RESULTS | Round 2
2016 SAASL Season Division 2 (Saturday)
Titans win in a close encounter!
The Adelaide Titans secured maximum points today to make it two wins from as many starts but it was no an easy outing for the visitors at Hahndorf Oval against a very young yet determined Magpies side.
The Titans were looking to build on their great season opener and travelled to Hahndorf Oval full of confidence, albeit missing a number of first team regulars. The Titans started the better of the two sides stretching the Magpies’ defence and drew first blood in the 8th minute when Frank Muscara found himself in some space just inside the 18-yard box and fired the ball low into the corner beating the young Magpies’ keeper. The Titans continued to press in numbers and went 2-0 up in the 17th minute when Capitan Michael McCulloch latched onto a long ball to round the last defender and slot the ball home from a tight angle. Whilst a midfield tussle ensued, the score line remained unchanged going into the halftime break. The restart saw a determined home side apply the pressure and were awarded with two goals in five minutes. The first came in the 50th minute when an unassuming cross was headed home at the back post. The second came in the 55th minute when referee Andrew Haynes awarded a controversial penalty for what he believed to be a foul committed inside the box by Daniel Varsos. Bill Petropoulos did well to get to it but was unable to keep it out. With a 2-2 score line, the game was in the balance and coach Domenic Musci introduced Jimmy Moutzouris and Johnny Zervas into the mix. A corner was awarded to the visitors in the 58th minute which was taken by Kyri Paleologos. His initial shot ricocheted off a Magpies defender and it fell straight back to him and he made no mistake picking out Michael McCulloch at the back post with a delightful cross allowing the skipper to head the ball into the back of the net. An off the ball incident in the 65th minute reduced the home side to 10-men. Despite creating countless chances in the last 15-minutes the Titans just could not find the back of the net. A win nonetheless but the Titans know they can and will continue to improve.
In the Titans’ Reserves, it was not the start coach Alex Savva had hoped for when in the 12th minute a greatly taken free kick deep in the Titans’ half beat Niko Rassias at the back post to put the home team ahead. In the 16th minute, George Cotsaris was brought down 20-yards out from the Magpies’ goal. The free kick was hit into the wall by Teri Pappas but it fell to him again this time beautifully curling the ball past the Magpies’ keeper to draw the Titans level. The visitors were getting on top of the home team and it was only a matter of time before they scored their second. A beautiful ball by Nathan Leopardi split the defence to send John Dagas on goal who fired the ball with a lot of venom only for the keeper to save it off his line with a great and desperate dive. Almost immediately following that, Soti Sotiriou slammed the ball into the upright and it bopped up for John Dagas who drove his header low and into the far corner again to be denied by the Magpies’ custodian off the line. It remained 1-1 at the break. The second half started with the Titans again the better side. In the 55th minutes, Teri Pappas made a great little run through the midfield and he unleashed a pile driver at the keeper who amazingly palmed the ball back into play but straight to John Dagas who made no mistake slamming the ball into the back of the net. Pappas and Dagas continued to cause havoc for the home side’s defence continually opening up their defensive walls. The Titans third came in the 88th minute when substitute Mina Ibrahim pounced on a defensive error to elegantly side step the last defender and fire the towards goal with the ball first hitting the inside of the near post then the inside of the back post then into the net.
The Titians’ Cs faced Brahma Lodge away at Cockburn Green Reserve in a bruising and hard hitting encounter which saw the visitors having to settle for a share of the points. With Brahma launching attacks and the Titans playing on the counter, both teams created plenty of chances. The visitors took the lead almost right on the halftime break thanks to a Rodrigo Costa goal. The second half started much as the first had ended with both sides creating plenty of chances but unable to convert before Brahma found that elusive equaliser.
The focus now is Round 3 against Old Ignatians SC away and the Hounds will be a good test for the Titans.
Be sure to catch all the action on game day.
Hahndorf v Adelaide Titans
Hahndorf 2 (J. Kerr & T. Papavasiliou) – Adelaide Titans 3 (M. McCulloch (2) & F. Muscara).
Hahndorf 1 (G. Westbury) – Adelaide Titans 3 (T. Pappas, J. Dagas & M. Ibrahim).
Brahma Lodge 1 (S. Asabere) – Adelaide Titans 1 (R. Costa).
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