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WEEK #1—2008-09-09

The 2008-2009 season got off to a flying start this past weekend as all six Premier Division games were highly-contested and hard fought. However, only one major upset was recorded as the perennially powerful Columbus-Clan FC dropped a 2-1 decision to the underdog Metro-Ford Wolves in a match played on Saturday at Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam. The other results were somewhat predictable, although the defending Premier Division champions, Sporting Club of Vancouver, struggled to defeat the upstart Serbian White Eagles by a 1-0 margin.

The VMSL league champions, Sporting Club of Vancouver, met the newly-promoted Serbian White Eagles on Friday evening at Byrne Creek School in Burnaby and eventually walked away with a narrow 1-0 victory. The White Eagles had gained a last minute promotion to the Premier Division due to the fact that the Vancouver Firefighters unexpectedly withdrew from the VMSL just before the league’s kick-off. The first half of the game provided the numerous spectators with a lot of exciting action and numerous excellent scoring opportunities at both ends of the pitch. Despite this fact, the first 45 minutes of play remained scoreless as both goalkeepers, Sporting’s Brian Brum and the White Eagles’ Jovan Lucic, made some phenomenal saves. Early in the second half, however, Sporting took the lead when young Ben Hunt capped off an excellent individual performance as he headed home an impeccable cross by veteran Mike Gomes for what proved to be the match winner. It should also be mentioned that the White Eagles’ central defenders—Savo Milenic and Miso Rakita—had excellent games as they held the vaunted Sporting Club’s attack to one goal during the entire 90 minutes of play.

Also on Friday evening, at Vancouver Technical School, the heavily-favoured ICSF Inter spoiled Richmond Club Ireland’s Premier Division debut by beating the newly-promoted “Legends” by a rather comfortable 3-1 margin. Very early in the match, Inter almost scored when Cristiano Tropeano was sent in on goal on a breakaway by a patented Joseph Marrello pass. Unfortunately for Inter, however, Tropeano’s shot went wide of the mark. Tropeano managed to miss a couple of other glorious scoring opportunities before RCIU scored the opening goal midway through the first half when Chris Jarvie converted a great cross from Terry Bell to give his team the lead. Just before the halftime whistle, newly-signed Nick Seddon restored parity for Inter as unleashed a rocket of a shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net. Midway through the second half, Andrew Corazza toe-poked the ball past goalkeeper Matt Clayton for the winning goal. Late in the match, another newcomer—Josh Bennett—sealed the victory for ICSF on a great volley. Richmond’s centre midfielder, Justin Student, had a fine game—albeit in a losing cause.

On Saturday, at Simon Fraser University, Delta WFC hosted West Van FC in a match that could be categorized as “Youth versus Experience”. The very young Delta boys held their own for the first half—during which they surrendered only one goal—but fell apart during the second half and eventually ended up losing by a 4-0 margin. West Van took the lead midway through the first half when newly-signed Meysam Soltani finished off a fine cross from Jesse Fetterley. The skillful, but inexperienced, Delta team fought hard throughout the rest of the first half but failed to score the equalizer against a very tough and composed West Van defence. The second half told a totally different story as the former Trollers tightened their marking and increased the level of their physical play. Leading the way were veteran defenders Trevor Short and Nico Berg, as well as young Leo Nash, whose crunching tackles set the tone of the match in the second half. Meysam Soltani added West Van’s, and his, second goal early in the second half, putting the game out of Delta’s reach. Two other West Van newcomers, Taku Bradshaw and Desmond Tachie, combined to score the third goal as Bradshaw set up Tachie with an excellent pass. Shortly thereafter, Jesse Fetterley put the last nail in Delta’s coffin when he finished off the scoring on a fine pass from Ryan Glanville. Delta’s young holding midfielder, Jordan Whitehead, made a very impressive Premier Division debut with an excellent performance.

