WT BIRKALLA 4 – ADELAIDE COMETS 0
West Torrens Birkalla have soared back into top spot on the NPL ladder with a dominant 4 – Nil win over Adelaide Comets at Jack Smith Park on Saturday .
The pitch was heavy after persistent rain but midfielders Thomas Quaglia and Lawrence D’Arrigo handled the conditions beautifully providing plenty of ball up forward.
Akira Miyuyami has had an excellent month and it continued on Saturday as he repeatedly penetrated the Comets defence and his understanding with the damaging Paul Radice and the dominant Ryan Kitto has Birks looking more and more dangerous as the season unfolds.
Scott Nagel also returned to his best as he worked non stop down the left side causing havoc for the opposition wingers.
The pleasing thing is our boys have become ruthless – despite leading all afternoon they continued to press to score more goals as we saw with a brilliant individual effort by Ryan Kitto mid way through the second half where he won the ball on the half way line through desperation and he went on to beat the keeper. He has to be looming as an early favourite for the Serge Melta Medal .
Coach Steve DiGiovaniello awarded the Mediterranean Cafe Award for best player to Thomas Quaglia and the Mylk Bar Award for second best to Scott Nagel.
WT BIRKALLA 2 – ADELAIDE COMETS 2
A much better game from the boys although another game we let slip. That was our 7th draw so far for the season and mostly we have given the opposition a point and lost 2 points ourselves. Once again we missed numerous chances to make the game safe but a combination of poor finishing, good blocking and good keeping kept our tally to 2.
Luke Uzzell scored the first with a well taken header after a fine cross from Finley Hayhurst. This was Luke’s debut for the ressies and on this performance won’t be his last. Michael Mangafakis scored our second soon after. Comets were put back into the game with a strange penalty decision from the referee.
He deemed it a trip even though our player was in front and playing the ball. After the 3rd attempt he finally let Comets have their goal.
Their second was an unfortunate own goal from Liam Bernhardt, who apart from that blemish had an exceptional game at centre back.
Once again a very even team performance. This has been a pleasing constant through our games for most of the season. Peter Karakasilis, Daniel Scorsonelli and Will Plush were among our best. Special mention to Pat Pietrosanti making his debut in goals who did very well in the mud of the goal areas.
WT BIRKALLA 4 – ADELAIDE COMETS 3
Saturday’s weather was pretty wild, conditions didn’t help free flowing football. We got off to a great start 4-0, two goals from John Kananga and two from Emmanuel Kontos. Great to be able to give both boys a well earned start due to a few injuries in the reserves.
Second half was a different story, once again with the team struggling to stick to the game plan, we spent 90% of the second half in our own half for some reason. We just hung on to win 4-3, we do make it hard for ourselves in defence playing so deep.
We have to learn to handle the pressure now, with the run into the end of the season, if we want to be in the finals. As long as we take these little learns in our stride we should be okay.