South Australian Premiers MetroStars SC are the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues 2014 Champions after a tense 1-0 win over Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Lambert Park, Leichhardt, in Sydney on Saturday.
Former Adelaide United midfielder Fabian Barbiero's 4th minute strike proved the difference, capping off a memorable PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Finals Series for MetroStars SC, who defeated the Premiers from Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales all away from home on their way to being crowned the best PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues club in the country.
MetroStars SC become the competition's second winners after Sydney United 58 FC claimed the inaugural title last year.
Notably, the result also earns MetroStars SC automatic entry into next year's Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32, while it also sends coach Ivan Karlovic off on the best possible note after he stated earlier this year that this would be his last in charge.
"We had a hiccup losing the (South Australian) Grand Final so we did see this as a great opportunity to band together and play another tournament," an ecstatic MetroStars SC captain Adam van Dommele said afterwards.
"All three games were very tough, we had our backs up against the wall in just about every game being away from home, so I couldn't be prouder of the group, they stuck tough."
"Bonnyrigg's coach brought up a good point that you could almost class yourselves as the next best team outside of the A-League by winning this competition so we obviously feel very proud of our achievement and I couldn't see a better way of sending out Ivan (Karlovic) and Lee Robertson, who have been two stalwarts of this club."
Van Dommele also expressed his excitement of the club securing a spot in next year's Westfield FFA Cup.
"It's great to know we'll be playing on the national stage once again and it's something to look forward to next year."
Both sides created a number of decent chances in an entertaining encounter, MetroStars SC having to absorb a second half surge from Bonnyrigg to hold on.
While they were on the wrong side of the score line, the Football NSW side did have something to celebrate with David Vrankovic awarded the John Kosmina Medal as the player of the match.
|Publish date:||Mon Oct 06 01:40:00 BST 2014|