Wind came into play at Mills

By Corinthian (Paul Green):

NSW PS4 NPL 2  Men – Round 18 (additional feature game)
3pm, Sunday 26th July 2015  – Mills Park, Asquith

Northern Tigers FC 0
lost to
Hakoah Sydney City East FC 1 (Paul Orgad 73′)

Described later as an ugly game by coaching staff, this game was settled in blustery conditions, in the 73rd minute, by a goal from Paul Orgad for Hakoah Sydney City East who pounced on a ball spilled by Northern Tigers’ keeper, Matt Nemes, who could not safely gather a cross from the left by Joseph Dingwall, whose crossing throughout the game had been of a high standard, testing Nemes on several earlier occasions.

Orgad was lurking close enough to gleefully slam the loose ball into an empty net, after a game punctuated by multiple free-kicks and corners, but little else of substance in open play to please a decent-sized Mills Park crowd on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Hakoah had gone close, after a corner in the 67th, when a Northern Tigers’ defender came to the rescue of his keeper, at the near post, from another attack on the left, with a boot out to safety, but most of the action had come from the dead-ball moments, many of which were not close enough to goal to trouble either keeper.

One that might have had more to offer came for the Tigers close to the end of the first-half when Michael Rolston struck well from 25 yards, but his low attempt whistled narrowly wide of the right-hand upright, to the relief of the Hakoah defence.

A minute earlier Paul Davies had played the ball down the right for Tai Smith, who relayed it on to Lucas Dawson, but with Hakoah keeper, Matthew Symes, spreading himself well at his near-post, the rather rushed Dawson could only find the side-netting.

One of Hakoah’s best early chances came to Mick McCrory in the 26th when the big striker advanced from the left, forcing a fine, one-handed save from Nemes.

Nemes also tipped over a strong, high cross from Dingwall, that looked capable of dropping under the bar in the 42nd.

The strong wind made it difficult for good football, increasingly so in the second-half, when apart from the goal and the defender’s clearance, little was shown of anything that would bring the crowd much in the way of entertainment.

Deklan Gilmartin, cautioned late in the first-half, produced a bad tackle in the 78th, out wide on the left and close to half way, earning a second caution and the inevitable red card that followed.

Even with ten men Hakoah had the game under their control for the remaining minutes and with their Under 20s beating the table-topping Tigers, as well and saving a point very late in the Under 18 fixture, the Eastern Suburbs visitors had plenty to feel pleased about after another ‘good day at the office’.

Hakoah coach, Mark Robertson, had mentioned before the game that he’d been studying the video of the first round match at Hensley Field and felt his team could make good use of that knowledge.

“We did our homework, today, and it paid off,” he said after the match.

For the Tigers it was just not their day at all in all three grades and the windy conditions did their game no favours at all.

“I thought it was a soft goal to concede and I felt we deserved a point from what was a very ugly game,” said Steve Hurd, the Northern Tigers’ coach.

Match details

Crowd:  120 approx

Northern Tigers FC: GK 1 Matt Nemes; 6 Paul Davies, 4 Michael Rolston (C), 12 Russell Farrell, 2 Samuel Ryder ((5 Robin Freiberger 80); 18 Tai Smith, 3 Lucas Dawson, 16 Steve Baveas, 10 Shervin Adeli (14 Julian Lim 78); 7 Matthew West, 9 Liam McConaghy (11 Mitchell Smith 67)
Subs: RGK 21 Harrison Devenish-Meares, 15 Hayden Krha

Coach: Steve Hurd
Yellow cards: Michael Rolston 27, Liam McConaghy 29; Red cards: Nil

Hakoah Sydney City East FC: GK 1 Matthew Symes; 19 Jacob Esposito, 2 Remy Wolanski, 4 Bradley Walker, 17 Joseph Dingwall; 10 Deklan Gilmartin, 11 Gavin Rae, 44 Nicholas Mouzourakis (16 Brad Paikin 62), 8 Paul Orgad; 9 Neil Jablonski (C), 5 Michael McCrory (21 German Cabrera 56)
Subs:  RGK 40 Matthew McKenzie,  26 Federico Kertscher, 6 Jeremy Butnaou

Coach: Mark Robertson
Yellow cards: Deklan Gilmartin 41, 78; Red card: Deklan Gilmartin 78

Referee: Adrian Arndt
Assistants: Andreas Lyndon and Seb Brennan

Ratings and miscellaneous

Weather: Sunny and dry, but with a stiff, swirling breeze throughout
Game: 5/10
Pitch: 6/10

Players noted: Tai Smith (NT), Matthew West (NT), Bradley Walker (HSCE), Joseph Dingwall (HSCE), Nicholas Mouzourakis (HSCE), Gavin Rae (HSCE)