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Fortunatow The Saviour

Written by Antonis Pangonis

MetroStars has enjoyed a historical campaign so far and forward James Temelkovski has written most of the headlines in 2023.

The club is quick to remind people that MetroStars is a deep team, with an array of talented players such as Hamish Gow, Austin Ayoubi, Jackson Wallas, Michael Cittadini, and many more, that do the heavy lifting, but some days an unlikely hero pops up to get the job done.

That was the case back in June when Japanese forward Ren Nagamatsu popped up from the bench in his side’s Federation Cup Final against Campbelltown City to score the deciding goal in a thrilling encounter.

The forward was a starter in most games in 2022 but was benched due to Temelkosvski’s excellence in 2023. Despite that, he scored his third goal of the year on the big stage to bring back the first piece of silverware to Klemzig since 2017.

In 2023, young defensive midfielder Jackson Fortunatow began seeing more minutes, and he was brought on against Modbury Jets in the 82nd minute when his side was down by a goal, an interesting choice considering he had never scored a senior goal heading into the match.

Astonishingly, in injury time, the midfielder did not just meet a Hamish Gow cross with his head to level the scoring, but he also hit a spectacular volley to win the first leg of the Semi-Final for MetroStars while writing his name into club folklore as another unlikely hero who played his part in a magical season.

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MetroStars 3 (Fortunatow 2, Temelkovski)

Image credit - Adam Butler

*This match report is written by a third party and not written by MetroStars. We thank Antonis for his match reports.


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