Division One Round 6 Review


In Round Six of the Division One competition over the weekend, Spirit FC maintained their position at the head of the ladder with a 1-0 home victory against the Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.
But they did leave it late, with Simpson grabbing the winner in the 88th minute to give his club another three valuable points.
Similarly, Schofield Scorpions did likewise against Hills Brumbies, also winning 1-0, with a second half goal by Farac on 71minutes.
Dulwich Hill had a thumping win at Arlington Oval, crushing Mounties by 5-1.
Nick Paradisis sent them on their way on 25 minutes, with Steve Biviano doubling their advantage in the 34th  minute. Three goals in three minutes early in the second half finished the game off as a contest, with Funnell (57?), Bove (59?), and Paradisis once again (60?) hitting the net for the home side. Viera grabbed a consolation goal for Mounties in the 81st minute, but it wasn?t to be their day, and the Dully fans went home very happy indeed.
At Francis Park, Blacktown Spartans annihilated the hapless Hurstville City Minotaurs by a remarkable 8-0. Infanti set the Spartans on their way as early as the 5th minute, before Delaney made it two in the 15th.
McPherson grabbed his first in the 26th minute to send the Spartans in at half time 3-0 up. The home side did not let up in the second half, adding a further five goals to the score, with Haddad making it four on 55 minutes. McPherson got the fifth, and his second, in the 69th, whilst Delaney got his hat-trick with two goals in the 79th and 91st  minutes. Hubbard was the other scorer on 85 minutes in a dominating display  by the Spartans.
Two games were played on Sunday, with Inter Lions keeping up the pressure on leaders Spirit FC with a strong 3-2 away victory against Hurstville ZSC. Cole opened the scoring for the Lions in just the fourth minute, and Panuccio made it two at the break with a goal on 35 minutes. Hurstville came out firing in the second half, and goals by Kostanic (53?) and Susic (65?) pulled the home side level. But young striker Paras grabbed the winner for Inter Lions on 81 minutes, putting them level with Spirit at the top of the ladder on 13 points.
In the final match of the round, two early goals gave Stanmore Hawks a home win vs UNSW and kept the Hawks within striking distance of the leaders, with a game in hand. Chavez (4?) and Espejel (7?) gave Stanmore a dream start, and a lead which they never surrendered, and sets up an intriguing top of the ladder clash next weekend vs Inter Lions at Concord Oval.
Top Goalscorers (as at May 4)
7 ? McPherson (Blacktown Spartans)
5 ? Eddy (Schofield Scorpions), Delaney (Blacktown Spartans), Chavez (Stanmore Hawks)
4 ? Kostanic (Hurstville ZSC), Vizzari (Inter Lions), Simpson (Spirit FC)
-By Frank Speranza