Spirit FC increased their lead in the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition to five points after another victory, this time against Bankstown City.
Sydney University, bottom of the ladder before this week’s round, pulled off the biggest result, a 3-1 win over second placed Central Coast.
Bankstown City v Spirit FC
Spirit FC have continued on their winning way with their ninth consecutive victory, a 3-1 result at Jensen Park moving them five points clear at the top of the table.
This fixture against Bankstown City always held potential danger for Spirit, the Lions having a strong and experienced squad and who generally are a formidable force at home. They may have been a little understrength with Michael Beauchamp serving the last match of his suspension, and new signing Gerard Ouffoue unavailable, but there could be no doubt that, despite those missing, the starting eleven was a quality one.
For their part, Spirit fielded an unchanged side from the one that beat Mounties last week, and John McLafferty would hardly wish to change a side with such a good win record.
With Lions’ attacker Brima Kamara up against his former club while, likewise, Spirit’s Gosue Sama was up against his, there was plenty of interest here to see who might get the better of their former teammates. But perhaps the best subplot of the afternoon ended up being the individual contest between Bankstown defender Dean Heffernan and Spirit striker Kuag Reec. There was no quarter asked and none given as the two spent a large part of the match in constant battle, an enjoyable spectacle for many.
It showed early on when Reec had the game’s opening chance after just four minutes. Perhaps he could have done better, his strike at a comfortable height for Dion Shaw. A lower drive may well have resulted in a goal.
An escape for the Lions then but who simply proceeded to go up to the other end and score themselves. A swift counter ended with Kamara sweeping home past David Lowery with five minutes gone on the clock.
Spirit were a goal down, an unusual occurrence so far this season, and they had to work hard to get back into it. Bankstown’s tails were up and Heffernan was closely making Reec, giving him little room to move. While Henry Wells down the right was proving dangerous, it was to be a special goal which drew Spirit level.
Abraham Majok was the scorer. A beautifully curved strike from outside the box gave Shaw’s outstretched body no chance, as it nestled into the net.
The goal lifted Spirit, and was celebrated with more intensity, both on the field and on the bench, than some scored previously. Clearly the value of that equaliser wasn’t lost on those closest.
Majok didn’t take long to have another chance, but held on too long, as this fiercely contested match then entered the break.
The signs for the Lions didn’t look good straight after half time. Dion Shaw went down injured within three minutes of the restart, after a collision. Shaw continued on for a short time, but was beaten by Majok again, as the striker was once more given time to shoot, another strike, this time a low one, into the corner. Spirit were up 2-1 after a strong turnaround.
Shaw couldn’t keep going and on came replacement keeper Nicholas Carosi. Not an auspicious start maybe, as Carosi brought down Reec within a minute of the change. A penalty, and another goal by Daniel Cunningham. Now 3-1, Spirit took control and while the Lions battled hard, and didn’t give up the ghost, to score another two was going to be very difficult.
Chris Gomez tried hard, and Todd Halloran made some dashes down the wing but by this stage, Spirit weren’t going to give this game up.
Bankstown City 1 (Brima Kamara 5’) v Spirit FC 3 (Abraham Majok 30’, 54’, Daniel Cunningham 57’ pen)
Sunday 7 June 2015
at Jensen Park, Sefton
Referee: James Lewis
Assts: Brendon Lovric and John Garcia
Bankstown City: 1. Dion Shaw (30. Nicholas Carosi 55’) 2. Todd Halloran 3. Grant Lynch 6. Reuben Lagos 7. Brima Kamara (16. Jason Park 67’) 8. Dean Heffernan 9. Chris Gomez 10. Domenic Hudap 12. Steve Veleski (4. Aaron D’Mello 55’) 15. Billy Darwich 20. Alvaro Malmierca.
Subs not used: 11. Huseyin Jasli 33. Jack Musgrave
Yellow cards: Nicholas Carosi 56’, Brima Kamara 64’, Domenic Hudap 90’
Coach: Leo Carle
Spirit FC: 41. David Lowery 2. Daniel Cunningham 3. Henry Wells (5. Andrew Robertson 86’) 4. Nick Trimble 8. Grant Cornwell 11. Abraham Majok (7. Jacob Harris 71’) 13. Lord Darkoh 14. Ryan Johnstone 19. Tom Lovell 21. Kuag Reec (6. Ross Kethel 88’) 22. Gosue Sama.
