Fantastic five for Cambridge United as they thrash Port Vale
Goal fest in the sun for the U's
Cambridge United signed off their Sky Bet League Two season in style with a 5-0 win over Port Vale at the Abbey Stadium.
Goals from David Amoo, Harrison Dunk, Brad Halliday, Barry Corr and Billy Waters did the damage as the U’s enjoyed their afternoon in the sun.
It was an entertaining first 20 minutes, with the only thing lacking being much in the way of goalmouth activity.
There was a scare for United when James Gibbons’ deep cross from about 40 yards slightly caught out Dimitar Mitov forcing the U’s goalkeeper to back pedal.
As the ball hit the bar, Mitov appeared to hit the post and required a couple of minutes’ treatment.
After 20 minutes though, United found their groove.
They were in full flow in attack, taking the game to the visitors and putting them on the backfoot.
George Taft headed a Halliday free kick straight at Sam Hornby and, then in the 26th minute, great work on the left saw Harrison Dunk break clear to pull a ball back for Jevani Brown in the area, but he did not get a clean connection on the shot and it was headed clear.
The breakthrough came in the 33rd minute.
Jake Carroll’s cross bounced up and was controlled on the chest by David Amoo, who then volleyed home.
Three minutes later, Brown’s cross to the back post was headed down and back across goal by Amoo, narrowly evading the touch of two United players under pressure, but Dunk made no mistake, slamming the ball high into the back of the net from a tight angle.
Waters nearly made it 3-0 after Brown put a ball across goal, but the striker did not get a proper connection on his shot, and then more good play on the left by Carroll saw Brown take a touch away from the defender only to then shoot over the bar as it remained 2-0 at half time.
After the break, Port Vale gave United another scare as Michael Tongue’s corner was flicked on by Luke Hannant at the front post and shot across the face of goal.
The U’s were dominating the half though, and had their third in the 67th minute, and it was some strike.
Halliday got possession about 30 yards out, and with what looked like a casual swing of the right foot, he rifled a shot that was beating Hornby from the moment it left the right-back’s boot.
Seven minutes later, and Maris’ corner from the right travelled low into the box to the feet of Corr, who made no mistake, tucking his shot low to the right of the despairing dive of Hornby.
There was no let up from the U’s as Waters then cut in from the right and arrowed a fierce drive into the back of the net to make it 5-0.
The Abbey faithful were on their feet again two minutes later, this time to welcome the arrival of Leon Legge, who it was announced on Friday will be released at the end of the season, and he was given the captain’s armband by Gary Deegan for a final time.
Corr almost got a sixth when well-placed in the area, only to be denied by Hornby, on what was a superb way to end an eventful season both on and off the pitch for the U’s.
And supporters, players and staff alike will head into the off-season with plenty of optimism.
Cambridge United: Mitov, Halliday, Taylor, Taft, Carroll, Deegan, Maris, Amoo, Brown, Dunk, Waters.
Substitutes: Corr (Brown, 57), Knowles (Amoo, 72), Legge (Deegan, 80). Not used: Iron, Azeez, Lewis, Davies.
Port Vale : Hornby, Davis, Smith, Gibbons, Pugh, Tonge, Hannant, Whitfield, Pope, Angus.
Substitutes: Calveley (Howe, 45), Turner (Angus, 69), Benns (Whitfield, 75). Not used: Boot, Barnett.
Referee: Craig Hicks.
Attendance: 4,808 (away 527).