Midweek action in both league and cup was the order of the day on Wednesday night with Northern Tigers remaining the sole representative from the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 left in the Westfield FFA Cup, after they defeated Macarthur Rams, while Bankstown City and Sydney University both lost their ties.
St George gained three league points after defeating Bankstown Berries 2-0 in their rearranged round three clash.
League action continues this weekend with our feature game at Cook Park, Mt Pritchard.
Mounties Wanderers v Fraser Park, Saturday 7:30pm, Cook Park, Mt Pritchard
Mounties Wanderers would have been ecstatic in coming away from Jensen Park with a point last Sunday, after seemingly staring down at another loss, so perhaps now we may start to see what Mounties can really do. Just one goal conceded against a strong Lions outfit should give some confidence for the games ahead though it is upfront that the Mounties also need attention. Just two goals in five games would not be regarded as good enough for a club with lofty ambitions.
Fraser Park come to Cook Park after having been idle last Sunday, due to the recent poor weather. They still have two games to catch up and will relish taking to the field once again. Two wins and two losses have given Fraser a mixed but reasonable start although all seven goals have come from just three players. Hussein Akil leads the way with three, while both Kevin Oliviera and Nikola Todoroski have a couple each. They look likely to be the source of goals once more.
St George v Bankstown City, Saturday 7:30pm, St George Stadium, Kyeemagh
The Saints and the Lions meet after active midweeks. St George defeated Bankstown Berries in their rearranged round three game while Bankstown City were surprisingly dumped from the cup after losing to Balmain.
Matches between these two clubs are generally close affairs, but high scoring. The past two meetings between the clubs at St George Stadium have been draws, 2-2 and 3-3, and very competitive. But as it currently stands, a draw will do neither club too much good, as the Saints seek to lift themselves up the table while the visitors aim to keep in touch with the front runners. Conceding a last minute goal against Mounties last Sunday didn’t help the Lions’ cause while the Saints will take a lot of comfort from their win against the Berries.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers v Spirit FC, Saturday 7:30pm, Popondetta Park, Emerton
Spirit FC are loitering with intent, sitting comfortably in fourth, just three points behind the leading trio, but with two games in hand over Central Coast and Hakoah Sydney City East. They may have missed out on playing last weekend, but with a midweek catch up against Sydney University next Tuesday, and a visit by Northern Tigers to Christie Park in just over a week’s time, the ladder could look even more compressed at the top come next weekend.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers weren’t happy with their performance or result last round, and they will want to make amends this weekend. They have a run of three games at home over the next week and the opportunity is there to gather some good points and rise up the table. It remains for the Rangers to take that chance.
Bankstown Berries v Sydney University, Saturday 7:30pm, The Crest, Bass Hill
After losing against St George on Wednesday, the Berries have the chance to return to winning ways when they take on Sydney University on Saturday. The Berries had the opportunity to move up to fourth had they defeated the Saints, so a win here is essential to keep in touch with the top.
Uni, after going down 2-0 against Rockdale City Suns in the cup, are badly in need of some points to kickstart their league season. They have performed well in recent weeks, especially against Macarthur last Sunday, but the points have just proven elusive. Their fortune is bound to turn at some stage, and maybe this will be the week.
Macarthur Rams v Central Coast, Saturday 7:30pm, Lynwood Park, St Helen’s Park
Macarthur returns to league action after their midweek Cup travails at Mills Park, going out to Northern Tigers on penalties. They would be shattered after going so close but they will have to put that disappointment behind them when the Coast come to town. The Rams had to work very hard against Sydney University last weekend for their second league win, coming away with the points but they will need to work just as hard this Saturday. Two hours plus penalties on Wednesday won’t have helped.
Central Coast, having lost the leadership last weekend, will be keen to get back on top of the table come Saturday night. With six different players having hit the back of the net in their six games, they seem to have no problem in scoring across the park, something the Rams will do well to consider.
Northern Tigers v Hakoah Sydney City East Sunday 3:00pm, Mills Park, Asquith
It has been a very good week for Northern Tigers after their victories over Central Coast last Sunday and Macarthur Rams in the cup on Wednesday. It could get even better on the weekend if they can overcome Hakoah Sydney City East when the eastern suburbs side travel to the northern fringes.
Sharing equal top, with Central Coast, the Tigers and Hakoah should provide great entertainment on Sunday. Both have shown good early season form with four wins apiece and plenty of goals to their credit. Neil Jablonski is the main man up front for Hakoah, topping the league’s scorers list with six so far, while Tai Smith and Liam McConaghy have scored half the Tiger’s total between them. More goals seem assured and this match deserves a good crowd in attendance, especially being the only Sunday fixture.
Midweek Round Three
St George 2 (Stevan Ilic 66’, 71’) v Bankstown Berries 0
A double to Stevan Ilic helped St George claim their second win of the season defeating Bankstown Berries 2-0 at a rainswept Barton Park on Wednesday evening.
After the Berries dominated the opening half, Gerard Ouffoue causing all sorts of problems, St George lifted in the second period and opened the scoring midway through the half. Ilic headed in from close range from a Matt Sadler cross for the Saints to go 1-0 up.
Five minutes later, Ilic doubled the lead, controlling a high ball over the top from Andrija Petkovic, before slotting past Michael Frost.
Wednesday 29 April 2015
at St George Stadium, Kyeemagh
Referee: Khodr Yagi
St George: 1. Aaron Liddell 3. Emanuel Elali 4. Johnathan Kontalis (Anthony Abi-Arrage) 5. Daniell Zeleny 7. Matt Sadler 8. Tarek Ercan 10. Michael Yarnold 13. Lenox Tweneboa (David Wilson) 14. Andrija Petkovic 16. Joseph D’Elia (Wassim Hijazi) 19. Stevan Ilic.
Subs not used: 6. Ali Nasreddine 17. David Hamilton
Coach: David Perkovic
Bankstown Berries: 1. Michael Frost 2. Andrew Vitucci 4. Omar Saadi 5. Joseph Savor 6.Shivan Swamy 7. Kyle Ewart (11 Joel Anscomb) 8. Thomas Taylor 9. Gerard Ouffoue (22. Aleksander Lekoski) 12. Mitchell Davidson 14. Nicholas Paras (Jun Kato) 16. Milan Zoric.
Subs not used: 13. Louis Duchesne 42. Jake Senior
Coach: Wally Savor
Source FNSW Website- by Peter Rowney, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men's 2 Reporter