The latest edition of the Surrey Derby between Vancouver Metro Soccer League powers Surrey United Firefighters and ICST Pegasus had more fizzle than flash Saturday afternoon at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
The visiting Horsemen galloped off with three points in the standings thanks to a 1-0 win but the game lacked the usual fire generated when these two sides - the defending provincial champs (Surrey) and VMSL premier champs (Pegasus) - collide.
Surrey United coach Rob Reed said the fact both sides are playing out the schedule with an eye in the upcoming Imperial Cup and Provincial Cup tournaments may have reduced any sense of urgency for the players.
"It was a disappointing result for us and the game throughout was kind of flat," Reed admitted. "It was a derby game, but it didn't have the feel of a typical derby game. It was one of the last league games on the schedule and neither team needed to win it. The natural rivalry was there but it lacked some of the spirit of games between these two teams in the past.
"If we see them again this year it will be a completely different game because there will be something big on the line."
Pegasus scored the only goal they would need in the 60th minute when Azad Palani converted a well-placed crossing pass from David Samra.
Elsewhere, the Delta United Hurricanes showed Estrella de Chile why they were Provincial Cup finalists a year ago by beating the premier division newcomers 2-1 at John Oliver Park Sunday.
Harpreet Khakh Arjan Grewal each scored on headers to spot Delta to a 2-0 second half lead.
The Chileans finally hit the score sheet in the 80th minute but were unable to net the equalizer in the final 10 minutes of play.