ROUND 2 REVIEW – NPL 3 NSW MEN’S

15 March , 2020 By Football NSW

Inter Lions fell 1-0 to Bankstown United at Valentine Sports Park No.2 in the early kick off on Saturday; Dunbar Rovers played out a 1-1 draw against Central Coast United at Heffron Park; Sydney University registered a 2-1 victory against Stanmore Hawks at VSP #3; Gladesville Ryde Magic secured a 1-0 win away to Bankstown City on Sunday while Dulwich Hill put four unanswered goals past Rydalmere Lions at VSP #2.

Football NSW made the trip to Lynwood Park on Saturday night to see two NPL 3 newcomers go head to head as Macarthur Rams faced off against Canterbury Bankstown.

It was goals galore at Lynwood Park as Macarthur Rams triumphed 4-1 against Canterbury Bankstown in an entertaining affair on Saturday night.

Macarthur’s experience shone through as they overcame a youthful Berries outfit which failed to make the most of their opportunities in the final third.

That being said, the visitors were the first to strike in this contest, as they opened the scoring on six minutes via the boot of Andre Guzman after a defensive mix up from the Rams.

The Bankstown winger intercepted Chris Barbera’s back pass before placing the ball past Rams’ custodian Jacob Madden.

The hosts quickly found their rhythm after going behind and almost drew level in the 20th minute after Sam Onana’s strike was denied by some handy goalkeeping from Enol Suarez.

Onana’s effort acted as a warning shot for what was to come after he restored parity for his side two minutes later, when he slid his shot past Suarez after being played in by Craig Cooley’s nifty flick pass.

Bankstown did not let their heads drop after the Rams drew level and had a fantastic opening on the half hour mark to restore their lead as Brent Flavin got the better of the Macarthur shot stopper, but was unable to find the back of the net as his effort sailed wide.

The Rams were the next to threaten, this time via skipper Mark Symington as his long-distance belter stung Suarez’ palms after they regained possession in Berries’ half thanks to Bailey Brooker’s interception.

Symington’s next test for the Bankstown shot stopper soon after, proved successful as he popped up with his side’s second in the 40th minute.

Symington’s perfectly timed run into the opposition’s 18-yard-box made it easy work for the Rams captain as he headed home Mitchell Brooker’s tempting ball into the box.

The home side held onto their lead until the break and a pump up from coach Jason Breton, must have got them raring to go for the second half, as they scored their third within a minute of the restart.

It was Symington with his second on 46 minutes after his inch perfect strike from just outside the penalty area, hit the bottom corner of the right-hand post before nestling in the back of the visitors’ goal.

Berries remained persistent and almost reduced the deficit on the 50th minute mark after some slick interplay between Lucas Miquel and Guzman led to a last-ditch goal line clearance from Rams’ Michael Martin.

Once again, the visitors were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal after they gave away a penalty on 62 minutes after Andrija Mandic brought down Onana.

The Macarthur veteran dusted himself off before stepping up to convert the spot kick, to put his side 4-1 up.

The sizeable lead meant that Breton’s men could take their foot off the pedal as they looked to consolidate the three points, however that did not stop substitute, Matias Paz, from attempting to steal the show.

The target man almost scored what would have been the goal of the game after he attempted an audacious strike from just past halfway after seeing Suarez off his line.

Luckily for Suarez, he was able to save himself from embarrassment as he got fingertips to the effort to ensure that it did not make its way into the back of the net.

That just about brought the night’s action to a close, as the Rams’ secured their maiden victory of the campaign whilst it will be back to the drawing board for Wally Savor’s Berries after they suffered a second consecutive defeat.

Sydney University await Macarthur next round as they prepare to play at Lynwood for the second week running while Bankstown’s next task will be a home game against Stanmore at the Crest.

-By NPL 3 NSW Men’s Chief Writer Samuel Greco Schwartz

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