|GEORGIES MOVE INTO TOP 5|
|Sunday, 21 June 2009|
Round 15; SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 2 RICHMOND EAGLES 1 (2-1)
Sunshine Georgies moved into the top five for the first time this season with a great 2-1 win over Richmond Eagles.
Georgie supporters were forced to endure another anxious second half as for the second week in succession the task was made more difficult with another dismissal. This week we saw the red card being shown to Matthew Cini for his moment of madness. This left our boys 34 minutes to defend the slender goal lead against a tough Richmond outfit. To their credit the boys did it, and did it well, but it would be good if we can end a match with the full quota of players for a change. All the scoring came in the first half with the Georgies going to a 2-0 lead, before Richmond pulled a goal back before half time. It was a very quiet and uneventful opening 20 minutes before Georgies new recent signing Fidel Richards lit up Chaplin Reserve with two goals in seven minutes. The opening goal of the game arrived after 21 minutes when Georgie defender Joe Clancy found Fidel Richards, who controlled a difficult pass brilliantly. Richards played a one two with John Sapazovski and outsped his marker to slot the ball past Peter Zois from a narrow angle. Richards was was through on goal again within 3 minutes of scoring, but this time Peter Zois anticipated well to avert more damage. Zois could do very little to prevent Richards from scoring his second goal after 28 minutes, when the Georgie striker pounced onto a defencive mistake by Andrew Viola to give the Georgies a commanding lead. Fidel Richards was on fire and he had the opportunity to grab his hat-trick after 32 minutes when he got onto a long Chris Konstas clearance. Richards elected to pass the ball sideways instead of shooting at goal. The hesitation allowed the Eagles defence time to block George Papdopoulos' shot at goal. Richmond got back into the game following a quick and well worked break that caught the Georgies out of position. Tall Richmond striker Milos Lujic had all the time in the world to place his shot past Martin John after 37 minutes to make the half time score 2-1. The visitors were spurred on by this goal and came out on the attack after the break. The Georgies were pinned back with George Goutzioulis proving to be a handfull with his darting runs. Georgie's keeper Martin John was forced to rush out of the penatly area to head clear a long Richmond defencive clearance. The ball fell to Dimitri Tsiaras whose quick attempt on goal force John into conceding a corner kick. Richmond's chances of getting something from this game improved after 56 minutes through an undisciplined act by Georgie defender Matthew Cini. The referee had awarded Cini a free kick, but the youngster took exception to Milos Lujic's challenge and pushed him in the chest. Referee Costello immediately pulled out a red card to leave the Georgies down to 10 men for the second consecutive week. Both coaches went to the benches with Richmond bringing on midfield meastro Lorenz Kindter whereas the Georgies took striker Fidel Richards off for the more defencive Ben Cogger. Richmond had the majority of the play but it hard creating goal scoring chances. Defender Danny Black sent over a perfect cross from the right flank that eluded the Georgie defence. George Goutzioulis headed the ball back across goal, but wide of the mark. The visitors were often guilty of using long balls out of defence that caused little problems for the home team. Milos Luijc found space in the Georgie penatly area following another long clearance, but his header was meek and straight into the arms of Martin John. Goutzioulis was way off target with a long range effort, but Richie Cardoza forced Martin John into a save with a stinging drive. Richmond could make little headway and were becoming increasingly frustrated, whilst Sunshine grew in confidence with every passing minute. The home looked the more likely to add to the score with their well worked break aways. The match became ill tempered late in the game with referee Costello showing yellow cards to Schwal and Lujic. Sunshine almost made it 3-1 when George Papdopoulos worked his way on goal and unleashed a shot from outside the penatly area that beat Peter Zois but came back into play after striking the underside of the cross-bar. Richmond was reduced to 10 men in the 89 minute following a Dimitri Tsiaras tackle that sent George Papdopoulos crashing to the ground. It killed off any chance of Richmond getting back into the game with the Georgies running out victors to record their 3rd successive home win and extend the undefeated run to 9 matches. In round 16 Sunshine Georgies take on Oakleigh Cannons on Saturday June 27 at Chaplin Reserve.
UNDER 21: SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 0 RICHMOND EAGLES 0. In what was a very entertaining match the Georgies ended their recent run of 5 losses in this goalless draw against second top team Richmond. With a little bit of luck it could have been all 3 points for the Georgies after dominating the first half. Sunshine's goalie Cameron Salik once again rose to the occassion with his second penalty save in as many weeks. Cameron also pulled off another superb save in the second half as Richmond were getting on top. The save of the day however was at the other end were the Richmond goalkeeper flung himself backwards to claw back a header by Liam McDermott that was past him. It was a super save.
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