the net. Surrey was on the rampage and eight minutes later added a fourth when substitute Cam Wilson, who had come on for the injured Lucas Barrett, side-footed home a Proctor cross. Five minutes before the break Inter scored their second goal of the game when a direct free-kick eluded the clutches of Surrey United net-minder Drew Smiley. Any thoughts of a further Inter comeback were quickly eroded at the start of the second half when Ganief scored the goal of the game. He collected the ball just inside his own half and his speed and skill took him past three defenders as he burst through the middle of the defence and slotted home his second goal of the game and tenth of the season. United rounded out the scoring ten minutes from the end of the game when former Whitecaps skipper Jeff Clarke hammered home a powerful left foot shot from the top of the box following a neat give and go with Cam Wilson. United got solid performances all around and coped well in defence despite the absence of regular starters Stefan Leslie, Brad Peetom and Steve McAuley.
Mens Div A CAT
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Mens Div B CAT
Surrey United “C” played the top CAT”B” team, Westside F.C. “B” at C.A.P.#4, on a beautiful December afternoon. The rust for playing only 1 game in over a month showed at the beginning. United’s passing was not crisp, but their defensive play was solid keeping the smart passing opposition outside the 18 taking only long shots. Then on a quick counter attack in the 9th minute United’s Tyler Tieszen blitzed down the right wing hitting a low cross 12 yards in front of net, which was flicked on by Colin Grout into the path of a fast advancing Paul Moreau, who slammed a low drive into the bottom left side of the net, startling the visiting keeper. The visitors made a number of tic-tac passing plays and forced a number of shooting opportunities but were foiled by an extremely sharp Ben Baerg in United’s Net. Baerg gave the appearance that he would not be beat on this day. Then at the 38:00 minute mark, with a similar move to the opening goal Corey Bergen charged down the left side past a couple of defenders then hit a low drive off an opposing player. The rebound came straight back to an onrushing Paul Moreau who’s lovely shin pad drive dribbled past the keeper, just like a knuckle-ball would fool a batter in baseball. The game rolled into half time with United “C” up by 2-0. After the 2nd half started two key factors came into play, the Visitors went into overdrive and United’s Juggernaut was beginning to run out of gas. Finally at the 59th Minute, the visitors reduced the deficit with a nice near post deflection. The game changed radically at the 70th minute when United’s fine young Keeper Ben Baerg twisted his right knee on a collision with an opposing forward. Baerg had to be replaced by the dynamic Paul Moreau, who doubles as the back-up keeper. A very big shame, as both were having exceptional games, but hopes of preserving the lead took a turn for the worse as the bottom fell out of United’s game-plan with multiple players cramping up. United sustained no fewer than 4 injuries and had to use up all of their substitutions. Westside scored at the 84th minute to tie the game and then grabbed the winner in the 90th minute with many United players barely able to walk, let alone challenge the visitors. An extremely disappointing result considering the huge effort put in by the young team who deserved to get something from the game. Player of the game was Paul Moreau for his two goals and also attempting to backstop United during the last 20 minutes.
Surrey United Masters played Romanian FC on Friday night at Byrne Creek Turf in Burnaby. Romanian FC currently are in last position in the Masters Premier and it was important for Surrey to take full points from the match to stay in contention for a provincial cup spot.. Romanian FC started the game off by moving the ball around confidently and the match was fairly even over the first 20 minutes. Then the outcome of the game was influenced in the 21st minute when Romanian FC were awarded a penalty shot after a late tackle in the box from United’s Shane Mummery. With Surrey goalkeeper Rick Gill’s 6 foot 5 frame staring the Romanian FC striker down the kick went wide to keep the game knotted. This close encounter seemed to be a wake-up call for Surrey and they started to attack the oppositions back line with pace. In the 25th minute Darren Villars made a run down the right flank and was rewarded with a nice through ball from Kelly Bey. Villars proceeded to cross the ball into the 6 yard box where Arnie Meers finished with a one timer into the Romanian net. Moments later Surrey was awarded a direct free kick about 30 yards out on the right hand sand. Lee Sullivan whipped a hard cross into the box that ended up finding its way into the top corner to put United up by two. At the 40th minute mark, Sullivan scored his second of the game from just inside the half way mark when his skilful long range chip caught the Romanian goalie out of his net. The goal broke the backs of the Romanian resistance and the second half was all Surrey who created a number of scoring opportunities and added further goals from Mike Marini, Pete Hjorth, and Brent Roberts with the home team notching a consolation goal in the 6-1 United victory.
No scheduled game.
Womens Division One
No scheduled game.
Player of the Week
This week’s Player of the Week goes to Rizal Ganief who notched three goals each in two games to help the Mens Premier team secure two league victories in the space of four days.