Cowichan Red Arrow players take on Lakehill in a recent match at the Sherman Road turf. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Red Arrow’s depth is Juan de Fuca’s downfall

Cowichan moves into first place in Div. 4 pool B with 5-0 win

Cowichan Red Arrow took the deepest bench they’ve had in several weeks to Westhills Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and that depth helped propel the team to a convincing 5-0 win over Juan de Fuca United.

The teams exchanged scoring chances in the early going but Red Arrow made good on theirs when midfielder Jonas Golf-Myers held the ball wide until Michael Cummings was able to jockey into position to head in the cross. Unfortunately, Cummings was hit hard on the play and had to leave the game. That was all the offence for the first half.

“Even though we had more possession of the ball and the better chances, an uneasy feeling coated my stomach,” Cowichan coach Will Chaster commented.

The deep bench allowed Chaster to swap in six fresh players for the second half, although he acknowledged the danger in doing so.

“This kind of change can back fire as the chemistry is changed but today that was not the case,” he said. “Instead, we reverted back to exchanging chances with JDF, but we were getting more and higher-quality ones.”

Kaelin Leddy was a monster up front all match, and potted Cowichan’s second goal on a through ball he took to the touch line and powered into the top right corner. Golf-Myers put Cowichan up 3-0 on a penalty shot after Owen Meyland was body-slammed to the turf. Those two goals helped change the feeling of the game.

“Our dominance was clear and we held the majority of possession,” Chaster said. “We still gave up opportunities and JDF tried to capitalize, but we did not let them.”

Cowichan kept coming. The fourth goal came from a corner that bounced out to the top right side of the 18 where Paris Holland was waiting to hammer the ball home, and the fifth came when Matt Owen tracked to the ball deep in the JDF box and deposited it into the net.

The win was Cowichan’s ninth of the season and fifth in their last six matches. The team has outscored opponents 40 goals to eight over 12 games this season.

Now in first place in Div. 4 pool B, although second-place Castaways Invicta have a game in hand, Red Arrow is back home this Saturday for a 4 p.m. showdown with third-place Bays United at the Sherman Road turf.

Just Posted

Cowichan Valley Capitals open their 2019 training camp

The Caps are back. The Cowichan Valley Capitals opened their fall training… Continue reading

Business notes: Realtor steps up to sponsor young dancers

Christine Ryan, a Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty, knows what it takes… Continue reading

Indigenous voices to take centre stage at Cowichan Valley festival

From Sept. 7-8, you can listen to Indigenous voices at third annual Koksilah Music Festival

MacDowell rugby camp coming to Cowichan next week

Six Canadian senior rugby sevens players and six U20 players will be… Continue reading

Woman thought she’d die trapped in her backyard shed

Jessica McCauley kept her cool and worked her way out

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

$5-million lotto ticket sold in Nanaimo

Someone matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s 6/49 draw

Vancouver Island father says he attempted suicide a month before murders

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

BREAKING: Province approves Surrey police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth green-lights city’s municipal police force

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Cameras installed at BC Ferries’ terminal on Galiano Island, and off southern Gulf Islands

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Most Read