Stoppage time goal puts RMIT back on winning ways
RMIT FC: 1
West Preston SC: 0
A 93rd minute winner gave RMIT all three points in this week’s mid table clash against a rugged West Preston side.
RMIT started the game with a very high intensity determined to assert their dominance on the match from the off. The midfield worked tirelessly to ensure that West Preston could not get out of their half.
The redbacks created a number of half chances early on but it wasn’t until the 15th minute when the keeper had to make his first real save. A powerful drive from Juan Alzate forced a remarkable save from the Preston keeper.
In the 20th minute Andres Castano who was having a brilliant game anchoring the midfield was adjudged to have kicked out at the opposition and was shown a straight red.
RMIT kept the pressure on the opposition high up the field as the game started to heat up. Both teams were putting in very strong challenges as they tried to regain dominance on the match following the dismissal. Joe Chapman landed awkwardly following a headed clearance and was forced off the field with a fractured collarbone in the 35th minute.
West Preston took control of the remainder of the half and Birthday Boy Rory Keenan made a number of key saves to keep the game level going into the break.
RMIT started the second half much like the first and kept the ball in the opposition half for the first 20 minutes. As the half went some excellent saves and wasted half chances setup for a frantic end to the game.
West Preston had the chance to seal the game in the 90th minute when a ball across the box found the striker unmarked with an open goal at his mercy. A miscued shot from 2 yards out ended up going out for a goal kick and RMIT could count themselves very lucky.
Three minutes into stoppage time RMIT broke quickly on the counter and a ball from the right side by Andreas Paulsen found William Barclay with only a defender to beat. Barclay showed phenomenal power and pace to shrug of his marker and go through one on one with the keeper. A driven shot to the far post had too much on it for the keeper to parry cleanly and the ball bounced of the post into the back of the net.
A much needed three points to get RMIT back onto winning ways following a run of 4 games without a win. Giordano Dalla Vecchia picked up the man of the match award for his energetic midfield display which shored up the midfield following the Castano dismissal.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
- Giordano Dalla Vecchia
- Rory Keenan
- Andreas Paulsen
- Joe Cowen
- Joe Chapman (off 35’)
- Nick Barwell ©
- Andres Castano (red 20’)
- Giordano Della Vecchia
- Juan Camilo Alzate
- Victor Peraza
- David O’Reilly
- William Barclay
- Mat Kelly
- Sam Mangelsdorf (on 35’)
- Mohamed Badawy
- Avelange Lacerda
- Ghassan Staih