Division 1 Round 12 Review


Before the weekend?s matches were played, there was an important catch-up game rescheduled on Thursday at Melita Stadium, where Dulwich Hill crept that little bit closer towards the top five with a 2-0 victory over Inter Lions.”
It was a couple of ex-Lions that did the damage for Dully, with young striker Paradisis putting them in front on 28 minutes, before Biviano scored the second just three minutes before half time to send Inter tumbling to their second loss of 2008.
Just two days later, on Saturday evening at Arlington Oval, Dulwich Hill backed up against competition leaders Spirit FC, coming unstuck after initially taking the lead.
Biviano scored his second goal in two days when he put Dully in front after 36 minutes, but Spirit FC defender Cunningham put his side on level terms with a goal right on half time.
De Kelly scored the winner for Spirit FC on 53 minutes to send his club four points clear at the top of the competition ladder.
Also on Saturday evening, at Cook Park, Mounties FC put Hills Brumbies to the sword with a 4-0 drubbing.
Baldock put the home side in front after 26 minutes, and that?s the way it stayed until half time. Lloyd made it two for the Mounties on 64 minutes, before Schaefer grabbed the third in the 78th minute.
Lloyd rounded off the day?s proceedings with his second and his teams fourth in a pleasing return to the winner?s circle for the Mounties FC.
The night?s other scheduled match between Sydney Wanderers and Inter Lions at Hajduk Stadium was washed out and will be played in the not too distant future.
Sunday?s matches all went ahead however, with Hurstville ZFC and Stanmore Hawks playing out a 1-1 draw.
No prizes for guessing who grabbed the goals, with both team?s top goalscorers doing the damage. Kostanic put Hurstville in front on 5 minutes with his 8th strike of the season, and Chavez equalized for the Hawks in the 34th minute, his 10th goal of 2008 seeing him at the top of the competition?s goalscorers list.
The draw keeps Stanmore in 3rd position on the ladder on 20 points, with two games in hand on the leaders, Spirit FC, and second placed Inter Lions.
The other Hurstville side, the Minotaurs, also drew 1-1, with UNSW at Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre. Di Meglio put the Minotaurs in front on 53 minutes, before Groth equalized for UNSW just nine minutes later, and that?s the way it stayed until full time.
In the final match of the round, Blacktown Spartans and Schofield Scorpions were pitted against each other at Francis Park, both in equal 5th position on the ladder, and both with a 5-1-4 win-draw-loss record. So it was no surprise to see the teams play out a 2-2 draw, with a goal apiece from each side in each half.
McPherson put the Spartans in front after 20 minutes, scoring his tenth goal of 2008, joining Stanmore?s Chavez atop of the goalscorers charts.
But Borg equalized for the Scorpions in the 40th minute to send the teams in at half time at 1-1.
Delaney then restored the lead for the Spartans on 53 minutes, before Eedy grabbed a late equalizer for Schofields when he scored in the 81st minute to share the points.
-By Frank Speranza