Hellenic claimed ultimate revenge over Rovers after the disappointment of a midweek FFA Cup defeat, winning 6-1 in Round 8 to keep their undefeated premier league record intact at Darwin Football Stadium.
The teams were in action only 72 hours earlier at the same venue. Rovers were the first team to beat the Blues in any competition, taking a 1-0 victory to advance to the final round of NorZone qualifying.
Hellenic wanted to get off to a flyer and they did just that. A free kick whipped in from the left from captain Jesse Pinto found Daniel Bulman who was left unmarked. Rovers paid for a lapse in concentration, as Bulman guided it past 'keeer Mathew Ashton.
They doubled their advantage after 22 minutes. Geoffry Lino made a bustling run through the centre of the pitch before playing the evergreen Helio Carvalho beautifully through on goal. The number nine made no mistake with his finish.
Carvalho almost had his second only minutes later. He fired a shot into the bottom right corner, but Ashton scrambled to make a fingertip save.
Hellenic controlled the majority of possession, playing most of the game in Rovers half.
However, the Irishman were occasionally able to hit on the counter attack.
Rovers almost got one back when skipper Simon Bell struck an audacious chance with the outside of his boot at goal. The shot was on target and was curving into the corner, but ‘keeper Nelson Nheu was up to the task.
In the closing stages of the first half, Carvahlo went close to putting the game out of reach. However, the save of the night from Ashton thwarted it and kept the deficit at two.
Eight minutes into the second half and Hellenic had their third. Sulav Maseky scored, despite another fine effort from Ashton to stop him. Lino played Maskey a beautiful ball and he found himself one on one with the keeper.
Ashton initially saved the first shot and another one off his parry, before Maskey coolly slotted it past him on the third attempt.
Rovers had no answers to Hellenic’s play in the second half and Lino capped off a terrific performance by claiming a goal for himself after two earlier assists.
They had five when Carvalho capped off a fantastic performance with his second goal.
Substitute Paradisis made it six when he headed a beautiful ball delivered in the box by Paddy McGuire.
Rovers got a consolation just before full time through substitute Mansaray after nice lead up play from Matthew Cawley.
Hellenic 6 (Bulman 13' Carvalho 22' 63', Maskey 53', Lino 58' Paradisis 81')
Rovers 1 (Mansaray 89')
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Next Week's Fixtures
- Hellenic Athletic v Darwin Olympic, Tuesday 6 June, 8:00 PM
- Darwin Rovers v Casuarina FC, Friday 9 June, 8:00 PM
- Port Darwin v Mindil Aces, Saturday 10 June, 8:00 PM