Clear skies welcomed the 44459 spectators who had made their way to Kogarah Oval
. Maicon Villares
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Özgün Otak
and Lucas Angler
Saints decided to use a 3-3-3 set up.
Lineup: Bidstrup - Brittain, Langer, Potger - Bogan, Hoddle, Asotasi - Howland, Laursen, Shearwood.
Heelers had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
They fielded: Ahtiala - Escudeiro, Salhi, Karpenko - Naßl, Michelakis, Bennati, Voomets, Widerholt - Aquilone, Delapierre.
For their match strategy, Saints had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
Heelers were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
This was a good period for the visitors, with several opportunities to take the lead, particularly when A. Bennati
slipped through the defence on the right to come up alone against S. Bidstrup
, but the home side's keeper showed his lightning reflexes.
Some quick footwork on the left side of the field 34 minutes into the match left Heelers's M. Naßl
completely free to score. 0 - 1 for the visitors.
36 minutes into the game, Saints seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a passable
level of organisation.
After 40 minutes, Heelers's M. Salhi
burst through the central defence and let loose a cannonball of a shot, scoring for 0 - 2.
Heelers were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings.
increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 0 - 3.
43 minutes into the game, Saints had difficulty finding their positions and their organisation dropped to passable
It was 0 - 3 at the break.
Possession in this half belonged to Heelers, who controlled the ball 73 percent of the time.
The coach gave his players an extra tactical briefing during the break, and after that Saints had solid
With 57 minutes played, Heelers put themselves up 0 - 4 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was A. Bennati
After this, you could see that the players of Heelers were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
62 minutes into the match, V. Delapierre
came through the middle and almost added to his team's lead, but the shot went wide.
Heelers's V. Delapierre
was shown a yellow card after 64 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
of Saints had to be helped off the pitch as an injury meant he was unable to finish the game. N. Fox
came in to finish the match.
Heelers had a magnificent opportunity after 66 minutes as A. Bennati
hit the ball hard from the edge of the penalty box. However, the shot went wide.
After 74 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup on the field as Saints found themselves out of position and their organisation level dropped to inadequate
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Heelers, with 72 percent of the ball.
Saints's top performer was clearly P. Potger
However, N. Fox
made a disastrous appearance.
Heelers's best player was A. Bennati
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 0 - 4.