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This Saturday on The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM at 10am, Jason Washington-King will be hosting with Don Evans. Guests will be Taki Nicolaidis (Inglewood United), Ramon Falzon (Perth), Matt Cheeseman (Football West) and Damon Atthowe (WA school sports). The agenda includes the NPL-WA, women's football and all the news from around the leagues. Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0408 921 832.

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25.8.2016

WILIAMS REFLECTS ON RIO OLYMPICS

Matilda's goalkeeper Lydia Williams says representing her indigenous heritage at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was a dream come true and meeting her childhood hero Cathy Freeman made her speechless. Along with her teammate Kyah Simon, Lydia Williams has always been a proud exponent of her Aboriginal culture and both players followed in the footsteps of Australian athletic legend Freeman when they competed in Brazil.

After the Matildas were knocked out of the women’s football tournament Williams got the opportunity to meet her idol and the 28-year old says representing her community at the Olympics was an honour. “It’s everything that I dreamed of,” she said. “I’ve been watching the Olympics since before I was playing football, so for me being an Olympian was such an incredible thing.”

“To represent both my country and my culture is a pretty special thing and I’m proud of myself and proud of the girls. Obviously Kyah is as well, it’s a pretty special moment. The time to reflect on it will be after this - which I haven’t really reached yet. I’m definitely proud of the impact I’ve had on the Australian team and the people back home and my family. “

The Matildas were so close to playing off for a medal but lost on penalties to the host country and Williams says she was blown away by how the Brazilian crowd supported their team and the Australians. “It was one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve ever had,” she said. “When the Brazilian anthem was going on and the whole crowd stopped and sung with them.”

“Just reflecting on a moment in women’s sport - it was incredible to see a country get behind their women’s team. I had great respect for the crowd they applauded us after the fantastic effort that we put in and the girls have nothing to feel anything except but proud because we took it to them and it could’ve gone either way at the end.”

The Aussies led eventual gold medallists Germany 2-0 in their second group game before it finished in a 2-2 draw and coupled with the result against Brazil, Williams says exciting times lie ahead. “This team can achieve anything,” she said. “To have the support and the backing of friends and family back home and the fans and the footballing people that’s incredible.”

“It’s only going to grow the game even more and we are really excited for it. This team is still quite young, our average is still 24 and in another four years it’s going to be 28. For us it could’ve been anything can happen with the penalty. We proved that we can compete with anyone in the world and we were just so close but we are really excited to see what we can bring in the future.”

25.8.2016

BROTHERLY ADVICE DRAWS MILLS TO GLORY

He's lived with Welsh superstar Gareth Bale and England poster boy Theo Walcott but new recruit Joseph Mills is hoping his switch to Perth Glory is his best move yet. Mills started his career alongside Bale and Walcott at Southampton's renowned football academy but while they've gone on to become soccer megastars, Mills has become somewhat of an English journeyman.

The 26-year old made 35 league and cup appearances for Southampton before stints at Scunthorpe United, Doncaster Rovers, Reading, Burnley, Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town. Needing a fresh start, he sought advice from his brother Jonathan who convinced him to join him down under in the city of Perth.

"He came over here just for a holiday and this is his sixth year here now, so that tells you a lot about the city," Mills said. "He loves it. He said how friendly a place it is to live. Everyone's welcoming, which I've found. He always said about coming over here. And with last season, I wasn't enjoying my football as much. Once the offer was on the table, I jumped on it."

Mills missed Glory's 2-0 FFA Cup win over Brisbane through illness but played 45 minutes in the side's 1-0 win over the WA State side earlier this month. The former England U18 international is a chance to feature again for Glory in Thursday night's friendly clash with Iraq, who are in Perth preparing for next week's World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos.

Glory have been installed early favourites for this season's A-League crown following an impressive recruitment drive that netted Adam Taggart, Rhys Williams, Mills and Rostyn Griffiths. The quartet will join the likes of Socceroo Josh Risdon, ex-Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh, one-time Millwall defender Shane Lowry and former La Liga attacker Diego Castro in the star-studded squad.

22.8.2016

“DAD IS MY INSPIRATION” SAYS GALLOWAY

From Perth to Melbourne via the Australian Institute of Sport, 21-year old Scott Galloway is pursuing his passion for football and making a name for himself at Melbourne Victory. Paul Galloway, Scott's father, migrated from Northern Ireland to Australia, bringing with him a love for the beautiful game that he and his son would later bond over.

That bond is the reason Scott became involved with the sport. "My dad's from Northern Ireland and over there, football is a religion – everyone loves it," Galloway says. "He used to play in different teams and was pretty athletic when he was younger, so I took after him and developed a passion towards it like him."

Coming from a supportive family meant Galloway had the confidence and drive to forge a career in football. "My dad would take me down to the park all the time and some days we'd come back happy, some days we didn't," Galloway says. "He was harsh on me sometimes, but it's what I needed. He pushed me hard, which you need your parents to do when you're young if you want to succeed."

Although he received some tough love at times, Galloway admits it was for the best. "As my dad, he could see what I could do and how I could improve," Galloway explains. "He figured that if he could push me in the right direction, I could make it here and even further one day."

After playing for local teams in Perth and then moving to the National Training Centre, Galloway was selected for the Australian Institute of Sport at the age of 16. From there, it was Ange Postecoglou who spotted the youngster and offered him an opportunity at Victory. "It's coming up to four years now that I've been in Melbourne," Galloway said.

Galloway reflects on his Victory debut - in the February 2013 derby with Melbourne Heart - as one of his greatest achievements. "But also going to the Under-20 World Cup, playing and starting in the games against Columbia, El Salvador and Turkey, as well as being selected for the Olyroos," he added. "It's hard to pick because I look at each thing that comes along as a great achievement and something to be proud of."

As for his biggest inspiration, Galloway has Paul at the top of the list. "My dad is my inspiration, especially because of where he has come from, what he's done in his life, and what he continues to do for our family now," Galloway says. "He works hard every day and looks after both himself and my family and I hope that one day I can repay the favour."

21.8.2016

CHAMPIONS ON THE BRINK OF MISSING FINALS

Bayswater City’s hold on the PS4 NPLWA title is over, after they were beaten 2-1 by a 10-man Floreat Athena at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday. The defeat for City puts them in fifth place, with just one match to play, and will have to rely on other results to make it into the top four, while Floreat climbed to third place (and have their destiny in their own hands). Brian Farrell gave the visitors the lead on the half hour, and Denis Galan was then sent off, but two goals after the break from former City striker Phil Arnold and Jon Stynes gave the home side a memorable win. “Credit to the boys they were magnificent today,” Floreat assistant coach Tim Kantor said. “Our season was on the line and we just said to the boys at half time to put up a huge effort because we’re not going to get defensive we’re going to stay attacking and they were magnificent. “There’s one thing about this group and they galvanise in situations like this and not just today they’ve been fantastic all year.”

The visitors were out of the blocks early and had the better of the opening exchanges and on the half hour they hit the front. A poor clearance from former City defender Chris Saldaris fell to Farrell, who made mistake from close-range. Floreat, who were still without the influential pair Ludovic Boi and Bobby Wilson, continued to struggle and on 38 minutes they were reduced to ten men when Galan received two quick yellow cards from referee Adam Fielding. Luka Ninkovic was a constant threat for the visitors, but Floreat hung on to half time.

