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Oak Bay, SMUS book tickets to Colonist Cup final

The 2014 Colonist Cup will be a battle of unbeatens. The Oak Bay Bays and St.
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Oak BayÕs Charlie Miller tries to escape the clutches of Glenlyon NorfolkÕs Joe Whysker during action at UVic.

The 2014 Colonist Cup will be a battle of unbeatens.

The Oak Bay Bays and St. Michaels University School Blue Jags saw to that in the semifinals of the senior boys city soccer championship on Wednesday as the Bays defeated Glenlyon Norfolk School 3-1 at the University of Victoria turf fields.

On the adjacent pitch, the Blue Jags blanked the Reynolds Roadrunners 4-0.

Charlie Miller scored all three Oak Bay goals as the Bays go in search of their first Colonist Cup crown since 2008. They earned a bit of revenge on GNS, which knocked off Oak Bay in last year’s semifinal.

“It was good to beat them, especially after last year,” said Miller, a lethal Grade 11 striker who commands plenty of defensive respect.

Francis Mbroh had the GNS goal, late in the game.

“It was a little nerve-racking at times, but we got it done,” said Bays coach Richard Fast. “We’ve been here [in this position] a lot and we haven’t got through so we weren’t taking anything for granted.

“Defensively we were strong and we have a great attacking player in Charlie Miller.”

Meanwhile, Brian Im had a pair of goals and Matty McColl and Alec Keech added one each for the Blue Jags, who were 6-0-1 during the Lower Island regular season. The one tie was a 4-4 draw against Oak Bay, which finished 5-0-2.

The Blue Jags are defending Colonist Cup champions, having downed GNS 3-2 last season.

“We felt more comfortable after the goal that put us up two,” said SMUS coach Wes Barrett, whose team will now face Oak Bay on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

The Colonist Shield semifinals are set for today as Esquimalt visits Stelly’s at 3:15 p.m. at Centennial Park and Mount Douglas travels to Hampton Park to tackle Spectrum at 3 p.m.

mannicchiarico@timescolonist.com