Late goal de­nies Curtin three points

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

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.

David Can­toni

Man of the Match Ed­die Tikoft in ac­tion.

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