First win eludes Outlaws

The Salmon Arm GM Outlaws were beaten 2-1 by Peter’s Tirecraft from Vernon.

After a very patchy start to the season due to the bad weather, the GM Outlaws men’s soccer team were back in action and on the road in Vernon to take on Peter’s Tirecraft.

The Outlaws took the field still looking for their first win of the season; they started a little apprehensive but quickly grew into the game.

The first half was very evenly matched, with neither team creating too many chances, and the majority of the possession remaining in the midfield area.

The Outlaws’ best source of attack was coming down the right- hand side; however, they never quite found that decisive final ball to get themselves on the score sheet. With around five minutes to go in the first half, the Outlaws’ back line misjudged a long ball from the opposition’s goalkeeper which their striker took advantage of and slotted a nice finish past the unfortunate goalkeeper Micah Schut, who had had very little to do in the entire half.

The half-time whistle blew and the Outlaws went in to the break trailing 1-0.

The second half got underway and the Outlaws were on the front foot right from the get go, and were rewarded on the hour mark when Ahmad Zakreet gathered possession of the ball inside the Tirecraft half before beating a man and unleashing a fierce driver from 35 yards out. The ball found the top corner above the helpless dive of the goalkeeper.

From this point, the game could have gone either way as it became more stretched with both teams looking for the winning goal.

With 10 minutes to go, Tirecraft managed to attain the breakthrough both teams were hungry for under very controversial circumstances.

A nice play just outside the box allowed one of the Tirecraft midfielders to get a shot off which was saved by Shut on his right-hand side. The ball bounced to one of the attackers who then slotted it home from six yards out.

The referee’s assistant at this point had his flag raised for offside, but after a short discussion between the referee and his assistant, the goal was given, much to the confusion of all the Outlaws’ players.

The Outlaws didn’t allow this to deter them as they continued to press for the equalizer which came agonizingly close.

Some nice link-up play down the right- hand side between Josiah Schut and Greg Burns ended with the latter taking a shot from a tight angle just inside the 18-yard box which narrowly missed the far top corner.

Despite their best efforts, the Outlaws couldn’t get the goal they worked for and the full-time whistle drew the game to a close, with Peters Tirecraft taking the narrow 2-1 victory.

The Outlaws travel to Vernon to take on last year’s league winners, Turn Key, on Wednesday, May 31.

Just Posted

Food truck options to expand in Salmon Arm

City council votes in new food truck regulations

UPDATE: Highway reopened following fatal crash south of Armstrong

Highway 97A crash south of Pleasant Valley cross road near Spallumcheen claims a life

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan kicks off

Fifty restaurants in the region will participate in this year’s event

Salmon Arm council approves rainbow crosswalk

Location near Blackburn Park chosen

Wray service set for Saturday

A celebration of life for Vipers owner Duncan Wray will be held Saturday, 3 p.m., at Kal Tire Place.

Your Jan. 17 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Star gazing: The wonders of Saturn

Ken Tapping is an astronomer with the NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton

Bank of Canada hikes interest rate to 1.25%, cites strong economic data

The rate increase is expected to prompt Canada’s large banks to raise their prime lending rates

Police suffer fractured leg, sprained fingers after violent Vancouver confrontation

A Penticton man faces assault charges following the incident

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Most Read