Tiremen flatten Silver Stars

Another Vernon derby match, another late goal for the winner.

Another Vernon derby match, another late goal for the winner.

Kal Tire used a goal from Kevin Mitchell in the 75th minute to clip Silver Stars 1-0 in Okanagan Oldtimers 50+ Soccer League play Thursday night at MacDonald Park.

It was the season closer for both clubs, who celebrated with sodas and Uncle Dave’s pizza at their clubhouse in the B.X. The Stars trimmed Kal Tire 2-1 a few weeks ago.

Defender Jim McEwan made a nice run deep into the Stars’ territory, dished off to star striker Mike Lloyd, who fed Mitchell in tight. Mitchell, sporting a nasty gash on his nose from a faceplant two nights earlier in oldtimers hockey, made a nifty turn off defender Steve Coombs and buried it top cheese on towering keeper Dave Gould.

It was Mitchell’s 10th goal of the year, 20 back of Lloyd.

Pete (The Heat) Richter recorded the easy shutout as the Tiremen enjoyed a serious edge in possession led by central fullback Rob Parkin, McEwan and central midfielders Denis Chabot and Jim Sparrow.

Outside defender Grant Badgero had his finest outing of the season, taking the Old Milwaukee Man of the Match for the Tiremen (16-6-1).

Central defender Al Bensmiller, who survived a heavy collision with Lloyd in the second half, took the Antiques Roadshow Man of the Match for the Stars, who had a mysterious guest coach barking orders most of the night.