Sharks see off Parramatta FC for second win of the season
Tomohiro Kajiyama’s 6th and 7th goals of the season either side of Jeremy Cox’s header saw off Parramatta FC in Round 10 of the 2017 PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 competition at Seymour Shaw Stadium on Saturday for Grant Lee’s first win as Sutherland Sharks Head Coach.
With both teams desperate for the three points it was the home side who had the early ascendancy, pressing their opponents and containing Parramatta in their own half for much of the opening quarter of an hour.
Jeremy Cox threatened in the 16th minute when he continued a Joshua Da Silva and Tomohiro Kajiyama led counter attack by outpacing Ryan Blakeley and Marcus Donatiello in defence to cross dangerously, but for a last gasp Gino Cerasoli block preventing Nathan Elasi tapping in.
Eagle’s Ryan Norval was the busier of the two goalkeepers with a flurry of fine saves maintaining the goalless score. The Sharks did break the deadlock in the 30th minute as Patrick O’Shea picked out Cox who chested down, dribbled inside three defenders and played the ball to Kajiyama to poke home for a well deserved 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later Cox would get his goal, making a perfectly timed run to the near post and meet Matthew Gordon’s left-footed cross with an emphatic diving header to double the host’s advantage with half time approaching.
Grant Lee’s side could have been three goals to the good inside three minutes of the restart. Da Silva played a deftly weighted pass into Kajiyama’s feet just as he was upended inside the box for a penalty. However, the Japanese forward was denied his pair, momentarily, with the Parramatta custodian’s right palm saving the spot kick to keep the deficit at two.
As Melita pushed forward with twenty minutes remaining for a way back into the match Sutherland shot stopper Nikolas Loe kept them at bay, saving good opportunities from Jordan Crighton and Marco Sama.
Having looked the most composed and comfortable defensively in a game this season the Sharks were denied a first clean sheet of 2017. Daniel Rezo delivered back-to-back set pieces with Cerasoli bundling a rebound into the back of net in the 87th minute following dogged defending from Sutherland, including a goal-line clearance from defender Blair Brown.
The Eagle’s hopes of a late equaliser were short lived though as Callum Fitzpatrick made an important tackle in midfield and then played the ball to fellow substitute Kevin Lopes who had the space to square the ball to Kajiyama with his first touch and the Japanese attacker restored the Shark’s two goal lead in the 92nd minute to put the result beyond doubt.
The 3-1 win was Head Coach Grant Lee’s inaugural win in charge of Sutherland Sharks FC after being appointed last week and sees his side leapfrog Parramatta FC on the NPL NSW Men’s 1 ladder.
Next up for Sutherland Sharks is a trip to Belmore Sports Ground to take on Grant Lee’s former club Sydney Olympic FC on Sunday, 21st May. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.
Sutherland Sharks 3 (Kajiyama 30’, 90+2’, Cox 34’)
Parramatta FC 1 (Cerasoli 87’)
Venue: Seymour Shaw Stadium, Miranda
Referee: A. Arndt
Sutherland Sharks: 3. MURAYAMA Takuya, 4. KAYES Stephen (19. FITZPATRICK Callum 71’), 5. LITTLER Nicholas, 6. GORDON Matthew, 9. KAJIYAMA Tomohiro, 10. DA SILVA Joshua (8. MCSTAY Christopher 87’), 11. ELASI Nathan (15. LOPES Kevin 90’), 12. BROWN Blair, 13. COX Jeremy, 14. O’SHEA Patrick, 21. LOE Nikolas
Substitutes not used: 1. DENHAM Nathan, 17. FABIANO Claudio
Yellow cards: Da Silva, Fitzpatrick, O’Shea
Red cards: Nil
Parramatta FC: 1. NORVAL Ryan, 4. FONDYKE Howard, 5. CERASOLI Gino, 7. DE OLIVEIRA Samuel, 8. REZO Daniel, 10. SAMA Marco, 12. DONATIELLO Marcus, 13. BLAKELEY Ryan (37. GIBSON Keenan 45’), 14. JOHNSTONE Ryan, 15. CRIGHTON Jordan, 17. GERSBACH Joshua
Substitutes not used: 9. CHYMIAK Nick, FILIPOVIC Marko, 18. PLATANIOTIS Marcus, 21. MOORE Christopher
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Report by Lachlan Thomson