A brave defeat for NPL at Belco

Article courtesy of Capital Football

Belconnen United 2 (Cameron Reinhart 8’, David Kemp 84’) Tuggeranong United 0
(McKellar Park)

Belconnen United claimed a third win of the season as they emerged victorious from a fiercely-fought encounter with Tuggeranong United at McKellar Park. A goal in each half, scored by Cameron Reinhart and David Kemp, sealed the points for the Blue Devils with a 2-0 win, but Tuggeranong can once more be pleased with several facets of their play as they continually threatened to take something from the match.

In a keenly contest first half there was not much to choose between the sides despite Belconnen getting off to the perfect start with a goal after only eight minutes. And what a very special goal it was as well. The move started in the Blue Devils defence and was sharp and rapier like in its creation. Jason Ugrinic played a large part in its inception playing a superbly weighted ball into the left hand channel for Sam Smith who was goal-side of his marker. The striker, who has been in cracking form in front of goal so far this season, turned provider this time slinging over a perfect cross that Ugrinic, who had continued his run, cushioned into the path of Reinhart who finished with the calmness of a seasoned centre-forward, slotting past Costa Fallas to complete an outstanding move.

After that there were limited half chances at both ends as firstly Smith saw a snap-shot saved down low by Fallas before Tuggeranong’s Greek striker Nikolaos Kalfas fizzed a shot from distance that whistled just over the crossbar. Belconnen were next to threaten as Aisosa Ihegie broke down the right flank and pulled the ball back for Dustin Wells but, almost incredibly, the experience campaigner scuffed his effort straight at the ‘keeper when the majority of the ground would have backed him to score. Moments later it was Tuggeranong’s turn to go close as Emilio Kista, the club’s other European import, cracked a 35m shot that had Adam Perakovic in the Belconnen goal concerned as it flashed just wide of the upright.

It was Tuggeranong who went closest at the beginning of the second half as Kalfas manoeuvred room for a shooting opportunity, firing a blast that Perakovic spilled but cleaned up under pressure from Tim Anderson who was booked for his part in the follow-up. After his miss in the first half Wells was keen to atone but his long range effort was well held by Fallas. Belconnen really should have doubled their lead in the 71st minute as Tuggeranong’s offside trap, following a clearance from a corner, failed leaving Ugrinic free on the edge of the six yard box and central to goal. Remarkably he let Tuggeranong off the hook, screwing the ball wide with the outside of his boot when it appeared easier to score.

It didn’t matter however as, with six minutes to play, the Blue Devils secured the points. Awarded a penalty as the officials adjudged a Belconnen player to be pushed in the area, Wells confidently stepped up only to see his well-struck kick brilliantly turned around the post by Tuggeranong ‘keeper Fallas for a sensational save. But Tuggeranong switched off from the resultant corner. Whilst they cleared the first ball into the box, they weren’t alive to the second-phase possession and Kemp ran in, unmarked, to ram a firm header down and past Fallas who had no chance to seal the points for the home team.

Belconnen United: 1. Adam PERAKOVIC, 3. Dustin WELLS, 4. David KEMP, 5. Connor NOLAN, 7. Taylor BEATON, 9. Sam SMITH, 10. Jason UGRINIC, 12. Aisosa IHEGIE, 13. Matt VALERI, 16. Cameron REINHART, 18. Nicholas DAHL
Substitutes used: 11. Nick ROLLS, 14. Michael RINAUDO, 16. Zac MAYBURY
Tuggeranong United: 1. Costa FALLAS, 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 3. Jonathan REIS, 4. Sam SHADBOLT, 6. Sean KIDDEY, 7. Nikoloas KALFAS, 8. Daniel ROBERTS, 10. Emilio KISTA, 13. Tim ANDERSON, 14. Andrew SLAVICH, 15. Liam HIGHMORE
Substitutes used: 5. Nick FAUST, 9. Aaron CASHMAN, 16. Eddie COGGAN
YELLOW CARDS: 5. Connor NOLAN (Belconnen United), 6. Sean KIDDEY, 10. Emilio KISTA, 13. Tim ANDERSON (Tuggeranong United)
RED CARDS: Nil