Orlando City thrash Dayton Dutch, go 21-games unbeaten at home

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Ty Wright / Valencia Voice

By Danny Morales

Dom Dwyer scored two goals as the Orlando City Soccer Club defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions 4-0 on Saturday night, in front of a record crowd of 9,589 at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

“I feel confident here,” said Dwyer after the game. “I enjoy it and I feel like my teammates believe in me and the coach believes in me. If someone believes in you it gives you confidence as a player.”

City scored early and often, starting with Dennis Chin who scored his first goal of the season in the 28th minute after Jamie Watson slid him a pass behind the defense and he put the ball passed Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams.

“It’s been difficult for him,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath about Chin. “He’s gone from being top scorer last year to not playing as much football as he would like.”

“Today he’s put himself back in the pecking order,” added Heath.

Dwyer scored his first goal of the match in the 34th minute, giving Orlando City a 2-0 lead. Dwyer later drew a penalty kick after he was taken down in the box by a Dayton defender. Watson took the penalty and put it past a diving Williams to give City a 3-0 lead in the 39th minute.

“I love it,” said Dwyer about going after crosses in the box from fellow teammates. “That’s what I want to go in for. I’m not scared to go in a 50-50 and get hit and get hurt, I’ll dive on the end of the ball to score a goal. I want to fight for this team and I want to win.”

Orlando City went into the locker room at halftime leading Dayton 3-0, while outshooting the Dutch Lions 7-2 during the first half. Dayton would fail to get a shot on goal in the second half.

Dwyer scored his second goal of the game in the 73nd minute when he blasted a shot into the top right corner passed the Dayton goalkeeper, giving him a USL Pro leading five goals for the season.

“I knew that when we were talking to Sporting about bringing three or four players in,” said Heath of his fellow Englishman. “Dom was one of the first that spoke to mind because I was really confident that he would score a lot of goals at this level.”

The 4-0 win gave Orlando City goalkeeper Sean Kelley his first clean sheet of the 2013 season. City finished the game outshooting the Dutch Lions 19-2.

With the win Orlando City improves their record to 4-1-1 and now sit in first place in the USL Pro standings with 13 points.

“It’s been a good performance tonight,” said Heath after the game. “They had a decent team, they had a good start but I think that’s the best performance we’ve had this season probably.”

City’s next match is on Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. against in-state opponent VSI Tampa Bay FC at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.