Whatever Coach Glen Grostate said at the break had the desired effort and three minutes they levelled. Arnold found space at the back post to head home. Then on 53 minutes Floreat hit the front, Lewis McMahon turned his defender before sending Stynes free on goal, he outpaced his marker and finished clinically past Devon Spence, much to the delight of the Floreat faithful. With their season on the line Bayswater pressed, and Sam Mitchinson’s header flashed wide of the target, before Jason Mirco found space in the box, but he also failed to hit the target.

Floreat were catching City on the counter attack and Stynes’ pace and the guile of McMahon was causing them problems, while Dean Evans was bossing the middle of the park. But in stoppage time the visitors had one last chance to get a point, when a deep cross from found its way to substitute Devon Gibson, but the defender snatched at the shot and it flew over the top and it was Floreat celebrating a famous victory, to put them in pole position for a top four spot.

20.8.2016

INGLEWOOD LEAPFROGS PERTH IN TITLE RACE

Inglewood United kept their PS4 NPLWA title fight alive with a 2-0 win against Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens, the win leapfrogging them over their rival on the table. A goal in each half from Ashley Rosindale and Callum O’Connell were enough for the visitors, and Coach Taki Nicolaidis said the character of his players shone through. “We as coaching staff put bits and pieces together but ultimately, at the end of the day, the character of that group is amazing,” he said post game. “We’ve won a game and we’re back on top but we’ve won nothing yet. We’ll celebrate the win as we do every game but as of tomorrow it is full focus and planning from a coaching point of view.”

Only two points separated the two teams at kick off and Perth knew a win would take out the league title were on the front foot early and the league’s top goalscorer Gustavo Catarcione went close after only five minutes. A poor clearance from Perth keeper Alex Dunn fell straight to the Perth striker, and his bicycle kick from long-range flashed narrowly wide of the target.

The visitors settled and started to get on top and they opened the scoring on the half hour. Jason Barrera’s through ball split the Perth defence and Rosindale raced in on goal and finished clinically past Francis Soale. Rosindale was causing havoc and he was in again moments later, but Solae stood tall and the striker fired wide of the target. Perth pressed before half time looking for the equaliser but Inglewood held firm to take their lead to the break.

Perth opened brightly after the break, and moments in Catarcione raced clear and Dunn raced out and brought the striker down on the edge of the penalty area. It gave referee David Bruce a huge decision to make, but he decided a yellow card would suffice the Inglewood keeper lucky it wasn’t a red. From the resulting set piece Clark Keltie shot was straight into the wall, and the rebound cleared.

The home side thought they had levelled on 70 minutes, with Aleks Jovic fired home, but his celebrations were short-lived as the assistant flag was raised for offside. Perth was on top and the Inglewood back-four were working overtime, but all their efforts were rewarded eight minutes from time when they scored the sealer. Perth didn’t clear in goalmouth scramble, and O’Connell fired home from close-range, this despite Perth’s appealing for offside, but the referee waved away their protests

20.8.2016

ARMADALE BEAT LIONS TO AVOID THE DROP

Armadale secured their survival in the PS4NPLWA after a hard fought 2-1 win against Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park on Saturday. Skipper Jesse Fuller gave the Reds the lead early, before Brodie Martin levelled for the home side on the hour. But nine minutes from time Ellis Healing won it for Paul Price’s side.

The coach was delighted for him and the club. “Ellis is a very good player. He’s not scored this season from a free kick; I think he’s hit the post about 10 times, so it was nice to see that one going in,” Price said. “There’s been a lot of pressure on the club – obviously no one wants to be relegated but I think we’ve done it in style today, we deserved the win.”

It was a huge game for both sides at both the top and bottom of the table, and the Reds supporters were on their feet on 14 minutes, when they hit the front. The Lions failed to clear the ball and in the resulting goalmouth scramble Fuller fired home. Both sides had chances before the break, but couldn’t convert, so it was the visitors leading at the break.

The home side, who have been in free fall on the table, and needed the win to keep their Top Four chances alive, made the perfect start to the second half, as Armadale failed to clear their lines and Martin walked the ball into an empty net. The Armadale faithful were checking up on the scores from the other venues but they needn’t have worried and ten minutes from time they won it, Healing scoring from a free kick much to the delight of the Armadale supporters.

20.8.2016

GULLS STILL IN THE MIX FOR FINALS

Sorrento’s top four finals hopes are still alive after defeating Subiaco 2-1 at Rosalie Park on Sunday. Reece Vittiglia gave the visitors the lead on the hour, before Jonas Dorling levelled eight minutes from time, but substitute Billy Quinncroft won it for the Gulls two minutes later. The win means Sorrento join Bayswater City on 35 points with, with a game in hand, while Subiaco have finished at the foot of the table and could face relegation depending on who wins the All Flags State League Division One and is subject to the club meeting the criteria.

Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell said the win keeps their season alive. “This win keeps our season alive for another game. Now we have to win two more cup finals and then we will finish in the top four,” he said. “I think we controlled the majority of the game and moved the ball well on a difficult pitch, and when we went 1-0 up they threw players forward and got a scrappy goal, but we showed character to come back and score the winner.”

The visitors came close on 21 minute, when a free-kick from Niccolo Sabatini found Daryl Platten whose header was cleared off the line by a Subiaco defender. Sabatini was involved again 10 minutes later, the speedy winger made a diagonal run inside the box but his effort was denied by a good save from Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery. The Gulls were dominating and should have hit the front on the stroke of half time. Alex Morgan found Brad McDonald whose shot was cleared off the line by Ross Jarman.

Subiaco lifted after the break, and had a chance to take the lead early in the second half when Michael Lawson’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area, but it was blocked by some desperate Sorrento defending. Subiaco had Sorrento on the back foot but on the hour it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Sean Canham squared the ball to Vittiglia who finished low past Montgomery.

With results elsewhere not going their way, Subiaco pushed men forward and eight minutes from time they levelled, Dorling firing home, to give them hope of the win to keep their season alive. But two minutes later Sorrento regained their lead. Quinncroft was sent into the box, and he outpaced his marker and fired past Montgomery, to win it and keep them on track for a top four finish.

20.8.2016

ECU HIT BACK TO DOWN THE COCKERELS

ECU Joondalup moved into third spot on the PS4 National Premier League WA table, after a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Cockburn City at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday. Blake Adams had given Cockburn the lead early, but a goal on the stroke of half time from Steven McGarry got the home side back in the game, before Gordon Smith bagged a brace to seal the win.

“We were slow out the blocks today, and we spoke on the bench if we can nick one before half time, which we probably didn’t deserve, it would be great,” ECU coach Dale McCulloch said. “So to score just before half time turned the tide a bit. We tried to rush the ball in the first half and we weren’t patient enough, but after the break we moved the ball a lot quicker and looked dangerous and got in some good areas, and I thought we dominated and got the win. It’s put us in the four now, so it’s now up to us to stay there.”

