Brumbies riding high
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.