A treble from Wagga City Wanderers Morris Kadzola has thrown the Capital Premier League promotion race back open as the Wanderers recorded a remarkable 4-3 win over table-topping Tuggeranong United in a game in which Kadzola took three penalties.
The new signing for 2022 has been in rare form in recent weeks and was successful twice from the penalty spot in the first half before missing the third, awarded with 21 minutes remaining, only to pop home the rebound and put his team back in front for the second time in the match.
Mark Richards had put Tuggeranong ahead in the 19th minute, before Kadzola levelled from the spot, his second successful penalty putting the Wanderers in front. That lead lasted two minutes before Sam Walker equalised for the home side, the teams entering the changing rooms at half-time all-square.
Kadzola’s rebound strike had the visitors ahead again before Walker made it 3-3 with his 14th goal of the season. But it was Wagga who were to go home with the points, Jacob Ochieng netting what proved to be the matchwinner, the seventh goal of the contest, with five minutes remaining.
Queanbeyan City made the most of Tuggeranong’s unexpected slip-up, reducing the lead at the top to five points with a five-star, five-goal thrashing of the hapless Weston-Molonglo FC.
The Magpies were blown away by a rampant City in the opening half as Goran Josifovski’s side gave notice that they are still a part of the promotion conversation. Michael Mensah and David Ramos put them two to the good by the 24th minute and when Hussein Fureje made it three moments later, the destination of the points was already secured.
There was still time for more before the interval, Nikola Trajkovski scoring his first goal since signing from O’Connor Knights in the June transfer window. A late fifth, struck by Michael Piccolo who arrived at the same time as Trajkovski, rounded out a perfect afternoon for Queanbeyan.
A single goal by Jordan Host decided a hard-fought battle in favour of Brindabella Blues against Yoogali SC, the home side moving into third on the table with the victory over the visitors from Griffith.
Host struck after just twelve minutes for the Blues allowing them to move a point above White Eagles but leaves Yoogali six points off the top four pace-setters and needing to pick up some wins to get back into contention.
That race for the finals is looking very congested as ANU FC moved back into fourth place with a 3-1 win over White Eagles. Only two points separate third from sixth with the Blues, Eagles, ANU, and Wanderers all within touching distance and Yoogali by no means out of the reckoning.
At the University fields, ANU FC were in front midway through the half as Max Mottl opened the scored and Chase Deans was on hand to double that lead with four minutes left of the opening stanza.
A goal from Ohio Asikhia on the stroke of half-time reduced the arrears and made it a nervy second half for both, but a tenth goal of the season from the perennial ace in the pack Deans, made certain of an ANU FC victory and the University side are rediscovering form at the right time of the campaign.
Saturday 16 July
Weston-Molonglo FC 0 Queanbeyan City 5 (Mensah 18’, Ramos 24’, Fureje 27’, Trajkovski 39’, Piccolo 90’)
Brindabella Blues 1 (Host 12’) Yoogali SC 0
ANU FC 3 (Mottl 25’, Deans 41’, 54’) White Eagles 1 (Asikhia 45’)
Tuggeranong United 3 (Richards 19’, Walker 38’, 76’) Wagga City Wanderers 4 (Kadzola 32’ (p), 36’ (p), 69’, Ochieng 85’)
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