Royals complete miraculous comeback at home but can't double up on the road

Royals complete miraculous comeback at home but can't double up on the road

Two goals from Burhan Waisy in added time of Saturday's game gave Douglas the home win over Capilano, but Keith Jackson sunk the Royals on Sunday in North Vancouver, striking four times.


The first real chance in Saturday's match was from Capilano's Jeremy Monn-Djasngar, who made an excellent run down the left side of the pitch and would have been alone with the keeper, but the pass was just a few moments late and the play was called offside. Not 5 minutes later, Tomi Fagbongbe had a great run of his own, but his cross was blocked by the Blues keeper. In the twenty-third minute, second-year forward Taylor Richardson unleashed a shot from outside the box that beat Hudson Nelles to open the scoring for Douglas.

Just before halftime, the Blues were awarded a corner, and the resulting ball in found Marco Favaro to tie the game up heading into the intermission. In the second half, Capilano surged forward, pushing for their first lead of the evening. Race Williams fired a few shots on counter attacks, but was unable to really test Nelles.

In the 60th minute, Keith Jackson brought down an over-the-top through ball, and fired a sharp-angle half-volley on his second touch that flew into the goal to give the Blues a 2-1 lead. From then, it was all Royals, but they couldn't seem to get anything going. More attempts from Williams and a great long-distance shot from Quinn Desaulniers were all stifled, but as added time began, the Royals were awarded a deep free kick near the corner flag. Williams crossed the ball into the chaos in the box, and Burhan Waisy found an opening to strike the ball home and tie the game.

The Royals were not done there. In the final minute of injury time, a corner for the Royals was taken by Williams and again found waisy, who scored his second goal in the three added minutes to secure all three points for Douglas.

Sunday's game in North Vancouver was not quite as close. It took 95 seconds for Keith Jackson to open the scoring for Capilano, and the Blues began to pour it on. Before 10 minutes had passed, the Blues had scored again, this time through Adrian Sahagun, and Jackson struck again in the 17th to extend the lead to three. Capilano had three more chances before the 20th minute was up, but were foiled each time.

They would find a way through once again in the 33rd minute, as Sahagun did incredibly well to find Patrick Izett behind him, who scored the fourth goal of the afternoon for the Blues. Five minutes later, it was Jackson again, achieving the hat trick before the end of the first half.

Needing a change, coach Robby Toor made five substitutions at the half, and the 15 minutes following kickoff saw some excellent open play with great shots and chances from both sides. David Suh scored his first of the season at the sixty-third minute, finally able to push back against the Capilano onslaught, and in minute seventy, Taylor Richardson struck to bring the Royals within three. After conceding twice, the Blues pushed back offensively, getting five shots off in 8 minutes, before Keith Jackson tied the single-game record for Capilano Blues goalscoring with his fourth of the night.

The sixth Blues goal of the afternoon effectively ended the match, as the Royals split the home-and-home with Capilano. The Royals are still one point ahead of the Blues for first in the conference, but Capilano has played one less game. Douglas visits Langara next Saturday at 2:30 PM, and will host VIU the next day at 3:30.