BUPL Round 2 Review
Round 2 of the 2023 Bankstown Umbro Premier League saw even more action then round 1 as there were 57 goals scored over Reserve and First Grade as teams look to establish themselves in the competition.
The round 2 match of the round saw Yagoona Lions take home all 3 points against Bass Hill Rangers after an exciting encounter.
Elsewhere, Padstow Hornets found their winning form against Georges River Thistle, while Central Sydney Wolves and Padstow United ended level.
Bankstown Sports Strikers proved too strong for Revesby Workers, while Panania Diggers claimed back-to-back victories after beating Greenacre Eagles.
Match of the Round: Yagoona Lions 3-2 Bass Hill Rangers Reserve Grade Score: Yagoona Lions 1-0 Bass Hill Rangers
Both Yagoona Lions and Bass Hill Rangers showed their determination and attacking prowess in what was an exciting opening fixture in round 2 at Padstow Park.
The opening half saw a very evenly matched showing with both sides finding opportunities however both sides not able to provide a goal in the first half.
For the second week in a row both sides went into halftime locked up at the break.
Yagoona found a great opportunity in the first 30 second of the second half when debuting midfielder Prince Opoku beat two defenders and took a low-driven shot which was denied by Bass Hill’s goalkeeper.
In the 49th minute of the game, former Yagoona Lions attacker Mohammad Dubdub broke the deadlock, beating two Yagoona defenders and directing his shot low and hard into the bottom corner to give Bass Hill a 1-0 advantage.
Six minutes later, Bass Hill extended their lead with a long ball landing to the feet of Mohammed Karare who finished into an open net to double Bass Hill’s advantage.
However, in the 69th minute Yagoona Lions would find their way back in to the game Yagoona Lions goalkeeper, Hassan Hallak, played a ball into the Bass Hill box which landed to the feet of Matthew Zvezdakoski to score to bring the game back to 2-1.
In the 78th minute of the match , Yagoona lions were gifted a golden opportunity to score with the referee pointing to the spot after a foul in the penalty area. Star man Jamie Bazevski would step up to the spot and find the goalkeepers top left corner to bring the game to 2-2 with 12 minutes to play.
With a late turn to the tail, Yagoona Lion’s Daniel Briskoski played a ball that would find Jamie Bazevski in space who would find the back of the net in the 91st minute to get his second brace in 2 weeks and ultimately give Yagoona Lions a 3-2 lead in stoppage time.
In the 93rd minute, Yagoona Lions Jonathan Dalleh received his second yellow card of the match and was sent from the field with a red card. However, the result would end in a 3-2 victory to Yagoona Lions who completed an incredible comeback to win.
Bass Hill Rangers will play their first home match of the year at Walshaw Park in round 3 against Padstow Hornets, while Yagoona Lions will play Padstow United in round 3.
Georges River Thistle 1-4 Padstow Hornets Reserve Grade Score: Georges River Thistle 1-5 Padstow Hornets
Padstow Hornets claimed a massive victory away from home to give them their first win of the season.
The game started fast with Georges River Thistle finding the back of the net in the 1st minute of the match through their number 17 Mohammad Elzein.
However, Georges River Thistle 1-0 lead would not last too long as Padstow Hornets well known attacker Mike Cklamovski would even up the scores in the 11th minute.
In the 35th minute of the match we would see Mike Cklamovski score his brace to give the away side a goal advantage going into halftime.
In the second half, with Georges River Thistle chasing the match and Padstow Hornets eager to defend their advantage we wouldn’t see many chances as the score stayed at 2-1 in the early stages of the second half.
The Hornets scored in the 75th minute of the match with Mike Cklamovski sealing his hattrick to give his team a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes left of play.
Padstow Hornets Jamal Elbasha would score in the 82nd minute to seal the victory ending in a 4-1 defeat for Georges River Thistle as Padstow Hornets earn their first 3-points of the season.
Padstow Hornets will play Bass Hill Rangers away from home in round 3 as Georges River Thistle take on Central Sydney wolves looking for their first point for the season.
Bankstown Sports Strikers 9-1 Revesby Workers Reserve Grade Score: Bankstown Sports Strikers 10-1 Revesby Workers
Competition Heavyweights Bankstown Sports Strikers proved too strong for Revesby Workers as Strikers ran riot in the first half.
