The Pirates were unable to put consecutive wins together for the first time since round 13 last year after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sturt Lions at Pirate Park.
The Pirates registered the first notable chance of the game inside 10 minutes when a neat move between Nick Krznaric and Steve Savino resulted in the former running through on goal, only to be denied by the feet of the Sturt keeper. Despite posing that counter attacking threat, it was Sturt who took the ascendancy in the first half registering five shots on target in a 15-minute spell. The onslaught brought out the best in goalkeeper Jordan Dabinet who was looking to build on his clean sheet at Salisbury last week. The Pirates deemed themselves lucky to go into break all square at 0-0.
The second half was more evenly contested but it was the clinical touch that Sturt had been lacking in the first half which came to rescue them. A neat move built around playmaker Akira Kobaishi allowed Sturt to get in behind the Pirates defence where a low cross set up a tap in for Gravas. The best chances Pirates could muster were from set pieces but Sturt dealt with them efficiently; proving why they are one of the front-runners for promotion this season. Substitute Nick Davis should have done better to get on the end of a low, hard Krznaric cross but the pace eluded him at the vital moment. Minutes later, Sturt delivered the sucker punch which would clinch the three points. A cross from the left-hand side was met on the head by Macolino who generated enough dip to deceive Dabinet and find the goal. A late flurry from the Pirates ensued but there was no consolation for them on a day where they lacked the intensity and drive needed to defeat Sturt Lions.
There will now be a 10-day break for the club, with the next match taking place on Thursday the 11th of May against White City at Frank Mitchell Park.