Round Six of the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 saw all matches played over the weekend with some great individual performances earning them their places in the Team of the Week.
Sydney Olympic’s Paul Henderson kept his third clean sheet of the 2015 season which saw him take the number one jersey.
Even though he was on the losing side, Bonnyrigg White Eagles captain Chris Tadrosse was his side’s best player on the park with his marauding runs down the left. Sydney United 58’s captain Ibrahim Haydar has been a rock at the back for his side this season and the skipper showed that again, earning his place in defence.
With his keeper already in the team, Sydney Olympic’s Leigh Egger has been an integral part of the Blues’ defensive record, contributing greatly to the three clean sheets. The Blacktown Spartans battled hard on Saturday night, taking all three points and not conceding a goal with youngster Spiros Agathos at the top of his defensive duties.
Mitchell Stamatellis put in a man of the match performance for Sydney United 58 on Sunday in his first match back from injury, governing the midfield and putting himself about all over the pitch. Franco Parisi has been in red-hot form this season for APIA Leichhardt Tigers and seems like he has turned the clock back which showed against the Sharks in a masterful display.
Mitchell Long has been instrumental for the Blacktown Spartans this season with the experience he brings to a relatively young side. His goal helped the Spartans to a 3-0 win on Saturday night.
Parramatta FC’s Juan Carlos Chavez has been a constant threat in attack and was one of Franco Consentino’s most dangerous players on the weekend.
Blake Powell has shot his APIA Leichhardt Tigers side to third spot on the ladder, scoring eight goals so far this season, leading the scorer’s charts. Blacktown City’s speedster Danny Choi also takes his spot in a front three after his man of the match performance on Sunday.
Archives for April 2015
ROUND six of the Grade 20s competition played out this weekend; with rain again interrupting the fixture list as Bonnyrigg White Eagles’ match with Sydney United 58 FC was washed out on Sunday afternoon.?
The Match of the Round saw APIA Leichhardt Tigers dig out an unlikely win against first-placed Sutherland Sharks at Lambert Park.
Match of the Round
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 1-0 Sutherland Sharks FC, Sunday at Lambert Park
APIA Leichhardt Tigers stunned league leaders Sutherland Sharks with a 1-0 win at Lambert Park on Sunday afternoon; a solitary goal from Lachlan Scott in the 60th minute after a scoreless first half enough to earn his side their first win since the opening round.
The Sharks looked to begin strongly, and held possession between the midfield and defence while APIA chased down every pass.
It made for a cagey few opening minutes, as the visitors looked to settle, and the home side attempted to stop them from doing just that. APIA had the first shot of the match after five minutes when the ball fell to Mathew Cook in front of Andrew Depta’s goal, but he sent his effort well off target.
Poor finishing, perhaps, was the defining feature of a first half in which neither side could find a breakthrough. Both played high defensive lines when in possession, making quick breaks difficult, and long shots preferable. Sutherland’s Brendan Curtis came close to scoring the opening goal when he charged down a clearance from APIA goalkeeper Christopher Moore, but the ball spun out of the tackle and bounced just wide of the post.
Curtis arguably had the best chance of the first half with ten minutes remaining before the break: played in behind the APIA defence with a fine long pass from deep, he controlled the ball well but flicked his shot wide again under pressure from the onrushing Moore. Jeremy Cox was next to go close for the visitors with a shot that rebounded for Jordan Roberts, who could only hit the bouncing ball high over the crossbar. The half ended with yellow cards from APIA defenders Tyson Rhodes and Adrian Vlastelica, each booked for cynical fouls in the midfield.
The second half began with the same intensity as the first had ended, and Jayden McLeod and Roberts were both shown yellow cards for the visiting side, while Stephen Kayes was booked for APIA. Lachlan Scott nearly managed to give his side the lead in the flurry of cautions after short free kick came to him in the six yard box on the hour mark, but he shot wastefully over the bar after swivelling to find an angle.
He made up for his mistake only minutes later: Depta charged out to punch clear a cross but misjudged the ball and deflected it down for Scott, who hit a low drive into the empty net, making sure of his finish as the Sharks defenders slid in desperately to block the shot. Another series of yellow cards followed the goal, with Richard Blanco and Leo Malfara booked for the Sharks, and APIA were gifted a number of free kicks in their attacking half but were unable to add to the scoreline.