The visitors, who still needed a point to secure safety, were on the front foot early and they hit the front on 12 minutes. Aden De Luz made ground down the right and whipped in a deep cross, and Adams finished well past Lewis Italiano. Cockburn were well on top and Angel Andres curling shot whistled past the post, before Riley Woodcock’s shot was well saved by Italiano at full stretch. The home side were struggling to create any good chances, with the Cockburn defence, well marshalled by skipper Euen Grant, holding firm, and it looked like the visitors would go into the break with the lead. But in stoppage time Daryl Nicol was brought down on the edge of the penalty box, and McGarry fired low past Luke Radonich and into the corner of the net, to send the sides in level at the break.

It was an even start to the second half, and both had chances early. Cameron Edwards’ long-range shot was saved by Italiano; before Amphlett’s dangerous low cross was well claimed by Radonich. The home side started to dictate terms and Gordon Smith’s header drifted inches past the far post on the hour. But four minutes later the home side hit the front. Gordon Smith was brought down in the penalty area by Reuben Tristao and referee Tom Glavovic pointed to the spot. The Scottish striker picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty. It was now one-way traffic as ECU pressed forward, Amphlett’s long-range shot flashed inches past the post, and they had the ball in the net again on 68 minutes, but Shane Pickering’s goal was disallowed for a foul in the penalty area.

But seven minutes from time ECU wrapped up the points with a third. Ryan Lowry’s cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by Radonich, and the ball fell kindly to Gordon Smith who scored into an empty net. Cockburn almost pulled one back in stoppage time, substitute Liam Murray’s header looked goal bound, but a stunning one-handed save from Italiano, denied the striker. The win sets up an intriguing game next week, when ECU travels to league leaders Inglewood United. The home side need the win to secure the title, while Joondalup need the win to make the West Australian Top Four Cup.

20.8.2016

PETRATOS AT THE DOUBLE FOR GLORY

Perth Glory midfielder’s Kosta Petratos double has given them a 2-0 win against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve, and in doing so the Glory youngsters avoided relegation. Glory defender Jack Iredale said it was great win. “We’re obviously very pleased with a win against a tough side. It was a solid performance from everyone, and I felt like we got the result we deserved. Also it's a big relief to confirm our spot in next year’s NPL, after what has been a tough campaign,” he said. “We've definitely competed better this season against the other teams. We've always been technically good enough to play in the league but at times previously our physicality had let us down, but this year hasn't been the case.”

The Glory were on the front foot early and Jamal Reiners curling shot from the edge of the penalty area on nine minutes, flashed over the top. Balcatta hit back moments later and young striker Scott Newland was given far too much space in the area, but couldn’t find the target from close-range. Daniel Stynes was causing problems for the Balcatta defence, and on 20 minutes his deflected shot was well saved by the alert Clint Davies. Moments later Reiners was sent one-on-one with the Balcatta custodian, but Davies stood tall to deny him. But on 28 minutes the Glory hit the front.

Nikola Talimdzioski was brought down in the penalty area and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Petratos stepped up and sent Davies the wrong way to give the Glory the lead. Davies was keeping his side in the game, as the Glory looked to add to their lead. First on 39 minutes Jackson Morgan played Petratos in on goal, but his shot was well saved by the keeper, before Davies saved well to deny Talimdzioski moments later, but at the break the Glory lead by the only goal.

The Glory had a perfect start to the second half when they were awarded another penalty, after Davies brought down Talimdzioski. But the keeper made up for his mistake saving Petratos’ spot kick. It was one-way traffic as the Glory went in search of a second. Stynes raced clear down the left, before squaring the ball to Talimdzioski, but Davies saved well to deny the young striker.

Talimdzioski was giving the Balcatta defence the run around, he went close again on the hour, but his shot was saved by Davies, and moments later the Balcatta custodian saved superbly to deny him again. But with Balcatta pushing men forward looking for the equaliser the Glory caught them on a counter attack in the final minute, and Petratos finished clinically from the edge of the penalty area to seal the points.

20.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND EIGHTEEN - REVIEW

The race for the All Flags State League Division One is heating up with the top two sides winning convincingly in week 18. Joondalup United kept in touch with Mandurah City by beating Rockingham City 6-1 at Forrest Park. The home side made the perfect start and were ahead in the first minute, a long throw was flicked on to Josh Booysen who scored from close-range. The home side continued to dominate and added a second when another long throw was finished by Lee Jones. It was 3-0 at the break, when Booysen and James Harmer combined down the right and Jones was on hand to score. Rockingham City pulled one back early in the second half with Gersh Rowland on target, but Joondalup hit back with Jones completing his hat-trick, firing home from five meters. Jacob Shore added the fifth with a bullet like shot from the edge of the penalty area, before James Harmer added the sixth, with a goal his performance deserved. “We were up and at them from the first whistle, scored early and completely dominated the game,” Coach Nick Jennings said. “It was a good all round team performance with outstanding contributions from Josh Booysen, James Harmer and Johny Chalmers. At this stage of the season every game is a cup final and we'll prepare this week for Ashfield knowing again nothing less than a win will suffice.”

Mandurah City maintained their two point lead, and also boosted their goal difference with 5-0 win against Gosnells City at the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium. The home side opened up brightly and Paul Jackson was denied early by Gosnells keeper Jack Adams. But on 36 minutes their pressure was rewarded with the opener. Good build up down the left ended with Jordan Rhodes who made no mistake. The home side added a second early in the second half, Jon Brookes curling home from 25 meters. Moments later it was 3-0, Brookes again scoring after being picked out by Jack Eades. Oriel Fernandez raced into the box, and beat the keeper and defender to the ball, and dragged the ball back and fired home. Fernandez was causing problems to the Gosnells defenders and he added his second and Mandurah’s fifth in the final minutes, racing clear and finishing with aplomb past the keeper. “Mick (Lyons) and I are delighted with the performance, they (Gosnells) are a good unit and pushed us,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said. “They are in transition and in my opinion a club to watch, but we played well last week and we backed it up again this week. I do believe we still can go up a gear, the squad set the standards on the pitch, with the mentality the squad display I believe they have a bit in the tank MCFC are very proud of them and they are brilliant to work with.”

Western Knights maintain third place on the table after a hard fought 3-1 win against Dianella White Eagles at Nash Field. The results leaves the Eagles in the drop zone, while the Knights look to end the season on a high. The Knights hit the front on 10 minutes, Ryan Tucker’s cross was brought down and volleyed home by Paul Lloyd. The Eagles supporters were on their feet ten minutes later, when Camilo Cardenas fired home from just inside the penalty area. But the home side hit back and regained the lead on 35 minutes, and Tucker’s cross this time picked out Adriano Jelenkovic who headed past Yousri Gharsallah. The points were made safe when Kevin Ashwood got on the end of a Lloyd cross from the right. “It was vital we backed up the good win against Forrestfield, and we did with three good goals and a solid win,” Lloyd said. “We defended well and probably should have scored more. We want to continue the run now and finish the season strongly.”

Canning City travelled to Ashfield Reserve and stunned Ashfield 4-1. Ante Jukic volleyed home the opener, before Mark Trevisiol doubled their advantage from a tight angle. It was 3-0 when Trevisiol made space down the right and picked out Laurence Cheyne who volleyed home from close-range. Ashfield pulled one back from the penalty spot from Jamie Burns, but the ten man Canning secured the points when Cheyne curled home superbly from 25 meters. “It was a great performance from the lads who looked threatening throughout. Even when we went to 10 men we still looked like the most likely side to score,” Canning Coach Paul Oliver said. “It has been coming for a few weeks now, we've created bags of chances in recent games and haven't been able to capitalise but today we were very clinical and took our chances well. In truth in could have been more as we missed a penalty and hit the crossbar but the lads have put on a very professional performance and restricted Ashfield to shots from range and only conceded via the penalty spot so a very good all round display. We look forward to testing ourselves against Mandurah next Saturday.”

