The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW 2 competition has a new leader after Western Sydney Wanderers defeated the previous table toppers Sydney FC 3-1 to move two points clear at the head of the table.
Bankstown City retain third, and are keeping the top two honest, but Marconi lost the opportunity to gain ground, suffering a 4-2 defeat at Spirit FC.
Fraser Park remain shackled to the bottom after a 4-0 loss at the Lions.
Match of the Round
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Western Sydney Wanderers moved to the top of the ladder with a 3-1 win at Lambert Park, securing their first victory over their rivals at youth level since October 2014.
There would be few who would argue that the Wanderers didn’t deserve the three points, generally shading their opposition for the much of the match.
After an opening half hour that saw few chances as both sides settled, the Wanderers took the lead just after the half hour mark when Alusine Fofanah, who also scored the opener for Western Sydney Wanderers last week, struck superbly, curling his shot past Mitchell Evans.
It provided a surge of energy to the game, relatively quiet to that point, and within ten minutes, Sydney FC had drawn level. The league’s leading scorer, Charles Lokolingoy took advantage of a slip in the Wanderers defence, and after receiving a nice ball from Nicola Kuleski, didn’t need a second invitation to slam the equaliser past Matthew Symes. Perhaps a crucial slip for the Wanderers who had kept Lokolingoy quiet till then, this goal being the tall striker’s first chance of the match.
The Sky Blues almost grabbed a second two minutes later when George Timotheou sidefooted first time, connecting to a corner, but the shot flashed over.
The Wanderers responded with their own opportunity just prior to half time, Lachlan Scott heading over in the final moments, but it remained 1-1 at the break.
It took only twelve minutes after the restart for the Wanderers to take the lead for the second time. And it came from excellent work from Tariq Maia, who looked very impressive in the time he was on the park. Working his way through the Sydney FC defence, he was left to squeeze his shot past Evans.
From that time on, it seemed the Wanderers’ game to lose. That was not to say that Sydney FC did not have chances to bring the game back, and close ones at that, but you sensed that Western Sydney were just that little more energetic and sharp.
Perhaps on another day, Sydney FC’s chances may not have been spurned with Bai Antoniou coming close on two occasions. The first drew a fine save from Symes, who had shown a safe pair of hands all game, tipping Antoniou’s header over while the second, fifteen minutes from time, saw Antoniou’s free kick from just outside the area, escape the goal.
Christian Gonzalez also earlier had a decent chance, but was denied equally by Symes.
With time fast running out, the Wanderers sealed the three points. And who else but Scott, on a swift counter attack, scrambling away the third.
The Wanderers will be well pleased with the win, and the day’s work, keeping Sydney FC to just the one goal. Equally importantly, Western Sydney also move to the top of the Club Championship although there are plenty of legs in that competition yet.
Sydney FC 1 (Charles Lokolingoy 40’) v Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Alusine Fofanah 31’, Tariq Maia 57’, Lachlan Scott 90+3’)
Saturday 28 May 2016
at Lambert Park, Leichhardt
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Sydney FC: 1. Mitchell Evans 2. Brendan Curtis (8. Juan Zapeta 69’) 3. Patrick Flottman 4. George Timotheou 5. Yianni Spyrakis (c) 6. Nicola Kuleski 7. Daniel Araujo 9. Bai Antoniou 12. Charles Lokolingoy (19. Emmanuel Gonzalez 69’) 14. Christian Gonzalez 17. Chris Zuvela.
Subs not used: 10. Aaron Avery 16. Matthew Green 20. Duro Drajicevic
Yellow Card: Yianni Spyrakis
Coach: Robert Stanton
Western Sydney Wanderers: 18. Matthew Symes 4. Abdelrahman Kuku 6. Keanu Bacchus . Cameron Devlin 9. Lachlan Scott 10. Tariq Maia (7. Kyle Cimenti 72’) 15. Remy Najjarine (2. Lachlan Roberts 63’) 23. Jonathan Aspropotamitis 23. Shayne D’Cunha (c) 31. Alusine Fofanah (16. Jordan Morfitis 83’) 34. Mario Shabow.
