|Round 13 Match Report|
|Tuesday, 01 July 2008|
Sunshine George Cross line up: A. Loncaric, B. Devlin, R. Wallis (D. Warren 66), M. Kelly, B. Cogger (R. Sexton 50), C. Anthopoulos, E. Soares (H. Wookbum 84), B. Beni, F. McArdle, R. Davani, G. Slefendorfas, Subs; D. Straniero, M. Roza, . Scorers: Fiachra McArdle 26, Daryl Warren 75.
The trip to Kingston Heath looked like turning into a nighmare for the Georgies, when they had to defend desperately, suddenly finding themselves trailing 0-2 after 26 minutes. The Stars began this game on the front foot pinning the Cross in their own half and looking dangerous with every attacking move. It took a goal line clearance by Ross Wallace that kept the score 0-0 when a Stars striker beat the offside trap and rounded the Georgie keeper, only to see his shot cleared by Wallace. Sunshine's best move came after 16 minutes when Fiachra McArdle, Brendan Beni, Reg Davani and George Slefendorfas work the ball forward to Eddie Soares whose shot struck the upright. The Physically stronger Stars were causing a few problems in attack with their ariel dominance and it took several hasty clearances out of defence to relieve the pressure. The home team's dominace paid dividends after 24 minutes when Alan Mulcahy's 20 metre shot surprised debutant keeper Ante Loncaric with the ball sailing into the net. Things got a lot worse for the Georgies within 90 seconds when new Star's signing, Joey Di Iorio scored to make it 2-0. Fiachra McArdle restored hope for the Georgies when he waltzed past the static Stars defence to slot home his first goal for the club. The home team held the upper hand, but the Georgies defence looked a bit more solid with Barry Devlin dropping back to help. Ben Cogger went off injured after 50 minutes and was replaced by Richard Sexton. The second half was a much more even affair, but it took a fine finger tip save by Loncaric to deny the Stars from going further ahead. George Slefendorfas had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was denied by the referee for a hand ball infringement. The home team was reduced to 10 men when Alan Kearney was sent off following his second caution. The tide turned in favour of the visitors as they applied pressure with a Fiachra McArdle free kick just going past the upright. Substitute Daryl Warren made an immediate impact with his skill and drew the Georgie's level after after 75 minutes when his 18 metre shot beat the Star's keeper all the way. The Georgies could sense what looked an impossible task earlier in the match and should have taken the lead after 83 minutes when talented Irishman Fiachra McArdle dribbled past three Star's defenders and laid on a perfect pass to Reg Davani, who from 5 metres balsted the ball over the cross-bar. There were a few half chances at both ends with both keepers being well protected for the rest of the match. On the basis of this performance, this was a very welcome point against another top of the table side
Under 21s: SOUTHERN STARS 0 SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 3
Line Up: K. Manicaro, T. Schaefering, K. Farrugia, D. Hanna, G. Georgiadis, M. Saric(J. Galea 78), S, Menichelli, D. Cura (D. Magro 60), J. Coutinho, A. Nini (N Naumovski 83), T. Saric. Sub: M. Mifsud. Scorers; Tony Saric 23, Arley Nini 38, Greg Georgiadis 81.
The young Georgies did in this match what they have been threatening to do all season with this great display against Southern Stars. The boys have had no trouble scoring goals, but at the same time the side has leaked goals easily in most matches. There was no such thing in this match with under 18 goalkeeper Kane Manicaro giving a fine display between the sticks. On the few occasions our defence was beaten, Kane was the man in the right spot at the right time. Tony Saric opened the scoring after 23 minutes with Arley Nini adding a second before the break. The Georgies played a smart counter attacking game in the second half that paid dividends with a fine goal involving Dylan Magro whose reverse pass set up Greg Georgiadis who finished the move expertly. Let's hope the boys can finish off the season with more games like this one.
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