SALE United continued on its winning way, accounting for fellow Gippsland Soccer League top four side Traralgon City 2-0 at Harold Preston Reserve.
Missing key players, the Swans were forced to place in-form striker Jon Piefke in goals in Jake Richardson’s absence.
Dick Bosma Medallist Mark Fairbrother won City a penalty kick and Adam Batt stepped up but failed to beat Piefke in goal, clipping the upright and out for a goal kick.
Things looked grim for the Swans when hard running midfielder Tommy Nguyen sustained a serious injury which saw him take no further part in the game.
Half an hour into the match, Sale gained a numerical advantage when Manny Askew was given his immediate marching orders for an ill-timed tackle.
In the second half with the score still tied nil-all, the Roosters attacked through Dustin Moos and Mark Fairbrother, but couldn’t find a way past Callum Markovic at centre back for the Swans.
Sale eventually found an opening and took the lead when Karbo Phillips out-paced the City defence before chipping the goal keeper.
A daring run from Ashley Ross was rewarded when he doubled the visitor’s lead with a clinical finish.
IN other GSL matches, Moe United made it three wins on the trot to climb to fourth on the ladder with a 6-1 thumping of Tyers, Churchill United prevailed 2-1 against Traralgon Olympians, a late goal gave Falcons a share of the points at Monash in a high tempo game, 1-1, and Fortuna continued its mid-season drive for the championship title with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Newborough-Yallourn United.
THIRD-placed Sale United will host fourth-placed Moe United in the round of 12 on Sunday.
With both sides in top form, the Red Devils will be aiming to overturn the 2-1 loss the last time these sides met.
Also on Sunday, Fortuna will face a difficult match against the unpredictable Tyers, Newborough-Yallourn hosts ladder leader Churchill and Traralgon City has a must win game against Monash.
Falcons will face Olympians on Saturday night.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.