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24.6.2016

JOURNEYMAN KEEPER REDDY JOINS GLORY

Perth Glory have strengthened their goalkeeping stocks by securing experienced shot-stopper Liam Reddy for the coming A-League season. Sydney-born Reddy, 34, has tallied up close to 300 national leagues appearances since making his senior debut for Parramatta Power in 2002.

Reddy, who played with Grand Finalists Western Sydney Wanderers last season, said he is looking forward to being part of an exciting and new era at Glory. "The club has assembled a strong squad for the year and I'm really excited to be part of a Perth Glory that is showing it means business on and off the park" he said.

Ironically, Reddy was Glory's foil back in 2009/10 when he saved two penalties in a shoot-out to send Wellington Phoenix in the semi-finals. "That was indeed a pulsating and exciting day for me but that's ancient history. I'm a Glory boy now and I'm coming over to do Perth and Western Australia proud" he commented.

Coach Kenny Lowe is confident there is a healthy mix of youth and experience amongst his goalkeepers. "Jordan Thurtell and Nick Feely have got great potential and we've also got someone like Liam who's played hundreds of games and comes to us with a wealth of experience," Lowe said.

But the Glory boss was quick to quash any suggestions that Reddy would be a walk-up start. "The top spot is open - you have to earn it," Lowe said. "Yes, Liam is a veteran when you look at his stats but it's up to the other lads to push him and keep him honest, so I expect all the guys to fight for their place."

24.6.2016

PS4 NPL-WA DT38 FOUNDATION AWARENESS ROUND - PREVIEW

It’s Week 14 of the PS4NPLWA, and the inaugural DT38 Foundation Awareness Round. All NPLWA clubs will be encouraged to promote awareness of testicular cancer, and will also mark the start of a competition between clubs to raise funds for the DT38Foundation in memory of outstanding young footballer Dylan Tombides. The most successful club will receive the DT38 Awareness Award at the WA Football Awards to be held at Crown Perth on October 15.

This weekend the battle at both ends of the table is heating up, and there are a number of games with big bearing in the round. The Footballwa.net Match of the Round takes us to Grindleford Reserve where seventh placed Balcatta entertains sixth placed Sorrento. Both sides have eyes on the top five, and are level on points on the table, and only sit three points adrift of fifth. Both sides are coming off defeats, Sorrento beaten 3-0 at home by Floreat Athena, while Balcatta lost to Inglewood United. Gulls winger Scott Bulloch said they were beaten by the better side on the day. “When the game was there to be won, Floreat took their chances,” he said. “They grew in confidence and were the better team on the day, we had one or two chances that we never took, and it cost us in the end.” Bulloch said the club have been in a dip in form and must get out of it sooner rather than later. “Our results and performances have been sub-par for a while now and we are in a situation the club has not been in for a very long time,” he explained. “We have the players to do it and it starts this week. Marc has done well with his Balcatta side, they are a sharp fit team and know they will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle like us.” In team news Shaun Kilkelly and Darryl Platten will be pushing first team spot after injury. Balcatta defender Jon Corness said their second half performance was good, but they let themselves down in the first. “It was disappointing not to get anything from the game, we didn't show up in the first half and it cost us going two goals down,” he explained. “Our second half was much better and we could have stolen a point in the end, but we will take the loss on the chin and move on.” The sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture and Corness said three points are a must. “It's a big game for both sides on Saturday, obviously both of us want to be pushing for a top 5 spot so it's vital to get something out of the game,” he said. “They have some big lads in their side so we have to be switched on defensively, we're hoping for a better display than last week.” In team news Cameron Teece is suspended for two games, while Feisal Zaw is in doubt with injury.

League leaders Bayswater City had their gap at the top of the table reduced to two points after losing 3-0 at home the Stirling Lions last week, and they will look to rebound when they host Cockburn City at the Finance 365 Stadium. Cockburn scored late to draw with Perth Glory, and skipper Euen Grant said it was a fair result. “It was a pretty even game with a couple of good chances for each side, so it could have gone either way,” he said. “It was good for us to reply so quickly after they scored late on, but at the end of the day a draw was probably a fair result.” Grant said the players are up for this game and they enjoy playing against Bayswater. “We always look forward to playing against the top team, and we’re all looking forward to the challenge,” he explained. “We have played them a couple of times this season, they beat us in the league and we beat them in the cup, so Saturday should be another tight game, but we know we will need to be on our best to get anything from the game.” Cockburn striker Andres Angel will miss the game, while keeper Luke Radonich is suspended, but Jesse Lazzaro and Liam Murray come into the squad. For Bayswater Devon Gibson will miss against his old club, while Paul McCarthy and Trent Kay will be pushing for a starting role, after coming off the bench last week.

Subiaco have home ground advantage when they entertain the in-form ECU Joondalup at Rosalie Park. ECU made it three wins straight after a 1-0 win at Armadale last week, while Subiaco were edged out 2-1 by Perth SC. Striker Kevin White said they didn’t take their chances and got what they deserved. “Although we had some isolated chances I feel we didn’t deserve to win the game,” he explained. “It was mixed feelings as we have dramatically improved from an early season crisis, but we’re back to frustrating one-goal defeats, which hampered us throughout much of last season.” It’s the final game for White, who heads to Dubai with work, and he said it’s been a pleasure to play at the club. “Subi are a bit of an unfashionable club in the NPL, with many thinking they don’t belong at the top level, but we are an honest club totally committed to developing young players and not buying success,” he explained. “We’re different, and should be applauded rather than criticized, surviving again this season would be a magnificent achievement given our limited resources, but I’ve loved playing in this league and for Subiaco” White will be hoping to go out with a win, but is expecting another tough game. “Going forward ECU are as good as any team in the league. Being Scottish I’m aware of the track records of Gordon Smith, Daryl Nicol and Kevin Moon – having the luxury of bringing in such quality means ECU should easily be challenging at the top,” he said. “But after our poor start, we’ve become difficult to break down again, and there have defensive weaknesses we can expose. I have four goals in two games against them, so I’m looking to continue that and get one over on my previous boss, David Tough.” In team news Carlin Feely returns to the Subiaco side after injury but they will be missing the suspended Ger Fitzgerald, while ECU will be missing Jayden Drummond, Steven McGarry and Jon Higgins.

Floreat Athena’s good form has continued and they have moved up to fifth spot on the table after a big win on the road at Sorrento, and this week they host Armadale at the E&D Litis Stadium. Armadale were edged out by Joondalup last week and English striker Danny Hodgson, who has returned from a knee injury, said they were unlucky not to take anything from the game. “I thought it was a good game, they (Joondalup) have been playing well this season and getting results, but I thought we battled well, they had the best of the chances if I'm honest and I our keeper kept us in the game,” he explained. “But I thought we did well and I'm sure if we cut out the silly mistakes then we'll start to get results.” Hodgson said Saturday’s opponents are one of the form sides in the competition, but he said they go looking for the three points. “Floreat have been playing well, I think after the win in the FFA cup against Inglewood proved that they are a dangerous team,” he said. “But I'm sure we'll go there and give them a good game. It's tight at the bottom of the table and with relegation every game is vital so hopefully we can pick up a good result from this game on the weekend.” Floreat will be missing striker Lewis McMahan, after he was suspended for five games, while Ludovic Boi will have a late fitness test, but Armadale will be at full strength.

Inglewood United have home ground advantage when they host Perth Glory at the Inglewood Stadium, looking to keep the pressure on Bayswater. United bounced back from three games without a win with a hard fought 2-1 against Balcatta, while the Glory conceded late to draw 1-1 at Cockburn. Glory keeper Jordon Thurtell said they were disappointed to not come home with the three points. “I thought we controlled most of the game and deserved more than the draw,” he said. “It’s been a hectic period for the players, playing three games in a week, so at the end of the day it was a really positive team performance.” The Glory youngsters were edged out 1-0 by Inglewood in their first meeting this season and Thurtell said the players are looking forward to another challenge. “The boys really relish playing against the top sides, and they are looking forward to a big game,” he said. “They beat us in the first round, but on the day I felt we deserved more and we will be looking to even the score on Saturday.” In team news the Glory have a number of first team players coming back injury and also get Calvin Whitney back from suspension, while Inglewood will be without the suspended Scott Blackmore.

On Sunday the inaugural DT38 Foundation Awareness Round culminates when Perth SC host Stirling Lions in the Dylan Tombides Tribute game at Dorrien Gardens (6.00pm). Both sides were winners last week, Stirling stunning league leaders Bayswater, while Perth beat Subiaco. Perth midfielder Dino Topcagic said they were made to work hard for the win, but deserved it. “I think we were good when we had to be, and going to their ground you're never going to play well for 90 minutes,” he explained. “They (Subiaco) are a team who work hard, but we knew if we could just match their energy the rest will be taken care of by the quality we have in our squad, so we were happy to coming home with three points.” Topcagic, who has played in all the clubs games this season, scoring three goals, said Sunday’s opponents will be another huge test but they have played each other a number of times this season. “Stirling will be another difficult test for us, but we should be used to each other as we've faced each other three times already this year, so we're aware of their strengths,” he said. “Both teams boast two of the leading scorers in the competition so I'm sure the neutrals watching will be expecting goals. However, with our defence having conceded the least amount hopefully we can keep them at bay. If we just cut out some of the foolish errors, we can make this game a lot easier for ourselves.” Perth will be without the injured Clark Keltie, while Stirling will be without the suspended Blamo Qua Qua.

24.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND ELEVEN - PREVIEW

The top of the All Flags State League Division One is getting tight, with just three points separating the top three sides. This week’s Footballwa.net Match of the Week sees one of them, Forrestfield United, making the trip to Walter Padbury Reserve to take on Gosnells City in the local derby. Forrestfield have won their last six games, and are the form team of the league, and last week overcame a stubborn South West Phoenix 2-0 at home. Defender Mark Barnett said they were a tough nut to crack but they got the job done in the end. “They (Phoenix) put up a fair fight. They definitely had a few experienced players in their side that would be ready to pounce on any of our mistakes, but I feel the way we played as a unit and how we kept our structure, we were always going to be hard to break down on the day,” he said. “Defensively we were solid and consistent, offensively we were sharp and took our chances, so happy to continue our good form.” A local lad, Barnett has been in stellar form for United, and he is looking forward to the local derby clash. “This week’s game is one I’m really looking forward too,” he said. “A huge derby, and our boys will be raring to go off the back of six straight wins. We have found fantastic form and we have really come together over the past few weeks, and we will be looking to continue it on Saturday. In team news for Forrestfield Ben Rogers returns from suspension, but Kaan Karacan will miss again due to injury. Gosnells edged out Shamrock Rovers last week to win their first game in six weeks, and Jacob Aquino said they weren’t at their best but come home with the points. “To be honest it wasn’t our best game with the ball but we defended well,” he said. “It was good to get the points even though we didn’t play the best, as we have played a lot better this season in games and came away empty handed.” Aquino said the game against Forrestfield is tough, especially with them in good form, but they need to make the most of their home ground advantage. “Forrestfield will be a tough challenge this week as they are the form team of the league at the moment,” he said. “It’s an important game not just because it’s a derby, but because we want to close the gap on the teams above us. We know we will have to be at our best but at home we will be looking for the three points.” Gosnells go in to the game with no team changes.