Subs not used: 1. Nicholas Suman 24. Tacettin Kumsuz
Yellow Card: Cameron Devlin
Coach: Trevor Morgan
St George v Bankstown Berries
Bankstown Berries gained their third win of the season coming away from St George with a 2-1 victory. True to form, there was not a lot of difference between the two sides with woodwork struck and shots cleared off the line at both ends.
Leading Berries scorer Nicholas Paras struck just before half time to give the visitors the lead with the advantage doubled midway through the second half when Tai Smith tapped in at the far post.
The Saints rallied but while they brought one back, it was too little and too late. Dimitri Zakilas, signed midweek from the Berries after ending eleven years at the club, scored deep into time added on.
St George 1 (Dimitri Zakilas 90+4’) v Bankstown Berries 2 (Nicholas Paras 42’, Tai Smith 65’)
Referee: Jerry Bitas
St George: 1. George Bouropoulos 2. Daniel Kamel (9. Stevan Ilic 71’) 3. Ali Nasreddine 5. Billy Darwich 6. Reuben Lagos (15. Nicholas Perez 66’) 7. Stefan de Jesus 8. Tarik Ercan 16. Thomas Menton 17. Bruno Pivato (23. David Ilic 84’) 18. Yuta Konagaya 19. Dimitri Zakilas.
Subs not used: 11. Wassim Hijazi 50. Mark Stivic
Yellow Card: Tarik Ercan
Bankstown Berries: 1. Tonu Liiband 3. Daniel Di Ruocco 4. Alexander Becerra 5. Liam McKenna 6. Perry Fotakopoulos (12. Garang Awac 78’) 7. Kyle Ewart 8. Mohammed Rahimi 9. Gavin Forbes 10. Nicholas Paras 11. Tai Smith 14. David Han.
Subs not used: 15. Matthew Trotter 17. Harrison Feller 18. Jake Bradshaw 40. Chris Becerra
Yellow Cards: David Han, Liam McKenna
Spirit FC v Marconi
There were goals galore at Christie Park with the majority of them inside the first twenty minutes.
And how Spirit must be thanking the stars for the recent signing of Reuben Agyei-Danso. After scoring on his debut last weekend, Agyei-Danso notched a brace inside fifteen minutes against Marconi, sprinting the home side to a 2-0 lead.
But here was no time for any feeling of comfort as the Stallions drew level within five minutes. Noah Chianese got the first before Tom Lovell put through his own net a minute later.
With Marconi scoring twice late last round to take the points against Sydney FC, while Spirit FC conceded twice late to lose the points against North Shore, this time the fortunes were reversed.
Two goals in the final eight minutes saw Spirit collect their third win of the season. Mark McAlpine and David Mavisa, in injury time, both netting for a vital win.
Spirit FC 4 (Reuben Agyei-Danso 9’, 14’, Mark McAlpine 83’, David Mavisa 90+1’) v Marconi 2 (Noah Chianese 18’, Tom Lovell own goal 19’)
Spirit FC: 1. Murray Nelson 2. Daniel Cunningham 4. Michael Streeter 5. Andrew Robertson 10. Kim Changyu 11. David Mavisa 15. Alexander Doyle (7. Jake Harris) 16. Mark McAlpine (6. Luke Maait) 17. Robbie George 19. Tom Lovell 21. Reuben Agyei-Danso (3. Henry Wells).
Subs not used: 51. David Lowery 13. Philip Reilly
Yellow Card: Tom Lovell
Marconi: 1. Chad Taylor 4. Simon Valastro 5. Peter Pelekanos (22. Emmanuel Giannaros) 6. Raimond Coletta 7. Mirjan Pavlovic 8. Sean Rooney 9. Kenta Hasegawa 16. Noah Chianese 17. Steven Drewery (10. Marko Jesic) 18. Brandon Vella (25. Philip Makrys) 23. Christopher Nunes.
Subs not used: 21. Kristian Sekutkoski 14. Peter Markovic
Yellow Cards: Steven Drewery, Christopher Nunes, Simon Valastro.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers v North Shore Mariners
Mount Druitt Town were seemingly headed for victory in a close game against North Shore Mariners after Scott Goodwin put the home side ahead, scoring from a free kick outside the area.
Their chances of victory seemed all the more certain when North Shore’s Nicholas Chapman was red carded in the 86th minute.
