APIA Leichhardt Tigers made the ultimate comeback to defeat Rockdale City Suns 4-3 in an entertaining match at Lambert Park.
The seven goal thriller started with Rockdale taking a deserved 3-0 lead within the opening 40 minutes with goals to Marko Jesic and a double to Alec Urosevski.
Tigers captain Michael West pegged one back for his side on the stroke of half time before goals to Nicholas Olsen, Brett Studman and Blake Powell completed the victory.
Rockdale started the match on the front foot pressuring the APIA defence high while moving the ball around with aplomb.
Their deserved first chance came in the 13th minute when Idriss El Hafiane played a great through ball to Toufic Alameddine whose shot went wide of the mark.
Paul Reid was the next to play a through ball two minutes later finding wide man Urosevski. The former Sydney FC striker fought the ball away from Nathan Millgate before sending his shot across the face of goal.
The chances woke up the Tigers who created one of their own in the 17th minute with an advancing Marc Warren only able to shoot directly to the chest of a waiting David Bradasevic.
Rockdale continued to attack with venom and got the just reward three minutes later.
Jesic got on the end of a great counter attack before being fouled in the box, leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Jesic dusted himself off to strike the ball into the bottom right corner to give his side a 1-0 lead.
In-form APIA Leichhardt striker Blake Powell tried to get his side back in the game single handily in the 29th minute, winning the ball after a Rockdale mistake before beating two defenders but his shot was easily saved by Bradasevic.
The keeper immediately created an assist for his side with a long ball leading to Rockdale’s second.
Bradasevic’s clearance was headed softly back by Brett Studman. Norval hesitated, allowing Alec Urosevski to get to the ball first, before finding the back of the net from an acute angle to make it 2-0.
Urosevski bagged his double minutes later finishing a beautiful play to make it 3-0. Paul Reid won the ball off Warren before attacking and passing the ball to Alameddine on the right whose low cross was converted.
APIA finally got into the game two minutes before the break with captain West leading by example, poking the ball home from a corner which Rockdale failed to clear.
The home side had a glorious chance to score their second on the stroke of half time with Millgate’s cross finding a free Powell who fluffed his point blank header.
Rockdale came out of the blocks firing in the second half with Norval forced to pull off a fantastic diving save in the 46th minute from an El Hafiane shot from distance.
It would be APIA however that would strike first in second stanza with Powell feeding Nick Olsen on the right. He took a touch before slotting the ball into the far corner to make it 3-2.
Urosevski kept causing Millgate troubles down the left hand side and in the 60th minute created another opportunity for his side. The striker took the ball to the byline before cutting back to an oncoming Jesic whose shot was saved by the legs of Norval.
The attacker had another chance three minutes later getting between players to receive a ball over the top only for Studman to hurry back and block the shot.
Hristijan Tanoski and Urosevski combined in the 71st minute but the latter could not test the keeper sending his volley well over the cross bar.
Bradasevic almost made a shocking mistake on 74 minutes, slapping the ball away from the goal after Corey Biczo’s cross nearly crept into his near post.
The missed opportunities came back to haunt Rockdale in the 80th minute when Studman headed the ball into the net from a corner to equalise.
Just minutes later they took the lead for the first time in the match after Powell scored from the penalty spot to make it 4-3.
Following the match Tigers head coach Rod Williams said he was ecstatic his side’s attitude to come back and win the game.
“I thought Rockdale coming here today was never gong to be easy and in the first half they threw everything at us bar the kitchen sink,” he said.
“We knew they would try to use to use their pace out wide and to be fair to them they did it well in the first half.
“Second half we came up with a plan to turn it around and I think we did just that.
“A couple of times I thought in the final third probably the decision making was lacking a little bit.
“But the second half showed the character of a team that is willing to battle and to be fair I think from the second half we have the just deserved result.”
In the away dressing rooms player/coach Paul Reid was bitterly disappointed with the loss.
“First 40 minutes were probably the best 40 minutes you can imagine to play,” he said.
