SALE United’s Latrobe Valley Soccer League match against Newborough-Yallourn United petered out to a draw, with all four goals coming in the first half.
On Sunday at home, the Swans jumped on board at seven minutes through Nick Buckhoreelall, but the Combine kept plugging away and finally at 18 minutes equalised when Alex Van Vielt scored.
End-to-end work by both sides couldn’t enlarge the score on the board until NYU broke the shackles and went 2-1 up with a Mark Fairbrother goal on 27 minutes. Sale didn’t take too long to respond and Luca Mombelli posted its second goal only two minutes later to level at 2-2.
TOP team Falcons and bottom team East Gippsland United were the only two winners of Sunday’s round.
Monash was all fired up for its important clash with Falcons, and proved to be a worthy opponent, going down 2-1.
The first half was an arm wrestle with neither team gaining any advantage, each having unsuccessful shots at goal. The two keepers could have gone to sleep in a dour first half as they had little to do.
The match changed direction in the second half, as Monash did a lot of the attacking. Two shots over the top and two near misses were concerning for the Falcons defence.
Monash got a big break at 50 minutes into the game when captain Brendan Ruddell latched on to a loose ball, finding Jonathon Cook to the right and he made no mistake heading the ball in past the Falcons keeper.
The Wolves were elated, but it only lasted a short time as Falcons intensified its pressure.
Gianni Salvatore, on the wing, continually pushed forward as Falcons began to take control, slowly wearing away the solid Monash defence.
Monash led for 20 minutes before a good cross from Elias Yousef found Jesse Kennedy onside and the striker scored his eighth goal for the season.
Play heated up after that as both teams pushed for victory.
Monash twice forced the Falcons keeper Charles Simon to dive, and at the other end Enda Murphy was forced to punch away twice after two corners.
Falcons got the vital goal only two minutes before the end when Kennedy found substitute Sam Amaira, who managed to lob the keeper to give the visitors a hard earned 2-1 win.
EAST Gippsland broke through for its first win for the season, defeating Churchill United 1-0.
The Rams had 90 per cent of the play, but couldn’t break the Eagles’ defence.
THE Traralgon derby produced eight goals, but Olympians and City couldn’t be split at full-time.
Traralgon City broke through 10 minutes in and went two up 10 minutes later. Olympians pegged a goal back late in the first half.
City came out fighting in the second half and banged through a goal only minutes in.
Olympians replied a minute later before City scored again to go 4-2 up.
Olympians clawed back the two-goal deficit at 70 and 89 minutes to secure a point.
MOE United drew its second successive match, this time drawing with Trafalgar Victory 2-2.
The Red Devils scored two goals in quick succession in the first half.
Trafalgar, with a few positional moves, were matching the home side and was rewarded with a goal in 82th minute.
Moe went rapidly in defence to hold its lead, but Trafalgar again pressing forward with the equaliser with only two minutes to play.
FORTUNA had the bye.