Campbell River Cermaq beat Comox United 3-1

Three precious points were earned in a 3-1 win for Campbell River Cermaq, the local men’s premiere team, over Comox at Robron Athletic Turf Field.

It was Comox who opened the derby scoring, within the first few minutes of the game. A ball played into the 18-yard box was latched onto by the Comox striker, Riley Murray. The home side put on their heals early.

However, a quick counterpunch for Campbell River proved to be pivotal.

The ball was moved quickly through half and out wide to skillful striker Wyatt Bryce, who played a great ball across goal and onto the awaiting foot of young star Kellen Arnink.

Arnink made no mistake in putting the home team level, and potting his first goal of the 2016/2017 season.

Key central additions to the Cermaq team were featured this weekend in Blaze Roberts and Taylor Arbour, two experienced Vancouver Island University players, whose chemistry and skill together were on display Saturday.

They both held the key to unlocking the Comox defense, and eventually a through ball was played to Arnink, who slid his second of the game past the Comox FC goalkeeper.

At halftime, the score was 2-1.

Campbell River saw themselves on the back foot to start the second half. Comox carried possession for a majority of the game, creating a lot chances on the Campbell River goal.

Goalkeeper Beau-Belle Ourdy was keen to the task, making a number of important saves. Hardwork and notable defensive efforts from both CR Cermaq central defenders, Anthony Seville and Kellen McKellar.

Around the 70th minute, Campbell River was able to put the game out of reach. A quick counter-attack saw the ball fall to Blaze Roberts feet inside the Comox 18-yard box. He squeezed a shot past the Comox goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

The score finishes 3-1 for the home team. Campbell River get an important three points, moving out of the relegation zone of the Vancouver Island Soccer League table, into 8th position.

Campbell River Cermaq travel to Victoria next Sunday to play sixth-place seated, VI Wave Select.

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