Fortuna flinches first

A heart-stopping penalty shootout saw Churchill outgun Fortuna 60 for a spot in the Gippsland Soccer League’s Battle of Britain final.

Following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes and no change in added time, neither side was prepared to blink first in an elongated shootout.

Ultimately Churchill held firm to claim an 8-7 victory on dot shots.

The win leaves the reigning league champion with a chance to salvage a trophy from the season.

Falcons v Moe

FALCONS fended off Moe United 1-0 at home to book its spot in the BOB final and a chance to defend its oldest cup in Victorian soccer.

The GSL ladder leader was still licking its wounds after a 3-1 loss to the Red Devils a fortnight ago and the desire for revenge was evident from the outset.

Back at home, the Birds resumed their possession-style soccer but could not fashion any clear cut chances in the opening stanza.

Moe, despite being under the pump, had the best chance of the first half when a well-timed header was cleared off the line.

With 15 minutes to go the home side eventually started to wear down its opponent.

A superb long-range pass from midfielder Scott Mackeown found striker DJ Matar who headed truly from 10 yards out.

Falcons travel to Sale this weekend in a return to league action where first plays second with the GSL title in the balance.