Scibilio returns for FFA Centre of Excellence in win over Cooma FC

Patrick Scibilio
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FFA Centre of Excellence 2 (Italiano 8', Mavros 23') def Cooma FC 0

Patrick Scibilio says it's good to be back playing for the FFA Centre of Excellence after serving a three-week suspension.

The defender received a straight red card against Gungahlin United in round six of the PS4 National Premier League.

Scibilio was handed a three-week ban and missed games against Canberra FC, Belconnen United and Woden Weston FC.

He made his return to the FFA Centre of Excellence side during its 2-0 win over Cooma FC on Tuesday night at the Australian Institute of Sport.

“It was good to get out there, play 90 minutes and get a good result,” Scibilio said.

“There were some heavy legs towards the end. I haven’t played in a while so just getting that match fitness is hard.

“It’s always good to get a win, its good for the confidence with the clean sheet.

“There are a number of positives that hopefully we can carry into the weekend against Tuggeranong and get another win.”

First half goals from Jacob Italiano and Charlie Mavros set up the win which lifts Tony Vidmar’s side into third place.

It was a game of two halves with the FFA Centre of Excellence dominating the opening 45 while Cooma FC had a number of chances in the second half.

The Tigers seemed determined to play out of the back early despite turning the ball over deep in their half several times, leading to numerous one-on-one opportunities for the home side.

Despite seeming to overwhelm the Cooma FC back-four at times the FFA Centre of Excellence were unable to add to their two goal lead in the second half.

Scibilio was happy with his sides first half performance but acknowledged it was a shame they couldn’t capitalise on more of their countless opportunities.

“We had a number of one-on-one chances that we didn’t finish obviously. The second half was a bit sloppy with too many turnovers.

“Cheap turnovers in crucial areas of the field lead to us being sloppy and a bit complacent at the back as well.

“We couldn’t add to the score line. That was disappointing but 2-0 is a good result with a clean sheet.”