It was supposed to be a showdown of A Division heavyweights in the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League Monday night in Kelowna.
Instead, Penticton United turned it into a meltdown, ambushing Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos 7-2 at Parkinson Field #16.
Penticton (14-1) exploded with four goals in the first half in cool temperatures and no subs. Turn-Key had six subs.
Duane Dennis, on a left-footed blast to the corner, and Jeff Nice on a penalty kick, made things interesting with Pogo snipes before the half.
Mike Moorlag returned to net after a spell away, but even with his acrobatic saves, the Pogos (10-4-1) could not stifle the powerful Penticton offence. Turn-Key controlled a lot of the possession in the second half but could not capitalize on their opportunities and finish their plays. Penticton executed their transition plays well and ran up the score.
In other A side play, keeper Wayne Logan was sensational as Brandt’s Creek shut down Bosman Accounting of Vernon 3-0 at Marshall Field #5.
Brandt’s started with 10 men but kept things tight until the 11th man made it on to the field. Once it was 11-on-11, Brandt’s were the more creative team while Bosman tried to hit with quick counters.
Keith Seager showed great control and strength to keep the ball inside the Bosman box, and then laid it back for Jason Pither to crash home the opening goal before the recess.
Bosman came out in the final 45, pressing hard for the equalizer. Mike Grace was stoned twice inside the 18 by Logan, who also robbed Mark Sladen and Gerry Geelkerken.
Brandt’s steadied the ship again and the game was fairly even. Chances came and went for both teams before the Pubbers (8-6-1) finally converted a second with Keith Seager poking the ball past 55+ league emergency call-up Pete (The Heat) Richter. A few minutes later, Brandt’s Creek added security on a ball that ricocheted around the box and was put in by a Bosman defender.
Central fullback Jake Jacobson was the Sun Valley Source For Sports Man of the Match for Bosman (5-9-1). Logan and striker Kelvin Brown split the Orchard Park Mall Man of the Match for the Pubbers.
Kelowna Burger King Man of the Match Tony Gonzales scored two goals to help Brown Benefits bounce Tree Brewing 3-0 at Mission #10 Sportsfield.
A hard-fought, closely-contested first half ended scoreless with Lionel Hoffman coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his shot rattled Tree’s crossbar just before the break.
It was in the opening minutes of the second half when Gonzales brought down a cross from Tim Austen and poked home the opener. Tree’s Josef Kimpian forced a superb save from keeper Gord Regan but the Browns counter-attacked quickly and Gonzales finished the move with a perfect shot to the top corner. Trevor Lutes was in the right place at the right time when a cross eluded everyone and left him with a simple tap-in into the open net.
Browns went to 15-0, while the Brewers dipped to 7-6-2.
In B Division play, the Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels tripped up Mind Smart of Kelowna 3-1 at Marshall Field #2.
The Camels used a Happy-Glimore connection for their opening strike in the sixth minute. Mark Gilmore stripped the ball at centre and fed Darren (Happy) Hansen, who in turn hit Rick Raber, who passed to Johnny Orton for a 30-yard breakaway and finish.
Orton made it 2-0 at 22 minutes, taking a long gorgeous pass through legs from Mike Collins off his chest and one-timing a shot. Orton took the Marble Slab Creamery Man of the Match.
Mark Budgen lobbed a 25-yarder over the keeper at 37 minutes after multiple passes by Dave Dawson, Teg Matthews and Michael Brown.
Grant Russo beat striker-turned-keeper Mike Daly in the 80th minute for mind Smart (4-10-1).