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Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:20

Blue Eagles hit the spot with SA title

Written by  Lee Gagliardi
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    Adelaide Blue Eagles are the toast of South Australia after defeating rivals Adelaide City on penalties to win the Super League..Photos: ADAM BUTLER Adelaide Blue Eagles are the toast of South Australia after defeating rivals Adelaide City on penalties to win the Super League..Photos: ADAM BUTLER

    Adelaide Blue Eagles have won the 2011 Devine Super League Grand Final against Adelaide City 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out after the match ended goalless after 120 minutes.

    Blue Eagles skipper Gino De Lucia saved two spot kicks to help his side to their first DevineSuper League title since 2003 and exact some revenge after losing 1-0 to City in the last year’s grand final.
    Chances were few and far between in a tense first half with Nicky Orr going closest with a long range effort as both sides enjoyed trading blows without landing a knockout punch.
    Ricardo Da Silva came close late in the second half with a sweet free kick from 25 metres that struck a Blue Eagles player on the way through, only for the deflection to crash against the cross bar.
    From the resulting corner, Eli Vlassis was left unchecked in the box but his header from close range went just over the bar.
    Blue Eagles second half substitute Chad Bugeja was proving a handful for the City defence and watched his shot fly narrowly over Luke Ostbye’s goal in the last minute of regular time.
    Bugeja continued to torment the black and whites and nearly opened the scoring in the second period of extra time when he pounced on a poor back pass but was beaten by the on rushing Ostbye.
    ABE could have finished the match in extra time with three more great chances in the second period.
    Damien Di Mella stuck the upright after his cross took a wicked deflection, while Ian Kamau was next to go close for ABE with his shot from outside the box cleared off the line by Michael Shinnick.
    Evan Kounavelis had the last chance of the match, using his speed to charge through on goal but Ostbye was equal to the task saving the shot with his legs as the contest ended goalless.
    City skipper Nicky Budin stepped up to take the first penalty of the shootout but it was saved by De Lucia who guessed the right way.
    Di Mella put ABE ahead with his successful spot kick before Matt Mullen converted his.
    Dean Kenrick had his penalty kept out by Ostbye before Jordan D’Arise, Da Silva and Jace Cummins all scored from the spot for City.
    Ian Kamau, Kym Harris and Chris Atsikbasis converted for ABE to keep them in it before De Lucia saved Paul Pezos’ penalty.
    Kounavelis stepped up and coolly slotted the winning penalty to see ABE crowned 2011 champions.


    FFSA Finals Results
    Super, Premier and State League Grand Finals
    Saturday September 17 – Hindmarsh Stadium


    DEVINE SUPER LEAGUE
    Adelaide Blue Eagles 0 v Adelaide City 0 (HT 0-0) (FT 0-0) (AET 0-0)

    *Adelaide Blue Eagles won 6-5 on penalties

    Best – Adelaide Blue Eagles: Damien Di Mella, Damian Crettenden, Evan Kounavelis; Adelaide City: Paul Pezos, Matthew Halliday, Luke Ostbye

    Official Man of the Match:
    Damian Crettenden (Adelaide Blue Eagles)

    DEVINE PREMIER LEAGUE
    Adelaide Comets 1 (Nathan Fleetwood) v Enfield City 4 (Spiro Kezios, Jim Stavrides, Angelo Arambatzis, Dimi Parhas) (HT 0-0)


    Best – Adelaide Comets: Frankie Marafioti, David Zerillo, David Makridis; Enfield City: Angelo Arambatzis, Jim Stavrides, Spiro Kezios

    Official Man of the Match:
    Angelo Arambatzis (Enfield City)

    DEVINE STATE LEAGUE
    South Adelaide 0 v Salisbury United 3 (Russell Harris, Stephen Orange, Stephen Stam) (HT 0-3)


    Best – South Adelaide: Robert Kelly, Robert Parker, Ben Smith; Salisbury United: Stephen Stam, Scott Lindsay, Russell Harris

    Official Man of the Match:
    Stephen Stam (Salisbury United)


    ENFIELD ROMPS TO PREMIER TITLE
    Enfield City have taken out the 2011 Devine Premier League title with a 4-1 win over Adelaide Comets at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.
    With both Enfield and Comets already promoted in the Devine Super League for 2012, all goals came in a frantic second half after the sides went into the break goalless.
    Nathan Fleetwood came on for Comets at the break to provide some inspiration and he did, opening the scoring with a well taken free kick after just five minutes.
    His shot curled over the wall from 25 yards and gave Enfield substitute keeper James Klappers no chance – Sam Lennon started the match in goal was but was subbed after just 10 minutes after injuring his collar bone.
    Spiro Kezios equalised for Enfield five minutes later, turning in a cross from Angelo Arambatzis after some brilliant work on the left.
    Arambatzis almost put Enfield in front with a spectacular overhead kick but it went just past the post.
    With 13 minutes remaining, the match was turned on its head when Enfield were awarded a penalty after Keegan Nash was judged to have been holding his opponent as a corner was whipped in.
    Jim Stavrides coolly dispatched the spot kick to give Enfield the lead with 10 minutes remaining.
    Two minutes later Arambatzis got his name on the score sheet with a well taken goal to all but seal victory for Enfield before captain Dimi Parhas iced the win in injury time.
    Parhas took a touch before picking out the top corner from just inside the area for Enfield’s fourth.

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    • Comment Link Bill Friday, 23 September 2011 14:47 posted by Bill

      what a shit report. how old are you? hope not much more than 10.

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