In other games Forrestfield bounced back from last week’s loss against Western Knights with a 6-2 win against Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve. Goals coming from Mitch Crocker, Ben Rogers, Liam Merrigan, Mark Barnett, Jordan Hart and Sani Sinclair. In the final game UWA-Nedlands and South West Phoenix fought out a 1-1 draw at the UWA Sports Park. The visitors hit the front just before half time. A combination of passes from the left between Max Ababio and Sam Gathridge ended up with Ryan Francis, who took on two players and laying off for Carlo Chiellini who fired home through a crowd of players from outside the penalty area. UWA levelled with 15 minutes to go, A great through ball from Mordecai Appiah split the Phoenix centre halves and Lloyd Prout ran onto the pass and calmly finished past the oncoming keeper.

20.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND EIGHTEEN - REVIEW

League leaders Fremantle City maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 6-2 win against already relegated Ellenbrook United at Hilton Park. On target for Steve Plucknett’s side was Sean Browne and Jett Shaw in the first half, before Ben West and Alec Robinson scored doubles after the break. In the game between second and third Joondalup City came out 3-1 winners against Balga at Princess Road Reserve. It was a tight first half with chances at both ends, but all the goals came after the break. The visitors opened the scoring on 53 minute, Mark Tebbutt scoring via the crossbar. It was 2-0 two minutes later, Joseph McQuade’s 30 yard free kick flying into the top corner. The home side pulled on back five minutes from time, Alen Patarov racing through and finishing low past the keeper. Balga pressed for the equaliser but they were caught again in stoppage time, Liam McGurk scoring to seal the win. “After a scrappy first half we managed to get our game going and created numerous chances. We wasted a lot of opportunities, but to win 3-1 away from home in such an important match is great for us,” Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano said. “We allowed Balga back in the game at the end but I believe we thoroughly deserved the win. We are gaining momentum at the right time of the season but we are aware that we must be switched on every week as we have previously experienced. We have another big match against Melville on Saturday, away for the third week in a row so we must keep our feet on the ground. It was a 4-4 thriller last time we played them so we will need to have the same attitude if we are to keep our run going.”

There was a seven goal thriller at Frye Park where Kelmscott Roos edged out Kingsway Olympic 4-3. The home side were ahead when Adam Barker’s deflected shot rolled home. But Kingsway hit back and they were level when Brett Cutting scored. But the home side soon regained the lead with Aaron Hardy heading home Linden Pywell’s pin-point cross to send them into the break with the lead. But Kingsway hit back after half time and Ryan Frisina bagged a brace to put them ahead, and in control. But Kelmscott weren’t finished and they levelled when Owen Curtis’ header crashed off the crossbar and Arthur Gaye fired home the rebound. It looked like the points would be shared but in the final minute Kelmscott won a penalty after Gaye was brought down by Kingsway keeper Joey Smith, and Pywell stepped up and scored the resulting spot kick to give the home side the points.

There was another seven goal thriller at Edinburgh Oval when Curtin University came back from 0-3 down to beat Quinns 4-3. The visitors lead 2-0 at the break with goals from Adam Buckley and and an own goal, and they increased their lead just after half time with Jake Benson-Cooper on target and it looked game over. But Oliver Robertson pulled one back after good work from Jon Krawec, and they added another when Eddie Tikoff volleyed home. Curtin were well on top and it wasn’t a surprise when they levelled 10 minutes from time, Khaled Salhah scoring from the edge of the box. Quinns then had the chance to go back in front but Benson-Cooper missed a penalty, and six minutes from time Curtin won it, Krawec scoring his second to give the home side a memorable comeback win. In other games Wanneroo City beat Melville City 2-0 at Wanneroo Reserve, while Morley Windmills travelled to the Swan Italian Club and came home with a 2-0 win against Swan United. The visitors were ahead when Ben Wantee beat two players and finished well in the bottom right corner of the net. The second goal also came from Wantee, he cut in from the left hand side after beating the right back and curled into far corner from about 15 meters.

19.8.2016

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND TWENTY ONE - PREVIEW

The PS4 National Premier League WA title could be decided this weekend, with league leaders Perth SC hosting second placed Inglewood United at Dorrien Gardens. A win to Perth will wrap up the top spot, while Inglewood need at least a point to take the title race to the final game of the season. Perth are coming off a 3-2 win at Cockburn last week, with Gustavo Catarcione bagging a brace, to take his tally for the season to 19, and they are in pole position, and skipper Clark Keltie said it was a hard fought win, but one they deserved in the end. “We got off to the perfect start on Saturday and it looked like one way traffic early on, however, individual errors coupled with a bit of complacency soon turned into us being 2-1 down at half time,” he said. “We regrouped and refocused in the changing rooms and came out and dominated the second half. In the end it turned out to be a big win, as the teams around us dropped points.” Keltie, who missed a month of football with injury, said the young players need to take a lot of credit for their good season. “What we have at the club now, which we haven't had previously, is a mentality that no matter who plays, they are trusted and expected to perform,” he explained. “The young boys have done exactly that and I can't speak highly enough of them, with or without me in the side.” Keltie, who skippered the WA State side against the Glory on Wednesday, said Inglewood will be desperate for a result and they need to be ready for a battle. “This week is the biggest game the club has had in years, there's no hiding that,” he said. “Inglewood will be a tough test, but if we want to win the league then you have to beat these teams. It's as simple as that. We go into the game with a fully fit squad to choose from.”

Inglewood defender Adam Tong, who was also involved in the State game, said last week’s lost to Subiaco was one they didn’t see coming, but shows you need to turn up for every game or you will get rolled. “Coming to the end of the season it's pretty much crunch time as everyone is desperate for points. It showed on the weekend, that no matter whom you are playing, if you do not put in 100% and miss chances teams will punish you,” he said. “It was a sloppy goal to concede and a real sucker punch, I felt we controlled the game well but we were playing into Subiaco's hands. Although disappointed you have to take your hat off to them lads at Subiaco as they wanted it more and were hard to break down.” Tong said they head into Saturday’s top of the table clash with confident after only losing one game on the road this season. “Well it now comes to Saturday and who turns up will be the winners and I'm hoping our boys are up for the fight. With Brian Woodall coming into the mix and Kenny Keogh and Ashley Rosindale getting fit again we will have enough fire power to make them a bit.” Tong said they will be looking for a better performance against Perth, as the last time they met they were well beaten. “After copping four goals against Perth last time we need to be a tight unit and we will be preparing right this week for hopefully a blockbuster game,” he said. “Mark Pritchard is suspended but we get David Cyrus and Brian Woodall back this week, but they also have Josh Pereira in doubt with injury.”