Subs not used: 1. Murray Nelson 9. Tim Simpson
Yellow cards: Nil
Coach: John McLafferty
Sydney University v Central Coast
There was a massive upset at Lambert Park with Sydney University taking only their second win of the season, against second placed Central Coast.
Uni, stiffened by the midweek signings of the experienced Marton Vass and Tayfun Buyukkopru, started well and took the lead midway through the first half when Peter Crevani scored, his left foot strike curling over the keeper into the top corner.
Crevani doubled the lead, via the spot, in the 65th minute after Vass was fouled in the area but a further penalty, this time awarded after a handball by Gyubeom Kim, gave Alexander Arbelo the chance to put the Coast back in the game.
But with six minutes left, Nathan Sansom, yet again, put his name on the scoresheet by heading home a Stefan de Jesus corner, to confirm the points for Uni.
Sydney University 3 (Peter Crevani 24’, 65’ pen, Nathan Sansom 84’) v Central Coast 1 (Alexander Arbelo pen 73’)
Sydney University: 21. Patrick Ferrara 3. Nathan Sansom 4. Gyubeom Kim 7. Ammar Alyassen (35. Thomas Keenan) 12. Dario Borovickic 13. Alexander Sopina 16. Adrian Porcu 17. Stefan de Jesus 32. Tayfun Buyukkopru 43. Marton Vass 44. Peter Crevani.
Subs not used: 24. Jacob Blundell 33. Adrian Lara 57. David Hillcoat
Central Coast: 1. Blake Tuxford 2. Liam O’Dell 5. Brian Jamba 7. Jayden Priest (17. Lachlan Wales 60’) 8. Joel Hardwick (3. Joshua Forbes 76’) 10. Alexander Arbelo 12. Trent Buhagiar 16. Daniel McFarlane 18. Jake McGing 19. Josh Bingham (9. Adam Woodbine 58’) 28. Christopher Hurley.
Subs not used: 40. Beyhan Irmako.
Mounties Wanderers v Mount Druitt Town Rangers
Mt Druitt Town Rangers made it three wins in three after a 3-1 win against Mounties Wanderers at Cook Park lifted them to outright third on the ladder.
Their job was made all the easier when Mounties were reduced to ten men when the scoreline was still 0-0, Daine Merrin being marched for a second yellow card offence.
Elsid Barkhousir got the opener, a penalty awarded after Ali Akbal brought down Bryan Soane, and then doubled his tally on the hour.
Mounties clawed one back when Shane Webb produced a piledriver from distance with two minutes of normal time remaining. But as Mounties looked for the equaliser, substitute Osadolor Edosomwan, who seems to be making a habit of scoring off the bench, scored Rangers’ third deep into time added on.
Mounties Wanderers 1 (Shane Webb 88’) v Mount Druitt Town Rangers 3 (Elsid Barkhousir 33’ pen, 60’, Osadolor Edosomwan 90+4’)
Mounties Wanderers: 21. Ali Akbal 3. Neftali Gonzalez (2. Jamie Dib) 6. Alexander Tomic 8. Edward Stewart 11. Daine Merrin 14. Dragan Savic (27. Gongjun Lee) 15. Shane Webb 16. Scott Goodwin 18. Mark D’Alessandro 24. Mitchell King (7. Jacob Carluccio) 28. Leon Faria.
Subs not used: 1. James Stojcevski 22. Tiano Boutoubia
Mount Druitt Town Rangers: 1. Justin Biega 2. Brian Griffin-Colls 5. Ryan O’Shea 6. Elsid Barkhousir (3. Garang Awac) 7. Luke Clifford (10. Daniel Vellonio) 9. Bryan Soane (12. Osadolor Edosomwan) 11. Kojiro Hori 13. Patrick Crane 14. Daniel McCann 15. Rainer Smahel 16. Nathan Ralph.
Subs not used: 17. Daniel Embleton 21. Joel Tinker
Bankstown Berries v Northern Tigers
There was no stopping Northern Tigers who showed a strong return to form with a comprehensive 4-2 victory over Bankstown Berries at The Crest.
The Tigers raced to a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes with goals to Braden Cheng and Tai Smith. That lead was extended even further when Paul Davies scored from a freekick ten minutes after the restart.
While the Berries pulled one back almost immediately, Northern Tigers regained their three goal lead when Smith scored his second, just after the hour.
The Berries replied yet again to bring it back to 4-2 but that was where the scoring ended.
