United belts Yaralla 10-4 in soccer
UNITED stalwart Greg Donald turned it on at United Park on Saturday, racking up four goals as his side handed out a 10-4 Gladstone Soccer Federation first divi- sion lesson to an understrength Yaralla.
Although United could only field 10 players, that was one more than Yaralla who went into the match without several key players due to illness and work com- mitments. The Reds began the match promising- ly, scoring the first goal, before the Unit- ed attack, sparked by Donald, revved into gear to post double figures.
Donald said he hoped the win would prove a turning point for United who have struggled for consistency this season.
With several members of the team away on Central Queensland junior rep- resentative duties, United will pose a more formidable look over the coming weeks. While pleased to score four goals, Don- ald gave much of the credit for the win to key defenders Brad Hitchcock and new- comer Michael Ng and praised the perfor-mance of Matt Lamberton who was strong out wide.
The win enabled United to move closer to Yaralla's fourth spot.
Yaralla coach Mark Chadwick said his side had battled hard in adverse circum- stances, with several battling illness to play, with Ryan Houlihan putting in an especially brave effort to take the field.
'I was expecting a few more guys to come to the game,' a disappointed Chad- wick said.
'Our guys were just had it from running in the end but every single one of them busted their guts.'
Cameron Ohl and Trent Ibbotson, who both scored doubles, and Matt Belvedere were United's standout players.