Swans take down Traralgon City

Laurie Williams

SALE United only trails second-placed Newborough-Yallourn United on goal difference, following round 17 of the Latrobe Valley Soccer League.

The third-placed Swans moved level on points with the combine following a strong showing on Sunday to defeat Traralgon City 3-2.

The Swans, seeking revenge on their 4-3 loss earlier in the season, took only 10 minutes into the rematch to score when Jeremy Allred opened up City’s defence.

The Roosters responded a few minutes later through Jake Budija.

Both teams criss-crossed the pitch looking for elusive space. There was also close checking by both teams with the referee looking carefully at the tackles.

Sale went one up at 39 minutes from Josh Ryan.

Attempts by both sides to score were thwarted by excellent saves by the keepers.

Traralgon City eventually got the breakthrough, when Budija scored his second goal after beating the diving keeper.

The Swans, knowing that a win was necessary to keep in third position, rallied and seven minutes before the end, Ryan scored his second when he drove the ball home.

NEWBOROUGH-Yallourn United and Fortuna drew 1-1 in a match which the combine finished with nine players and the Lions 10.

The game was hard throughout, with plenty of clashes to make the referee wary of players’ intentions.

Neither team could break the shackles in the first half, but the second half produced some fireworks as two determined teams went into battle.

Fortuna scored the opening goal well into the half, when it was awarded a penalty, which was well-taken by Hayden Scott. Play got heated again and players mixed with emotions getting the better of some players.

NYU equalised through Alex Bowman only three minutes after the Lions scored, but in the process lost a player after being red-carded.

Players were very tense and clashed again on the 90-minute mark, with one player from each team sent off.

MONASH defeated East Gippsland United 5-2.

The fourth-placed Wolves would have expected an easy game, but the home team got the first break through on the 21-minute mark through Isaac Boulton. However, the Wolves equalised soon after through Chris Oulton, then followed up with their second only seven minutes later from Matt Shelley.

Monash extended its lead on the half-hour mark with winger Tom Bramstedt scoring his first.

East Gippsland got control of the ball, but was turning it over, as Monash jumped on an error in defence early in the second half before Bramstedt scored again.

Bramstedt got on the end of a good ball and scored his first hat-trick of the season, but the Eagles were not down and fought back with a late consolation goal through Gary Evans.

TRARALGON Olympians, after two successive losses, came back with a strong 6-3 win over Trafalgar Victory.

The win gives Olympians an outside chance of making the top six.

With injured players back, Olympians made short work of Trafalgar’s defence, and scored its first goal 22 minutes in through Alradi Ali.

Trafalgar, not to be outdone, replied through Chris Tigas a minute later.

Olympians reclaimed the lead on the half-hour, when Tony Pardo beat a diving Mark Hetherington, and scored a third through direct play from Ali.

The second half produced five goals as both teams went in hard.

Olympians received two yellow cards for strong play, but Trafalgar didn’t escape, getting in the notebook with two offences.

Jaydon Steele, Bruce Ruthven and Daniel Cooper scored for Olympians in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Trafalgar clawed back two goals through Josh Paredes and Chris Beasley, but the damage had been done.

MOE United, making a determined bid for a place in the finals, scored its biggest win over Churchill United since 1989, 5-0.

Sam Gatpan opened the scoring 12 minutes in, then Riley Winkelman-Atkinson made it two for the Reds on 48 minutes.

Gatpan was again in the action, scoring his second goal after half-time.

Duach Duach got on the sheet at 72 minutes, then Andre Antonopoulous in the dying stages.

LADDER leader Falcons had the bye.