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






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