The Maltese derby ended all square as The Georgies and Green Gully provided an action packed match at Chaplin Reserve yesterday.
SUNSHINE GEORGE CROSS 2 ( DRAYCOTT 28', KOVACEVIC 32' )
GREEN GULLY 2 ( MARKOVSKI 33', OLLERTON 39' )
LINE UP: John(GK), Azzopardi, Kovacevic, Erdogan (Gauci-Seddon 87'), Muscat(c), Gilmour, Trpcevski (Richards 59'), Tsirtsakis, Delic (Neceski 83'), Waterson, Draycott
The Georgies and the Gully had to be satisfied with a point each after this hard fought match played in heavy conditions at Chaplin Reserve. After heavy overnight rain the under 21 game was cancelled to ensure the main match went ahead. It was the home team that dominated for long periods and created the better chances.
The Georgies made changes from the previous week's debacle at Frankston with Tony Neceski relegated to the bench leaving Mark Draycott playing a lone striking role. He was backed up by Dusko Delic, Brett Gilmour,Trent Waterson and Arthur Tsirtsakis pushing up from midfield. The new look Georgies took control from the outset forcing seven corners in the opening 26 minutes play.
Gully's attacks were few and far between, but they looked menacing when a perfect pass by Lubo Lapsansky found new Gully striker Serkan Oksuz. The youngster headed for goal but was run down by a determined Colin Azzopardi who cleared the danger. The Georgies seventh corner taken by Vasko Trpcevski produced the goods, when a glancing header by Mark Draycott beat Schwalger to finish up in the back of the net. Dusko Delic then went on a long mazy run that had the Gully defence back peddling he finished the move by unleashing a shot that was scrambled to safety by the diving Schwalger. Next to try his luck was Arthur Tsirtsakis whose 20 yard shot had Pasi Schwalger stretching across his goal to save. The Georgie players grew in confidence with Mark Draycott standing out against the strong and resolute Gully defence of Zoran Markovski and Dean Fak.
Manny Muscat's and Dusko Delic's smart play on the left wing presented Draycott with another good opportunity, but once again Schwalger was up to the challenge. The Cross went two goals up after 31 minutes when another high flighted corner kick by Trpcevski eluded everyone except Sunshine defender Sime Kovacevic who headed home at the far post. Within a minute though Green Gully pulled a goal back after the visitors forced their first corner for the match. Lapsansky's corner was tucked away emphatically by Gully defender Zoran Markovski. The visitors were on level terms after 39 minutes, when Ryan Ollerton equalised following yet another corner. Four goals, all headers and from corner kicks in the space of 11 minutes provided good entertainment for the good size crowd who braved the elements. The second half failed to produce a goal but this did not detract from the spectacle.
The home team had the better chances especially once they introduced the speedy Fidel Richards in place of a tiring Vasko Trpcevski. Richards was in the thick of the action from the moment he came on and almost scored when his shot on the run went narrowly over the bar after he was put through by Draycott. Richards was not afraid to take players on with his close ball skill, and when he went past two defenders at the 66 minute mark, he presented Dusko Delic with the best opening of the match. Delic made a meal of the effort missing the target from 8 yards.
The game became heated after Draycott tangled with Fak, with players of both sides rushing in pushing and shoving but little else. The outcome of it all was two cautions for the Georgie boys and one for Green Gully. Green Gully was gaining more possession of the ball, but found it hard penetrating the solid Georgie backline spearheaded by Azzopardi and Kovacevic. The Georgies looked manacing whenever they broke and looked the more likely to score again. Gully went close to breaking the deadlock after Andy Vargas played an inteligent ball to the on rushing Richard Cardoza. The new Gully striker saw his first time shot go just wide of the upright at the 80 minute mark.
With the game up for grabs both teams went for the winner and it was Mark Draycott who went closest in the dying moments when he unleashed a ferocious drive that went through the fingers of Pasi Schwalger. Much to the relief of Schwalger and the disappoinmtment of the home fans the ball rolled out for a corner. Though most fans were disappointed at the loss of 2 valuable points, this was a good performance by the Georgies, who on this effort can look forward to a much better second round of the season with the impending arrival of their new signings.
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YELLOW CARD: Tsirtsakis 23', Muscat 72', Azzopardi 72', Kovacevic 85'