Round 16 Review – League One Men’s

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Round 16 of the FNSW League One Men’s competition had a bit of everything in a Super Saturday of action.

A goalkeeper goal, intense match of the round and a new team at the top of the table. What more could you ask for? Let’s take a look at what took place below.

Match of the Round: Inter Lions 1-3 Bankstown City

Bankstown City continued their surge up the table with a 3-1 victory over cup specialists Inter Lions at Majors Bay Reserve.

Roaring into outright third, some shrewd substitutions saw the visitors score twice in the final 15 for the victory over their hosts.

Those braving the cold were treated to a fast start in this one with both sides getting into the opposition area within the first couple of minutes.

Jack Green opening the game in terms of chances for the hosts, his header meeting a cross from the right narrowly missing the left post. While at the other end, Bankstown City had their first big chance through Jonathan Grozdanovski who fired wide from a right side position inside the box five minutes later.

Both sides continuing to exchange chances with Lachaln Everett next going close for Inter Lions. His free-kick hitting the side netting.The hosts finding the back of the net at the third time of asking pouncing on a errant pass from the visitors working the ball out. Ahmad Taleb picking up the assist with a threaded ball through for Oliver Green who obliged with the finish.

Inter continuing to have the better chances during this period of the game. While Mabior Garang was keeping the hosts honest missing out on a big chance around the 20th minute by a split second beyond the defense.

However there still wasn’t much between the sides with most of the game being played out in the middle third of the pitch.

A long break between chances broken with a swift move from the hosts around the 40th minute. Ahmad Taleb found on the end of their attack, his shot wide not that it will have counted as the offside flag had been raised.

Both sides going into the dressing room with reasons to be encouraged with perhaps Inter Lions shading proceedings.

However everything changed early in the second half with the visitors equalising with seconds of the restart. An under hit back pass pounced upon by Mabior Garang who found Chris Payne with a pass who finished into a largely empty net.

Payne nearly following up with a free-kick minutes later, denied by a save from Patrick Fouracre around his left post.

Inter Lions responding with a chance of their own, working it down the left wing before Oliver Green drew a save one-on-one from Bankstown CIty keeper Stevan Savicic in the 51st minute.

Yet it was the visitors who were creating more chances here, Mabior Garang once again involved with a shot cutting in off the right wing drawing another save after the hour.

The decisive moment in this one coming with just over ten minutes left for Bankstown City. Two substitutes combining for the visitors with Rhett Desilva squaring the ball to to Andrej Poljcic who tapped home from close range.

Inter Lions doing well to respond without applying the finish, the final blow coming at the other end. Rhett Desilva scoring a quality individual goal into the bottom corner with his left foot in the last minute of regulation.

Victory moving Bankstown City into the top three four points behind Mt Druitt Town Rangers in second, while Inter Lions face a big game in the cup against Blacktown City midweek.

Inter Lions 1 (Green 12’)

Bankstown City 3 (Payne 47’, Poljcic 77’, Desilva 90’)

Elsewhere

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-1 Mt Druitt Town Rangers

Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Mt Druitt Town Rangers shared the spoils in their match up at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.

A result which saw a change at the top of the table, the hosts came from behind to secure a point against the Town Rangers, perhaps a bit lucky to do so in the process.

It was the visitors who started the better of the two sides in this one, Andy Montgomery’s side creating numerous goal scoring opportunities early. The best of which saw Bonnyrigg keeper Luke Turnbull deny Charles Mendy one-on-one.

However the pressure did tell with Andre Martins converting from the spot after Garang Awac was fouled by Turnbull inside the area to give the visitors the half time lead.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles for their part were looking a bit more comfortable in the contest and equalised through Aaron Peterson after the break. Both sides creating further chances, though it was Mt Druitt Town Rangers who came home the stronger perhaps unlucky to walk away with just a point.

They face SD Raiders at home next up while Bonnyrigg White Eagles host Rydalmere Lions in round 17 action.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Peterson 52’)

Mt Druitt Town Rangers 1 (Martins 19’)

Canterbury Bankstown 2-2 SD Raiders

One for those who like a goalkeeper goal! Canterbury Bankstown and SD Raiders couldn’t be separated after their meeting at Jensen Park.

Yes it was SD Raiders keeper Mario Aleksik who rescued a point for his side in injury time on an otherwise frustrating evening for his side. The result a second straight draw for Canterbury Bankstown at the same venue.

Another week, the same story for SD Raiders who were on top for much of the first half in this one despite creating the majority of chances, while their opponents Canterbury Bankstown threatened on the break with a couple of good chances of their own.

It was the Raiders to strike first however, Noah Chianese finishing inside the six yard box to put his side ahead after some nice play.

However that lead lasted all of 60 seconds, Brendon Mandizvidza scoring an instant reply for the Berries equaliser. Their turnaround complete as the contest entered it’s final quarter, Mandizvidza grabbing a brace at the third time of asking inside their attacking area. The Berries showing good character throughout.

SD Raiders coming up with a last gasp equaliser through Mario Aleksik who headed home for a share of the points in injury time.

Canterbury Bankstown 2 (Mandizvidza 47’ 68’)

SD Raiders 2 (Chianese 46’, Aleksik 91’)

Macarthur Rams 0-1 Bulls FC Academy

Bulls FC Academy secured a hard fought victory over Macarthur Rams to take top position after 16 rounds of the competition.