Joondalup United bounced back from their loss to Mandurah City with a big win at UWA-Nedlands last week and on Saturday they return home, when they entertain Western Knights at Forrest Park. The Knights were held to a scoreless draw by Canning City, but Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said the big win last week was a really pick me up for the side. “It was a dominant display and we completely controlled the game from the first whistle,” he said. “We spurned numerous easy chances and should have had double figures, also the two goals we conceded were very soft and were down to a lack of concentration. But the quality of our football was of the highest order and was a pleasure to watch.” Saturday’s game is a huge challenge for Joondalup and Jennings said they need to improve their home form. “Our home form this season has been disappointing and we need to put that right starting with this week,” he explained. “All our games against Western Knights have been very close including the last fixture in the night series when we fell over the line in a 3-2 win. They are always a hard team to breakdown but our confidence is sky high and we will prepare properly and be ready for Saturday.”

In other games Ashfield have home ground advantage when they host UWA Nedlands at the Ashfield Arena. Ashfield were edged out at Mandurah, while UWA were well beaten by Joondalup. Only two points separates the sides on the table, and both will be looking to bounce back. Canning City go in to their game against Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve on the back of three games without defeat, including a point at league leaders Mandurah. Rovers on the other hand haven’t won since round two, and will be disparate to turn their fortunes around as they lose touch with the rest of the teams at the bottom. There is another local derby with time at the Lark Hill Sportsplex, with Rockingham City hosting Mandurah City (7.00pm). The home side sits in ninth spot on the table, but do have a game in hand and a win this week will see jump away from the relegations zone. They face a Mandurah team full of confidence, and currently the only unbeaten side in the top leagues in WA, so Rocky will need to be at their best to end that record.

In the final game bottom of the table Dianella White Eagles make the long trip to the South West to take on the Phoenix at Hay Park. Phoenix are in tenth spot, six points ahead of the Eagles, and the visitors know they need to start to pick up points to keep in sight with them. Last week Dianella were edged out by Rockingham at home and keeper Yousri Gharsallah said they were unlucky not to take anything from the game. “We prepared really well for the game but we had a player sent off after only 20 minutes and all the plans spiraled,” he said. “They were then awarded two penalties, but we kept chasing and trying to get back on the game but we missed a lot of opportunities. We have a good team with some qualities players, but we are struggling in the final third at the moment.” The trip to Bunbury is always difficult, but the keeper said they are going there for the win. “We are going all out for the three points on Saturday, and a loss will make our situation more complicated,” Gharsallah explained. “To do that we need to put more work and discipline in games, and if we do that we start to get the results.”

24.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND ELEVEN - PREVIEW

Like Division One, only three points separates the top three sides in the All Flags State League Division Two. This week’s Footballwa.net Match of the Week sees league leaders Fremantle City making the trip to Edinburgh Oval this evening to take on Curtin University (8.30pm) Fremantle got back in the winners’ circle last week with a win against Morley Windmills and Coach Steve Plucknet said it was a good performance. “It was good to get back with a win against one of the favourites for the title this year,” he said. “We got off to a good start with Alec Robinson netting two early goals, but it was a pretty scrappy game from then on in. Defensively the boys did well again as the opposition pressed hard and we were really not comfortable until Alec Robinson got his third mid-way through the second half. Unfortunately there were some pretty bad challenges being thrown in and one had Sean Brown carried off with a really bad tackle from behind which was the only sour note of the weekend.” Plucknett believes Saturday’s opponents are better than their league positions shows, and he’s expecting a tough game. “Curtin this weekend will be a very difficult game for us, I don't believe their position on the table is a true reflection of what they are capable of producing,” he explained. “I’ve seen them play this year and I’m well aware that they are more than capable of beating any team in the division. Our players have trained well this week and are looking forward to the game but anything other than full commitment won’t be enough. Gareth Hamilton and Maddy Holman return for Fremantle, but Sean Brown faces a late fitness Test. Curtin were beaten at Joondalup City last week, and Coach Campbell Ballantyne said they fell away after half time. “Last week defeat was very disappointing, we dominated the first half and Joondalup pounced on a mistake and took the lead from a great strike,” he said. “The other goals were as a result of us chasing the game, but credit to Joondalup for capitalising.” Ballantyne said hosting the league leaders will be a huge test but one he and the players are looking forward too. “We’re looking forward to the game on Friday night, it should be a good game,” said. “We hosted them (Fremantle) in the last game of last season and won it with the last kick of the game, it will be nice if there is a repeat this time around.” Curtin will be without Arijan Stovrag and Luis Downham, who have have finished with the club and returned to Sweden and USA respectively. But Ballantyne will have Olly Robertson back from injury, and will also have Mark Matkovic and Dilip Thapa available for selection.

It’s third v fourth when Swan United host Joondalup City at the Swan Italian Club. Swan were surprisingly beaten by Wanneroo last week, and will want to bounce back and keep their unbeaten run going in the Swan Valley. Joondalup kept in touch with the league leaders with a big win last week against Curtin and Coach Marco Schisano said it was a good win after they had a number of players unavailable. “Unfortunately we have a number of players missing at the moment due to being away and injuries which forced me to change formation. We started the match slowly and Curtin came at us early but we managed to start taking control of the match and picked up a valuable three points,” he said. “It was pleasing to see that 3 players started for the first time this season and slotted in extremely well. We have a group of players who are hungry to succeed and they showed a lot of character following from a very poor performance the week before.” Schisano said Saturday’s trip is a tough challenge, against a side that has started the season well. “Swan are a club which is used to play in higher divisions and they are having a great season so far. They have an experienced group of players and coach and I am sure we will be in for a great battle,” he said. “They have had some mixed results recently which is the same situation we are in at the moment. It is hard to predict outcome of matches in our league as everyone is capable of picking up points from all the other teams.” In team news for City, Joseph McQuade is suspended, while Jamie Kalaher and Joel Skinner are unavailable, but Liam McGurk and Tommy Bramley should return to the squad.

In other games Ellenbrook United entertain Balga at Arbor Grove Reserve. The home side are still looking for their first win of the season, and a local derby win against Balga would be a nice way to do it, but Balga have top spot in their sights and will be into the game as strong favourites. Wanneroo City and Quinns also meet in a local derby at Gumblossom Park. Wanneroo will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after their big win against Swan last week, but Quinns have also hit some good form including last week’s win at Ellenbrook. Melville City and Kingsway Olympic meet at Len Shearer Reserve, both looking to bounce back from defeats last week Melville haven’t won at home this season, and Coach Gavin Brown will be looking to change that sooner rather than later. In the final game Kelmscott Roos travel to Wotton Reserve to take on Morley Windmills. Both sides are level on points on the table, but the Roos are coming off a big win last week at Melville, with striker Owen Curtis on target. “The game was tough for both sides, a bit of a midfield battle that neither side seemed to get the upper hand in,” Curtis said. “They lost a man with 15 to go, but it didn't see them drop their heads. We had to still push hard and finally broke the dead lock with the last kick of the game. Very hard fought victory, very proud of the lads, and full credit to Melville for a valiant performance.” Curtis knows Morley will be looking to bounce back from a loss last week. “This week will be another tough match, all those teams in the middle are scrapping to get clear from each other,” he explained. “I feel our brand of football is good enough to beat any team. So if we come out firing Saturday, the result will take care of itself.”

23.6.2016

BAD BREAK FOR ECU NEW SIGNING

New ECU Joondalup signing Jayden Drummond will be out for six to eight weeks after breaking his leg after crude tackle in the 3-0 win against Sorrento two weeks ago. The midfielder returned to the field in the game and trained all week, and played 90 minutes at Armadale on Saturday, but with the pain in his leg not going he went to the doctors and had x-rays and found he had fractured his fibula just above the ankle.

“Still a bit of a shock, it hasn't quite sunk in yet,” Drummond said. “I knew something wasn't right, but I've never been one to sit out just thought it was a really sore bruise so, being stubborn as I am I thought it was nothing but I thought I'd give in and get some piece of mind. “It wasn’t the news I was after, as I’ve really enjoyed it down there and feel like I've fitted in well, just gutted it has been cut short. I’ll go through the rehab and hope to be back before the end of the season and hopefully help the lads to the top five spot we are all aiming for.”

“He’s been a breath of fresh air at the club on match days and training, his enthusiasm and work rate has been second to none and wish him a speedy recovery,” Assistant Coach David Tough said. “We had no idea, he continued the game and played a full game at Armadale, so it just shows the character the lad has playing when in pain.”

23.6.2016

WILLIAMS TURNS TO GLORY TO REVIVE CAREER

Forgotten Socceroo Rhys Williams has put his international dreams on the backburner while he attempts to reignite his career at Perth Glory. Williams has been ravaged by injuries over the past three years, with two achilles tendon ruptures cutting short his promising career at English Championship outfit Middlesbrough - a club he once captained.

27-year old Williams still harbours dreams of playing in the English Premier League, and featuring for the Socceroos again. But for the moment, it's all about playing the game he loves on a consistent basis, which he hopes to do during his one-year stint under coach Kenny Lowe at Glory.

"I've never not thought about it," Williams said of his Socceroos dreams. "But it is something in the back of my head for now. I just want to get playing and start performing. I have come back (from England) earlier than I wanted to. I had a plan of playing in the Premier League, and I realised it wasn't meant to be. I need to get myself going again."

A pelvic injury ruled Williams out of the 2010 World Cup, before his achilles issues ruined his World Cup hopes in 2014. A strong season with Perth - and more importantly a season without any major injuries - could thrust Williams back into the national picture in time for the 2018 World Cup.

But first, he'd love to win a title with his hometown club. "I was a season ticket holder when I was a kid," Williams said. "My mum and dad used to take me when Bobby (Despotovski) was playing. We get all the games (televised) in England. I followed it. And just seeing what they did towards the end of last season just makes the decision (to join) feel even better."

Glory will start as one of the favourites to win the next title, with the powerful squad boasting the likes of Williams, Andy Keogh, Diego Castro, Chris Herd, Adam Taggart and Josh Risdon. The club announced earlier in the week they had re-signed coach Kenny Lowe for a further two seasons, taking him through to the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

23.6.2016

PERTH CLASH CRITICAL TO WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION: SAINSBURY

Defender Trent Sainsbury says the Socceroos’ upcoming clash with Iraq is the most important game left in their bid to qualify for a fourth successive World Cup. The game on September 1 at Perth Oval signals the start of Australia's final qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and is the biggest international ever held in Perth.

Sainsbury said the Iraq game would set the tone for their final qualifying run. “Iraq is a very important game for us to get our qualifiers started off,” he said. “We want to start off with a win, especially on home soil. This is probably the most important game the Socceroos are going to have in a while in terms of tests and the three points needed.”

“They say every first game in a qualifying tournament is the most important. We want to start off positively. Not every team in Asia is going to be a pushover, especially away. Sometimes it’s very hostile. It’ll be second time lucky for me. I can get out there and play in front of friends and family at a packed nib Stadium.”

Sainsbury scored in Australia’s 2-1 loss to Greece in Melbourne earlier this month as he continued to build on his return to the national team. He said moving to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in January from Dutch club PEC Zwolle had been good for his game.

