Howard gets five as United run riot
United’s Development Side scored twelve for the second time this season as they beat Peckham Academy 12-0 in a friendly this afternoon at the Oxford Sports and Social Ground. Brian Howard led the way with five goals, Callum O’Dowda and Jon Meades both bagged a brace while Sam Humphreys, a trialist and Luke Hastings also scored in a comprehensive win.
The opening goal came after 7 minutes when Howard flicked home at the near post and it was 2-0 on 17 when O’Dowda stabbed home a Humphreys pass. It was 3-0 when Howard converted a penalty after he was tripped and 4-0 at the break when O’Dowda finished calmly after a through ball from strike partner Howard.
The Peckham side faded further after the break as United’s passing and movement proved too much. The elusive Humphreys stabbed in a fifth from close range before Howard completed his hat-trick from an astute O’Dowda pass.
That was the first of three goals in as many minutes with Howard thumping in the seventh goal on 57 and a trialist making it 8-0 on 58.
Some fine one-touch play on 62 allowed Howard to finish another simple goal after O’Dowda had rounded the keeper and youth team striker Hastings made it 10-0 on 68 when he robbed the keeper.
Meades then capped a fine display in the middle of the park with the last two goals, a fierce drive from a Josh Ashby cross on 71 and a great effort from the edge of the area to make it 12-0 and end the scoring.
Crocombe, S.Long, Trialist, Raynes (Cook 46), Brown (Conte 45), Ashby, Meades, Trialist, Howard (Hastings 63), Humphreys, O’Dowda (Diaz-Benitez 70)