Forfeit hands Swans win

SALE United was awarded victories in the senior and reserves following the forfeit of Pegasus because of a lack of players.

Despite the victory, the Swans’ senior team remains in ninth place on the Latrobe Valley Soccer League table.

The Swans will have another break this weekend because of a bye.

MONASH put a monumental dent in Falcons’ title defence by defeating the Morwell club 3-0 at Newborough.

It took a while for the home side to hit its stride as Falcons looked dangerous, with former Monash player Isaac Abas prominent up front. 

The Wolves battled their way into the game, but neither side was able to trouble the scorers in the first half.

It took the Wolves 10 minutes into the second half to break the deadlock when a long Braden Paulet throw found Ty Christy, who controlled and volleyed the ball into the top corner.

Falcons thought it equalised soon after only, to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

With 15 minutes to play, Christy rounded Falcons keeper Charles Simon, who could only bring him down.

The resultant penalty was taken by Tom Bramstedt, which Simon saved, but a re-take was ordered with Simon well off his line before the kick. Bramstedt made no mistake the second time to give Monash a 2-0 lead.

Monash made it 3-0 in the 80th minute, when Bramstedt completed his brace to give the home side a valuable three points and cruel Falcons’ pursuit of top sides Moe United and Newborough-Yallourn United. 

MOE took sole ownership of top spot with a 7-0 victory over Tyers.

With NYU out of action because of a bye, the Red Devils now leads their rival by three points.

Moe took charge of the match and opened the scoring in the 11th minute through a Matthew Shearing strike.

Joel Baldwin added a goal before half-time to send the Red Devils into the sheds with a comfortable lead.

Owen Kelly came out firing after the break to score a 12-minute hat-trick, with Ty Georgiou and Baldwin adding to the total on either side of Kelly’s scoring spree.

RUDY Garcia hit a hat-trick as Trafalgar Victory continued its improvement with a 7-2 win against East Gippsland United.

Ash Klemke bagged a double, with singles to Aidan Wyatt and Connor Wyatt completing the victory.

IN other matches, Churchill United fought off Fortuna 3-2, and Traralgon City won the local derby against Olympians 4-1.

ROUND 20 will begin tomorrow with Falcons hosting East Gippsland.

On Sunday, Falcons will host Pegasus in a Morwell derby, Olympians will welcome NYU, Monash will head to Churchill, Trafalgar will host Moe, and Traralgon City will travel to Tyers.