“Moving to China, there were a lot of questions asked about what my role in the national team was going to be from now on in,” said Sainsbury, who signed off on the transfer after speaking to Tim Cahill about the Socceroos star’s own experience in China. “I’ve got no doubts that I can remain at the top level in the team.”

“Physically my body is in good shape. I’ve played 22 or 23 games in a row now and I’m coming up against good opposition. I’ve spoken to the national fitness coach and I’ve got extra programs off him just so I can keep topped up. I’m doing everything I can to stay ahead of the curve.”

21.6.2016

LOWE GIVEN NEW DEAL AT GLORY

Perth Glory have rewarded Kenny Lowe for a successful 2015 A-League season, with a new two-year extension, which will see him become the club's longest-serving coach. Lowe, 54, will remain coach of the club for the next three seasons, the two-year extension means Lowe - who was appointed on a full-time basis at the start of the 2014-15 campaign - is set to be become Glory's longest-serving coach.

Lowe’s new deal will see him through until the end of the 2018-19 season, and he is delighted to stay at the club. “I am humbled, honoured and excited that Tony Sage and Peter Filopoulos have shown trust and faith in me to be here for two more seasons after the current campaign," Lowe said. "I am looking forward to the challenge of developing a long-term strategy of continued growth throughout the club from grassroots all the way up to the first team."

The former Hartlepool, Stoke City and Birmingham City midfielder, guided the club to a third-place finish in his first full season with the club, having served as caretaker boss following Alistair Edwards' departure in 2013, but they were disqualified from the finals series and dropped down to seventh due to salary cap violations. Despite the off-field drama, Lowe took Perth to the finals in the following season, while they also finished runners-up to Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United in the FFA Cup.

Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos said Lowe’s extension was important in building a solid platform to achieve the targets set out in the club's four year plan. “Kenny’s record at Perth Glory speaks for itself with an impressive record during his tenure after taking over the reins in 2013-2014 as interim coach and then officially from 2014-2015," Filopoulos said. “With a clear strategy in place for the club, it was critical we extended Kenny’s contract to provide the environment and opportunity to drive our strategic objectives between now and 2020.”

21.6.2016

PROUD GOODMAN REPRESENTS AUSTRALIA (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Inglewood United legend Jamie Goodman says pulling on the green and gold of Australia was the realisation of a long-held dream. Goodman, one of only two players to win back-to-back Inglewood Player of the Year awards, gained his international debut earlier this month by representing Australia at the Seniors World Cup Football Tournament in Thailand.

“It is a lifelong dream of any player to represent their country no matter how old or young,” 44-year old Goodman said. “It was a very special moment and I am very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Australia. There is no greater feeling than putting on the shirt for the first time and singing the national anthem.”

“It was brilliant to get a taste of what it would have been like to be a professional footballer, even if it was only for a week. Getting to rub shoulders with some great West Australian players along with the international players was an experience that I’ll never forget, likewise the coaching day we spent with Thai school kids.”

Goodman, who played six seasons with Inglewood, considers Australia’s placing of fifth a just outcome. “It was probably a fair reflection of where we were at,” the defender said. “You need a little bit of luck and things to go smoothly in any tournament and, unfortunately, we suffered a couple of key injuries in our first game against Scotland.”

Australia went down to the Scots two-nil but earned a share of the points against New Zealand, drawing 2-2. However, a 3-1 loss to hosts Thailand effectively put an end to their hopes of playing off for silverware. “We conceded a couple of goals early from mistakes and it was always going to be difficult to peg those back,” Goodman explained.

To their credit the team bounced back in their final group game, defeating Taiwan 2-0, to set-up a Trans-Tasman showdown with New Zealand in the play-off for fifth and sixth, where the green and gold triumphed 3-1. “It was good to finish the tournament strongly with a couple of convincing wins, over Taiwan and New Zealand,” Goodman said.

A star-studded England side that featured former Premier League players Peter Beagrie and Barry Hayles went on to win the trophy, defeating Thailand 1-0 in the tournament finale. “There was some real quality on show with a lot of players having played at the highest levels of European football,” said Goodman.

“The England squad had over 9,000 professional games between them, and Scotland had a few former Internationals and Premier League players also. A very well-drilled Iran had three or four players that knocked the Socceroos out of the World Cup in 1998 and Thailand also had players with top European league experience.”

Representing Australia at the Seniors World Cup Football Tournament were Rod Hunt, Frederico Navarra, Mel Brown, Paul McVittie, Marc Wingell, Frank Houston, Peter Murphy, Paul Lincoln, Steve Robinson, Jorge Guimaraes, Carlo Scali, Stephen Worton, Nathan Chapman, Rob Markovski, Damien Todorovic, Eugene Dadi, Alan Pottier, Marc Anthony, Gary Lee, Arturo Schmiedgen, Chris McCrone, Dave Evans, Justin Hugo and Jamie Goodman. The team officials were Robbie Dunn (coach), Ross Kelly (assistant coach), Rob Messenger (manager) and Anthony Neary (kit).

18.6.2016

PERTH HIT BACK TO BEAT SUBIACO

Perth SC made it five games without defeat after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. Kevin White had given the home side the lead early, but Gustavo Catarcione scored twice to earn them the points. Perth coach Ramon Falzon said Subiaco’s goal was a wake-up call. “We reacted well after the shock,” he told the NPLWA website. “But we made life complicated for ourselves. I am not happy with the way we played in the second half. We were too selfish and didn’t get the basics right. Too often, we didn’t stick to the plan.”

Michael Brazil’s side started brightly and almost hit the front early, Jackson Darnell saw his effort pushed around the post by Perth keeper Francis Soale. Then from the resulting corner James Casserly’s header flashed just over the top. Their early dominance was rewarded with the opener on 22 minutes, White found space in the penalty area and volleyed home supplely giving Soale no chance.

The goal was nothing more than they deserved, but their celebrations were short-lived, with Perth levelling three minutes later. Dino Topcagic’s free kick picked out Catarcione and the striker made no mistake. The Perth marksman was on target again seven minutes from half time, latching on to a through ball and scoring past Ryan Montgomery. Subiaco started the second-half like the first, and Darnell was again denied by Soale, before Michael Lawson’s effort also went wide.

The visitors also had chances, as the game opened up, Tom King was denied by Montgomery, before the Subiaco custodian was alert to deny Catarcione his hat-trick. The home side pushed everyone forward, and White’s header was tipped over by Soale, and in the last minute of stoppage time keeper Montgomery raced forward for a corner, and his header sailed inches wide.

18.6.2016

TONG AT THE DOUBLE INGLEWOOD

Inglewood United have put a four game streak without a win behind them with a hard fought 2-1 win against Balcatta at Inglewood Stadium. Defender Adam Tong scored a brace to give the home side a 2-0 lead at the break, but a Cameron Teece pulled one back for the visitors in the second half but they couldn’t find the equaliser. “Full credit to our guys, from where we've been the last few weeks - a lot of people have written us off - I think we showed some really good character,” Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. “Every player stood up today, and with the three points, hopefully that gets us back on a winning run.”

It was perfect start to the game for the home side and they were ahead after only two minutes. Tim Robertson’s cross found Tong, whose glancing header beat Clint Davies. Balcatta pressed looking for the equaliser, but they found Tong and his fellow defenders in no mood to concede, and on 37 minutes they doubled their advantage. The visitors failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell to Tong, who showed his strikers skills, be firing home on the turn from the edge of the box.

Tong went in search of his hat trick early in the second half, his long-range free kick whistled just over the top. Balcatta started to take control, with Teece a constant threat, and on 67 minutes the teenager striker reduced the margin. Conor Kavanagh played the ball through to Teece, and the former Perth Glory Youth player volleyed home spectacularly across Alex Dunn and inside the far post. Balcatta pressed for the equaliser, but couldn’t find a way past a tight Inglewood defence, and the home side went close to adding a third late on, but substitute Kenny Keogh’s shot was tipped over the top by Davies.

18.6.2016

ATHENA FLY HOME WITH THE POINTS AGAINST THE GULLS

Floreat Athena maintained the pressure on the top four, after a 3-0 win against Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve. Skipper Ludovic Boi opened the scoring early, and the points were wrapped up with late goals from Andrew Scaldaferro and Jon Stynes, moving Floreat to within two points of the top four. “I thought all the boys put on a big shift today, there wasn’t one person that stood out above the rest, it was a team effort,” Floreat Coach Glen Grostate said post game. "But after playing four games in 12 days it will be good to take the foot off the pedal, let the boys have a bit of a break and then get back into it next week against Armadale.”

The home side were looking to bounce back from last week’s loss at Joondalup, and they started brightly, but they found themselves behind on 18 minutes. Kris Gate won possession and found Boi, who fired home past James Morgan. The goal gave the visitors confidence and they almost added a second five minutes later, Stynes shot was well saved by James Morgan. Sorrento, who gave a debut to former Brighton and Scunthorpe midfielder Matthew Sparrow, were struggling in the final third and they went into the break one down.

Floreat, who were backing up from a midweek game, looked the livelier, but Sorrento went close to levelling it up eight minutes into the second half. Scott Bulloch’s low cross was only inches away from the sliding Sean Canham at the back post. The home side thought they had a penalty on the hour, when Canham was brought down by Jason Saldaris, and referee Stuart Muldoon pointed to the spot, but after consulting with his assistant the decision was changed, and Canham received a yellow card.

Stynes went close to a second for Floreat after a mix up at the back by Sorrento, but the midfielder blazed over. But that miss was forgotten on 77 minutes, Scaldaferro volleying home superbly from the edge of the box. Sorrento substitute Billy Quinncroft almost pulled on back in the last minute, but his header from Ryan Pearson’s cross was well saved by Jason Saldaris. But with Sorrento pushing men forward Floreat added a third moments later. Boi crossing to Stynes who made no mistake.

18.6.2016

LIONS ROAR TO END BAYSWATER’S UNBEATEN RUN

Stirling Lions put an end to league leaders Bayswater City’s seven game winning streak after a stunning 3-0 win at the Finance 365 Stadium. David Micevski gave the visors the lead from the spot in the first half, before skipper Miki Vujacic doubled their lead and an own goal in stoppage time gave them the points. “It was a brilliant team performance, we stuck to the game plan and I think we frustrated them at times,” Lions Coach Rob Milevski told the NPLWA website. “We had a couple of young lads in there, 17-year-old Lukas Da Lima came in on the right side and I thought he worked hard and combined well.”

It was a tight opening with both sides creating half chances, but it was the visitors who hit the front on 16 minutes. David Micevski was brought down in the penalty area by Andy Reale and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Micevski picked himself up to score low past Devon Spence. Lions’ custodian John Perkins was in fine form, producing a number of fine saves to deny Bayswater, and it was the Lions who almost added a second on the half hour.

David Micevski picked up a poor clearance and raced forward and his lob looked goal bound but Spence got back to make an important save. Stirling were hitting well on the counter attack, and went close again on 37 minutes. Mathiang Mathiang crossed from the right and picked out Jamie Gibson, but he fired over with the goal at his mercy. Bayswater’s best chance didn’t come until the 40th minute. Jason Mirco and David Heagney combining to find former Lions striker Lawrence Shuruma at the back post, but his first touch let him down and the chance was gone.

