1st grade Elimination Final 1 vs St George City PDF Print E-mail

Round: Elimination Final 1 Sponsored by
Vs: ST George City
Half Time Score: GRM 1 - St George City 2
1st Half Scorers: Chris
2nd Half Scorers:  
Full Time Score: LOSS GRM 1 - St George City 2

Match Report:

St George City FA continued their brilliant maiden season in the PlayStation NPL 3 competition by accounting for Gladesville Ryde Magic 2-1 in the Elimination Final on Saturday night at Fraser Park.

After winning the State League in 2016 and gaining promotion to the PlayStation NPL 3, St George City FA have quietly gone about their business, finishing 3rd on the competition ladder, and now find themselves one game away from competing in the Grand Final.

This game brought the two sides together for the second time in six days, with St George City FA winning the final and Round 26 fixture at Magdala Park last week by 3-2.

All the goals in this encounter came within an eight minute spell in a frenetic first half, with St George City FA taking an 11th minute lead via a cracking low drive from outside the box by experienced striker, Juan Chavez.

Gladesville Ryde Magic took only four minutes to restore parity, and it came through skipper Chris Gaitatzis.

Finding himself in space on the right wing, Gaitatzis cut back inside before hitting a curling shot with his left peg. The ball took a wicked deflection off the head of St George City defender, Sean Thomas, before beating keeper, James Webb, into the net to make it 1-1.

St George City FA returned serve in the 18th minute, with Sam Messam edging his side into a 2-1 lead. Magic goal keeper, Kyriakos Tohouroglou, parried a long range effort, and Messam was quickest to the rebound to strike home from close range.

Chris Tomaras and Tyler Sands both had efforts for Gladesville in the 25th and 30th minutes respectively, but both shots ended wide of the St George City uprights.

The second half was a cagey forty five minutes, with Gladesville Ryde Magic conjuring up ways to try and open up the St George City rearguard, but they were unable to break through, and the match finished 2-1.

Gladesville Ryde Magic put on a strong second round performance in the competition proper to clinch their spot in the Finals on the final day of season, but in the end, lost both of their last two games to a resilient St George City FA side to bow out for 2017.

St George City FA continue their end of season run – now stretching to eight wins and a draw from their past ten matches – and they will meet Fraser Park in another elimination semi final next week for the right to play in the 2017 Grand Final.


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