Late goal denies Curtin three points
A 94th-minute injury time equaliser from Dinko Ahmetanovic rescued a point for Balga SC as they drew 33 with Curtin University Football Club on Saturday.
It was the second time in seven days that Curtin had fallen victim to a lastminute equaliser.
Eddie Tikoft, Khaled Salhah and Nathan Smith all scored for Curtin, while Dimce Taneski and Ahmetanovic scored either side of a Kye Middleton own goal for the home side.
Curtin started the better and man of the-match Tikoft scored after just 12 minutes from a corner.
Balga turned up the pressure late in the half as they pushed for an equaliser, but Ranjeet Sekhon was a wall in goal for the visitors, keeping Curtin in the lead.
The second half was brought to life in just minutes as Taneski broke through Curtin’s lines and made it 1-1 inside the opening few minutes.
Curtin introduced Salhah for Kristian Beven, but Balga took the lead through Middleton’s own goal.
With just 10 minutes to play, the introduction of Salhah paid off as he buried the ball into the bottom corner of Ollie Rigler’s net to restore parity to the match.
With the game heading into its last few minutes, Curtin retook the lead when the impressive Smith bundled his third goal of the season home.
It looked like Curtin would take all three points, but Ahmetanovic’s 94th minute free kick cannoned off the upright to rescue a point for Balga.
Curtin will host league leaders Rockingham City on Saturday at Raphael Park, with the first team match at 3pm.
Man of the Match Eddie Tikoft in action.