On Saturday Sutherland Sharks shocked FFA Cup contestants Bonnyrigg White Eagles with a 3-nil drubbing. To date the Sharks have had a miserable season, with just 5 wins in 17 matches. But watching the game play out on a chilly Saturday night in the Shire, it was hard to believe the Sharks were running 10th.
The home team looked well organised at the back with Nicholas Littler and Perry Moustakas in central defence, the former making a number of key interceptions. The Sharks also benefited from the regular link play between Japanese imports Takuya Murayama and Tomohiro Kajiyama on the right side.
By half time Sutherland led 2-nil with goals to Jack Press and Perry Moustakas early in the piece. In what developed as a physical encounter, Sutherland could have led by more at the break but for some skied shots.
To be fair Bonnyrigg were in the ascendency for most of the second half despite not having many clear opportunities. But the nail in the coffin for the visitors came via Kajiyama in the 80th minute. Kajiyama made the most of a blocked shot by goalkeeper Chronopoulos when he pounced on the scraps, giving his side a 3-nil lead.
After the match we spoke to Takuya Murayama who expressed disbelief at his team’s lack of success this season. The defender lauded the Sharks’ talent pool before accepting that the Sharks were only a mathematical chance of making the finals.
VIDEO FROM PS4 NPL NSW: Sutherland Sharks v Bonnyrigg White Eagles