Also on Saturday, at Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam, the Metro-Ford Wolves pulled off a rather large upset by defeating the powerful Columbus-Clan FC by a narrow 2-1 margin. With newcomer Rizal Ganief in their lineup, the Italians took control of the match in the early going and took the lead midway through the first half when Ganief unleashed an amazing drive from outside the penalty area—a shot that goalkeeper Mathew Bird had no chance of stopping. A few minutes earlier, Bird had made a spectacular save on a similar shot, also by Ganief. At this point the Wolves replied with grit and determination and came close to tying things up when newcomer Omari Aldridge scored what appeared to be the equalizer only to have the goal disallowed for an offside infraction. Just before the halftime whistle, however, Metro-Ford knotted the score after some good work by Aldridge and Adam Day enabled Andrew Veer to slot the ball home from close range. In the second half, both teams took turns attacking and creating several great goalscoring opportunities. However, both goalkeepers—Columbus’ Aaron Young and Metro-Ford’s Mat Bird—pulled off some remarkable saves to keep the score tied until the last few minutes of the match. At this point, newly-signed Brian VanSchagen uncharacteristically blasted a long-range right foot shot into the top corner of the net for the Wolves’ winning goal. Just before the final whistle, Columbus came very close to tying things up as Rizal Ganief set up Tino Cucca whose shot was once again brilliantly saved by Bird. All in all, a very good performance by both teams!

The third Saturday game was played at Cloverdale Athletic Park between the revitalized Surrey United Firefighters and the visiting Westside FC. The final 1-1 score seemed to be a fair result as the home team controlled most of the play in the first half, while Westside came on strongly in the second half. Surrey United took the lead midway through the first half when Sunny Bains took advantage of a mid-field give-away, raced down the right flank and crossed a perfect ball onto the path of Phil Lensky who promptly deposited it into the back of the net, past veteran goalkeeper Mike Wicken. In the second half, the Westsiders began to take over the reins of the match and were rewarded when James Brown made a penetrating run down the left flank and found a wide-open Rick Artuso who calmly slotted the ball behind goalkeeper Mike Franks. Westside’s midfielder Keith Moore and forward Chris Mehuys played extremely well throughout the contest, while midfielder Aaron Keay and forward Peter Bergholtz also turned in outstanding performances in their first appearances for Surrey United.

The lone Sunday game was played at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver and featured Croatia SC and the Norvan Eagles. After an exciting 90 minutes of non-stop action, the Croatians came away with a well-deserved 2-1 victory over the revamped North Shore squad. The Eagles got off to a slow start and allowed Croatia to take the early lead when Maarten Koorn’s long range shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Mike Norris, only to have Koorn head home the rebound from close range. Shortly thereafter, Norris made another outstanding save, this time on a shot by Steve Dickinson. At this point, the Eagles responded by taking charge of the match and had several good opportunities to tie the score but shots by Josh McCaig, Brian Fowler, and Shawn Blakeway went wide of the mark. Finally, Norvan was able to equalize near the end of the first half when Blake Burgon raced down the right flank, beat a couple of defenders, and crossed the ball to a wide-open Shawn Blakeway who made no mistake with a close range shot. The Croatians took control of the match in the second half and regained the lead at the 55th minute mark when Johnny Sulentic capped off a brilliant individual performance by chipping the ball over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Mike Norris for the winning goal. Late in the game, Norris once again came up with a brilliant save as he denied Ryan Zaharija a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity. Defensively, Croatia’s Mario Jelic, Darko Jelic, and Robin Hart had outstanding games, limiting Norvan’s attackers to a minimum of goalscoring chances.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: METRO-FORD WOLVES for their gutsy performance in defeating the overwhelming favourites—Columbus-Clan FC—by a narrow 2-1 margin. Led by some brilliant goalkeeping on the part of Mathew Bird, and some excellent finishing by Andrew Veer and Brian VanSchagen, the Wolves bounced back from a slow start and an early 1-0 deficit to eventually claim all 3 points after a very exciting and hard-fought 90 minutes of play.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sporting Club’s goalkeeper BRIAN BRUM for his amazing performance in leading his team to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the upstart Serbian White Eagles. Brum made at least 5 incredible saves in the first half as the newly-promoted Eagles came out of the starting blocks with a vengeance in search of a victory over the heavily favoured home team. For his excellent performance, BRIAN BRUM will receive a prize of a pizza for two, compliments of THE GOLDEN BOOT CAFFE`. The prize is available up to 2008-09-25.
 

