Red hot Tigers sweep Colo Colo aside

Balmain rewarded their travelling supporters in fine style on Sunday, producing a second half avalanche of goals to demolish Colo Colo 6-0. Peter Stamatis was the hero of the day, somehow managing to pop up inside the six yard box to nab four goals after being switched from centre forward to right midfield by coach Arthur Stamatis last week. The first half ended with Balmain enjoying a one goal lead after Stamatis knocked in the rebound from a Hassan Reda free kick. Running very much downhill in the second half, Balmain produced some excellent attacking football against their disspirited opponents, and more often than not Stamatis was on the end of things. Perhaps the highlight of the match was the Colo Colo player’s diving one-handed punched clearance of a cross swung in from the right. Unfortunately no-one told him that he wasn’t goalkeeper for the day, and Hassan Reda duly converted the penalty. Jem Richardson rounded things off with a surging run in from the left wing to get on the end of a through ball, and finished with a first touch that left the keeper stranded as the ball slashed past him into the bottom corner.
Reserve grade reversed their recent bad form with a nail biting 1-0 win in the earlier fixture. Coach Dave Grill threw the youth policy out the window, positioning Leo Cirillo and Max Civilli up front as the pacy strike duo. Marcus McMillan’s diving header gave the Tigers the winning lead early in the first half and despite coming under some severe pressure in the second, the boys hung on for a hard fought victory.
So with the Tigers having finally strung two wins together, Saturday’s home clash against the undefeated Inter Lions looks like it should be a rip-snorter. Don’t be the only kid at school who didn’t see the football on the weekend!