HARD FOUGHT: Liam Harding (pictured) earned the penalty that Shaun Romein converted to seal Ballarat Red Devils’ 2-1 win on Saturday. Picture: Lachlan Bence.
SHAUN Romein converted a late spot kick as the Ballarat Red Devils landed all three points against National Premier Leagues Victoria 1 strength Richmond on Saturday.
Romein’s goal –in stoppage timeafter Liam Harding was brought down inside the area –secured the McDonald’s Reds’ 2-1 win at Morshead Park.
It was a mixture of emotions in the closing moments for the hosts, which took the lead on 66minutes through substitute Jimmy Downey.
Just two minutes after arriving on the pitch, Downeywas on hand to prod the ball home from closerange after Richmond goal-keeperChristian Rossi had made two impressive saves, but couldn’t preventBallaratfrom taking the front.
Thisadvantage was cancelled out when the visitors leveled the scores in the88thminute.
Richmond’s sustained period of pressure finally paid dividends as captainTom Cahill pounced on a goalmouth scramble following pressure from Liam Flynn to the delight ofthe travelling fans.
However, the Reds’ disappointment was short-lived asHarding was fouled and Romeinkept his cool to convert the penalty with virtually the last kick of the game.
Ballarat manager James Robinson said his side showed “great character” and “pure desire” to get the victory, which leavesBallarat fourth on the west division table.
“To go from deflation to jubilation…it adds to the excitement and that’s why we love the game,” Robinson said.
While being pleased with the ability to create a string of chances –including a first half shot fromSimon Murphy, who smashed the ball againstthe underside of the bar from close range –Robinson praised the performance of Josh Romein, who he said kept one of the best strikers in the league (Cahill)“very,veryquiet”, despite his goal late in the match.
The only injury concern out of the match for the Reds was to Daniel Tinker, who was substituted from the pitch during the first half after a heavy knock. Robinson didn’t expect him to miss any matches as a result of the incident.
Saturday’sresult continues a good run of form for the Reds, which claimed seven points in a tricky three-match period away from home –a draw with St Albans Saints and wins over Nunawading City and Moreland City –before the victory against Richmond.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Ballarat is on the road again to take on Bendigo City -which it beat 4-1in March -before returning home for a catch-up game against Moreland City.
In the under-20s match on Saturday, Richmond cruised to a6-1 win over the Reds.
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