Cermaq City Wave FC once again were to able to maintain their perfect start to their inaugural Division Two season with a hard working performance against a gritty and determined Cowichan outfit at MaCadam Park on Saturday night.
Cermaq knew that a strong performance could see them record an important victory and the players responded. Cermaq started off brightly and surprised Cowichan with their high tempo and quick movement of the ball.
Cowichan were a solid team going forward but they did seem to rely on the long ball to their big striker a little too often.
The Cermaq backline of Peter McWilliams, Antho Seville, Colan Grotenboer and John Jepson were able to repel most of the forays forward in the opening 15 minutes.
McWilliams was to get the opening goal for Cermaq with a wonderful run down the right handside of the pitch. McWilliams then cut inside and drilled the ball into the net.
The Cermaq midfield of Robbie Shaw, Eddie Lawson and Mark Ross were working very hard and kept great shape throughout the whole game. Indeed the first half saw Cermaq play some very controlled soccer.
Cowichan, did, however, have some pace about them and did finally beat the backline only to be thwarted by an excellent save from Beau Belle Oudry.
Within minutes of the crucial save Matt Wooff had made it two with a classic 20-yard shot which curled beautifully into the corner of the net.
Just before the break Shane Dumanoir went on a great run and was upended in the penalty area where he scored the resulting penalty kick.
Cowichan responded well in the second half and began to increase their tempo and put some pressure on the Cermaq goal.
The opening spell of the second half saw a very open game. Cowichan were able to pull a goal back with a superb goal from outside the area.
This gave them the obvious boost to push on but despite a good share of possession they were unable to create too many other chances.
Both Eric Roberts and Jason Fawkes were able to make some strong challenges at important times in breaking up some of their attacks.
Indeed, Cermaq might have increased the lead on more than one occasion but for some excellent goal keeping in the Cowichan net.
Cermaq know sit three points clear at the top of Divison Two and are eagerly anticipating their next opponents, second place Prospect Lake of Victoria. The game goes this Saturday Oct 10 at Willow Point.
Local support in what should be a very hard fought affair would be greatly appreciated.
To check out the standings and a full schedule use the following link: http://visl.visl.org/