But with time added on ticking down, in the final moments substitute Joshua Mbakwe levelled, ensuring a share of the points.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers 1 (Scott Goodwin) v North Shore Mariners 1 (Joshua Mbakwe)
Referee: Adam Susz
Mount Druitt Town Rangers: 1. Justin Biega 3 Brian Griffin-Colls 7. Luke Clifford 8. Matthew Clowes 9. Kuag Reec (6. Nick Trimble) 10. Patrick Dixon (11. Abrtaham Majok) 12. Jamie Dib (23. Shayne Ardle) 13. Nathan Ralph 14. Daniel McCann 16. Scott Goodwin 21. Ryan Johnstone.
Subs not used: 21. Joel Trinker
Yellow Cards: Nil
North Shore Mariners: 36. Stefan Giglio 2. Zac Sfiligoi 3. Chris Lindsay 4. Jack Grant 6. Ricky Woodward 7. Tadhg Purcell (23. Joshua Mbakwe) 8. Michael Cole 12. Nicholas Chapman 13. Marquin Smith 21. Marley Petersen (17. Lachlan Everett) 37. James Scott.
Subs not used: 1. Anthony Zecchinati 16. James Goldsmith 24. Harrison Kaye
Yellow Cards: Nicholas Chapman, Chris Lindsay, James Scott, Marquin Smith
Red Card: Nicholas Chapman
Mounties Wanderers v Macarthur Rams
A first half double to Ben Cornish set Macarthur Rams on the way to victory against Mounties Wanderers, making it three wins from their past four matches.
The three points has lifted the Rams to fifth spot, leapfrogging their opposition, who drop to seventh after this loss, their third in the past month.
Matthew West did reduce the deficit to 1-2 in the second half, but it was not enough in the end.
Mounties Wanderers 1 (Matthew West) v Macarthur Rams 2 (Ben Cornish 2)
Referee: Katie Patterson
Mounties Wanderers: 1. Luke Kairies 5. Patrick Gatt 6. Aleksandar Tomic 7. Neftali Gonzalez 9. Matthew West 12. David Taha (32. Tayfun Devrimol) 17. Milorad Simonovic (2. Joshua Viera) 20. Reid Taylor 22. Wade Oostendorp 28. George Codrea (11. Mitchell Davidson) 29. Jake Ingle
Subs not used: 21. Daniel Sadaka 8. Ben Ansah
Yellow Cards: Jake Ingle Aleksandar Tomic
Macarthur Rams: 20. Jair Fernandez 2. Craig Cooley 3. Mitchell Thompson 4. Ben Cornish 5. Elsid Barkhousir 6. Kevin Ly (15. Yolara Hagawara rep 11. Regan Suters) 7. Eli Squillacioti 9. Anthony Schmidt 12. David McMurray 17. James Ralston 19. Damian Travis
Subs not used: 10. Marko Filipovic 16. Mason Versi
Yellow Cards: Kevin Ly, Anthony Schmidt, Damian Travis
Central Coast Mariners v Northern Tigers
A send off to Northern Tigers’ Braden Cheng with twenty minutes to go helped Central Coast Mariners to a 3-1 victory, themselves the victim of a red card last round.
After Ryan Peterson had put the Mariners in front after the hour, it wasn’t long after Cheng’s sendoff that that lead was doubled. Within three minutes, Trent Buhagiar made it 2-0 before Lachlan Wales made it a comfortable three goals to the good with six minutes left.
A late goal to Max Glanville was nothing more than a consolation for the visiting Tigers.
Central Coast Mariners 3 (Ryan Peterson 62’, Trent Buhagiar 74’, Lachlan Wales 84’) v Northern Tigers 1 (Max Glanville 87’)
Red Card: Braden Cheng 71’
Bankstown City v Fraser Park
Normal service has resumed out Jensen Park way after the Lions accounted for cellar dwellers Fraser Park 4-0 on Sunday, staying third and opening up a five point gap from fourth as a result.
Chris Gomez, Gerard Ouffoue, Dean Bereveskos and Grant Lynch, regular scorers all, got on the scoresheet condemning Fraser Park to an eighth straight loss.
Bankstown City 4 (Chris Gomez, Gerard Ouffoue, Dean Bereveskos, Grant Lynch) v Fraser Park 0
Source FNSW - by Peter Rowney, Play Station 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men's Reporter