Conference League Northern Round 7 Review


Striker Hatipoglou grabbed a hatrick in the win, which gives him seven goals for 2008, together with his captain, Topal, who scored one goal in the rout. The other goals for the Roosters came from Ors, Rashid, and Avsar. Densley scored the consolation goal for Springwood.
Previous leaders Hawkesbury lost their position on the top rung when their five game schedule in ten days took its inevitable toll.
The Hawks had their wings clipped twice this week, Prospect being the first team to take a point off them with a midweek 1-1 draw in a catch up game.
In Saturday?s top of the ladder clash vs Balmain at Benson Lane, Jones put the Hawks in front on 59 minutes with his seventh goal of the campaign. But Balmain were not to be denied, and Merlino grabbed an equalizer two minutes into injury time.
Penang remain pointless after yet another home loss, this time losing 5-2 to a rampant Prospect. The visitors backed up from their mid week draw vs Hawkesbury by taking a 5-0 lead, a brace of goals from both Testore and Miralles and one from Sofiak doing the damage. Cohen scored two goals of his own for Penang late on, in the 85th and 87th minutes, to give the home fans something to cheer about.
In the final match of the Conference, Gladesville Ryde Magic and Bathurst ?75 played out a predictable 1-1 draw. Even more predictable were the two goalscorers, Gatt from Magic and Dowling from Bathurst, being the ones to do the damage once again, with their fifth goals of the season respectively.
This week it will be all eyes on the Balmain SC ? Roosters FC clash on Saturday, at Birchgrove Oval, with the possibility the lead may change once again.
The bye this week fell to Luddenham United.
-By Frank Speranza