Stirling upset league leaders
Report by Adrian Klein
Photo courtesy Brett Klucznik
Stirling Lions shocked Inglewood United with a 3-0 win in the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday.
A penalty converted by David Micevski in the 27th minute and two second half goals from Teeboy Kamara in the 57th and 85th was enough for Stirling to slam the home side that was down to 10 men.
Inglewood coach Taki Nicolaidis said the missed chances early on only sealed his side’s fate.
“If you can’t score goals with 10 men or not, then you can’t win games,” he said.
“We just weren’t clinical enough.”
The home side were awarded a penalty for handball but Brian Woodall’s spot kick hit a post.
It all went downhill from there for Inglewood as they found themselves a man down in the fifth minute as Jason Colli was charged with serious foul play.
A weakened Inglewood saw Calum O’Connell foul a Stirling player inside the box in the 27th minute, which allowed Micevski to easily convert from the spot.
Stirling continued to dominate the game throughout the second half as the hosts struggled to get their shots on target.
It took just 12 minutes from the restart for Stirling’s Teeboy Kamara to score a fantastic long-range strike, which rebounded off of the cross bar to reach the back of the net.
The ex-Adelaide United player said he didn’t expect his shot to go in.
“I just took a hit, hoped for the best and it actually went in,” Kamara said.
The 19 year old continued to show his class as he drove into the box to find himself unmarked, held up the ball, and made it float straight into the top corner in the 85th minute.
Kamara said that his chip was deliberate.
“My first instinct was to actually cross it, but I looked up and there was no one there, so when I saw the keeper off his line I took my chance,” he said.
Stirling coach Rob Melevski put his sides win down to a great team performance.
“It was a great team effort at the end of the day,” he said.
“Obviously it was a bit unfortunate for Inglewood to go a man down, but we took full advantage of that to deserve the win.”
Inglewood United 0
Stirling Lions 3 (David Micevski (P) 27min, Kamara 57, 85)
Saturday, 23th April, 2016
Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant referees: Shane Skinner, Samir Becarevic
Inglewood United: GK: Alex DUNN, 3. David CYRUS (C), 5. Adam TONG, 6. Calum O’CONNELL, 7. Kenny KEOGH (4. Scott BLACKMORE 78), 8. Jason BARRERA, 9. Brian WOODALL, 10. Ash ROSINDALE (17. Tim ROBERTSON 60), 11. John MIGAS, 14. Mark PRITCHARD, 18. Jason COLLI
Substitutes not used: RGK: Mitchell PAPAS, 2. Rikki SMITH, 13. Josh PEREIRA
Yellow Cards: Keogh 30’, Robertson 88’, Cyrus 89’
Red Cards: Colli 5’
Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2. Michael PUGLIESE (16. Abdul SESAY 66), 4. Blamo QUA QUA, 5. Graham DORAN, 6. Brodie MARTIN (C) (7. Milorad VUJACIC 71), 8. David SESAY, 9. Robert PETKOV, 10. Daniel MICEVSKI, 11. David MICEVSKI, 15. Shane CASSIDY, 17. Teeboy KAMARA (12. Jason RUBIDGE 88)
Substitutes not used: RGK Connor CAMPBELL, 3. Jovo PAVLOVIC
Yellow Cards: Pugliese 46+1’, Sesay 80’
Red Cards: nil