You wait three years for a Juan de Fuca Plate match and then you get two within three days.
Thankfully this one had more excitement than Friday’s PDL Game of the Week snoozefest, although a scoreless and less than stellar first half from both teams didn’t have hopes raised for what was to come.
TSS Rovers exploded offensively in the second half, with their 58th minute substitutions paying huge dividends. Leading scorer Daniel Davidson had an immediate impact, scoring within two minutes with a diving header from a Ryan Dhillon cross to give the Rovers the lead.
His fellow sub Matteo Polisi then hit a 69th and 86th minute double, the first one from the spot, to send TSS Rovers and their supporters into dreamland and ahead on goal difference in the Juan de Fuca Plate standings.
It was the first time since the season opener that TSS had scored more than two goals in a game, but their hopes of a first clean sheet of the year were dashed two minutes from time when Sho Goto made it three goals in three matches for the Highlanders for a 3-1 final.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
What it’s all about – TSS now lead the Juan de Fuca Plate standings on goal difference with one match to go
Your TSS Rovers starting XI
The Lake Side Buoys are back at Swangard for round two
Hicksy sneaks a peak – the Rovers keeper Andrew Hicks was in fine form again
Alejandro Varela looking to be an aerial threat for TSS Rovers but there wasn’t much goalmouth action from with side in a scoreless first half
But the game sprang to live in the 60th minute with Daniel Davidson’s diving header burying a Ryan Dhillon cross
For the opening goal
And the Swanguardians go wild
Blair Sturrock v The Smoke Monster from Lost
More joy for the Rovers in the 69th minute when Matteo Polisi is bundled over in the box
And he picks himself up to fire home the spot kick. 2-0 Rovers
Hope the Swanguardians brought enough smoke!
Because they need it again four minutes from times when Matteo Polisi brilliantly turns in a Daniel Davidson cross on a quick breakaway
3-0 TSS Rovers. It’s a rout!
And the Rovers players know who the number one PDL team in BC is
But hopes of the Rovers first clean sheet of the season are dashed when Sho Goto scores his third of the season, and his second against TSS, two minutes from time
But that’s not enough to dampen the joy at the Rovers second win of the season
And moving to the top of the Juan de Fuca Plate standings
Hicksy knows how to celebrate!
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: