The Sutherland Sharks continued its perfect start to the NSW Skill Acquisition League with a dominant 6-0 victory against Macarthur at Harie Dening.
The opening period of the game was far from one-way traffic however, with Macarthur testing Sharks keeper Thomas Horne more in the first ten minutes than he had been in the whole of the previous game. Horne was up to the task and kept the scores level with great save when left one on one with the Macarthur striker. Sutherland started lethargically and took a while to get into their stride although they did create one or two early chances with Jett Cavanagh denied twice by the Macarthur keeper.
It was mid-way through the first half before the deadlock was broken but it was a goal worth waiting for when following great work and a delightful through ball from Jett Cavanagh was met with a curling finish into the top of the next from just inside the area by Callum Talbot. It was to prove the kick-start Sutherland needed as the intensity now lifted all over the park which yielded immediate results with Sutherland doubling its lead just two minutes later in a devastating counter attacking move. The move started with Sharks keeper who broke up a Macarthur attack and immediately released Damian Deidda with an accurate throw, Alex O’Connor made great ground to overlap outside Deidda which created a gap through the middle for Deidda to play in Jett Cavanagh as the defence tracked the unselfish decoy run of O’Connor. Cavanagh latched on to the through ball and expertly rounded the keeper before side footing into an empty net to finish a lightning counter attack to which Macarthur simply had no answer.
Sutherland extended their lead on 18 minutes following a passage of play started and finished by the impressive Sam Amey. Following a shot from Jett Cavanagh that was tipped onto the bar by the Macarthur keeper, Max Sidney’s follow up effort also hit the bar before Sam Amey, following up, poked in the rebound to make it 3-0 to Sutherland which was how the game stood at half time.
With the second half just two minutes old the Sharks netted their fourth with another move from one end of the pitch to the other. Started this time by Caleb Browne at the back the ball was played forward into midfield where Sam Amey showed fantastic vision to spot the run from Damian Deidda before releasing him with an inch perfect through ball which Deidda collected and calmly slotted past the advancing goalkeeper.
In contrast the next goal was a solo affair and it was all Damian Deidda’s work who after beating a couple of players in a swerving run down the left hand side cut inside and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 5-0 to the Sharks.
Right on full time, Sutherland capped off a dominant display with a vintage strike from Alex O’Connor who had moved forward into midfield to great effect. His first touch to control a loose clearance from the Macarthur defence was devastating and wrong-footed the whole back line and after managing to stay on his feet despite being clipped by the last defender, he unleashed an unstoppable right foot drive which rocketed into the roof of the net despite the keeper bravely getting a finger-tip to it.
It was to be the full stop on another commanding performance from Sutherland as the referee blew for full time as soon as the game restarted.