Record win over Rams

AFTER its loss to Traralgon Olympians to begin the Latrobe Valley Soccer League season, Sale United bounced back to record its highest score against Churchill.

Never before have the Swans scored six goals against the Rams.

On Sunday at home, the Swans raced to a 5-0 lead at half-time with goals to Joshua Ryan at seven and nine minutes, Orin Geisbers at 18, and Nathi Khamchom at 19 and 31.

In the second half, Churchill put up more of a challenge but Sale, in one of its better efforts of late, was able to neutralize the Rams’ attacks.

Churchill was also on the defensive, but Sale eventually broke through at 70 minutes with a goal to Jake Hards to give the Swans their record 6-0 victory.

A 0-0 DRAW wasn’t what either Fortuna or Traralgon City wanted at this stage of the season.

It was a tough match with the wind having a dramatic effect on the game.

Traralgon City began well, making Fortuna’s guardian Andrew Hayden work hard. Fortuna made a big effort to atone for last season’s poor performances and cranked up its efforts, but repeated corners were wasted as the wind and strong defence by City kept it scoreless.

Liam McCluskey was a tower in defence for Fortuna, who received good drive but with little reward from coach David O’Dowd, Harvey Bates and recruit Kuku Mahmoud.

Traralgon City tried through Liam Johnson and DJ Matar, but the strong defence of Fortuna kept the Roosters score-less.

Both keepers, Chris Hall (Traralgon City) and Andrew Hayden (Fortuna), had little to do in the first half.

Fortuna looked the attacking side in the second half, recording 13 corners, five of those within a six-minute period, as the Lions were relentless in their attacks. City keeper Hall was forced into good saves as the Lions went close.

Traralgon City had few opportunities against the wind, but shots from Daniel Holt and Jake Budija went wide of the mark, as neither team could break the deadlock.

FALCONS defeated East Gippsland United 5-0 at home.

East Gippsland caught Falcons napping in the first minute when a low drive by Will Park almost beat keeper Charles Simon, who had to dive to defend his goal. It was a lively start to a match which was eventually won by Falcons who powered up as the minutes rolled on.

Winger Kevin Carcella, playing his 101st game, swung the match in Falcons’ favour with a good run and goal at the six-minute mark.

East Gippsland was favoured by the breeze, but couldn’t get past the Falcons back three of Andrew Carbone, Isaac Abas and Joey Auciello, who continually cleared at every opportunity.

Falcons gave David Pachl a hard time but the young Eagles keeper stood firm under the pressure but he finally broke as Jesse Kennedy exerted his brilliance on the 26-minute mark when he received a pass from coach Nick D’Allendro and converted his opportunity.

East Gippsland made some attempts to score but wild shots missed the target, as the Eagles trailed 2-0 at the break.

Kennedy provided the highlights of the second half with a hat-trick of goals, to finish with four. He was assisted with good play from Tommy D’Alia and Jamie Pistrin, who continually fed him the ball.

NEWBOROUGH-Yallourn United asserted its authority over Trafalgar Victory with a massive 8-0 beating.

The Combine looked sharp as it rattled the net four times within the first 38 minutes. Mark Fairbrother and Alex Van Vliet causing all sorts of panic among the Trafalgar defence as NYU went to the break 4-0 up.

The carnage continued after half time as NYU added four goals.

Van Vliet finished with a hat-trick and Fairbrother two goals in the victory, enough to move the Combine to the top of the ladder. 

MONASH defeated Traralgon Olympians 3-1 in an emotionally charged match.

It took 37 agonising minutes as both teams tried against each other and the wind to score, with Monash breaking through with defender Braden Paulet posting his first goal.

Olympians hit back only four minutes later with a classic goal from James Alesi.

Braden Paulet made his brace just before half-time, which gave Monash an unexpected 2-1 at the break.

The home side went further ahead at 77 minutes through Ethan Lawrence to give Monash only its 11th victory over Olympians in 74 matches. It was only the fourth time the Wolves had defeated the Traralgon club at home.

MOE United had the bye.

THE LVSL will break this weekend for Easter, before the Swans take on Olympians in round two of the Battle of Britain Cup on Wednesday night in Traralgon.