Division 1 Round 8 Review


Inter Lions just keep on roaring on top of the Division One competition, once again showing their never-say-die attitude by coming from behind to snatch an away victory against old nemesis, Schofield Scorpions.
The Scorpions lead 2-0 early, and 3-2 midway through the second half, before succumbing to the Lions late in the match.
Farac gave the home side, Schofield, a dream start with a goal after 10 minutes, and Popovic grabbed their second on 21 minutes.
Skufris pulled one back for Inter just twelve minutes before the break, setting the scene for an exciting second period .
Sansone then scored Inter?s first equalizer after 63 minutes, before Eddy restored the home side?s lead barely a minute later.
But the visitors were not to be denied, Panuccio equalizing on 66 minutes, before that man again, Paras, who has made a habit of scoring late goals, popped up with the winner for Inter Lions just five minutes before the end.
Spirit FC remain in touch, and also undefeated, with a comfortable 4-1 home win vs UNSW.
A blistering opening half hour produced three goals for the home side, with Simpson grabbing two (13? & 23?) and Cunningham the other on 28 minutes.
Ikeda pulled one back for UNSW after 65 minutes, before Simpson grabbed his hatrick, and Spirit?s fourth goal, in the 75th minute.
All eyes next week will be at Christie Park, Saturday night at 7-30pm, as the top two sides, Inter Lions and Spirit FC, both undefeated, do battle in what promises to be a cracker of a match.
Blacktown Spartans took a jolt with a 1-3 home reverse against a resurgent Dulwich Hill at Francis Park. The competition?s top goal scorer, Blacktown?s McPherson, took his tally to eight goals for 2008, when he opened his account after 17 minutes.
But two goals from young Paradisis, sandwiching another strike by the evergreen, ex-NSL veteran, Tome, put paid to the Spartans and gave Dully a much needed victory.
On Second Ponds Oval on Saturday night, home side Hills Brumbies held Sydney Wanderers to a scoreless draw, keeping both sides just below mid table on the ladder.
Stanmore Hawks bounced back from last week?s loss to Inter Lions by beating Husrstville City Minotaurs 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Arlington Oval.
But they had to do it the hard way as it was the visitors that scored first, Albayati grabbing the goal on 25 minutes.
Alilovic equalized for the Hawks with a penalty after 55 minutes, before Chavez grabbed his sixth goal of the season on 59 minutes to give Stanmore the win, keeping them in equal third spot.
Hurstville ZSC ended their frustrating run of draws with their first win of 2008, beating Mounties FC by 3-1 at Hurstville Oval.
Big striker Kostanic took his season tally to six with goals after 17 and 50 minutes, sandwiching a goal from his team-mate, Popovic, who netted after 40 minutes.
Baldock grabbed Mounties? consolation goal after 54 minutes.
-By Frank Speranza