After the completion of round 6 of the Bankstown Umbro Premier League competition, we are starting to see the top sides drift away as well as a very tight mid table with 3 points splitting 3rd and 8th place.
Our round 6 match of the round saw Bankstown Sports Strikers defeat Padstow Hornets in the grand final re-match after Bankstown Sports Strikers completed an incredible second half comeback.
Central Sydney Wolves got back to winning ways against Revesby Workers, while Padstow United and Greenacre Eagles could not be separated.
Yagoona Lions ended Georges River Thistles winning streak, while Panania Diggers beat Bass Hill Rangers.
Match of the Round: Padstow Hornets 3-4 Bankstown Sports Strikers Reserve Grade Score: Padstow Hornets 2-5 Bankstown Sports Strikers
Bankstown Sports Strikers defeated Padstow Hornets in a grand final rematch that did not disappoint with Strikers ending Padstow Hornets undefeated start to the season.
Padstow Hornets were able to defeat Bankstown Sports Strikers 1-0 in the grand final season, and with such a low scoring history to this fixture as well as both Hornets and Strikers struggling to find the back of the net in recent games, we expected this game to be a low scoring affair.
However, Padstow Hornets had other ideas as in the 28th minute of the game, Hornets Manuel Angelopoulos fired Hornets to a 1-0 lead.
With Bankstown Sports Strikers a goal down, it would not take long for them to get their leveller as their in-form number 9, Robson de Souza found the back of the net to level the score going into halftime.
Padstow Hornets looked to come out firing in the second half as 2022’s top goal scorer, Neil Philippou was able to grab his first goal of the season in the 50th minute of the match to give his side a 1 goal advantage once again.
Moments later, it was Padstow Hornets number 7, Costa Fiakos who added Padstow Hornets third of the match as it began to look like Padstow Hornets would continue to dominate this game.
Things became worse for the Strikers side as in the 57th minute of the game their number 4, Rocci Giovanni Gabey would be shown a red card and the Strikers were down to ten men.
A Bankstown Sports Strikers with 10 men on the field and two goals down, the Bankstown Sports Strikers game looked to be out of this game.
However, in the 73rd minute of the match, Strikers Robson De Souza would hit the back of the net for the second time in the match to get his side back to 3-2 with 17 minutes left in the match.
Seven minutes later, it would be a Strikers substitute, Cameron Campisi who looked to save a point for his team as he found the back of the net in the 80th minute.
With both sides pushing forward to try and win the match, it was Strikers 2023 new signing, Cameron Campisi who would score in the 88th minute of the match to get a brace for himself and win the game for his side.
Padstow Hornets take their 1st loss of the season as they drop to fourth place as Bankstown Sports Strikers win takes them back up to third place on the competition ladder.
Revesby Workers 0-4 Central Sydney Wolves Reserve Grade Score: Revesby Workers 0-8 Central Sydney Wolves
Revesby Workers continue their struggles in 2023 as Central Sydney Wolves returned to winning ways with their 4-0 victory over Revesby Workers.
Central Sydney Wolves had not won in their last two games, with a win in this fixture being important to their side sticking close to the top 5 positions on the competition ladder.
Revesby Workers are still one of two sides not to pick up a point in the competition so far.
Central Sydney Wolves continually created chances in the first 30 minutes of the game but were unable to convert as Revesby Workers looked to create chances on the counterattack.
The first goal would come in the 39th minute of the game as Wolves Abdulraman Kamara found the back of the net to give his side a 1-0 advantage.
The game looked as if we would be heading into half time at 1-0, however it was Abdulraman Kamara who would find his second goal on the stroke of half time to give his side a 2-0 lead going into half time.
Revesby Workers looked to come out at halftime with energy in attack as they looked to mount a comeback in this game.
However, it was Wolves who would find the back of the net once again with their number 9, Vitor Fernandes da Guia finding the back of the net to make it 3-0 to Central Sydney Wolves.
Revesby Workers continued to push their attack with Central Sydney Wolves defending well and holding a lot of possession of the ball.
Central Sydney Wolves would seal the deal in the 90th minute of the match with Abdulraman Kamara scoring to make it a hattrick for himself and give his side a 4-0 win.
Revesby Workers sit in last position as they’re still without a point as Central Sydney Wolves move back up to 6th position sitting a point behind 4th place.
