Parramatta bounce back after last week draw and remain undefeated on top of the table.
Parramatta City welcomed Auburn District to Eric Primrose Reserve for a top-of-the-table clash and the home side knew that a win would keep them at least 7 – 9 point clear on top of the table pending other results.
Auburn came out with intent and had a good portion of the early part of the game and were rewarded with the opening goal after a clear lapse in concentration by the Parramatta keeper who saw the ball just roll past his right side.! City were absorbing pressure but a change in defense by the coach quickly drew a reaction and the home team started to defend with more structure and move the ball forward as a unit. A number of opportunities were created by the home side but again, were wasteful. Half time was called and time to reflect with the score at 0 – 1 against the competition leaders.
After some stern words and some minor adjustments, the home side came out in the second half with a very positive mindset and played with more purpose. City then equalised courtesy of Dimi Aronis midway through the second after a one-on-one with the keeper and it was game on. Wanting a result, the home side made some changes from the bench and soon after were awarded a penalty for a hand ball after the referees consultation with his assistant. (VAR was not available). Hamed Bamba stepped up calmly converted his 7th goal of the season and the home side had their lead.
Auburn then pushed numbers up and applied pressure but the home side were resilient until the City keeper conceded a clumsy penalty in the 97th minute after an out swinging left foot cross from a free kick. The ensuing penalty was hit over the bar by M Elrishe allowing the home team to hold on for a well-deserved 2 – 1 win.
A quality game of football played by 2 good teams with Auburn losing their second game of the season, both at the hands of Parramatta City FC.
Thanks to the Parramatta City U7 & 8 players who walked both teams out – a great initiative by the club.
In other Round 8 games:
Granville Kewpies 3 – Pendle Hill 4
Holroyd Rangers 5 – Greystanes 3
Sydney Dragons 4 – Rydalmere 4