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WEEK #2—2008-09-16

Five out of the six Premier Division games played this past weekend were very closely contested and resulted in one tie and four victories by one-goal margins. The only exception was Columbus-Clan’s 5-2 victory over the struggling Surrey United Firefighters. No major upsets took place although some fans might consider Novan’s 1-1 tie with the heavily-favoured Sporting Club a surprise result. After two weeks of action, two teams remain unbeaten and untied—West Van FC and ICSF Inter.

On Friday evening two teams that had won their opening matches in impressive fashion—ICSF Inter and the Metro-Ford Wolves—met at Vancouver Technical School. After a very competitive and well-played 90 minutes of action, the home team came away with a well-deserved 2-1 victory. ICSF exerted some early pressure on the Metro-Ford defence and was finally rewarded midway through the first half when a low cross by Jesse Dhami was inadvertently redirected into the net by defender Brook Scott. Led by the fine play of midfielders Sheldon Maistry, Josh Bennett, and Joseph Marrello, Inter continued to dominate proceedings and could have scored a couple of more goals before the halftime whistle. Early in the second half, ICSF added to its lead when substitute Vaso Kos brilliantly headed home a well-taken corner kick by Joseph Marrello. Inter’s second goal seemed to serve as a wake-up call to Metro-Ford as the visitors came storming back in fine fashion and finally narrowed the margin when Brook Scott made amends for his previous own goal by scoring from close range after a goal-mouth scramble. Unfortunately for the Wolves, young ICSF goalkeeper Erman Ozkan pulled off a couple of outstanding saves late in the game to preserve the narrow margin of victory for his team. Defensively, Inter’s Tim Perry and Metro-Ford’s Dave Sambol were outstanding throughout the match. ICSF thus improves its record to a perfect 2-0, while the Wolves are in the middle of the pack with one win and one loss.

Also on Friday evening, at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, West Van FC and Croatia SC provided the numerous spectators with a very exciting 90 minutes of non-stop action. Both teams had won their opening games and were trying desperately to remain in first place in the very competitive Premier Division of the VMSL. At the end of the match, West Van FC pulled off a narrow 1-0 victory over the visiting Croatians—a victory that leaves the former Trollers in a first place tie with ICSF Inter. After a scoreless first half, West Van took the lead early in the second half when substitute Meysam Soltani first-timed a great pass from Jesse Fetterley past goalkeeper Didar Sandhu. Veteran Paul Dailly made his seasonal debut in fine fashion as he exhibited his patented passing skills to perfection, while newcomers Taku Bradshaw and Max Baesatto played brilliantly in the West Van backline, particularly late in the match when the Croatians came surging forward in search of the equalizer. Former professional Johnny Sulentic came close to tying things up on two separate occasions, but West Van goalkeeper Marco Durante rose to the occasion on the first attempt, while Sulentic’s second shot went wide of the mark. It should be noted that Croatia SC played the last 20 minutes of the match with only 10 men as young Ryan Zaharija was sent off for using foul and abusive language. Defensively, veteran Darko Jelic was his usual composed self on the Croatia backline, while another Croatian veteran—goalkeeper Didar Sandhu—turned in yet another brilliant performance. As mentioned earlier, West Van FC is now in a tie for first place with ICSF Inter—both with perfect 2-0 records.

