Stallions surge into fifth spot on ladder

Eye on the ball: Stallions striker Charles Mendy looks to win the ball against his defender on Saturday night. Pictures: Football NSW
Eye on the ball: Stallions striker Charles Mendy looks to win the ball against his defender on Saturday night. Pictures: Football NSW

Finals football is firmly on the agenda for the Marconi Stallions after their last gasp 2-1 win against Hakoah Sydney City East on Saturday moved them into the top five.

Peter Pelekanos’ stoppage time goal gave the visitors their third win in four games and moved them into fifth spot on 23 points.

The Stallions, who were eliminated from the Waratah Cup midweek, look destined to walk away from Hensley Athletic Field with a draw after former Socceroo Michael Beauchamp’s headed finish was cancelled out by  Anthony Frangie with three minutes remaining.

But Pelekanos was on hand to pounce on Marc Warren’s free kick to secure the Stallion’s sixth win of the year. Goalkeeper Nenad Vekic, who produced a one-on-one save to keep the scores level, said it was good to receive an element of luck.

“Everyone has been playing hard and giving it their all but a bit of luck is probably the bit we have been missing,” he said.

Marconi have a chance to close the five-point gap to fourth when they host Blacktown City FC on Sunday. 

Match winner: Marconi celebrate defeating  Hakoah Sydney City East. This Sunday they play Blacktown City at Marconi Stadium. Kick-off | 3pm.

Match winner: Marconi celebrate defeating Hakoah Sydney City East. This Sunday they play Blacktown City at Marconi Stadium. Kick-off | 3pm.