Perkins continued his stellar form after the break and the Lions keeper produced a stunning double save Bayswater just after the hour. First he saved superbly to deny Alex Salmon’s free kick, and he reacted quickly to thwart Heagney’s follow up shot. That save was vital because on 72 minutes the visitors doubled their lead. Vujacic’s in-swinging corner caught Spence out and it ended up in the top corner of the net. The day went from bad to worse for the home side and stoppage time own goal from Sam Mitchinson made the final scored 3-0.

18.6.2016

GLORY LET IT SLIP LATE AT COCKBURN

Perth Glory conceded a goal five minutes from time to draw 1-1 with Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park. Daniel Stynes looked like he had won all three points for the Glory youngsters when he scored on 83 minutes, but Ruben Tristao levelled two minutes later to give both sides a share of the spoils. “It was very hard to take after the game, we completely dominated them for most of the game and had ample chances to kill the game off however we didn't,” Stynes said. “We also did very well defensively against a tough side, but it was a much improved performance than the two previous games so that's a lot better.”

Glory keeper Jordan Thurtell was in action early saving well to deny former Glory youth midfielder Ali Gholami, who was sent clear by Julian Teles. Nikola Talimdzioski’s shot over the top on the quarter hour, as the Glory lifted. Joe Knowles, Stynes and Talimdzioski were causing problems, and they went close to the lead in the shadows of half time. Gian Albano lost his marker on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot on a tight angle flashed past the post.

The Glory opened brightly in the second half and Knowles run and shot flashed over the top, before Stynes was denied by a stunning save from Luke Radonich. Thurtell came to his sides rescue just after the hour, after substitute Aiden De Luz broke through one-on-one with the Glory custodian, but Thurtell was off his line bravely to save at his feet. The Glory were pressing and Knowles’ header on 76 minutes was well saved by Radonich, before the striker raced clear again moments later, but his shot from the angle was over the top.

Then it was Cockburn who went close, with the lively De Luz racing clear, but a superb last ditch tackle from Robertson denied him. But on 83 minutes the Glory’s pressure was rewarded with the opener. Stynes finding the bottom corner after receiving the ball at the edge of the box from Knowles. However the Glory’s celebrations turned to heartbreak after Cockburn equalised two minutes later. Tristao was given too much room and the midfielder fired low past Thurtell, to give both sides a share of the spoils.

18.6.2016

ECU DEDICATE WIN TO TEAMMATE

ECU Joondalup good form continued and made it three wins on the bounce after a 1-0 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve. Scottish striker Gordon Smith scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half, but all the thoughts of the ECU Joondalup players were with Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry, whose father passed away last week. “We weren’t at our best today, but we’ll take the three points, and it’s vital to win away from home,” Gordon Smith told the NPLWA website. “I had three good chances today and the one I scored was probably the most difficult, so delighted to score the winner and most importantly get the three points and keep our good form going, and that one is for Steven, were all thinking of you mate.”

Early chances were few and far between, the first real chance fell to the home side on 26 minutes, when Jesse Fuller played in Anthony Skorich, whose shot on the run was saved low by Lewis Italiano. ECU hit back and should have taken the lead four minutes later. Shane Pickering won the ball in the middle of the park and slipped Gordon Smith clear on goal, but Alec Radonich stood tall to deny the Scottish striker.

The visitors lifted after the break and Gordon Smith was again denied superbly by Radonich, and Daryl Nicol was also thwarted by the Armadale custodian. At the other end Italiano then had to be alert to save Fuller’s shot. But on 68 minutes ECU hit the front. Higgins was sent down the left and whipped in a fantastic cross to Smith, who headed home superbly into the top corner of the net, giving Radonich no chance.

The game lifted and it was end to end football, and the home side almost hit back moments later, Healing’s free kick on the edge of the penalty area, whistled past the post. Nicol then went close at the other end, this time sent clear by Kevin Moon’s inch perfect through ball, but Radonich came to his sides rescue spreading himself well to deny the lively striker. Armadale continued to press and in stoppage time almost nicked an equaliser. Healing cross picked out substitute Raveshlan Kuppusamy, whose shot was superbly tipped over the bar by Italiano.

18.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND TEN - REVIEW

Mandurah City maintained their lead at the top of the All Flags Division One with a hard fought 1-0 win against Ashfield at the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium. The only goal of the game came in the first half. A free kick from Jon Brookes on 10 minutes picked out Tom Straker, who got to the ball before the Ashfield keeper to head home. Ashfield went close before the break with Jay Lang’s long-range shot crashing off the crossbar. Both sides had chances in the second half as the game opened up the best fell the visitors with two minutes remaining when they were rewarded a penalty, but Jay Lang, who scored two spot kicks last week, fired wide. The home side thought they had a second in stoppage time when Orelio Fernandez scored a great goal, but the linesman flag was up and the goal was disallowed. Then in final minute Alex Stamatiadis went one-on-one with Mandurah keeper Brad Eiffe, who got done low to save. Mandurah defender Ollie McGee said it was a hard fought game. “We were very well organised all game and gave Ashfield very few clear cut chances,” he said. “They are a good side, so it is a positive win for us to push on from last week’s win at Joondalup.”

Joondalup maintain the pressure on the league leaders with an emphatic 6-2 win against UWA Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park. “It was an important win, to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss to Mandurah,” midfielder Josh Booysen said. “We needed to make a statement that we mean business and will keep fighting every week, and I think we did.” The visitors were ahead on five minutes, a long throw was flicked on by Ross Edwards and Guy McDonald headed home. It was 2-0 five minutes later, Lee Jones was sent one-on-one with Alex Preece and he finished well, and Edwards headed a third on 35 minutes. United added a fourth just after half time, Jones scoring his second. UWA skipper Marc Zagami was sent off, but the ten men hit back and pulled two quick goals back through Alex Kretowicz and Lloyd Prout. But Joondalup scored two more goals late in the game with Callum Stocks curling home from the edge of the box, and Jacob Shore rounded off the scoring.

Forrestfield United made it six wins from six after a hard fought 2-0 win against South West Phoenix at Hartfield Park. Hasani Sinclair thought he had opened the scoring on the half hour, the American firing home, but his celebrations were short-lived with the offside flag up. But three minutes into the second half the home side hit the front. Jordan Hart made a surging run down the right, and his inch perfect cross was headed home by Sinclair. Lim Merrigan was then denied by Phoenix keeper Adam Guthridge. Phoenix pressed late and Luke Martino denied James McCleary on 84 minutes. Then moments later the home side sealed the points. Sedad Yagli found space on the flan and cut the ball back from the byline, and Hart made no mistake. “The games certainly wasn't our best performance of the season, but we did enough to break down a stubborn Bunbury defence,” Winger Rhys Loxley said. “I thought our defence deserved a lot of credit as well for limiting Bunbury to only a few half chances, especially the centre back pairing of Hayden Dodgson and Mark Barnett (both 19), both showed experience beyond their years. We are really starting to generate some momentum winning six in a row and it looks as though the second half of the season is shaping up to be a really good battle.”

In other games Rockingham City returned to the winner’s circle after a 3-2 win against Dianella White Eagles at Dianella Reserve. Jason Stepanovski gave the home side the lead but Ryan Kennedy levelled from the penalty spot. City then took control with Gersh Rowland scoring from close-range after good work from Christian Hogge, and Rowland’s addeda second penalty after Rowland was brought down in the box. Nasir Komi pulled one back for the home side but it was too little too late. “It was important to get the win, we created lots of good chances which was pleasing, the group can be proud of the performance and their effort,” City coach Rob Crerar said. Gosnells City came away from Harold Rossiter Reserve with a 1-0 win against Shamrock Rovers. The only goal of the game came from a penalty from Jason Pottier just before half time. “It was an ugly performance from us and we really did not play well at all but I thought our defence played solid and really let us scrape though with the win,” Caleb Aquino said. “But in saying that we have played well in many games and still gone on to lose so we will take the ugly win and hopefully play much better next week against Forrestfield.” In the final game at Nash Field Western Knights and Canning City fought out a scoreless draw.

18.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TEN - REVIEW

In the week ten’s match of the round Balga travelled to Kingsway Reserve and came away with a 2-1 win against Kingsway Olympic. Anton De Francesch scored the opener with basically the last kick of the first half. A great through ball saw him with only the keeper to beat, and he made no mistake. Balga made it to 2-0 three minutes into the second half. De Francesch made a run down the right and picked out Kyall Osborne in the box, and he finished well. Olympic got one back with about five minutes to go, after a great cross found Mark Donnelly in the box, who headed home. It set up a grandstand finish, but Balga held on for the points.

Fremantle City maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win against Morley Windmills at Hilton Reserve. The home side opened the scoring when a pin point cross from Liam Farris picked out Alec Robinson to head home from 5meters. They added a second when a through ball from Ben Reynolds sent Robinson clear and he outpaced the defenders and slid the ball pass the keeper. Morley pulled one back on 35 minutes. A long throw was flicked on by Kyle King and the clearance fell to Nicola Gazzola on the edge of the penalty area and he low into the corner of the net. But the result was put out of sight with a third goal to Fremantle. Daniel Glenon sending Robinson clear to complete his hat trick. “A fully deserved win for the lads although Morley looked dangerous on the break they never really had any clear cut chances,” Danny Clapham. “We always looked in control of the game having a goal disallowed and hitting the woodwork. It was a hard worked 3 points for us and we are ready to build on that on Friday against Curtin.”

Joondalup City kept pressure on the league leaders with a 3-0 win against Curtin University at the Iluka Sports Complex. The home side opened the scoring with 35-yard screamer from Joe Smoke. Sam Phillips added the second finishing one-on-one with the keeper, before Smoke added the third with a shot from outside the box. “A great win from the boys after a bad defeat last week,” Joondalup defender Mark Tebbutt said. “We've had a few boys away and injured the past two weeks forcing a reshuffle that ended up going wrong, but back on track now and will be hard to beat from here on in.” Kelmscott Roos came away from the Len Shearer Reserve with a 1-0 win against Melville City. The only goal of the game in the final minute, when Pathy Mpio corner was met by Owen Curtis with an overhead kick to seal the win. Meanwhile Quinns beat Ellenbrook United 3-1 in the local derby at Arbor Grove Reserve.

Wanneroo City resurgence has continued with a 1-0 win against Swan United at Wanneroo Reserve. The only goal of the game came on the half hour, a cross from Godfrey Asimwe crashed off the post, the ball rebounding to Jon McGahern at the back post who volleyed it into the roof of the net. “It was a well fought out battle by the boys to seal the win, and I thought we deserved everything we got as our passion and hunger to win was too much for Swan to handle,” Wanneroo’s Nathan Grostate said. “We owe a lot to our supporters yesterday for being behind us the whole game, and a big thank you to the reserves, who from the first whistle to the last were screaming and cheering us all on which helped us heaps. It was a great day for Wanneroo yesterday with all three team winning, so we now move onto a big game at Quinn's next week.” In the final game Quinns beat Ellenbrook United 3-1 in the local derby at Arbor Grove Reserve.

17.6.2016

CASTRO HEADS TO PERTH FOR MORE GLORY

Perth Glory have re-signed Spanish striker Diego Castro for next season, in a massive boost to the clubs A-League title prospects. The reigning Johnny Warren medalist will return to the west for a second season after officially putting pen to paper while holidaying in his native Spain. It was reported that Castro was heading to the Indian Premier League after being offered a $1.6 million deal, but the 33-year-old has decided the A-League is where he wants to be and the Glory are delighted to have him.