The third Friday evening game was played at Point Grey School in Vancouver and featured Westside FC and the young and skillful Delta WFC. The visiting Delta team came out of the starting blocks with pace and applied some early pressure, moving the ball well and not allowing Westside much possession. Delta WFC took the lead 15 minutes into the match when Dan May inadvertently handled the ball in his own penalty area. On the ensuing penalty kick, Jack Cubban clinically slotted the ball into the back of the net for Delta’s first goal of the season. Westside came close to tying things up near the end of the first half, but a Kieran O’Callaghan header was brilliantly saved by Delta’s goalkeeper, Evan Lowther. In the second half, Westside FC had the majority of possession and applied the most pressure but Delta WFC, led by Jack Cubbon and Nolan Moore, defended very well and kept the vaunted Westside attack at bay. However, with 10 minutes remaining the match, Cubbon was expelled from the game for having received his second caution and Westside took advantage of the situation by scoring two late goals. The first came at the 85th minute mark when veteran Keith Moore tied things up on a penalty kick after Jay Kent-Hume was fouled in the box by a Delta defender. The Westsiders finally got the winner in stoppage time as Nick Peragine scored on a well-placed free kick from well outside the penalty area. For Westside, Cam Kochorek and Kieran O’Callaghan were rock solid in their defensive roles, while Rick Artuso worked tirelessly on the right flank. Delta WFC thus remains pointless after 2 games, while Westside FC maintains its unbeaten record with a win and a tie.

Also on Friday evening, at Minoru Park in Richmond, two newly-promoted teams—the RCIU Legends and the Serbian White Eagles—faced off in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. At the end of 90 minutes of well-played soccer, Richmond Club Ireland United prevailed by a 2-1 margin, mostly due to the excellent goalkeeping on the part of Matt Clayton. The White Eagles took the lead late in the first half on an excellent shot by Nemanja Okuka. Early in the second half, Spencer Coppin converted a penalty kick awarded for a hand ball infraction inside the White Eagles’ penalty area. Soon thereafter, Coppin added his second goal of the match as he took advantage of a poor clearance to hammer the ball home from well outside the box. The White Eagles pressed tenaciously for the equalizer for the rest of the match, but once again goalkeeper Matt Clayton rose to the occasion and was able to preserve his team’s slim margin of victory. Richmond’s Brad Caldwell worked tirelessly for the entire 90 minutes, unsettling the Eagles’ backline and creating several opportunities for his teammates. On the other hand, the White Eagles were led by some excellent performances by midfielders Dejan Hesic and Dejan Purisic as well as defenders Savo Miljanic and Miso Rakita, albeit in a losing cause. The victory evens Richmond’s record at 1-1, while the White Eagles remain pointless after two matches.

The lone Saturday game, played at Confederation Park in North Vancouver, featured the Norvan Eagles and the defending VMSL league champions, Sporting Club of Vancouver. The final result, a 1-1 tie, helped neither team since both teams were searching for a victory, albeit for different reasons. The Eagles would have loved to gather all 3 points to climb out of the relegation zone, while Sporting Club needed the victory to remain in first place in the standings. Sporting Club opened the scoring right from the opening kick-off as newly-signed Karm Lidder took advantage of a Norvan defensive blunder to give his team the early lead. Sporting’s Ben Hunt came close to adding to the lead midway through the first half, but his shot went off the crossbar. Veteran Ryan Dormer also had a couple of golden goalscoring opportunities to add to Sporting’s lead, but was thwarted on one occasion by goalkeeper Mike Norris and missed the net on the second chance. Early in the second half, Norvan tied things up as Brian Gibson flicked a great pass from Steve Millar onto the path of Barret Germsheid who made no mistake in scoring from close range. Late in the game, the Eagles missed three great opportunities to gather all 3 points as Blake Burgon , Harpreet Khakh, and Tom Carson missed the net in their attempts to score. As mentioned earlier, the tie drops Sporting Club to third place in the standings, 2 points behind ICSF Inter and West Van FC, while the Eagles are only one point out of last place.

