Western Sydney Wanderers’ lead at the head of the Playstation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 2 has been reduced to just a solitary point after being held 2-2 by St George, coupled with Sydney FC’s dramatic 3-2 win over Bankstown City.
Fraser Park continue to impress, taking yet another win in a dramatic form reversal, this time at Central Coast. For the first time this season, North Shore Mariners drop to last place, if only on goals scored, after their home defeat to Bankstown Berries.
Bankstown City v Sydney FC
In a game which ultimately lived up to its billing, Sydney FC defeated Bankstown City 3-2 to move to within a point of Western Sydney Wanderers at the top of the ladder, after a heart stopping second half at Jensen Park.
Up 2-0 at the break, courtesy of goals to William Mutch and Charles Lokolingoy, it seemed headed for a relatively comfortable afternoon for the Sky Blues. They had dominated possession for large parts of the half, even if Bankstown City had, for the most part, kept a tight hold at the back.
But when William Mutch struck first time to put Sydney FC in the lead in the 37th minute, and Charles Lokolingoy outpaced the Lions defence to sweep away the second seven minutes later, it was clear that Bankstown would have a busy time in bringing this one back.
Leo Carle rang the changes at half time, making a double substitution in bringing on Dean Bereveskos and Kojiro Hori, and the change in tempo was obvious.
It was a different Bankstown City after the restart, and they attacked Sydney FC with plenty of verve and enthusiasm. It didn’t take long for the chances to come their way, Michael Beauchamp having a header cleared off the line, and Todd Halloran had a header flash over from a corner.
Huseyin Jasli then turned inside to strike well, but his goal bound shot was tipped around the post by Mitchell Evans. Three good opportunities inside the opening quarter of an hour and the Lions were on the warpath.
The breakthrough finally came in the 66th minute. A Beauchamp header back across the face of goal was charged in by Gerard Ouffoue, amongst a host of players, and it was 1-2.
It became 2-2 ten minutes later. Bereveskos did superbly in cutting back from the byeline and there was Chris Gomez to draw the Lions level.
It seemed the comeback was complete, the hard work in getting back from 0-2 down finally rewarded, and the roar from the Jensen Park grandstand told its own story.
But disaster struck the Lions right from kickoff. Switched off for just a moment, and Sydney FC made them pay, with substitute Daniel Maskin collecting the ball in some space and shooting past Dion Shaw, from out on the left. Sydney FC were back in front in the blink of an eye, and it was the turn of the Sydney FC bench to leap in delight.
It proved too hard to come back a second time, and Sydney FC weren’t going to let the lead slip away again.
Halloran came closest in getting another, but in the end, it wasn’t to be.
It proved to be an excellent day’s work for the visitors, not only getting back to winning ways at one of their toughest opponents, but a clean sweep in all three grades increased their lead at the top of the Club Championship.
Bankstown City 2 (Gerard Ouffoue 66’, Chris Gomez 76’) v Sydney FC 3 (William Mutch 37’, Charles Lokolingoy 44’, Daniel Maskin 77’)
Sunday 3 July 2016
at Jensen Park, Sefton
Referee: James Lewis
Assts: Mitch Clarke and Dale Fuda
Bankstown City: 1. Dion Shaw 2. Todd Halloran 5. Michael Beauchamp (c) 9. Gerard Ouffoue 10. Chris Gomez 11. Huseyin Jasli 13. Dhari Alsaad (14. Dean Bereveskos 46’) 22. Kyohei Kimura (16. Kojiro Hori 46’) 23. Grant Lynch 25. Shayne Ardle (20. Nicholas Mouzourakis 65’) 30. Jack Musgrave
Subs not used: 41. Samuel Benton 15. Alessandro Pecora
Yellow cards: Chris Gomez
Coach: Leo Carle
Sydney FC: 1. Mitchell Evans 3. Patrick Flottman 5. Yianni Spyrakis (c) 6. Nicola Kuleski 9. Bai Antoniou (27. Daniel Maskin 72’) 11. Christopher Arditti (10. Aaron Avery 72’) 12. Charles Lokolingoy (19. Emanuel Gonzalez 77’) 13. Matthew Green 14. Cristian Gonzalez 16. Willlam Mutch 17. Chris Zuvela.
Subs not used: 20. Nicholas Sorras 2. Brendan Curtis
Yellow Cards: Matthew Green, Nicola Kuleski
Coach: Robert Stanton
St George v Western Sydney Wanderers
A late goal, five minutes from time, ensured that Western Sydney Wanderers remained top of the league after a 2-2 draw with St George.
Kyle Cimenti had given the Wanderers the lead nine minutes before half time, but Dimitri Zakilas drew the Saints level into time added on, slamming the ball in from close range. It was a deserved equaliser for St George, who moments earlier been denied, when Matthew Symes pushed a Stevan Ilic drive onto the post.
St George hit the lead with just over ten minutes to go, Zakilas knocking in from close range following good work from Ali Nasreddine down the left, but the league leaders fought back, Cimenti getting his second, scrambling home from a free kick.
St George 2 (Dimitri Zakilas 45 +1’, 79’) v Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Kyle Cimenti 36’, 85’)
St George: 1. George Bouropoulos 3. Ali Nasreddine 7. Stefan de Jesus (11. Wassim Hijazi 86’) 8. Tarik Ercan 9. Stevan Ilic 13. Peter Vassilis 16. Thomas Menton 17. Bruno Pivato 18. Yuta Konagaya 19. Dimitri Zakilas 20. Jayden McLeod.