Overtaking Mt Druitt Town Rangers with the win, Joel Bertolissio found the back of the net in the first half with a strong header before the Rams gave them a scare in the second half.

The first half of this one was one way traffic with the visitors controlling things on the park. However they could only manage a one goal lead at the break which came from a Joel Bertolissio header after 15 minutes.

Rams goalkeeper Seiya Miyamoto important throughout the game with some key saves to keep his side in it.

In contrast to the first half, the second half was far more even to begin with, though the young Bulls were still creating the better chances. The best chances for the hosts coming late in the fixture as the contest opened up, Alexander Robinson making two important saves in the final quarter hour to make sure his side walked away with all three points.

Bulls FC Academy coaching staff singling out Frans Deli as their best on field while Oliver Randazzo and Joel Bertolissio also impressed.

Macarthur Rams 0

Bulls FC Academy 1 (Bertolissio 15’)

Dulwich Hill 4-1 Blacktown Spartans

Pressure valve released? Dulwich Hill picked up a much needed 4-1 win over Blacktown Spartans at Arlington Oval, Saturday evening.

After a long winless run, the hosts secured a vital three points to take themselves away from the danger zone. The result seeing Dulwich Hill do the double over Blacktown Spartans in season 2024.

Getting some players back on the field, Daniel Fornito opened the hosts account after four minutes assisted by Emmanuel Zervas. While Steve Kuzmanovski was also influential for the hosts.

They did go into the break level though with Angus Chance scoring a Blacktown Spartans response after the half hour.

Creating plenty of chances throughout, Dulwich Hill weren’t to be denied however with three goals between the 60th and 80th minute. Daniel Fornito doubling his tally from the spot in the 64th minute which was followed two minutes later with a Emmanuel Zervas goal. Before Goncalo Paradanta added the fourth with a lovely free-kick to cap things off for the hosts.

Their first win in six, they face Bulls FC Academy away from home next up while Blacktown Spartans host Dunbar Rovers next Friday.

Dulwich Hill 4 (Fornito 4’ 64’, Zervas 66’, Paradanta 77’)

Blacktown Spartans 1 (Chance 31’)

Hakoah FC 2-2 Dunbar Rovers

Hakoah FC left it late to secure a point against Dunbar Rovers in a local derby at Hensley Athletic Field.

Late goals at Hensley have become a fixture of their season so far and they needed some once again here with two goals for the hosts after the 85th minute rescuing a point. The result a harsh one on Dunbar Rovers who performed well in this one.

They took the two goal lead courtesy of a Samuel Tzanakes brace with two goals early in each half. Dunbar Rovers Christian Soares coach noting his side are looking stronger as the season goes on.

Unfortunately though, luck wasn’t on their side in this one with Hakoah staging another comeback. Jayden Tran scoring their first after Rovers keeper Benjamin Wrigley initially saved a penalty. Before George Tuson-Firth tapped home an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

The result seeing the hosts slip down to fourth position, while it’s a fifth draw of the season for Dunbar Rovers who remain in 15th.

Hakoah FC 2 (S. Tzanakes 8’ 48’)

Dunbar Rovers 2 (Tran 86’, Tuson-Firth 94’)

Rydalmere Lions 2-2 Northern TIgers

Another late goal saw Northern Tigers rescue a point in their match up with Rydalmere Lions at Rydalmere Park.

In truth, the Tigers probably should have won this one after creating some good opportunities throughout, only to be denied by the efforts of Rydalmere keeper Harry Aquillina. The draw halting their losing slump.

It was Rydalmere Lions to open the scoring against the run of play after the half hour, Isaac Cunningham doing well to win the ball high up the field before applying the finish to put his side up.

A goal which brought a response from the visitors after the break, though the Lions did well to hold onto their lead. Goals change games though and Northern Tigers were able to find theirs via a lucky deflection off a Rydalmere clearance.

But once again perhaps against the run of play, Rydalmere found their second through who else but Marcus Lal with just over ten minutes remaining.

The Tigers coming home strong and getting a well deserved equaliser in injury time through Lachlan Lloyd in the 93rd minute. Tigers next face Bankstown City at home, while Rydalmere head south to face Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

Rydalmere Lions 2 (Cunningham 31’, Lal 79’)

Northern Tigers 2 (Connolly OG 65’, Lloyd 93’)

UNSW FC 1-1 Nepean FC

Finally in our reviews, UNSW FC and Nepean FC shared the points in a game both goalkeepers starred at the Village Green.

In a even contest between the two sides, Nepean FC took the lead in the first half before UNSW equalised in the second half. The result ending the visitors losing run as they look to make a push up the table.

They opened the games account from the spot in the 27th minute of this one. Lachlan Sepping converting after Luke Zepina won the penalty.

Both sides did have their chances in this one with the visitors arguably having the better but both Charles Samushonga and his counterpart in the Nepean goal had good games. UNSW’s best chance of the first half falling the way of Jack Fulton who was denied by a diving spot.

UNSW finding an equaliser in the second half through Jeremy Cox. Cox placing his shot from inside the area just inside the right post, Thomas Quilligan with the assist.

The students next face Inter Lions while Nepean FC will be looking to build on this result when they face Macarthur Rams.

UNSW FC 1 (Cox 80’)Nepean FC 1 (Sepping 27’)

By Justin Smith