Surrey — It was a win-win-tie week for Surrey teams as the three Surrey entries in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League premier division all collected points from their matches.
Leading off was CCB-RT United who prevailed 6-3 over the Langley Hurricanes in a wild game at Newton Athletic Park Friday night.
Goals came early and often for the home side as United grabbed a quick 3-0 lead and held the Hurricanes off the rest of the way to breeze to the three-goal win.
“It was a cracker of a game for us,” said CCB-RT manager Garry Sangha. “Our offence finally started to click in for us. We jumped on them early and by the 20th minute of the game it was 3-0 for us. We were missing five starters for the game so we had to call up some young guys to fill in for us and they all played well.”
Milad Rahmati opened and closed the scoring for CCB-RT while Avneet Shergill also netted a pair of goals. Deep Toor and Bobby Jhutty scored the other United goals.
Newton’s other team, ICST Pegasus, also posted a much-needed win when they blanked Westside 1-0 in Vancouver Sunday afternoon.
“We were on the road playing on a small field that was more conducive to them and the way they like to play so it was good to get the win,” said Pegasus coach Sipho Sibiya. “It may not have been the best game for fans to watch, but we’ll take it.”
The Horsemen scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute when Gurjit Dhaliwal volleyed a remarkable shot into the net.
In the second half, Westside pushed to the attack in search of the equalizer but were unable to solve Pegasus goalkeeper Andy Singh.
The only Surrey team not to post a win last week was defending provincial champion Surrey United Firefighters who settled for a 2-2 draw with Inter at Cloverdale Athletic Park Sunday.
It was the last game for the Firemen before departing for Halifax for the national club soccer championships and Surrey coach Rob Reed wondered if his players we’re just a wee bit distracted.
“It was a disappointing result for us,” he said of earning just a single point off the newly promoted Inter squad.
“It’s not like I thought we deserved to win because we didn’t play that well to be honest. We were resting some guys and trying some new things with nationals in mind, but we didn’t come up with the kind of performance that we wanted to send us on our way. The last game before we leave is always a tricky one, but now we have to put it behind us and get focused on what’s waiting for us in Halifax.”
After a scoreless opening half, Inter opened the scoring 10 minutes after play resumed following the break.
Surrey answered 20 minutes later with a cracking full volley from 25 yards out by captain Vince Stewart.
The Firemen did not have long to celebrate as Inter quickly put them back in their heels with their second goal of the game to regain the lead.
Surrey waited until the final seconds of play to snatch a point from the ugly maw of potential defeat when Nigel Marples converted a perfect pass from Andrew Reed to knot the count at 2-2.
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