TeleChoice Premier League Round 14 Review


On a weekend where the weather made the players? jobs very difficult, teams across the board can be happy with their performances ? testament to the high standard of football on show each week in the competition.
In the top-of-the-table clash, there were an incredible series of events inside of 8? second-half minutes that decided the encounter ? the Sharks David Reid the hero and villain.
In the 55? minute, the midfielder replaced the Sharks Ben Spruce in the middle of the park. Reid picked-up a yellow card for an intentional hand-ball incident moments later, before going ahead and scoring what would be his side?s winning goal via an assist from top-performer Brendan Gan.
Reid?s celebrations ? removal of playing shirt ? cost him a second yellow card in the 63? minute, resulting in his sending-off, 8? minutes after entering the fray.
Sutherland Sharks held on, despite the brave efforts of Manly United, extending their lead to four-points over the Cromer Park side at the top-of-the-table.
Sydney Olympic?s great march towards the top positions on the table was brought to a halt against Marconi Stallions following a 2-2 draw at Belmore.
The Blues (Sydney Olympic) have collected important points following a slow-start to the season, and looked set for another three against the Stallions.
An early strike to Iain Ramsay, followed by a Nathan Moulds own goal had Milan Blagojevic?s men flying, though the Stallions re-opened the match via the boot of Luke Casserly from the penalty-spot.
Ante Deur secured a late 90? minute equaliser for the Stallions, who had played the final moments of the encounter with ten-men.
At Campbelltown Stadium, Kostas Barbarouses? 47? minute strike sealed a second consecutive win for Macarthur Rams. The win pulls Paul Carter?s men off the bottom of the table, at the expense of their opponents on Sunday ? Blacktown City Demons.
Barbarouses? strike incidentally is the Rams first goal of the season on home-turf, double celebration for the side with their first three-pointer at the venue also secured.
At the Sydney Olympic Athletic Centre, new Berries co-coaches Ramsin Shamon and Spiro Hantzis collected a point in his debut match. Shamon and Hantzis, who took over from Scott Baillie during the week, saw his side squander a 1-0 lead following Ryan Jones? go-ahead goal for the Berries.
The lead did not last long as Penrith-Nepean United ? who have suffered some heavy defeats in recent weeks ? managed to save face with an inspiring fight-back to secure a-point via the boot of Panagiotis Nikas.
Berries goalkeeper Hamish McLean was the hero for the home-side late in the match, producing three point-blank saves to ensure his side took a point from the match.
At Lambert Park, Wollongong FC scored a late equaliser to take a more than deserved point from A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt.
A missed penalty by Ilija Prenzoski for the Wolves in the first-half seemed to be a signal of what was to come for John Turner?s men as the Tigers went ahead via Franco Parisi in the 69? minute.
Matt Bailey salvaged a point for the Wolves, who went close on countless occasions, 7? minutes from the end with a fine strike following some good build-up play by Lachlan Cahill.
On Saturday evening, Bankstown City?s inconsistent season continued with a less than impressive display against Sydney United.
The Reds took an early lead via the boot of Ben Vidaic in the 3? minute. The striker made the most of the great work of Christopher Boyle on the left-flank.
Bankstown City failed to create any real chances throughout the match, the best chance falling late to Robert Mileski.
The win for the Reds sees United return to third-spot on the Ladder, meanwhile Bankstown City?s promising fortnight came to an end, meaning Peter Tsekenis & Co. have additional work to do if a remarkable second-half of the season run towards the play-offs is to eventuate.
-By Joseph Carlucci