SALE United made amends for its disappointing performance against Gippsland Soccer League leader Churchill United by defeating Traralgon Olympians 2-1.
Sale dominated Olympians before a Dave Myall cross found utility Ray Allred unmarked to put the Swans ahead. Moments later some neat team play saw Allred beat his marker and advancing Olympians keeper Ben Johnstone only to be denied by the cross bar.
In the second half the game continued in the same manner with Johnstone making a string of saves as well as clearances off the line. Soon after a shot from Sale youngster Tommy Nguyen clipped the wrong side of the upright in a frustrating passage of play.
Against the run of play, Olympians scored an equaliser through Aaron Daniels to set up an interesting finish.
The large Sale crowd urged their team to victory and they weren’t disappointed when the Olympians defence succumbed to pressure and allowed a deflected ball into the back of the net for the Swans to prevail 2-1.
Sale dedicated the win to the memory of club stalwart Ben Piefke, who passed away during the week.
Sale United will head to Burrage Reserve this Sunday to play Newborough-Yallourn United, who last weekend defeated Tyers 4-2 on the road to record its first win of the season and climb off the bottom of the ladder.
CHURCHILL United defeated Monash 3-1 in a scrappy affair.
FALCONS and Moe played out an entertaining 3-3 draw on Saturday night, highlighted by a hat trick from Falcons coach Mauro Deluca and a brace from his Red Devils counterpart Lee Dastey.
FORTUNA handed Traralgon City only its second loss of the season, winning 2-1 on Sunday.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.