Soccer kicks off again

Soccer ball and goal

Laurie Williams

THE Latrobe Valley Soccer League season will resume this weekend after a three-week break.
Scheduled home games for Fortuna and Traralgon City have been reversed because of damage caused by the floods. Moe United will be playing Monash on Saturday night from 8pm, while the rest of the round will be on Sunday from 2.30pm.
Sale United will host Morwell Pegasus, which has been one of the surprise packets of the season so far.
Currently in fourth on 19 points with a couple of big scalps, Pegasus has played a fast brand of soccer which has taken some teams by surprise.
Sale has yet to show its true potential, and Sunday might be a time to start shining.
Sitting in eighth position with only seven points doesn’t reflect the hard work put in by the Swans.
Pegasus needs to keep winning to put pressure on the teams above it and it should produce the goods against Sale for its first victory over the Swans since coming back into the LVSL.
THE match of the round will be between Newborough-Yallourn United and Fortuna.
NYU is currently in third place on 21 points, while Fortuna are sitting in fifth with 15, but usually there is little between the two teams as they play hard against each other.
Fortuna needs a boost for the second half of the season if it is to play finals.
NYU’s current form points towards a win but it won’t be taking Fortuna too lightly as the Lions have the potential to cause an upset win. The Lions’ most recent win over NYU came in 2015.
CHURCHILL United and Traralgon City will meet for the 100th time in league football.
The Roosters are in sixth position with 12 points following an unconvincing start to the season, while Churchill’s position, in 10th with only one, has the Rams only a point from holding the wooden spoon.
TRARALGON Olympians will head to Bairnsdale to play East Gippsland United.
It has been a tough season for both teams so far. East Gippsland sits rock bottom with two points, the result of two drawn games, while Olympians hasn’t covered themselves in glory since winning the 2019 grand final.
Olympians has struggled this season and hasn’t reached its full potential, and will be looking to go into the second half of the season with a few more wins.
MONASH will play Moe United in an important game for its finals hopes.
The Wolves are in seventh position with 10 points, while Moe has produced some good figures to be in second position with 24 points, three behind ladder leader Falcons.
This is always a hard clash, but under lights it may be more difficult for Monash to adjust to the different settings.
FALCONS will have the bye.