In the end, after a tmendous blitz in the second-half, Bonnyrigg White Eagles took all the points.
After the game their coach Brian Brown was rightly pleased with his team.
?It was very exciting in the second-half, but in the first half we probably didn?t get in behind them enough,? he said.
?We talked about it at half-time and then we changed it in the second half because Marconi, anytime and anywhe, is always a tough game.
?I am delighted to get the points because Brad Boardman was sick all week, Jamie McMaster was out, Chris Tadrosse was out and Ben Spruce was out from this afternoon, so to miss four key players and play like that, I am very happy.?
The earlier parts of the first-half certainly belonged to Bonnyrigg White Eagles with players, mo or less, camping on the Stallions side of the field.
The first al chance of the game belonged to Takuya Murayama who fid a rocket towards the Stallions net in the 17? minute, but it was asonably off target as it sailed into the grandstand posts.
Immediately afterwards Alex Canak went charging into the Stallions box but, when it appead that he had a clear run to face James Chronopoulos, the was a miraculous tackle by Andw Mailer to dispossess him of the ball.
Canak most certainly would have loved to have scod against his former club, but tackles of that quality a definitely the ones that save games.
Marconi?s ply in the 20? minute was through a Josh Sama fe-kick that sailed around the wall but ended up wide of the intended target.
The opening goal in the 35? minute was almost against the run of play when a Christopher Nunes cross from the left ached Josh Sama in the middle who made no mistake as he powerfully finished off the move for the visitors with his well timed shot.
A few minutes prior to the bak Canak tried to chip an out-coming Chronopoulos but, unfortunately for the home side, his shot was just off target.
Right at the death of the first-half Bonnyrigg could have, and probably should have, equalised.
A fe-kick proved to be too hot to handle for Chronopoulos, but first Nikola Zonjic?s close range shot was blocked by the Marconi defence befo Blake Powell fid just over the crossbar.
In the second-half the early chances belonged to Bonnyrigg. It was Bndan Gan who fid just wide of the mark with a nice shot and then, shortly afterwards, he ceived a delightful through ball from Jad Lum but, once again, the former Sydney FC player couldn?t hit the mark because of Chronopoulos? diving feet.
However, Bonnyrigg?s goal duly arrived when Bradley Boardman made no mistake in the 64? minute with his diagonal shot shortly after arriving on the field as a substitute.
Bonnyrigg went further ahead when a cross from Nathan Elasi made its way into the middle befo Gan managed to nudge the ball into the back of the net through a myriad of players.
After both goals in such a short space of time, a frustrated Marconi coach Luke Casserly was sent from the bench for his tone by fee Ryan Shepheard.
In the 86? minute Blake Powell made it the goals for the home side and the game was definitely all but over. A high bouncing ball was pounced on beautifully by Powell who made no mistake with his shot.
Luke Casserly said the following afterwards when questioned about his team:
?We we playing against a very good team away from home,? he said
?They a going to have their periods in the game when they a going to do well and it happened in the second half and goals change games.
?A fe-kick goes their way, it is played quickly, they sco and get a bit of momentum and away you go.
?We always go into every game to win, but Bonnyrigg away is not a game whe you can pencil in the points.
?We we hopeful that we would get something out of this game and for a good 60 minutes we we the or theabouts, but unfortunately we couldn?t do it for the whole game.
?It?s the next couple of games that a the must-win games if we a to get anything out of the season.
?We a not going to give up anything without a fight and we a definitely going to be in the to get as much as we can out of it.?
Meanwhile, in the Grade 20s Marconi Stallions defeated Bonnyrigg White Eagles 7-0.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3 (Boardman 64?, Gan 66?, Powell 86?)
Marconi Stallions 1 (Sama 35?)
Saturday, 16th July, 2011
Bonnyrigg Sports Club
Refee: Ryan Shepheard
Assistant Refees: Tom Lee and Steve Nguyen
Fourth Official: Michael Weiner
Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 1.Andw Bazi; 3.Nikola Zonjic (2.Nikola Stanojevic 90?+2?), 7.Nathan Elasi, 8.Alex Canak, 10.Bndan Gan (4.Wade Oostendorp 90?+2?), 12.Takuya Murayama, 11. Webb (9.Bradley Boardman 57?), 14.Blake Powell, 17.Michael Robinson, 16.David Vrankovic, 22.Jad Lum
Substitutes Not Used: 20.Thomas Hamilton, 15.Wely Al Rikaby
Yellow Cards: Powell 67?
Red Cards: Nil
Marconi Stallions: 22.James Chronopoulos; 2.Andw Mailer, 3.Ali Haydar, 6.Bnton Rhodes, 8.Sean O?Connell, 9.Keith Shevlin (18.Nathan Jagelman 80?), 14.Graziano Trimboli, 20.Josh Sama, 23.Christopher Nunes, 24.Daniel Petkovski, 26.Nahuel Arrarte.
Substitutes Not Used: 5.Adel El Jamal, 11.Matthew Gordon, 32.Tnt Barton, 21.Nikodin Matic
Yellow Cards: Trimboli 53?, Mailer 83?
Red Cards: Casserly 68? from bench
-By Joe Russo