Lions show their experience

By Corinthian (Paul Green):
NSW PS4 NPL2 –  MENS –  Round 4

7:30pm, Saturday 27th March 2016 – Jensen Park, Sefton

Bankstown City Lions FC 2 (Chris Gomez 26′, Dean Bereveskos 57′)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC (NPL) 1 (Shayne D’Cunha 89′)

Saturday night’s showdown between two of the three teams with a 100% record, thus far, albeit after only their first three outings, went the way of the home team, Bankstown City Lions, over NSW NPL2 newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers, 2-1.

Bankstown took a while to get the measure of the young visitors, slowly working their way into control of the game, all of their experienced players giving peak performances and while the final score was close and the Lions could even have dropped two points at the death, few present would have argued that they weren’t clearly the better side.

Trevor Morgan, for instance, the Wanderers’ coach was in no doubt about that.

“They are a very good side and our boys will learn a lot from playing them.

“They used all of their experience to eventually beat us convincingly, but it’s a great thing, this competition now, with these A League clubs taking part this season, as the young players will learn a lot and the other clubs enjoy the chance to play some new opponents.

“We could have snatched a point late, but they fully deserved to beat us.

It was only in the 26th minute that Bankstown edged ahead.

A big run down the right by the always enterprising Dhari Alsaad ended with a clever cross in behind the Wanderers’ defence and Chris Gomez got on the end of it with a header that was immediately parried, but quickly put away off the ricochet.

It wasn’t the first chance of the game, however, an effort by the flying Bankstown winger, Huseyin Jasli, being charged down in the 16th minute, which followed a seventh minute effort from the same player that flew narrowly wide.

Dominic Hudap had a volley from close-range in the 25th that the keeper did well to get to, as well.

A super-save from the Wanderers’ keeper, Matthew Symes, in the 36th, came after Gerard Ouffoue and Dean Bereveskos had combined with a shot on target from the latter that had looked like heralding a second goal before the interval.

Gomez also went close from another cross laid on by Huseyin Jasli, in the 38th, but the Wanderers’ defence combined well to intervene before any further damage could be dealt to their winning chances.

But a superb run down the left by Huseyin Jasli in the 57th did bring that second goal, when the speedy Bankstown man sent over a firm cross that was powerfully driven home, at close-range and under close attention, by Bereveskos whose volley was right out of the textbook.

Bankstown were well on top after that and they had a few more near misses, including one cleared off the line by the Wanderers, from a perfect header by Lions’ defender, Todd Halloran, off another Huseyin Jasli corner.

But the Wanderers, over the last ten minutes, with nothing more to lose, threw everything into attack and earned a late consolation.

Liam Youlley, a player with A League experience already under his belt with the Wanderers, got the ball over well from the left for Shane D’Cunha to head in at the far post in the 89th minute.

Right at the death a brilliant double save from Lions’ keeper Dion Shaw preserved the three points, his reflexive leap to tip a header over the bar in stoppage-time was the save of the match, denying Lachlan Scott a certain goal, after an initial save had already been made by the reliable shot-stopper.

Match details

Crowd: Approx 450

Bankstown City Lions FC:  1. Dion SHAW (gk) (13. Dhari ALSAAD (rgk)), 2 Todd HALLORAN, 5 Michael BEAUCHAMP  (c), 3 Grant LYNCH;  8 Dominic HUDAP; 16 Kojiro HORI, 10 Chris GOMEZ (20 Alvaro Malmierca 89), 14 Dean BEREVESKOS, 11 Huseyin JASLI; 9 Gerard OUFFOUE (12 Steven VELESKI 86)
Subs not used: 30 Nicholas CAROSI (rgk), 22 Kyohei KIMURA

Yellow cards: Michael Beauchamp 29, Dominic Hudap 58, Huseyin Jasli 58; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Leo Carle

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 18. Matthew SYMES (gk); 3 Henry DAVIES (8 Cameron DEVLIN 59), 5 Jackson BANDIERA, 6 Keanu BACCUS, 7 Kyle CIMENTI (33 Joshua MACDONALD 75′), 9 Lachlan SCOTT, 11 Mathieu CORDIER (32 Daniel ALESSI 75), 23 Shayne D’CUNHA, 31 Alusine FOFANAH, 34 Mario SHABOW, 36 Liam YOULLEY
Subs not used: 30 Daniel AXFORD (rgk), 10 Tariq MAIA

Yellow cards: Nil; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Trevor Morgan

Referee: Adrian Arndt
Assistants: Danny Horstead and Patrick Telecki

Ratings, Points etc.
Weather: Warm and dry. Light breeze.
Referee 8/10
Game 9/10
Pitch 8/10
Players noted: Todd Halloran (BCL), Chris Gomez (BCL), Dean Bereveskos (BCL), Keanu Baccus (WSW), Liam Youlley(WSW), Alusine Fofanah (WSW)