Surrey United overcomes red card to advance to semifinals

SURREY — Surrey United had to work overtime to advance to the semi-final round of the men’s Provincial Cup soccer playdowns Saturday evening in Langley.

Sean Einarsson scored in the second overtime session to lift the two-time B.C. champions to a 2-1 win over Langley United.

“It was really a just result,” said Surrey captain Vinnie Stewart. “The better team definitely won on the day, but as usual, it showed that anything can happen in cup play. It’s just so unpredictable. Every bounce, every card, every missed opportunity can have an impact on the outcome.”

United dominated play throughout the opening half, creating numerous scoring chances, most of which came up empty.

The Cloverdale lads opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Tom Lowndes delivered a pass into the box for Angus Burke, who promptly hammered a low shot into the net for a 1-0 Surrey lead.

Surrey continued to press offensively and only near misses by Burke and Sean Einarsson kept the scoreline at 1-0 through halftime.

The game turned around dramatically 15 minutes into the second frame when Surrey’s Colin Streckmann was sent off with a red card, leaving United playing a man short for the remainder of regulation time.

Langley took advantage of the situation and tied the game in the 80th minute on a long, drifting cross that ended up in the Surrey goal, tying the game at 1-1.

The score was still knotted at 1-1 in the second overtime when Surrey’s sent Liam Miller in as a substitute. Within five minutes, he forced a Langley defender to take his second yellow card and a seat on the bench. With both teams now playing at 10-aside, Surrey quickly ended the affair when the Langley goalkeeper fumbled the ensuing cross into the box. The ball squirted onto the foot of Einarsson, who hammered it into the net for the winning goal.

Surrey will now take on Coquitlam’s Metro Ford Wolves in next weekend’s semifinal round.

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