Joel Harry, seen here scoring the tying goal in the Jackson Cup final last April, was Cowichan LMG’s game MVP in a 3-0 win over Comox last Saturday. (Citizen file)

Deep LMG team finds offence against Comox

Joel Harry named MVP in first start of season

Cowichan LMG made history on Saturday.

Always struggling to score during visits to the Comox Valley, the Vancouver Island Soccer League team set an all-time club record in a 3-0 win over Comox Valley United.

In their previous three trips to Comox, LMG’s results included two one-goal victories and a tie.

“This time, I was a little more comfortable than usual,” Cowichan head coach Glen Martin said.

Comox started out playing the defence-first style that they usually play against Cowichan, and although LMG had nearly a dozen corner kicks in the first half, they struggled to put the ball away.

“Comox definitely sat back and defended right from the beginning,” Martin said.

Cooper Barry finally broke the scoreless tie late in the first half with a header when the Comox goalie appeared to misjudge a cross.

Martin kept his team playing the same way in the second half, and they managed to earn a pair of penalty kicks that Paddy Nelson made good on.

“We did get enough pressure on them to get fouled twice,” the coach noted.

The two goals ended a three-game scoring drought for Nelson, who has 13 on the season and is once again atop the VISL charts, tied with former Cowichan striker Ryan Andre and one ahead of Nanaimo’s Daragh Fitzgerald.

Finally able to carry the roster he has waited for all season, Martin was thrilled with the squad he took to Comox, and made sure to use all the spares who made the trip.

“That’s the most players we’ve ever taken to Comox,” he said. “And probably the strongest team we’ve ever taken there.”

Making his first start of the season at centre back, Joel Harry earned game MVP honours, while Darian Achurch earned his fifth clean sheet of the year. That matches the total that Cowichan had over the entire 2016-17 season.

“We’ve definitely improved our defensive play,” Martin noted.

Cowichan remains in first place in the tight top division, four points ahead of Vic West, who leapfrogged former second-place holder Gorge last weekend. LMG will visit Lakehill at Braefoot Park this Friday.

Just Posted

New water storage reservoir to be built in Crofton

Project will see an increase in the area’s water security

UPDATED: Mill Bay man confirmed as 1 of 3 dead in Gabriola Island plane crash

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

UK resident seeking Canadian family with Duncan ties

It’s a bit of a convoluted story but it’s one that could… Continue reading

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

B.C. vet talks tips for winter travel with pets

Going to see the vet the day before a trip is never a good idea

Suspect steals 150 pairs of cosmetic contacts from Nanaimo party supply store

Incident happened at Pattie’s Party Palace on Rutherford Road on Thursday

B.C. driver has car impounded for speeding to church

The driver, who said he was late to church, was clocked travelling 150 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone

Most Read