NSW Super League 2012
BOTN Feature Game

Spirit grab late points over Wanderers
By Chris Dunkerley

NSW Super League
Round 5 - 3:00pm, Sunday 22 April, 2012
at Christie Park, Marsfield



Spirit FC 1
(Dean Zammit 90')
defeated
Mounties Wanderers FC 0


(Photo by Nigel Owen - linked from FNSW web site)

Spirit FC left it very late to grab a 1-0 win over Mounties Wanderers in it's Round 5 NSW Super League game at Christie Park on Sunday afternoon.

80th minute substitute Dean Zammit got on the end of a pinpoint cross just on regular time, coming from wide on the left, by fellow substitute Slavan Ljuboja to steer it past Wanderers 'keeper Ali Akbal.

Both sides came into the game on a high, with Spirit after scoring eight goals, and Mounties defeating Bankstown Lions last round.

Gold and black Spirit started with only 5 players from last year's squad, to face a side built for rapid promotion over the past seasons, but were sitting well up the table and hoping to stay there against their red-hooped opponents.

Grant Cornwell got the action going in the 2nd minute with a header, albeit well over the bar, but the game was a very tight affair with clumsy wayward passing and crunching tackles.

Ali Akbal in the Mounties goal gave the fane some entertainment with some acrobatics in the 15th minute.

The towering Wanderer Squillacioti, twice had chances in the 16th and 18th minutes that went wide or high. Spirit likewise had a few chances but to similar fate.

Best chance of the first half went to Wanderers Fred Graham who got onto the ball on the run and shot strongly at the goal but Spirit glove-man Murray Nelson who came and blocked the shot.

The secenario repeated itself 18 minutes after the break with Graham testing Nelson, but the 'keeper's reflex save kept him out.

Both sides flooded the field with fresh legs after the 78th minute and the tempo picked up and the game opened up.

In the 80th minute Spirit sent in a wicked corner from the right but no-one reacted to get near the ball and it sailed on.

Just as it was lookinglike a share of the spoils, Slavan Ljuboja surged toward the river end, hugging the sideline on the left. Sending in his cross - the storyline was completed. 1-0

'Grade' 20: Spirit FC 2 - Mounties Wanderers FC 1



NSW Super League
Round 5 - 3:00pm, Sunday 22 April, 2012
at Christie Park, Marsfield

Spirit FC 1
(Dean Zammit 90')

defeated
Mounties Wanderers FC 0