Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star Danny Stein of NET (left) drives up the line against Mees Geelkerken of Turn-Key Controls in North Okanagan Soccer League action Wednesday night at MacDonald Park.

Timber avenges Gibson Cup defeat

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Revenge is best served on a soggy pitch.

North Enderby Timber exacted some long-awaited revenge on Turn-Key Controls, avenging last season’s 3-2 Gibson Cup final defeat with a 6-1 thrashing of Turn-Key in the first meeting between the two teams in the 2017 North Okanagan Soccer League season Wednesday at MacDonald Park.

Newcomer Gabriel Price opened the scoring when he controlled a Brent Poulsen cross in the 18 yard box, turned a defender and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later, Price added his second of the game finding the top corner from 18 yards. Turn-Key made things interesting before the half capitalizing on a defensive breakdown leaving a player wide open for an easy header.

Early in the second half the Timber were sparked after losing teammate Devin Laughren to a vicious knee injury which required the care of Vernon paramedics.

Now down to 11 players, the Timber got going. Ex Controller Oben Tate sent in Poulsen on a breakaway, Poulsen only need one touch to beat charging Turn-Key goalie Greg Douma, who would make several big saves to keep Turn-Key in the game.

Poulson repeated the goal five minutes later after being sent in alone by Omeet Khatra.

Tate and rookie Joe Binns both tapped in Danny Stein rebounds after Stein muscled off defenders only to be denied by Douma both times for the insurance markers.

At Greater Vernon Athletics Park, goals in each half gave Monashees a 2-0 win over Peters Tirecraft.