Double in NSW NPL2 to St George
NSW National Premier League 2, 2013 – Finals Series
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Double in NSW NPL2 to St George
By Chris Dunkerley
Grand Final – 4:00pm, Sunday 22 September, 2013
at Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park
St George Saints FC 3
(Sam Messam 62’, 78’, George Degenek 92’)
Mounties Wanderers FC 1
(Scott Goodwin 54′)
Premiers St George FC have taken out the NSW PL2 senior mens double by defeating Mounties Wanderers FC by 3 goals to 1 at an initially warm and sunny Edensor Park on Sunday afternoon.
With neither side that familiar with the new synthetic pitch it was to be expected that as in most grand finals there would be some period to settle in. St George showed however that they we willing to attack when Juan Chavez got down the left in the 6th minute and was fouled before he could shoot. The resulting free kick was pushed away for a corner.
Nervousness for the Mounties when in the 8th minute a grazing deflection off a defender was grasped by their ‘keeper Ali Akbal as it skewed toward the net.
Wanderers were attempting to play on the break, with Alvin Singh leading the line, however the Saints were putting pressure across the Mounties back-line and Akbal made a solid block to a shot from point blank range after a corner.
In the 27th minute Mark D’Alessandro made a run down the left but although his cross was cut out, the ball came out to him again. His snap at the loose ball sent it against the left upright.
Chavez skewed a shot in front of goal in the 38th minute when he should have done better, after Sam Messam picked him out with an early cross from the left.
Danger for the Saints when Eli Squillacioti made a run with 3 defenders in train, but his shot went over the bar.
After the break, with the sun gone as dark clouds skudded over, and the tempo picked up.
A great chance to the Saints was squandered by George Codrea when he missed past the left post, after the ball was cut back to him in the 49th minute.
Three minutes later a freekick by Mounties from wide on the right bounced along the cross bar.
First ‘blood’ to Wanderers in the 54th minute when the ball came in from a corner on the right and Scott Goodwin had room, despite 5 Saints players in his vicinity, to turn and slam the ball into the net through the throng. 0-1
In wasn’t long before Saints had the scoreline back level. In the 62nd minute marksman Sam Messam was picked out on the right and steered his rising angled shot high into the net. 1-1
That man, Messam, was at it again 16 minutes later. His forceful header, from a run into the area, gave Akbal no chance. 2-1
A powerful freekick by Nick Napoli in the 83rd minute forced a save out of Mounties glove-man.
While the Wanderers were still competitive, it was the Saints who ended well on top. In stoppage time Bill Tsanidis made a run down the left and lifted the ball to George Degenek in the centre, who lobbed Akbal for the third goal.
A fast, high standard, and entertaining grand final. Saints now await a promotion decision, and Mounties should look forward with comfidence to next year.
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St George FC
Player listing: 23. Dion Shaw (gk), 35. Costa Andricopoulos, 2. Michael Smith, 25. Bill Tsanidis, 3. David Dascal, 16. Jonathan Castano-Acero, 19. Nick Napoli, 18. George Codrea (10. Bruno Pivato +58’), 12. Aleks Jovovic, 9. Sam Messam (7. George Lagoudakis +89’), 11. Juan Chavez (c) (4. George Degenek +85’)
Subs not used: 60. Daniel Nash, 22. Matt Sadler
Coach: Manny Spanoudakis
Yellow Cards: Michael Smith 52′, George Codrea 18′, Sam Messam 77′
Red cards: Nil
Mounties Wanderers FC
Player listing: 22. Ali Akbal (gk), 3. Tim Salvaggio (14. Mark Symington +83’), 18. Mark D’Alessandro, 16. Scott Goodwin, 8. David Gardiner (6. Peter Day +12’), 2. Eli Squillacioti, 27. Daniel Severino, 17. Daniel McCann, 31. Daniel Merrin, 10. Daniel Willoughby, 25. Alvin Singh (4. Greg Baldock +60’)
Subs not used: 1. Jackson Franich (rgk), 9. Matt Viera
Coaches: Aiden Desmond & Glen Lockhart
Yellow Cards: Daine Merrin 45′, Alvin Singh 16′
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Michael Weiner 7/10
Assistants: Thomas Lee and Lance Greenshields; 4th Official: Kevin Peddie
Pitch: 10/10 (Recently laid synthetic)
Match report by Chris Dunkerley (thanks to Peter Rowney for assistance with the stats)
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