Sydney United 58 recorded a 2-0 win over Hakoah Sydney City East in the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition at Sydney United Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.
United forced their way above Sydney Olympic into third spot thanks to a cracking strike from the dead ball by Matthew Bilic while Glen Trifiro scored a neat goal in the final stages of the game to give Miro Vlastelica three precious points.
The loss for Hakoah sees them remain in ninth spot and extending their winless run to six matches.
The match started with a fire in its belly as Peter Simonoski, fresh from a brace last week, slammed the crossbar with a volley effort inside the box.
Sydney United 58 smelled blood and only a few minutes later United hit the bar again with Sebastian Gallegos falling victim to the frame of the goal before Robert Ezekiel hastily cleared.
Sydney United 58, the dominant side in the first half were frustrating Hakoah Sydney City East as Addison Sayan brought down Gallegos nearly 30 yards out from goal. United took the lead on 24 minutes with a cracking strike from Matthew Bilic hitting it low past Ryan Norval.
Hakoah struggled to find touches on the ball in and around the box as Sydney United 58 kept them pinned back. However mishaps from Yianni Perkatis allowed danger man Marie Gauthier to cause problems for United.
The first half ended with Sydney United 58 on top of proceedings with Thomas Manos hardly being troubled in between the sticks for the home side.
Hakoah’s top goal scorer Gauthier was taken off at the interval with a knock and replaced by Hristijan Tanoski as Hakoah tried to work their way back into the match.
United 58 should have doubled their lead just after the hour mark when Trifiro looped a ball over the top to Simonoski who was through one-on-one but Norval came up with a remarkable save before recovering to deny Simonoski again on the follow up, maintaining the one goal deficit.
In his current form, many at Edensor Park felt Simonoski should have buried his effort.
Sydney United 58 finally made it 2-0 with only minutes left as Glen Trifiro finished beautifully in the box to send Hakoah packing.
Sydney United 58 defender Jordan Roberts was proud of the turn in form for his side.
“The boys bounced back from a 5-0 loss to Marconi, three on the trot now feels great. It was a good performance from the boys and a professional 2-0 win.”
Hakoah Sydney City East head coach Gavin Rae lamented his sides impotency in front of goal but isn’t ready to give up yet
“Sydney United 58 are a great team obviously. In the second half we sat in and let them play in front of us and hit them on the counter. It worked to an extent without the quality at the end.
“We just have to keep going, keep pushing forward and to not let our heads go down”.
Hakoah host Mt Druitt Town Rangers next week in round ten whilst Sydney United 58 host Sydney Olympic in a massive match next Sunday.
Sydney United 58 2 (Matthew Bilic 24’ Glen Trifiro 90’ +2)
Hakoah Sydney City East 0
Sunday 5th May 2019
Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park
Referee: Ben Abraham
Assistant Referees: J. Adabjou, H. Fenton-White
Fourth Official: J. Katz
Sydney United 58: 3. Jordan Roberts, 5. Anthony Tomelic, 7. Peter Simonoski, 9. Patrick Antelmi, 17. Matthew Bilic, 22. Yanni Fragogiannis, 10. Sebastian Gallegos, 15. Tariq Maia, 21. Thomas Manos (GK), 11. Yianni Perkatis, 18. Glen Trifiro (6. Peter Markovic), 20. Christian Gonzales (12. Liam Rose)
Substitutes Not Used: 1. Nic Bilokapic, 13. Sam Perre,
Yellow Cards: Jordan Roberts (7’),
Red Cards: Nil
Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. Ryan Norval (GK), 3. James Combes, 4. Bradley Walker, 7. Addison Sayan, 8. Oliver Green, 9. Shohei Okuno, 10. Nathan Roberts, 11. Jack Green, 13. Robert Ezekiel 14. Jordan Koton, 24. Marie Gauthier, 60. Takayaki Noji, 16. Hristiajn Tanoski, 17. Harry Jones
Substitutes Not Used: 6. Dominic Cox, 25. Max Ephraim
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
3 – Glen Trifiro (SU58)
2- Ryan Norval (HAK)
1- Matthew Bilic (SU58)
-By Nicholas Rupolo