There have been fixtures galore in the NPL for our A-League teams and Michael Thompson takes around the country to update you on your A-League club's NPL fortunes.
The reason for the congested fixture list for New South Wales clubs was the Sydney storms which caused choas throughout the state and rightfully caused match postponents league-wide.
It was a terrible weekend for both Victorian sides as they both lost their matches over the weekend.
Melbourne Victory just went down to Bulleen Lions on Monday night at David Barro Stadium, in a game that was must win for the Victory to get them off the bottom of the table.
It was a tough encounter in the first half, with Josh Barresi getting the first goal for the home side. In the 53rd minute of the game, Bulleen created a buffer with Ersin Kaya scoring the Lions second, putting pressure on the Victory. Victory however got a consolation goal through Pierce Waring, but it wasn’t enough as the Lions secured win on home soil for the first time since their FFA Cup win against Avondale, keeping Victory on the bottom of the table.
Melbourne City headed up to Shepparton, but didn’t come away with the points as they succumb to Goulburn Valley 3-1 at John McEwen Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Two goals from Shaun Kane for the home team and a late strike from Hakeem Alaraibi sealed the three points for the country team, as City now stay in fourth position two points behind leaders Moreland Zebras in the NPL 2 West standings.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Newcastle Jets have won comfortably in the NNPL NSW with a 3-0 win against Weston Bears.
Cody Carroll was beneficial for the Jets scoring the first goal of the game, only a few minutes into the second half to get the home side off to a good start. Carroll put a second one in towards the end of the game, before Kristian Brymora put the result beyond doubt with a third goal, and three points for the Jets. Newcastle registers their second win of the season, and move into seventh.
Western Sydney Wanderers almost stole a point after producing the best comeback of the weekend, just going down to Mt. Druitt 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.
Mt. Druitt started off well going 3-0 after 30 minutes with goals from Luke Clifford, Abraham Majok and Kuag Reec, but a late first half strike from Kyle Cimenti in the 40th minute saw the Wanderers weren’t going to lie down. Cimenti added his second in the 70th minute and the Wanderers were only a goal away from a brilliant comeback, however a strike from Abraham Majok put the score at 4-2, only 60 seconds later Cimenti cemented a hat-trick and the Wanderers 3rd goal. Unfortunately for the Wanderers, time ran out on them as Mt. Druitt convincingly ran out 4-3 winners.
Sydney FC managed to snare 3 points after a hard fought 4-2 win against Spirit FC on Saturday afternoon.
The home team was able to bounce back from a Mt.Druitt loss in a big way with 2 goals to Yianni Spyrakis and single goals to Bai Antoniou and Charles Lokolingoy who put the Skyblues back on top of the table.
Central Coast Mariners ended the mixed bag results for the NSW teams this weekend with a 4-3 loss to St. George.
The Mariners started well through Trent Bunaghiar who scored in the first 3 minutes of competition, this didn’t last long as goals from Konagaya, Stefan De Jesus and Bruno Pivato saw St. George take a 3-1 lead going into half time. The second half was a tough struggle for the Mariners who conceded again through Konagaya, and it was 4-1 after 50 minutes. Four minutes later, Steve Whyte got the ball rolling again for the home team, before Cooper Buswell scored the Mariners third in the 85th minute, giving them hope of a scintillating comeback, but time ran out and St. Georges prevailed 4-3 and secured three points, Mariners stay in 9th behind giant killers Mount Druitt who go to 8th.
West Sydney Wanderers played their catch-up match from last weekend, which was postponed due to the super storm that swept through all of New South Wales.
They played Spirit FC and it ended in a 1-1 draw and one point to put pressure on Sydney FC, with Kyle Cimenti scoring his fourth goal in four days, before Spirit FC pegged one back in the second half, leaving the Wanderers still second on the table.
Brisbane Roar upset premiership favourites Redlands after a 3-1 victory at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
Roar produced a great corner from Jayden Prasad, which saw Nick D’Agostino found the bottom right corner of the goals with his head to put the Roar up after nine minutes. It continued through Jayden Prasad who tapped in the Roar’s second goal after 32 minutes. Redlands managed to peg one back in the 71st minute of the second half through Graham Fyfe, before Roar put the result beyond doubt after a D’Agostino penalty from the spot in the 90th minute, his tenth for the season, three points going to the Roar with them staying in seventh.
It was a dark day for Perth Glory, as they got thrashed 5-1 to Bayswater City at Ashfield Arena on Saturday.
Glory was no match for the powerhouse, as Jason Micro opened the scoring for Bayswater with a goal in the 12th minute of the game. Alex Salmon continued the goal scoring for the visitors who scored in the 26th minute to make a two goal lead at Half Time. It got worse for the Glory in the second half with Samuel Mitchinson making 3-0 in the 52nd goal, and Alex Salmon getting his second for the game seven minutes later. Glory’s Nic Talimdzioski got them a consolation goal in the 77th minute, but the damage was done as the man who began the misery Jason Micro finished with his second goal and a 5-1 win to Bayswater. Glory now sit three points below bottom placed Subiaco in tenth position.
Adelaide United were outdone by South Adelaide on the weekend with a 3-1 loss to their bitter rivals on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tough one for United who had great chances at goal in the 17th and 19th minute through Marc Marino who missed dearly in front. Seven minutes later South Adelaide opened proceedings through Jonathon Rideout who got the visitors off to a great start to the game, Liam Molesworth made it 2-0 for South Adelaide before the end of the half. In the second half Rideout scored his second goal of the game, as he caught the United defence napping. Adelaide striked back in the 63rd minute through Marc Marino, but it wasn’t enough as South Adelaide held on to score the three points, and the loss keeps Adelaide United in eighth place on 16 points.comments