Sunday, February 22, 2009

University lose penalty shoot-out

Michael wells beats Martin Piesse for the winner


[Kingborough win penalty shoot-out 10-9.]

University almost took a 3rd-minute lead through Alexander Hoystead, but Marc Iseli cleared after goalkeeper David Leamey fumbled the ball.

In the 16th minute, Damian Pearce headed against the University post with keeper Martin Piesse beaten.

Kingborough were proving very dangerous at corners and Pearce, in particular, was finding the range with his headers.

But, it was University which took the lead against the run of play.

A terrible error in the 18th minute by Leamey gifted the Students a goal.

Michael Wells passed the ball back to Leamey, who, in attempting to clear, gave the ball to Matthew Besley, who couldn't believe his luck. He kept his head and stroked the ball home.

Kingborough might have been level in the 26th minute following yet another corner, but Marcus Bremner headed the ball down and it bounced over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time, Tom McDonald shot inches wide of the target as Kingborough continued to dominate play.

The equaliser came four minutes after the break, Bremner hammering a terrific shot into the roof of the net past an unsighted Piesse.

Piesse was finding himself busy and midway through the second half he did very well to turn Marcello Marchioli's effort wide.

Piesse was again in the action two minutes from the end when he parried Ross Hinkley's fierce shot.

And so, the game went to an extraordinary penalty shoot-out featuring 20 spot-kicks.

Michael Palmer, Marchioli, Joel Schuth, Bremner, Brett Andrews, Ryan Bevan, Iseli and McDonald all scored for the Lions, as did Oliver Venettacci, Andy Wilson, Besley, Brook Teale, James Wilkinson, Johnathon Merry, John Wilson, Joseph Summers and David Procter for University.

Mitch Gooch then shot over the bar for University and it was left to Michael Wells to score for the Lions and earn the bonus point.
  • University coach, Scott Gallacher, said:
"I don't really want to say much.

"Did we just play there?

"It just didn't happen for us today. We just weren't there.

"There's no structure at all.

"The penalty shoot-out was unbelievable. There were some great penalties taken."

  • Kingborough Lions United coach, Geoff Freeman, said:
"It was not really a good game, I think.

"The standard was certainly not very high.

"First half, we were very ordinary and we spoke about that a little bit at half-time that we probably rushed ourselves a little bit and didn't make the most of the space that we should have had.

"Second half, we used it a little bit better.

"We created some opportunities.

"It wasn't a great game but we're happy to sort of come away with at least playing better in the second half than the first.

"We had more chances than they did and we gave them a goal.

"If you don't take your chances you don't deserve to win.

"We may have been the better side, but not by much."

University: Piesse - A Wilson, Merry, Wilkinson, Procter - J Wilson, Venettacci, Teale, Summers - Besley, Hoystead [Substitutes: Weller, Andrews, Gooch]

Booked: J Wilson

Goals: Besley 18

Kingborough Lions United: Leamey - Palmer, Iseli, Pearce, Wells - Bevan, Marchioli, Andrews, Schuth - Bremner, McDonald [Substitutes: R Hinkley, Voss]

Goals: Bremner 34

Ref: S Collins

Att: 100

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