Via Football NSW

The 51st Football NSW’s Champion of Champions finals were played at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday 21st of October with nineteen highly entertaining matches that rocked the state governing body’s headquarters.

The ‘Home’ of Football in NSW played host to grassroots football’s most prestigious tournament as teams from all over NSW wowed spectators in what was a wonderful day for the round ball game that proved to be a hit with players, managers as well as the referees and officials on the day.

Three teams represented St George Football Association at this years event, Banksia Tigers U14 Boys, Arncliffe Aurora U15 and Hurstville City Minotaurs O45s.

SGFA thanks all teams for representing the district so well and congratulate Arncliffe and Hurstville for winning their respective finals and becoming 2019 Football NSW Champion of Champion winners.

Match Reports

14 Boys

Banksia Tigers 0 vs Lake Heights Junior FC 2

The 14 Boys division saw the Battle of The Big Cats, with Banksia Tigers facing off against Lake Heights Lions. Second half strikes from Elijah Byron and Cooper Schofield were enough for Lake Heights, who triumphed by two goals to nil.

Louis Vilella and Tayne Ward had early off target efforts for Lake Heights, while at the other end Abbas Chokr’s cross from the right wing almost looped into the net, but James Burgess was able to push the ball away from danger.

On 13 minutes, Lake Heights went close when Koray Gokturk cut the ball back for Schofield, who side footed the ball just over the crossbar. A couple of minutes later Banksia went even closer, Sami Anani stopped by a goal line clearance after getting his foot to Chokr’s corner kick.

With five minutes left until halftime, the Tigers had another good chance when Daniel Ayar rode a tackle and played the ball into the middle for Ali Karnib, however his shot went wide and the game was scoreless at the interval.

Banksia had the first real chance of the second period when Christian Zamecnik tried one from long range, Burgess able to save comfortably on this occasion.

Lake Heights then took control of the contest in the 40th minute. A quick throw in released Bond Stergess down the right side, and his pinpoint cross was converted by Byron to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

A Lake Heights counterattack midway through the second half saw Schofield go on a dangerous run through the middle, stinging the palms of Banksia goalkeeper Hussein Tirani. Schofield wouldn’t be denied a minute later though, taking Byron’s layoff and blasting the ball into the net from 25 yards out to make it 2-0.

Despite the Tigers having some set pieces in good positions, Lake Heights continued to look more likely to score. A mix-up led to Gokturk trying to catch Tirani off his line, but the Banksia keeper did well to get back and push the shot wide of the post.

As time ran down, Anani stood over another Banksia set piece but couldn’t get it past the defence. Gokturk went close again for Lake Heights with the last action of the contest, striking the crossbar from a 30-yard free kick.

Match Stats

Banksia Tigers 0 vs Lake Heights Junior FC 2 (Elijah Byron 40’, Cooper Schofield 45’)

Banksia Tigers: 1. Hussein TIRABI, 7. Yaw OWUSU-ANSAH, 8. Ali KARNIB, 9. Christian ZAMECNIK, 11. Moussa NASSOUR, 12. Zachariah NEHME, 13. Ali BAZZI, 14. Alexander PAPPAS, 15. Mohamed HARRIS, 23. Sami ANANI, 24. Konstantinos KAMAS, 26. Daniel AYAR, 29. Abbas CHOKR, 36. Malifa MALIFA

Lake Heights Junior FC: 1. James BURGESS, 2. Alexander TYSSEN, 3. Louis BORG, 4. Elijah BYRON, 5. Koray GOKTURK, 6. Tayne WARD, 7. Mitchell DESPOTOVSKI, 8. Mathew CHIODI, 9. Bond STERGESS, 10. Cooper SCHOFIELD, 11. Mitchell MANEVSKI, 12. Louis VILELLA, 13. Nicholas NICASTRI, 14. Ruben MAYERS, 15. Maksi NAUMOVSKI, 16. Anthony VILELLA

15 Boys

Arncliffe Aurora 4 vs Greystanes FC 0

Arncliffe Aurora were a shining light in the 15 Boys Final, defeating Greystanes FC 4-0. A first half own goal sent Aurora on their way, with Hadi Sleiman, Mohammed Chahine and Ahmed Fadel rounding off the scoring after the break.

Aurora didn’t waste any time, nearly scoring in the opening minute when Ali Mhanna got on the end of Hassan Kassira’s free kick, Alec Jorquera parrying the header to safety. Greystanes also had an early chance, and Abdullah Salim had to be at full stretch to tip an Eden Hakwes free kick onto the crossbar.

Arncliffe were soon back on the front foot, Chahine unlucky on this occasion after pouncing on a loose ball and hitting the post. Then on 19 minutes, they were initially awarded a penalty following a collision between Sleiman and Jorquera, however the decision was reversed after consultation between the referee and his assistant.

It wasn’t long before the Aurora pressure paid off, and a couple of minutes later they were up 1-0. Sleiman’s in swinging corner kick from the right side proved too difficult for the defence to handle, resulting in an own goal.

In the 24th minute, Greystanes attempted to hit back. Jake Tester played a fantastic diagonal ball to release Ethan Alimboyao, but his shot flew over the bar.

As in the first half, Arncliffe had an opportunity right at the start of the second half, but this time they made it count. Sleiman doubled their lead with some individual brilliance, spinning away from a defender and slamming the ball in off the post from outside the area.

Jorquera made a couple of great saves from Mhanna and Kassem Kassem, however the Greystanes goalkeeper would be powerless on 42 minutes, Chahine heading in from point blank range to make it 3-0 after another quality in swinging corner from Sleiman.