The final ten minutes saw the Sharks with the majority of possession as they pushed for an equaliser, though they struggled to find space for shots of any substance as APIA looked to close out a win. A late Sutherland corner was cleared, and the final whistle sounded on their first loss of the 2015 season.
APIA coach Danial Cummins was delighted with his side’s performance, saying that the momentum has been building for the result. "The boys played well – they played smart, and for the last twenty minutes they fought really well to hold onto the lead.
"We feel like this result’s been coming for a few weeks now – we’ve been playing good football; we just haven’t been scoring and we’ve perhaps been a bit naive in defence, but we’ve worked hard on that and we’ve got the rewards today."
"Lambert Park always a hard place to come and get a result," said Sutherland Sharks coach Allan Edmonson. "I’ve never found it easy coming here.
"I think we still created the majority of the chances, but in the end they capitalised on a mistake with a goalkeeper under pressure and scored a goal. We missed a couple of chances and could’ve won, but it doesn’t always work out like that."
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 1 (Scott, 60′)
Sutherland Sharks FC FC 0
Sunday April 19, 2015
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC: Vlastelica, McCarron, Cox, Cook, Moniaci, Scott, Ribeiro, Moore, Coleandra, Kayes, Rhodes
Substitutes: Adattini, Alassmi, Koliomihos, Perez, Zvezdakovski
Yellow cards: Vlastelica, Cook, Kayes, Rhodes
Sutherland Sharks FC: Benham, Blanco, Curtis, Kakavelis, Hughes, O’Shea, Loe, Cox, Depta, McLeod, Roberts
Substitutes: Gioiosa, Malfara, Nikas, Akol, Evans
Yellow cards: Blanco, Kakavelis, Malfara, McLeod, Roberts
Marconi Stallions FC 4-1 Blacktown Spartans FC, Marconi Stadium
Marconi cruised to a 4-1 win over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon, with two goals from Ryan Peterson, and one each from Noah Chianese and Jack Press, moving the Stallions into first place ahead of the Sutherland Sharks (though the Sharks have a game in hand).
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC v Sydney United 58 FC, WASHOUT
Manly United FC 2 -3 Sydney Olympic FC, at Cromer Park
Lachlan McLean scored twice for the home side but it wasn’t enough as Manly United fell to a 2-3 loss to Sydney Olympic. Manly slip to third as a result of their defeat but remain two points ahead of Olympic in fourth.
Parramatta FC 0-1 South Coast Wolves FC, at Melita Stadium
South Coast Wolves won their third away match in as many weeks at Melita Stadium on Sunday afternoon; with Jordan Murray scoring the only goal of the game for the visitors.
The Wolves pull ahead of Parramatta on the table with their win – both sides were level on seven points heading into this match.
Rockdale City Suns FC 2-2 Blacktown City FC, at Ilinden Sports Centre
Goals from Rockdale’s whiz midfielder Michael Loupis and Isaac Savor were cancelled out by strikes from Blacktown City’s Jonathan Grozdanovski and Nikolas Dimitriadis in a 2-2 draw at the Illinden Sports Centre, a result which sees Blacktown City remain unbeaten in four matches.
Rockdale’s first point since March sees them go in front of the Blacktown Spartans in second-last place.
– by Max Grieve, PS4 National Premier Leagues Grade 20s Reporter
SYDNEY United 58’s win over Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the Match of the Round keeps them atop the table.
But Blacktown City are looming large in their rear view mirror, two points behind but with a game in hand. Elsewhere, APIA-Leichhardt bounced back by beating Sutherland, while Rockdale City Suns and South Coast Wolves both remain winless.
Round 6 Review
Marconi Stallions 0-3 Blacktown Spartans, at Marconi Stadium
The pain goes on for the Marconi Stallions, who turned in a terrible performance at home to the Blacktown Spartans.
Ben De Haan’s side were much improved from the one that drew with South Coast Wolves the weekend previous, and were it not for Marconi goalkeeper Sam Nastic, they could have run up a cricket score.
