Photo:  South Hobart players watch as Sydney United's Glen Trifiro walks away with the John Kosmina Medal [PlessPix]

Glen Trifiro, the 23-year-old Sydney United 58 FC midfielder, deserved his man-of-the-match award after Sunday’s 2-0 win over South Hobart in the NPL Final.

Trifiro, who showed excellent skills, speed of thought and movement and who scored the opening goal, was presented with the John Kosmina Medal after the game by Kosmina himself.


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow (right), seen here with Glen Trifiro in the background, would have been a worthy winner of the John Kosmina Medal [PlessPix]

It was also Trifiro’s corner from the left that enabled centre-back Ibrahim Haydar to head home the second goal.

“It’s special [the award],” said Trifiro after the match.

“I mean, it’s a national competition so it’s not only a New South Wales competition.

“It’s special and, for me, I’m one of 16 players that take part in each match.

“I’m only as good as the boys out there as well.  It’s very hard work and, if I can help out and do my part, then that’s good.”


Photo:  John Kosmina (left) awaits to award the medal named in his honour, as Emma Highwood, Football Federation Australia's community football manager, and ground announcer David Wood look on [PlessPix]

Trifiro, whose 24-year-old brother, Jason, plays for A-League club Wrstern Sydney Wanderers, enjoyed the match and praised South Hobart for their efforts.

“It was a good hit-out, to be fair,” he said.

“They were quite intense.  They really rose to the occasion and made it difficult for us.

“We scored two early goals which put them on the back foot, and it was very hard for them to get back into the game.

“The pitch is fantastic and the weather was up and down, but what can you expect?  The people who came out to support today were fantastic, too, so a good day.”


Photo:  Sydney United's two holding midfielders can be seen at the right of the picture, in front of their back-four [PlessPix]

South Hobart’s young midfielder from Bentleigh Greens, 18-year-old Caleb Ludlow, was unlucky not to win the John Kosmina Medal as he had an excellent match and was probably the pick of the home side.

It was interesting to see how Sydney United utilised a 4-2-3-1 formation, as opposed to South Hobart’s 4-3-3.

Apart from Trifiro, I was particularly impressed with the two holding midfielders, Mitchell Speer and Mitchell Stamatellis.

The two ‘Mitchells’ were solid in the tackle, always made themselves available to their defenders when they played out from the back, and cleverly fed the trio ahead of them, Yuichi Yamayuchi, Glen Trifiro and Mathew Bilic.

They were also technically good and handled the ball well in even the tightest of situations.


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow in possession as Sydney's two holding midfielders, Mitchell Speer (centre) and Mitchell Stamatellis (right) race back to protect their back-four [PlessPix]

To South Hobart’s credit, some of their counter-attacks were very quick and it took some robust defending by Sydney to eliminate the danger.

Apart from the two lapses that led to the goals, South Hobart defended quite well, too.

So well, in fact, that Sydney’s lone striker, Luka Glavas, often had to drop deep to gain possession and try and do something with the ball.

All in all, I found it an entertaining match and one well worth watching.

Had the weather been better, I am convinced the attendance might have been around the 2,000 mark.


Photo:  Michell Speer pressures South Hobart's Kostas Kanakaris [PlessPix]


Photo:  Sydney's Mitchell Stamatellis (right) in a heading duel with South Hobart's Cameron Rogers [PlessPix]


Photo:  Sydney United's front man, Luka Glavas (right), marked here by South Hobart's Hugh Ludford, was often forced to drop deep to find space [PlessPix]


Photo:  South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow wins this contest with Sydney's Glen Trifiro [PlessPix]


Photo:  Players from both sides sort things out after Ben Hamlett's violent conduct towards Sydney's Benjamin Jurman (right) [PlessPix]


Photo:  South Hobart announced yesterday they would play Bentleigh Greens next pre-season.  I wonder whether Caleb Ludlow (pictured here) will return to Bentleigh Greens, his former club, or stay with South Hobart? [PlessPix]


Photo:  Caleb Ludlow is all concentration as he passes the ball accurately to a team-mate [PlessPix]