After a successful 5-2 win over Adelaide Victory last week, the reserves recorded a second consecutive win to reignite their 2017 campaign. Still making his way back from a shoulder injury, Lachie Murray proved a handful down the right hand side in the early parts of the first half. Together, with Jayden Upton, they were able to mount serious chances on the Salisbury goal, and it was the right sided combination that earned the team a free kick midway through the first half. Tommy Connelly was able to make the most of it when his curling ball was initially met by Joe Hutchinson but bounced around the penalty area before finding the feet of James Wallace who was clinical in dispatching the ball past the keeper. Moments later, midfielder Joe Arman had a glorious chance to double the lead when he pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the 18 yard box. However his shot lacked accuracy and fell just wide. Salisbury recorded few chances of note in the first half as Finn Murphy was enjoying a relatively quiet afternoon. Yet, the elusive clean sheet that the reserves have been looking for would not become a reality when a neat Salisbury move drew them level early in the second half.
The game was set to change, though, as Pirates introduced Darian Kurbatfinski. For the second time in the game, Tommy Connelly used his left foot to perfection, finding the run of Kurbatfinski who was able to remain composed and help Pirates regain the lead. Not long after the goal, Kurbatfinski was sent off for retaliation when he came off second best from a dangerous tackle. This in turn put serious pressure on an otherwise cool performance from the reserves. They would have Patty Henry to thank as he cleared off the line at the end of the match, helping the reserves clinch an important three points as the middle part of the season takes shape.