Man of the match Adrian Vizzari found the back of the net three times to help Inner West All Stars cruise to an easy 6-0 win over Sydney Benfica at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday.
Short of sharpness in the final third, Benfica never really found their form as the home side dominated the match with their solid defence and quick speed in attack.
The visitors did manage to hold out early on despite the constant Allstars pressure led by the inform Tom Rojic, who fired three early shots in the opening minutes. A rare Sydney Benfica attack shortly after was saved in spectacular fashion by Inner West goalkeeper, Maiorana to deny Harley Da Silva from close range before Vizzari made it 1-0 in the 14th minute.
Combining well with Fogarty, Vizzari fired a low hard shot from distance through the legs of the Benfica goalkeeper. With their heads held high, Vizzari turned provider just four minutes later as he provided a pin point through ball for Pace who coolly slotted home from a tight angle.
While Benfica looked to press forward, it was the hosts who went into the break with a spring in their step as Rojic turned quickly before finding the back of the net for a third time thanks to a well weighted pass from Aaron Cimitile.
Although Benfica started the stronger after the break, their finishing was always a step behind as close range shots failed on a number of occasions. The visitors were made to pay as Vizzari produced a cheeky goal after rounding the Benfica goalkeeper before ducking low to tap in with his head. The full court pass from Cimitile to find Vizzari was also nothing short of spectacular.
Looking to spare their blushes, Benfica once again pressed forward only to be denied from poor form up front with Billy Dimitropoulos squandering his one on one chance from close range.
Inner West sealed the victory after Vizzari completed his hat trick from a thunderous free kick before Rojic rounded the Benfica goalkeeper to secure all three points and an easy night for the home side.
Location: Sydney Olympic Park
Inner West All Stars: Maiorana (GK), Rogic, Vizzari, Waddick, Donevski, Pace, Fogarty, Cimitile, Greenway (GK), Pivato, Alpkaya, Ponris,
Scorers: Vizzari 14’, 33’, 42’, Rojic 22’, 47’, Pace 13’
Sydney Benfica: Guerreiro, B. Dimitropoulos, Atkinson, Ongaratto, Pinto, Carneiro, Koutsoufis, Oliveira, Da Silva, P. Dimitropoulos, De Barros, Estevato
Yellow Cards: Fogarty (Inner West), Atkinson (Sydney Benfica)