Stalemate for Sale and Rams

Soccer ball and goal

Laurie Williams

AFTER 95 pulsating minutes of soccer, Sale United and Churchill United couldn’t be separated.
Sunday’s 0-0 draw in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League was the teams’ first one in 21 years and only their 11th in 90 matches.
Both teams were out to win, but they had to share the points in a match of frustration for both teams.
MORWELL Pegasus defeated Fortuna 5-2 in a local derby.
After inspecting the Fortuna pitch, the match was moved to the Pegasus field, where the surface was unaffected by mud and tractor tyre imprints.
Pegasus had use of a strong wind in the first half, but wasted opportunities by driving the ball long.
Pegasus opened the scoring in the eighth minute, when a diving header from Manny Tombra caught the keeper off guard.
It was busy on the park with some heavy tackles. After Levi Kuku Mahmoud was upended, he took the free kick and scored Pegasus’ second goal before half-time.
After the break, heavy rain began to fall which made playing difficult, and the strong wind
moved the ball about when kicked high.
A Bienfat Kagayo free kick found Tombra, who banged the ball passed keeper Leon Risdon for his second and Pegasus’ third at the 50-minute mark.
Fortuna got one back when Damon Scott scored from the penalty spot.
Trailing 3-1, Fortuna forced the pace and Jordan Campbell had a big opportunity going
one on one with the keeper Aquella Jok, but the agile gloveman denied the goal with a good save.
Pegasus, with a stroke of luck, scored its fourth with a good pass from Joel Thompson to
Kelimat Ramadan, but the ball bounced off a defender’s leg back into the path of Ramadan,
who scored.
Moni Eliser scored for the Horsemen at the 82-minute mark, before Fortuna scored three minutes later through Scott.
WITH Moe United having the bye, Falcons moved a point ahead on top of the ladder after a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Newborough-Yallough United.
After Mark Fairbrother opened the scoring at seven minutes, NYU was in control early, but the windy and wet conditions prevented good play as many passes went astray.
Falcons equalised at 34 minutes through Nonda Lazaris then went a goal up in the
62nd minute when Jamie Pistrin scored his 21st goal for the season.
NYU was pushing hard, but Falcons was tight at the back. A last gasp effort from NYU saw Fairbrother scored his second goal.
TRARALGON City defeated Traralgon Olympians 4-0.
Jake Budija scored for the Roosters in the 21st and 28th minutes.
City was playing better, and when DJ Mater scored its third in the 82nd minute, Olympians was not amused and was reduced to 10 men.
City took advantage of the extra player, with Mater scoring his second goal to wrap up
the Roosters’ biggest win over Olympians in seven years.
MONASH returned from Bairnsdale with a 4-2 victory over East Gippsland United.
The Wolves were on the board four minutes in, when Kyle Jennings scored, but East
Gippsland equalised only two minutes later through Brandon Ginty.
Ginty scored again in the 11th minute to give the Eagles the lead.
Monash had to dig deep and midway through the first half brought up the equaliser
from Chris Oulton. Kyle Jennings’ second goal near half-time saw Monash jump to a 3-2 advantage.
A couple of strong saves kept the Eagles at bay, before Oulton sealed victory for the Wolves with his second goal in the 80th minute.
SALE United will play Moe United on Saturday night at Moe.
After having a break, the Red Devils will be keen to get back into action and return to the top of the table.
Their defence is at the top, with only nine goals conceded, while their strikers are in form with 46 to their credit.
Sale hasn’t had a good season, and will need to play at its best to cause any surprises.
Also on Saturday night, top side Falcons will play third-placed Pegasus.
On Sunday, Traralgon City will host East Gippsland, NYU will travel to Churchill,
and Monash will host Fortuna.
Olympians will have the bye.