United puts up a dozen in Orangeville

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Huron United took its show on the road on the weekend and put a dozen goals up on the board in a rout over Orangeville in Southwest Ontario Premier Men’s League soccer action.

Kincardine’s final road trip of the season was a laugher from start to finish as Huron United put the boots to Orangeville Athletic B. Starting with less than a full squad from the opening kick-off, the hosts were in trouble early and were under siege until the final whistle.

Andrew Benney-Meraw opened the scoring 10 minutes in with a powerful strike from 12-yards out. Mat Dennis provided the pass. Benney-Meraw scored again to make it 2-0 nine minutes later with help from Chad Freeman and Anir Panditrao. Ivo Ferreira climbed high to head a Derek Andrews’ corner kick into the top left hand corner of the net and Andreas Derksen made it 4-0 before the half when he ran onto a cross from the right hand side following some good interplay between Andrew and Ferreira.

The goals came thick and fast in the second half, with Dennis first scoring from Derksen and then back-to-back goals from Andrew. Peter Stoeckli and Panditrao had the assists.

Things got even worst for Orangeville after the goal when a defender was sent off for persistent arguing with the referee. Andrew completed the hat trick with a goal from the penalty spot after being tripped in the area. Freeman made it 9-0 in the 63rd minute.

Double figures were reached when Benney-Meraw completed his hat trick off a Dennis pass. Ferreira rounded out the scoring with his second and third goals of the game with help from Panditrao and Andrew.

The score was 12-0, but it could have been so much worse as Huron United missed numerous chances and was stopped from the penalty spot. The Orangeville keeper also made a half dozen excellent stops. Full marks to the Huron United defenders, who weren’t ever really troubled. When an attack did break through, Aidan Calcutt was there between the pipes to ensure the home side was kept off the score sheet.

Chris Coady was brought up to play with the senior team from the under-18 team and put in a nearly flawless performance to win man of the match honours.

Huron United’s final game of the regular season campaign will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The first place Listowel Ravens will be in town. While it is still mathematically possible for Huron United to repeat as league champions, it is looking increasingly unlikely. If nothing else, bragging rights will be on the line Sunday afternoon.