It didn’t come easy, but Ballarat Red Devils have claimed their second win of the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 season.
Facing off against rivals Werribee City, the Reds scored truly from a penalty kick in the 83rd minute to win 3-2 at Morshead Park on Sunday night.
The late goal, kicked by Shaun Romein, came at a perfect time for the Reds after they had given away a penalty of their own just five minutes earlier.
Red Devils manager James Robinson said his team demonstrated great belief in the hard-fought victory.
“It was really pleasing,” Robinson said.
“They showed lots of character. They gave away two penalties that they shouldn’t have, but things happen. I’m looking for reactions.
“It was very enjoyable from the boys tonight. They just kept pushing.”
The victory was a strong response from the Reds after last weekend’s disappointing 2-4 result against St Albans.
Having missed that clash due to injury, David King didn’t take long to make his presence felt on Sunday night, scoring in the 11th minute.
Nelson Salvatore was the other Reds’ player to boot a major during the game.
The club has now won its last two matches at Morshead Park and Robinson said it was important that it established a strong record on its home deck this season.
It’s always difficult for teams to come down the highway. We know it’s no excuse, but we have to utilise it as much as possible.”- Ballarat Red Devils manager James Robinson
“We need this place to become a fortress,” Robinson said.
“It’s always difficult for teams to come down the highway. We know it’s no excuse, but we have to utilise it as much as possible.”
Reds’ youngster Brandon Lauton made another appearance for the club, starting as a substitute.
The lightly-built wingman again looked at ease on the pitch when he came on, but Robinson said the club was being cautious with him, despite his obvious talent.
In a strong team performance, Salvatore was one of the standouts for the Reds, as was defender Daniel Tinker and goal keeper Aaron Romein, who performed some terrific saves late in the game.
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