Tom Langman has come off the bench to deliver Goulburn Valley Suns a draw with Melbourne Knights, in a game which the Suns were stiff not to win.MATTHEW GALEA July 28, 2014 3:05am
Goalkeeper Phil Petrovski’s Goulburn Valley Suns and Marijan Cuitkovic’s Melbourne Knights could not be separated on Saturday night.
Tom Langman was the most unlikely of heroes for Goulburn Valley Suns against Melbourne Knights on a frosty Saturday night.
The defender was thrown up front off the bench and scored a deflected equaliser to earn the Suns a share of the points, on a night when they could so easily have been celebrating a win.
Had the linesman kept his flag down when Zac Foxhoven was a clear two yards onside in the dying stages of the game, the Suns would have made it two wins from two.
The goal would have been just reward for the industrious American — who set up Langman for the eventual equaliser — but he was cruelly denied by a poor piece of officiating.
On the balance of play, a draw was a fair result — although the Knights will look back at some costly errors in front of goal with real frustration.
There was no doubting the best chances of the game fell to the Knights though, in particular former Adelaide United youth player Jordan O’Doherty who missed two great opportunities.
The Knights eventually got the goal they deserved when Ardian Vuniqi unfortunately turned the ball into his own net.
The former Green Gully player put in a good shift despite the misfortune, but eventually made way for eventual hero Langman after 58 minutes — not long after Simon Colosimo almost scored a ridiculous attempt from his own half.
Ben Clarke moved back out to his favoured left wing at half-time after starting up front as coach David Davkovski looked to make his mark on the game, but it was his choice in bringing Langman on and playing him as a striker which proved to be the game-changer.
Langman’s height and physicality — which he married with some nice touches on the ball — immediately, troubled the Knights’ defence and when his opportunity came he took it expertly.
‘‘I haven’t even put him on as sub yet,’’ Davkovski said.
‘‘I looked around at the bench and looked for the tallest player I had and it was ‘Langers’ and he’s come on and got himself a goal.’’
Davkovski expressed his disagreement with the linesman’s call that cost his side a winning goal, but said he was pleased his side continued to look to score so late in the game.
‘‘It is what it is. I don’t think it was offside, but the way we created it was super,’’ Davkovski said.
‘‘We’re not just locking it in and being negative, so as long as we’re creating them, I’m happy.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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