First victory for Sale

Laurie Williams

SALE United broke through for its first points of the Latrobe Valley Soccer League senior season with a tough 2-1 win over Trafalgar Victory.

Sunday’s result at Sale leaves the Victory as the only side without a point this season.

The moment of truth came for Sale four minutes in when Oscar Borton scored the opening goal.

It was important for both teams to score early, then defend for the rest.

Trafalgar was stung by the early goal, but fought back to equalise on the half-hour through Logan Winter.

Knowing three points were on offer, the Swans pressed on and five minutes from the end, were rewarded when Jacob Richardson beat the keeper to go to a 2-1 lead which they kept to the finish.

AFTER the first half of the season, Newborough-Yallourn United is on top of the table with only one loss from nine matches. Falcons is second, only three points behind, followed by Traralgon City in third.

NYU continued its winning way against a feisty Fortuna.

The 3-1 score did not reflect the hard work put in by Fortuna. The Lions attacked early with the wind, and wingers Taku Gwara and Germaine Otieno both gained plenty of the play, trying to get the ball to their marksman Brayden Cook, who was always under pressure from NYU defenders Stuart Ashdown and tall Alex Bowman.

A Fortuna goal midway through the first term was disallowed after the assistant referee raised the flag for offside. The Lions were furious and remonstrated with the referee and some players were lucky not to be yellow carded.

Against the wind, Newborough-Yallourn had chances of its own, twice forcing Fortuna keeper Nick Pridgeon to dive to stop it from scoring. The two Fairbrothers and Adam Batt were busy and Shayne Pavich was also a strong player.

Neither team had scored by half-time as chances went begging.

After the break co-leading goalscorer Hayden Tanti put NYU up a goal after receiving a strong pass from Marc McHallam. After four more minutes, the Combine went two up when Shayne Pavich released a bomb lobbing over the keeper’s head.

Fortuna was stung into attack, and good moves from Oliver Spiteri and Shayne Cassar almost got Fortuna on the board.

On the hour, Fortuna got a corner and Spiteri kicked the ball into the box but an error from the keeper saw the ball deflected for an own goal.

Play began to fire up, and Fortuna saw many chances wasted.

Hayden Tanti made short work of a Lion revival, scoring his second goal to tie-up the match for Newborough-Yallourn.

FALCONS came from a goal down to defeat Churchill United 3-1.

Churchill took an early lead after Liam Johnson scored from the penalty spot 25 minutes in, and it looked like the Rams were holding on after a lot of pressure from Falcons.

The game shifted when Ryan McAuley scored from a free kick to equalise just before half-time.

Both teams got physical in the second half, with the referee handing out seven yellow cards in a game that could have gotten nasty at times.

Falcons proved the stronger in the half with two more goals, from Lachlan Spiteri on 66 minutes and Elias Yousif on 85 minutes to seal the match.

TRARALGON City defeated Moe United 3-1 to move up to third place.

The teams were level at half-time 1-1 after goals from Jake Budija (City) and Lachlan McKenzie (Moe). Traralgon City came out to play after the break and turned the game to a 2-1 advantage at 63 minutes from Tommy Nguyen.

Moe tried hard to break down Traralgon City, but the Roosters were too smart and even increased their lead with a further goal at 86 minutes from James Sykes.

MONASH jumped up one position on the table after a gutsy 2-1 win over Traralgon Olympians on Saturday night, the Wolves’ first win after two successive losses.

Chris Oulton put the Wolves on the board at 15 minutes followed up from a Braden Paulett bomb before the break.

Tony Pardo got Olympians back into the match with a fine goal at 53 minutes, but the Wolves defended well for the rest of the match.

THE LVSL will take a break for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Sale United will next play Traralgon Olympians at home on June 16.