Tridents Triumph In Historic Nine-Goal Derby Win Over Vancouver FC
The BC Derby, the Coast Salish Clash, whatever you want to call it – Vancouver FC and Pacific FC both brought the heat during the first ever Langley matchup between the two.
By the time referee Renzo Villanueva blew the final whistle, the derby crowd at Willoughby Community Park saw nine goals in all, split in favour of the the visitors who had silenced their new neighbours on the Isle in their first meeting two months ago.
Unlike the previous meeting’s late-goal thriller, it took the Tridents just three minutes to put themselves on the scoreboard this time around through the aerial prowess of Amer Didic.
Afshin Ghotbi’s side didn’t shrink after conceding early, with Min-Jae Kwak bagging his first after a carefully rifled shot was cleared from behind the line, though 16-year-old TJ Tahid was ready with the rebound anyhow.
The first half goals would continue to pour fourth through PFC Captain Josh Heard, who produced a moment of magic to unleash a phenomenal strike beyond his former teammate Callum Irving:
Having found the back of the net in the match already – though it wasn’t credited to him – TJ Tahid would level things just before half-time, cementing himself in history as the league’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the process.
The second half appeared to slow down before Pacific put their feet on the gas and began to separate themselves from the expansion side.
It began to unravel for the hosts when Ayman Sellouf was allowed far too much space, teeing up a beautiful shot to put the visitors in front 3-2.
It would trigger a double salvo from the visitors, with Easton Ongaro coming off the bench and making a darting run to receive a pass from Sellouf, with the six-foot-six striker one-timing Pacific’s fourth goal.
Sellouf would play a role in Pacific’s fifth later on, with the winger being taken down in the box on one of Pacific’s numerous counters. Up stepped Manny Aparicio, who finished the spot kick with ease.
Vancouver managed to pull one back a few minutes from time after Didic was penalized for a handball, with Shaan Hundal burying his fourth all-time VFC goal (and their third on the night).
Pacific’s passing dominance would see them find a sixth goal after a beautiful passing sequence around Vancouver’s box eventually saw Kekuta Manneh smash in the final goal of the game off the crossbar and in.
With a 6-3 scoreline in favour of Pacific FC, the second half truly saw the Tridents leave their opponents in the rearview – particularly with the depth on offer, with four substituted involved in scoring or assisting in the second half rout.
“They’re rivals, they’ll come with everything, and we got to match that,” Vancouver’s Gabriel Bitar conceded after the match, “Whether it’s our energy, whether it’s their press, we need to be ready for whatever they’re ready to throw at us, especially in a rivalry game.”
Pacific has now won both of its matches against VFC, launching themselves to the top of the table with a remarkable goal difference of +9 (6 more than the nearest team).
Pacific will now have a week’s rest before facing another big away day against Forge FC, while Vancouver FC will need to dust itself off and face the music with a tough match away to Cavalry next weekend – the team who previously held the record for the league’s biggest win.