LMG ready for rematch in Provincial Cup opener

Cowichan LMG is well prepared for this Saturday’s rematch with Bays United in the first round of the Men’s Provincial A Cup tournament.

Cowichan LMG is well prepared for this Saturday’s rematch with Bays United in the first round of the  Men’s Provincial A Cup tournament.

Cowichan memorably beat Bays 2-0 in the final of the Jackson Cup tournament for Island soccer supremacy, in a game that was closer than the score might suggest — the score was knotted at 0-0 through regulation and both Cowichan goals came in extra time.

“We’re basically the same team that played [in the Jackson Cup final],” LMG head coach Glen Martin said. “We’re expecting another tough game.”

Since the Jackson Cup final on April 3, the Cowichan LMG players have kept on their toes with a couple of exhibition games.

The team will kick off the provincial tournament this Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Williams Field turf at the Sherman Road soccer facility.

Martin knows the game with his team’s Island rivals isn’t a sure thing, but he’s optimistic.

“Anything can happen in a cup game, but we’re ready,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”