Castro’s re-signing is a major coup given Perth initially feared they would lose the talented playmaker after just one A-League season, but a chat with Kenny Lowe in Madris last month convinced the former Sporting Gijon and Getafe player said he’s delighted to be back in the west, and is hoping to bring a title to the club. “After the year we’ve just had, I feel we have a lot of unfinished business at Perth Glory and I want to win a championship,” Castro said. “I’ve seen what it means to the club, the members and the city and I would like to be part of history.”

The Spaniard played a central role in Glory’s resurgence in the second half of the season and finished as the club’s top scorer with 13 goals and four assists, and was awarded the A-League’s best player last season in a remarkable start to his career in Australia. Castro will fill one of the club’s two allocated marquee slots, and the club have surged into $5.50 favoritism for the 2016-17 championship with the TAB on the back of also signing former A-League golden boot winner Adam Taggart and Socceroos pair Rhys Williams and Chris Herd.

The club have also re-signed Richard Garcia. The 34-year-old, who is good friends with Castro, has been retained with his role as player mentor highly valued within the club, although he is expected to be replaced as captain by either Josh Risdon or Shane Lowry. Glory’s final priority remains signing a preferred starting goalkeeper, with the club working towards a deadline of the middle of next month, with a number of quality keepers being linked with the club. They start the season against Central Coast Mariners at nib Stadium on October 8.

17.6.2016

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND THIRTEEN - PREVIEW

After losing two games on the bounce in the PS4NPLWA, Stirling Lions bounced back last week at Subiaco, and they hit the road again this week, when they head to the Finance 365 Stadium to take on league leaders Bayswater City in the Footballwa Match of the Week. Bayswater moved five points clear at the top of the table with a big win against Perth Glory last week, with new signing Alex Salmon bagging a brace on his debut, and City coach Chris Coyne said it was a clinical team performance. “A good all-round team performance, it wasn’t the best football we’ve played in terms of playing out from the back, but we are adaptable and changed our plan to suit our opposition and the players recognized it and carried out the instruction,” he said. “The football in the final third was excellent and the front 5-6 really gelled really quickly. I thought that Devon Spence was very good again and that is what he is paid for, he is definitely worth a look at A-League level.” The Lions will be looking to close the gap on City, and Coyne said his side need to be on their toes against a talented Stirling outfit. “I’m really looking forward to the game against a very attacking Stirling team,” he explained. “Although they have dropped off the previous weeks they are capable of drowning any team with their pace and flare going forward and we will be mindful of that fact without playing with any fear. We are in good form with goals all over the pitch and will go out and play with confidence and great energy.” In team news Nathan Costello was injured last week, but should be available for selection.

Stirling Coach Rob Milevski said the win at Subiaco was hard fought, but he thought they deserved the win. “We were prepared for a tough game against Subiaco especially after they had their first win against Armadale, and they are always hard to be beat at home,” he said. “It was a solid team performance and we were happy to get the 3 points especially after some costly decisions against us the previous week and it was good to bounce back after Mondays FFA cup loss to Cockburn. A couple of superb set pieces from Miki Vujacic got us off to a good start to lead 2-0 at the half time break and we much better in the attacking third with Teeboy and Daniel Micevski combining well up front with new signing Jamie Gibson.” The Lions lost to Bayswater in the Night Series Final, and in the reverse league meeting this season, and Milevski said it’s a huge challenge, but they are looking forward to it. “It will be a tough game against the leaders who are in good form, but the players are looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “Our previous two encounters this year were both good games and hopefully this will be another entertaining game for the fans.” In team news Michael Pugliese returns from suspension for the Lions.

Inglewood United has had a poor run of form recently, but they produced a good performance last week to draw at Floreat Athena, and they return home this week when they host Balcatta at the Inglewood Stadium. Balcatta stunned Cockburn last week and will be looking to make

In-roads to the six point gap between the two sides on the table. Inglewood defender, come striker, Adam Tong said last week was a tough game but he said the lads were desperate to end their losing streak. “After copping nine goals to Floreat 4 days before, gave an indication that we as a team needed to get back to not conceding again like we were at the beginning of the season,” he explained. “We defended well as a unit and hit them on the counter attack which we worked hard all week prepping on their strengths. Floreat do have an impressive squad and I think a draw was a fair and good result for us. Inglewood have let a five point gap open up with the league leaders, and Tong said Saturday’s game against his former club will be a tough test, but he said they need the win to keep in touch with Bayswater, and keep the other teams off their tails. “Balcatta also have an Impressive young squad and they will be up for it as we have beaten them twice this year, but last game in the Cup was too close for my comfort especially when they had only nine men,” he said. “It’s nice to see a young side doing so well and it adds to an exciting fixture this weekend. If we want to keep up with Bayswater then we want to get a win and a good team performance.”

Armadale will be looking for the points at the other end of the table this week, when they entertain ECU Joondalup at Alfred Skeet Oval. The Reds were beaten by Perth SC last week, this after leading early, while Joondalup beat local neighbours Sorrento. ECU assistant Coach David Tough said last week’s win was well deserved, and ended a six year run without a win against the Gulls at home. “The coaches have all been really happy with the performances from the last couple of weeks, and it was great to get the bragging rights in the derby,” he said. “I thought we dominated the game for long spells and when were required defend we did excellently well. We all know we had a rocky spell in the first half of the season but we knew in that spell we were unable to get enough of the first team player on the park at the same time for varies reason. We worked hard on strengthening the squad in the transfer window and we very happy with the players we've been able to secure for the reminder of the season.” Tough said Armadale will be up for the game and he said the players will need to be switched on from the first whistle, and they will be doing their best to make it three wins on the bounce. “This is a massive game for us as we want to show we can put a run of wins together. Going to Armadale is always a very hard place to go to get a result. Paul Price will have them well organised, they work hard and as all his teams are they'll be hard to break down,” he said. “We’ve got a few players carrying a few knocks after a bruising game against Sorrento, but our physio Regan Arrigoni will work his magic so we'll hopefully have a full squad to choose from.”

Cockburn City came back to earth with a bump last week after their FFA Cup Semi-Final win, when they were beaten 4-2 at Balcatta, and this week they host Perth Glory at Dalmatinac Park, looking to make amends. The Glory was well beaten by Bayswater, but did have chances, which they failed to convert. It was the second game back form injury for Glory defender Jake Iredale, the teenager coming back from a third knee reconstruction, and he said the result didn’t reflect on how the Glory played in the game. “It's always disappointing to lose a game, especially coming off such a good performance last week against Stirling. Bayswater have been the team to beat the last 4 or 5 years and it's always difficult to play against them,” he said. “It was good to gauge ourselves against Bayswater, now we just have to keep moving forward and working hard to continue progressing.” With relegation a possibility for the Glory youngsters this season, Iredale said they need to start picking up points, starting on Saturday, but he said all games are tough in this competition. “Any game in this league is a difficult one for us, there are no easy games but I feel like as a group were starting to turn another corner in our progression and it'll be another great test for the lads on the weekend,” he explained. “I'm really looking forward to the game and hopefully we can get something out of it. Nothing's changed as per the last few weeks. A couple of boys still out with some injuries but their nearing their return now which is good.

Perth SC won their first game under the tenure of Roman Falzon last week against Armadale, and this week they travel to Rosalie Park to take on Subiaco. Subiaco were beaten last time out against Stirling, but will be desperate for the points, to keep in touch with the teams around them at the foot of the table. Perth, on the other hand sits six points off the top, and midfielder Andreas Theodosiades, who scored a contender for goal of the season last week, said it was a hard fought win. “Considering we had key players out on the day we did very well. The younger lads stepped up and we defended exceptionally well,” he said. “We made it much easier for ourselves in the second half with our determination.” Theodosiades knows Subiaco will be fighting for their lives, and is expecting another tough game. “Any game is tough and to be honest in recent years Perth has struggled against Subiaco,” he explained. “Both teams have quite different squads to last year so will definitely be an interesting game and we will be looking for the three points to keep in touch with the leaders.” In team news skipper Clark Keltie is still in doubt due to injury.

In the final game Sorrento will be looking to bounce back from the local derby loss against Joondalup last week, when they entertain Floreat Athena at Percy Doyle Reserve. Floreat drew with Inglewood last week and beat Perth Glory in their midweek catch up game, and will be looking for the three points to keep them in touch with the leaders. That is also the case for the Gulls, and striker Reece Vittiglia said last week loss was hard to take. “It was a very disappointing result last week, of course if we had taken our chances early it could have been a different result,” he said. “However looking back on the whole match the better team won on the day.” Vittiglia knows the task ahead of them, with Floreat in good form. “It’s always a great game when we play Floreat, and they can’t be underestimated, with so many good individuals in their team,” he explained. “Like every team we come up against we will look to play our own game and come away with three points, and it will be the same on Saturday.” In team news Shaun Kilkelly and Daryl Platten returns, while the club hope Matthew Sparrow’s international clearance will be through in time. Bobby Wilson returns to the Floreat side.

17.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND TEN - PREVIEW

It’s week ten of the All Flags State League Division One, and this week’s Footballwa Match of the Week takes us to the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium where league leaders Mandurah City entertain Ashfield. Both sides won 2-0 on the road last week, Mandurah winning the top of the table clash with Joondalup United, while Ashfield beat Rockingham City. Mandurah midfielder Jordan Rhodes said it was a real good game, and said they deserved the win. “Last week was a great win for the club,” he said. “It was a very competitive and open game and both teams played to win, but I thought we were more clinical on the day and deserved the three points.” Rhodes said Saturday’s opponents (Ashfield) are always tough to play, and he’s expecting the same on Saturday. “It will be another tough day at the office again Saturday, as we know Ashfield will be desperate to knock us off,” he said. “For us though we just focus consistently on another three points and keeping our nose out in front. We have a settled line up with Matt Stares and Jack Eades getting 90 minutes under their belt last week since returning from the UK.”

Ashfield’s Jay Lang scored two from the spot last week, and he said it was good win against a strong Rockingham side and bounce back from the loss against Joondalup. “Obviously very disappointing to lose to Joondalup, particularly with how we played in the second half and the chances we created,” he said. “We responded last week at Rockingham with an excellent performance against a very hard working Rockingham side, who made it very difficult for us but fortunately we managed to get the goals at crucial times in the game and that set us up for the win.” Lang said a trip to Mandurah is the biggest test for all teams in the league, but they are confident they can get a result. “We're under no illusions about how difficult the game down in Mandurah will be, our games over the last two seasons have been very close tight games,” he explained. “But as a group were excited about going down to the league leaders and hopefully putting in a good performance.” Ashfield go into the game at full strength.

