Morning Star Staff
Veteran Brad Conlin figures The Beatles may have still been together last time he scored in men’s soccer.
The stocky, shifty midfielder felt like a rock star Wednesday night after he buried a penalty kick top cheddar in the 15th minute at MacDonald Park.
The goal stood as the winner as Peters Tirecraft rolled over Salmon Arm Nation of Domination Eagle Homes 4-0 in North Okanagan Soccer League action.
Conlin – named the Old Milwaukee Man of the Match – converted the spot shot after striker Andy Collins was pulled down inside the 18, giving Tirecraft their first lead of the season. He was urged by his son, Mike, to take the PK.
Chase Kwak made it 2-0 off a corner that rattled around in the box for a moment before he finished it off. Defender Justin Mitchell connected on a late penalty kick and Christian Demilleville buried the fourth on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play involving Mitchell and Kyle Richardson.
Gavin Opp and Rob Spraggs shared the shutout.
The North Enderby Timber lassoed the Salmon Arm Outlaws 3-1 at Blackburn Park.
Patrick Schindler, Mo Singogo and a beauty one-timer by Bryndon Buckham, produced goals for the 5-0 Timber. Fabrice Fanfani supplied two assists in support of keeper Danny Stein.
The Revelstoke Stallions clipped Turn-Key Controls 2-1 at Jackson Park in Salmon Arm.
Playing on neutral ground with new league scheduling this year, Turn-Key came out blazing, using the wings to generate many chances in the first 15 minutes and controlling the play.
Despite the early edge in play, Revelstoke opened the scoring on a penalty kick.
Turn-Key responded quickly when Evan Moore launched a free kick from distance that missed the head of Preston Tucker but took a hop on the Revelstoke keeper for the equalizer going into half.
Tucker took the Nolan’s Pharmasave Man of the Match for Turn-Key as he battled through an early first half elbow that left him looking like a fighter in round 10 of a scrap with a swollen and bruised right eye.
Revelstoke netted the winner in the 65th minute when they beat the Turn-Key offside trap on a close call.
Rick Raber set up both goals as the Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels shaded the North Country Appraisals Kickers 2-1 in Capri Insurance 45+ play Monday night.
The Humpbacks moved into sole possession of first place at 4-0-1 since Penticton United clipped Brown Benefits 2-1 at Kings Park. United and Browns are one point back of the Camels.
Eric Ladner struck the Kickers’ crossbar three minutes in and Johnny Orton buried a feed from Raber 17 minutes later after rushing through the middle of the Kickers’ back four.
Roradrunner Zane Klym made it 2-0 on a breakaway after a pass from Raber. Steve Reston buried an all-planet 20-yard free kick for the Kickers (2-2).
Orton and Gord Howard botched a 2-on-0 in the second half with Orton sailing the ball over the net with his shin. Raber took the World Fishing Network Man of the Match.
The Silver Stars used a deuce from super striker John Matejicka to stop Sunshine Pools 4-1.
Matejicka opened the scoring by putting in a rebound after a wild swing and a miss by Dave Howes. Matejicka made it two in a row, pouncing on another rebound.
Mike Bertoia made it 2-1 before Nigel Clack’s free kick found big Bill Graham’s head. Graham nodded the ball into the path of Ian Murphy who put the Stars up 3-1. Howes, with a wonderful free kick from just inside the half, fooled Chris Turbitt to finish the scoring.
Defender Brett Bandy prevented two sure goals to take the Fabutan Salons Man of the Match.
Kelowna RPM Automotive brushed off Bosman Accounting 3-1 at City Park.
Erick Burnet scored on a powerful shot from well outside the box, after shaking off his RPM defender on the turn. Stand-in keeper Gerson Betman was the Sleeman’s Man of the Match for Bosman.
Meanwhile, there are 53 teams (15 women’s entries) in the 36th Vernon National Oldtimers Soccer Tournament starting Saturday at various parks. Prize money is worth more than $6,000. Finals in the women’s 35+ division go Monday, noon, at MacDonald Park, while the men’s 35+ title tilt follows at 1:30. Teams are here from Edmonton, Calgary, Nelson, Prince George and Kamloops. Shelly Johnston and the Vernon VQA’s are running the tourney.