Huron United beats Orangeville 4-1


Despite a noticeable lack of finish from Huron United, the team continued an unbeaten run at home in SWRSA Premier League soccer Sunday evening against an understaffed Orangeville Storm.

Huron United used strength in numbers to defeat the Orangeville Storm Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Storm showed up with just seven players – the minimum number of players necessary to play a game. The players they did have put up a plucky effort, and that combined with a lack of attention to detail by the home team led to a much closer game than a 4-1 score indicated.

Despite being so shorthanded, the Storm actually took the lead nine minutes into the match. Orangeville hoofed the long ball to the edge of the Huron United penalty area, where a very clever header from 18-yards away left Aidan Calcutt with no chance to make a save. Huron United had completely controlled the play until that point.

In the 18th minute, Huron United evened the score when Adam Winchester played Andrew Benney-Meraw in on goal and the Huron striker scored from six yards. It was all one-way traffic but desperate, last ditch defending, goal line blocks and some outstanding goalkeeping kept the game tied until the 22nd minute when a Matt Brown cross was deflected into his own goal by a defender.

That made things 2-1 at the half, but it could have been a larger lead as Benney-Meraw and Derek Andrew both hit posts and Ivo Ferrieira was stopped on a penalty.

Some brutal tackling and constant verbal abuse from the visitors spilled over into the 67th minute when Huron United’s Nick Plagos was shown a red card for retaliation. This seemed to galvanise the home side and in the 72nd minute Brown made it 3-1 after some great work from Mat Dennis. After 84 minutes, Chad Freeman completed the scoring with help from Dennis. Despite the 4-1 win, Huron United was disappointed with the performance and will need to improve greatly if they are to repeat as SWRSA Premier League champions.

Huron United’s next league game is at home to another Orangeville team on July 2 at 4 p.m.