Suns shine in cross-continent clash

By Corinthian (Paul Green):

Westfield 2015 FFA Cup – Round of 32 – Gameday 3 Feature game
8:30pm, Wednesday 5th August 2015 – Ilinden Sports Centre, Rockdale

Rockdale City Suns FC3  (Toufic Alameddine 21′, Dylan Macallister 44′, Marko Jesic 58′)
Perth SC 1 (Clark Keltie pen 71′)


Wednesday night’s game at the Ilinden Sports Centre drew a good crowd as Rockdale City Suns defeated Western Australian PS4 National Premier League side, Perth SC 3-1, to advance to the Round of 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup.

The game itself was a fairly routine affair, with the cross-continent visitors well taken care of by Player-coach Paul Reid’s Rockdale, who had to overcome some personnel concerns with his team before running out well-deserved winners.

Central defender, Askin Oygur, a linchpin of the side, was overseas and could not play, while another was Cup-tied and a makeshift defence had to be put into service, though on this occasion it was more than able to cope with rather unimaginative Perth SC attack.

Early in the game Alec Urosevski was taken off injured, another key man in the City Suns’ side, but his replacement from the 18th minute onwards, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, put in a sterling performance in his place and helped steer the team towards victory.

All three of the Rockdale scorers had strong games, none more so than Dylan Macallister who took something of a battering, a head-clash leaving him seeing out most of the match with a plastered and bandaged neck, not any hindrance, it would seem, as the former A League player proved a mighty handful for the Perth defence all evening.

His goal, the team’s second in the 44th minute, came after a superb cross from the right by first goalscorer, Toufic Alameddine, and was headed, bullet-like, into the roof of the net at the far post after the ball had come in well beyond the reach of the keeper and proving impossible for the Perth players to defend, with a man like Macallister lurking behind them.

Alameddine’s goal was also excellent, a clinical finish after only 21 minutes and following some smart lead-up work by the highly effective Iwamoto, whose initial shot from wide on the left cannoned off the right-hand upright, giving Alameddine a relatively easy task in finishing off the move .

The final goal, two minutes before the hour mark, arrived after Marko Jesic had made a long run from deep and after exchanging passes with his partner Hafiane, putting the ball past the Perth keeper emphatically.

Perth pulled a goal back in the 71st after an infringement in the penalty area, with referee Katie Paterson ruling against the home team and pointing immediately to the spot.

Perth captain, Clark Keltie, planted his penalty-kick perfectly past Ivan Necevski to make it a more palatable scoreline for the travelling team, but in truth they’d never looked like making any impression on the game at any stage of it.

The Perth team put up a plucky showing, but clearly the lack of preparation time and unfamiliarity with the ground in Rockdale did them few favours.

Match details

Crowd:  Official attendance: 1,857

Rockdale City Suns FC: GK 22. Ivan NECEVSKI; 6. Takuya MURAYAMA, 15.Nicholas PETRILLO, 19.Patrick SAVOR, 4.Hristijan TANOSKI;  5.Paul REID (C) (29.Isaac SAVOR 66); 12 Idriss HAFIANE, 10 Marko JESIC; 17.Toufic ALAMEDDINE, 9 Dylan MCALLISTER, 7.Alec UROSEVSKI (20.Mitsuhiro IWAMOTO 19)
Subs not used: RGK  1.David BRADASEVIC, 36. Stefan DUBOCANIN

Player-coach: Paul Reid
Yellow cards: Nil; Red Cards: Nil

Perth SC : GK 1.Francis SAOLE; 2.Joshua WILKINS, 22 Julian MADASCHI, 15.Laurence GAUGHAN, 3.Aleksandar SUSNJAR; 5.Dean EVANS, 6.Clark KELTIE (C);  8.Aden DA LUZ, 14.Mark PRITCHARD (19.Andreas THEODOSIADES 66), 17.Reece VITTIGLIA;  16.Nicholas AMBROGIO (11.Francesco FURFARO 53)
Subs not used: RGK 18 Josh PEREIRA, 23.Alex DUNN

Coach: Taki Nicolaidis
Yellow cards: Julian Madaschi 24, Clark Keltie 81; Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistants: James Tesoriero and Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Ratings and miscellaneous

Match 6/10
Pitch: 6/10

Weather: Cold and dry, light breeze

Players noted: Dylan Macallister (RSC), Toufic Alameddine (RSC), Mitsuhiro Iwamoto (RSC), Idriss Hafiane (RCS), Clark Keltie (PSC), Reece Vittiglia (PSC)