UIW men managed to come from behind to defeat UNLV 2-1 at Benson Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a vital win. The winner came nine minutes from time thanks to a stunning Ronan Fournier goal from distance.
UNLV started the match well controlling the early possession and in the 17th minute they were able to hit the lead. A corner was swung in by Timo Mehlich which perfectly found Adam Musovski who headed it over the keeper for the opener.
The match was tight after that early opener, with the physicality really showing the match down, which kept things especially tight. The Cardinals perhaps edged the middle of the second half, but they struggled to get the ball in to the final third for clear chances.
In the 35th minute the Cardinals were able to pull a goal back, in similar fashion to UNLV’s opening goal, but coming in general play. O’Neal Moore was able to send in a cross for Ryan Osborne perfectly, which allowed him to head it over the keeper for the equalizer.
In just the second minute of the second half UNLV could very easily have restored their lead through Danny Musovski. Musovkski was able to find space and get a powerful shot away which beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar.
After the first ten minutes of the half, the Cardinals started going for the match, having all the possession for much of the half. But the UNLV keeper Enrique Adame was able to do well to keep the UIW attack at bay.
The winner came in the 81st minute as Ben Conway was able to look and see Ronan Fournier in space outside the box. That allowed Fournier to take a touch and then curl the effort to the far post which beat the keeper and hit the back of the net.
In the final nine minutes of the match the Cardinals continued to hold possession which allowed them to simply cruise to the victory. It could have been more in the 89th minute as Jake Malone got a shot away but his effort was saved, forcing UIW to settle for the 2-1 win.