Subs not used: 21. Benjamin Needham 5. Billy Darwich 12. David Ilic 31. Tayfun Buyyukkopru.
Western Sydney Wanderers: 18. Matthew Symes 4. Abdelrahman Kuku 6. Keanu Bacchus 7. Kyle Cimenti 8. Cameron Devlin 10. Tariq Maia 12. Lawrence Hanna (33. Moudi Najjar 63’) 16. Jordan Morfitis (Ramy Najjarine 63’) 27. Tate Russell 35. Lachlan Campbell 42. Daniel Blachura.
Subs not used: 30. Daniel Axford 23. Benjamin Morrison 32. Solomon Monahan-Vaike
Macarthur Rams 1 (Kevin Ly 86’) v Marconi 2 (Mirjan Pavlovic 27’, Noah Chianese 44’)
Marconi grabbed their second win in four days, coming away from Lynwood Park with all the points.
First half goals to Mirjan Pavlovic and Noah Chianese gave Marconi a buffer heading into the break, and while Kevin Ly reduced the arrears late for the Rams during the second period, it was not enough. After coming from two down on Wednesday night, Macarthur could not repeat the comeback this time around.
Macarthur Rams: 1. Nikodin Matic 2. Craig Cooley 4. Ben Cornish 6. Kevin Ly 7. Eli Squillacioti 9. Anthony Schmidt 12. David McMurray (8. Cristian Leiva Martinez) 15. Yotara Hagiwara 16. Mason Versi 17. James Ralston 18. Jordan Crackwell.
Subs not used: 3. Mitchell Thompson 10. Eros Bergamin 19. Damian Travis 20. Jair Fernandez.
Marconi: 21. Kristina Sekutkoski 3. Ante Markovic 5. Peter Pelekanos 7. Mirjan Pavlovic 8. Sean Rooney 9. Kenta Hasegawa (11. Sam Perre) 10. Marko Jesic 14. Peter Markovic 16. Noah Chianese 17. Steven Drewery (6. Raimond Coletta rep. by Bright Appiah)) 18. Brandon Vella.
Subs not used: 24. Christopher Godoy-Boscur 30. Alexander Gornall
Mounties Wanderers v Mount Druitt Town Rangers
After three consecutive draws. Mounties finally returned to the winner’s circle with a narrow 1-0 win over the visiting Mount Druitt Town Rangers.
A lone goal to Matthew West, his eleventh of the season, was enough as Mounties move back into the top six with the victory.
Mounties Wanderers 1 (Matthew West 37’) v Mount Druitt Town Rangers 0
Mounties Wanderers: 21. Luke Kairies 5. Patrick Gatt 6. Aleksandar Tomic 7. Neftali Gonzalez 9. Matthew West (26. Alessandro Tolomeo) 11. Mitchell Davidson 13. Pat Cappuccio 17. Milorad Simonovic 19. Ben Ansah (29. James Letta) 20. Reid Taylor (28. George Codrea) 22. Wade Oostendorp.
Subs not used: 30. Daniel Sadaka 8. Josh Viera
Mount Druitt Town Rangers: 21. Joel Tinker 3. Brian Griffin-Colls 4. Frank Martey (10. Patrick Dixon) 6. Nicholas Trimble 7. Luke Clifford 8. Matthew Clowes 9. Kuag Reec (12. Nuno Soares Gomes) 11. Abraham Majok 14. Daniel McCann 16. Rainer Smahel 16. Scott Goodwin.
Subs not used: 1. Justin Biega 5. Garang Awac 18. Connor May
Central Coast Mariners v Fraser Park
Fraser Park are continuing with their dramatic reversal of form, this time leaving the Central Coast with another victory under their belts, their fourth in five games.
Goals to Zac Ribeiro, Nikola Todoroski and Nathan Sansom helped secure the result, with the Coast’s sole reply coming from Adam Berry.
With thirteen points from their past fifteen, Fraser are now twelfth, a remarkable turnaround considering they were eight points adrift just a month ago.
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Adam Berry) v Fraser Park 3 (Zac Ribeiro, Nikola Todoroski, Nathan Sansom)
Northern Tigers v Spirit FC
A double to David Mavisa set up Spirit FC for an extremely valuable three points, leaving Northern Tigers emptyhanded at Valentine Park.
In an intensive battle near the bottom of the ladder, the points could hardly have been more important for the visitors, who also netted through Grant Cornwell.
Braden Cheng got on the scoresheet for the Tigers, who remain fifth despite the loss.
Northern Tigers 1 (Braden Cheng) v Spirit FC 3 (David Mavisa 2, Grant Cornwell)
North Shore Mariners v Bankstown Berries
After a horrendous fortnight, which saw three home losses and the departure of coach Rod Williams on Wednesday, Bankstown Berries finally had something to cheer about after a come from behind win over North Shore Mariners.
Going a goal down to a Michael Cole effort in the first half, the Berries drew level not long after the turnaround with Gavin Forbes snatching an equaliser.
But when Daniel Di Ruocco was redcarded, reducing the Berries to ten, it seemed their misfortune was set to continue.
Nicholas Paras had other ideas however, and the Berries leading scorer produced for an all important victory, no doubt to the delight of new coach Paris Svilicich.
North Shore Mariners 1 (Michael Cole) v Bankstown Berries 2 (Gavin Forbes, Nicholas Paras)
Source FNSW - by Peter Rowney, Play Station 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Men's Reporter