Irving returns in fine style

Central defender Roger Irving took a year off to rest a body pretty much kept together with duct tape and glue.

Morning Star Staff

Central defender Roger Irving took a year off to rest a body pretty much kept together with duct tape and glue.

The reprieve seemed to work wonders as Irving scored once and anchored the back line as Kal Tire edged Vernon Silver Stars 2-1 in Okanagan 55+ Soccer League action Thursday night at Grahame Park.

Irving connected in the 19th minute after his initial shot was cleared off the line by fullback Kerry Zubot but ricocheted off Irving’s knee into the net.

Striker Mike Lloyd also returned to the Tiremen lineup after a season off and made it 2-0 just minutes before the half with a hard, low shot past keeper Ray Tims.

Stars’ midfielder Dick Markin buried a beautiful free kick from 23 yards over keeper Yogi Kongsdorf near the 57th minute.

Irving was named the La Senza Man of the Match, while central midfielder Jim Sparrow took honourable mention. It was the season opener for both teams.