Score: 0 - 0
Match report by Miles Rodriquez
A clash of contrasting playing styles has ended in a 0:0 between the Old Melburnians and Monash University in the Men’s Provisional League Division 1 S/E Reserves on Monday 11th of June.
After a disgustingly disjointed performance on Saturday, the Monash University 2nd XI backed up on the Queens birthday holiday to redeem themselves against the Malvern side with a much stronger mindset.
Following the 2:0 defeat at Noble Park two days earlier, Monash manager de la Torre made it very clear that many of the players would be playing for their position in the team at Robert Menzies Reserve.
The first half was filled with a handful of good chances for both sides. The best of which came to Vinicombe and Kandyliotis of Monash who hit the side-netting and keeper respectively.
This in itself was an improvement as the team failed to strike one shot at the Noble Park goalkeeper 48 hours earlier.
“That half of football tells me that (we) didn’t come to play on Saturday.” De la Torre said at half-time.
Both teams tightened up their defences in the 2nd half resulting in a mid-field scramble. With the Old Melburnians conceded to playing the long-ball out of their back four, the Jodahsing-lead Monash defence had to work doubly hard to ensure the dangerous strike pairing of the big Chinese dude and the short, slightly Asian looking guy did not benefit from any mistakes.
After two more chances were squandered by both Kandyliotis and Alsree, the match looked as though it was heading for a stalemate. However, after a breakdown in communication between Messner and his defence in dealing with yet another long ball, the big Asian guy turned, scored and looked as though he had stolen the win in the dying moments but was halted as the referee blew for offside, ultimately ending the game in a draw.
The result gives the Old Melburnians 4 points from a possible 6 for the week-end and sees them move above both Rowville Eagles and Berwick Kings to 5th position on the ladder. While the draw means Monash receive their first point of the week-end keeping them in 10th position, 2 points below both Noble Park and Monbulk.