Bankstown return to winner?s list as Phil Moss signs off at Cromer Park


In what was Phil Moss? last game in charge after he accepted a coaching role with the Central Coast Mariners last Thursday, Manly knew a win would give them some hope of staying in touch of the Top-Five.
Instead they were second best all over the park and only began fighting once they were reduced to ten men and jagged a goal back via the boot of Adam Foti on 85? minutes.
Peter Tsekenis? men were in the mood from the opening whistle and should have taken the lead inside the first 5? minutes.
Hussein Salameh was causing all sorts of problems with his pace up front, and George Nohra was bossing the midfield.
Salameh did beat United keeper Brad Swancott after 19? minutes after Manly defender Sean Bowden was guilty of ball watching. The Lions marksman was given acres of room, and finished with aplomb.
Ex-Manly holding midfielder Scott Thomas let Roberto Hamad know he was around on 33? minutes with a crunching body check before referee Adam Weir brandished the first of many yellow cards.
Robert Mileski was first in the book, with Manly?s Keith Shevlin following suit seconds later. His team-mate Robbie Cattanach almost squared the ledger on the stroke of half-time, only to be denied by a brilliant reaction save from Zlatko Joseski.
The procession of cautions continued after the break, with Hassan Akil, Thomas and oey Schirripa added to Weir?s book.
Bankstown then doubled their lead on 55? minutes after a piercing run down the left flank from Akil, with Tallan Martin the grateful recipient.
Moss then emptied his bench, introducing Foti, Brad Groves and new Manly coach Craig Midgley into the fray. It didn’t take long for Midgley to show his class, teeing up Cattanach with a deft flick which he volleyed wide.
Foti should have halved the deficit with 10? minutes remaining but couldn?t beat Joseski from point blank range. He redeemed himself by scoring 5? minutes later, only to then see team-mate Keith Shevlin dismissed for a second yellow card after he foolishly shoved Joseski into the net after attempting to place the ball on halfway.
From that moment Manly?s desperation was obvious, but Bankstown remained resolute and deserved the three points.
Lions coach Peter Tsekenis felt a draw would have been a travesty:
?It was good to get the win, the boys created plenty of chances,?? he said.
?I thought we were comfortable until they scored late, but in the end we did enough.?
Moss was disappointed with what his team dished up:
?It took until we were two goals down and had ten men to have a go,? he said.
?I really believe this squad is far too good to be bottom of the league, hopefully under Craig (Midgley) things will change.?
In the Grade-20s clash, Bankstown City were resounding 4-1 winners.
Match Stats
Manly United FC1 (Adam Foti 85?)
Bankstown City Lions 2 (Hassan Salameh 19?, Tallan Martin 55?)
Sunday May 16, 2010
Cromer Park, Dee Why
Referee: Adam Weir
Assistant Referees: Nick Backo and Mike Robertson
Fourth Official: Cameron Bruce
Manly United FC: 1.Brad SWANCOTT; 2.Sean BOWDEN, 3.Roberto HAMAD (11.Adam FOTI 62?), 7.Andrew MAILER, 8.Keith SHEVLIN, 9.Robbie CATTANACH, 16.Joey SCHIRRIPA, 17.Jimmy OATES, 22.Joey GIBBS (19.Brad GROVES 62?), 23.Chris PAYNE (10.Craig MIDGLEY 71?), 24.Beau BUSCH
Substitutes Not Used: 20.Rhyss KEANE, 5.Pascal JULLIARD
Yellow Cards: Keith Shevlin 38?, Joey Schirripa 52?
Red Cards: Keith Shevlin 85?
Bankstown City Lions: 1.Zlatko JOSESKI; 2.Scott THOMAS, 4.Brett STUDMAN, 5.Richard LUKSIC, 7.Steve LIAVAS, 8.Goerge NOHRA (16.Damien BROSQUE 67?), 9.Hassan AKIL, 10.Robert MILESKI (99.Chris GODOY-BASCUR 71?) 12.Bill TSANIDIS, 20.Hussein SALAMEH, 23.Tallan MARTIN (11.Almir DIZDARIC 76?)
Substitutes Not Used:  18.Will ANGEL, 91.Andrew MERCURI
Yellow Cards: Robbie Mileski 37?, Hassan Akil 49?, Scott Thomas 50?, Damien Brosque 69?, Steve Liavas 90?
Red Cards: Nil