There were no losers and one big winner among Surrey teams in the first weekend of the new Vancouver Metro Soccer League's premier division season.
All league games were played Saturday at Newton Athletic Park and host CCBRT United came out the big winner with a decisive 4-1 romp over newly promoted Inter.
Tied 1-1 at the break, United exploded for three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to turn the contest into a laugher.
Gagan Josan and Milad Rahmati each scored twice to power the host team's attack.
"We haven't had many practise matches so in the first half we were not feeding off each other very well in the first half," said United manager Garry Sangha. "Inter is kind of an older team and in the second half it might have caught up with them. The combination of our guys coming together and them slowing down a bit led to us taking over in the second half."
In other premier action, defending provincial champion Surrey United Firefighters forged a 1-1 draw with Estrella de Chile in the first match of the day.
Surrey opened the scoring in the 25th minute on a strange corner kick by Tom Lowndes. The ball whipped through the box and then arced into the top corner of the Chilean goal.
"He overshot it as far as his target goes, but it ended up in the net, which was good news for us," said Firemen coach Rob Reed. "We certainly weren't going to decline it."
Surrey held the powerful Chilean attack at bay until the final touch of the opening half when Rizal Ganief scored on a diving header to knot the count at 1-1. In the second half the hot weather took a toll on both teams and the pace of play slowed considerably. Surrey was able to take advantage of their bench depth and insert Under-18 youngsters Joel Waterman, Kyle Sohi and Karn Phagura into the contest. All three acquitted themselves well in helping Surrey preserve the tie.
Newton's ICST Pegasus closed out the day's activities when they posted a scoreless draw against defending champion Columbus.
"To be honest it was a good result for us," said Pegasus coach Sipho Sibiya. "We have a lot of injuries and we might be the most depleted team in the league right now. We'll take the point and live to fight another day."
The highlight of the upcoming week is a Newton Derby Friday night between CCBRT United and Pegasus. Game time is 8:15 p.m. at Newton Athletic Park.
The following day Surrey United Firefighters will host the Metro Ford Wolves beginning at 4 p.m. at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
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