Cowichan LMG Pringle is back in the Jackson Cup soccer final for the fourth time in five years after beating Bays United Liquor Plus 2-0 in overtime Friday, March 14 at Victoria’s Hampton Park.
The big match-up for the title against Saanich Fusion will take place Sunday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park, as Cowichan goes for its third championship in four years.
Cowichan made it to the semi-finals by completing a Jackson Cup sweep of Div. 2 Island Soccer League clubs in the first three rounds of the comvvvpetition with a 5-2 win over Saanich Fusion Div. 2 March 8 at the Ladysmith Turf.
Connor Crichton got it going for Cowichan in the quarterfinal at 15 minutes off a Tyler Hughes corner. Dan Cato converted a header on a nice set-up from Hughes and Ben Robson made it 3-0 at 39 minutes.
“We were kind of all over them and looking good,’’ said Cowichan coach Glen Martin. “We had a lapse on the last play of the half.’’
But Crichton restored the three-goal lead again quickly after the break and completed the hat trick in the 60th minute. Saanich scored once more after Martin inserted some overly enthusiastic subs into the game and they forgot about defence.
LMG has only lost three games all season — two against Bays United Liquor Plus and one to the Fusion.