National Youth League - 2011/2012 - Season 4

A tight 2-1 victory
By Alex Robinson

2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 6
2:30pm, Sunday 27 November, 2011
at John Cain Memorial Park, Thornbury, Melbourne

Melbourne Heart FC 2
(Stipo Andrijasevic 52', Zac Walker 86')
defeated
Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Justin Hayward 73')



(Photo by courtesy of Jason Wright)

Melbourne Heart have managed to clinch a tight 2-1 victory over Central Coast Mariners today at John Cain Memorial Oval.

Heart Coach John Alioisi commended both Heart and Mariner boys on a “pretty decent game all around. He also admitted that the Mariners did cause them a lot of trouble.

Heart started with a frenzy early in the game with three chances in first 10 minutes.

Kristian Sarkies once again delivered a smart corner picking out Brodie Patterson in space. However he could not manage to adequately control his shot and went wayward.

A minute later Adrian Zahra again had a chance to give Heart an early lead but his shot went straight into the arms of Dylan Mitchell in goal keeper.

Then again in the sixth minute Craig Goodwin crossed the ball dangerously into the Mariner’s area but Zahra’s header went just wide of the top left corner.

It would then be the Mariner’s turn to attack. But like the Heart they failed to convert their opportunities.

Kwabena Appiah-Kubi crossed the ball to Mitchell Duke but he his header was only just blocked by Heart keeper Nikola Roganovic.

Then just a minute later Duke had another chance with a one-on-one with the keeper. But yet again he could not beat the keeper, shooting straight into Nikola Roganovic.

Yet another chance was put down by Duke in the 17th minute after captain James Oates managed to beat to and put a ball into the area.

It would prove just not to be Duke’s day as he was disallowed a goal for offside in the 21st minute.

The game slowed down considerably for the rest of the first half, with no real chances for either team.

The second half saw the Mariners move from their four-four-two diamond formation to a four-three-three style which according to Aloisi allowed Heart to play their preferred style.

This change impacted quickly against the Mariners after Stipo Andrijasevic headed a ball into the net giving Heart the opener in the 52nd minute.

It was a relatively easy finish as the ball had rebounded off the cross bar from a powerful Brodie Patterson shot outside the box.

Minutes later there was a nasty clash in Heart’s area with two Heart keeper Roganovic and fellow teammate Jeremy Walker colliding in a scramble to clear the ball. Both players were substituted and coach Aloisi could not properly comment on the state of his players so soon after the match.

The Mariners almost stole the lead back with a powerful shot by James Oates in the 69th minute just missing to the right.

But they would manage to equalize just four minutes later after a challenge by Alan Blumgart on Kwabena Appiah-Kubi inside the box lead to a penalty. Justin Hayward made no mistake from the spot and leveled the score at 1-1.

While it seemed a draw was likely, Heart captain Dusan Bosnjak took things into his own hands. Taking the ball from left to right sides and opening the corridor, he fed Zac Walker a fantastic ball who finished clinically giving Heart the lead in the 86th minute.

Nicholas Littler almost stole a point back for the Mariners in the second minute of extra time, however a desperate slide by Josh Groenewald successfully deflected the shot.

Both teams face lower table teams next week with Heart taking on the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra while the Mariners head to Adelaide.



2011/2012 National Youth League - Round 6
2:30pm, Sunday 27 November, 2011
at John Cain Memorial Park, Thornbury, Melbourne


Melbourne Heart FC 2
(Stipo Andrijasevic 52', Zac Walker 86')
defeated
Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Justin Hayward 73')

    Crowd: 125

    MATCH STATS:

    Melbourne Heart FC :
    Player listing: 1. Nikola Roganovic (gk) (20. Thomas Dunn (rgk) 58'), 2. Adrian Zahra (7. Zac Walker +46'), 3. Kristian Konstantinidis, 4. Kristian Sarkies, 5. Cragin Goodwin, 8. Brodie Patterson, 9. Stipo Andrijasevic, 10. Dusan Bosnjak (c), 11. Josh Groenewald, 12. Jeremy Walker (15. Phil Petreski +58'), 14. Billy Liolios (6. Alon Blumgart +63')

    Substitutes not used: Nil

    Coach: John Aloisi

    Yellow Cards: Kristian Konstantinidis 45’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing: 1. Dylan Mitchell (gk), 2. Nikola Stanojevic (14. Josh Da Silva +63'), 3. Trent Sainsbury, 4. Zachary Freeburn (19. Adam Jenner +63'), 5. Nicholas Littler, 6. Anthony Caceres, 8. James Oates (c), 9. Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, 10. Mitchell Duke (15. Jordan Farina +58'), 12. Hayden Morton, 16. Justin Hayward,

    Substitutes not used: (rgk)

    Coach: Tony Walsley

    Yellow Cards: Hayden Morton 37'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Alex Lord 7/10
    Assistants: Jonathan Barreiro, Patrick Chaplin; Fourth Official: Brenton Hayward
    Match Commissioner: Phil Diamataris

    BOTN players to watch (pts 3,2,1):
    3. Brodie Patterson (MH), 2. Kwabena Appiah-Kubi (CCM), 1. Dusan Bosnjak (MH)

    Game rating: 6/10

    Pitch rating: 7.5/10

    Match Report and ratings: by Alex Robinson




(Photo by courtesy of Jason Wright)

(Photo by courtesy of Jason Wright)

(Photo by courtesy of Jason Wright)

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