“It’s unacceptable to be up 3-0 and lose 4-3. We had our chances in the second half.
“We did concede at the worst times – it is never a good time to concede- but to cop one before half time and just after half time.
“We had a couple of chances to go 4-2 up but just poor decision making from our team and then a couple of goals in quick succession.
“We’re conceding goals from set pieces where we should be marking. It is just a bit of sloppiness.
“But we’ll take some positives from our first 40 minutes and try to turn that into a full 90 minutes.”
APIA Leichhardt Tigers 4 (West 43’, Olsen 51’, Studman 80’, Powell PEN 84’
Rockdale City Suns 3 (Jesic 21’ PEN, Urosevski 30’, 40’)
Sunday May 31, 2015
Lambert Park, Leichhardt
Referee: Glen Leckie
Assistant Referees: James Tesoriero and Mitchell Clark
Fourth Official: Hayden Tutbury
APIA Leichhardt Tigers: Norval, Elasi (Biczo 62’), Kayes (Griffiths 69’) , Millgate, Olsen (Symons 78’), Parisi, Powell, Studman, Ucchino, Warren, West (C)
Substitutes not used: Bazi, Petkovski
Yellow cards: Kayes 39’, Warren 45+2’, Parisi 64’, West 67’, Ucchino 75’
Rockdale City Suns: Bradasevic, Alameddine (Taneski 77’), El Hafiane, Hesketh, Jesic, Murayama, Oygur, Petrillo (Iwamoto 89’), Reid, Tanoski, Urosevski
Substitutes not used: I Savor, P Savor, Visnic
Yellow Cards: El Hafiane 32’
3- Paul Reid (RCS)
2- Michael West (ALT)
1- Brett Studman (ALT)
– by Chris Georges, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Reporter, at Lambert Park
Archives for May 2015
FRUSTRATION and missed opportunities is the best way to sum up Parramatta FC’s clash with Marconi Stallions.
A dour 0-0 draw at Melita Stadium provided fans of both team very little to smile about in what was a battle of the competition cellar dwellers.
An inspired start from the Stallions saw Marconi on top in the opening stages of the match and Anthony Flood went within inches of giving the visitors an early lead. The lanky striker out jumped his defender to meet a Christopher Nunes cross but his header was denied by the upright.
Unfortunately it was only downhill from there for Marconi.
Both teams were guilty of sloppy play as the game fell into a scrappy battle in the middle of the park.
Parramatta wasted a rare opportunity after 18 minutes when Marco Sama blasted high and wide but really, half time couldn’t come quick enough for either team.
It was a completely different story at the start of the second half.
John Tsironis started the second 45 with a bang for Parramatta when he found space at the edge of the 18 yard box, however a lack of accuracy saw the shot sail wide.
Tsironis’ chance began an onslaught of opportunities for the home side.
Chances to Sama, Tsironis, and Blade Richards should’ve had Parramatta celebrating but once again they were punished for poor finishing.
Marconi, despite being on the back foot for the majority of the second half, tried one last push for victory.
Roberto Speranza however was the hero in the 89th minute blocking what appeared a certain goal from Marconi’s Milorad Simonovic.
The full time whistle signalled the end of the match which could have very easily been Parramatta’s for the taking.
“There’s not much I can really say about that one,” Parramatta FC Coach Frank Consentino said.
“To have so many chances and not score is down right disappointing.
“We should’ve scored three or four goals but instead we must settle for a scoreless draw.”
Marconi’s Jeff Suzor admitted it was a frustrating match but praised the efforts of the club’s young talent.
“It has been a tough year for the club but the performance today of 16 year old Brandon Vella goes to show Marconi has a bright future.
“Developing our young talent demonstrates the current direction of the club.
“We had a few chances which we were unlucky not to capitalise on but to take home a point and keep a clean sheet is still a positive result.”
