Points shared in harsh conditions

RESULT

RMIT FC: 0
North City Wolves FC : 0

MATCH REPORT

Wasteful finishing and good defending resulted in sharing of the spoils at Princes Park as RMIT FC vs Northern City Wolves finished 0-0.

RMIT came into round 3 against Northern City Wolves looking to continue their undefeated start to the 2017 State 4 North season. The Wolves looked comfortable to sit back and hit RMIT on the counter from the start and it proved to frustrate the Redbacks early on.

A lapse in concentration in the Wolves defence allowed Juan Alzate to slide the ball through to an unmarked William Barclay whose finish was off the mark at the near post. Moments later a a Joe Cowen cross from the right sat up nicely at the near post for Barclay but couldn’t get the required contact ahead of the keeper.

At the other side of the field the combination of Chapman, Mitchell and Keenan dealt with the Wolves aerial threat and the half ended with neither team able to break the deadlock.

The second half saw a change in weather conditions and the match was played under heavy rain and strong winds. The quality of play suffered and neither team were able to get a foothold on the match. Barclay broke through early into the half with some good play on the left side of the field before smashing a shot to the far post that went agonisingly close to making it 1-0.

The last 10 minutes were all Wolves with a goal disallowed for offside and a miraculous save from Keenan in the dying minutes ensured RMIT kept a clean sheet and remained undefeated in the first 3 rounds of the league season.

 

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

  • Joe Chapman

 

LINEUP

RMIT FC

  • Rory Keenan
  • Joe Cowen
  • Joe Chapman
  • Alistair Mitchell
  • Nick Barwell © (off 45’)
  • Andres Castano
  • David O’Reilly
  • Samuel Wood
  • Juan Camilo Alzate
  • Victor Peraza
  • William Barclay (off 65’)

Substitutes

  • Matt Kelly
  • Michael Jones
  • Andreas Paulsen (on 45’)
  • Jol Latcham (on 65’)
  • Giordano Della Vecchia

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