Oakleigh Cannons has picked up its first point of the season after coming back to draw with Kingston City at Grange Reserve.
Substitute Marcus Dimanche’s 89th minute equaliser cancelling out Chris Irwin’s 13th minute strike to ensure the spoils would be shared.
In what was a tense affair where chances were few and far between – the home side struck in the 13th minute and managed to hold on from there.
Irwin opened the scoring after pouncing on a loose ball inside the penalty area to give Kingston City the lead.
Running onto a scuffed attempt – Irwin then calmly put the ball past Cannons goalkeeper John Honos.
From there the match became an arm wrestle as both sides adopted a physical and attacking style.
Nick Epifano had Oakleigh’s best chance of the half with a curled attempt from outside the area.
Despite holding on to the finest of leads Kingston continued to press and forced the best out of Cannons defender Tom Matthews who put in a captain’s performance at the heart of defence.
With stoppage time approaching and starring down the barrel of a fourth successive loss – Dimanche was played through and made no mistake in equalising for his side.
Though the action did not stop here as Honos was called into action deep into stoppage time – diving to keep the attempt struck low into the bottom corner in what was a match-saving stop.
The result sees both sides yet to record a win this season but signs indicate both sides will be hard to beat going forward.
Oakleigh travel again next week to face Altona Magic while Kingston host South Melbourne next Monday.