Parramatta FC 0
Marconi Stallions 0
Sunday, May 31 2015
Melita Stadium, Sefton
Referee: Khodr Yadi
Assistant Referees: Joon Park & Raymond Osborne
Fourth Official: Karl Davies
Parramatta FC: Turnbull; Ardle, Gatt, Gullo, Rezo (Clowes 65’) , Richards (Martey 88’), Sama, Speranza, Symons, Tayebi Derazkala, Tsironis (Grima 77’)
Substitutes not used: Chavez, Diacono
Yellow Cards: Sama 61’ Speranza 78’ Symons 90’
Marconi Stallions: D’Antimo; Appiah (Drewery 61’), Flood (Vella 79’), Lum (Simonovic 68’), Mijic, Nunes, Ott, Shields, Travis, Tsovolos, Austin
Substitutes not used: Brown, Roebuck
Yellow Cards: Mijic 55’ Tsovolos 90’
3- Jacopo D’Antimo (Marconi)
2 – Blade Richards (Parramatta)
1- Christopher Nunes (Marconi)
THE COMPETITION’S two best sides, Blacktown City and APIA Leichhardt Tigers, both laid down markers to the rest of the competition in a thrilling round 12.
ROUND twelve of the Grade 20s competition was played out over the weekend; with two games on Saturday afternoon and four on Sunday as all teams were back in action after washouts last week. This weekend’s match of the round saw Rockdale City Suns earn an unlikely point against APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Lambert Park on Sunday.
Match of the Round
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Rockdale City Suns FC, at Lambert Park
APIA Leichhardt Tigers fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Lambert Park against Rockdale City Suns on Sunday afternoon to hold their place in ninth on the ladder, while Rockdale stay eleventh. Goals from Isaac Savor and G. Cordria late in the first half gave the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the break, but Alessandro Colandrea and Jason Perez hit back midway through the second half to claw a draw back for APIA.
Despite having suffered a loss to last-placed Bonnyrigg White Eagles last week, and coming into this match seven points behind their opponents in APIA, Rockdale looked the stronger of the two sides in the game’s early exchanges, with Cordria and Michael Loupis combining well up front to register the first few shots on goal. APIA responded with efforts from Lachlan Scott and Michal Rydzewski, but both hit their shots at Rockdale goalkeeper Aleksander Visnic.
APIA eventually began to control the run of play, Rydzewski and Colandrea threatening in attack, while Rockdale tested the structural integrity of the netting behind the goal with a series of unconvincing, off-target strikes from distance. Colandrea had a good opportunity to open the scoring when he was presented with a loose ball in the box, but he smacked his volley well over the crossbar from only a few metres out.
With halftime approaching, Rockdale scored an unlikely goal when APIA goalkeeper Christopher Moore came out to punch a free kick and misjudged the flight of the ball, slapping it down for Isaac Savor to put away for a 1-0 lead to the visitors. Minutes later, they doubled their advantage: Vincent Giannini struck the post after cutting inside a defender on the left, and Cordria pounced on the rebound to give his side a 2-0 lead going into the break.
This fixture ended 1-0 to APIA at Ilinden Sports Centre on the first day of the season, and the home side began the second half determined to take the game to Rockdale in order to earn another result. Scott had a chance to make it 2-1 when he was played in behind the Rockdale defence early after the restart, but had his run cut short by a charging Visnic.
At the other end, Savor hit the crossbar with a looping header, coming within inches of giving Rockdale an almost unassailable lead. Mathew Cook and Colandrea had shots for APIA, and a goal for the home side began to seem inevitable. It came from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute; Alessandro Colandrea stepping up to convert the penalty that he had won after being bumped over in the box.
Rockdale’s discipline faltered somewhat after APIA’s goal, and both Stefan Dubocanin and Marko Bosnar picked up yellow cards for fouls in the midfield. Five minutes after Colandrea’s penalty, APIA scored a second when Jason Perez’s free kick from deep on the left wing swung into an awkward area at the far post and snuck past Visnic through a sea of bodies.
