RMIT come out on top as tempers flare

RMIT came into the match looking to bounce back from the first defeat of the season at the hands of Keon Park SC in the previous round. Their opponents today were the Moreland Eagles SC, their previous meeting finishing 4-1 to RMIT in what was a heated occasion.

It was an uneventful start to the match with neither team able to assert any dominance. The deadlock was broken at the 15th minute mark, when debutante William Barkley was brought down on the edge of the box. Michael Jones stepped up to take the resulting free kick and placed his shot beyond the wall into the far corner. The Moreland keeper got his hands to it but could not do enough to parry it away. 1-0 to the Redbacks.

It wasn’t long until RMIT got their second of the afternoon when Jones picked up the ball in his own half and switched to Piers Brelsford who controlled and put Barkley through for his first senior’s goal for 2016. Barkley continued his impressive debut adding a third goal after some excellent pressing by Brelsford resulted in a simple tap in for Barkley.

Moments before the break the Eagles clawed one back when Andres Castano was adjudged to have brought down the Moreland striker in the area. The Moreland number 10 made no mistake from the spot beating Danny Graham who returned between the sticks after being unavailable in the previous fixture.

The second half started much like the first with both teams looking jaded. It wasn’t until the 70th minute when the ball fell kindly to Jones on the halfway line. The midfielder pulled one right out of the top drawer beating the keeper with a venomous strike.

Daniel Jones replaced the injured Brelsford and it didn’t take him long to get in on the action. After controlling the ball on the edge of the box he placed a delicate chip over the advanced keeper.

The Eagles were reduced to 10 men after their centreback was caught in an altercation with the RMIT fans.

Mike Jones bagged his second hat trick of the season, catching the Eagles keeper off his line again with another shot from halfway.

RMIT will be glad to be back to their winning ways as all the top four teams recorded wins in this round. The Redbacks have a bye round next week before going into the final stretch of the season.


M. Jones 3 goals
Barkley 2 goals
Brelsford (off 75)

D.Jones (on 75) 1 goal

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