Sale United comes back to earth

CHURCHILL United trounced Sale United 6-0 on Sunday to remain undefeated and a game clear on top of the Gippsland Soccer League ladder.

The Swans were unable to reproduce the heroics of last round when they defeated 2011 champion Fortuna as the Rams brought them back to earth with a display of clinical soccer.

From the outset, Churchill terrorised Sale and it wasn’t long before Aiden Huizer opened proceedings with a neat finish after Dean Pyle crossed a ball from the left.

It was soon 2-0 when Nathan Lugton finished confidently after some classy lead up work from wing back Nathan Osborne.

When Rams’ coach Luke Cheney unleashed a powerful 30 yard shot for a goal, the Swans were cooked.

Churchill was relentless and poked home another two goals through Tim Dawson and Jesse Kennedy to lead 5-0 at the break.

The second half followed the same script with the only difference being the absence of clinical finishing. Churchill squandered two penalty shots with Cheney spraying his attempt and Kennedy having his saved by Sale keeper Chris Richardson.

It was left to reigning Scott Frendo Medalist Nathan Lugton to get a score on the board in the second half as he claimed his brace for the Rams to run out big winners.

IN other matches, Fortuna returned to the winners’ circle with a 4-0 thumping of the previously undefeated Monash, Traralgon City held onto second spot after a narrow 1-0 win over Moe United, Falcons posted a convincing 3-0 victory over Newborough-Yallourn United, and Tyers claimed a point against Traralgon Olympians with a late equaliser from in-form striker Jake Budija.

SALE United will host Olympians this Sunday.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.