In a game that presented few chances in the opening half, Inner West proved more clinical in their finishing compared to Sydney City. The hosts missed a number of clear cut chances thanks to some excellent saves from Inner West goalkeeper, Robbie Maiorana.
Lacking any real attacking threat until the final 10 minutes of the match, the match could have easily finished as a draw were it not for a weak counter attack from the hosts with just seconds on the clock.
Inner West opened their account on the 10th minute through Adrian Vizzari who tapped in from close range after receiving a pint point pass from Tom Rogic. Shortly after, the visitors doubled their lead through a well struck shot from Pat Pace into the roof the goal.
As the All Stars kept their defence deep and compact, Sydney City weren’t able to break them down although Leo Carle and Andres Gomez managed to find some space to shoot from time to time. However, it was Sydney’s Michael Candy who came the closest, missing his close range shot seconds before the break.
The second half saw a feast of goals and a more determined Sydney outfit looking to attack instead of playing from side to side as seen in the first 25 minutes.
The skilful Gomez for Sydney City proved a real hassle for the Inner West defenders as he saw his shot denied by the post early on before Carle got a yellow card from the bench for impeding with play.
With the game becoming very physical, Sydney’s Dylan Maloney was caught out in defence by Daniel Fogarty who stole the ball and kept his composure to make it 3-0.
As Sydney pressed forward, the hosts were made to pay again as Pace skilfully chipped over the Eagle’s goalkeeper from close range after he wasn’t able to hold a hard Trent Flanigan shot.
Down 4-0, Sydney’s Leo Carle decided to take things into his own hands. The South-American maestro put teammate, Candy, in front of goal to make it 4-1. Minutes later, Carle tapped in from close range after Gomez’s attempt was blocked by the All Star’s goalkeeper. It was the Latino partnership once again that made it 4-3 moments later. After wriggling past one defender, Gomez played a pin point pass to Carle who had the easy job of firing low.
With less than a minute on the clock, Carle picked up the ball on a counter attack and sprinting forward found himself three on one. However his weak pass was blocked and with the last kick of the game, Inner West’s Fogarty made it 5-3 to seal all three points for the visitors.
Location: Sydney Olympic Park
Inner West All Stars: Maiorana, Rogic, Vizzari, Flanigan, Waddick, Dapuzzo, Donevski, Bortole, Pace, Fogarty, Camitile, Ardle
Scorers: Adrian Vizzari 10’, Pat Pace 19’, 34’, Daniel Fogarty 29’, 49’
Sydney City Eagles: Malony, Gomez, Spathis, Carle, Fazzaloro, Amendolia, Candy, Hanly, Galiyani, Messina, Nishijo
Scorers: Michael Candy 35’, Leo Carle 42’, 48’
Yellow Cards: Maiorana (Inner West), Waddick (Inner West), Carle (Sydney City), Candy (Sydney City)
Warriors Win Battle Over Vipers
Dural Warrior’s high pressure defence proved the difference as the visitors continued their undefeated run of the season with a comfortable 5-3 win over the Mascot Vipers. Playing with a full court press, the Warriors always looked faster than their opponents as they attacked with speed and were clinical in their finishing. Although the Vipers did show hunger and never gave up, Dural’s quick movement’s was too much for the hosts.
Quake Keep Clean Sheet
Quake’s defensive minded approach and quick attacks allowed them to seal a comfortable 4-0 victory away from home against Sydney Benfica. Failing to track players, Benfica paid the price as Quake’s early goals helped them stay in control throughout the match. Quake’s Miles Downie was instrumental as he scored twice while Benfica’s Atkinson and Pinto had a solid game.
Rovers Victorious Over the Raiders
A man of the match award to the man between the posts for Enfield Rovers was the biggest difference as they beat Western Raiders 3-1. Always leading, Rover’s stayed in control throughout the match closing down the Raiders at every opportunity while attacking with speed. With Foti holding the ball up well, the visitors worked their combinations perfectly and made the hosts chase shadows.