Away teams dominate GSL

AFTER traveling sides dominated round 12 of the Gippsland Soccer League, the final four looks set to go down to the wire.

Last Sunday Moe United and Traralgon City had crucial wins over fellow finals aspirants Sale United 2-0 and Monash 1-0 respectively, while in the twilight last Saturday night pre-season fancies Falcons and Traralgon Olympians played out a pulsating 4-4 draw.

Ladder leader Churchill United had a day out against the bottom-placed Newborough-Yallourn United, with the 7-0 win highlighted by four goals from coach Luke Cheney.

Hot on the Rams’ heels in second place, Fortuna posted a 3-0 win against Tyers at the Trafalgar Recreation Reserve after Tyers’ home ground was deemed unplayable.

SECOND-placed Fortuna will host third-placed Sale United in the match of round 13 this Sunday.

The Swans have been undermanned in recent weeks and should be back to full strength and will aim to repeat the round four result when they defeated Fortuna 2-1.

The midfield battle of Sale’s Tommy Nguyen and Ashley Ross against Fortuna’s Joel Baldwin and Owen Kelly will be a highlight.

Fortuna could hold an advantage with attacking players Josh Tanti and George Fkaris in great form, but Sale’s Jon Piefke cannot be underestimated.

In other matches, Churchill United will host Tyers in a rare Friday night fixture, Olympians will be at home against Newborough-Yallourn on Saturday night, while on Sunday, Moe will meet local rival Monash and Falcons will host Traralgon City.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.