The penultimate round of the Latrobe Valley Soccer League sees two Morwell arch rivals vying for league championship honours in what has been described by many as the most intriguing league title race in years.

For Falcons 2000, who occupy top spot, the equation is simple: win or draw tomorrow night, and their superior goal difference will put them in the box seat come their final game away to Monash.

Second placed Fortuna, two points behind Falcons, require another Morwell side in Pegasus to beat Falcons to give them the upper hand.

The race for the title is well and truly on.

FALCONS v PEGASUS – Saturday 7pm

IT’s first versus fourth on Saturday night as this fixture undoubtedly takes top billing in the match-of-the-round stakes.

There has been some huge games this year but none more so than this one given what’s at stake.

We’ll start with Pegasus first.

The Flying Horsemen, despite being in fourth spot, are only five points from the summit, and whilst finishing on top come next week is a long shot, mathematically they can still get there.

To do so they need to replicate their efforts in the corresponding fixture when they took all three points at home in a 1-0 win.

Now onto Falcons 2000.

They have been nothing short of impressive this campaign; the league’s best defence and best attack all rolled into one.

Unfortunately though, league titles aren’t handed out for such accolades and on Saturday night they will be put to the test against a Pegasus side that is quick and dynamic, even if somewhat unconventional.

Under the tutelage of experienced coach Mark Cassar, the Birds have been a goal-scoring machine and their high intensity, attack-minded brand will need to be in full force to ensure they remain on top come season’s end.

It truly is a blockbuster in every sense of the word and a massive crowd is expected to watch it all unfold.

Played 14, Falcons 10, Pegasus 3, Drawn 1. Last Time: Pegasus 1-0

SALE v MOE – Saturday 7pm

THE second Saturday night game this weekend is a much more muted affair, with Sale hosting a Moe side that still only finds itself four points adrift of top spot, but only an outside chance of reaching the pinnacle come the end of the league season.

Unfortunately for Moe, they will need a series of results to go their way, which seems near-on impossible.

Sale held their own recently against Falcons and it certainly won’t be a fait accompli for the Red Devils in their pursuit of maximum points.

Sale will be extra motivated to turn the tables on a disastrous loss in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.

Played: 102 , Moe 77, Sale 20, Drawn 5, Last Time; Moe 10-1

FORTUNA v TRARALGON CITY – Sunday 2.30pm

FORTUNA will undoubtedly be looking on with great interest on Saturday night, but it must not lose focus of its own task at hand as they look to heap further misery on bottom side Traralgon City.

It has truly been a campaign to forget for the Roosters, but of their two positive results this season, one did come against Fortuna in a surprising three all draw.

It’s hard to see a similar result occurring again as a rampant Fortuna outfit will be looking to stamp their authority on the game early.

Upon reflection of their campaign, Fortuna have certainly exceeded expectations and extricated themselves from the obscurity of recent season results and for such a big club, nothing less than success will do for its supporter base.

Played: 109, Fortuna 57, Traralgon City 31, drawn 21. Last time 3-3 draw

NEWBOROUGH/YALLOURN v CHURCHILL – Sunday 3pm

THE Combine are destined to finish fifth this season even if they win both remaining matches as they can’t displace any teams above them and have too many points to drop back.

They should finish the season with 11 wins, which would ultimately fall short of their expectations as their line up is largely the same as the one that won the league championship in 2019.

Unfortunately for Newborough/Yallourn they have been cruelled with low playing numbers all year, but they continue to pose problems to the best sides in the league, which is a testament to their competitiveness.

Churchill may see this as an opportunity to snatch a result as last time they were only pipped narrowly by Pegasus in an enthralling encounter.

It has been a season to forget for the Rams, but one shining light has been the number of kids they have brought into their senior ranks, which will hopefully bode well for their future.

Played; 44 New/Yall 10, Churchill 34, Drawn 0. Last Time: New/Yall 6-1

EAST GIPPSLAND v MONASH – Sunday 2.30pm

ONE of the stories of the second half of the season has been the resurrection of East Gippsland.

Whoever has taken the bull by the horns down East should be congratulated, as they have gone from a side that was copping huge losses week on week to a side that held their own against Falcons last weekend in a game that the Morwell side struggled to gain a foothold in.

If the Eagles were to win, they would put pressure on Sale and Monash above them and could find themselves finishing in seventh spot should results go their way.

Monash will be looking to gain further momentum for the Cup Finals with a win against a side they may well come up against in the Cup.

Played: 10, Monash 9, East Gippsland 0, drawn 1. Last time: 1-1 draw.

WOMEN

SALE

SALE United has a bye this round and play their season’s final match against Fortuna next Sunday.

FALCONS 2000 vs TYRES LIGHTNING

UNBEATEN this season, ladder leaders Falcons 2000 expect another win this round, taking on Tyres Lighting, who are sitting in fifth.

It looks like the Falcons will take out this year’s Latrobe Valley Soccer League Women’s Champions with what should be cruisey games in the final two rounds of the season, facing the bottom of the ladder team Monash in Round 18.

While it is unlikely, Fortuna still has a chance to take first spot if Tyres happen to beat the Falcons this weekend and Fortuna wins their match against Traralgon City, then Fortuna will move into first place at the end of Round 17.

FORTUNA VS TRARALGON CITY

Much like Falcons vs Tyres, any gambling man would place his bets on Fortuna winning the game, having only lost one game and drawn one game this season.

Traralgon has lost six games and drawn one.

EAST GIPPSLAND VS MONASH

East Gippy host Monash this Sunday in what should be a good match with both teams desperate to get another win on the board following a disappointing season for both clubs.

Monash has yet to win a game this season, whilst East Gippsland has won one.

SECOND DIVISION

TRARALGON Olympians have already claimed the Second Division Championship after going through the division undefeated.

The Second Division is the only Olympians team in the LVSL this season, dropping seniors, reserves and women’s teams due to low numbers.

Under the leadership of George Fkiaras, Olympians have enjoyed a top season scoring an impressive 79 goals, averaging 5.6 goals per game, with Tony Pardo at the pivot scoring 30 to take out the Golden Boot award.

The club has played 27 players through the season, with Tony Pardo featuring in 12 out of 14 matches.

The club are advertising for a senior coach for next season, suggesting that Olympians will field a senior team next season.