ECU Joondalup recent good form has seen them shoot up the table, and they are currently sitting in fifth place, level on points with Floreat and Bayswater, and this week they entertain Cockburn City at the ECU Football Stadium. Defender Rikki Smith said last week’s win at Bayswater was clinical and gave them a huge boost. “It was a confident performance from the boys, Bayswater came out of the blocks and put us under a lot of pressure in the first 20 minutes and fortunately some desperate defending kept us in the game,” he explained. “We remained patient, soaked up the pressure and scored a really important goal just before half time. Then we scored two really well taken goals in the second half, and secured a really important win for the club, and kept our good run of from going.” ECU were thrashed 4-0 at Cockburn earlier in the season, which was their last defeat in the league, and Smith said that was a different side, and they know they have to keep winning, if they are to make the West Australian Top Four Finals series. “The coaches took us through the video analysis of the Bayswater game on Tuesday, and although it was a great result we identified a few things we need to work on defensively,” he said. “Cockburn won 4-0 earlier in the season so ironing out those creases is going to be really important in what is another Cup Final this Saturday. We know they are going to be a threat, and they were only just beaten last week by a very good Perth side. We are on a great run but haven't achieved anything yet, and the top four is in our hands it’s up to the playing group now to get the job done.” In team news Jayden Drummond is missing, while Kevin Moon should be fit after limping out last week’s win.

After the euphoria of beating Perth Glory two weeks ago, Armadale lost to Sorrento last week, and now they need three points this weekend to keep clear of the drop zone, when they visit Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions. The win against the Glory was vital, but defeat at Percy Doyle Reserve dropped them back in the mix, but it was a game keeper Alec Radonich said they should have taken something from the game. “We were in good form going into the game, but we didn't perform as well as we have been the last few weeks,” he said. “But even though we didn't play our best we could of easily got a goal and a point, but it wasn’t our day.” The Lions have been on free fall in recent weeks, and haven’t won in the last five weeks, but Radonich said they are a talented team and they need to be at their best to get the vital three points. “This is a big game for us this week, we need a result because we don't want relegation going down to the last game against Subiaco,” he said. “They (Stirling) have had a dip in form, but they have some quality players in their squad, but we will worry about our game and hopefully come home with the points.” Both sides go into the game at full strength, and both need the points in their quest for top four and relegation battle.

The relegation fight is heating up and Subiaco will be looking for back-to-back wins when they host Sorrento at Rosalie Park. Sorrento have been on a good run of form and they are looking for a top four spot, and need to win both of their game to have any chance, so it should be tight contest. Sorrento edged out Armadale last week, while Subiaco stunned league leaders Inglewood, and keeper Ryan Montgomery said it was a great team performance. “Last week was a massive result for the club with everyone knowing its do-or-die in every game from now,” he said. “Everyone put in 100% and put their bodies on the line, to get the result we needed to keep our chances alive. We all know the importance of the remaining games so hopefully we can show the same passion and heart as we did on the weekend and save our season.” Montgomery has been outstanding between the sticks this season and he will need to be at his best again if Subiaco are to get the right result. “This week is another massive challenge for us, but if we show the same fight as last week there's no reason why we can't get the result we need,” he said. “Everyone is fit and available and we’ll be doing our best to get the three points.” Again this match is vital and the outcome of this game will have huge ramifications at the top and bottom of the table.

Perth Glory is also looking for back-to-back wins in their relegation fight, when they travel to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta. The Glory beat Floreat last week to move them away from the drop zone, but they need to keep winning to make sure of their NPL survival. Balcatta won for the first time in six games last week in the local derby against Stirling, and defender Conor Kavanagh said it was a much needed win. “Saturday was a hard fought victory for us, we had to really earn the victory against a good side in Stirling. We took the lead early on which is always great, but really had to battle for the result, they missed a couple of good chances so it was relieving to hear the final whistle when it came,” he explained. Kavanagh said the game against the Glory will be another tough game, like they all are in the league. “This week we face another tough game against the Glory, but it’s shown that any teams can beat another in this league, wherever you are on the table,” he said. “They (Glory) are obviously looking to gain points to help avoid relegation, while we are looking to have a strong finish to the season. You always know what you’re going to get with Glory, and you know you will have to battle and concentrate for the full 90 minutes as they just never let up. The win against Stirling will give us great confidence going into the game, and I’m sure we have enough to get the three points.” In team news Kieran Stallard pick up an injury at the weekend, but Marc Anthony hopes he pulls through, but they will be without Cameron Teece, who was sent off last weekend.

The final game of the round is on Sunday when Floreat Athena and Bayswater City meet at the E&D Litis Stadium. Both sides are coming off defeats last week, City losing at home to Joondalup, while Floreat were beaten by Perth Glory, and both need the win in their quest for a top four finish. Floreat defender Bobby Wilson said last week’s defeat was a huge disappointment. “It was a very disappointing day all round for us, we did not take our chances and a lot of things went against us,” he explained. “It’s disappointing that Perth Glory are able to suddenly drop 7-8 first team players into their squad on such a crucial game for us, something needs to be done regarding this issue. Not only were we up against a juiced up glory side, the refereeing last week was very, very poor, but at the end of the day we still should have secured the three points.” Wilson said Saturday’s game is like a Cup Final for both sides and he said the lads are ready for it. “All the boys understand nothing but three points will do, Bayswater are all class and it will take a huge effort to overcome them, but we’re up for the challenge,” he said. “We have 3 or 4 players, including myself fighting injuries to get ready for the game, but I’m sure with quality in our squad we will be fine.”

19.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND EIGHTEEN - PREVIEW

The top of the All Flags Division One table has tighten up after last week’s results, and only two points separate the top two. Joondalup United closed the gap on Mandurah City after a hard fought 1-0 win at Canning City, and this week they host fifth placed Rockingham City in the Footballwa.net Match of the Week. Coach Nick Jennings said they should have put last week’s game to bed earlier. “I thought last week was a thoroughly professional performance from the lads, and we dominated throughout, but just lacked the killer punch to finish Canning off when they were in the ropes,” he said. “Really we should have been four or five up, but in the end we were grateful to our superb keeper James Bodset keeping a clean sheet to take all three points, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal.” Jennings said Saturday’s opponents have a good side and they need to be on their game. “Rocky have a number of young talented players and we will have to be at our best to beat them,” he explained. “Last time out we sneaked a 2-1 win at Lark Hill and they will be looking to avenge this. It's another must win game for us so I'm sure the boys will all be up for it. In team news Josh Booysen, Guy McDonald and Joel Ledsham return to the match day squad after missing last week, but our millionaire skipper Arran Maplestone is overseas once again.”

Rockingham moved up the table with their win last week, a game Coach Rob Crerar said was a tight affair. “Last week was a hard fought win against a Shamrock side who worked really hard but our class showed through in the end,” he said. “The three points moved us level with Forrestfield and jumped us over Ashfield, so our season has been good, but we still have some big games coming up.” Crerar said Saturday’s opponents have been outstanding this season and he is looking forward to the challenge. “For me they are the best side we have faced this year, and we’re excited at the challenge this week,” he said. “We think our best is good enough to get something from the game, and we’ll be going there with that mindset and we’ll see how we go.” In team news Ryan Kennedy is suspended but Matt brooks and Danny Macklin are pushing for selection.

