Misery For Unionville Milliken As Alliance Asserts Itself In Fourteen-Goal Match
A warm night at the Ontario Soccer Centre saw those in attendance bear witness to one of the most lopsided League1 Ontario results in competition history as Unionville Milliken succumbed to a 1-13 defeat against visiting Alliance United.
The rampant result saw the hosts take just five minutes to get on the scoresheet, with Atchu Sivananthan rounding the keeper to give Alliance an early lead. Longtime Alliance midfielder Nikola Stakic would double the visitor’s lead in the ninth, with Unionville Milliken bagging one back three minutes after that – but that’s as close as the match would get.
Nirun Sivananthan would give Alliance a two-goal cushion just a couple minutes later, with the club failing to convert a penalty four minutes after that. The night would get worse for Unionville Milliken keeper Matthew Mattila, however, as the first half would see four more goals for Alliance through Nirun Sivanthan, Christian Keshishian, and a further two goals from Nikola Stakic, who bagged himself first half hat trick.
The 1-7 scoreline at half-time didn’t see head coach Ilya Orlov have his team ease off the gas, with Anthony Sousa and Russell Stewart both getting their firsts of the season, and former FC Edmonton forward Prince Amanda piling on to Unionville Milliken’s misery with an incredible four goal haul in just 31 minutes on the pitch.
The result saw referee Phil Benevides blow the whistle with the score at 1-13, marking Alliance United’s biggest win in club history.
The result certainly eclipsed the club’s previous biggest win of the season, a six-nil destruction of last-place BVB IA Waterloo. Alliance had only procured six goal lead wins twice in club history prior to that, including a 2022 season opener that saw them fly past Master’s FA with a brace from both Sivananthan brothers and a hefty 7-1 thumping of Windsor City in their inaugural 2018 campaign that saw Nirun bag a brace back then, too.
Prince Amanda isn’t the only former Eddie in the club roster, with defender Samuel Gardner having featured in eight matches while current CPL prospect Theo Afework having featured for a match through the CPL’s new downward player movement project.
The result pushes Alliance United up to fifth in the standings, with the club already having secured top flight status for when League1 Ontario splits into a multi-division format next year. With Unionville Milliken languishing in second-last and a goal difference of -49 after finishing twentieth last year, they’ll find themselves in the second division come 2024 – but at least they’ll be safe from Alliance.
Header Image Photo Credit: Hanin Mazri / League1 Ontario