VMSL Masters Premier
Castilians beat Romania 3--1
The Mighty Castilians post another victory yet again this past Saturday at the Shire. The confident Castilians opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Blakeway beat a Romanian defender, then another, then another to spoon feed Slater who tapped in the ball for his first tally of the evening. Moments later it was deja vu with Slater streaking down the left wing feeding Blakeway with a firm curving ball. The vertically blessed Blakeway stretched and placed the ball past the keeper to make the score two nil two easy. The first half finished with a 3-0 scoreline with Slater converting a pk following Clarkey getting molested in the penalty box. Captain Oly had a superb first half but requested a sub at half time as he was suffering from shakes, rigours and general malaise. Keeper Trevor Perri didn't have much work to do in the first half but made one world class save from a long, driving ball that was destined for the top corner. The second half was a scrappy, disorganized affair with the Romanians pulling one back. The Castilians coasted to victory with the score ending 3-1. Richmond FC have forfeited the Castilians final league game of the season this coming Saturday. Although the Castilians were off to a very slow start this season, they are peaking at the right time heading into cup pla. For the first time in 5 years, the Castilians have not finished at the top of the table and have finished in second place, two points back of Croatia. First cup game vs WV Flying Horses at the Shire Feb. 15th 4pm.
Castilians Lose 2-1
This week's contest was an anticipated battle of two top teams; them in second and us in third. With heightened intensity the game was full of big challenges, physical play and good passing by the two teams. Both teams shared the ebb and flow with scoring opportunities coming both ways. Sam was stellar between our pipes making a number of excellent saves, the best being a dive to her right hand side on a ball that was destined for the top corner. Our goal came from the very good individual play of Molly. After out pacing two defenders she looked up to find a shot only to see the timely run of Hayley to the back stick. Molly intelligently placed the ball directly in Hayley's path, and she took care of the rest, calmly striking the ball past the beleaguered keeper. Although we eventually fell 2-1, the over play of our squad was enjoyable to watch. We have our last league game this weekend; a local derby with Port Moody. This will be a classic battle of the two long time rivals.
U11 Select A
Juniors Squeak by WCFC 1-0
Juniors were at home this week to WCFC. Unfortunately it was a dismal effort by the Juniors. The standard of play was poor as many of the Juniors were thinking about their Super Bowl Parties rather than the task at hand. One of few bright spots was Bella who converted a beautifully taken penalty shot in the second half. Onward and upward, we must proceed. Juniors have a busy schedule this weekend vs CMF 2003 A, CMF 2003 B and Surrey United 2003 A teams all scheduled. Juniors wish their fellow Castilian country men and women a happy Family Day.
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