Mandurah are back at the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium on Saturday, when they entertain Gosnells City. Their draw at the Phoenix last week, although disappointing Coach Doug Hesketh said it was a good point. “I thought we played well last week, and we were really unlucky not to take all three points, especially second half we created a lot of chances,” he said. “But just looking back over all, we’re happy with the point, not many teams go there and get a result.” Hesketh is expecting another tight encounter against Gosnells, who beat Ashfield last week. “Everyone lifts their game against us, week in week out and that is a massive complement to our playing squad, that they are held in such high regard,” he explained. “I’m sure they (Gosnells) will try to lift too, they are a decent squad, so we will give it our best shot and try to play good football.” In team news Oliver McGee is suspended for the home side, while Craig Young has returned to Scotland, and a couple of players are fighting a virus but should recover, while Daniel Paredes is suspended for Gosnells.

In other games Western Knights host Dianella White Eagles in the traditional rivalry game at Nash Field. The Knights jumped to third last week with a big win at Forrestfield, while the Eagles were beat at home by UWA, to keep them rooted to the foot of the table. Forrestfield will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat, when they travel to Harold Rossiter Reserve to take on Shamrock Rovers. The home side were beaten at Rockingham last week, and they need to start and pick up points sooner rather than later, or they will be in relegation/promotion play-off spot. UWA-Nedlands will be looking to make emends for their last home game, when they were thrashed by Forrestfield, when they host South West Phoenix at the UWA Sports Park. UWA did bounce back last week with a win at Dianella, while the Phoenix drew with the league leaders, but it’s on the road were they have struggled this season and they need to turn that around, having only won once away from Payne Park this season.

In the final game Canning City make the trip to Ashfield Reserve to take on Ashfield. Canning were edged out by Joondalup last week, while Ashfield lost at Gosnells. Canning Coach Paul Oliver said despite the loss he was happy with the performance. “Last week was a disappointing result, but the performance was far from it. We more than matched Joondalup throughout the game and really had them against the ropes in the second half but couldn't find the goal I thought we fully deserved,” he said. “The chances we missed weren't half chances they were genuine opportunities that really should have been taken and on another day could have had 4 or 5. Joondalup are a good side as their league position suggests but despite the result it gives us good confidence knowing that we are very capable of taking points from any team in this division.” Oliver knows Ashfield will want to bounce back from last week’s defeat, and is expecting them to fire up. “Ashfield will be disappointed with last week’s result and their season as a whole I would think. They are an experienced side that have been there or there about the last couple of seasons so I'm sure Paul Dundo would have hoped for more,” he explained. “That said you don't lose quality overnight, and I'm sure they will give us a big challenge this week and we have to be fully prepared for a tough outing. It’s the time of the season where injuries and suspensions can sometimes hit you and we are feeling the pinch this week. Nathan Hubbard, Simon Correia and Josh Findlater are out for the rest of the season. Callum Roberts and Mark Trevisiol are out this week through injury, Joshua Wade is suspended, and Peter Cartright and Joe Correia battling illness. Dane Navarro and Ethan Levitt are overseas. So we are just looking to be competitive this week and will trust the reserve players that come in that they can do a job.”

19.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND EIGHTEEN - PREVIEW

This week’s Footballwa.net Match of the Week takes us to Princess Road Reserve where second placed Balga entertains third placed Joondalup City. Both sides are coming off wins last week, Joondalup’s win at Ellenbrook sent them down, while Balga had a hard fought win against Wanneroo City. Balga Coach Ljupco Taneski said they had to work for the three points. “It’s been a season of 2-1 wins at present, we have not been very clinical in front of goal as we were in the first five rounds of the season. Some teams have parked the bus against us so it’s pleasing when you’re good enough to break them down and get the result,” he explained. “For us at Balga it does not matter whether we score 2 or 6, we want to play good structured football and win football matches. Wanneroo are a good side, judging by the news out from the club they were supposed to be within the front runners for the title, so the result is always pleasing.” Taneski said Saturday’s opponents are a very good side and it will be big challenge. “What we can say about Joondalup City is they are a strong side with plenty of experience in their ranks, which is always a good successful formula for getting out of this league. At times what they possess, we lack but it’s been a very good season for us and the youthful setup,” he said. “We are really looking forward to this game due to how unfortunate we were in the away fixture going down to a contentious penalty in the 3rd minute of the game and being denied late in the second half. This is certainly the game that I feel will decide the race for the playoff position. We have Juma Awaka and Denis Fekovich both suspended and a couple of players have work commitments from last weekend’s squad. But never the less we are well up for the fixture and we don’t look at who is missing we always look to who is playing.”

Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano said last week’s win was good and he said it’s always good to keep a clean sheet. “To win a match 5-0 is always pleasing, but I was particularly happy to keep a clean sheet. We played some great football in patches but we are still working on being consistent for 90 minutes. We have had to make a lot of changes to our team from week to week so it has been difficult to play at the level we showed earlier in the season,” he explained. “Thankfully some of our teenagers in the squad have been in great form which has helped us steady the ship after some poor performances.” Schisano knows Saturday’s game is vital for both sides, who have aspirations to finish in second spot and getting in the play-offs. “It is going to be an important match as both teams are striving to finish second to have a chance of promotion. Fremantle are deservedly well clear so I am sure both teams will be looking to gain a lead over the other,” he said. “We won 1-0 in a tight match last time we played them and I am sure it will be a hard fought contest again. I am sure Bobby will have his boys organised as always and we will need to be at our best to come off the park with three points.” Like Balga Joondalup will be missing players, but Schisano said they are up for the game. “Unfortunately we will be without Danny Beattie, Stephen Connolly, Tyler Smith and Tommy Bramley for a few weeks through injury,” he said. “But we are hoping Liam Peacock and Mark Thornton will be fit enough to return to the squad in this vital game.”

League leaders Fremantle City take on the relegated Ellenbrook United at Hilton Reserve, while Curtin University host Quinns FC at Edinburgh Oval. Quinns edged out Kelmscott last week, while Curtin came away from Morley with a 2-2 draw. Melville City are in fourth place on the table, and this week they make the trip to Wanneroo Reserve to take on Wanneroo City. The home were edged out at Balga last week, while Melville are coming off a draw against Swan United. Melville keeper Daniel Agudelo said last week’s 1-1 draw against his former club was a tight contest. “The game against Swan was a tough game, with both sides controlling the game for periods,” he said. “Both teams had their chances to pinch it, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.” Agudelo said Saturday’s game will be another tough game, like they have been all season. “This league has shown it’s highly competitive, and that it reflected in the league table,” he said. “No game can be taken for granted so we are expect another tough competitive game. We want to retain our position on the ladder and Wanneroo will surely want to better theirs, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

In other games sixth placed Swan United entertain eight placed Morley Windmills at the Swan Italian Club. Both sides earned draws last week, Swan coming away from Melville with a share of the spoils, while Morley did likewise against Curtin. The final game of the round takes us Fyre Park, where Kelmscott Roos entertain Kingsway Olympic. The visitors were beaten by the league leaders last week, while Kelmscott had a narrow defeat at Quinns. Kelmscott Coach Chris Bates said they were unmanned last week and he thought they performed well. “Last week was always going to be a tough game for us with five first team players out,” he explained. “But having said that the reserve players that came in stood up, and did a great job and although I think Quinns had the better of the first half, we dominated the second half and where unlucky on many occasions to not get a few more goals.” Bates said a win on Saturday could take them over Olympic, and he said they will give it a good go. “Kingsway are a great team and we are looking forward to the challenge and I’m sure it will be a tight encounter,” he said. “We have a few players on the short list for their return to the side, but we’ll see how they have pulled up from training and make the decision.”

