After just two rounds, only four clubs from fourteen can claim two wins from two, Western Sydney Wanderers, Northern Tigers, Bankstown City and Mounties Wanderers leading the way at the top of PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men’s.
All three A-League clubs claimed a win with Sydney FC hitting Spirit FC for six. Charles Lokolingoy claiming the personal honours of the round with a hatrick.
Match of the Round - Mounties Wanderers v Bankstown Berries
Four goals inside the opening half an hour set Mounties Wanderers on their way to a 4-2 victory at a sweltering Valentine Sports Park on Sunday.
It never looked like any other result was likely after firstly Matthew West and then Jake Ingle scored within seven minutes to give the Mounties an early 2-0 lead. West had broken free of the Berries backline slotting away under Marko Bozic before Ingle got the better of the Berries keeper on the edge of the box, his shot having just enough power to creep over the line.
Mounties were much in control in the opening period, Neftali Gonzalez running the midfield like it was his own. His deft touch created much, and his linking with West was to prove dangerous all half.
A fortuitous rebound for Mounties probably helped for their third after twenty-two minutes, the ball falling into the path of West out on the left, but there was still much to do. West worked to the byeline, crossed into the box where Reid Taylor did well to control, turn the defence and push away for 3-0.
Bankstown weren’t without their own chances, Milano Ricardo and Nicholas Paras having an opportunity each, but neither tested the keeper, Daniel Sadaka.
It was to get even worse for the Berries on the half hour mark, a fourth goal being conceded when a mixup between Joseph Savor and Bozic saw the attempted clearance cannon off the defender back into the net.
It was going from bad to worse for Bankstown Berries. The departure of Tai Smith before the break with an ankle injury seemed to sum up their afternoon.
Wally Savor rang the changes at half time, taking off defensive pairing Liam McKenna and Alex Becerra, and moving Joseph Savor and James Ralston into the middle of the backline. Whether the Mounties were satisfied with the four, or whether the changes made the difference, it was a Berries who showed more promise in the second period.
A drive from Juan Chavez, on for West ten minutes after the break, was really the only close Mounties effort in the second half, but he was denied by a flying Bozic.
A rally by the Berries for the last quarter of an hour showed that they hadn’t simply lain down. A Joel Anscomb cross was just too high for Zakilas, who threatened, while Sadaka was to prevent the former leading scorer on two further occasions, in quick succession.
Berries finally got some reward for their effort with twelve minutes left on the clock. Ricardo connected sweetly to a cross from Peter Dimitropoulos to sweep home and then two minutes later, a strong run from Kyle Ewart, resulting in another fine strike, brought it back to 4-2.
But there was to be no grandstand finish. Those four goals were just too much of a leeway to drag back.
Mounties Wanderers 4 (Matthew West 5’, Jake Ingle 7’, Reid Taylor 22’, Joseph Savor own goal 31’) v Bankstown Berries 2 (Ricardo Milano 78’, Kyle Ewart 80’)
Sunday 13 March 2016
at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood
Referee: Trent Nash
Assts: Jin Kuan and Charles Hughes
Mounties Wanderers: 1. Daniel Sadaka 2. Michael Khoury 5. Patrick Gatt 6. Alexander Tomic 7. Neftali Gonzalez 9. Matthew West (11. Juan Chavez 55’) 17. Milorad Simonovic (28. David Taha 83’) 20. Reid Taylor (27. Dominic Dileo 71’) 22. Wade Oostendorp 23. Glen Downey 29. Jake Ingle
Subs not used: 8. Emanuel Elali 30. James Stojcevski
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: David Perkovic
Bankstown Berries: 1. Marko Bozic 2. Andrew Vitucci 3. Joseph Savor 4. Alex Becerra (8. Joel Anscomb 46’) 5. Liam McKenna (c) (6. Peter Dimitropoulos 46’) 7. Kyle Ewart 10. Nicholas Paras 11. Tai Smith (19. Dimitri Zakilas 39’) 14. James Ralston 15. Ricardo Milano 18. Jake Bradshaw.
Subs not used: 16. Steven Stavropoulos 40. Chris Becerra
Yellow Cards: Kyle Ewart, Nicholas Paras, Peter Dimitropoulos
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Wally Savor
St George v Central Coast Mariners
Two goals in the last quarter of an hour secured a win for Central Coast Mariners in a match of many chances, and the surprise was that only three were scored.
Trent Buhagiar headed wide for the visitors, by only centimetres twenty-five minutes in, a chance which really should have been taken, before Bruno Pivato, determinedly won possession high up the park before slotting under Thomas Heward-Belle to give the Saints a half time lead.
Despite some persistent Mariners pressure for large parts of the second period, it seemed that St George may last out the match but Brian Jamba made the pressure count in the end, scoring the leveller with fourteen minutes to go.
A Saints rally saw Nicholas Rouco, Tarek Ercan and Pivato all have close chances but it was a later charge by the Mariners which saw them gain the winner. Buhagiar, heading clear on goal was brought down just outside the box by Johnathan Kontalis, the referee having little option but to issue a straight red.
