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South Springvale cup fairytale continues
South Springvale has won through to the Round of 16 in the Westfield FFA Cup after beating South Cardiff.
By DAVID MANUCA @davidmanuca
Local amateur football club South Springvale’s dream run in the Westfield FFA Cup has continued after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over South Cardiff at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Tuesday night.
The contest finished at 2-2 after 120 minutes of action, with South Springvale coming from behind on two occasions to send the game in to extra-time and then in to penalties.
South Springvale, who plies its trade in the third tier of Victorian football, will now play in the Round of 16 of the newly formed Westfield FFA Cup competition and a match-up against A-League opposition could possibly await.
Bill Lambropoulos, head coach of South Springvale, was lost for words after seeing side fight back and progress to the next round.
“We were falling over like rabbits in the end,” Lambropoulos said. “We were so tired, boys were cramping up everywhere and I thought we were going to concede. What courage, I take my hat off to them.
“FFA and Westfield, what they’ve done for us is incredible. They’ve opened the doors for grassroots clubs.
“No one even knew who we were, now we’re on Fox Sports and in every paper.”
Cardiff got off to the perfect start just four minutes in to the game when a long throw-in from left-back Chris Gizzard was flicked on by Jarryd Johnson with forward Lee Ashton having the simple task of tapping in to an open net.
Ashton came close to making it 2-0 soon after but an attempted shot on goal from a rebound was blocked by Springvale defender Anstidis Drakos.
All of South Cardiff’s attacks were coming down the right flank, with Dean Panagopoulos the next to miss with his head after a cross from the right-back.
Despite all of the New South Wales’ side’s dominance in the early stages, Springvale found an equaliser on 25 minutes when Alexandru Florea headed home at the back post following a dangerous corner-kick.
It was almost the most miraculous of comebacks by Springvale when Luke Burgess’ was played in on goal just under a minute later but his volley crashed off the crossbar.
The miss proved costly minutes before half-time with Cardiff restoring its lead thanks to a powerful finish from Mitchell Wallace.
The second-half failed to live up to the excitement of the first 45 minutes with chances for both sides few and far between.
It was not until the 75 minute mark that a clear cut opportunity was created, but despite James Byrnes cool finish he was adjudged to be offside by the assistant referee.
Former Melbourne Victory forward Ricky Diaco was deployed by Springvale in the latter stages of the game and his class was apparent immediately.
With 11 minutes to go the fighting Victorians managed to grab another equaliser when Darragh Ryan played a perfect pass for Sotiros Dimitrakopoulos to slot past the Cardiff goalkeeper and make it 2-2.
Extra time ensued and the last 30 minutes saw a number of players suffer from fatigue with both sides having used all their substitutes by the end of the 90 minutes.
Neither side could find a winner and that meant a historic penalty shoot-out would decide who would make it past the Round of 32.
South Springvale scored all of its penalties, with Gazzard missing for Cardiff before the last spot-kick by Jarryd Johnson was saved by Springvale goalkeeper Rani Dowisha, sending the home side in to rapturous celebrations.
In other Westfield FFA Cup action, National Premier League Victoria side Melbourne Knights was knocked out by Queensland outfit Olympic FC after a 3-1 loss in Brisbane.
South Springvale 2 (Florea 25, Dimitrakopoulos 79’) defeated South Cardiff 2 (Ashton 4’, Wallace 41’) 4-3 pens. at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex. [HT:1-2]
South Springvale XI: 1. Rani DOWISHA, 2. Kieran FITZGERALD, 6. Darragh RYAN, 7. Alexandru FLOREA (5. Andrew SKLEDAR 45+2’), 8. Craig METCALFE (17. Konstantinos DASKALAKIS 64’), 10. Dean PANAGOPOULOS (3. Ricky DIACO 75’), 14. Courail NASSIM, 16. Billy DAMIANOS, 18. Sotiros DIMITRAKOPOULOS, 20. Anstidis DRAKOS, 23. Luke BURGESS.
Un-used subsitututes: 9. Damian IACONIS, 21. Jordan GIFKINS (GK).
Yellow cards: Dimitrakopoulos 52’
Red cards: Nil
South Cardiff XI: 1. Michael STAFFORD (GK), 2. Nathan STEVENS, 4. Mathew GREY, 5. Mathew DARR, 6. Ashley BALCOMBE (15. Mathew WILESMITH 73’), 7. Chris GAZZARD, 9. Lee ASHTON, 10. Mitchell WALLACE (13. Dean KELLY 80’), 11. Jarryd JOHNSON, 12. Daniel JOHNSON, 14. Sean CLERKE (8. James BYRNES 45’).
Un-used substitutes: 3. Cameron HERRING, 16. Thomas PULLIN (GK)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
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South Springvale's fairytale continues.
All enquiries regarding media or the team
please call the Coach: Bill Lambropoulos on 0411 847 363 after 11.00 am
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WE DID IT!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
SOUTH SPRINGVALE ARIS TEAM,
COACHES AND SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR WIN
AT THE DOCKERTY CUP!!!
South Springvale upsets Saints
South Springvale has made it to the final of the Dockerty Cup following a win over St Albans on penalties.