19.8.2016

PERTH UNDER PRESSURE, NOT INGLEWOD, SAYS DUNN (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Goalkeeper Alex Dunn insists the pressure will be Perth SC to perform in tomorrow's potential league title decider at Dorrien Gardens. Inglewood United slipped from the top of the National Premier Leagues following last week's surprise home loss to Subiaco AFC, a result which allowed Perth to move to the summit.

With two regular season games remaining Perth holds a single point lead over Inglewood in what has become a two-horse race for top honours. And Dunn, who spent three seasons at Dorrien Gardens, says the weight of expectation will be heavy on Perth this weekend. "Until a few seasons back Perth were the benchmark club," Dunn said.

"Perth expects their players to be winning game regularly and competing for trophies to uphold the winning culture that has been instilled from previous teams. They've not won a trophy for a while now and there will be a lot of pressure on them to get a win at their home ground and hold onto their lead."

Dorrien Gardens has been something of a fortress for Perth this season, the Blues limiting the opposition to just six goals in ten games in collecting five wins and four draws. Nonetheless, Dunn is confident his teammates have the ability to open up Perth's defences and add a few more goals to the 'Against' column.

"Perth have some quality players and are obviously well-organised at the back," Dunn said. "But if the league has shown us anything this year it's that any team can beat anyone else on any day and by a range of margins. We've had a tough few weeks results-wise and want to make amends for the terrible display against Subiaco."

"We know what we what are capable of and I have full confidence that our entire squad will be back on song this weekend. It's been a long season and we have worked very hard to get to where we are. For some reason we don't seem to want to do things the easy way and we all know what is on the line this Saturday."

17.8.2016

CLISBY OFF TO WESTERN SYDNEY (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Western Sydney Wanderers have bolstered their squad for the 2016/17 A-League season with the addition of former Inglewood United defender Jack Clisby. 24-year old Clisby will add depth and flexibility to coach Tony Popvic's squad having made over 60 appearances on the national stage with Perth Glory and Melbourne City.

Clisby believes he will fit in well at Western Sydney. "Players at the Wanderers really work for each other, the Club always has a solid game plan and from an outsider's perspective you can see a really good team chemistry which I can't wait to be a part of," said Clisby.

"I feel I can learn a lot under Tony Popovic. The Wanderers are a very competitive club and I would like to take my game to the next level and contribute to that. It's going to be a new experience for me, a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it. I'm very excited and I can't wait to get to Western Sydney and join the group."

Clisby shot prominence in 2012 with Inglewood, winning that year's Gold Medal and a few months later signing his first professional deal with Perth Glory. The hard-working defender gained 31 league and cup outing with Glory before a January 2015 switch to Melbourne, where he made a further 36 appearances.

17.8.2016

HAROLD GIVES GLORY THE HERITAGE CUP

A first half goal from Chris Harold has given Perth Glory a 1-0 win against the WA State Team in an entertaining Heritage Cup clash at Inglewood Stadium on a wet and windy Wednesday night. The match was a perfect tune up for Glory ahead of their Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Sydney FC at Dorrien Gardens on August 30, and Kenny said it was good work for his chargers. “It was great value,” Lowe said. “It was really good – a competitive game. It might’ve been wild and windy but I think they enjoyed it just by the attitude and the intensity and the way they went about their work. I was really pleased with our guys.”

WA Coach Chris Coyne was pleased with the local players, and he said they were very competitive. “It speaks volumes for the NPL and the quality in there and after two training sessions together the boys can hold they heads high,” Coyne said. “They gave a really good account of themselves. Everything we’ve tried to work on in such a short space of time they took on board. They showed they wanted to win the game. But Glory were bright and sharp as well and it was a good performance by both sides. Sometimes players come on and they struggle to get to grips with the pace of the game but we didn’t lose the continuity, and I think it shows the depth of quality in the league.”

The Heritage Cup, which was inaugurated to acknowledge 120 years of league soccer in WA and 20 years since Glory’s first game, and it was a high tempo start to the game. There were chances at both ends in the opening five minutes as Nebojsa Marinkovic free kick whistled inches over the top, and Joe Knowles threatened for Glory, while ECU Joondalup striker Gordon Smith headed into the arms of goalkeeper Nick Feely in an early warning of the WA state team’s threat.

Armadale’s lively winger Ellis Healing and Bayswater City striker David Heagney had separate opportunities to break through before Sorrento’s Matt Sparrow delivered a perfect cross from the left that picked out Smith, but he headed straight at Feely. Marinkovic went close again with a free-kick that flashed just over the top, and Andy Keogh had a shot on the turn that was saved low by Perth SC keeper Francis Soale. The WA side were giving as good, as they got, and the impressive Smith saw his shot superbly saved by Feely on 43 minutes. But in in the shadows of half time the Glory hit the front. Marc Warren’s cross from the left found Harold, who took a deft touch, before stabbing the ball past Soale.

Both side made wholesale changes at the break, but the intensity didn’t drop, but it was the Glory who produced the better chances. Joseph Mills saw his early shot superbly tipped around the post by ECU Joondalup keeper Lewis Italiano, who replaced Soale at the break. Marinkovic’s long-range free kick flew over the top, before Mills’ shot did likewise. Italiano produced another good save to deny the impressive Mills late on, and the State side nearly levelled late, when Bayswater City skipper Trent Kay was picked out in the box, but he headed straight at Feely.

WA State team 0 v Perth Glory 1 (Harold 45+2)

WA State team: GK Francis SOALE (GK Lewis ITALIANO 46’), 2 Ryan PEARSON, 6 Clark KELTIE (c) (12 Paul MCCARTHY 63’), 7 Matthew SPARROW (8 Cameron EDWARDS 65’), 9 Gordon SMITH (10 Jason MIRCO 46’), 11 Ellis HEALING (20 Jonathan STYNES 46’), 15 Sam MITCHINSON (18 Niccolo SABATINI 63’), 13 Teeboy KAMARA, 17 David HEAGNEY, 19 Ryan LOWRY (4 Trent KAY 57’), 22 Chris SALDARIS (5 Adam TONG 57’)
Yellow cards: KELTIE 35’, SALDARIS 38’

Perth Glory: GK Nick FEELY, 9 Andy KEOGH; 14 Chris HAROLD (11 Richard GARCIA 46min); 6. Dino DJULBIC; 28. Joseph KNOWLES (23. Kosta PETRATOS 68min); 19. Joshua RISDON (20. Aryn WILLIAMS 46min); 3. Marc WARREN (16. Joseph MILLS 46min); 18. Mitchell OXBORROW; 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC (21. Jamal REINERS 84min); 5. Rhys WILLIAMS; 8. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (15. Brandon WILSON 46min).
Substitutes not used: 33. Liam REDDY.
Yellow cards: R WILLIAMS 42min.

Referee: Adam Fielding

16.8.2016

VILLA'S LYDEN WELCOMES JEDINAK ARRIVAL

Mile Jedinak's imminent $7.7 million move from Crystal Palace to Aston Villa will give the relegated club "a massive boost", according to the club's other Australian, Jordan Lyden. The midfielder, who made four senior appearances last season as Villa dropped into the Championship after a disastrous campaign, sees the signing of the Socceroos captain as a major coup for Villa and new coach Roberto di Matteo.