Mitch Long and Benjamin Tosi scored within a minute of each other towards the end of the first half, and Joshua Da Silva added a third in the second half.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-3 Sydney United 58 FC, at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre
This game started explosively as Bonnyrigg White Eagles took the lead within 120 seconds of kick off.
Chris Tadrosse’s cross/shot deceived United keeper Justin Pasfield, sailing into the top corner to send the home fans into raptures. It didn’t last long though, as Chris Triantis equalised in the fifth minute, heading in a cross from in-form wide man Matthew Bilic.
They were two sloppy goals but it made for great entertainment. United went ahead in the 18th minute when Panny Nikas, making his first start for the Reds, headed in a cross from Triantis.
Bonnyrigg chased the game in the second half and had their fair share of opportunities, but United stung them late on with a counter attack. Richard Cardozo, on his debut for United, tapped in after James Chronopoulos saved a Mitchell Stamatellis cross.
APIA-Leichhardt Tigers 2-1 Sutherland Sharks, at Lambert Park
APIA returned to the winners’ circle, turning in a much stronger performance than they did against Blacktown City, to record a win against Sutherland Sharks.
It was a former Sutherland player who scored the winner, with Blake Powell’s 25-yard rocket proving the difference.
APIA went ahead through Corey Biczo, who was making his first NPL start for the Tigers, only for Seonjin Park to equalise moments later.
Powell’s wonder-goal opened up the game and APIA could have put the game away as Franco Parisi revelled in the open spaces in midfield. Former Sutherland wingers Nathan Elasi and Nick Olsen both had more than once chance to seal the game, but they couldn’t find the back of the net as APIA held on to win anyway.
Manly United 0-2 Sydney Olympic, at Cromer Park
Manly welcomed Sydney Olympic to Cromer, full of confidence after two wins on the bounce.
Olympic brought the back to earth with a bump, coming away 2-0 winners, although they were owe their goalkeeper Paul Henderson, who pulled off a number of agile saves.
Manly had their chances, but found Henderson too tough to beat. Harris Gaitatzis scored the first for Olympic, and Taiga Soeda wrapped it up in the last few minutes, on a day where Olympic coach Grant Lee, defender Leigh Egger, and attacker Scott Balderson, all returned to the ground they once called home.
Rockdale City Suns 1-1 Blacktown City, at Ilinden Sports Centre
For winless Rockdale City, this could be the one that got away.
The Suns led at home and looked for all money to break their duck, only for a late goal to earn the visitors a share of the points.
After an uneventful first half, Hristijan Tanoski gave Rockdale City the lead only ten minutes into the second. It was thanks to good work from the lively Alec Urosevski, that Tanoski found himself in position to convert an easy finish.
Rockdale City looked good value for their lead, but the reigning champions wouldn’t lie down and they pulled a rabbit out of the hat when Joe Gibbs levelled the score with only six minutes remaining, to maintain Blacktown City’s unbeaten start to the season.
Parramatta FC 0-0 South Coast Wolves, at Melita Stadium
The conditions were fairly dire but they are no excuse for the performances served up by Parramatta FC and South Coast Wolves.
Parramatta are without a win since round one and South Coast Wolves are without one at all, and those droughts didn’t end in this nil-all draw at Melita Stadium.
Neither Luke Turnbull in the Parramatta goal or Thomas Manos in the Wolves on were unduly tested in a match that had zero-zero written all over it from the start.
One positive from the match was Kelly Jones making her debut as an NPL Men’s 1 referee, and she did an excellent job in her first match in the top division.
– By Matthew Lopez, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Editor
AFTER an impressive run of recent results, Manly United were walking on air heading into Sunday afternoon’s fixture versus Sydney Olympic FC at Cromer Park.
90 minutes later their feet were firmly planted back on the ground after they were beaten 2-0 by the former NSL giants.
Olympic coach Grant Lee raised a few eyebrows when he elected to bench former United midfielder Scott Balderson, but Lee later explained that he simply needed a rest.
In what was a lively opening, both teams displayed their attacking intent but were guilty of turning over the ball cheaply.
Adam Parkhouse was proving a real handful for the Olympic defenders with his surging runs down the left flank.
