United’s Vishal Singh dribbles past Salt’s Shann Raven during the recent game.
United’s Vishal Singh dribbles past Salt’s Shann Raven during the recent game. Picture: Renee Hatfield

Port Hedland United FC played arch-rivals Salt FC in a round of the Pilbara Cup recently.

United asserted themselves early, with Dylan Lyneham coming very close to scoring his first goal for the club.

Vishal Singh terrorised Salt down the right wing with some mesmerising runs.

Fortunately for the Karratha side, Salt goal keeper Jack Munro was in fine form and thwarted the constant wave of United attacks.

During a rare attack by Salt, the ball fell to a grateful striker who instinctively toe poked the ball toward the roof of the net, but United's stand-in goalkeeper Clarke Battersby threw a desperate right hand in the air to keep the scores deadlocked.

United captain Jamie Higson made a barnstorming run from inside his own half resulting in a thunderbolt drive from 30 yards, but Munro finger tipped the ball over the cross bar.

Munro was finally beaten in the 43rd minute when leading United striker Dan Hunt finished from six yards.

United continued its domination in the second half.

Carmine Montano had the ball on a string and set up the wasteful Hunt, who had his third one on one saved by the outstanding Salt keeper.

But the keeper's efforts were in vain as the rebound fell to Marty Sullivan who was left with a tap-in to make it 2-0.

The usually reliable Hunt missed a golden opportunity to kill the game in the 70th minute when he fired a shot straight at the Salt goalkeeper, but he made amends after a pinpoint cross from Dan Malcomson left him with an easy finish to make it 3-0.

The efforts of Salt defensive pairing Bernard Limbourg and Shann Raven were a major reason United did not add further to the scoreline.

The pair's desperation in defence did not waver for the entire 90 minutes, but ultimately it was not enough to stop United.

Man of the match went to Jared Ahlers, with United now taking up top spot on the table.

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