Central Coast FC returned to the top of the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s 2 competition after a 4-1 win over Mount Druitt Town Rangers while Spirit FC were too good for Hakoah Sydney City East winning 3-0 to overtake their opponents to go second.
St George were the weekend’s highest scorers, putting five past Mounties Wanderers, to gain their first points of the season.
Bankstown Berries v Bankstown City
Two goals inside the opening eight minutes set the stage for this Bankstown derby and it didn’t disappoint although any expectations of an upcoming goal feast were set aside by the strength of the respective defences, and some excellent goalkeeping.
A good sweeping movement down the right had seen the Berries take the early lead, just six minutes in, Jun Kato finding himself in plenty of space to place a nice strike past Dion Shaw.
But any thoughts the home side may have had of holding onto the lead disappeared within two minutes when Damir Prodanovic collected a rebound inside the box, after Brima Kamara’s cross was not adequately cleared.
The prospect of a turbulent match was dispelled early when the Berries received three yellow cards inside the first twenty minutes, the referee ensuring that this one wasn’t going to get out of hand, and that was to be the case.
The game relied on its goal mouth chances and there was enough of them to keep the crowd on its toes.
There was maybe a touch of good fortune for the Lions’ second, who took the lead ten minutes before half time. A ball forward to just inside the Berries half saw the covering defender slip at just the crucial moment, leaving Brima Kamara clear on goal. The speedy striker reached the ball just before Michael Frost, doing well to skirt the keeper before easily slotting the ball home into an empty net.
A touch fortunate perhaps but Kamara still showed good composure.
Bankstown Berries didn’t take this lying down however and had four decent chances inside the remaining first half minutes. Mitchell Davidson had two of them, Shaw diving high to save one, while Gerard Ouffoue shot well on the turn but the best perhaps fell to Omar Saadi who somehow found himself with a free header inside the area but just failed to convert.
The same result continued into the second half for the Berries who again spurned a chance to draw level, Kyle Ewart this time shooting wide when clear on goal. And when the weather turned nasty twenty five minutes out, the wind and rain making life difficult for players and spectators alike, it seemed that the Lions may well hold onto their lead.
But that wasn’t to be the case. Saadi made amends for his earlier miss to drive home an equaliser into the roof of the net, for 2-2, a scoreline which was a fair reflection of the game, and one in which both teams seemed satisfied.
Bankstown Berries 2 (Jun Kato 6’, Omar Saadi 71’) v Bankstown City 2 (Damir Prodanovic 8’, Brima Kamara 35’)
Saturday 18 April 2015
at The Crest, Bass Hill
Referee: Jerry Bitas
Assts: Tristan Harris and Andreas Lyndon
Bankstown Berries: 1. Michael Frost 2. Andrew Vitucci 4. Omar Saadi 5. Joseph Savor 6. Shivan Swamy 7. Kyle Ewart 8. Thomas Taylor 9. Gerard Ouffoue (Nicholas Paras) 10. Jun Kato 12. Mitchell Davidson (Aleksander Lekoski) 16. Milan Zoric.
Subs not used: 11. Joel Anscomb 18. Matthew Trotter 44. Thomas Kanu
Yellow Cards: Thomas Taylor 8’, Mitchell Davidson 15’, Gerard Ouffoue 19’, Joseph Savor 61’
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Wally Savor
Bankstown City: 1. Dion Shaw 2. Todd Halloran 4. Aaron d’Mello 5. Michael Beauchamp 7. Brima Kamara 10. Domenic Hudap (Reuben Lagos 72’) 11. Huseyin Jasli 15. Billy Darwich 18. Stefan de Jesus (Steven Veleski 74’) 20. Alvaro Malmierca 23. Damir Prodanovic (Chris Gomez).
Subs not used: 30. Nicholas Carosi
Yellow Cards: Brima Kamara 16’, Chris Gomez 90 +3’.
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Leo Carle
Macarthur Rams v Fraser Park
Three goals in three second half minutes saw Fraser Park streak to a 3-0 lead at Lynwood Park to stun Macarthur Rams on Saturday night, before two goals from the Rams inside the final ten minutes proved too little too late.
Nikola Todoroski scored the first fifteen minutes after the restart and then Hussein Akil doubled the lead a minute later. As if that wasn’t bad enough for the Rams, Todoroski got his second just a minute after that, shooting Fraser to a 3-0 lead.
Craig Cooley and then Daniel Ramirez reduced the arrears late on for Macarthur in what seemed tempestuous final minutes, Fraser Park earning three yellow cards, but the visitors still hung on for the three valuable points.
Macarthur Rams 2 (Craig Cooley 83’, Daniel Ramirez 88’) v Fraser Park 3 (Nikola Todoroski 51’, 53’, Hussein Akil 52’)
Macarthur Rams: 1. Chad Taylor 2. Craig Cooley 4. Ben Cornish 5. Calum Fleming 6. Blake Brooker (Daniel Willoughby) 8. Ryan Marchant (Aaron Farringdon) 10. Eros Bergamin 13. Daniel Carrozza 14. Mark Symington 15. Joel Craig 16. Daniel Ramirez (Asmir Kadric).
