Okanagan FC 0-0 Mid Isle Mariners
OFC were frustrated by a stubborn Mid Isle Mariners visiting team in PCSL action at The Apple Bowl on Saturday. Played on a scorching hot, typical Kelowna afternoon, the game quickly developed a pattern of OFC pressure met by stubborn Mid Isle defence.
Once again, the crowd turnout was decent and around 400 people came out to support their new PCSL team. OFC started brightly and went in search of the opening goal straight from kickoff. Several chances went begging and the home team were wasteful in front of the Mid Isle net….striker Alex Thompson missed the best chance of the half, firing wide after good work from Brandon McCallum down the right. OFC twice missed the target from dangerous free kick positions, and the game began to get frustrating for the home team. It seemed like only a matter of time until the opening goal came for OFC, but it was Mid Isle who should have had a penalty towards the end of the first half when their striker was brought down in the box on a breakaway…not given by the referee and a let off for the home team.
The second half followed the same pattern and Mid Isle parked a lot of players behind the ball and looked to settle for a draw. The heat took its toll on both sets of players and OFC struggled to maintain their intensity, most of their best second half opportunities coming from set pieces. Ultimately, the hosts had to settle for a disappointing draw and two home points dropped.
OFC’s Spencer Young was consoled by Oggie at the end of the game, and it’s onwards to a tricky road trip up next with games back to back at Surrey United and Khalsa Sporting Club.