CF PS4 NPL Rd 6 Match Report: Italiano impresses as CoE puts four past Gungahlin

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Football Federation Australia Centre of Excellence 4 (Italiano 16', Ahmad 24', Brooks 58' Bafford 90+2') def Gungahlin United 2 (Green 27', Naumoski 45+3')

Jacob Italiano scored once and assisted twice as the FFA Centre of Excellence kept the pressure the league leaders by beating Gungahlin United on Saturday.

The result sees Tony Vidmar’s squad leapfrog Gungahlin United into forth place on the 2017 PS4 NPL ladder, a single win behind table-toppers Canberra FC.

When asked about his big game Italiano was quick to highlight team success over individual performances.

“It's always good to have an impact on the game… the main thing is the team got the result,” the winger said.

“It's good for our momentum to come away with a win here… it's good to get a win after a disappointing loss last week.”

After the disappointing loss against Canberra Olympic, the FFA Centre of Excellence seemed eager to bounce back and quickly found themselves 2-0 up that’s to goals from Italiano and Melad Ahmad.

Gungahlin United found their way back into the game however grabbing a goal through captain Jack Green before Misko Naumoski equalized from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

Both sides came out strong in the second half but it was substitute Lleyton Brooks who put the home side ahead 57 minutes in.

The visitors yet again appeared to find their way back into the game and hopes of an equaliser were raised when FFA Centre of Excellence defender Patrick Scibilio was shown a red card with 15 minutes left to play.

To the FFA Centre of Excellences credit they looked the more dangerous of the two sides following Scibilio’s dismissal and sealed the win in the stoppage time as Bryce Bafford tucked away a penalty to make it 4-2.

The side faces the weekend off after the scheduled game with the Riverina Rhinos was postponed due to FFA Cup duties.