Masters men post big win on road

Comox Valley 45-plus soccer team blanks Nanaimo City 6-0

The 45-plus Comox Valley masters men’s soccer team bumped its record to 2-1 with a 6-0 road victory Sunday against Nanaimo City.

Ash Mohtadi, playing midfield, beat a defender and slotted home the lone tally in the first half. Goalkeeper Daniel Terry made a diving save on a sure goal from Nanaimo near the end of the half.

The floodgates opened in the second frame, beginning with the first of two goals from striker Dennis Mirabelli, who turned and fired a low drive beyond the reach of Nanaimo’s keeper.

Midfielder Andy Marinus made it 3-0 with a low, hard corner that a Nanaimo defender redirected into the back of the net.

Defender Kelly Wirth, who jumped into the play and found himself inside the 18-yard box, potted the fourth goal by redirecting a cross from fellow defender James Fisher.

Forward Alan Fletcher, despite a pulled calf muscle, notched number five with a well-timed run off a feed by Marinus. The Nanaimo squad had given up on the play, but their pleas for offside fell on deaf ears and the referee allowed the goal to stand.

Marinus later sent a long ball to Mirabelli, who lofted it over the keeper’s head and underneath the crossbar.

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