On 18′ minutes he whipped in a decent cross for Chris Payne, who couldn’t convert the half chance.
Three minutes later United supporters were on edge following a challenge between Kieren Paull and Paul Henderson.
The evergreen keeper appeared to come off second best, but was quickly back on his feet.
Referee Katie-Louise Patterson, who impressed from start to finish, felt a free kick was sufficient. Others controlling in the middle may have brandished a yellow card or even sent off Paull, so the relief was obvious.
With 25′ minutes showing on the scoreboard, Payne tested Henderson yet again, this time from 18 yards.
In hindsight, the striker should have passed, with Kiwi youth international Daniel Saric unmarked just metres away.
That man Payne couldn’t stay out of the game.
On 29′ minutes he turned Olympic defender Brendan Hooper inside out, but could only muster a tame effort which Henderson gobbled up.
Olympic then went close to scoring the first goal of the game.
A free kick then resulted in some frantic action in and around the 18 yard box. Eventually the loose ball fell to Hooper, whose drive towards goal was tipped over the crossbar by an alert Tonu Liiband.
Saric had decent efforts after 38′ and 42′ minutes, but both teams entered the sheds at halftime without a goal to show for their efforts.
With 49′ minutes played, Manly pin up boy Brendan Cholakian almost caught Henderson napping.
Showing brilliant close control, he skipped past a couple of defenders with ease before attempting to squeeze a shot past the one time Northern Spirit gloveman at his near post.
Henderson did just enough to keep the ball from trickling over the line, showing he still has the talent to hold his own at the elite level.
Moments later Brayden Sorge delivered a great cross from the right to the far post, but teammate Will Angel couldn’t connect with the inviting cross.
Lee threw Balderson on with 55′ minutes gone and Olympic instantly had more zip in the middle of the park.
It was almost inevitable the deadlock would soon be broken, and sure enough, striker Harris Gaitatzis stepped up for the visitors.
Latching on to a ball from Japanese import Taiga Soeda, the striker took a neat first touch and rolled the ball past Liiband.
Soeda then sealed the result on 82′ minutes.
A well worked set piece saw the diminutive midfielder curl the ball in the bottom right corner to give Olympic a two goal cushion.
Both squads then cleared their bench as the game drew to a finish, and with 89′ minutes played Henderson showed just how keen he was to leave the northern beaches with a clean sheet.
His reaction save to deny Payne from a corner was magnificent – in short, Henderson was a shot stopper inspired.
United boss Paul Dee felt his team should have been up at halftime.
"We are disappointed with the end result, I felt we did enough to get something out of the game,” he said.
"To Olympic’s credit, they reacted well after the break and took their chances."
Lee was content with his team’s hard fought victory and then revealed why Balderson was on the pine for close to an hour.
"Manly are always a tough team to play, they work hard,” he said.
Their recent results have shown what they are capable of.
"Scotty (Balderson) has played plenty of games the past few weeks, so I wanted to keep him fresh.
"The aim was rest him midweek from the Westfield FFA Cup, but one of the boys was injured early, so we threw Scott on.
"When he came on for us today he showed what he can do, he is a class player."
Sydney Olympic FC 2 (H Gaitatzis 70′, Soeda 82′)
Manly United 0
Sunday April 19, 2015
Cromer Park, Cromer
Referee: Katie-Louise Patterson
Assistant referees: Nick Backo, Timothy Danaskos
Fourth official: Karl Davies
Manly United FC: Liiband, Beuchat, (McDonald 65′) Bragg, Cholakian, Lobb, Oughtred, Parkhouse, (Kuleksi 83′) Paull, Payne, Williams, Saric (Castelnuovo 80′)
Substitutes not used: McLean, Catlin
Yellow cards: Cholakian 27′, Saric 79′
Sydney Olympic FC: Henderson, Angel, Egger, H Gaitatzis, (M Gaitatzis 86′) Hatzimouratis, (Balderson 55′) Hooper, Shirai, Soeda, Sorge, Spyrakis, (Markovic 86′) Tsattalios
Substitutes not used: Madonis, Sadaka
Yellow cards: Nil
3 – Paul Henderson (SO)
2 – Taiga Soeda (SO)
1 – Leigh Egger (SO)
A SCORELESS draw was probably the right result as Parramatta and South Coast Wolves came together on a sunny, but blustery, afternoon at Melita Stadium.
