Panthers slump to third-straight defeat

THE Monaro Panthers slumped to a third-successive Men’s Premier League defeat on Sunday, going down 3-1 to the AustralianInstituteof Sport at the AIS.

Two goals in four minutes midway through the first-halfset up the AIS’ victory after Dylan Smith opened the scoring for the home side in the 21st minute.

It wasn’t long before the youngsters were celebrating again as Bai Antoniou netted for the third time in four National Premier League: Capital Football matches.

The Panthers are made of sturdy stuff this season and their coaching staff of Njegosh Popovich and Frank Cachia would have been proud of the response they got from their charges, especially in the second half.

Pepe Varga has enjoyed his status as a regular Premier League starter at the Panthers and got his team back into the match in the 56thminute with his third goal of the season.

That goal prompted hopes of an unlikely Monaro comeback but they were quickly quashed as Smith reacted sharpest in a crowded goalmouth to notch his second and the AIS’ third to put the game beyond the visitors.

Monaro kept pushing and fought to the very end. If they can repeat this level of commitment in forthcoming weeks thenmore wins are surely on the way.

Monaro Panthers:

1. James BRADBURY, 2. Sam OSATTO, 4. Jonathon REIS, 5. Tom CROSSLEY, 8. Tom McLACHLAN, 9. Pepe VARGA, 11. Jon TOOLE, 12. Danny BYRNE, 13. Adrian CANIZARES, 15. Tyson COTTAM and17.Sam LAVELLA.Substitutes used:14. Cameron DALZELL, 16. Ed McCARTHY and33. Daniel WHITEHORN


1. Jordan THURTELL, 4. Ben WARLAND, 7. Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 9. Todd NORRIS, 10. Dylan SMITH, 12. Marc OCHIENG, 16. Jordan PUDLER, 18. Alexander GERSBACH, 22. Liam ROSE, 23. Rocco PIZZATA and24. Bai ANTONIOU.Substitutes used:2. Darcy MADDEN, 6. Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS and19. Bright APPIAH.

Match Officials:

Richard Naumovski (referee), Alex McConachie, Nia Southwell

The Monaro Panthers proved no match for the Australian Institute of Sport in their round eight ACT Men’s Premier League clash on Sunday.

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