IN an unexpected result, Newborough-Yallourn United blasted Sale United 7-2 in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League.
It was the only the Combine’s 17th win over Sale, but also their highest score against the Swans since 2007.
It was all a first half effort by NYU, which scored goals more freely than Sale would have wanted.
The Combine took only seven minutes to score through Alex Van Vliet, then Hayden Tanti got into the act with a hat-trick of goals at 15, 18 and 30 minutes.
Mark Fairbrother chipped one in at 23 minutes before Shayne Pavich continued the rout at 33 minutes and by half time it was a 6-0 blow-out.
Sale regrouped after the break and started to fight back with goals from Josh Ryan at 69 minutes and McCauley Lawrenson at 83 gave the Swans some hope, but NYU was too strong across the back and limited the visitors’ chances.
NYU finished on a high note with Marc McCallum scoring at 90 minutes to rub in the victory.
A 90TH minute header by Ethan Lawrence saw Monash share the points with league leader Falcons.
Trailing since the eighth minute, Monash fought hard for every possession and, even with a man down, was able to claw back some honour in a tight match for a 1-1 result.
The game was transferred to the number two pitch at Falcons Park as the main pitch was quarantined in preparation for a Melbourne Victory match on September 1.
Falcons got into stride early, although it was missing defenders Andrew Carbone and Joey Auciello, however Isaac Abas and Nando Lazaris were good replacements. Monash was at almost full strength, and showed plenty of aggression at the ball.
Falcons hit the scoreboard at 15 minutes when a through pass from Jesse Kennedy found Sam Amaira to score.
Monash keeper Enda Murphy made two excellent saves to deny Falcons more goals.
The Wolves upped their intensity in the second half, and almost scored when a shot from Tom Bramstedt glanced the bar.
Moments later on the rebound, Jesse Kennedy was felled outside the box by the keeper who got a red card for his transgression, leaving Monash with only 10 men.
Monash had to get its reserve keeper on the pitch, but had to sacrifice defender Jace Paulet.
The Wolves kept pushing hard, putting Falcons on the defensive.
Turnovers were giving Monash possession, but shots for goal were limited by the close checking Falcons defence.
The big moment came for Monash when at 90 minutes a corner was taken by Bramstedt was cleared off the line for another corner. Taken again by Bramstedt, this time he found Lawrence, who headed the ball to the left hand corner of the net for Monash to salvage a 1-1 draw and give the Wolves third spot on the ladder.
TRARALGON Olympians moved level on points with Monash and Sale United after a 2-1 victory over neighbour Traralgon City.
Olympians’ recent form had been down, but against City, it picked up, scoring at 17 minutes from Alradi Ali.
Tempers flared in the second half when three players were booked with yellow cards after City equalised at 73 minutes from Jake Budija.
Olympians steadied in the next four minutes to build up opportunities to score. Ali scored his second at 77 to give Olympians the advantage, it didn’t relinquish.
TRARALFAR Victory, with 10 players, defeated Moe United 3-1.
Josh Paredes opened the scoring for the Victory eight minutes into the match. Nathan Paredes made it 2-0 at 33 minutes as Trafalgar started to take control, but Moe not to be outdone, came back a few minutes later, when Noah Kane slipped one past the keeper.
Josh Paredes scored his second goal late in the first half.
A man down after receiving a red card late before half-time, the Victory pushed back its defenders to hold onto the lead.
EAST Gippsland United took out its second match for the season, again against Churchill United, 3-2.
The visiting Rams scored at 24 minute from Jarryd Johnson, but the East on the kick-off was rewarded with a goal after excellent midfield play from Ben Gillard.
Zeb McLeod gave the Eagles the lead at 55 minutes, with Thomas Deery extending the advantage only three minutes later.
Churchill refused to lie down, with Peter Hyland scoring at 70 minutes, but the Rams were unable to equalise.
FORTUNA had the bye.