Rafe Griffin (@rafegriffin)
Capalaba have pulled off a massive upset in their final Group C BLK Silver Boot match in a 4-1 defeat of Brisbane City.
Early goals to Ahamad Azzawi and David Kai laid the foundation for the win. Sam Sibatuara pulled one back shortly after but Kai’s brace near halftime and Sam Watt’s effort ten minutes into the second half provided the Bulldogs with their first win of the tournament.
Capalaba couldn’t have got off to a better start when a cross was placed across the face of goal for Azzawi to put home.
City went searching for an immediate reply with Antonio Murray leading the charge.
The Bulldogs were able to double their score with another cross played in, this time directly from a corner that Kai made no mistake with.
Once again, City looked for an immediate fightback, this time through Nathan Bird.
Symptomatic of this week’s matches, scoring was fast and furious as Sibatuara was able to capitalise on Capalaba being ineffective in clearing their defensive area and there were three goals in the match in just under eleven minutes.
City began to claim the ascendency from that point as firstly Greg King and Sibatuara looked to play provider for Murray in consecutive advances. Capalaba keeper Jacob Jarratt denying the City marksman on both occasions.
Though behind on the scoreboard, City dominated the statistics with Murray continuing to fight hard for his side. He had a golden chance for an equaliser midway through the first half when his kick curled around the wall but was denied by the bottom of the right hand upright.
Again Murray was also involved when his side had a goal ruled out. Pavlou had tapped in from close range but in the lead-up, Murray was deemed to be offside by the assistant.
Kai collected his double close to the halftime break when he latched onto a Joey Fields cross as City again were guilty of not being able to deal with deliveries whipped in from wide out on the left.
Bird and Sibatuara had late chances to reduce the deficit prior to the intermission but either skied over the bar or went wide.
Ten minutes into the second half, Azzawi was able to take advantage of some brittle defending as he made a run to the by-line, cut back for Watt who was able to beat Tim Allen at the near post
An hour in, Azzawi blazed a free kick over the bar.
The match playing out to its eventual conclusion in a physical affair that saw referee Alan Milliner dish out no less than half a dozen yellow cards.
Brisbane City’s loss sees their chances of making the final dashed while Capalaba was already out of contention prior to tonight’s match.
Gold Coast City only require a draw in the late match to progress to next Thursday’s semi-final while their opponents Albany Creek will need a win to go further in the tournament.
Capalaba 4 (Ahamad Azzawi 3’, David Kai 7’, 42’, Sam Watt 55’) v Brisbane City 1 (Sam Sibatuara 11’)
Brisbane City: Tim Allen (GK), Nick Buckley, Kai Smith, Paul Stevens, Greg King, Luke Pavlou, Nathan Bird, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Antonio Murray, Sam Sibatuara, Jake Cuschieri, Mat Biggins, Scot Coulson, Koh Satake, Josh Cronk, Jake Clancy (GK).
Capalaba: Jacob Jarratt (GK), Joey Fields, Zack Coulson, David Roby, Ahamad Azzawi, Andy Thompson, Sam Watt, David Kai, Yuji Hirayama, Tim Dunn, Luke Watson, Craig Brown, Liam Choules, Aaron Wemyss, Sam Chandler (GK).