Cummings gives Lions the edge over Subiaco

Report by Samuel Hays

Photo by Fotoenzo

Stirling Lions coach Keegan Ashley hailed his side’s tenacity after they came through a “dogfight” to beat Subiaco 1-0 on Saturday.

Stirling captain Dean Cummings scored the only goal at Rosalie Park in a game which saw chances for both sides throughout.

“I’m very happy with the win. We fought it out extremely hard and it was a great result,” Ashley said.

“It was a bit of a dogfight, so you’ve got to be up for that fight and we were.”

Subiaco coach Ian McMurray felt his side did not do enough to secure the points.

“I’m disappointed. We had a good win last week against Sorrento but we came today and just didn’t turn up,” McMurray said.

“In the first half we were second to everything, though it got a little bit better in the second half when we had about four or five good headers on goal but didn’t hit the target. There was a bit more urgency about us, which we needed, and we put them under a lot of pressure and changed the game style which caused them problems, but we just didn’t take our chances.”

The game started with a flurry and it was Subiaco who had the early openings but they had no one to put them away.

And as is so often the case, they were made to rue their profligacy when Cummings opened the scoring for Stirling on 27 minutes as he rose highest to head the ball into the net.

Four minutes later Cummings went close to adding a second but his deflected free-kick was headed off the line.

Subiaco then went down the other end and Alex Castiello had a powerful header deflected onto the crossbar as a result of some last-ditch defending.

Just before half-time Stirling had a chance to make it 2-0 when Alex Tanevski was in on goal but his shot was tipped over the bar by Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery.

Stirling keeper Pasquale Gioffre was then required to make a terrific double save as he parried away the first attempt and was forced to prevent Manas Abendelwa from finishing the follow-up.

Stirling struggled to keep possession and Subiaco were unable to finish their chances in a second half where both teams would have liked to have done better.

The win makes it two in a row for Stirling, who now turn their attention to Perth Glory, while Subiaco will look to get back to winning ways when they face Armadale.

Subiaco 0
Stirling Lions 1 (Cummings 27min)
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Rosalie Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Julian Serra
Assistant referees: Stephen Knight, Stuart Blacker
Subiaco: 17. Alex Castiello, 10. Asher Nelson, 18. David Perich, 6. Jackson Dongray, 12. Nathan Smith, 9. Rory Feely, 14. Ross Jarman, 1. Ryan Montgomery, 16. Steve Purton, 4. Jack Painter/Andrews, 5. Manas Abendelwa, (13. Fanuel Dawit), (19. Ian McMurray), (7. Jonas Dorling)
Substitutes not used: 11. Robert Harding, 21. Josiah Godfrey
Yellow cards: Jarman 32
Red cards: Nil
Stirling Lions: 4. Alex Suleski, 11. Alex Tanevski, 13. David Filippou, 7. Dean Cummings, 8. Dejan Spaseski, 6. Dhhors Chol, 5. Liam Henderson, 12. Matthew Cherrie, 15. Nathan De Abreu, 1. Pasquale Gioffre, 9. Robert Petkov, (18. Jacob Stubberfield), (19. Zane Casella), (17. Steve Sokol)
Substitutes not used: 20. Lance Alavakis, 2. Jayden Dodd
Yellow cards: Henderson 42, Tanevski 46, Casella 90+2
Red cards: Nil



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