Three Nanaimo United football teams vying for cup championships | NanaimoNewsNOW
United finished third in the table with a record of eight wins, one draw and four losses.
They will face league champions Gorge FC from Victoria on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. at Starlight Stadium in Langford.
The U21 and Division 1 men will play their cup matches a week later.
It’s the U21’s first season and the team won the league with a 10-6-2 record.
Coach Daniel De Wet said he was proud of how the players came together in their inaugural campaign.
“Winning the league is a great reward for their efforts. We are very happy to be in the final of the George Smith Cup and we hope to bring the championship to United.
The final will take place on March 26 at 10 a.m. also at Starlight Stadium.
Like the women, the men’s Division 1 team is also in the hunt for a second consecutive title, last winning the Jackson Cup in 2019 after the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021.
After a second finish with a 14-1-5 record, Nanaimo defeated top-seeded Lakehill FC in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
The semi-final saw nine players on penalties and once again United emerged victorious to progress to the final.
Coach Kevin Lindo said the playoffs showed the team’s cohesion and quality.
“Nanaimo has never won back-to-back Jackson Cups, so with this game we have a chance to make history. The final will be a very tough game against a very tough team.
Victoria Berries will face United in the final which will be the featured game on March 26 at 5:30 p.m.
The 20th women’s final will be broadcast live on YouTube by Nanaimo United while the 26th men’s matches will be available via the VISL online stream.
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