Forrestfield United are on a five game winning streak and they have home ground advantage this weekend, when they host South West Phoenix at Hartfield Park. They travelled to Dianella last week and come home with the win, while the Phoenix beat Shamrock at home. Forrestfield’s Mitch Crocker said they are playing with a great deal of confidence at the moment, and last week’s win continued it. “I actually thought the win was pretty comfortable. We have been playing with a swagger lately as you could see on the weekend; we looked like scoring every time we went forward,” he said. “Dianella were a bit predictable just throwing long balls into the box which I thought we dealt with very well. It was good to see Rhys (Loxley) get the monkey off his back too because he is full of goals, he just needed that first one.” Crocker said they will not be underestimating Saturday’s opponents, who have a talented squad, and were playing in the top level of WA football only three years ago. “We are confident heading into this weekend because we have been playing so well and everyone is buzzing around the place so keen for the match,” he said. “The feeling around the place is so good at the moment, everyone is happy and it’s starting to show on the pitch. It will be good to see where we are at on Saturday and to see if we can keep this good run going.” Forrestfield have Crocker and Will Tshabangu back from suspension and Scott Barker back from injury, but they will be missing the suspended Ben Rogers and the injured Kaan Karacan.

Canning City will be hoping to continue their good form when they travel to Nash Field to take on Western Knights. The Knights drew 1-1 at Gosnells City last week, while Canning beat UWA Nedlands on the road. Canning Coach Paul Oliver said it was good to back up after a good performance at league leaders Mandurah two weeks ago. “We are pleased with the application shown in the last couple of weeks, given the circumstances with the players we have out at the moment,” he said. “The player who have come in have made it difficult for us to make too many changes with the results the last fortnight being built on discipline and hard work.” Oliver knows the Knights are good at home and have started well this season, and he is expecting a hard game. “They (Knights) have had a good start to the season, so we know we will be in for another tough outing this weekend,” he explained. “To be honest there are no easy games in this league, so you just have to prepare the best we can. We beat them in the cup on their patch earlier in the year, but we know they will be well drilled and we just have to keep the same levels of intensity we have shown recently and hopefully the result will follow.” In team news for Canning, Nathan Hubbard is out and they have a number of players struggling with injury, including Callum Roberts, Tom Gibbins and Joshua Wade.

In other games this weekend Shamrock Rovers have home ground advantage when they host Gosnells City at Harold Rossiter Reserve. It’s been a poor start to the season for Rovers, and they have lost the last five games and conceded 21 goals, so they need to start picking up points and stop the goals, sooner rather than later. After a good start to the season Gosnells have also slipped off the pace, and were held to a draw by the Knights last week. Rockingham City heads to Dianella Reserve to take on Dianella White Eagles in the final game. Dianella were beaten by Forrestfield last week, while Rockingham were beaten by Ashfield. Rockingham coach Rob Crerar’s side have played top four teams in the last three games, and has come out without a point, but the coach said there were some positive sides. “It's been a big test for the group the last few weeks and unfortunately we have come up short,” Crerar said. “We have been slightly naive against these top sides and we need to learn from that for the games ahead.” The trip to Dianella is never easy and Crerar said it will be a huge test. “Dianella is always a tough road trip regardless of how they are performing, and Saturday will be no different,” he said. “I think both sides will want the three points so it should be an exciting game.” In team news Alex Grayson and Sean Brady will miss but they have Matt Brooks, Travis Williams, Abraham Taona and Max Snelson all available.

17.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TEN - PREVIEW

This weeks All Flags State League Division Two match of the week is at Kingsway reserve where Kingsway Olympic host Balga in a local derby. Both sides sit in the top five on the table separated by three points, and both won on the road last week. Olympic edged out Ellenbrook United, while Balga beat Kelmscott Roos. Kingsway defender Wayne Culverwell said the win at Ellenbrook was hard fought, and they (Ellenbrook) didn’t play like a bottom of the table side. “It was good to keep a clean sheet and get the 3 points,” he said. “But it was a disappointing performance from us, although full credit to Ellenbrook they thought really hard from start to finish and really pushed us to the final whistle.” Culverwell is expecting s typical derby game on Saturday and said Balga had improved this season. “It will be an extremely tough match this week, but we always look forward to playing the teams at the top, and this will be no different,” he said. “They have a lot of good players, so we will have to work hard to nullify them, but we’re all looking forward to it.” In team news for Kingsway Joe Woodin and Ali Elhassan should return this week, but David Gordon will miss due to injury.

Balga midfielder Justin Caratozzolo said last week was an important win, after back-to-back defeats. “The win at Kelmscott was massive for us, especially after losing two games in a row, and we needed the win in order to stay at the top end of the table,” he said. “Our first half performance was very good, but we dropped off in the second and started to feel the pressure, but at the end of the day we got the three points which was what mattered.” Caratozzolo said the league is tight at the moment and every game is close, and he’s expecting the same on Saturday. “Every game is a big game for us this season, and we know they (Kingsway) are only three points behind us on the table, and will be doing all they can to reduce that gap,” he explained. “I’m sure if we play our game, and keep calm under pressure, we will have no problems winning the game, and keep the pressure on the teams above us.” In team news Juma Awaka returns from suspension, and Coach Ljupco Taneski will have a full squad to choose from.

League leaders Fremantle City have home ground advantage when they entertain Morley Windmills at Hilton Park. Fremantle were held to a scoreless draw at Melville City last week, while Morley’s recent good form continued with 6-1 thrashing of Joondalup City. Morley winger Kyle King said the win, their second in a row, was huge. “The win was a massive lift for us all as it's the first time we have put back to back wins together all season,” he said. “However we started slow like every other game and conceded the first goal before we started to get going, we could have been 3-0 down in first 20 minutes before we decided to turn up so as always we are a work in progress and hopefully we can continue to make strides forward.” King said the trip to top of the table side will give them a guide to where they are at. “We approach every game the same and that is to get the three points,” he said. “Yes they are top and yes they have good players, but our focus is all on the way we will play and how we will overturn them. The boys are raring to go and confidence is starting to build within the group.” In team news Gavin Brady is out injured, and David Houston and Igor Novakovic are suspended, but Sasa Slavujevic and new signing Martyn Jones come into the squad.

In other games there is another local northern derby when Ellenbrook United host Quinns at Arbor Grove Reserve. Quinns defeated Swan United at home last week to close the gap to the top five, while Ellenbrook, who are still searching for their first win of the season, were edged out at home by Kingsway, so this one should be another tight game. Curtin University hit the road this week with a trip to the iluka Sports Complex to take on Joondalup City. Curtin’s game last week was abandoned at half time, while Joondalup were hammered 1-6 at Morley. Both sides will be looking for the victory, and this one could go either way. Melville City ended a three game losing streak with a hard fought 0-0 draw last week against league leaders Fremantle City, and this week they host Kelmscott Roos at Len Shearer Reserve. Kelmscott lost narrowly to Balga last week, but Chris Bates has his side playing well and will head into this one full of confident.

In the final game of the round, former Wanneroo City Coach Matt Debarro takes his new side Swan United back to Wanneroo Reserve. The Roos game at Curtin was abandoned at half time last week, but their form has picked up in recent weeks, while Swan was beaten at Quinns. Debarro said it was poor finishing that cost them. “It was disappointing as we had the chances to go well ahead early but failed to finish them,” he said. “Quinns played well and to be fair they deserved it as they took their chances, we need to be more clinical going forward.” Debarro said Saturday’s game will be interesting and is expecting a tight encounter. “I'm sure it will be a tough game, they will be out to try and prove a point, but for myself and the team it is another game to try and win to stay up with the top two,” he explained. “We had a good season there last year football wise, it was behind the scenes where things weren't right, but I have no animosity towards them as a club. Swan was my club for four years and even longer for the four players who have returned with me. We wanted to help Swan get back into Division One and that is what we are playing for.” In team news for Swan Lyon Varney is suspended and Cory Hugo is unavailable, but Debarro has enough depth to cope and they will be eager to bounce back and keep their season on track.”

17.6.2016

PEREIRA PLANS FOR A BETTER SECOND HALF (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Josh Pereira is hoping for a good run of form and fitness over the second half of the National Premier Leagues season, beginning the upcoming home game against Balcatta. Pereira came to Inglewood United at the start of the year ready to embrace the challenge offer by a new club, and eager to grow and develop as a player.

However, Pereira's first six months with the club haven't quite gone to plan with the holding midfielder starting less than half of Inglewood's twenty-one league and cup games. "I'm happy with the way the season is going in general, but there have been a few personal frustrations," Pereira explained.

"The main frustration is that whenever I begin to string a few starts together I manage to pick up a niggling injury, which sets me back. I've been addressing that by working on my strength and conditioning. If I continue to train well and with good intensity then the opportunity to start will present itself again."

Pereira has missed Inglewood's last three games - two losses and a draw - but the 23-year old is confident the team are on the verge of a winner's circle return. "Getting a result at Floreat Athena last week was crucial," he said. "We needed to show resilience and have a positive mindset to put the past few games behind us."

"Our drive is stronger than ever and our focus has turned to Balcatta, a team that plays with intensity and can be quick to exploit your mistakes. We've regained our defensive structure and with a few attacking players coming back into the side I feel that we will get back to winning ways on Saturday."

16.6.2016

TAGGART PRIMED TO GET CAREER BACK ON TRACK

When he left Perth as a teenager chasing his soccer dream, Adam Taggart had no intention of returning before the twilight of a long professional career. But a testing run of injuries during his stint at English Championship club Fulham led the talented striker to conclude there could be no better place than home to get himself back into peak condition.

The ECU Joondalup product will be back in Perth Glory colours this season where he will be part of one of the A-League's most potent attacking line-ups alongside Irish marksman Andy Keogh and Spanish star Diego Castro. How coach Kenny Lowe will squeeze such riches of firepower into his starting line-up remains a tantalising quandary as the players prepare to start pre-season.

Taggart is considered one of the country's top young strikers and has already notched seven games and three goals for the Socceroos, as well as winning the A-League Golden Boot award with Newcastle United in 2013/14. His transfer to Glory, following a short loan to Scottish Premiership side Dundee United, was sealed in January but FIFA regulations prevented him from playing for his hometown club.

That enforced break has allowed Taggart to freshen up, settle into his new home in Leederville and regain excitement for the game he loves. "To be honest when I was overseas, the plan was not to come back until you're 30 and prolong your career away as much as possible," Taggart said.

"I think going overseas is difficult at the best of times, let alone when you sort of have 12 months out of the game and then try to break into any first team, especially somewhere like Fulham, which is a big club in a big competition. Coming home in the end there was definitely no regrets."

"You've got to look at everything; what's going to be the best thing for my body, not necessarily starting again but to be able to take that approach where it's just a fresh start. I know the head coach, I know the assistant coach, I know the physios, I knew the club really well and it was sort of about just getting back to the right environment to succeed again."

Taggart played juniors at Joondalup and first encountered Lowe in the National Training Centre program. "The older you get the more you realise how important it is to be playing under people you really respect and enjoy playing football for," he said. "Kenny Lowe and (Glory assistant coach) Andy Ord I knew from my younger days so it's been really enjoyable being back."

15.6.2016

DE SILVA READY FOR BIG SECOND YEAR AT RODA

Exciting young prospect Daniel De Silva has opened up on the commando-style regimen he hopes can cement him as a regular starting berth at Roda JC. De Silva recently declared his Dutch club would see a different player report for pre-season training next month after spending a four-weeks working with renowned high-performance coach Tim Schleiger in Melbourne.

De Silva made eleven appearances - only one of which was a start - in his debut Dutch campaign after signing from Perth Glory, though he was confident of adding to that in 2016/17. "Physicality is what you can continually work on and growing up I didn't have that side to my game, which is why I didn't play much,'' De Silva said.

