Werribee City keeps alive title hopes

Werribee City
Werribee City's Julyan Collett. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Lance Jenkinson

Werribee City has produced a spectacular come-from-behind 2-1 win over Murray United to stay alive in the NPL Victoria 2 west premiership race.

The third-placed Bees were staring down the barrel at half-time, trailing to a 24th minute goal from Murray’s Aaron Midon.

But a pair of second-half goals five minutes apart from Shaun Hodor saw Werribee City swoop on all three points.

Hodor scored in the 55th and 59th minutes – much to the delight of Bees coach Sergio Sabbadini.

“Shaun was great for us,” he said. “He got on to a couple of crosses at the far post.”

The implementation of a new defensive back three was ultimately hailed a success for Werribee City.

The trio of Nick Bavcar, Daniel Petrov and Julyan Collett patrolled the last line.

Sabbadini admits the workings of the back three took a bit of time to gel and that it might have played a part in the half-time deficit.

But it was a key factor in the Bees getting back into the match.

It will be interesting to see if Werribee City persists with the new back three against second-placed Moreland Zebras at Galvin Park on Saturday.

Werribee City is two points behind St Albans Saints and the Zebras with three rounds to play. They will face the Zebras and the Saints in consecutive weeks.