SALE United recorded a rare victory over Moe in another tight Latrobe Valley Soccer League match.
The Swans won 2-1 at home on Sunday, reversing the 3-2 loss to the Red Devils earlier this season. It was Sale’s 18th victory from 90 matches against Moe.
The Swans scored quickly, with Nathi Khamchom breaking the shackles of a tight Moe defence to put them one up only after seven minutes.
Moe wasn’t too slack, forcing the ball forward after a defensive error by Sale, and Sam Gatpan was in position and mopped up to equalise only three minutes later.
Both teams missed opportunities with constant turn-overs and missed passes. At the break it was a 1-1 stalemate.
Sale got another goal on the hour from Jeremy Allred, who sealed the match 2-1.
Sale had the bye in the women’s match, but won the reserves game 3-0 and the second division 3-2.
NEWBOROUGH-YALLOURN United set many records in its 11-0 demolition of East Gippsland United.
It was the Combine’s highest score since coming back from the metro competition, eclipsing its 10-4 victory over Tyers in 1999. It was also its highest-ever winning margin.
The Combine had eight goal scorers, another record, with braces going to Alex Van Vliet, Dylan Fairbrother and Marc McHallam.
The big win puts them only four points behind league leader Falcons.
IN a fiery match between two finals contenders, sixth-placed Traralgon Olympians defeated fifth-placed Fortuna 2-1.
There was hard and physical play by both sides. The referee was busy carding players for offences and back chat.
Fortuna lost keeper Andrew Heyden after a hard clash. Heyden was replaced by Nick Pridgeon, who came under a lot of pressure from the Olympians strikers.
Olympians had the better of Fortuna in the first half, with seven corners to two, Brandon Scott and Nelson Tombra came close to scoring, only to see the experienced Chris Alimpic parry the ball away.
After a half score of 0-0, play really got heavy in a tough, no-holds-barred second half.
Fortuna got the break on 70 minutes with a superb goal from Hayden Cook.
More fire came into the match, and at 85 minutes, the first Fortuna player was sent off, then Olympians fought back with an equaliser at 88 minutes from Alradi Ali. He followed up with another only a minute later, which upset many Fortuna players with another red card being issued.
The Lions were down to nine players and unable to come back, as Olympians won to join three teams on 22 points each on the ladder.
TRARALGON City almost caused a boilover with an impressive display against Falcons.
The Roosers led within five minutes following excellent work by Alex Leckey.
Jesse Kennedy equalised for Falcons right on half-time.
Traralgon City went ahead 15 minutes after the break with an excellent goal from Liam Johnson, after breaking through a strong challenge. It was left to Sam Amaira to show the way, with the dogged striker beating the keeper at 89 minutes to give Falcons a share of the points.
A SECOND half goal from Shawn Lawrence was the difference as Monash defeated Churchill United 1-0.
It was more luck than good play that gave the Wolves their hard-pressed win, as Churchill were prepared to play hard ball and make it hard for Monash to play its usual type of game.
It took Monash 57 minutes to break the deadlock, and for the remainder of the game the Wolves came under a lot of pressure from Churchill, which was looking for its first victory.
TRAFALGAR Victory had the bye.
IN other women’s matches, East Gippsland was a big 5-1 winner over Newborough-Yallourn, putting the Eagles into the top six for the first time this season.
Top side Fortuna picked up vital goal difference with an 8-1 victory over Olympians.
Traralgon City, second on the table, was pushed hard by fifth-placed Falcons but eventually ran out a 2-1 winner.
Monash almost cemented its place in the finals with a strong 7-0 victory over Churchill.