APIA might have found a late winner through Dominic Cox or Colandrea, but neither could put their opportunities away. The match ended on something of a sour note when APIA captain Adrian Vlastelica was sent off for a cynical challenge in the midfield deep into added time, and the final whistle blew before Rockdale could make anything of their numerical advantage, the match ending 2-2.
"I love working with this group of players," said APIA coach Danial Cummins.
"They’re young though, and they lack a bit of experience that you need to keep from getting into that situation where we’re 2-0 down.
"They were two silly goals that we conceded, and it wasn’t really the result we were looking for – three points would’ve got us a lot closer to fourth – but we’ve got some big games coming up, and we look forward to next week hoping that everyone learned something from this."
Rockdale coach Matthew Ribarovski admitted his side was fortunate to earn a point after a disappointing second half.
"We were lucky to get away with a draw to be honest. We had a lead, sure, but they were all over us early in the second half.
"I’ve only had the boys for three weeks, so we’ve got something to work on as we try to move a bit higher up the table in the next few rounds."
APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 2 (Colandrea 63′, Perez 68′)
Rockdale City Suns FC 2 (Savor 41′, Cordria 44′)
Sunday May 31, 2015
APIA Leichhardt Tigers: Colandrea, Cox, Cook, McArron, Moore, Perez, Rhodes, Rydzewski, Scott, Van den Berg, Vlastelica
Substitutes: Adattini, Alassmi, Koliomihos, Monianci, Zvezdakovski
Rockdale City Suns FC: Bosnar, Dubocanin, Giannini, Loupis, Maude, McGinn, Pandolfo, Savor, Visnic, Cordria, Woo
Substitutes: Kagars, Lazarevski, Russell, Tipevski, Gould
Blacktown Spartans FC 1-2 Sutherland Sharks FC, at Blacktown Football Park
Sutherland Sharks squeezed to a narrow 2-1 win over Blacktown Spartans at Blacktown Football Park on Saturday afternoon to move back into first place after Marconi Stallions were held to a 1-1 draw at Melita Stadium. While Jeremy Cox scored the first of the Shark’s goals, Charles Lokolingoy returned from the first team to score the second in the Sharks win, which sees Blacktown Spartans remain in 10th.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC 2-2 Manly United FC, at Bonnyrigg Sports Club
Following up from their 2-1 win over Rockdale City Suns last weekend, Bonnyrigg were again in fine form on Satuday afternoon as they recorded a 2-2 draw with fifth-placed Manly Unted. United went into the halftime break ahead by the odd goal in three, but Bonnyrigg responded well to earn their fifth point this season.
South Coast Wolves 1-3 Sydney Olympic FC, at Win Stadium
Following a 4-1 loss to Marconi last weekend, South Coast Wolves fell to a third consecutive loss this Sunday, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sydney Olympic. James Andrew and Jack and Oliver Green all scored for the visitors, while Marcus Beattie struck in the second half to give his side a consolation goal.
Sydney United 58 FC 1-1 Blacktown City FC, at Sydney United Sports Centre
Sydney United were denied a third straight successive wins by Blacktown City FC on Sunday afternoon at Sydney United Sports Centre, mounting a second half comeback to ultimately draw 1-1. United stay fourth heading into round 13, when they will face first-placed Sutherland Sharks.
Parramatta FC 1-1 Marconi Stallions, at Melita Stadium
Marconi’s run at the top of the ladder was cut short on Sunday afternoon by Parramatta FC, who held the Stallions to a 1-1 draw at Melita Stadium. Jake de Marigny scored first for the visitors to give his side a 1-0 lead at halftime, but Parramatta fought back well with a goal from Andre Schroeder, and the match ultimately ended 1-1, a result which sees Marconi slip to second while Parramatta also fall one place to seventh.
– by Max Grieve, PS4 National Premier Leagues Grade 20s Reporter
THE LATE kick off was the least of Sydney Olympic’s worries, when they went a goal down to South Coast Wolves in the first three minutes.