On Sunday, at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver, Columbus-Clan FC bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to the Metro-Ford Wolves by defeating the struggling Surrey United Firefighters by an emphatic 5-2 margin. Early in the match, Columbus took the lead as Tino Cucca was sent in all alone on a great through ball by Steve DeBlasio and proceeded to score in clinical fashion. Late in the first half, after Columbus had missed several goalscoring opportunities, Surrey United tied things up on an excellent individual effort by Phil Lensky. Just before the halftime whistle, however, Columbus’ newly-signed Rizal Ganief cleverly and skillfully beat two defenders at the edge of the penalty area before blasting the ball past goalkeeper Mike Franks. The second half belonged entirely to Columbus as the home team took over the reins of the match and scored 3 brilliant goals in rapid succession. First, Tino Cucca made a great run down the left flank, cut towards the net and found an unmarked Tiernan King who had no difficulty in finding the back of the net. The next goal was more or less a carbon copy of the previous one with Cucca once again being the provider and Steve DeBlasio the finisher. Shortly thereafter, DeBlasio added his second goal of the match as Columbus put the game out of Surrey United’s reach. Late in the match, Sonny Bains narrowed the margin for the visitors on a fine individual effort. Columbus’ first win of the season puts them in the middle of the pack, while Surrey United are still near the bottom of the standings with only 1 point.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: COLUMBUS-CLAN FC for its brilliant performance in defeating the Surrey United Firefighters by a comfortable 5-2 margin. Led by outstanding performances on the part of Tiernan King, Rizal Ganief, Tino Cucca and Steve DeBlasio, Columbus dominated proceedings from start to finish against the struggling visitors. All four of the above-mentioned players scored magnificent goals to pave the way for Columbus’ rather easy victory.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Columbus-Clan’s midfielder TINO CUCCA for his amazing performance in leading his team to an emphatic 5-2 victory over the visiting Surrey United Firefighters. Cucca was involved in 4 of the 5 Columbus goals, scoring once and setting up 3 others! Furthermore, he was a constant threat, driving the Surrey United defenders to distraction with his speed and skill. For his excellent performance, TINO CUCCA will receive a prize of a pizza for two, compliments of THE GOLDEN BOOT CAFFE`. The prize is available up to 2008-10-02.
 

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WEEK #3—2008-09-23

Once again most of the Premier Division games played this past weekend were very closely contested with Croatia’s emphatic 3-0 victory over Westside FC being the only exception. Surprisingly, the young and inexperienced Delta WFC ‘prospects’ held powerhouse Columbus-Clan FC to a 3-3 tie, while West Van FC got some revenge from losing last season’s loss in the Premier Division final to Sporting Club by defeating the defending champions by a 1-0 margin. Another minor surprise took place at Cloverdale Athletic Park on Friday evening when the struggling Surrey United Firefighters held the red-hot ICSF Inter to a 1-1 tie. However, by far the best match of the weekend was played at Vancouver Technical School on Friday evening as the visiting Norvan Eagles twice came back from 2-goal deficits to eventually gain a 3-3 tie against the very skillful Serbian White Eagles.

On Friday evening two teams that have yet to win a match this season—the Serbian White Eagles and the Norvan Eagles—met at Vancouver Technical School. After a very competitive and well-played 90 minutes of non-stop action, the two teams had to settle for a 3-3 tie. Four of the 6 goals came from absolutely fantastic shots, all worthy of lengthy applause and the highest accolades. The match started with Norvan applying pressure and the White Eagles counter-attacking with speed and skill. Despite the fact that Norvan had the best chances in the early going—on efforts by Blake Burgon, Brian Gibson, and Shawn Blakeway—it was the home team that took the lead at the 35th minute mark when Dennis Lazarovic was fouled inside the Norvan penalty area by centre-back Edward Bradford. On the ensuing penalty kick, Dejan Purisic sent goalkeeper GianCarlo Martino the wrong way and easily slotted the ball into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Shortly thereafter, the White Eagles added their second goal on a blistering shot by Alex Kosanin from the edge of the penalty area, a shot that gave Martino absolutely no chance. To their credit, the Norvan visitors never gave up and attacked furiously early in the second half in search of the goal that would get them back into the game. Finally, on a long speculative shot, veteran Brian Gibson was able to put the ball past goalkeeper Jovan Lucic from well outside the penalty area. Norvan continued to attack in search of the equalizer, but the Serbians—led by the incredibly skillful play of Dejan Purisic and Dennis Lazarovic—re-established their 2-goal lead on one of the best goals ever witnessed in our soccer community. In fact, a long cross from the right flank by Purisic was full-volleyed into the back of the net by Lazarovic from the corner of the penalty area. To say the goal was a thing of beauty is an enormous understatement as goals like that are rarely seen, even at the top level of world soccer! Once again, however, Norvan bounced back and scored twice in the last 10 minutes of play to tie the game and go away with a well-deserved point. First, Brian Gibson narrowed the margin with yet another long-range shot that eluded Lucic’s outstretched hands, bounced off the post and found its way into the net. Then, with only moments remaining the match, Blake Burgon was fouled just outside the White Eagles penalty area. Playing-coach Steve Millar thundered his free kick towards the Serbian wall. only to have a defender deflect the ball past a perplexed Lucic. Both teams should be congratulated for their superb effort! Unfortunately, both teams remain winless and mired near the bottom of the Premier Division standings.

