NSW Premier League 2012
Grand Final
BOTN Feature Game

10 man Marconi shock White Eagles
By Chris Dunkerley

NSW Premier League 2012 - Grand Final
3:00pm, Monday 1 October, 2012 (Labour Day holiday)
at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre (aka Serbian Centre)

Bonnyrigg White Eagles SC 0
lost to
Marconi Stallions SC 2
(Nathan Elasi 65', 90'+2)


(Photo linked from FNSW web site)

Marconi Stallions grabbed a goal mid-way through the second half and, despite going down to ten-men with the second yellow to Andrew Mailer, Nathan Elasi made it a brace well into stoppage time. They ran out 2-0 winners over Premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the 2012 NSW Premier League Grand Final today.

'Bomber' Brown's Bonnyrigg would have fancied their chances having defeated Marconi not only home and away in the league, but also winning a Major Semifinal. Running away with the league by 15 points should also have geed up the home faithful.

The game started at a fair pace, with little of the probing on would expect in a Grand Final but neither team seemed settled to begin with. In the 5th minute Marconi's Sean O'Connell managed to penetrate down the right side after being pegged back by Bonnyrigg. From 25m he hit a free-kick to Jamie McMaster but the former A-League man steered his attempt wide of the left upright.

White Eagles first real chance came in the 10th minute when Alex Canak got on the end of a freekick from the left that had curled over the defence. Alas he could only head it over the bar. The game was also stop-start. Not only due to the regular whistle blowing of referee Kris Griffiths Jones but more so the error prone play of both sides.

In the 26th minute Ray Younis hit a shot from range but with some venom however it veered wide to the right and did not trouble James Chronopoulos in the Marconi goal.

Six minutes later it was again Younis who this time tested the keeper. From a set-peice move, the ball came back out to the experienced midfielder and his shot forced a great diving save to his left by the Marconi custodian.

Just before the break a chance arose for Marconi but the loose ball fell to Jamie McMaster who could only push a weak ball in the direction of the goal, alowing the White Eagles 'keeper Andrew Bazi to gather.

Two minutes into the 2nd half Mitchell Long got free of his marker in range but his shot rose over the Marconi cross bar. Down the other end Jamie McMaster made space out on the right but his angled shot passed the goal from right to left.

Bonnyrigg looked the more liekly as Marconi were taking the wrong options, but in the 65th minute Nathan Elasi, who up to this stage had been marked out of the game, was found by a through ball and free on the left. He angled his shot past the keeper to give Marconi the lead 0-1.

Disaster however for Marconi just as Bonyrigg lifted the tempo in search of an equaliser. Andrew Mailer connected with the ball in flight with his left hand and having earlier been given a yellow for a tackle, the red card had to be flashed. With only 10 men could Marconi hang on?

Bonnyrigg threw everything into the mix, with the Marconi 'keeper many times having to relieve the pressure, and at one point the woodwork aided him.

In th 42nd minute Harris Gaitatzis hit a snapp shot from cose range over the crossbar.

Three minutes into 2nd half stoppage time Nathan Elasi got onto a ball laid into space, and on side and unchallenged he placed the ball into the net. 0-2 Two minutes later and the title was Marconis.

Nathan Elasi’s brace edged out other contenders for the the Robbie Slater Man of the Match Award.

Grade 20: Sutherland Sharks 2 (Toufic Alameddine 23', Patrick Savor 61') - Manly United FC 1 (William Pritchard 45')
Grade 18: Blacktown City FC 4 (J Priest 10’, 65’, Daniel Araujo 50’, Daniel Collins 78’) - Parramatta FC 2 (Jordan Parfait 34’, Jaushua Sotirio 35’)



NSW Premier League 2012 - Grand Final
3:00pm, Monday 1 October, 2012 (Labour Day holiday)
at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre (aka Serbian Centre)

Bonnyrigg White Eagles SC 0
lost to
Marconi Stallions SC 2
(Nathan Elasi 65', 90'+2)