Morwell valiant in defeat

MORWELL Pegasus’ misery in State League Division Two continued at the weekend went it down to Mornington 2-1 at home.

Fielding a vastly undermanned side for the clash, Pegasus took the lead through a deflection off a Luke Cheney free-kick before Mornington struck back with two goals.

Cheney had the chance to salvage a point in the final minutes of the match, but his tap from three yards out went straight to the keeper.

Pegasus’ fifth lost on the trot leaves them languishing at second last on eight points, and could face the prospect of falling further if they are unable to overcome bottom-placed South Springvale this weekend.

Coach Dale White remains optimistic Pegasus could still turn its season around, but admits the team will require a lot of luck falling its way.

“It’s been really tough and the result didn’t get better on the weekend, but our performance was better,” White said.

“Two players pulled out just before the game leaving us with only 12 players, which didn’t help matters.

“But the boys responded from the previous week’s (7-1 loss to Kingston City) and played well against a good side.

“Mornington were better technically but we matched them with effort.”

White said he praised his players’ performance after the game, but “we still came away with nothing”.

“There’s not much in the league between the teams so hopefully we can get a couple of wins on the bounce.

“But that’s the problem, I don’t know where the wins will come from.”

He said the lack of quality was hurting the team’s campaign, and injuries to star players Steve Maselli and Paul Burns, who will be out of action for another two to three weeks, have not helped.

White said with those crucial players out it has left the team critically undermanned.

However, some good news maybe heading Pegasus’ way, after White revealed he was close to signing an English striker.

“I’m trying my best to get bodies in; I don’t need 10 quality players, just one or two,” he said.

“I can’t fault the players’ efforts, but sometimes effort doesn’t get you across the line.

“I’m quite proud of them, but we just lack the quality and we don’t convert our chances.”

He said the match against South Springvale would be a “daunting” task after it won a couple of recent matches.

“It certainly won’t be easy, but we will keep going,” White said.

Morwell Pegasus is away to South Springvale on Saturday before returning to Ronald Reserve to face Langwarrin at 3pm on Saturday, 29 June.