Padstow United 2-2 Greenacre Eagles Reserve Grade Score: Padstow United 5-0 Greenacre Eagles
Padstow United and Greenacre Eagles could not be separated after some late drama meant the game would end in a 2-2 draw.
This game was very important for both sides as a win by either side would mean they could have potentially moved into the top 5 of the competition, which meant this fixture was full of high intensity and both sides giving 100% for the full 90 minutes.
It was Padstow United who have been deadly in front of goal all season who would score the first goal of the match through a goal by Josiah Newar in the 7th minute of the match.
With Greenacre Eagles on the back foot early, it would be their turn to try and find the leveller which came in the 19th minute through a goal by Taylor Saghbi.
The game would go into half time at 1-1 in a half full of a lot of intensity shown by both sides and a very end-to-end fixture with a lot of chances created at both ends.
In the second half it was Padstow United once again who would start off on the front foot as their striker John Martinez would give his side the advantage as his shot found the back of the net.
Greenacre looked as if they wouldn’t be able to break the Padstow United defence down until the 83rd minute when Greeancre’s Taylor Saghbi found the back of the net to give him a brace in the match and more importantly level the scores as the game ended 2-2.
Both sides sit 7th and 8th position on the ladder after round 6 with Padstow United ahead on goal difference as they both only sit 2 points behind 4th position as they will continue to look to move up on the ladder.
Yagoona Lions 3-1 Georges River Thistle Reserve Grade Score: Yagoona Lions 3-0 Georges River Thistle
Yagoona Lions remain one point behind first place after a 3-0 victory against a Georges River Thistle who have been in red hot form.
Georges River Thistle’s 3-game win streak came to an end after a loss to Yagoona Lions where ill discipline played a massive factor in their loss.
This fixture was always going to be intense as it was a clash between 2nd and 4th on the competition ladder.
Georges River Thistle’s chances of winning this game would be damaged early after Sumathas Prasitsanpreecha was shown a second yellow card in the 10th minute of the match and he was sent from the field leaving Thistle with 10 men for the rest of the match.
With Thistle a man down, it did not take long before Yagoona Lions would get on the scoreboard as their main man up top, Jamie Bazevski found the back of the net to give the hosts a 1-goal advantage.
Jamie Bazevski would find the back of the net 8 minutes later to give himself a brace in this match and his side a 2-goal advantage.
Georges River Thistle’s day would get even worse as their number 8, Joshua Thomas would be shown a straight red card leaving their side with 9 players on the field for the rest of the match.
However, with 9-men on the field Georges River Thistle’s Mohamad Elzein would find the back of the net in the 43rd minute giving them a goal back going into half time.
The second half was dominated by Yagoona Lions as they aimed to make chances to try and put the game to bed, while Thistle aimed to find and equaliser on the counter.
Thistle’s hopes of a comeback would be shattered after Jamie Bazevski would complete his hattrick in the 87th minute of the match giving Yagoona a 3-1 victory.
Thistle now sits in 5th position as they will play this weekend without two of their main players, while Yagoona sit 2nd on the competition ladder 1-point behind Panania Diggers.
Panania Diggers 3-1 Bass Hill Rangers Reserve Grade Score: Panania Diggers 2-0 Bass Hill Rangers
Panania Diggers kept their spot at the top of the competition ladder after a 3-1 victory over Bass Hill Rangers who are still looking for their first points of the season.
Panania Diggers are still undefeated to start the competition as they have won 5 games and had 1 draw to start the season.
Panania Diggers would start the game strongly as Joshua Adams would find the back of the net in the 3rd minute to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.
It did not take long before Panania would have their second goal as Lachlan Vella’s shot found the back of the net to give Panania an early 2-goal advantage in this game.
Bass Hill did not drop their heads after going two goals down early as they aimed to mount a comeback.
Bass Hill would find their goal late into the first half as Lee Fermor would score in the 38th minute to bring his side back into the match.
The game would go into half time with Panania leading 2-1.
Panania would re-establish their 2-goal advantage with Joshua Adams scoring his 2nd goal of the game in the 61st minute giving him his 6th goal in 6 matches.
With the game all but over, Bass Hill’s David Parets received a red card in the 86th minute leaving his side with 10 men for the final 5-minutes of the game.
Panania Diggers would win the game as they sit first on the competition ladder 1-point in front of Yagoona while Bass Hill sit 9th position, still without a point, however Bass Hill have looked strong in all their games.