"Now I'm working hard and there's no excuses any more, certainly not that (physical) excuse. The main objective is to get myself really strong and fit and build a really solid foundation. I'm 19, but when I get into those physical battles with men or a big centre-half, I need to be able to hold my own in those duels.

"I've always been agile, I'm not coming here to lose that, but so when I get into those battles I can give a bit back and be a harder player. Also repeat efforts. If I can only do, say, five short bursts, now I'm training to do 15 or 20, which makes you more dangerous for longer.''

The tailored De Silva regimen has been masterminded by Schleiger, a guru who works with AFL players and Test cricketers and oversees every session, and former Socceroo and agent Vince Grella. "It's the first time I've done real one on one training like this, it's really specific for me and what I need,'' the attacking midfielder said. "We do different sessions each day. Sometimes on the field, working on physicality, running and trying to be more explosive."

"Then gym work, with weights and a really focus on core with the stomach, glutes and quads. We've had a few sessions in the pool, swimming, which is probably the most difficult. Match fitness is another thing but it's been a hard few weeks, I'm enjoying it and I'm working with a great trainer. I feel way fitter than what I did going into camp three weeks ago and by the end I'll be ready to go.''

14.6.2016

DAVIES TARGETS MALAYSIA RETURN BEFORE SUZUKI CUP

Thrust into the captaincy of Pahang at the tender age of 21, Malaysia defender Matthew Davies believes he is ready for the pressure cooker atmosphere of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. With his international teammates training in Brisbane on their Oceania tour, Davies is on the comeback trail from injury in Singapore, with Pahang playing three friendly games.

Davies withdrew from the AFC Asian Cup playoff against Timor-Leste earlier this month with a lower back complaint, but hopes that he can still force his way into the squad before November's Suzuki Cup. "It's very disappointing that I've had to pull out of this tour due to injury and I hope it doesn't affect long term selection for the national team," Davies said.

"Playing in the Suzuki Cup is a big goal of mine. I'm focusing on that for this year and for next year it would have to be the SEA Games. It's my target to be selected for the squad, work my way into contention and hopefully play some games."

Western Australia-born Davies, who played 16 games for Perth Glory before moving to Malaysia, got his first taste of international football last year, playing five games for the Under-23s and seven for the senior side. And although he featured several times against LionsXII before they left the Malaysia Super League last year, Davies has never appeared in a cross Causeway battle at international level.

"Being in Singapore for the SEA Games last year, it gave me a hint of what it might be like, but we were in different groups in the football competition so we didn't get to play," said Davies. "So, I've yet to experience a Malaysia-Singapore derby, but have big expectations of what it would be like. It's not an option to lose."

Davies' mother is from the state of Sabah, which allowed him to become a Malaysian citizen last year. Since then it's been a whirlwind ride, culminating in taking over the captaincy of a struggling Pahang side this season. Unfortunately, the Elephants sit in the relegation zone, second from bottom with only two wins in their first dozen games.

"It's a unique position for me, being so young, and being made captain. It was a bit of a shock initially, but I'm doing the best I can and hopefully my performances remain high," he said. "I'm enjoying my time in Malaysia and hopefully I can bring my consistency for my club to international level." Pahang open their Malaysia Cup campaign against Kelantan on 12 July, four days before the resumption of the Malaysian Super League.

11.6.2016

BAYSWATER TOO STRONG FOR GLORY

Bayswater City proved too strong for Perth Glory, running out 5-1 winners at the Ashfield Arena, moving them five points clear at the top of the table. Jason Mirco and new signing Alex Salmon both grabbed doubles, with Sam Mitchinson adding the other. Glory’s consolation goal came from Nikola Talimdzioski. “Today I thought some of our finishing was superb and some of our build up play, especially going forward was very pleasing,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne said. “I thought all of our boys worked hard today; we are starting to put a really good run together and we are playing some excellent football as well, and hopefully that will continue because I know Inglewood have a tough run of games coming up and we are happy with what we are doing at the moment.”

The visitors were out of the blocks early, and Glory keeper Jordan Thurtell had to be alert on eight minutes to deny Alex Salmon’s cheeky back heel. Their early pressure was rewarded with the lead four minutes later. Sam Mitchinson made space down the left and crossed to Jason Mirco who headed home. Glory settled and Gian Albano tried his luck from long-range put his shot was saved by former Glory keeper Devon Spence. Moment later Joe Knowles’ shot from the edge of the penalty area on 25 minutes was tipped over the top by Spence.

But sixty seconds later Bayswater doubled their advantage. A quick counter attack ended with Salmon, and the English striker, signed from Armadale in the transfer window, fired home from close-range. Spence again denied the Glory before the break, saving superbly to thwart Daniel Stynes. The visitors added to their lead seven minutes into the second half, Salmon picking out Mitchinson who finished with aplomb.

They added a fourth on the hour, another quick counter attack by Devon Gibson, ended with the defender slipping the ball into Salmon who made no mistake. The Glory pulled one back on 77 minutes, Talimdzioski was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and the youngster picked himself up score from the resulting free kick. But two minutes from time City added a fifth, Mirco lost his marker in the penalty area and finished low past Thurtell from a tight angle.

11.6.2016

ALL SQUARE AT LITIS STADIUM

After being thrashed by Floreat Athena in the Cup last week, Inglewood United made emends by taking a point off them in a hard fought 1-1 draw at the E&D Litis Stadium. United, who had been on a three game losing streak, put in a much better performance to maintain second spot on the table, but Scott Blackmore and Lewis McMahon were both sent off. Mark Pritchard gave the visitors an early lead, but that was cancelled out by Jonathon Stynes just before half time. “It’s a great turnaround for us, getting the team spirit back after that result in the cup,” Inglewood skipper David Cyrus said. “The boys did really well to get the point, but it’s great for us. Everyone has a blip in the season and hopefully that was ours. We set the standards high and that point could make a difference coming into the final half of the season.”

Inglewood was out of the blocks early and hit the front on six minutes. Pritchard sent Ashley Rosindale into the penalty area and he was brought down by Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Pritchard stepped up to score from the resulting penalty. Floreat lifted and they went close themselves moments later, McMahon’s long-range free kick hitting the crossbar, while new signing Dean Evans fired wide.

Then Daniel Stynes shot from the edge of the box was blocked. United almost doubled their lead on 40 minutes. A quick counter attack ended with Calum O’Connell whose shot was cleared off the line by Blair Govan. But in the shadows of half time the home side levelled. Phil Arnold’s shot was saved by Alex Dunn, but Stynes was on hand to score from the rebound.

Chances were few and far between in the second half but like the first all the action came late. First United midfielder Scott Blackmore was sent off, and the home side pushed for the winner. Chris Saldaris and McMahon both saw chances fly over the top, before in injury time Ludovic Boi’s shot was cleared off the line by O’Connell to earn a point for United. The drama wasn’t over then, and McMahon was sent off after a melee after the final whistle.

11.6.2016

FALZON EARNS FIRST WIN IN PERTH HOT-SEAT

New Perth SC Coach Ramon Falzon has won his first game in charge of the Dorrien Gardens club with a come-from-behind 3-1 home win against Armadale. Danny Hodgson, who was playing his first game of the season after a knee injury, opened the scoring for the visitor’s mid-way through the first half, but Perth hit back with a brace from Dino Topcagic and another from Andreas Theodosiades giving them the points. The win was an important one as we could only manage a draw last week,” Topcagic said. “Armadale are a very physical side who live off second balls and since we were slow in transition in the first 45 minutes they were able to hurt us. However, we managed to turn things around after the break and I'm glad my two goals could help the team do that. We had a very young side again this week and it proved once more that the youth are more than capable of playing in this league.”

Armadale, with new signing David Annall in the side, dominated early and created a number of half chances that they failed to convert. Their dominance was rewarded with the lead on 22 minutes. Ellis Healing’s corner was headed goalwards by Jesse Fuller at the back post, which was cleared off the line, but in the resulting goal mouth scramble Hodgson was on hand to fire home. It was more than the visitors deserved, but Perth lifted and hit back eight minutes before half time, with one of the goals of the season.

Theodosiades picked the ball up in the middle of the park, and moved forward and wasn’t closed down, and the midfielder hit an unstoppable shot from long-range into the top corner of the net, giving Luke Radonich no chance. Armadale were convinced they had a penalty three minutes from half time. Healing was clipped in the box after a mazy run, but referee Tom Glavovic turned down their penalty claims, much to the displeasure of the Armadale players and coaching staff.

After the break Perth looked sharper, and on the hour they hit the front. Striker Gustavo Catarcione sent Topcagic into the penalty area and he finished with aplomb, low past Radonich. The points were sealed when Perth added a third, moments later. Topcagic was on target again, scoring via the crossbar after a quick counter attack. Armadale pressed late looking to get back in the game but they couldn’t find a way past a tight Perth defence.

11.6.2016

LIONS BACK IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE

Stirling Lions have bounced back from three consecutive defeats with a convincing 3-1 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. Daniel Micevski and Shane Cassidy gave the visitors the lead at the break, but Michael Lawson pulled one back for the home side mid-way through the second half to give them hope, but Teeboy Kamara sealed the three points with a late strike. “I thought we controlled the game for the most part, took us a whole to settle in but once we got the goal we were pretty comfortable,” Lions skipper Miki Vujacic said. “They came out firing second half which led to the goal, and they are a much better team since the last time we played them, that's for sure. It’s good for us to get a win after a few rough weeks, hopefully this is the start of our run into the finals.”

Fresh off their first win of the season, Subiaco looked lively early and Adam White’s shot flashed just wide of the post. But the Lions, who thrashed Subiaco 7-1 in the opening game of the season, hit back and were ahead on 22 minutes. Vujacic’s free kick wasn’t dealt with by Ryan Montgomery, and Daniel Micevski made no mistake from close-range. Subiaco hit back and James Casserly headed wide from a corner, but the visitors did better from their set-piece six minutes from half time. Vujacic was the provider again, finding Cassidy who powered home.

Subiaco were on the back foot again after half time and Mathiang Mathiang wasted a good opportunity to bag his first goal for the club, while Kamara and Jamie Gibson also wasted good chances. The Lions profligacy was punished on 67 minutes when Subiaco pulled one back, Lawson capping off a fine debut by firing home from the edge of the box. It was game on and there were chances at both ends, but in the final minute, and Subiaco pushing men forward looking for the equaliser the Lions scored the decisive third goal. David Micevski picked out Kamara, who finished well past Montgomery, to seal the win.

11.6.2016

BALCATTA FIRST HALF BLITZ SEES OFF COCKBURN

Three goals in the space of five first half minutes have helped Balcatta beat Cockburn City 4-2 at Grindleford Reserve. This was after the visitors had taken the lead early through Cameron Edwards. Former Cockburn duo Conor Kavanagh and Alan Carroll put the home side in front, before Cameroon Teece added a third moments later, and Alexs Suleski added a fourth just before half time. Julian Teles scored Cockburn’s second goal in the final minute. “It was a great win for us to redeem ourselves from last week's loss,” Jon Corness said. “We were well on top of the game in the first half and deserved our lead at half time, but the second half was a different story. We dropped off and let Cockburn play more and they grabbed a goal at the end which soured the win slightly, but it's another 3 points on the board and 6 wins from 8 games which is encouraging.”

