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Rowlings makes an immediate impact

Magical left foot of Neall Rowlings results in both goals for Cowichan United in a 2-0 Div. 2 win over Powell River. - Don Bodger
Magical left foot of Neall Rowlings results in both goals for Cowichan United in a 2-0 Div. 2 win over Powell River.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Timing is everything.

Cowichan LMG Pringle was locked in a scoreless battle with Nanaimo United in a Div. 1 Island Soccer League game Saturday in Nanaimo and it looked like it might end that way. But Tyler Hughes stepped up and delivered a big-time goal with 14 minutes left to give Cowichan a 1-0 victory.

“You could see it was coming,’’ said Cowichan assistant coach Kevin James. “We had the majority of the possession.

“It was one of those games you had to roll up your sleeves and stick with the game plan.’’

Hughes fired a howitzer from about 25 yards out that made a slight deflection off a defender’s toe and fooled the keeper.

“After coming off a tie in Salt Spring Island, those three points are big for us,’’ said James. “They’re a hard-working team.’’

Cowichan plays at Prospect Lake Saturday.

Div. 2 action at McAdam Park Sunday featured an eventful return to the playing ranks from the sidelines for Neall Rowlings.

Lorne Chahal, the coach of the team for the last decade, is getting Cowichan results and Rowlings popped in two goals in a 2-0 triumph over Powell River.

“It was my first game since last year’s exit in the quarterfinal Cup game against Powell River and I was eager to play,’’ noted Rowlings.

He scored on a left-foot shot after a pass from Kevin Smith and a flick from Jordan Korven.

Darian Achurch recorded the shutout. Jose Muro, Smith and Korven were among the standouts in a great group effort.

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