Cermaq City Wave tightens grip on first

Cermaq City Wave FC, our local Men’s Soccer team consolidated their position at the top of the Vancouver Island Division Two with an excellent 3-0 victory over Vantreights FC in Victoria this past Sunday afternoon.

The home team had only lost two games all season and had hopes of an outside shot at promotion going into this game. For Cermaq, they knew a victory would put more pressure on the chasing pack. The day before the game second and third placed Prospect Lake and Lakehill had played to an exciting 1-1 draw the night before but in doing so each had dropped a valuable two points.

Cermaq started like the proverbial “house on fire” and raced into a remarkable three goal lead within 17 minutes.  After five minutes some excellent work down the right flank saw Wyatt Bryce earn a free kick which was taken by Eddie Lawson. The free kick was swung in at great pace and all the unfortunate Vantreights defender could do was to head the ball into his own net. Five minutes later a flowing move from back to front saw an incisive pass from Lawson to Hans Aunet who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net as the keeper advanced. A similar excellent passing move saw Lawson again in the action and scoring the third goal of the game. Vantreights battled back well and held their own until the half. The second half was an even affair with Cermaq content to sit back and hold on to what they had and Vantreights pushing bravely forward. Midfield players, Robbie Shaw, Pete McWilliams, Edgar Cramner and Matt Woof were solid in the tackle and unselfish in distribution. At the back Colan Grootenboer, Antho Seville, Jacob Blanchard, Eric Smith and Ray Wilson did well to thwart the speedy Vantreights forwards. Certainly Cermaq keeper Wylie Roberts had to be sharp on a number of occasions to keep any hope of a fight back at bay. The final score finished 3-0 for Cermaq.

The Campbell River side has three remaining league games. This Sunday, Jan. 31 they travel to Powell River. A victory would put Cermaq within touching distance of promotion, a defeat would return them to a three way fight for the two precious promotion spots with Prospect Lake and Lakehill. On Saturday Feb. 06 Cermaq entertain Lakehill on the Robron turf at 2 p.m.