City upset Ballandean
In what will go down as the upset of the season so far, Stanthorpe City has upset the previously undefeated Ballandean 2-1.
It was a back and forth encounter at CF White Oval on Saturday as City carried a 1-0 half-time lead into the break.
The competition leaders had their chances to equalise but ultimately a brain snap cost them any chance at points.
Mid-way through the second half Ballandean’s goalkeeper lashed out at a City player when setting up for a goal-kick. A penalty was routinely put away by City and it proved to be the match winner.
A beautiful edge of the box free kick from Luke Reardon couldn’t save Ballandean from their first loss of the season.
To make the win even more impressive, it was also the first time this season that Ballandean had conceded a goal.
City went into the match as massive underdogs, sitting fourth on the ladder with one win from five games.
City coach Sam Scalia said they were able to build a platform off their defence.
“We went really well, we were very flat last week but we came off very strong tonight. They played really, very strong in defence and we attacked well when we had to but our defence is what won us the game,” he said.
Scalia said he’d like to see his team work on their attack.
“We need a bit more work on our attack and feeding more out of halves. I think they were a bit shell shocked by us going forward with them.”
Ballandean coach Anthony Rametta said it was a game of two halves.
“First half we played really poorly and probably deserved to be behind. In the second half we played probably the best football I’ve seen in a long time. The ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net. It’s the luck of the game, that’s the way it rolls,” he said.
Rametta said he wasn’t too concerned with the loss.
“I think this was a bit of a wake up call. We had a pretty easy first round where we didn’t concede any goals and won every game. Luck wasn’t on our side tonight.” he said.
It wasn’t all bad news for the club as Ballandean’s ladies were able to keep their undefeated streak intact against City.
In other Football Stanthorpe results, Carlton’s mens A-grade beat Tenterfield 5-0 and their ladies followed suit with a 2-1 win while United kept up their form with both their men’s and ladies beating Inter.