Aurora kept pushing, and Sleiman almost doubled his tally in the 51st minute, Jorquera denying him with another sharp save. It was only a matter of time though, and the fourth goal came three minutes later when Chahine’s long shot was parried, Fadel tapping in from the rebound.

Greystanes threatened in brief spells using Alimboyao’s pace, but Arncliffe remained the better side until the end, and could even have extended their lead late on. Jorquera saved well from Salah Farhat, and Andres Felipe Nino Betancur hit the side netting with the last kick of the game.

Match Stats

Arncliffe Aurora 4 (own goal 21’, Hadi Sleiman 36’, Mohammed Chahine 42’, Ahmed Fadel 54’) vs Greystanes FC 0

Arncliffe Aurora: 1. Abdullah SALIM, 6. Andres FELIPE NINO BETANCUR, 11. Ali BAKIR B MOURTADA, 12. Ali RACHID, 14. Ibrahim ELREDA, 15. Ali HAMMOUD, 16. Youssef NASSER, 18. Ali MOURTADA, 20. Ali SAAB, 22. Hadi SLEIMAN, 24. Ahmed FADEL, 30. Hadi SOUMMAKA, 32. Hassan KASSIRA, 37. Ali MHANNA, 41. Mohammed CHAHINE, 48. Kassem KASSEM, 49. Ali CHREIF, 55. Salah FARHAT 

Greystanes FC: 1. Alec JORQUERA, 2. Declan DONOHUE, 3. Jonothan KOKINOGOULIS, 4. Cullen ROTA-WALLACE, 5. Jake TESTER, 6. Wisssam ABDEL SAMAD, 7. Ethan ALIMBOYAO, 8. Joshua MADELEINE, 9. Matthew SEYMOUR, 10. Jai FOLEY, 11. Eden HAWKES, 13. Jakob MASTERS, 14. Zayne EDMONDS, 17. Safal THAPA

Over 45 Men

Inter Lions FC 1 v Hurstville City Minotaurs 1 (Minotaurs won 5-4 on penalties)

It’s a highlight of every Champion of Champions day and this clash didn’t disappoint as St George Football Association’s legendary outfit Hurstville City Minotaurs made it back to back tittles in the Over 45 men’s category with a penalty shootout victory over Inter Lions.

It was their third Champion of Champions title however the squad won in the Over 45’s category, making Peter ‘The General’ Sarikakis’ men one of the most prized teams of all time in the prestigious knockout competition.

But if were honest, it didn’t always look likely as despite peppering the Lions goal, the Minotaurs struggled to find the net taking them 68 minutes to find their breakthrough through Sam Panagakis.

For Inter, it will go down as an opportunity missed taking out the big guns, after taking the lead with the first chance of the game through Giuseppe Bartolillo. From then on, their counter attacks just wouldn’t click as their opposition racked up quite the shot count.

One shot, one goal. After an even five minutes, Inter Lions broke through. Showing class, Giuseppe Fedele found Giuseppe Bartolillo with plenty of space inside the box. Bartolillo then finished into the far side netting with a low drive.

It would then take them another 30 minutes for Adrian Ciscato to rack up another meaningful strike with plenty of chances being racked up at the other end. At this point we should mention Inter keeper Frank Mikuletic managed to produce many stunning saves including from the penalty spot to keep the lead in-tact going into the half time break.

After the resumption, it was noticeable that the games pattern had changed with Inter now creating chances of their own. Speaking of which Anthony Iancono came oh so close, not being able to apply a finish after a tremendous weaving run into the box.

The Lions were desperate with last ditch defence denying their more fancied opposition. It was going to take something special to breakthrough and that came through Panagakis who scored a wonderful first touch lobbed finish from outside the box on the right wing.

As the minutes ticked on, neither side were able to assert their dominance in the remainder of normal time as well as into extra time.

So, the match was to be decided by a penalty shootout of which was decided in sudden death fashion when Minotaurs stand-in keeper George Ganiatsas heroically saved a Paul Pettenon penalty that gave Sarikakis’ men along with captain courageous Peter Papoythis yet another title.

Sprinkled with quality across the pitch the likes of former NSL stars Angelo Petratos, Abbas Saad, Spiro Hantzis, Steve Karavatakis, Tom Pontidas, David Barrett, George Souris, Nick Plataniotis and Papoythis have made this team the invincibles.

Match Stats

Inter Lions FC 1 (Bartolillo 5’) v Hurstville City Minotaurs 1 (S. Panagakis 68’)

Minotaurs won 5-4 on penalties

Inter Lions FC: 1. Frank MIKULETIC, 2. Paul PETTENON, 3. Anthony IACONO, 4. Mark BUSETTO, 5. Mauro ROSELLI, 6. Giacomo VENEZIA, 7. Giuseppe BARTOLILLO, 8. Adrian CISCATO, 9. Ettore ALTERISIO, 10. Stephen LIPARI, 12. Anthony Gerard MURPHY, 13. Zeljko VLAJKOVIC, 14. David Gerard BURNS, 15. David GORGA, 16. Giuseppe FEDELE ©, 17. Patrick EVEREST, 18. Ennio MORSON, 20. Mauro MICCINATTI, 21. Joseph LOPANE.

Hurstville City Minotaurs: 1. George GANIATSAS, 2. Angelo PETRATOS, 3. George HAJITTOFI, 4. Peter PAPOYTHIS, 5. Gennadi SPIVAK, 6. John COSENTINO, 7. Abbas SAAD, 8. Spiro HANTZIS, 9. Steve KARAVATAKIS, 10. Tom PONTIDAS, 16. Harry CHRISTODOULOU, 19. David BARRETT, 22. Michael LARDIS, 38. George SOURIS, 13. Nick PLATANIOTIS, 15. Sam PANAGAKIS, 41. Sokratis AGIASOTIS.