By: James Nielsen, Highlanders FC Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA – Both Highlanders Prospect men’s squads were in action this past weekend, splitting a pair of games with a win and loss.
U-21 PROSPECT BOYS
The second-place Highlanders U-21’s played in their fifth match Saturday, Oct. 18 at Goudy Turf, dropping VISL opponent SFFC Zenit by a score of 2-0 to move their 2014 regular season record to 3-0-2, putting them in second place in the league table behind first-place Upper Island Riptide.
Second half goals from Jack Hill and Andre Earthy-Find were the difference in the match, as sustained pressure from the Highlanders eventually led to the pair of goals.
“We had good attacking and our ball possession eventually gave way to more chances and eventually our pair of goals,” said Highlanders head coach Steve Simonson.
Division 2 PROSPECT BOYS
Facing a physically imposing Gordon Head Blazers squad, the Highlanders Division 2 squad dropped a 2-0 decision, Sat. Oct. 18 at Tyndall Park in their seventh VISL fixture of the season.
Gordon Head jumped ahead in the first half off a free kick that caught the Highlanders unprepared. Using their physicality to their advantage, Gordon Head was able to throw the Highlanders off their passing game and limit potential scoring chances throughout the match.
Late in the second half, the Blazers put the match away after knocking down a ball from 25-yards out and striking a blast to the top corner of the net.
The challenging match saw five grade 11 players suiting up for the Highlanders. Prospect Callum Montgomery played well in the match, dropping back to play on the back line with defensive staple Hamish Walde while fullback Connor Phillips sat out due to suspension. Despite a strong showing, the physicality of the match proved too imposing for the Highlanders to overcome.
The U-21’s next match sees them pitted against sixth-place Nanaimo United FC, Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park.. The Division 2 squad sees them in an Oct. 25 match against first-place Lakehill United. Kick-off is set for 8:00 p.m. at Finlayson Turf. Admission to both matches are free.