Surrey United Weekly Round-Up
By Marion F Dent Press Correspondent
November 16th & 17th League Cup Finals
Boys U/13 Intake
No Scheduled game.
No Scheduled game.
The U14 boys capped off an outstanding season with a dominating win against rivals Mountain United. United Started brightly and took the game to their opponents right from the kick-off with striker Tre Spedding showing the way in attack where his pace and power was unsettling for the visitor’s defence. Surrey deservedly took the lead in the 17th minute when the dangerous Karan Kular made a great run down the left wing and fired over a perfect cross for Spedding to slot home from close range. Kevin Ramirez was equally prominent causing problems on the right wing with his great runs and was unlucky not to score on one occasion when he cut from the flank and hit a powerful left foot shot with his left foot which the Mountain keeper saved well. Surrey did notch a second goal in the 25th minute when Spedding, once again, showed great strength to hold off the first defender and then drift past a second defender before beating the keeper with a clinical finish from 12 yards. Surrey continued to dominate in the second half but then midway through the half lost Suhkjot Binning to a serious head injury and after a considerable delay while the player received ambulance treatment the game resumed and Surrey rounded off the afternoon by adding a third goal when Marcus Cleto crossed well to Darshpreet Sandhu who finished from15 yards. A great late save by United goalkeeper Sebastian Colyn preserved the shut-out and enabled Surrey to cap off a great display
And secure the 3-0 victory which earned them the League Cup trophy to add to their Provincial cup trophy which they won in June. Congratulations to Rob Wilson and the players on a highly successful season.
No Scheduled game.
This year’s U16 Boys Premier League Cup Final meet Mountain United at Cloverdale on Saturday and although Surrey was undefeated in the Fall Season, they had finished second to Mountain United FC in league standings based on a lower points total due to some tied games. Each meeting between these two teams has been a hotly contested affair and the final match lived up to that same billing. In the run up to the finals both teams have had to cope with missing players, but the depth of talent at both benches had shone through to put two competitive squads on the field. Surrey United started quickly from the kick-off enjoying several good spells of possession in the Mountain United half and working hard to win back the ball on turnovers. Attacking with some good wing play, Surrey United sent in several inviting crosses only to be turned away by some fine goaltending and defensive play by Mountain. In the 19th minute Surrey mid-fielder AJ Lopez used some deft footwork to slip past the Mountain fullback and cut in from the left side along the goal line. He fired in a hard low cross that ended up in the Mountain net after a mistimed clearance attempt. Continuing with their high tempo play Surrey continued to press forward against the resilient Mountain defence for much of the half. Mountain’s best chance of the first half coming in the last minute of play when a defensive miscue by Surrey saw Mountain forward Joel Padmore in on goal at the top of the box. Quick closing by Surrey center back Russell Coffin forced a rushed shot that was saved just short of the goal line by keeper Jas Lally. The second half started off at the same fast pace as the first. Eager to get back on level terms, Mountain pressed at every opportunity to win possession of the ball. However this exuberance led to an unfortunate turn of events which saw a Mountain defender receive two yellow cards 8 minutes apart resulting in his dismissal in the 51st minute. One minute later saw Surrey United take full advantage and added to their lead when mid-fielder Kerman Pannu slotted a nice thru ball in behind the Mountain defenders which full-back Jacob Georgas fired on net but the ball was parried firmly away by Mountain goalie but again the ever alert AJ Lopez was in the right place and placed a curling shot into the net for his second of the game. Determined to leave it all on the field, Mountain cranked up their play another notch and created several good scoring chances of their own. Emotions finally took their toll when a frustrated Mountain mid-fielder received a red card in the 78th minute. This all but sealed the game which ended 2-0 for Surrey United SC to crown what has been a storybook fantastic season, winning the Premier League Cup, Provincial Cup, and Canadian Club Nationals 2013.
No Scheduled game.
Girls U/13 Intake
No Scheduled game.
No scheduled game.
Surrey United U/14 Girls followed up their Provincial Cup victory by qualifying for the League Cup finals where they faced local rivals Coastal FC. After a fairly even first half that produced no goals Coastal took an early half and started to control the game as United struggled to find their usual rhythm and style and were unable to generate much offence. Coastal on the other hand gained in confidence and went on to add two further goals to register a 3-0 victory.
Surrey United U/15 Girls entertained rivals Mountain United in the League Cup Final which was a repeat of the Premier Cup final in June. The games between the two teams are always close and this game was no exception. Surrey United got off to a great start taking the game to the visitors and deservedly took the lead in the 20th minute on a great strike by Montana Leonard. The game went back and forth as both teams each enjoyed periods of possession. However, it was Mountain who tied up the game ten minutes into the second half and then once again the game went back and forth as both teams searched for the winner. With five minutes of regulation time remaining Surrey almost notched the vital goal when a great solo run by Leonard ended with a terrific strike which missed the net by the narrowest of margins. The game then proceeded into overtime which settled nothing and then in the nerve wracking penalty shoot-out that followed Mountain edged United to win the League cup. This marked the end of a terrific season for the United girls who lost only one game plus this shoot-out loss in their 22 games which was highlighted by their glorious Provincial cup win in June.
Surrey United U/16 earned a place in the League Cup Final due to their first place finish in Phase 1. However, since that time the team has promoted two players to the Whitecaps Residency program and has been decimated by injury. So they entered the league cup final with six permit players on the roster and took on the Coastal U/17 team at Cloverdale Athletic Park. Despite those disadvantages United battled magnificently throughout the game that went back and forth for the entire 90 minutes. Coastal, though got the all important game winning goal six minutes into the second half and it had an element of good fortune about it when a deflected clearance fell straight into the path of the Coastal striker who score from close range to clinch the narrow 1-0 victory.
There were a number of strong contenders for Surrey United’s player of the week designation but this week we selected Tre Spedding from the Boys U/14 team who had an outstanding game and notched two goals to help his team to a 3-0 League Cup Final victory.