Albion Park White Eagles picked up their second victory of the season with a 2-1 win against Corrimal Rangers on Sunday night at Ian McLennan Park.
The White Eagles took the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Ethan Kambisios before Cameron Morgan converted a penalty later on in the half.
Cody Wehmeyer halved the deficit for the Rangers with 20 minutes to go, but the side was unable to find an equaliser despite Morgan being sent off in the dying embers of the match.
There was a stop-start nature to the opening quarter of an hour with neither side able to get hold of the ball for an extended period of time.
Eleven minutes in, a lofted ball from the left found Albion Park’s Sam Munro in the right channel of the box who attempted a volley that was blocked.
Ten minutes later, the side found the opening goal as Brendan Fordham received the ball in the right of the box and cut it back from the byline for Kambisios who rifled an effort into the roof of the net.
This sparked a spell of chances for both sides in the match with Corrimal nearly equalising five minutes after the goal.
Zane Wilson’s shot from the top of the box cleared off the line by Fordham.
However, the White Eagles went down the other end with Viggiani taking on a shot from the right of the box that required Tomizawa to make a sharp save to his left.
Seconds later, Domenico Tripodi found himself one-on-one with Albion Park goalkeeper Mohamed Krishban with the keeper making a save before it was diverted away for a corner.
In the 28th minute, Kotaro Katsuta delivered a ball into the box for the White Eagles from the left that was just cut out by Corrimal midfielder Dylan Caton to prevent a shot on goal.
There was another flurry of opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the half with Corrimal’s Carreno’s header following a cross from the right falling wide of the far post.
With six minutes to play in the first period, Albion Park was awarded a penalty.
Morgan stepped up for the side and sent an accurate shot into the bottom-left corner past the keeper.
A minute later, Morgan nearly made it a brace seeing his strike from the edge of the box bounce back off the right post.
On the stroke of halftime, the Rangers looked to pull one back Wilson attempted to lob the ball inside the right post from the edge of the box, but it bounced wide.
Albion Park went into halftime with a two-goal advantage after a frantic finish to the half.
Corrimal had a bright start to the second period with Jai Mellor playing the ball across the box from the right to Carreno whose first-time effort floated over the bar.
Just before the hour mark, the White Eagles struck the woodwork for the second time in the match.
Kambisios denied his second of the game with a shot from the right edge of the box cannoning off the crossbar.
Kambisios was involved again in the 67th minute, sliding a well-weighted pass into the left channel for Viggiani who went through on goal.
He attempted to pass across the box for an on-running teammate, but Tomizawa was able to cut it out.
Viggiani then dragged a shot wide of the left post after picking the ball up in space in the right of the box a minute later.
Wehmeyer’s well-placed strike for the Rangers with 20 minutes to play set up a tense finish to the match with only a goal in it.
Three minutes later, a persistent run from Tripodi saw the midfielder head onto the crossbar from close range.
In the 74th minute, Albion Park fullback Jacob Martin’s cross from the left met Katsuta at the back post who saw his header saved by Tomizawa.
One minute into stoppage time, Rangers’ forward Mellor was played through on goal but the ball was snatched away from him before he could get a shot away.
In the 93rd minute, Morgan was sent off for Albion Park after being shown his second yellow card of the match.
Right at the end of the game, Mellor had another chance to equalise for Corrimal getting on the end of a cross from the right but headed over the right post.
Albion Park held on to secure their second victory of the season to remain unbeaten in the division.
The White Eagles are scheduled to travel to PCYC next Sunday before hosting Wollongong United seven days later at Terry Reserve.
For the Rangers, this makes it four defeats in a row; however, the side has only lost by one-goal margins in three of those matches.
Corrimal will play Woonona this weekend at Memorial Park and with a win would go level on points with the Sharks.
Corrimal Rangers 1 (Cody Wehmeyer 70’)
Albion Park White Eagles 2 (Ethan Kambisios 21’, Cameron Morgan PENALTY 39’)
Corrimal Rangers: 1. TOMIZAWA Takumi, 2. CALLAWAY Reid, 3. KOBAYASHI Masamune, 4. LEON Mauro, 5. CUSACK Tom, 6. CATON Dylan, 7. WILSON Zane, 8. WEHMEYER Cody, 9. MELLOR Jai, 10. TRIPODI Domenico, 11. CARRENO Daniel
Substitutes: 12. GRILLO Augustin, 13. BUSSOLETTI Jaxon, 14. CAVALIERI Mateus. 16. VILLELLA Daniel (CARRENO 59’), 21. O’BREE Lachlan
Albion Park White Eagles: 31. KRISHBAN Mohamed, 2. MARTIN Jacob, 21. FORDHAM Brendan, 4. SUZAKI Kohei, 13. NATHANIEL Chris, 6. KAMBISIOS Ethan, 10. MUNRO Sam, 13. SAVERINO Dean, 11. KATSUTA Kotaro, 9. VIGGIANI Adrian, 7. MORGAN Cameron
Substitutes: 27. SOUTHERN Deakin, 12. SEADON Riley (VIGGIANI 77’), 14. JELDILFE Brodey (SAVERINO 81’)
Date: 29 May 2022
Venue: Ian McLennan Park
Referee: Brendon Fotheringham
Assistant Referees: Stuart Bell and Hayden Michlmayr
Report by Timothy Gibson, on Twitter @Timg123_
Photo courtesy of Graham Brown