10-man Town fleece Rams

By Corinthian (Paul Green):

NSW – PS4 NPL 2 – Men – ROUND 10
7:30pm, Saturday 22nd May 2015  – Popondetta Park, Emerton

Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC 2 (Kojiro Hori 15′, Shayne Ardle 71′)
Macarthur Rams FC 1 ( David McMurray 90’+4)

Mount Druitt continued on the successful path that has taken them to within a win or two of the leading teams, by accounting for Macarthur Rams on a cool night at Popondetta Park, winning 2-1, after finishing the first-half with only ten men.

After strong wins at each of their previous two home games, the Town Rangers returned from a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Northern Tigers the previous weekend to register another convincing victory on Saturday.

A key to this latest result was their strength in depth in the attacking ranks, allied to a sound work ethic all over the park.

Having proven striker, Elsid Barkhousir, returning to their ranks, after a decade elsewhere and with the reliable Bryan Soane alongside him, gave the home team plenty of drive and initiative in the first-half.

On the bench they had the highly-rated Shayne Ardle and the very promising  Osadolor Edosomwan, who’d come off the bench the previous week to relieve Ardle and score a fine equaliser.

The tactics for this game may well have been turned on their head at half time, however, as nobody knows what Ardle’s or Edosomwan’s role in the game might have been, had not Daniel Vellonio been sent off moments before the break.

Leading from a well-taken individual goal by Kojiro Hori, only 15 minutes into the match and looking well in control against a Macarthur team missing their inspirational captain and right-back, Craig Cooley, Mount Druitt looked set to go on with the job in the second-half and make their dominance count.

But all of that changed when Vellonio received his second caution from referee Khodr Yaghi, leaving his team a man down for the remainder of the match.

When the teams came out for the second-half it very soon became clear that the home side would be defending for all they were worth,
although only protecting a one-goal lead with their ten remaining men.

After 15 minutes of this unexpected development it then became obvious that there was method in coach Aidan Desmond’s madness, as he soon changed tack once he’d brought on Shayne Ardle to replace Bryan Soane, who’d been deployed in a defensive role for most of that early part of the second-half.

Immediately, Ardle began to assume a different role altogether and then within minutes, the speedy Edosomwan joined him and took over from Barkhousir quickly beginning to pose a threat alongside the very positive-minded Ardle.

The pair caused a scare for the Macarthur defence almost as soon as the latter had joined the fray and it wasn’t much longer before they did even more damage.

The two fresh strikers exchanged passes in the 71st, after Ardle had won possession on half-way, before taking off upfield, with Edosomwan lending full support.

Ardle was able to complete the move with a clinical strike, with his partner’s assistance, virtually finishing off the Rams with that one vital goal.

It was all Mount Druitt after that and it was only in the final and fourth minute of stoppage-time that Macarthur managed to find the net, through  David McMurray, after an almighty goalmouth melee, making the final 2-1 scoreline look like a much closer thing than it really was.

It was of course nothing like that and Mount Druitt had made light work of being shorthanded for that long,

In appearing to settle back and defend, they were surely shown to be clearly foxing, merely biding their time for a major assault, with the Rams never recovering after that second goal had gone in.

Having four available strikers of such quality is certainly a great asset to have going into the second sequence of matches, which will begin soon.

Barkhousir is a solid signing and the emerging Edosomwan and reliables like Soane and Ardle are truly major assets as the team sets sail towards the business end of the season.

Before that, however, they will face a few tough assignments, including a deferred midweek home game against all conquering Spirit FC.

That’s one game well worth making the long trip to Popondetta Park to see early in June.

Mount Druitt had wide midfielder,  Kojiro Hori, to thank for their opening goal as the slightly-built winger did well to cut in from the right and move towards the centre before lining up his shot from 25 yards out, curling a nice left-footer that just found the bottom left corner of the Macarthur net in fine style.

The entire midfield of Mount Druitt, with captain Daniel McCann leading the charge, showed plenty of determination throughout the contest and won their share of possession.

Defender Brian Griffin-Colls also had a strong game and was never afraid to venture forward, often to good effect.

It was a sound team display by the home side once again.

Macarthur Rams, by contrast, seemed to miss their leader on the park, Cooley, with their game never really getting going after a moderate start.

New striking recruit, Gavin Forbes, in his second start for the club, was never able to get the better of a well-drilled Mount Druitt defence.

The Rams will be looking to bounce back against Northern Tigers at their next start, facing another team going through a bit of a mini-slump.

Match details

Crowd:  75

Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC: 1. Justin Biega (gk); 10 Daniel Vellonio, 2 Brian Griffin-Colls, 13 Patrick Crane, 15 Rainer Smahel; 11 Kojiro Hori (17 Daniel Embleton 90+3), 18 Luke Jenner, 14 Daniel McCann (C), 7 Luke Clifford;  6 Elsid Barkhousir (12 Osadolor Edosomwan 68),  9 Bryan Soane (8 Shayne Ardle 63)
Subs not used: RGK 21 Joel Tinker, 3 Steven Hawthorne

Coach: Aidan Desmond
Yellow cards: Daniel Vellonio 7, 45, Rainer Smahel 22, Shayne Ardle 89; Red cards: Daniel Vellonio 45

Macarthur Rams FC: 1. Chad Taylor (gk); 11 Aaron Farrington, 5 Calum Fleming, 13 Daniel Carrozza, 3 Andy Malloub (6 Blake Brooker 82);19 Daniel Willoughby, 15 Joel Craig (Shannon Hankin 66), 10 Eros Bergamin, 8 Ryan Marchant (14 Mark Symington 63), 12 David McMurray; 18 Gavin Forbes
Subs not used: 4 Ben Cornish, 7 Mitchell Brooker

Coach: John Sopino
Yellow cards: Daniel Carrozza 40, Daniel Willoughby 58, Mark Symington 90; Red cards: Nil

Points, ratings, etc.

Referee: Khodr Yaghi; Assistants: Chris Wells and Steve Ellsmore

Weather: Cool, dry, with no breeze.

Match: 7/10
Pitch: 7/10

Players noted: Brian Griffin-Collis (MDTR), Daniel McCann (MDTR), Justin Biega (MDTR), Shane Ardle (MDTR), Daniel Willoughby (MR), Mark Symington (MR)