Huron United draws with Fergus


Huron United couldn't scrap back into top spot in South West District Men's Premier Soccer League after a 3-3 draw on the road Sunday afternoon.

Huron United was in Fergus to play the league leading FEDS. Fergus is currently enjoying a two-point lead on Huron United and the Listowel Ravens, but Huron United has two games in hand. The Ravens, meanwhile, have four matches in hand.

On Sunday, Huron United took an early lead when Derek Andrew rolled the ball into the bottom left- hand corner of the goal after taking a nice pass from Gerrit Satosek. The hosts responded with two goals, but striker Damian Gunaratne tied the game just before the half. Iva Ferreira set up Gunartne for his team-best fourth goal of the season.

The FEDS regained the lead on a goalmouth scramble, but when Andrew was tripped in the penalty area Matt Brown stepped up to score United's third goal from the penalty spot. This match, a very energetic and physical affair, ended all even at 3-3.

Coach Malcolm Godard said he was pleased with a solid effort from his team. Jacob Hunsburger was named man of the match, just edging out Andrew Benney-Meraw.

On Friday, Huron United was in Mount Forest for a David Forsyth Interleague Cup match. The match marked the end of a month long lay-off for Huron United. Godard said while his team's performance was impressive, the final result was not.

The Mount Forest Suspects, of the TMSL in Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge, play in a league above the SWRSA and eventually prevailed by a 3-1 margin.

The Suspects opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a close range header, but the match was very even up until the 44th minute. An unstoppable shot from 18 yards gave Mount Forest a 2-0 lead going to the half. It could have been 3-0 at the half, however, had keeper Aidan Calcutt not made an outstanding one-handed diving stop.

Huron United was playing well and just after Peter Stoeckli hit the post, Ferreira scored to make it a 2-1 game. The Kincardine team pushed forward looking for the equalizer, but it would never come. With five minutes remaining, a superb shot from distance put the game out of reach.

Andrew was voted man of the match, but Calcutt could have also received that honour. He had no chance on all three Mount Forest goals and played a strong game.

Huron United's next league game is Monday at home. Kincardine will host the rival Walkerton FC at the Davidson Centre. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Walkerton is coming off a 3-0 shutout win over Shelburne.

Huron United will then be in Orangeville to play the Storm at 2 p.m. the following Sunday, Aug. 13.