Off went Kontalis, and up stepped Reece Papadimitrios, who neatly directed his free kick over the wall and into the top right hand corner.
St George 1 (Bruno Pivato 35’) v Central Coast Mariners 2 (Brian Jamba 76’, Reece Papadimitrios 87’)
St George: 1. George Bouropoulos 3. Ali Nasreddine 5. Billy Darwich 7. Stefan de Jesus (4. Johnathan Kontalis 55’) 8. Tarek Ercan 9. Stevan Ilic (15. Nicholas Perez 68’) 10. Nicholas Rouco 13. Peter Vassilis (c) (16. Thomas Menton 73’) 17. Bruno Pivato 18. Sam Cornish 20. Alexander McCracken.
Red card: Johnathan Kontalis 87’
Central Coast Mariners: 1. Thomas Heward-Belle 2. Brian Jamba 3. Reece Papadimitrios 5. Daniel Tuddenham (Thomas Lyons) 6. Liam O’Dell (c) 7. Lachlan Wales 8. Adam Berry 10. Ryan Peterson 12. Trent Buhagiar 14. Nathan Verity (11. Christopher Hurley 81’) 18. Steve Whyte (15. Sean Pratt 75’).
Marconi v Northern Tigers
Northern Tigers claimed a well-earned scalp coming away from Marconi Stadium with three valuable points. But they had to come from behind to do so.
Noah Chianese had given the home side a half time lead, before Lucas Dawson drew the Tigers level eight minutes after the break. With the game seemingly headed for a draw, Mitchell Smith got the vital winner, three minutes before time.
The win lifts the Tigers to equal head of the table, setting up a tasty fixture next week when they travel to Western Sydney Wanderers.
Marconi 1 (Noah Chianese 26’) v Northern Tigers 2 (Lucas Dawson 53’, Mitchell Smith 87’)
Mount Druitt Town Rangers v Western Sydney Wanderers
Western Sydney Wanderers scored a hatful of goals for the second week in a row, this time knocking in five against Mount Druitt Town Rangers.
In an action packed game which saw seven goals and two red cards, the Wanderers didn’t take long to take a lead, Kyle Cimenti collecting a neat through ball from Josh Macdonald to put past Justin Biega after twelve minutes. Cimenti then doubled the score three minutes before half time, before Mount Druitt pulled one back through Kuag Reec.
Things looked bright for Rangers early after the restart when the Wanderers’ Cameron Devlin was sent off for handball, and Reec scored again, this time from the spot to draw Mount Druitt level.
But those hopes didn’t last as Tariq Maia put the Wanderers ahead before Rangers had a dismissal of their own, Rainer Smahel being sent off for a foul on Mario Shabow.
Two goals in the final minutes, through Lachlan Scott and then Alusine Fofanah, sent the Wanderers home with another ultimately comfortable victory.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers 2 (Kuag Reec 43’, 50’ pen) v Western Sydney Wanderers 5 (Kyle Cimenti 12’, 42’, Tariq Maia 54’, Lachlan Scott 86’, Alusine Fofanah 90+2’)
Spirit FC v Sydney FC
Sydney FC recovered quickly from their opening round loss, heaping further pain on Spirit FC, as six were hit without reply. It may have been only 1-0 at the break, but five goals in the second half hammered home the result.
Charles Lokolingoy managed a hatrick and one apiece to Bai Antoniou, Aaron Avery and Max Burgess made last week’s match a distant memory.
For Spirit, it has been a horror start to their title defence, their twelve goals conceded in their first two games, only four shy of last season’s entire total.
Spirit FC 0 v Sydney FC 6 (Charles Lokolingoy 3’, Bai Antoniou, Aaron Avery, Max Burgess)
Macarthur Rams v Fraser Park
Four goals to the Rams sent them on the way to victory, condemning Fraser Park to their second consecutive defeat.
Elsid Barkhousir hit his first for the club with Cristian Leiva Martinez and Mason Versi, along with an own goal by Davide Talone, providing Macarthur with a comfortable victory. It was not Talone’s night, also receiving a red card later in the match.
Fraser Park’s sole reply came from Nathan Sansom.
Macarthur Rams 4 (Elsid Barkhousir, Cristian Leiva Martinez, Mason Versi, Davide Talone own goal) v Fraser Park 1 (Nathan Sansom)
Bankstown City v North Shore Mariners
It didn’t take long for the Lions to get on the scoresheet against the visiting North Shore Mariners, with Gerard Ouffoue hitting the target after just three minutes.
Grant Lynch, for his second in two weeks also got on the scoresheet before half time, while an own goal to Jack Grant and then a fourth to Kojiro Hori, his first for the Lions doubled Bankstown’s goal tally after the break.
Bankstown City 4 (Gerard Ouffoue 3’, Grant Lynch 45 +1’, Jack Grant own goal 50’, Kojiro Hori 77’) v North Shore Mariners 1
Source FNSW - by Peter Rowney, PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men's Reporter