Also on Friday evening, at Byrne Creek School in Burnaby, two of the top teams in the VMSL—Sporting Club and West Van FC—met for the first time since last season’s Premier Division championship match. Sporting Club had won the title by defeating West Van by a rather emphatic 4-2 margin. As a result, the former Trollers were primed up to the extreme in their search for revenge! And, revenge they got as they edged the defending champions by a narrow, but well-earned 1-0 margin. The winning goal came at the 40th minute mark when a well-taken free kick by veteran Paul Dailly was uncharacteristically dropped by goalkeeper Brian Brum. Jesse Fetterley had no difficulty in banging home the rebound for the lone goal of the match. The West Van backline—composed of Leo Nash, Trevor Short, Max Baessato, and young Taku Bradshaw—made life reasonably easy for goalkeeper Marco Durante, as he registered his second consecutive clean sheet. It should also be noted that West Van has yet to concede a goal this season! The lone Sporting Club scoring chance came late in the match when Steve Dormer missed the net from close range on a great pass from Jeff Yoon. Veteran Paul Dailly was at his very best in the West Van midfield as he exhibited his numerous qualities throughout the match. His passing, his tackling, his darting runs, and his leadership were instrumental in his team’s well-deserved victory. For Sporting Club, veteran Mike Gomes and young Stedman Espinoza played quite well in the midfield. With its first victory at Byrne Creek, West Van FC improves its perfect record to 3-0—all alone in first place—while Sporting Club drops to the middle of the pack with a 1-1-1 record.

The third Friday evening game was played at Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey and featured the struggling Surrey United Firefighters and the red-hot ICSF Inter. After a fairly evenly-played 90 minutes, both teams had to settle for a 1-1 tie. ICSF controlled most of the play in the early going but squandered a few golden opportunities to take the lead. As often happens, late in the first half Surrey United took the lead when Peter Bergholtz headed home a fine cross from Sunny Bains. The Firefighters then applied some more pressure before the halftime whistle, forcing young goalkeeper Erman Ozkan to make some important saves. In the second half, Inter once again took over the reins of the match in search of the very elusive equalizer. Joseph Marrello once again demonstrated his excellent distribution skills, while second half substitute Laurent Scaligine drove his Surrey United opponents to distraction with his penetrating runs from his right fullback position. With only 5 minutes remaining in the match, Scaligine was finally able to convert a well-taken free kick by Marrello as he headed the ball past goalkeeper Mike Franks for the equalizer. For the Firefighters, centre-back Steve McAuley and goalkeeper Mike Franks were outstanding throughout the contest. As a result of the tie, Inter drops out of first place, with a 2-1-0 record, while Surrey United remain winless, and near the bottom of the table.