Bankstown Berries 2 (Jun Kato, Nicholas Paras) v Northern Tigers 4 (Braden Cheng 3’, Tai Smith 7’, 65’, Paul Davies 55’)
Bankstown Berries: 1. Michael Frost 2. Andrew Vitucci 3. Liam McKenna 5. Joseph Savor 10. Jun Kato 11. Mitchell Davidson 12. Joel Anscomb 14. Nicholas Paras 16. Milan Zoric 17. Ilkay Gurbuz 22. Jake Bradshaw.
Subs (changes not noted): 7. Kyle Ewart 8. Thomas Taylor 19. Dimitri Zakilas 37. Daniel Marques 42. Jake Senior
Northern Tigers: 1. Matt Nemes 3. Lucas Dawson 4. Michael Rolston 6. Paul Davies 9. Liam McConaghy 10. Sherven Adeli 12. Russell Farrell 13. Jamie Craig 16. Steven Baveas 18. Tai Smith 20. Braden Cheng.
Subs (changes not noted): 2. Samuel Ryder 5. Samuel Porter 11. Mitchell Smith 21. Harrison Devenish-Meares 23. Julian Lim
St George v Macarthur Rams
A flurry of goals in the last twenty minutes saw Macarthur Rams leave with all the points, putting aside their recent run of poor results.
After Joel Craig put the Rams in front after 72 minutes, Gavin Forbes doubled the lead with twelve to go, and the result seemed safe. But within two minutes, Tarek Ercan netted to give St George a sense of a comeback but that was to be shortlived.
Blake Brooker restored the Rams’ two goal advantage with a third, eight minutes from time.
St George 1 (Tarek Ercan 80’) v Macarthur Rams 3 (Joel Craig 72’, Gavin Forbes 78’, Blake Brooker 82’)
St George: 17.David Hamilton 3. Emmanuel Elali 5. Daniel Zeleny 7. Matthew Sadler (16. Joseph d’Elia) 8. Tarek Ercan 9. Tom Slater 10. Michael Yarnold (4. Johnathan Kontalis) 11. Wassim Hijazi (19.Stevan Ilic) 13. Lenox Tweneboa 14. Andrija Petkovic 15. Peter Pelekanos.
Subs not used: 20. David Wilson 21. Lachlan Kerr
Macarthur Rams: 1. Chad Taylor 2. Craig Cooley 5. Calum Fleming 7. Gavin Forbes (6. Blake Brooker) 9. Shannon Hankin 10. Eros Bergamin 11. Aaron Farringdon 12. David McMurray 13. Daniel Carrozza 14. Mark Symington (4. Ben Cornish) 15. Joel Craig.
Subs not used: 3. Andy Matloub 16. Michael Jonjic 20. Conor Irwin
Fraser Park v Hakoah Sydney City East
There was plenty of action at Fraser Park when Hakoah came to visit. Four goals, nine yellow cards and two reds were the order of the day but in the end, for all the activity, the points were shared.
Hakoah may be feeling that the point was worthwhile though, after finishing the game with nine men. They did take an early lead when Federico Kertscher scored after three minutes and it wasn’t until just before half time when Fraser Park equalised, through Adem Kir.
Hakoah again took the lead midway through the second half, via the league’s leading scorer Neil Jablonski, before Hussein Akil equalised with fifteen minutes to go. The visitors had to undergo some nervous moments when Michael Randell was red carded in the final minutes, and after having already seen Bradley Walker sent from the field, saw out the game two short.
Fraser Park 2 (Adem Kir 45’, Hussein Akil 75’) v Hakoah Sydney City East 2 (Federico Kertscher 3’, Neil Jablonski 66’)
Fraser Park: 1. Wayne Estavao 3. Davide Talone 4. Alexander Veljanovski 5. Nicholas Dimitropolous 6. Suad Ameti 7. Kevin Oliviera (13. Pat Cappuccio) 8. Hussein Akil 12. Adem Kir 15. Rocci Gabey (11. Stefan Jovanovic) 17. Nikola Todoroski (9. Jeffrey Issa) 18. Aleksandar Todoroski.
Subs not used: 10. Paulo Oliviera 40. Ben Needham
Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. Matthew Symes 2. Remy Wolanski 4. Bradley Walker 8. Paul Orgad (21. German Cabrera) 9. Neil Jablonski 10. Deklan Gilmartin 11. Gavin Rae 13. Michael Randall 17. Joseph Dingwall 26. Federico Kertscher (7. Kevin Lopes) 44. Nicholas Mouzourakis (29. Harry Jones).