Huron United wins Premier League title

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Huron United posted a 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon to win the SouthWest Ontario Soccer Association Premier Men’s League championship.

Huron United following a 4-0 win over Listowel Sunday afternoon. (submitted photo)

 

The win gave Huron United a final season record of 11-1-2. The win also leaves the club expecting to be promoted to the KDSL. It would be the team's second promotion since 2014.

Sunday's Premier League final in Listowel was scoreless at the half. But United began to create chances in the second half and eventually broke out offensively. Striker Derek Andrew finally opened the scoring after taking a pass from Gerrit Satosek and finishing from six yards out.

Huron United added two more goals in quick succession. The second goal was a 24-yard thunderbolt from striker Damian Gunaratne that hit the top corner when the Listowel defence failed to close him down at the corner of the box. Then Gunaratne hammered another laser into the opposite top corner with is left foot. Both goals were contenders for goal of the season amount the 54 scored by Huron United this season. The league's leading goal scorer, Ivo Ferreira, put the icing on the cake with a cool one-time volley finish to seal the 4-0 win just as the referee blew the final whistle.

Goalkeeper Aidan Calcutt secured his seventh shutout of the season. Gunaratne was awarded man of the match.

"I'm so proud of the guys," said captain Matt Brown.

"It's amazing to think how far we have come and it is great to see the work we put in with the local under-19 teams pay off."

Brown added that the ongoing support from coach Malcom Godard, Kincardine Minor Soccer and Boston Pizza had been critical to the team's success in the past few seasons.

"Having a team in the KDSL is something we can all be really proud of."

The season isn't quite over for Huron United yet. The team is still in contention for the Forsyth Cup. Having already defeated two Tri-City Men's League squads, Huron United will not face HRVAT from the KDSL in a semi-final contest.