Huron United, Walkerton FC play to draw

Two weekend matches on deck
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Huron United remains in first place in the SWRSA Premier Men's Soccer League after a 2-2 draw in Walkerton on the weekend.

Huron United and Walkerton FC have a history of playing very close games, and Sunday's game was no exception.

Coach Malcolm Godard said his team struggled to find time and space on a smaller pitch at the Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park in Walkerton.

Huron United did have two great chances to take the lead in the early going, but Walkerton FC keeper Tim Quesnel pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the game scoreless. The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Walkerton's Robin Taylor unleashed a shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right-hand corner of the net and past the outstretched hand of Aidan Calcutt.

Huron United had  good chance to tie the game right before the half. Ivo Ferreira was tripped inside the 18-yard box and a penalty was awarded. Damian Gunaratne drilled the spot kick high and hard towards the goal only to see the ball strike the bottom of the crossbar and bounce back into play. However, the official immediately blew his whistle to signal the end of the half.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, the home team exploited the long ball up to their quick forwards, which caused Huron United a good deal of trouble. By the same token, Huron United also generated opportunities. Quesnel made two more diving saves before the crossbar, once again, kept Huron United off the score sheet.

But 13 minutes into the second half, a goalmouth scramble ensued after Peter Stoeckli had chipped the ball into the area. Derek Andrew managed to prod the ball over the line for his second goal of the season.

The lead did not last long. Walkerton regained an advantage when Peter Revington beat the Huron defence to a long ball and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

Parity was restored with just eight minutes to play. A Stoeckli shot was pushed onto the crossbar by the Walkerton keeper and Ferreira was the first to respond. He headed it home from close range in a very crowded goalmouth.

Although Huron United was somewhat disappointed with the result, credit should be given for fighting back twice to earn a point against a strong defensive team and a keeper who pulls out all the stops whenever Huron United provides the opposition. Adam Winchester received Man of the Match honours for his determined play and tireless running in the midfield.

This weekend is a busy one for Huron United. Friday night the team will travel to Waterloo in David Forsyth Cup action, and then on Sunday the team will host the Shelburne Madmen in SWRSA League Cup action. Friday's game begins at 9 p.m., while Sunday's kick-off will be at 4 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.