Pre Season outings for NSW National Premier Leagues

By Corinthian (Paul Green):

PS4_NPL_logo_longTwo reports:  St George FC vs Mt Druitt Town Rangers; and Rockdale City Suns FC vs South Coast Wolves FC

PS4 – National Premier League 2 – Pre Season Pool 1

St George FC  2 (Johnathan Kontalis 6, Wassim Hijazi 50) defeated
Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC 0

St George Stadium, Sunday 1 February, 2015

It was a first hit-out for both sides at St George Stadium on Sunday evening and the hosts came away with a 2-0 win to get their NSW PS4 NPL2 Pre-season Cup campaign under way, with the Saints’ newly-appointed first team coach, David Perkovic, getting things off on the right note.

It was a much-changed squad for the former Premier League club, who were relegated last season and who had originally appointed Mirko Jurilj as their coach, until the latter elected to focus on his other coaching duties.

In came David Perkovic, the youthful head coach with experience in the Philippines as well as in local competitions, with Fraser Park, most notably.

Mount Druitt also arrived with a new-look squad and a new coach, Aiden Desmond, who had spent nine years coaching at Mount Pritchard and who was looking for a fresh challenge, after holding down the Technical Director’s job at Mount Druitt last season

His side put in a workmanlike performance, but with ten new players and a new coach, they will have to wait a little while for things to bed down.

St George had one notable triallist, star defender, Tayfun Devrimol, who came off the bench late in the game, showing that he’d lost none of his vision or defence-splitting passing ability and looked fit enough to play again at this level, having enjoyed many successful years at Bonnyrigg White Eagles in both Super League and Premier League.

Also in the Saints’ ranks were well-known figures such as Lenox Tweneboa, Daniell Zeleny, Stefan Ilic and Wassim Hijazi, while Mount Druitt included one of their few retained players from 2014 in Daniel McCann.

St George made much of the early running and were soon rewarded with a goal in the sixth minute.

Corners were won on both the right and the left, the first whipped in and cleared before a second corner on the left was earned and swung over by Wassim Hijazi.

The ball was also cleared, but only as far as Johnathan Kontalis, who slammed the ball low against the inside of the right-hand upright from 15 yards.

The ball then rebounded off the other post and into goal to give the Saints the lead.

Mount Druitt had a chance in the 12th minute, when Kosiro Hok’s corner from the left was headed narrowly wide by Pat Crane.

St George generally had the better of the exchanges thereafter, however, with a 34th minute shot by Stevan Ilic blocked on the line.

In the second-half St George looked well on top, but Mount Druitt had their moments too and it needed one good save from Saints’ keeper Aaron Liddell, who spread himself well to deny the raiding Town Rangers’ man, midway through the second period.

St George had extended their lead in the 50th minute with a fine finish by Wassim Hijazi, who followed up after an initial shot from Ilic had only been parried by Mount Druitt keeper, Justin Bigar.

A crowd of around 75 had gathered for the opening match and it was a reasonable contest, with both teams having their first outings under new coaches this season.

[ Ed. the food choice of course was consistent with our National Premier League grounds – see photo]

ST GEORGE: 1 Aaron Liddell, 25 Emanuel Elali, 16 Joseph D’Elia, 34 Stevan Ilic, 6 Ali Nasreddine, 4 Johnathan Kontalis, 13 Lennox Tweneboa, 36 David Wilson,  9 Hussein Salameh, 10 Michael Yamold, 11 Wassim Hijazi

Subs: 21 Lachlan Kerr, 30 Jordan Morfitis, 15 Daniell Zeleny, 5, Tayfun Devrimol, 14 Andrija Petkovic,

Coach: David Perkovic

MOUNT DRUITT: 1. Justin Biega (gk), 13. Pat Crane, 18. Luke Jenner, 2. Brian Griffin-Colls, 6. Kaine Wright, 15. Daniel McCann, 8. Shane Ardle, 3. Joe Crowley, 10. Daniel Vellonio, 17. Liam Daynes, 9. Ben Grey

Subs: 12. Osadolor Edosomwan, 16. Nathan Ralph, 7. Luke Clifford

Coach:  Aiden Desmond

Referee: Chris Young

PS4 – National Premier League 1 – Pre Season Pool 1

Rockdale City Suns FC 1 (Toufic Alameddine 90’+2)
drew with
South Coast Wolves FC 1 (Samuel Matthews 85′)

Ilinden Sports Centre, Sunday 1 February, 2015

In cool, late evening conditions Rockdale City Suns and the South Coast Wolves got the first of the pre-season Cup fixtures under way in front of a crowd of around 150 at Ilinden Sports Centre.

Rockdale had three triallists, including impressive Japanese midfielder, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto   , while it appeared that the Wolves already had their select squad sorted out before the series began.

It was an even contest, for the most part, with defences keeping a tight rein on things.

Chances were mostly generated from outside the box, as two well-drilled sides ensured little leeway was given, either out wide or close to goal.

It loomed as a classic stalemate until late in the game when Rockdale began to assert themselves more and appeared to have more legs to see out the 90 minutes compared to their visitors from the South.

Just when it looked as if the Suns might wear their opponents down and break the deadlock, the Wolves scored, a tidy finish by half time substitute Samuel Matthews after a good piece of lead-up play through the middle, in classic breakaway style.

It was by then the 85th minute and perhaps too late for Rockdale to restore parity, but they finally did as referee Kurt Ams began to look at his watch in stoppage-time.

A surging run from very deep by Toufic Alameddine saw the Rockdale substitute rifle in a low shot from a wide angle to find the net from 15 yards out just seconds before Ams blew for full time.

As lightning flashes threatened to bring the game to an early conclusion, spectators were spared any such concerns as the rain held off and the potential storm, probably well out to sea, died down.
For Rockdale it was a useful hit-out for Branko Culina and his men, while South Coast Wolves coach, Nahuel Arrarte, should have been pleased with his team’s competitiveness and sound build up play, albeit yielding only one goal, late in the game.

ROCKDALE CITY SUNS: 1 David Bradasevic, 18 David Dascal, 23 Askin Oygur, 2 Emmanuel Giannaros, 8 Phil Makrys, 6 Takaya Murayama,  7 Alex Urosevski, 9 Patrick Savor, 21 Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, 20 Geson Reyes, 11 Nikola Taneski

Subs: 4 Hristijan Taneski, 13 Federico Kestscher, 12 Idris El Hafiane, 22 Blake Horton, 17 Toufic Alameddine

Coach: Branko Culina

SOUTH COAST WOLVES: 1 Thomas Hamilton, 21 Dhari Al Saad, 5 James Baldacchino, 4 Brendan Griffin, 20 Joseph Lavalle, 6 Zac Mackenzie, 9 George Codrea, 25 Jordan Murray, 3 James O’Rourke, 11 Peter Simonoski, 16 Eli Squillacioti

Subs: RGK 30 Daniel Collison, 2 Danny Lazanevski, 10 David Stojic, 22 James Spanoudakis, 23 Samuel Matthews

Coach: Nahuel Arrarte

Referee: Kurt Ams

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