RMIT suffer heavy loss in top of the table clash
RMIT FC: 1
Lalor United FC : 4
Three goals in the last seven minutes hand RMIT their first loss of the 2017 campaign in a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Lalor United FC.
Lalor started strongly and pegged RMIT back in the first 20 minutes of the match. The Redbacks absorbed attack after attack and looked to be frustrating the opposition. However, a pass back to the edge of the area found a united player unmarked who smashed the ball against the crossbar. Rory Keenan grabbed the rebound however the assistant referee signalled for a goal as he deemed the ball had cross the line in the rebound. The match official awarded the goal and it was 1-0 to Lalor United FC.
RMIT bounced back shortly after with a brilliant Piers Brelsford chip. Keenan collected the ball from a United attack and looked for Brelsford in the opposition half. The Lalor defense failed to clear the ball and Brelsford beat the keeper to volley home a lofted chip beyond the keeper.
Even scoreline at half time but RMIT could count themselves the luckier side with only one shot on target for the first 45 minutes.
The second half RMIT looked to dominate the match further up the field and did not allow Lalor the opportunity to play. It worked well for 35 minutes and RMIT looked more likely to snatch it on the counter attack.
A controversial corner decision in the last 10 minutes led to the goal that put United ahead. An outswinging corner was met by the United attacker and his looping header found the far post over Keenans outstretched arms.
Soon after a free kick on the edge of the area was converted by Lalor to put the game out of reach for the Redbacks. RMIT had the chance to bring one back but failed to convert a spot kick in stoppage time. There was still enough time for Lalor to hit RMIT on the counter attack and get their fourth before the referee bought the tie to an end.
A well deserved win for Lalor on the balance of play as RMIT failed to capitalize on their brief moments of dominance in the match.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
- Rory Keenan
- Rory Keenan,
- Andreas Paulsen
- Joe Cowen
- Alistair Mitchell
- Nick Barwell ©
- Andres Castano (off 83’)
- Giordano Della Vecchia (off 70’)
- Samuel Wood
- Juan Camilo Alzate
- Victor Peraza
- Piers Breslford
- Mat Kelly
- David O’Reilly (on 70’)
- Mohamed Badawy (on 83’)
- Fahir Cikaric
- Kelley Cheney