Ten man Campbelltown City defeated a very hard pressing MetroStars 2-0 at TK Shutter Reserve.
MetroStars were looking to recover from their quarter final cup game defeat on penalties to Adelaide City last Monday.
The 5pm evening game welcomed cool conditions for the teams who were both aiming to keep up with the top four.
Metro started the game with total control of possession right until the sixth minute where Lui Di Troia won a corner for Campbelltown which was cleared.
From then on MetroStars continued to control play, looking confident on the ball.
In the 25th minute Metro had a free kick in a dangerous area, Perry Mitris stepped up to take the shot, but it swung wide for a goal kick.
With 30 minutes played MetroStars were still in control of possession with a few attacks from Campbelltown.
In the 35th minute, red devils keeper Ben Moore was sent off after elbowing Michael D’Aloisio in the head which put Campbelltown down to ten men.
Metro had the man advantage and continued to press the Red Devils until the 43rd minute when Campbelltown received a free kick after a great run on the counter by Michael Matricciani and the foul was made by D’Aloisio who received a yellow.
Oliver Totani fired the subsequent free kick over the bar and the score remained 0-0.
In the 45th minute, another free kick was taken by Totani, this time it was crossed to Matricciani, who scored on the rebound from a tight angle giving Campbelltown City a 1-0 lead right before the stroke of half time.
The first half ended with the score 1-0 to Campbelltown.
The second half began with MetroStars attacking once again, but wasting key chances, a Steven Grelli corner, could only find the arms of goalkeeper Nick Harpas.
In the 60th minute, once again Metro wasted potential scoring chances, after great build up of play from Adam Van Dommele and Jackson Groves, Anthony Solagna found himself caught offside.
In the 63rd minute Groves receives a yellow after a foul on Mark Graham.
After 65 minutes of football, the 11-man MetroStars continued to control with the one man advantage but the Red Devils continued to hold on and kept defensive.
In the 67th minute, Metro made a sub, Andrew Ciarla replaced by Lawrence D’Arrigo and Campbelltown switched striker Matricciani for Michael Paleka.
In the 75th minute, after an impressive counter, Totani played it to Di Troia who after a scramble of play found Paleka who buried it into the back of the net to give Campbelltown a 2-0 lead.
Metro continued to press on despite being 2-0 down but couldn’t break down a very strong and defensive Campbelltown and couldn’t find the net.
In the 91st minute a cross from David Menechella headed down by Solagna found Mitris who hit the post.
The game ended 2-0 to Campbelltown who now move up to 5th place one point behind Adelaide Comets while Metro fall behind Campbelltown to 6th both on 18 points.
In round 11, Campbelltown return home to Steve Woodcock Sports Centre to face ninth place Raiders while MetroStars travel to the Adelaide Shores Football Centre to face league leaders West Adelaide.
Written by Michael Terminello