Terry Lowe was supposed to be a stand-in for regular Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels’ keeper Dave Dutcher Monday night at MacDonald Park.
Instead, Lowe was a standout, making a few key leg saves in the first half and handling the ball well all night, in the Camels’ 2-0 win over the Rutland Spirit. Lowe also manned the post-game barbecue.
Striker Gord Howard converted a through ball by Mike Daly for the Humpbacks’ opening goal in the first minute, while centre midfielder Dan Zieske, who sailed three left-footed attempts over the net, buried a low right-footer in the final minute after a pass by Howard.
Left fullback Stuart Whitling ran aggressively for loose balls and earned the Times of London Man of the Match as the Camels went to 8-1-2 in the Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ League.
The Spirit (2-9-1) got a stellar game from towering defender Dave Gould, a Vernon product.
The Vernon Silver Stars and North Country Appraisals Kickers battled to a 2-2 draw at Marshall Field #4.
North Country (6-1-4) went up 1-0 in the 30th minute after Mike Francis lobbed one over the head of keeper Ted Lurkins and under the crossbar.
The Stars (5-2-4) tied it after a turnover in the North Country end with red-hot Bill Graham corking a howitzer short corner.
Viagra Man of the Match Steven Fitzpatrick put the Stars up with a quick, sharp-angled free kick, but Wil Kruiper equalized with 10 minutes remaining off a scramble after a corner.
Penticton United shut down the shortstaffed Big O Tire Ogopogos 4-0 at City Park in Kelowna.
United (8-2-1) Penticton pressed hard after taking a 1-0 halftime lead, but Big O keeper Yogi Kongsdorf made outstanding save after save, shaking the heads of his competition all night long.
Brad Conlin and Mark Wasylyk played excellent at center half, and the 3-8 Ogopogo back line, run by speedy Rob Ross, denied several attacks.
Okanagan Spring Brewery bowed 3-0 to Kelowna’s Pushor Mitchell Advocates at Rutland Fields. The Advocates are 4-4-2, Spring 4-6-1.
In other games, it was Lake Country FC 5 Cantina’s Pub 0; Salmon Arm 5 Kelowna Rented Mules 0.
Celtics bow to Fountain Tire
The Vernon Square Liquor Store Celtics were upset 3-1 by Kelowna Fountain Tire in 35+ league action at Marshall Field #1.
The first half was a fierce affair with referee Bruce Townsend needing all his experience to keep the game under control.
The Celtics dominated possession early on but Fountain Tire scored first after a quickly taken corner. The Celtics increased the tempo at the start of the second half, resulting in a wave of attacks and a string of near misses.
The well-deserved equalizer finally came after 15 minutes when Tim McGohan tapped in from close range after a string of one-touch passes ripped the Kelowna defence apart.
Man markers Rod Valdivisio and Joey Schrober were outstanding for the Celtics (4-4-1). The Tiremen improved to 5-5.
Vernon Toyota had a game to forget in a 10-0 loss to league-leading Peoples Insulation at Mission 73 Sports Park. The Carmen dipped to 5-4, while Peoples improved to 8-0-2.
Vernon’s Bosman Accounting fell 3-1 to Lake Country Variform at Beasley Park. Steve Smith made his comeback after injury and scored for Bosman (2-7). Lake Country is 7-1-2.