On Saturday, at Mackie Park in Delta, the rejuvenated Delta WFC held the heavily-favoured Columbus-Clan FC to a 3-3 tie in a match that can best be described as disappointing from a Columbus point of view. The young Delta lads, on the other hand, will probably find the result inspirational due to the fact that they finally managed to secure their first point of the season. The Columbus veterans appeared to take their inexperienced opponents too lightly and surrendered two goals midway through the first half. After Columbus’ Brandan Stabeno had hit the goalpost in the early going, Delta bounced back and took a 2-goal lead on goals by Navid Maschinichi and Drew Russell. On the first goal, Maschinichi cleverly lobbed the ball over Columbus goalkeeper Aaron Young after receiving a great through ball from Gagan Dosanj. Soon thereafter, yet another pass from Dosanj found and unmarked Nolan Moore, whose shot was brilliantly saved by Young. However, Drew Russell picked up the rebound and had no difficulty in slotting the ball into the net for Delta’s second goal. The two goals, scored in rapid succession, served as a wake-up call for Columbus as the ‘Italians’ came back with a vengeance and, very late in the first half, finally got on the scoreboard when Rizal Ganief calmly chipped the ball over Delta’s goalkeeper Simon Thomas. It should be mentioned that Ganief had been set up brilliantly by an exquisite through ball by Tino Cucca. In the second half, Columbus took over the reins of the match and tied things up when defender Jonathan Poli found Tino Cucca streaking down the left flank. Cucca’s unstoppable shot sailed by second-half goalkeeper Karm Shergill for the equalizer. With about 10 minutes left in the match, Columbus took the well-deserved lead as substitute Joe Scigliano was fouled inside the box by Delta defender Ashley Ankiewicz. On the ensuing penalty kick, Rizal Ganief scored his second goal of the match. Shortly thereafter, Columbus could easily have put the game out of Delta’s reach but Tino Cucca’s close-range shot—on yet another great set-up by Ganief—was saved brilliantly by goalkeeper Karm Shergill. Very late in the game, Delta tied things up as Marcus Johnstone converted a fine cross from Drew Russell by bicycle-kicking the ball into the back of the Columbus net. Defensively, Antonio Rago played extremely well for Delta, while holding midfielder Philippe Davies was solid throughout the match. The tie drops Columbus to the middle of the pack in the Premier Division table, while Delta WFC remains in last place with a single point from 3 games.

Also on Saturday, at the new Town Centre East field, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves hosted the newly-promoted Richmond team and eventually walked away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Despite controlling most of the first half, the Wolves had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the break. The goal was scored brilliantly by Omari Aldridge as he hammered the ball home on a clever set-up by Azad Palani. The second half, however, told a completely different story as the Wolves inexplicably sat back and allowed the visitors to dictate the tempo of the match. Led by halftime substitutes Darren Suderman, Mike Henniger, and Darren Prentice, Club Ireland made life very uncomfortable for the Wolves and came close to knotting the score on several occasions. Both goalkeepers, Club Ireland’s Matt Clayton—in the first half—and Coquitlam’s Mathew Bird—in the second half—were outstanding. The victory places the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves in third place—with a 2-1 record—in the Premier Division standings of the VMSL, while Richmond Club Ireland’s record is now 1-2.

