LAST TIME OUT: KINGSTON CITY

LAST TIME OUT: KINGSTON CITY

LAST TIME OUT: KINGSTON CITY

Last time out this week looks at our Round 8 clash with then league leaders Kingston City at La Trobe University in Wodonga.

On a lovely sunny afternoon in Wodonga, United welcomed the league leaders in Kingston City coming off the back a win and draw away to Moreland City and Brunswick City respectively.

Kingston started the brightest, with striker Boima Karpeh using his pace to get past the United defence after just 94 seconds, but his shot was well saved by debutant Rohan Pearce.

Kingston broke the deadlock 10 minutes later. A long ball over the defence found Stelios Konstantinidis on the left wing and after getting ball under control, cut in on his right foot and fired the ball past Pearce.

City then doubled their lead in the 25th minute in controversial circumstances. Jovanovic played a long hopeful ball over the United defence, Pearce came out to gather but was beaten to the ball by Karpeh who seemed to control the ball with his arm and then slot the ball into an empty net. Replays showed the clear handball and despite it being on the Assistant Referee’s side of the pitch, the goal stood. 2-0 and half time.

United came out brightly in the second half. A quick release from Pearce after gathering a corner found Geoffry Lino and the counter attack was on. After skipping past a few challenges, Lino was brought down on the edge of the area and United were awarded a free kick. Zac Walker stepped up and cannoned the ball against the post. Just 30 seconds later however, Ashley Dunn’s through ball found Lionel Masudi who composed himself and put the ball past Chaulet in the Kingston City goal. United were back in the game.

City then were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out on the left hand side of the box. A fantastic free kick that dipped over the wall and was destined for the top corner was met by a NPL Save of the Year contender from Rohan Pearce in his first game for the club, with the athletic ‘keeper somehow managing to turn the ball round the post and out for a corner.¬†Lino was put through just 5 minutes later but his shot hit the side netting and Kingston were let off the hook.

The final whistle blew after 3 minutes of injury time, the league leaders surviving a scare and United playing superbly but came away with nothing to show from it.

Full time in Wodonga, Murray United 1, Kingston City 2.

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Murray United XI: Pearce, Murphy, Pye, Dunn, West, Walker, Ulutas (Ellwood 46′), Lino, Ferguson (Morrison 81′), D.Pawlik (Greenwood 85′), L.Masudi

Subs: Russell, Ellwood, Greenwood, Morrison, Kelly

Goals: L.Masudi (52′)

Yellow Cards: Murphy (67′)