Rydalmere Lions and Blacktown Spartans couldn’t be separated in their Saturday evening clash at Valentine Sports Park.
The Spartans had the best chances of the first half through Adam Voloder and Christian Torrelli, while Rydalmere did well to stay in the contest following the early departures of Mitchell Gibbs and Kuot Maliet.
After the break, the Lions went close a couple of times. Rydalmere forward Garang Awac performed well against the club he left midseason, seemingly doing everything but find the net.
However, it was the Spartans who went closest to grabbing the winner. Josh Orchard’s cross was cleared to Shun Tokuno, who fired a low shot against the post.
Despite the stalemate, both coaches were pleased with how their sides played on the night.
St George City FA 0 vs Mounties Wanderers 5 (Sean Rooney 22’, Matthew West 29’, Tai Smith 62’, Noah Chianese 65’ 90+2’)
Mounties moved up three places to fourth thanks to a resounding victory at Jubilee Oval.
Brian Brown’s side drew first blood midway through the opening period. Sean Rooney was released behind the defence, going around City goalkeeper Christopher Marques and finding the net from an acute angle.
Nicholas Sullivan then hit the post for City, before Mounties doubled their lead with what was nearly a carbon copy of the first goal. This time it was Matthew West who would get on the scoresheet, getting past Marques and tucking the ball away to break a long goal drought.
City’s uphill battle became even more challenging after Paul Turrin was dismissed early in the second half, and Mounties took advantage of the extra player.
On 62 minutes, Michael Jeffrey hit the post. Mounties would keep the play alive, the ball finding its way to Tai Smith, who blasted home from 25 yards. Three minutes later, substitute Noah Chianese scored with almost his first touch, holding off a challenge and slotting past Marques.
West could have made it five when his header hit the crossbar, but instead Chianese netted the fifth in stoppage time, tapping in at the far post following a nice run and cross from fellow substitute Michael Cklamovski.
Western Sydney Wanderers 0 vs St George FC 3 (Marcus Beattie 33’, Juan Carlos Romero 69’, Bradley Bartels 90+2’)
The Sunday night fixture saw St George FC record their second consecutive 3-0 win as they convincingly defeated Western Sydney Wanderers at Lily Homes Stadium.
Juan Carlos Romero and Kevin Lopes had great early chances for the Saints, however it was rapid winger Marcus Beattie who opened the scoring, heading home from Romero’s pinpoint cross.
The Wanderers went close after the interval when Evan Tsakos’s effort was deflected onto the crossbar by Alexander Kyriacou. Romero then doubled his side’s lead with some magic, showing great skill to get away from a defender and blast the ball into the bottom corner.
St George FC completed the scoring in stoppage time. Aleksandar Lekoski beat a couple of opponents and although his shot was saved by Elliot Carwardine, Bradley Bartels was in the right place to score from the rebound.
By Eric Subijano (@eric_subijano)
Source FNSW website