Subs not used: 7. Cameron Besgrove 20. Chris Becerra
Yellow Cards: Joel Craig 31’, Calum Fleming 34’, Ryan Marchant 63’, Daniel Willoughby 79’
Coach: John Sopina
Fraser Park: 1. Wayne Estavao 2. Rocci Gabey 3. Davide Talone 4. Alexander Veljanovski 5. Nicholas Dimitropoulos 7. Kevin Oliviera (12. Adem Kir) 8. Hussein Akil (Stephan Jovanovic) 9. Jeffrey Issa (16. Kim Daisan) 14. Suad Ameti 15. Aleksander Todoroski 17. Nikola Todoroski.
Subs not used: 40. Ben Needham
Yellow Cards: Kevin Oliviera 39’, Stephan Jovanovic 86’, Nicholas Dimitropoulos 92’, Nikola Todoroski 95’
Coach: Mile Todoroski
Spirit FC V Hakoah Sydney City East
Spirit FC scored three without reply over second placed Hakoah Sydney City East to jump to second on the ladder, on goal difference over both their opponents and Northern Tigers.
It started well for Spirit with Kuag Reec, scorer against the South Coast Wolves last Wednesday in the Cup, finishing off a through ball by Gosue Sama to put Spirit one up.
Midway through the first half, the lead was doubled after Henry Wells tapped in, putting away a loose ball following a cross from Jacob Harris.
Sama, who was the architect of Spirit’s win, contributed to the third, his near post flick ending up with Harris who had the simple task for 3-0.
Deklan Gilmartin was the best for the visitors, on a day which was not Hakoah’s best.
Spirit FC 3 (Kuag Reec 7’, Henry Wells 21’, Jacob Harris 61’) v Hakoah Sydney City East 0
Referee: Khodr Yagi
Spirit FC: 41. David Lowery 2. Daniel Cunningham 3. Henry Wells (11. Abraham Majok 62’) 4. Nick Trimble 5. Andrew Robertson 7. Jacob Harris 8. Grant Cornwell 13. Lord Darkoh 14. Ryan Johnstone (17. Adam Savetta 54’) 21. Kuag Reec (10. Osama Maki 77’) 22. Gosue Sama.
Subs not used: 6. Ross Kethel 50. Corey Finch.
Coach: John McLafferty
Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. Matthew Symes 4. Bradley Walker 8. Paul Orgad 10. Deklan Gilmartin 12. Jeremy Horniblow (7. Jackson Mayer 68’) 16. Brad Paikin 17 Joseph Dingwall 19. Jacob Esposito (2. Remy Wolanski 77’) 26. Federico Kertscher (18. German Cabrera 64’) 29. Harry Jones 35. Christopher El-Hayek.
Subs not used: 38. Max Riganias 41 Jair Fernandez
Yellow Card: Joseph Dingwall 47’
Acting Coach: Gavin Rae
St George v Mounties Wanderers
A sigh of relief passed around St George Stadium after the Saints finally got their season off the mark with a strong 5-1 defeat of Mounties Wanderers.
After Matthew Mayora hit the post for the Mounties when at 0-0, St George took control in a dominant first half display, scoring four times through Michael Yarnold, Stevan Ilic, Matt Sadler and a late David Wilson penalty.
Jake Ingles had brought the Wanderers back to 2-1 at one stage, but St George weren’t going to give up their comfortable lead, Yarnold adding to his tally with a further goal in the second half. St George even had the luxury of missing a penalty, Yarnold failing from the spot and missing the chance to claim a hatrick.
A send off to Peter Pelekanos very, very early in the second half didn’t deter the Saints but they will have to do without the young winger when they take on Bankstown Berries on Wednesday.
St George 5 (Michael Yarnold 2, Stevan Ilic, Matt Sadler, David Wilson pen) v Mounties Wanderers 1 (Jake Ingles)
Mount Druitt Town Rangers v Central Coast FC
It did not take long for Central Coast to get back to winning ways and doing so with some aplomb.
They returned to the top of the table, leapfrogging Hakoah Sydney City East once more, after scoring four away at Mount Druitt Town Rangers. Trent Buhagiar netted a double with a further one each to Joel Hardwick and Adam Woodbine.
Rangers returned to earth after their victory last week, Bryan Soane scoring their sole goal in reply.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers 1 (Bryan Soane) v Central Coast 4 (Trent Buhagiar 2, Joel Hardwick, Adam Woodbine)
Northern Tigers v Sydney University
Northern Tigers had to work hard for their win over Sydney University but despite the effort, were still able to take all three points at Mills Park.
Braden Cheng got the Tigers first before Tai Smith converted from the spot after Sherven Adeli was brought down in the box. Sydney University opened their account through Gavin Forbes and a Russell Farrell own goal for a 2-2 half time scoreline.
But the Tigers claimed the victory with a Liam McConaghy second half winner.
Northern Tigers 3 (Braden Cheng, Tai Smith pen, Liam McConaghy) v Sydney University 2 (Gavin Forbes, Russell Farrell own goal)
Midweek Round Three
Midweek matches will keep most clubs busy with the Easter Round Three catch up games all taking place throughout the next few days.
Tuesday 21 April
Macarthur Rams v Mounties Wanderers
Wednesday 22 April
Mount Druitt Town Rangers v Fraser Park
Northern Tigers v Bankstown City
St George v Bankstown Berries
Thursday 23 April
Spirit FC v Sydney University
– by Peter Rowney, PS4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 2 Reporter