Rick Raber of Kal Tire prepares to dish the ball off in front of Silver Stars’ Bill Borg in 55+ men’s soccer Thursday night at MacDonald Park. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star)                                Rick Raber of Kal Tire prepares to dish the ball off in front of Silver Stars’ Bill Borg in 55+ men’s soccer Thursday night at MacDonald Park. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star)

Rick Raber of Kal Tire prepares to dish the ball off in front of Silver Stars’ Bill Borg in 55+ men’s soccer Thursday night at MacDonald Park. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star) Rick Raber of Kal Tire prepares to dish the ball off in front of Silver Stars’ Bill Borg in 55+ men’s soccer Thursday night at MacDonald Park. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star)

Silver Stars sparkle in Vernon derby match

CapriCMW Insurance Men’s 55+ Soccer League play

The Silver Stars used the penalty spot to brush off Kal Tire in a CapriCMW Insurance Men’s 55+ Soccer League derby match Thursday night at MacDonald Park.

David Howes, early in the opening 45 minutes, and Steve Coombs, near the 79th minute, converted PKs past Ron Krause as the Stars evened the season series between the Vernon teams at 1-1 and moved past the Tiremen into fifth place in the 10-team circuit.

Brian Eso and Mark Wasylyk, who was pulled down inside the 18 to draw the winning PK, enjoyed stellar showings for the Stars (9-7-1).

Kal Tire levelled the score in the opening minute of the second half when central midfielder Ian Murphy sent a long cross to the right corner for Rick Raber, who made a nifty turn on a defender and fed a streaking Roger Irving who finished to the left of keeper Yogi Kongsdorf.

Krause came out of his net in the dying minutes and just missed equalizing top shelf after a fray off one of three corners Kal Tire enjoyed as they pressed. Both Krause and Kongsdorf made numerous big saves to take the Dairy Queen Man of the Match honours.

Central midfielder Jim Sparrow and Irving rated honourable mention for Kal Tire (9-6-1).

In other action, the Ledcor Kickers grounded Beasley FC of Lake Country 6-1 at Mission Sportsfield #11.

In make-up games next Thursday, the Stars tangle with Brown Benefits of Kelowna under the lights at Beasley Park (6:30), while Kal Tire goes up against the host Kelowna Raiders in a 5:30 tilt at Parkinson Field #8.

In 45+ league games re-scheduled due to poor air quality earlier this summer, the first-place Vernon Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos face Tree Brewing FC of Kelowna at Beasley (8 p.m.), while Bosman Accounting of Vernon tangle with the Kelowna R&B Rented Mules (5:30) at MacDonald Park.

Capri Insurance CMW 45+ Okanagan League

Vernon Bosman Accounting beat the Kelowna Rented Mules like a, well, rented mule, to the tune of 7-0 in Capri Insurance Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Soccer League action Monday at MacDonald Park in Vernon.

The Vernon squad is aiming for the top spot in the C-Division so they needed a win. Bosman started with an attacking strategy which resulted in lots of chances and lots of shots on goal. After birthday boy Rolf Hirschkorn missed two long shots, it was midfielder Ian Murphy who opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a shot from 20 yards out.

Dave Howes took a shot from 25 yards out and lasered it in the top corner. Just before half time winger Mike Gilman ran down the left flank, passing several Mules players, and shot in from close range in the bottom left corner.

After the break, the Mules wanted to try to respond which gave the accountants some more space on midfield. Ten minutes into the second half striker Mike Daly scored on a breakaway with an excellent finish. Bosman piled up chance after chance. Left winger Barry MacKay scored a very nice goal after he was sent deep by midfielder Cal Johnson.

MacKay tricked two Mules defenders which gave him some room to aim for the net, finishing top left corner. Murphy scored his second goal in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Finally, Hirschkorn got his birthday goal.

The attack started all the way in the back after Howes stole a ball from a Mules attacker and quickly went on the right wing. Howes passed the ball forward to Mike Grace who saw Hirschkorn going deep and fed him the ball. Hirschkorn did his finest Mbappe moves and finished with a stylish long shot with his left foot all the way in the top left corner.

The Bosman defense with Kilmer Hagen, Man of the Match Quentin Bruns and Mark Sladen gave the Mules’ offence very little chance. However keeper Yogi Kongsdorff made a few important saves and earned the shutout.

Turn-Key Ogopogos 6 Kelowna Tree Brewing 0

After a great fast-paced start for Turn-Key, with high pressure and many shots, Ian Bos subbed in after 10 minutes, and with his first shot, put it just over the sprawling Tree Brewing keeper to give the ‘Pogos the lead.

Shortly after, Jeff Nice put a nice (!) low hard drive in the corner, and John Orton replicated the feat minutes later.

Mark Wasylk wanted in on the scoring and put a beautiful header in off a corner kick from Rick Danyluk. Orton put in a blast just before the half ended for his second of the night.

In the second half, the lake monsters still controlled most of the play, even after an unfortunate, questionable red card call on Geoff Straight on a slide tackle. Shorthanded Turn-Key still pressured the Tree Brewing club, who gave a tremendous heart effort, but still could not hold off the last charge by Nice, who broke in all alone putting it past the keeper into the corner of the net.

Mike Moorlag was rarely tested through the game, but earned his shutout by saving a point-blank shot on a breakaway from a miscue outside the 18-yard box.

‘Pogos players not mentioned but earned recognition for their brilliant play were Damian Adams, Bryan Schenker, Volker Otto, and Jason Beck.

Brown Benefits 2 Penticton United 0

Brown Benefits defeated Penticton United 2-0 at Parkinson Rec Centre in Kelowna. Grant Campbell opened the scoring when his long ball forward eluded not only his own strikers but the Penticton keeper as well.

The game was a classic midfield battle with both teams gaining and then losing momentum. In the second half, Penticton came out strongly and were rewarded with a penalty shot for a foul in the box. However, the always reliable John Padgett inexplicably put the spot shot over the bar. The Browns took the game over in the fading light and Tim Austen’s deflected effort wrong-footed the keeper to put the game to bed.

Soccer United 3 vs. Mabui Sushi 3

At Mission Sports Fields in Kelowna, Mabui Sushi rolled over an undermanned United squad, going up 2-0 in the first 30 minutes, on goals by Jason Jennens and Doug Roth.

Soccer United fought back with a pair of goals by Mike Bertoia, calmly converting a penalty shot at the 35th minute and then heading in a Chris Newitt laser from 30 yards out in the last minute of the half.

United’s Axel Merckx seemed to have many fans playing on the opposing Mabui team, as they were all over him and mobbed him throughout the game. Somewhat surprisingly, Merckx received no fan appreciation from the opposition when he gave United the lead early in the second half. Jennens salvaged a point for Mabui in the final quarter, also scoring from the penalty spot. Both keepers made an equal amount of point blank saves, with United winning the “most missed attempts at goal” battle. For those Soccer United supporters keeping track, no one pulled a “Chiang” or a “Chiang Chiang” tonight. On a similar note, a Mabui player that shall remain anonymous missed the sure goal of the night, skying an open net over the crossbar from six yards out. Rumour has it that he pulled a “Claudio.”