Brumbies rid­ing high

Rouse Hill Times - - SPORT - Lawrence Machado

NIKO­LAS Dim­itridis, play­ing in his first game in the West­field FFA Cup, net­ted a hat-trick to power a youth­ful Hills United FC to a 6-1 rout of Glebe Go­ril­las at Rus­sell Re­serve, Kel­lyville, last week.

In-form striker Peter Ce­jka and debu­tant Di­van Laub­scher — who pro­vided a su­perb pass for Dim­itridis’ open­ing ef­fort — added two more with the Go­ril­las also con­ced­ing an own goal.

The Brumbies’ av­er­age age of 21 in their start­ing line-up made it one of the youngest in the club’s his­tory, am­ply re­ward­ing tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Dan Shep­pard’s faith in his play­ers.

“Ev­ery per­son at the club should be proud of the qual­ity we could put to­gether at this age,” said Shep­pard, who was also de­lighted that all but two of the play­ers are from the Hills.

Cae­lan Lan­gan and Ja­cob Bas­den made start­ing de­buts.

The game started at a fast pace with Dim­itridis set­tling the home team’s nerves in the sev­enth minute be­fore com­pet­ing his hat-trick with strikes in the 32nd and 38th.

Ce­jka added a fourth in the 61st minute and forced an own goal in the 63rd.

Laub­scher rounded off the evening with the goal of the game, crack­ing a shot off the bar in the 83rd minute.

Mean­while, Hills United scored a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw in their PS4 NPL 2 NSW league match against North Shore Mariners, af­ter fin­ish­ing the match with 10 play­ers for the sec­ond week in a row.

The Mariners scored first at North­bridge Oval through Tadg Pur­cell in the 37th minute with Greg Giove­nali vol­ley­ing in the equaliser in the 88th minute of the match, de­scribed by Shep­pard as “a stop-start af­fair”.

Seven yel­low cards were shown in the match, in­clud­ing five to the Brumbies, who lost Matthew Viera in the 64th minute.

This Sun­day, Hills Brumbies host Mt Druitt Town Rangers at Lilys Foot­ball Cen­tre, Seven Hills, at 7.30pm.

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