A late penalty from Springvale striker, Slaven Vranesevic has cost Moreland City a second win on the bounce as they fell to their rivals at Campbell Reserve yesterday afternoon.
Moreland City centre-back, Daniel Jones’ trailing arm caught a White Eagles attacker inside the area which gave the Eagles equaliser and as a result puts the pressure back on City to maintain top spot over their second-placed rivals, Dandenong City.
Adrian Mathers made two changes to the side that defeated Moreland Zebras the week prior as Andrew Viola (injury) and Ratip Cileli (omitted) were replaced by Brian Summerskill and Cristopher Cristaldo with Tyler James slotting in at right-back.
Moreland were able to assume control early as Stelios Konstantinidis missed two guilt-edged opportunities with the first just going over the bar from an Apai Ukuno cut-back and Jesse Makarounas also blasting over the bar.
The White Eagles had a couple of early chances but failed to test McDowell with many being blasted over the bar as they were able to hold resolute and keep the game scoreless heading into half-time.
A quick substitution from Mathers which saw last week’s super-sub, Lisandro Paz brought on for Summerskill as City looked to penetrate by moving Konstantinidis into right-back and James back into the centre of the park.
Once again, Paz was the man to strike as he got on the end of a Makarounas free-kick to head home the opener only minutes after being brought on as he continues to press his claim for a starting role with his third goal of the season.
As City continued to press, the defence continued to nullify any Eagles opportunities and pushed for a second with Makarounas hitting the bar with only minutes to go kept the door ajar for the away side.
However, it wasn’t to be for the home side as a late scramble inside the box saw White Eagles continue to press and as a result caused two repeat corners which led to the Jones foul and dispatched penalty from Vranesevic.
Moreland City will travel to Epping Stadium to face Melbourne Victory’s youth outfit next Sunday while the White Eagles will be on the road again against Brunswick City next Saturday