Top of the table clash ends in stalemate
Both teams came into this game with hopes of winning the title and securing one of the automatic promotion spots for the season. With 4 matches to go, 3 points here would go a long way for either team. Last time the two sides played the match finished 2-0 to RMIT.
The match started with Greenvale enjoying the majority of possession with RMIT happy to sit back and absorb the pressure. A string of free kicks and corners were dealt with expertly by Joe Cowen and Danny Graham.
The Redbacks looked to break on the counter and the tactic proved fruitful halfway through the first period when William Barkley chased down a long ball and got a touch before being taken out by the opposition keeper. Piers Brelsford stepped up and made no mistake on his return from injury.
Greenvale pushed again for an equaliser but RMIT continued to be organised and dealt with everything thrown their way. Right before the end of the half, Jol Latcham pressed a back pass to the keeper, the ball found its way beyond the keeper and Latcham had an easy finish into an empty net.
RMIT looked to be in full control of the fixture going into the break.
The second half started poorly for the Redbacks who gave away a number of dangerous free kicks in the opening minutes. Greenvale stepped up to take a corner on the 47th minute mark and the referee spotted something in the penalty box and blew his whistle awarding the home team a penalty kick.
The Greenvale striker slotted beyond Graham’s outstretched arm and the comeback was on.
The match was stop and start for much of the second half and it looked to be heading for a 2-1 win for the visitors.
Deep into extra time RMIT conceded a freekick on the halfway line. A long ball into the box was cleared by Graham, however as the ball came back into the box the Greenvale striker got a touch on the ball and guided it into the net from what appeared to be an offisde position. The official waved away the protest and the linesman and the goal stood.
2-2 on the day and both teams will have left the match feeling frustrated. One more win from the remaining 3 fixtures would ensure promotion for the Redbacks, however, winning the title may have to wait until the final day of the season.
Next match for RMIT will be against 5th placed Reservoir Yeti SC at Poplar Oval on the 20th of August.