The VISL GameOfTheWeek from this past weekend was a matchup between 1st & 2nd place in the U21 division. Gorge FC & Mid Isle Mariners. Also considered South vs North.
Both teams were 5 wins and 1 loss heading into the match.
After 90 minutes, Gorge wins 1-0 to have sole possession of 1st place.
The game itself was a battle of midfields for most of the 1st half. Both teams created some chances, both Keepers had to make a couple saves. The game’s only goal came at 40’ when Gorge’s leftback picked up the scraps off a corner kick. He made no mistake finishing as he found the corner of the net. Gorge took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The 2nd half had play open up a bit more and both teams had opportunities to score. Shots missed the target and the keepers were called upon to make some nice saves. Gorge Keeper Kaelan Colbourne made the save of the match when he had to come flying out of his 6 to go up high and take the ball away from a Mid Isle forwards head. It would have been a scoring opportunity for sure. How he was able to get up so quickly after he bounced off the turf from 5 feet in the air still amazes me…….especially as it seemed though he jammed his neck right into the turf. That was a huge save and he followed up with another beauty minutes later to preserve the lead. Mid Isle looked to even things up after Cole Senchar had a nice header towards the corner – it just went wide.
The remaining 10 minutes was pretty exciting as Mid Isle was pressing and Gorge was countering and trying to keep possession of the ball in the Mid Isle 3rd of the field.
The Final whistle went and both teams were definitely on the tired side as they left it on the field to say the least.
Game 1550’s game MVP was Brendan Liudzius of Gorge. He was a work horse in the middle of the midfield. He created scoring chances and sprayed the ball well. He also did the work and tracked back on defence. Solid match by him !
Another good showing of U21 soccer on the Island. Of the 3 BC Cup berths we have for Provincial Cup – I could see both these teams competing on a Provincial level.