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Discussion in 'BC Provincial Cups' started by Regs, Apr 8, 2018.
Here's our highlights from the Metro Ford-Impero game. Actually got all the goals in this one!
Thanks for the highlight pack @GoF . Solidifies initial thoughts on softness of the PK call. 99% of the PR fans were awesome. Great atmosphere to be a part of. Unfortunate that a few of them (or perhaps just 1) crossed the line with personal attacks.
I would have too given they were singing Celtic songs.
Well nailing both predictions in the semi finals means I am free to completely botch the final and still finish with a plus .500 record! As we begin Finals Week, let's start with the largest competition, the Men's B Cup.
Completely Baseless Predictions
Men’s B Keith Millar Provincial Cup
Semi Finals: 2/2
Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi (VMSL) v Vancouver Strikers (VMSL)
The 24 team field has now been reduced to a mere two. Absent the administrative issues and protests that have marred it's big brother tournament in the A Cup, the B Cup has instead provided some great football and some equally compelling story lines. For the third straight season the Keith Millar Cup will be a domestic battle from the Vancouver Metro Soccer League as the trophy will be awarded to a VMSL team for the fourth consecutive season. The odds certainly did not favour this outcome when Vancouver Strikers were the lone representative for the league in the top half of the bracket, but, yet, here we are. Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi are the powerhouse favourites in this one, having won the VMSL's Division 2A as well as the Div. 2 Cup. In fact CMF have only been beaten by one team all season and that will not change regardless of the outcome in this one, as their sole loss of the campaign was at the hands of none other than Vancouver Strikers. Strikers finished third place, 12 points back of Lupi in 2A, but Saturday October 21 brought an unwelcome trip to Jericho Turf for the Tri Cities boys when they were dispatched 2-0 in one of their few defeats since the team formed in Division 3 last season. Lupi proved that Strikers were no bogey team, however, as they won the reverse fixture 2-1, despite having to play it in Vancouver as well, this time at Memorial in March. Both of these teams have needed only three wins to get to the final with Metro Ford earning the VMSL's bye in the tournament based on their League and Cup double, while Strikers were handed safe passage when Saanich Fusion could not be bothered to make the trip to the Mainland for their date at Point Grey in the opening round. After that though, you certainly cannot accuse Strikers of being handed an easy draw. They had to trek across the Valley to play the FVSL's League and Cup double winners in Abbotsford and then were handed the Richmond League Champions, West Coast, away again. After that, their semi final was against VISL league winner Powell River. It was a close match, but Strikers found the winning goal late and might just have been helped by not having to travel up the Sunshine Coast as was the case for the Island Champion's previous opponents. All three wins for Strikers came by 2-1 margins, so clearly they are comfortable in tight games and have the pedigree to find another gear when necessary.
The problem that the Vancouver boys face is that, in their current form, two goals would seem unlikely to be enough to knock off Lupi. Strikers do boast the VMSL's leading goal scorer in Gavin Lytton, who had 17 tallies in 20 games to win the Golden Boot, but Metro Ford have the league's second leading scorer, Eric Dove, who netted 14 times. They also have a supporting cast that includes Dalibor Plavsic, who scored 10 times during the season and Moreno Zanetti who slotted an additional seven. Strikers next highest goal scorer was Will McKnight, with six goals. These two teams finished as the top two scoring sides in their division as Strikers had an impressive 54 goals for, but were well eclipsed by Metro Ford who finished on 61; which likely goes part of the way to explaining why it is them who will be playing in Division 1 next season while the Vancouver club will be back for another campaign in Division 2. Coquitlam's free scoring ways have continued into this tournament as they put up 15 goals over their three games. Their draw was slightly easier on paper than that of their opponent, having to face only one league champion in BMSL League Champions and winners of both their domestic cups, Impero Calcio, whom they met in the semi finals. The Tri-Cities boys looked to be in control from start to finish in that one, winning comfortably 4-2. So too was the case in their quarter final where they dominated a strong All Blacks side with an impressive pedigree in this competition, running out 5-1 winners. Indeed their trickiest fixture may have been their opener against Mission when they conceded the opening goal before leveling things, only to have a player sent off. Though, despite having only 10 men for half of the game, they still put up six goals in a 6-2 victory. Clearly Coquitlam are the cream of the crop at this level, however, this cup may be their one and only chance at Provincial glory. While it is clear they are deserving of their promotion to Division 1, they will never be able to climb all the way to Premier because CMF as a club already have a team at that level. This means their only chance to play on the Provincial stage again will be via an impressive, although highly unlikely, run to the Imperial Cup final. What that means in the bigger picture for this group as a whole is uncertain. This team was created by a group of friends who had come up through the Metro Ford system, but felt frozen out by their flagship team. With the top side struggling this campaign and missing the A Cup for the first time in recent memory, it is quite possible that they will be looking to retool in the off season and the top players from this group might be targets. While they will of course want to be loyal to this side that they have risen through the ranks with, if they harbour genuine ambitions to play at the highest level, this maybe their best opportunity to move because, as mentioned, Lupi cannot reach that level of their own volition. Therefore, this may just be this group's crowning achievement, should they pull it off. Their trend of scoring one goal less in each round up until now points to them scoring three in the final and, given Strikers penchant for only hitting the back of the net twice per game, that should do the trick for the soon-to-be Division 1 side. The Vancouver boys have proven in this tournament that they can beat anyone and claiming the scalps of three league champions in a row is an impressive feat. Strikers will be looking to emulate last season's B Cup winner, Greencaps, who had a disappointing season last year finishing outside the promotion race but kicked on to a Provincial title before returning to the VMSL and winning Division 2B and the accompanying promotion this season. It will be a tall order though, as Lupi have proven at every turn to be the class of this level. I am betting on lightning striking only once this year and Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi winning the Triple as Keith Millar Cup Champions!
If CMF do want to stay together & play at the highest level they should look to do what West Van did a couple of years back. Coquitlam is much closer to the valley than West Van is too, of course the league would have to accept them first though. Having played Premier for a fair few years in the past I know CMF would do fine, couple of additions maybe but the base is there. A few of them already have played at that level for Port Moody anyways.
Back on topic, I can’t see anyone beating Lupi so seen as they seem to be keeping a pattern going of 6 goals, 5 goals, and 4 goals for, then 2, 1, and 2 against that they’ll win 3-1 this weekend.
Good luck to both, and congrats to the VMSL on having a 4th straight winner.
Excellent! Being the "favourite" last week was very uncomfortable.
Saturday May 12 Burnaby Lake West Field 1
5:30pm Men's B - Vancouver Striker vs Coquitlam Metro Ford Lupi
Men's and Women's A Final are at Swangard. No Swangard for the other Cup Championship games. lol
Vancouver Strikers 1-0 CMF Lupi FT
Umm...overhead kick to win a provincial championship?
What dreams are made of!
Just watched it on replay. wow!
Congrats @Arch and co.
Thanks @machel. With all the work the group has put in over the years, it’s really nice for it to pay off. I was supposed to fly out of country on the Friday but managed to switch my flights to Monday so I could play. Very happy about the choice now. Until next year. I hope we still qualify as underdogs. It seems to keep us motivated.
We’re here when you decide to make the jump to Masters
But in Gavin’s words “hands off”!!