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Historic Wynne for Cowichan Fury

Father and son team up to score for Div. 4 squad
Andrew and Peter Wynne teamed up to guide the Cowichan Fury to victory over JDF United last Sunday. (Submitted by George White)

A father-son pairing teamed up to lead the Cowichan Farmstore Fury to victory last Sunday.

Andrew Wynne scored off a pass from his dad, Peter, in the 75th minute to score the Fury’s third goal in a 4-0 win over JDF United at Goudy Turf in Langford.

Andrew Wynne was called up from the U16 ranks to help fill out the Div. 4 club’s lineup for the match. Peter, of course, coaches Andrew’s U16 team. The 14-year-old — he turns 15 this Friday — is believed to be one of the youngest goal-scorers in the history of the Vancouver Island Soccer League.

Longtime VISL executive director Vince Greco could not remember if someone that young had ever scored in the league.

Shermag Joseph scored the Fury’s first two goals, and Riley Wainman added one more in the 88th minute. Alex Degraaf had the shutout.

Joseph leads the club with six goals on the season. Wainman has two, and seven others, including Peter Wynne, have one apiece.

In their first year in Div. 4, the Fury are sponsored by the Community Farm Store, and player-coach George White compared the club to its namesake in how it caters to a diverse across-section of Cowichan Valley residents.

“The team has a player age range of 14 to 58, and is a community cultural mosaic with players led by local First Nations players as well as players that have made their home here from Africa, India, America, Bosnia, Ireland and Iran,” White said, noting that the club plays an attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, similar to national champions Pacific FC.

Sunday’s victory was the Fury’s first since Oct. 30, and third this season.

“Our primary focus isn’t winning,” White commented. “But every now and then it is nice.”

The Fury will try to keep rolling when they play host to Cook Street United at the Sherman Road turf this Saturday at 6 p.m.