CF PS4 NPL Rd 5 Match Report: Last minute penalty sinks Centre of Excellence

Cameron O'Doherty
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FFA Centre of Excellence 2 (Jacob Italiano 19’, Melad Ahmad 39’) def. by Canberra Olympic Football Club 3 (Stephen Domenici 32’, 90+3’, Robbie Cattanach 73’)

The FFA Centre of Excellence perfect start to the 2017 Capital Football PlayStation 4 National Premier League season came to an end on Saturday afternoon thanks to a last minute penalty that handed Canberra Olympic FC a 3-2 win.

The action-packed contest saw both sides finish the game with ten men after both Olympic’s Nathan Megic and the FFA Centre of Excellence’s Matt Sutton received red-cards.

Speaking with Capital Football after the game, FFA Centre of Excellence head-coach Tony Vidmar supposed the result was justified acknowledging his side’s failure to perform in the second half.

“We got what we deserved, we didn’t play well,” said Vidmar.

“In the first half we had some good moments, but not enough because in the second half there was absolutely nothing.”

The FFA Centre of Excellence started the stronger of the two sides, dominating early before finding the breakthrough 19 minutes in thanks to an audacious chip from winger Jacob Italiano.

Olympic’s Stephen Domenici equalised 13 minutes later from the penalty spot.

Melad Ahmad’s header put the home side back ahead in the 39th minute, latching onto Italiano’s cross and hammering the ball past the Olympic keeper.

As revealed by head-coach Tony Vidmar, the young Centre of Excellence side struggled after the break.

Former Sydney FC man Robert Cattanach pulled the visitors level before being awarded a last-minute penalty after being brought down inside the area by Centre of Excellence goalkeeper Matt Sutton.

Domenici stepped up to slot his second goal from the penalty spot, handing the young FFA Centre of Excellence side their first loss of the season.

Tony Vidmar’s men now turn their attention to this Saturdays clash with Gungahlin United. That match kicks-off at the AIS at 3.00pm.