RMIT FC edge out fierce rivals on the road to go second
RMIT FC: 2
Greenvale United SC: 1
Juan Camillo Alzate second half goal was the difference as RMIT make it two wins from two against rivals Greenvale United.
A nervy first few minutes saw RMIT give away much of the ball but it was a fortuitous decision by the match official gifting Greenvale a penalty that broke the deadlock. A crossed pass across the box resulted in a foul called against David O’Reilly for an off the ball challenge. The Greenvale striker made no mistake from the spot and converted to make it 1-0.
Going down early seemed to calm the nerves of the redback players and they grew in confidence as they looked to snatch a goal back. Victor Peraza and Alzate continued to drive forward looking to create chances. It wasn’t long until RMIT found the back of the net – a menacing cross into the area from Peraza was cleared by the defender only to find Andres Castano at the edge of the box who sent a thunderous volley into the back of the net.
RMIT nearly made it two in quick succession. A David O’Reilly freekick made its way to Andreas Paulsen at the far post who volleyed straight into the woodwork, the ball scrambled back into the box and the follow up from Joe Cowen was cleared off the line.
The teams went into the break all level but it was RMIT who had the momentum.
The second half started the same as the first ended, Sam Mangelsdorf joining in on the action and his strong run through the middle left William Barclay unmarked. A through ball found the frontman in space but his shot was well saved by a charging keeper.
Alzate then found Peraza with an inch perfect through ball down the right and Peraza tried to finish from a tight angle but the ball just fizzled past the far post. Shortly after a Barclay chip was cleared off the line as RMIT were really piling on the pressure.
The goal finally came when Alzate quickly pressed the United centre back from a goal kick and won the ball just outside the area. He beat his marker and smashed home the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.
RMIT saw the match out comfortably and made it a perfect start to their season with two wins in as many matches.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
- Joe Cowen
- Danny Graham ©
- Andreas Paulson
- Chris Smith (off 89’)
- Joe Cowen
- David O’Reilly
- Andres Castano
- Sam Mangelsdorf
- Samuel Wood
- Juan Camillo Alzate
- Victor Peraza
- William Barclay
- Rory Keenan
- Dan Jones (on 89’)
- Graeme Pirie
- Michael Jones
- Giordano Della Vecchia