Hakoah Sydney City East joined Central Coast at the top of the table, after consigning St George to their third defeat in a row while the Coast suffered a heavy 3-0 loss at home to Spirit FC.
Bankstown Berries, in outright third but with a game in hand on the top two, remain the last undefeated side.
Macarthur Rams v Bankstown City
There was plenty of goals and plenty of quality action at Lynwood Park on Saturday night as the Rams and Lions went head to head, with Bankstown City proving too strong in the end, running out 3-1 winners.
This was a game between two very good sides who are sure to be up there at the end of the season. It was fast paced and competitive with perhaps the visitors shading the early stages of the match.
Todd Halloran on the right was looking dangerous from the outset and a likely source of goals, as Bankstown looked sharper in the opening proceedings. It was somewhat of a surprise then that it was Macarthur who took the lead. Good work down the Rams’ right saw Mark Symington hit a lovely strike which gave Dion Shaw no hope.
1-0 to the home side then almost quickly became two. Five minutes after the first, Symington was twice denied by Shaw. A strong trademark run by Craig Cooley down the right side to the byline, saw his cut back left for Symington, whose shot was saved by the feet of Shaw. Seconds later, Shaw saved again from Symington. Chances that the Rams would be left to rue.
Lions responded with late first half chances of their own. Cooley cleared off the line from Billy Darwich and just minutes before the break, three opportunities fell their way. Damir Prodanovic was wide with the first, while good pressure from Calum Fleming forced Brima Kamara to shoot wide of the post as well, before Chad Taylor was to ensure the Rams went in 1-0 up, saving nicely from Huseyin Jasli.
A good half by both sides with plenty of promise for the second. And there were to be chances aplenty.
While the Lions could have drawn level just two minutes after the game resumed, Aaron D’Mello looping over a good chance, Bankstown did gain parity just before the hour.
It may have been from fortuitous circumstances, a clean Fleming tackle inside the box resulting in the defender hitting the ball within his hand while grounded, but they count all the same. Jasli drove straight down the centre to level at 1-1.
This equaliser gave Bankstown a lift, in a game which had been fairly even until then. After that goal, it seemed that second was always likely too. Halloran almost made it two, but sliced wide, perhaps uncharacteristically. Kamara and Malmierca both tried their luck without success before Daniel Carrozza for the Rams had two chances of his own, one particularly strong header drawing a diving save from Shaw.
Both coaches introduced subs, in an attempt to gain an edge, and it was to Leo Carle that the plaudits fell. Only a minute after sending on Steven Veleski, the replacement for Jasli slammed the Lions into the lead, connecting on to a Domenic Hudap cross.
Bankstown were never likely to lose the game from there, and indeed, were seeking a third. It duly came with the last kick of the game, Kamara smashing the ball into the roof of the net for the final act.
Macarthur Rams 1 (Mark Symington 24’) v Bankstown City 3 (Huseyin Jasli 58’ pen, Steven Veleski 77’, Brima Kamara 90+3’)
Saturday 11 April 2015
at Lynwood Park
Referee: Khodr Yaghi
Assts: Joon Park and Matt Reedy
Macarthur Rams: 1. Chad Taylor 2. Craig Cooley 4. Ben Cornish 5. Calum Fleming 6. Blake Brooker (19. Daniel Willoughby 65’) 8. Ryan Marchant 12. David McMurray 13. Daniel Carrozza 14. Mark Symington (10. Eros Bergamin 76’) 15. Joel Craig 16. Daniel Ramirez (11. Aaron Farringdon 86’).
Subs not used: 3. Andy Matloub 20. Chris Becerra.
Yellow Cards: Nil
Coach: John Sopina
Bankstown City: 1. Dion Shaw 2. Todd Halloran 3. Grant Lynch 4. Aaron d’Mello (18. Stefan de Jesus 79’) 5. Michael Beauchamp 7. Brima Kamara 10. Domenic Hudap 11. Huseyin Jasli (12. Steven Veleski 76’) 15. Billy Darwich 17. Damir Prodanovic (9. Chris Gomex 65’) 20. Alvaro Malmierca.
Subs not used: 30. Nicholas Carosi
Yellow Cards: Aaron d’Mello 15’, Todd Halloran 63’, Steven Veleski 86’, Billy Darwich 89’
Coach: Leo Carle
Sydney University v Mount Druitt Town Rangers
Sydney University’s woes continued with their third straight loss. A second half strike to Osadolor Edosomwan was enough for the visiting Rangers to claim their second win, a victory which will certainly give confidence to the young side.
Sydney University remain bottom, as they endure a tough start to the season.
Sydney University 0 v Mount Druitt Town Rangers 1 (Osadolor Edosomwan)
Mounties Wanderers v Bankstown Berries
Bankstown Berries further damaged Mounties Wanderers’ start with a 2-0 victory at Cook Park. Second half goals to Nick Paras and Kyle Ewart kept the Berries’ fine record intact.
Mounties’s chances weren’t helped by the sendings off of both Daine Merrin and Matt Viera.
Mounties Wanderers 0 v Bankstown Berries 2 (Nicholas Paras, Kyle Ewart)
Hakoah Sydney City East v St George
Hakoah Sydney City East returned to the winner’s circle with a single goal victory over St George.
It was no surprise that it came via Neil Jablonski, who looped a header over the Saints keeper just before half time. A second half send off to Michael McCrory was of little concern as Hakoah chalked up their third win in four.
Hakoah Sydney City East 1 (Neil Jablonski) v St George 0
Fraser Park v Northern Tigers
With another late change in venue announced on Friday, Fraser Park moving this fixture to Parklea, the Tigers were able to take advantage of the neutral venue to claim all three points.
All goals came in the second half, Hussein Akil finding the net for the nominal home side, while Matthew West and Tai Smith replied for Northern Tigers. The win moves the Tigers to within three points of top while Fraser Park drop to ninth after their second loss of the season.
Fraser Park 1 (Hussein Akil) v Northern Tigers 2 (Matthew West, Tai Smith)
Central Coast v Spirit FC
Few will argue that this result was something of a shock, except perhaps those with Spirit connections.
Unbeaten Central Coast conceded three without reply against Spirit at Pluim Park on Sunday, handing over leadership on the table to Hakoah Sydney City East.
Spirit, who had only scored once in their two games to date, netted all goals in the second half through Kuag Reec, Grant Cornwell and Daniel Cunningham.
Central Coast 0 v Spirit FC 3 (Kuag Reec, Grant Cornwell and Daniel Cunningham)
Source FNSW Website- by Peter Rowney, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men's 2 Reporter