Boost for Swans’ finals hopes

SALE United is back in the Gippsland Soccer League top four after a 2-1 win at home against Traralgon City.

Robert Stephen scored inside three minutes before Ray Allred doubled the advantage 20 minutes in.

Traralgon pegged a goal back late in the first first half through Robert Speir after a defensive mishap from Sale.

Trailing 2-1 at half-time, the visitors dominated possession in the second half, but were unable to trouble Sale goalkeeper Chris Richardson.

Sale defended well and took the much-needed points as it avenged its loss to Traralgon earlier in the season.

With the victory, the Swans returned to fourth place after Fortuna and Monash drew 1-1.

The Swans only trail third-placed Monash on goal difference.

With matches against Tyers and Newborough-Yallourn United, the two bottom sides, to come, the Swans’ finals destiny is in their own hands.

Newborough-Yallourn consigned Tyers to the wooden spoon after a 4-3 win in the bottom of the table clash. Tyers trails the Combine by seven points with two rounds remaining.

Moe United strengthened its hold on second place with a 3-1 home win against Falcons.

The Red Devils trail ladder leader Churchill United by five points.

Churchill will have to wait another week to seal the championship after an upset 3-2 loss to Olympians at Traralgon on Saturday night. Frank Albanese scored two goals for the winner.

It was just the Rams’ second loss of the season. They will have to wait another two weeks to claim the silverware.

THIS weekend, attention turns to the semi-finals of the Battle of Britain Cup.

Sale United will head to Morwell this Sunday to play Fortuna.

With the GSL championship out of reach for both sides, they will be pushing hard for a trophy in 2013.

The other semi-final will be played on Saturday night between Churchill and Moe.

For more soccer read Friday’s Gippsland Times.