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Fifth not a bad result for T-Birds

Heads look like they’re going to roll as the soccer ball bounces between Cowichan’s Noah Dobson and Kyle Atwood of Stelly’s in the island AAA senior boys’ high school playdowns at Hampton Park. - Andrew Leong
Heads look like they’re going to roll as the soccer ball bounces between Cowichan’s Noah Dobson and Kyle Atwood of Stelly’s in the island AAA senior boys’ high school playdowns at Hampton Park.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Finishing fifth in the island senior boys’ AAA high school soccer playdowns is a decent result for the Cowichan Secondary T-Birds.

Ron Glass, director of athletics at the school, said all the senior T-Birds are to be congratulated for their solid contributions.

Andrew Larson was a tireless performer in the midfield and captain Noah Dobson made his presence felt as a defensive stalwart.

The T-Birds won one game and lost two during the two-day event last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Glass said Cowichan came out flat in the first game against a hungry Oak Bay side and ended up losing 4-0.

Oak Bay scored three goals in the first 20 minutes and added a fourth before halftime. The T-Birds regrouped in the second half and the efforts of goalkeeper Jerod Dorby prevented any further scoring.

The second game Tuesday brought a 3-1 win over Belmont.

“Cowichan started this game much more confident and finished off a brilliant bit of passing with a goal by Cyrus Grey,’’ noted Glass.

The T-Birds maintained possession and territory after the goal at the eight-minute mark but Belmont got it back on a quick transition.

With the game tied in the second half, Larson made a solid individual effort and crossed the ball to Borlang Komataye, who found the back of the net at 37 minutes.

“Belmont mounted a comeback, but the T-Birds hung in and met the challenge,’’ Glass indicated.

Rhys Mousely wrapped up the scoring with a pretty goal at 52 minutes.

Cowichan and an evenly-matched Stelly’s side exchanged an equal number of scoring chances Wednesday.

Stelly’s capitalized just before the half on a shot from a sharp angle after the T-Bird defence was beaten to the outside.

Cowichan couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half. Stelly’s staved off tremendous Cowichan pressure late in the game.

Stelly’s scored on a cute set play after a Cowichan foul at full time to complete the 2-0 win.

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