Bankstown Sports Strikers scored the first goal of the match early into the first half with Said Mamouni finding the back of the net in the 4th minute of the match.
Bankstown Sports Strikers quickly doubled their lead through a goal by their marquee signing, Rajniel Chand, in the 8th minute of the match.
Daniel Oliveira scored the home team’s 3rd in the 18th minute before well known striker, Esoghume Dominic, added to their tally 2 minutes later to bring the game to 4-0 in the first 20 minutes.
To make matters worse for Revesby Workers, Bankstown Sports Strikers number 9, Robson de Souza, would go on to score a 7 minute hattrick when he scored in the 25th, 28th and 32nd minute to make it 7-0 going into half time.
After a goal fest by Bankstown Sports Strikers in the first half, Revesby Workers looked to make up for their poor showing in the second.
Revesby Workers young star, Ashtun Letele would score in the 77th minute of the match giving his side a consolation goal before Bankstown Sports Strikers Robson de Souza scored in the 79th and 82nd minute to bring his tally to 5 and the score to 9-1 in favour of Bankstown Sports Strikers.
Revesby Workers will look to turn it all around as they play Panania Diggers in round 3, while Bankstown Sports Strikers will play Greenacre Eagles away from home at Allum Park.
Central Sydney Wolves 2-2 Padstow United Reserve Grade Score: Central Sydney Wolves 6-3 Padstow United
Central Sydney Wolves were able to pick up a point against a strong Padstow United as they look to turn around their disappointing 2022 season.
In the 16th minute of the game, Padstow United’s marquee striker John Martinez, opened the scoring as he was able to find the back of the net giving his side a 1-0 advantage.
However, Wolves did not drop their heads after conceding early into the game as one of their new signings, Vitor Fernandes da Guia scored a goal to level the game at 1-1.
It did not take long after conceding for Padstow United to be handed a golden opportunity to score after they were awarded a penalty due to some poor discipline in the box by Central Sydney Wolves. John Martinez stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it away to give his side the advantage once again with 7 minutes left in the half.
The whistle was blown and Padstow United would lead 2-1 going into the sheds at halftime.
Wolves came out in the second half looking to apply a lot of forward pressure to find their second goal as they created numerous chances going forward.
We would see our second penalty of the match come in the 59th minute as this time it was some poor defensive discipline by Padstow United in their penalty area. Wolves captain, Saed Al-Zebdeh would step up and convert his penalty to level the scores once again.
With 30 minutes left to play, both sides would look to find the winner, however both sides unable to do so. The contest would end 2-2 in a fantastic affair.
In round 3, a confident Wolves side will play at home again against Georges River Thistle, as Padstow United play Yagoona Lions looking for their first win of the season.
Panania Diggers 1-0 Greenacre Eagles Reserve Grade Score: Panania Diggers 4-1 Greenacre Eagles
Panania Diggers would win back-to-back games to start of their season in a fiery affair which saw 7 yellow cards handed out in the game.
On a warm night at Padstow Park, both sides at Padstow Park started the game off well with Greenacre attacking early with Panania Diggers holding out their attacking pressure well.
After the initial attacking onslaught by Greenacre Eagles, Panania started to take control of the game as they had done so well in their previous game.
The game went to half time at 0-0 with both sides looking very tired in what was a very fast and physical game.
Both sides came out in the second half looking to find the winner, with Greenacre looking to have a slight advantage, however Panania Diggers keeper making some great saves and their defence holding out the attacks well once again.
However, the winner would come late for Panania once again as in the 86th minute of the game as Panania’s Mitch Jeffs made a great run from deep followed by a rocket of a shot from outside the box which was well saved into the crossbar of his own goal. Fortunately for Panania, the rebound fell to the head of Joshua Adams who headed the ball into the back of the net to give them a 1-0 victory and the three points.
Panania Digger’s coaching staff was pleased with the result and his team’s performance commenting “In all honesty a draw was probably the deserved result but I felt along that one od us was going to pinch the winner so well done to my boys. Hopefully a bit cooler this week and we can continue our good start.”
Panania Diggers will take on Revesby Workers at Padstow Park in round 3, while Greenacre play at home to heavyweights Bankstown Sports Strikers.