SALE United put in another brave effort in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League, but fell short against Churchill United on Sunday.
The still undermanned Swans lost 3-0 at Hazelwood South Reserve, with Ellis Hayeshills scoring his first senior hat-trick for the Rams.
Churchill remains in third place on the ladder, three points behind leaders Moe United and Newborough-Yallourn United.
MOE regrouped after a shaky fortnight to consolidate top spot on goal difference with victory over Olympians at Traralgon.
With just one points from their previous two matches, the Red Devils held off a late Olympians fightback to win 3-2.
Olympians hit the scoresheet first, but the lead was cancelled out when Ty Georgiou found a reply almost immediately.
Matt Shearing then added a brace to extend the visitor’s lead to 3-1 before a raft of Red Devils’ chances went awry.
Olympians managed a late goal to set-up a tense final 10 minutes, but could not produce an equaliser.
NEWBOROUGH-YALLOURN had a 4-1 home victory over Traralgon, which finished the match with nine men after two red cards were shown.
The Combine took early control of midfield, which paid off at the 13-minute mark when Mark Fairbrother unleashed a right foot shot from just inside the penalty box which found the back of the net. NYU’s lead was doubled 12 minutes later when Brandon Scott headed a goal.
City came out after the break full of run and scored two minutes into the half through Stefan Sbaglia.
After two Roosters were sent off, Tim Armistead scored from close range for NYU in the 85th minute before Scott scored his second goal during stoppage time.
MONASH defeated Trafalgar Victory 3-1, and Tyers crushed East Gippsland United 9-0.
Falcons was awarded a victory on forfeit after Fortuna was unable to field a full team for Saturday night’s Morwell derby.
Pegasus had the bye.
ON Sunday, Sale United will play Pegasus in Morwell, City and Olympians will meet in the Traralgon derby, Moe will host Tyers, Trafalgar will travel to East Gippsland, Fortuna will welcome Churchill, and Monash will host Falcons. NYU will have the bye.