Match Day 6 review

Miramar Rangers 1 – Western Suburbs 0

MR: Ruari Cahill-Fleury 64 (pen)





Reporter: Tony Bissell


Wests Formation (4-3-3) MR Formation (4-4-2)

Isaac Tetteh

Alex Clayton, Erik Panzer, Nando Pijnaker, Robbie Sabo

 Elijah Just, Harry Edge, Sean Bright

Matt Garbett, Marko Stamenic , Mohamed Awad

Wests Subs:

Ben Sippola for Marko Stamenic (55 mins) – Elijah Just moved upfront


Xavier Green for Matt Garbett (68 mins) – Straight swap


Cameron McKenzie for Robbie Sabo (80 mins) – Straight swap


Wests’ unbeaten start to the season came to a grinding halt against a well-organised and determined Miramar outfit at David Farrington Park.

During the opening 20 minutes, Wests dominated possession with an effective high press that forced Miramar to pump long balls down the pitch. This was food and drink to Nando Pijnaker and Erik Panzer who won nearly all of the aerial challenges with controlled headers to teammates. Wests struggled to penetrate the Miramar back-line though and were restricted to long-range half chances to Marko Stamenic and Sean Bright.

Miramar improved as the half wore on and looked dangerous when they pounced on a couple of under-hit passes from Wests to set up swift counter-attacks. Wests’ usual accuracy and slickness of passing was certainly missing and this resulted in the game becoming quite even. Nevertheless, it was still Wests that created the best chances of the half, as three great opportunities were spurned in a purple-patch period just before the break.

First, neat passing between Harry Edge and Marko Stamenic set up Matt Garbett, but he mis-hit his shot, and then Alex Clayton’s great individual effort was blocked. Finally, Elijah Just’s deflected shot was heading for the corner of the net, but was tipped wide by Miramar keeper, Alex Carr.

The start of the second half was cagey with both defences well on top, although Marko Stamenic almost broke the deadlock with a firm volley after good work by Mohamed Awad. Wests then survived a scare at the other end, but only because of a great last-ditch tackle from Alex Clayton.

It was now end-to-end action with Matt Garbett denied when his bullet shot was tipped over by Alex Carr, and it was Miramar who then took the lead in slightly controversial circumstances – Isaac Tetteh came charging out of goal to attempt a headed clearance but was just beaten to the ball by a Miramar attacker, who he then clattered into. It was borderline on the edge of the 18-yard box, but the referee deemed that contact occurred inside the box, and awarded a penalty, also booking Isaac Tetteh. Ruairi Cahill-Fleury confidently stepped up and hit the penalty into the roof of the net.

Wests went chasing an equaliser but their play lacked the customary patience and cohesion, instead appearing quite frantic and disjointed. Elijah Just had a half-chance after being set up by Ben Sippola, but Wests failed to create a clear-cut chance until injury time at the end of the game.

With Miramar sitting deeper and deeper, trying to hold on for the victory, Elijah Just managed to thread a great pass through to Ben Sippola, but with just the keeper to beat, he smashed his shot high and wide.

In summary, although Wests didn’t maintain the high standards achieved in their previous two games, they were perhaps still a little unlucky to lose. They will hoping to bounce back in their game at Stop Out next weekend.

Player of the Day:

3 points – Nando Pijnaker – Colossus at the back winning all key challenges, and excellent distribution too

2 points – Alex Clayton – Energetic wing-back play again, matched with solid defending

1 point – Matt Garbett – Good trickery upfront, and unlucky with a couple of efforts