Eagles scrap for 2-1 win
No pun intended but the Shady Rest Eagles’ Over 35 side picked up a hard-fought win at Qualicum Beach Rec Fields on Saturday as they out-dueled Islands United in a game-shortened 2-1 final.
“It was a good game, both teams played well (but) we ended up having a bit of a scuffle, a bit of a confrontation between a couple guys, so the game was called early which was very unusual,” Shadies player/manager Craig Gooding surmised Sunday night, pointing out both teams have since apologized and all is forgiven.
“We really enjoy playing those guys; they’re good guys.”
An up-tempo game between two skilled teams, this one saw the visitors, made up of players from Denman and Hornby Islands, open the scoring in the first 10 minutes off a miscue down low, but the Shadies pressed and Phil Jenkins and Andrew Evans fed the net to make it 2-1 for the home side at the half, which is how it stood.
The Shadies were back in action on Sunday up-Island where they played Powell River Villa a 1-1 draw. Russ Hannay scored for the locals in that one.
Currently sitting middle of the pack in their five-team league, the O35 Shadies start their BC Cup run in the Grover Cup Feb. 10 against Saltspring FC.
“Injuries, fields closed, other commitments ... it’s been a real tough year for our team, but we’ll see,” said Gooding.