With the hosts not having won a match since the opening day of the season and the Wolves still looking for their first win of the campaign something had to give in the fight for points.
Referee Kelly Jones made her PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 1 debut, and she was eased into life in the top division by a match that failed to inspire and only partly because of the weather conditions.
Early on, Ben Zucco’s deflected shot won a corner. It fell to Peter Simonoski at speed and the burly striker lifted the ball over the bar as the visitors looked to strike first, with only three minutes on the clock.
It was a tense struggle in the middle of the park and although neither wrested control for any lengthy period, it made for excellent entertainment.
The wind was making life tricky for both if the ball was pumped long, so each adjusted to playing it on the ground, however the intensity ensured many passes went astray.
Juan Chavez registered Parramatta’s first shot in anger when he stabbed a loose ball goal ward in the 28th minute.
Sam Matthews replied with a well struck but wayward shot in the 33’ minute that skewed nearer the corner flag than the intended target but it was that sort of game where closing down was rapid and with no time to settle or set it was was snap shooting at best.
James O’Rourke picked up a caution late on for South Coast but at half time, only the colour of their shirts separated the two teams.
The second half started brighter for the Eagles when in the 47’ minute Mathew Clowes curled in a free-kick that was was partially cleared, only to fall for captain Pat Gatt whose shot was well kept out by Thomas Manos between the sticks. The ball bobbled around before the ‘keeper was eventually able to grasp it.
Simonoski went close to giving South Coast the lead after a defensive mix-up but couldn’t take advantage, scuffing his shot after a twisting run on the edge of the box. Luke Turnbull smothered comfortably.
Matthews needed to be replaced in the 64’ minute after injuring himself, which was a shame as he had been one of Wolves’ best on the day.
It was Chavez who came closest breaking the deadlock but he was unlucky to see his effort cannon back into play off the post with Manos well beaten.
“I think today’s game was always going to be like this because two evenly matched teams near the bottom needed to try and get something out the game and the conditions didn’t help but it was the same for both," Parramatta coach Franco Cosentino said.
“All in all I was happy with how we fought and the manner in which we worked and sometimes this year games are going to be like that.
“It was our first clean sheet of the year and to be honest we’ve been getting better and better every week and the young boys are starting to learn. We have a lot of players who haven’t played at this level before so it’s been a learning curve for them and hopefully we’ll be battling harder and stronger at the latter stages of the season.”
Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte said: “The wind played it’s part but unfortunately today it was a very ugly game and I suppose it shows why both sides are where they are at the moment.
“The performance today showed that both sides are struggling and obviously neither performed as well as we would have liked and the conditions cannot be blamed for that. We certainly didn’t keep the ball well enough and we didn’t show enough conviction in the fight and our decision making was poor but overall we got a point which was an improvement but I’m very disappointed with the performance altogether.
“I think our only positive to come out of the game is that we kept a clean sheet, our first if the year, but on the other hand we were very, very poor with the ball.”
Parramatta FC 0
South Coast Wolves 0
Sunday 19th April, 2015
Melita Stadium, Sefton
Referee: Kelly Jones
Assistant Referees: Thomas Lee and Matthew Cassidy
Fourth Official: Adam Vainauskas
Parramatta FC: Turnbull; Speranza, Symons, Gatt (C), Daniel Gullo, Martey, Clowes, Sama (Tsironis 71), Chavez, Richards (Gersbach 90+1), Tayebi
Substitutes Not Used: Wright, Rezo, Matic
Yellow Cards: Richards 50, Richards, Turnbull 88
South Coast Wolves: Manos; Alsaad, Madden, Griffin (Baldacchino 83), Price (C), Stojic, Simonoski, Zucco (Wilson 60), O’Rourke, Welch, Matthews (Murray 64)
Substitutes Not Used: Hamilton, Fielding
Yellow Cards: O’Rourke 44, Matthews 58, Price 90+4
3 – Chavez (PFC)
2 – Simonoski (SCW)
1 – Turnbull (PFC)
– by Micky Brock, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Reporter, at Melita Stadium