Delta Blaze rally to win RASA Summer League opener

RASA Summer League kicked off another season last week with Division One rivals Delta Blaze and Richmond FC "A" squaring off.

The first half was very close with both sides getting chances to take the lead, but it was Richmond who struck first just before the interval on a header by Theo Lorenz.

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In the second half,Delta pressed hard for the equalizer and almost tied it when Brad Caldwell broke free in the penalty area, only to see his shot hit the cross bar.

Richmond pushed back hard to extend its lead but Blaze held them off.

It wasn't until 10 minutes before full time when Jimmy Millar struck a low hard drive from just outside the penalty area which foiled Richmond's goalkeeper.

It seemed destined to be 1-1 result when a cross into the Richmond penalty area caused a scramble. Brad Caldwell fell to the ground only to find the ball drop to his side and he hooked in the winning goal.

In Division Two action, defending champions Rino Originals opened their schedule against Richmond FC's "B" team.

After 20 minutes, Richmond took the lead on a penalty as Mike Revell buried the 12-yard shot into the bottom left corner. Minutes later, Rino found themselves down 2-0 after Andre Riminac fired Richmond further ahead.

In the second half Rino, pressed to get back into the game and, after 20 minutes, Arturo Salburan worked his way through Richmond's defence and scored on a low shot to the corner of the net.

Both sides had opportunities to score again but Revell provided some insurance when he fired a shot over the 'keeper to cap a 3-1 win.

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