By Jordan Lim (@jordanlim24)
It took 120 minutes and 22 penalty kicks to decide a winner but in the end it was South Springvale – inspired by young goalie Jordan
Gifkins – who stole a march on the more fancied St Albans Saints to progress to the Dockerty Cup Grand Final.
A large contingent of supporters from both teams packed into Olympic Village on Wednesday night to witness the heroics of the State League 1 South East side, and an enthralling game of football to boot.
The first sight on goal came in the opening minutes through South’s Bill Damianos, who struck a 25-yard free-kick just wide of the right upright.
A couple more forays into the box by Springvale’s pacey forward line had the Saints worried, and that was compounded in the 10th minute as Darragh Ryan struck a beauty to put them into a shock lead.
The combative midfielder ventured forward, taking a touch unopposed before unleashing a rapier-like strike into the top left corner, leaving a desperate Tonio Baresic clutching at thin air.
The response was swift from St Albans who pushed hard to try and catch the leaders napping. Aristidis Drakos was up to the challenge however as he put his body on the line to block consecutive shots before the ball was eventually cleared.
The Saints were suddenly looking dangerous and forward Ajak Panek found himself free inside the box, with only a smart save from Gifkins keeping Springvale’s lead intact.
For all the chances that were created in the opening 20 minutes, the game eventually settled into a typical cup clash, with neither side keen to concede the next goal.
The Saints were forced into playing a long ball game, bypassing a midfield that was being hotly contested by a determined Springvale outfit.
The latter was respectively happy to soak up the pressure, and that set the tone for much of the second half.
Chances were kept at a premium in the opening stages of the term, a stark contrast to the free flowing first 20 minutes of the match.
Defender Barry Devlin went close for St Albans just after the hour mark as he connected onto a deep free kick, only to see his header end up in the bread basket of Gifkins.
They had more luck through Nicholas Cullen whose incisive finish saw the ledger squared on the 71st minute.
He showed great composure to cut inside before powering an effort into the back of the net from close range.
The final moments were all St Albans’ but they failed to capitalise on a wealth of chances created.
Panek was the most guilty party, missing a gilt-edged chance to win it in the 84th minute as his attempted chip past a charging Gifkins only managed to fall safely into the ‘keeper’s hands.
Sean McIlroy – a threat for the Saints all afternoon – so nearly made himself the hero as he hit the side netting, charging at a delectable far post cross.
The game always looked destined for penalties as a low-key extra time period was highlighted only by a fantastic save from Gifkins, who dove low to smother a Brodie Paterson curler.
The South Springvale custodian was only getting warmed up as he faced up to a staggering 11 spot kicks, saving the final two and then converting the 22nd penalty for the match himself to send the traveling supporters into a sea of musical rapture.
A victorious South Springvale coach Bill Lambropoulos heaped lavish praise on his match-winning keeper.
“The fairy tale we talk about for the team, it’s come from the young goalkeeper,” Lambropoulos said.
“He’s 17 years old, had to step in with our goalkeeper going away for a wedding overseas. I’ve got to take my hat off to the young lad, he was superb today.
“Just for the young boy to save one and score one, that’s where the story should end and all the praise should go to him tonight. It was unbelievable.”
A shattered Toby Paterson had his say on how the final few moments of the clash went, insisting had they taken their chances in normal-time, penalties would’ve been a non-issue.
“Penalties are a lottery – it can go either way and I think Springvale were happy to get to the penalties. I think that was their game plan in extra-time to get to the penalties,” Paterson said.
“It’s never a nice way to end a football match. It’s good for the supporters but I think it’s a bit false.
“If you look at the game and look at the chances we had, we should’ve won it in normal time but that’s been the story of our whole season.”
MATCH DETAILS: St Albans Saints 1 (Cullen 71’) defeated by South Springvale 1 (Ryan 10’) [8-9 on penalties]
St Albans Saints: 21. Tonio BARESIC, 4. Barry DEVLIN, 5. Felix ROSMAN, 14. Christopher ROSS, 2. Ryan MCGUFFIE, 8. Ross HARVEY, 13. Nicholas CULLEN, 9 Sean MCILROY, 15. Konrad DOBRASZIEWICZ, 18. Tedros YABIO (10. Brodie PATERSON 51’), 16. Ajak PANEK
Unused Sub(s): 3. Georgi NICEVSKI, 12. Chol NYOK, 19. Ante KOZUL, 39. Joshua D’MONTE
Yellow Card(s): Harvey 120’
Red Card(s): Nil
South Springvale: 1. Jordan GIFKINS, 4. Luke BURGESS, 2. Kierran FITZGERALD, 14. Courail NASSIM, 20. Aristidis DRAKOS, 8. Craig METCALFE, 7. Alex FLOREA (5. Andrew SCLEDAR 86’),11. Ali HAMMED (9. Dartian IACONIS 93’), 16. Bill DAMIANOS (15. Thomas BROOKS 105’), 10. Dean PANAGOUPOULOS (18. Ricky DIACO 77’),6. Darragh RYAN
Unused Sub(s): 21. Sam OUTAKAKVEARY
Yellow Card(s): Damianos 65’
Red Card(s): Nil 2
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