By Michael Schlodder ISN
The Andrew McGavin Cup, one of the older VISL competitions first played in 1933 used as a fund to help injured players. Now used as an early season kickoff league cup for teams to fine tune players and tactics before the long season ahead. It is open to all teams within the VISL divisions except the previous season’s Division 1 top four.
Bays United Liquor Plus (Div 1) 0-1 Gorge U-Guys (Div 3) – Tuesday 25 September
This is what Cup football is about – lower division teams putting it all on the line for 90 minutes and hoping for that upset. And an upset there was. Bays United came into this quarterfinal tie at Adam Kerr (2-0-0) scoring nine goals in the process, most recent 3-0 win over Fernwood Town on Sunday. Gorge Us-Guys, also unbeaten in league and topping Division 3B (3-0-0), winning on Friday 5-2 over Prospect Lake. The fireworks started early and against the run of play, Jordan French scores in the eighth minute to give Gorge an early lead. Bays United continued to press throughout the first half with Gorge Us-Guys keeper standing tall each time. Bay’s Cooper Barry and Craig Gorman tried numerous times to breakdown Gorge’s midfield with little gaps opening. Bays United given a prime opportunity early in the second half with a chance from the penalty spot. But Patrick Nelson is blanked by Gorge’s keeper in full stretch, emotions and confidence running high on the pitch. In the final 20 minutes, both teams put the pressure on each other and Bays keeper Andrew Flello comes up with two huge saves in the process. At the full-time whistle, Gorge Us-Guys were too strong defensively and in heart for Bays United, needing only the early goal, earning a berth in the semifinals draw.
Gorge FC (Div 1) 3-1 Hellas FC (Div 3) – Tuesday 25 September
The second quarterfinal tie of the night at Adam Kerr put the current Sir John Jackson Cup holders Gorge FC (0-0-1) against Division 3 side Hellas FC (2-0-1). Gorge coming off a disappointing loss on Saturday to Cowichan FC on penalties in the inaugural Challenge Cup (previous season’s Garrison Cup winners versus Jackson Cup winners). Hellas coming off a 3-0 win over SFFC Lunch Money on Sunday in league play. Gorge started very positive with opening pressure on Hellas, hitting the woodwork three times in the first 15 minutes of the half. But that was just the beginning for Gorge as they continued to put the pressure on the inexperienced Hellas back four. After continuous strong runs on the left and right wings pushing deeper in Hellas’ final third and timely counterattacks, Gorge scored three goals in quick succession. With their pride on the line, Hellas got a consolation goal due to a good team build up play, breaking the heart of Gorge’s goalkeeper from registering a clean sheet. At the full-time whistle, Gorge FC was too clinical on the night. Make it two for two Gorge Soccer Association teams progressing to the McGavin Cup semifinals.
Vic West Vintage Roofing (Div 2) 2-0 Vantreights FC (Div 3) – Wednesday 26 September
Wednesday’s quarterfinals kicked off between a Division 2 and Division 3 tie. Vic West (1-0-1) is coming off a tough 2-1 loss on Saturday to Prospect Lake; while Vantreights (0-2-1) are coming off a complete drubbing by league leaders Gorge FC 6-1 on Saturday. Vic West went up on an early goal but that’s when the wheels fell off for Vantreights. The Flowers had a man sent off with a straight red before the halftime whistle. Vic West jumped on the man-advantage opportunity and scored, taking a deserved lead into the dressing rooms. After a lackluster second half, Vic West and Vantreights missed taking advantage of opportunities. In the end, Vic West Vintage Roofing ease into the semifinal draw with a 2-0 victory over Vantreights FC.
Prospect Lake Lakers (Division 2) v Cowichan United (U21)
The last quarterfinal of the round had probably the biggest gulf of experience and talent. Prospect Lake (1-1-0) is coming off a 2-1 win over fore mentioned Vic West Vintage Roofing. While Cowichan United (0-1-1) drew 1-1 in a highly competitive game at Mid-Isle Mariners – in the ever expansive U21 Division, Cowichan United and Mid-Isle Mariners are being favored to win the league this season. In a close affair, Prospect Lake finished the first half the more threatening side leading 2-1. In a late flourish in the second half, Prospect Lake kept their nerve and belief against the youth-filled Cowichan side before securing a place in the McGavin Cup semifinals with a 3-2 win.
McGavin Cup Semifinal Draw
The draw for the McGavin Cup Semifinals will take place on Thursday, September 27 12:00pm at 1550’s Restaurant. Finalized Semifinal fixtures and venues will be published through the VISL website.