Richmond and Box Hill United played out a 0-0 draw Saturday afternoon in a match that produced few meaningful chances for each side, keeping the relegation battle tricky amongst the bottom four teams.
United pressed Richmond aggressively early in the match, not giving the travelling side time on the ball, forcing their opponents to turnover possession numerous times and used their own pace to counter quickly however they couldn’t capitalise.
The only decent chances throughout a back and forth opening 45 fell to inform United forward Todd and Richmond’s Dion Paola. Dekker latched onto a lobbed through ball and was able to round an oncoming Osipov but his touch took him wide and forced a shot from an acute angle, only to hit side netting.
A one-two between McNamee and Paola allowed the midfielder to weave his was into the Box Hill box but he scuffed his shot which was easily claimed by Coulter. Richmond nearly ended the half up 1-0 thanks to a spectacular long range strike from Cileli who picked up loose possession 30 yards from goal, rifling a shot into the cross bar.
The Eagles came out the second half well on top with chances falling to Gavalas within the six yard box but unable to find the target while minutes later McNamee saw his effort beaten away well from Coulter keeping the match at 0-0.
It was Brandon Osipov though that kept Richmond in the second half making several key saves including a desperate double goal line save and those at his near posts.
Osipov first kept out a headed attempt before denying Caleb Ludlow from six yards, stretching across goal and parrying the ball clear of any danger.
There was a nervy final moment for Richmond when a United cross found Rob Taylor at the back post and as he tried to clear his lines, he sliced his attempt which luckily floated over the goal landing atop the Eagles goal.
The final whistle blew with each team taking a point apiece and remaining 9th and 7th in the table as the Eastern Lions drew 1-1 with Goulburn and Nunawading drew 1-1 with Dandenong City.
Richmond will again travel next week, this time to Albury on Saturday afternoon to face Murray United and former players Gonzalo Freddi and Halil Gur.