Victoria United Upstaged at Home by Bellingham


Story and Photos by Jai Rakic – ISN

Victoria, BC – ISN After losing 4-0 to the Highlanders reserve side mid-week, Victoria United were looking for a win against the travelling Bellingham side. Unfortunately for Victoria, they were unable to get up in front of their home crowd and went down 2-0 in a tightly fought match.

Victoria United’s Paddy Nelson battles for possession with Bellingham’s Mitchell Barrows in Saturday’s game – Photo Jai Rakic

Light rain welcomed the teams as they ran out onto the pitch to begin the game at Royal Athletic Park.  The first half didn’t see too many scoring opportunities for either side and it looked as if the teams would be going into the half tied at 0-0.  That was until Bellingham’s Kellan Brown caught the Victoria defense napping and gave his side the lead only moments before the break.

Victoria’s Doug Joyce makes a slide tackle on Bellingham’s centre back Justyn Scholze – Photo Jai Rakic

When the teams ran out onto the pitch for the start of the second half, the rain had cleared and Bellingham were looking to increase their 1-0 lead. Victoria goalkeeper Andrew Fitzpatrick did well to keep his side with in reach, making several great saves, but Bellingham continued to press forward and extended their lead to two goals. Kellan Brown scored his second goal of the game, after the ball rebounded to him from a Bellingham corner kick, Brown easily finished from inside the box. The match ended 2-0 in favour of Bellingham.

Paddy Nelson makes a break up the right side of the field with Bellingham’s Thomas Kaufman in pursuit – Photo Jai Rakic

This loss to Bellingham was United’s eighth straight defeat. With only four games remaining in the regular season, Victoria will need to end their losing streak and win all their remaining games to stand a chance of making the finals.

United’s next opponent is the Okanagan Challenge this Saturday at Royal Athletic Park.