Wolves, without injured inspirational skipper Chris Price, started brightly and found the net when Paul Henderson foiled a David Stoic effort, only for the ball to fall kindly for Bradley Welch to thump home.
Stojic attempted to curl one into the net soon after but it didn’t trouble the big Olympic stopper, and it was the unfancied Wolves who were making the early running.
As expected a mighty midfield confrontation ensued with Olympic probing and pushing down the flanks in search of an opening but leaving themselves vulnerable at the back. South Coast looked to exploit this with the ball over the top, looking to use the pace of their front men.
Peter Simonoski found himself in space on the left and another curling effort was sent towards Henderson but this time it was closer, clipping the roof of the net.
Brendan Griffin sent over a looping cross from the left to Jordan Murray who cushioned a header down for Simonoski that Henderson was down sharply to smother.
Stojic was on the end of a flashing shot that swept past the upright in the 34’ minute in a move that saw Welch win the ball inside the area before finally finding its way to the Wolves midfielder. There was no doubt it was the home side who were bossing their opponents about the park.
South Coast were knocking on the door but were unable to find another breakthrough, and they went into the break just a goal to the good for all their endeavours.
Olympic finally registered a decent effort in the 49’ minute Michael Gaitatzis found time and space but couldn’t direct his shot on target.
Olympic drew level when a hopeful ball punted forward found Go Shirai and he worked the space to get a shot on target past Wolves keeper Manos.
It sparked Olympic into life and was closely followed by a Yianni Spyrakis shot which was well put over by Manos at full stretch.
Nahuel Arrarte immediately rang the changes, bringing on Jacob Boutoubia for Stojic who had run himself into the ground.
With the match now all square it became a midfield battle and apart from a few long range efforts neither ‘keeper was troubled in an entertaining to and fro contest.
Olympic could have stolen the points at the end when they forced Manos i to two saves in quick succession but it wasn’t to be.
“Unfortunately we are not at the stage where we can hold out for nearly a full game against the likes of a Sydney Olympic and full credit to the for the comeback. We knew it was going to be dangerous to try and hold on to that lead so we tried to keep going for a second goal and I cannot grumble about the effort the boys put it in," Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte said.
“Full credit to our boys but we were not surprised Olympic came back after the break and got a stronghold on the game, we expected it.
"I’ve never set out to play for a draw but we could have got a better result on another day but we move on with a point we worked hard for.”
Olympic coach Grant Lee said: “They came out with intensity in the first half and worked hard and deserved their goal. It was well worked although we had too many ball watchers and no-one tracking players but credit Wolves for their effort. We didn’t register a shot in the first 45’ minutes and that shows how hard they worked in closing us down.
“Over the last 3-4 weeks it’s that little bit of intensity that has been lacking and has crept into our game and that has cost us in games recently and we need to sort that out pretty quickly but take nothing away from our opponents performance as they closed us down very well today. We didn’t expect anything different as they are a tough unit to break down especially at home.”
South Coast Wolves 1 (Welch 3’)
Sydney Olympic 1 (Shirai 54)
Sunday 31st May, 2015
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Referee: Adam Susz
Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling & Jabush Adabjou
Fourth Official: Tristan Harris
South Coast Wolves: Manos, Madden, Griffin, Baldacchino (C), Mackenzie, Stojic (Boutoubia 57), Simonoski, Fielding, O’Rourke, Welch (Proia 62), Murray (Alsaad 76)
Substitutes Not Used: Hamilton, Lavalle
Yellow Cards: Hooper 44, Boutoubia 81
Sydney Olympic: Henderson, Sorge, Hooper, Spyrakis (Keir 83), Angel, Hatzimouratis, Egger, Soeda (C), Shirai, Gatatzis, Tsattalios
Substitutes Not Used: Madonis, Balderson, Sadaka, Markovic
3- Mackenzie (SCW)
2 – Sorge (SO)
1 – Baldacchino (SCW)
– by Micky Brock, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 Reporter, at WIN Stadium