The visitors, who have been on a good run of form in recent weeks, were ahead on six minutes. Edwards’s in-swinging corner beat everyone and found its way into the net via the post. The home side hit back and levelled on 20 minutes, Corness’ cross picking out Kavanagh who headed past Luke Radonich. The home side hit the front three minutes later, Carroll punishing his former team, firing home in a goalmouth scramble after they failed to clear a corner.

It was 3-1 moments later, when Edwards brought down Teece in the box and referee David Bruce pointed to the spot. Teece picked himself up kept his nerve and stepped up and scored. Balcatta hit a fourth in first half stoppage time. Winger Hanafi Ghazali raced past his marker on the flank, and crossed to Seleski who made no mistake, and Balcatta lift the pitch to a standing ovation from their supporters.

Cockburn improved after the break, with Scott Miller’s half time address sinking in. Second half substitutes Teles and Jesse Lazzaro both firing inches past the post. City then lost Angel Andres with injury, but they did finish well and scored a consolation goal in stoppage time, Teles firing past Clint Davies with a free kick.

11.6.2016

ECU TAKES OUT BRAGGING RIGHTS IN NORTHERN DERBY

ECU Joondalup have taken out bragging rights after beating Sorrento 3-0 in the Northern derby at the ECU Joondalup Stadium. It was the first home win for ECU against their near neighbours since round 23 in 2011, with Gordon Smith bagging a brace and Tommy Amphlett adding the other. New signing Rikki Smith said it was a good all-round team display. “It was a great team performance from the lads today, a good three points and a clean sheet as well,” he said. “It was the sort of game I like, to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into it, and I think defensively we were strong today, but like I said a real team effort.”

The visitors went close to the opener after only four minutes, a corner wasn’t dealt with by ECU and the ball fell to Brad McDonald on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was superbly saved low to his left by Lewis Italiano. Gordon Smith had a perfect opportunity to level on 18 minutes, when he was sent clear by new signing Kevin Moon, he rounded the keeper but took the ball too wide and the chance was gone.

But 11 minutes into the second half the home side found the break through. Moon and Gordon Smith combined to free Amphlett, who finished well past James Morgan. It was 2-0 moments later, Andy Higgins’ corner picked out the unmarked Gordon Smith who headed home from close-range. Sorrento were struggling in the final third, but should have pulled one back on 77 minutes.

Steven McDonald’s header back across goal found Sean Canham, but with the goal at his mercy the big striker blazed over. With Sorrento pressing forward ECU were finding holes at the back. Gordon Smith volleyed over, before Shane Pickering fired inches wide from Paddy Doyle’s cross. Then in stoppage time ECU added a third, when Steven McDonald brought down Gordon Smith, and the Scottish striker picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty.

11.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND NINE - REVIEW

Mandurah City has returned to the top of the All Flags State League Division One with a 2-0 win against Joondalup United in the top of the table clash at Forrest Park. Craig Tone and Oscar Thompson scored in the first half, and despite all Joondalup’s second half efforts they couldn’t get back in the game. “Mick and I are delighted to win away and taking another step to improving our game, we were very good today,” Coach Doug Hesketh said. “We were hungry, determined and very efficient, the traveling support enjoyed a great game and I’m very pleased and proud of the performance.” Joondalup opened the brighter and were calling all the shots, but the visitors steadied and hit the front on the quarter hour. Tom Straker’s cross picked out Tone, who headed home past James Bosdet.

Mandurah had keeper Brad Eiffe to thank for maintaining their lead, the custodian making a fantastic reaction save mid-way through the half. Mandurah hit back and Ollie McGee header crashed off the crossbar, and Andy Brown’s follow up shot was cleared off the line. But in the shadows of half time Mandurah doubled their advantage. Thompson getting on the end of Jon Brookes corner and heading home powerfully. The home side hit back after the break and James Harmer’s shot beat Eiffe but crashed off the crossbar, while down the other end Tone’s free kick hit the post as both sides pressed, but Mandurah held on and left with a points.

Forrestfield United closed the gap on Joondalup to just one point with a 3-1 win against Dianella White Eagles at Dianella Reserve. “It was a tough game as we had no idea what to expect, but we knew that they recruited heavily during the transfer window with some excellent players amongst them,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “We lost a player with injury and had Ben (Rogers) sent off which was the only disappointments on the day.” United lost Kaan Karacan after only ten minutes with a broken collar bone, after a poor tackle. But on 21 minutes the visitors hit the front. Sedad Yagli and Rogers combined the later crossing to Rhys Loxley to score at the back post.

It was 2-0 on the half hour, a free kick was headed against the bar by Jordan Hart, but Milan Vulin was quickest to react to head home the rebound. Rogers then struck the crossbar and Dianella keeper Yousri Gharsallah produced a great save to deny Hart late in the half. It was tight second half with half chances at both ends but all the action came late. Rogers was sent off in the 84th minute for a second yellow card, but the ten men added a third in the final minute. Sani Sinclair sent Loxley clear and he finished with aplomb past Gharsallah. Dianella scored a late consolation goal, with former Forrestfield striker Chris Rizidis firing home after Forrestfield failed to deal with a cross into the box.

In other games Ashfield travelled to the Lark Hill Sportsplex and came away with a 2-0 win against Rockingham City. Jay Lang opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half, after Stephen Kirk was brought down, and Lang doubled their advantage also from the penalty spot in the second half, after Jamie Burns was brought down. Shamrock Rovers’ poor season continued with a 4-1 defeat at Hay Park against South West Phoenix, with Ryan Stewart, Martin Ryan, Ryan Francis and Carlo Chiellini on target for the Phoenix, while Gosnells City and Western Knights drew 1-1 at Walter Padbury Reserve. The Knights looked like they would leave with the points after Jeffrey Judge turned home Paul Lloyd’s cross. But with two minutes remaining Gosnells levelled. A free kick was swung in by Dean Aplegren and Adam Blewett headed home to secure a point.

In Sunday’s game Canning City travelled to the UWA Sports Park and came home with a hard fought 1-0 win. In tough weather conditions, the only goal of the game came 15 minutes from time. Charlie Parry closed down the full back on the left and won the ball with a solid tackle. He raced away down the left and into the box and side footed the ball into the far corner. Canning coach Paul Oliver was delighted with win. “It was a gutsy performance from the lads who have put in back to back 90 minute displays. We have showed in patches this year that we can match it with any team in this league but not been consistent enough,” he explained. “The last fortnight the players have done all the right things at training and on a match day and that's starting to pay off, so we just need to keep working and results will follow. The conditions in the second half especially made it hard for both teams to play football and it was a bit of a tussle. I thought our players were just that little bit hungrier and deserved what we got.”

11.6.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND NINE - REVIEW

The top of the All Flags State League Division Two is becoming a log-jam, with only four points separating the top five sides. Balga SC moved to second spot with a hard fought 2-1 win against Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park. The visitors were ahead on 21 minutes, Daniel Nalat through ball sent Vlad Naumovski clear and he made no mistake. Naumovski added his and Balga’s second on 35 minutes, Nalat was the supplier again, crossing to Naumovski who fired home from close-range. Kelmscott hit back on the hour, Sulley Rogers scoring, after good work on the flank by Pathy Mpio. “We went into the game determined to get back into winning ways. After two losses in a row, 3 points was a must,” Balga’s Justin Caratozzolo said. “After going 2-0 up in the first half, we were under pressure in the second to hold our lead, but we kept it together as a team to secure the win, which was what we came for.”

Fremantle City increased their lead at the top, but they were held to a 0-0 draw by Melville City at the Len Shearer Reserve. Swan United lost ground on the top two after losing 2-1 against Quinns FC at Gumblossom Park. The visitors opened brightly, but they had keeper Cory Hugo for keeping them level. The veteran custodian pulling off one of the saves of the season to deny Brian Cairney’s header. Nicky Sharples then went close for Quinns, after rounding Hugo, but he took the ball wide and failed to find the target. But on 20 minutes Quinns hit the front, Alex Sallary ball from the right found Craig Tooley, who controlled the ball well and volleyed home from 10meters. Swan went within inches of scoring moments later, Mark McAllister’s shot crashed off the cross bar and away to safety. The home side doubled their advantage on the hour, Tooley and Cairne combined down the right, and the ball found its way to Chris Williams whose long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net, giving Hugo no chance. Swan were back in the game ten minutes later, Tom Black’s cross was headed past Adam Bowers by John Monterosso. Swan pressed looking for the equaliser but they couldn’t find it and Quinns held on for the win.

Joondalup City good form went missing when they were thrashed 6-1 by Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve. It started well for the visitors and they were ahead on 10 minutes, with Jamie Stewart scoring, but it went downhill after that. Morley levelled 10 minutes later, after Kyle King cut the ball back to new signing Nicola Gazzola to score. It was 2-1 moments later, Kyle King racing clear and finishing with aplomb. Gazzola added the third from the penalty spot ten minutes later before the midfielder completed his hat-trick on 35 minutes, with King cutting the ball back from the bye-line. King added a fifth just before half time, losing his marker in the box to score, and Gazzola completed the scoring bagging his fourth with a shot from the edge of the box after King held off his marker from laid the ball into his path. “We have had 6-7 players missing in every game this year and most of them have filtered back in the last couple of weeks, and Saturday was the first time we actually started to play to our full potential,” Morley Coach John Castrilli said. “It was a great morale boost for the players and I certainly hope we can continue playing the way we have in the last couple of weeks.”

In the other game on Saturday Kingsway Olympic beat local rivals Ellenbrook United 1-0 at Arbor Grove Reserve. The only goal of the game came on 35 minutes, when Lee Thomas crossed to the back post and Mark Donnelly finished. “We were just happy to walk away with the right result in the end, a couple of enforced changes through the middle of the park meant that we never really found our rhythm against a committed and hardworking Ellenbrook side,” Donnelly said. “It was a result built largely on a solid defensive performance from the back four, but it was good to pop up in the right place at the right time and put away a scrappy chance that made sure we got the points.” In Sunday’s game between Curtin University and Wanneroo City the game was abandoned due to a water logged pitch at half time, and will be rescheduled at a later date. It was 0-0 at the break, and that was thanks to Jack Kenny’s penalty save.

11.6.2016

SOCCEROOS TO PLAY WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN PERTH

Perth has been chosen as host city for the Socceroos crucial World Cup qualifier against Iraq on 1 September. The game will be played at Perth Oval, making it the second time in twelve months Perth has hosted a World Cup qualifier following on from the national teams' 6-0 demolishion of Bangladesh last September. Australia needs to finish in the top two of its six-team group to book its place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Defender Trent Sainsbury is understandably desperate to be involved in the upcoming game after missing the Bangladesh clash through injury. “Perth is my home town and I look forward to wearing the green and gold in front of my family and friends,” said Sainsbury, who scored for the Socceroos in their 2-1 friendly loss to Greece last week. “I’m happy we will be heading back there.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Perth Glory right-back Josh Risdon. “I’m fortunate to play my club football in front of family and friends but it would be an unbelievable experience to be part of a Socceroos squad for the match against Iraq in Perth,” Risdon said. Australia have won their last three games against Iraq, including twice in qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.




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