Match Preview-Round 24: Richmond SC vs Murray United FC

After two back to back draws, Richmond SC will be hoping to take things a step further and pull off a victory against Murray United in their match at La Trobe University Wodonga this Saturday afternoon. Although Richmond’s form has been improving in recent weeks, they remain in second last place on the NPL2 East ladder and therefore still face the significant threat of relegation.
In order to keep their season afloat and stay in the league, they will need to gain some fast momentum and secure some late victories. A win this weekend would be a vital step in the right direction.
Last week, the Eagles faced Box Hill United and the end result was a 0-0 draw. In spite of a dominant start from Box Hill, Richmond were highly competitive throughout most of the match. Ratip Cileli came close to putting the Eagles in the lead late in the first half with an impressive shot at goal which unfortunately went off target.
Brandon Osipov also played well and was vital in preventing Box Hill United from gaining a lead during the second half. Osipov pulled off some excellent saves, insuring that his team avoided defeat and the match ended in a draw, allowing both teams to share the points.

However, if Richmond are to avoid relegation, they will need to take things up a notch and win some more matches. Unfortunately for them, they will be travelling to Albury to face the powerful Murray United, who are currently in 4th place on the NPL2 East ladder. The last time the teams met was in round 9. Although the match was closely contested for the most part, it was Murray United who eventually prevailed with a 2-1 victory.
Last week, Murray United suffered a 3-1 loss to Dandenong Thunder, largely due to a disappointing first half in which Dandenong Thunder were able to take a 3-0 lead. Although United were able to score a goal in the second half and improve their performance, they were unable to avoid defeat. This being the case, they will be eager to redeem themselves with a win in front of their home ground crowd. Richmond will have to pull out all the stops if they are to prevent this.
This Saturday afternoon, the Under-20s will kick things off at 1 PM, while the seniors will take to the field at 3 PM.