Sunday, April 5, 2009

DOSA and Christian draw and remain at foot of Division One ladder

Division One, Sandown Park, Sunday, 5 April 2009


DOSA Northern Suburbs 2 (Swift 32, Livingston 34 og)
Christian United 2 (Arnold 43, Van Sant 53)

HT: 2-1 Att: 50 Ref: S Fagg

DOSA Northern Suburbs: Farrugia - Richardson, J Visentin, Durviajah, Korn - Maccrum, Wakefield, D Visentin, Alumbulwa (Natoli 58) - Parry, Swift [Substitutes not used: Shriver, McGurk] [Coach: J O’Hea]

Christian United: Nicholson - Noble, T Wierenga, Nettlefold (Crombie 70), Van Sant - Livingston, Mrzyk, Dae Won, Arnold - Lumago, Page [Substitute not used: J Wierenga] [Coach: T New]

This bottom-of-the-table clash was played on the small but picturesque Sandown Park ground.

There were occasional showers and a brisk wind, but much of the match was played in brilliant sunshine, which made it a pleasure to watch.

Both sides were enthusiastic. There were some good skills on view and some fine team-work.

Three valuable points were up for grabs and both sides were keen to win them and move away from the foot of the table.

Christian United made several promising opening forays but were unable to get in any clear shots on goal against the stout defending of DOSA Northern Suburbs.

DOSA showed some excellent penetration, but their finishing was also less than accurate.

The closest they came to scoring was on the half-hour when David Visentin got on to the end of a John Visentin corner, but Christian goalkeeper Scott Nicholson turned the header over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, DOSA took the lead.

Stephen Swift’s free-kick from 25 metres zoomed into the top left-hand corner of the net, despite Nicholson getting a hand to the ball.

In the 34th minute it was 2-0 as a back-pass by David Noble was mis-read and mis-kicked by Nicholson, the ball being ushered into the net by Swift and Derrick Parry.

DOSA smelled blood at this stage and were in for the kill.

A minute later, David Visentin headed just wide from Mark Wakefield’s accurate right-wing cross.

Christian then hit back and only some brilliant goalkeeping by Justin Farrugia denied them.

He saved superbly from Ashley Page and Jesse Arnold to keep his side ahead.

In saving from Arnold, he conceded a corner, taken by the experienced Kim Dae Won, and headed home by Arnold to make it 2-1 at the break.

Christian were level in the 53rd minute when Adam Van Sant headed home from Page’s cross.

DOSA should have won the match in the 67th minute when they were awarded a penalty for a handball by Nettlefold, but Swift fired the spot-kick over the bar.

In the 75th minute, Arnold squandered a good chance for Christian when he shot wide when well placed.

Two minutes later, David Visentin was unlucky to shoot against the woodwork.

The game fizzed out to a draw and DOSA remain last and Christian dropped a place to second-last.


  • DOSA Northern Suburbs coach, Joe O’Hea, said:

“It was a better result than last week.

“We played much better. I think we had some really good opportunities but just weren’t sharp enough in the box, I guess.

“We could have won it. Missed a penalty.

“Oh well, these things happen.

“There’s always next week.”

  • Christian United coach, Tony New, said:

“I think it was a pretty fair result in the end.

“You know, we had a couple of chances, they had a couple of chances.

“We’re still very much progressing and there’s some good signs, but we’re still giving away too many easy goals.

“We’ve just got to sharpen that up and pick up towards the end of the year.”


16 Goal Attempts 19
9 Shots on Target 7
5 Corners 11
10 Fouls Committed 15
1 Off-Sides 2
0 Yellow Cards 1 (Lumago 80)
0 Red Cards 0

DOSA Northern Suburbs:
D Visentin 2 2
Parry 2 2
Alumbulwa 2 0
Wakefield 1 1
Swift 4 2
Maccrum 1 0
Richardson 3 2
Durviajah 1 0

Christian United:

Page 8 3
Mrzyk 2 1
T Wierenga 1 0
Arnold 4 2
Lumago 1 0
Van Sant 1 1
Nettlefold 1 0
Dae Won 1 0

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