On Sunday, at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver, Croatis SC easily defeated the rather young and inexperienced Westside FC by a comfortable 3-0 margin. The Croatians controlled the flow of the game right from the opening whistle and continued to do so for most of the match. Despite the fact that Croatia had most of the possession, Westside came close to scoring on a couple of occasions as James Brown missed two great opportunities from close range. Croatia’s first goal came at the 25th minute mark when veteran Johnny Pashalidis scored on a perfect set-up by former professional Johnny Sulentic. Sulentic could have a added a couple of more goals but some poor finishing and an excellent save by Westside’s goalkeeper Rowan Anders kept the score close until the dying moments of the first half. At this point, Sulentic set up Gary Anderson for the insurance marker with a perfect cross, after beating a couple of Westside defenders. The second half was more or less a repeat of the first as the Croatians continued to display their superiority by maintaining possession of the ball and by creating numerous goalscoring chances. After Bradley Haga had hit the crossbar with a wicked shot from outside the penalty area, Johnny Sulentic finally scored his second goal of the season after receiving an immaculate pass from Chris Kolic. Late in the game, goalkeeper Rowan Anders once again came up with a great save, this time on a shot by Chris Kolic to keep the score somewhat respectable. It should be mentioned that the Croatian defence, anchored by veterans Darko Jelic and Mario Jelic—as well as young Kreso Vonic—played extremely well throughout the game, making it quite easy for goalkeeper Didar Sandhu to lay claim to the clean sheet. As a result of the victory, Croatia SC remains undefeated and in third place in the standings. On the other hand, Westside FC is now in the middle of the table with an even 1-1-1 record.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: WEST VAN FC for its clinically sound performance in defeating the defending VMSL champions—Sporting Club—by a narrow, but well-earned 1-0 margin. Led by the excellent performance of veteran midfielder Paul Dailly, West Van controlled most of the play against the always dangerous and very talented Sporting Club. Defensively, Taku Bradshaw, Trevor Short, Max Baessato, and Leo Nash were rock-solid in their successful effort to keep the vaunted Sporting attack off the score sheet.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Columbus-Clan’s forward RIZAL GANIEF for his amazing performance in his team’s 3-3 tie against Delta WFC. Ganief two of the goals—one on a brilliant chip shot and one on a well-taken penalty kick—and set up his teammates on several occasions with his impeccable passing skills. For his excellent performance, RIZAL GANIEF will receive a prize of a pizza for two, compliments of THE GOLDEN BOOT CAFFE`. The prize is available up to 2008-10-09.
 

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Does anyone know if this Johnny Sulentic dude is a former professional?

Also,

Veteran Paul Dailly was at his very best in the West Van midfield as he exhibited his numerous qualities throughout the match. His passing, his tackling, his darting runs, and his leadership were instrumental in his team’s well-deserved victory
What about Jinky's dashing looks and charming smile?

No?

:D
 

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I thought the residency kids were NOT permitted to play for Delta WFC because they have signed under a professional contract, and get paid $250/month. Dosanj, Davies, Shergill, Rago, Maschinichi, Johnstone, Russell, and Thomas are all residency kids and were mentioned in the weekly report. Unless something has changed, I thought these players were ineligible to play in the VMSL. Can someone clarify their eligiblity?

Residency roster from the Whitecaps website:

Philippe Davies D/M 12/12/1990 6-0 160
Gagandeep Dosanjh M 11/1/1990 5-05 130
Marcus Johnstone F 3/27/1990 5-11 170
Navid Mashinchi D/M 2/16/1989 5-08 141
Antonio Rago M 11/5/1990 5-08 160
Drew Russell F 12/28/1990 6-01 145
Karm Shergill G 1/24/1990 6-01 140
Simon Thomas G 12/3/1990 6-02 170
 

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Gilly are you serious? $250 dollars and you are going to have a pout? I think I pay myself more for that shitting during work time rather than break time.
 

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We'd like to thank you for your entry into the Complexly random thoughts put to text contest...

Good luck.

I bet you were also not aware that the match of the week doesn't mean the two best teams playing...some people just don't understand that.
 

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Ben and Jerry's are considering using human breast milk instead of cow. Am I posting in the right thread?
 

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Gilly are you serious? $250 dollars and you are going to have a pout? I think I pay myself more for that shitting during work time rather than break time.

Utah,

No pouting here....just stating facts. Rules are rules. The 'Caps have these kids sign professional contracts for a reason, that if one of these kids signs on with a pro club elsewhere, then they get a monetary transfer fee.

Besides, $250/month is a lot of money for someone who has to commute to and from school, and train twice a day. These kids probably save half their earnings, unlike you and I.

Gilly
 

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Unless something has changed, I thought these players were ineligible to play in the VMSL. Can someone clarify their eligiblity?

I found out the answer to my own question. Most of the residency kids have had their contracts changed from professional to amateur, thus, making them eligible to play in the VMSL.

This "new" team will be a good addition to the VMSL Premier ranks and will contend much better than the "prospects". Don't be surprised to see them as "Team of the Week" or supply "Players of the Week" in the near future, so long as it isn't this week. :D
 
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