Sale United women kicked off Round 14 of the Latrobe Valley Soccer League on Saturday, hosting Falcons 2000 at the Godfrey Baldwin Reserve.

The stakes were high for both women’s teams as they headed into the match, as Sale United was third on the ladder with 19 points, Falcons second on 20, and Fortuna in the lead with 22.

Sale held possession of the ball early in the piece, taking shot, after shot, after shot, but was unable to find the back of the net.

After 20 minutes, Falcons broke through the Swans’ defence, and a shot on goal from Danica Di Ciero put the away team in the lead 1-0.

Sale United Women playing coach, Madelaine Breakspear. Photo Zoe Askew

A frazzled Sale United lost their composure, and just three minutes later, Savannah Lapenta ripped in a second goal for Falcons.

After the break, the Swans dominated possession. The front line pressed hard and fast, but despite countless shots on goal, the Swanettes just couldn’t finish.

Exhausted and deflated, with 10 minutes left on the clock, Sale United dropped their guard with a costly mistake that rewarded Lapenta with her second goal of the match, furthering the Falcons’ lead 3-0.

The final whistle blew as the sky began to darken once again.

Falcons 2000 women retired to the change rooms, triumphantly chanting their club song, taking their place on the top of the LVSL ladder.

SALE United’s senior men also faced defeat, losing 2-0 to top side Falcons.

Sale United’s Cooper Coleman and Jude Taylor. Photo Zoe Askew.

In the first half, it was Nonda Lazaris who put the away team in the lead, scoring in the first 20 minutes. However, the Swans held tight, with their defence line setting a strong united front, denying their opponents a second goal in the first half.

After the break, Falcons was desperate to further their lead and Sale determined to level the score.

Falcons 2000 advanced, but Sale United held them off each time.

With only minutes left on the clock, Lusanda Mapiye successfully penetrated the Swan’s defence, cracking in a goal, taking Falcons to a 2-0 lead.

It wasn’t a complete loss for the Swans; they put forward a valiant effort against the senior men’s competition leading team, conceding only two goals, a significant improvement from their previous encounter in Round 5, which Sale United lost 8-1.

SALE United’s reserve team shone on Saturday, victorious against Falcons in an 8-0 trashing.

Striker Callum Campbell had a cracking game, scoring four goals to go with a hat-trick.

Mitchell Lumis is proving to be one of Sale United’s brightest upcoming players. Photo Zoe AskewYoungster Mitchell Lumis, who has undoubtedly proved himself as one of Sale’s most talented upcoming players over the past few weeks, knocked in two goals for the Swans.

Luke Williams and Murray Casella-McLaren also scored multiple goals.

Sale is back home this Sunday, taking on East Gippsland United.