Lyden and Jedinak met briefly at the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground. "We had a chat and Mile seems like a terrific guy and to have a player of his calibre and quality is a massive boost for us, because the aim is to go straight back up and he can certainly help us do that," said Lyden.

"He's a leader, as you saw during all those years at Crystal Palace when he captained the side, and he is so strong and dominant in midfield that I am sure he'll do a great job for us if it all goes through. If I am lucky enough to get to play alongside him, he'd be a fantastic player to learn off and observe because he's got so much know-how and experience at the top level."

14.8.2016

MATILDAS FURIOUS WITH REFEREEING AND GAMESMANSHIP

The heartbroken Matildas are furious with officials for allowing Brazil an unfair advantage during the penalty shootout that ended their Olympic dream. The Matildas also believe local police were responsible for their late arrival at Mineirão Stadium, delaying their departure from the team hotel while the Brazilian team bus was allowed to leave.

The Matildas performed gallantly to take the quarter-final showdown to penalties. But their disappointment came when match officials were reluctant to sanction Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara, who was allowed to repeatedly come off her line during the shootout and managed to save two of Australia's seven penalty attempts.

The Australian women's team believe the referees were scared to upset the parochial home crowd, despite previously pledging at a pre-tournament meeting to crack down on goalkeepers advancing off their line for penalties with yellow cards. "I think you could say a little bit," said Samantha Kerr when asked of the referee was scared to upset the crowd. "I'm sure the crowd had a little bit of an impact on the decision."

"On the bench we noticed the first one but we obviously scored it. We thought if she missed, they would have retaken it but it wasn't the case on the last one. I don't think there was any talk of retaking it. I don't even think if the referee thought (of a retake), she probably wouldn't have called it with the pressure of the crowd. The moment kind of just got away from everyone."

Alanna Kennedy, who missed the last penalty that ended Australia's hopes of an Olympic medal, was a dejected figure after the game. However the Matilda's rallied behind her and refused to blame the 21-year old for the heartbreaking loss. "Lans was obviously upset," Kerr said.

"All the girls were upset. But we're a team. We win together, we lose together - it's no one's fault. If Lans wasn't in the backline we probably wouldn't have been nil-all. We're very grateful for the performance she put in. It could have been anyone. The best players in the world miss penalties. It's not about who misses it."

13.8.2016

SUBIACO STUN LEAGUE LEADERS

Bottom of the table Subiaco have given their relegation fight a huge boost after stunning 1-0 win against league leaders Inglewood United at the Inglewood Stadium. The only goal of the game came from James Casserly midway through the second half, the win closes the gap on Armadale to two points, and they play each other in the final game of the season. “We knew it would be hard as they are obviously pushing for the league title. We just had to go out and fight for our lives,” Ian McMurray said. “I told them before the game they had to go out and give everything they can, and they’ve done very well and got the three points.”

With the top of the table being tight, Inglewood knew they couldn’t slip up, but it was the visitors who opened the brighter, but clear cut chances were few and far between. The home side were the first to go close, when striker Kenny Keogh shot was well saved by Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery. The Subiaco custodian was beaten moments later, but Keogh’s goal was disallowed, the assistants flag up for offside.

After the break Subiaco pressed but struggled to find holes in the Inglewood defence, and it was the home side again that went close on 63 minutes. Ashley Rosindale made space down the left, and squared the ball to Tim Robertson, but his shot flashed over the top. That miss came back to haunt Inglewood five minutes later when Subiaco opened the scoring. A long throw by Jackson Dongray was flicked on by Casserly, over the head of a stranded Alex Dunn.

The goal was the kick up the behind Inglewood required and they throw everything forward looking for the equaliser, but Subiaco held firm. But on 83 minutes Adam Tong’s long ball found substitute Scott Witschge, whose header was saved by Montgomery. Then in the final minute Mark Pritchard’s corner picked out Tong, whose header beat Montgomery, but the crossbar came to the rescue, and Subiaco hung on for three valuable points.

13.8.2016

PERTH HITS THE SUMMIT WITH WIN AT COCKBURN

Perth SC moved to the top of the table after a hard fought 3-2 win against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park. Gustavo Catarcione gave the visitors the lead early, but late goals from Ruben Tristao and Aden De Luz gave Cockburn the lead at the break. But second half substitute Harley Orr levelled before Catarcione won it nine minutes from time, for his 19th goal of the season. “I am very happy with my two goals today but I also missed two chances that I could have easily scored, but with these three points we go top,” Catarcione said post game. “Next week we play at home and if we win that we win the league, so we have got to work hard for that game.”

Cockburn, who had performed well in the Westfield FFA Cup, before going down 1-2 to Melbourne Knights, where on the back foot early, and it was the visitors who hit the front on 14 minutes. Aleks Jovic played the ball into Catarcione, and the Brazilian striker volleyed past Luke Radonich. Catarcione was a real handful and he was in again five minutes later, this time he was sent clear by Matthew Milenkovic, but Radonich stood tall to deny him.

Perth went close again six minutes from half time, skipper Clark Keltie’s long-range shot was parried by Radonich, and Catarcione was quickest to the rebound, but his shot flashed wide of the target. That miss became more costly, as Cockburn levelled on 41 minutes. Josh Kuser shot beat Francis Soale, but crashed off the post, but Tristao was quickest to react and fired home the rebound. Then in final minute Cockburn hit the front, Riley Woodcock’s picked out the unmarked De Luz, who made no mistake with a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area.

After the break Perth took control, and they were level on 56 minutes. Catarcione was the supplier this time, finding Orr who fired home. Both sides had chances with the game on the line, but it was Perth who won it nine minutes from time. Rocco Pizzata’s through ball sent Catarcione clear and he finished clinically past Radonich to send Perth to the top of the table.

13.8.2016

GULLS EDGE CLOSER TO FINALS

Sorrento moved within touching distance of the top four finals after a hard fought 1-0 win against Armadale at Percy Doyle Reserve. The only goal of the game came from English striker Sean Canham, the win moves the Gulls to sixth position, only three points of fourth spot, and they also have a game in hand on the rest of the teams, while Armadale slip closer to the drop zone. “It’s in our control, if we win every game we get into the top four, so that’s our aim,” Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said post-match. “We shot ourselves in the foot a bit during the middle of the season so every game from here on in is a cup final.”

After Armadale’s big win against Perth Glory in mid-week, a win on the day would almost give them safety from relegation, and they started well, Nathan Smith’s cross on 20 minutes picking out the unmarked Anthony Skorich, who headed it over the top. But that miss came back to haunt the Reds and five minutes later Sorrento opened the scoring. Winger Niccolo Sabatini’s cross was headed back across goal by Steven McDonald and Canham headed home.

Sorrento went close to a second early in the second half, this after a poor clearance from Alec Radonich went straight to Tim Hill, but the Armadale custodian made emends saving well from the midfielder’s shot. Armadale lifted with former Sorrento midfielder Jesse Fuller and Ellis Healing bossing the middle of the park, but they couldn’t find the equaliser. Sorrento were dangerous going forward and Radonich had to be alert to deny striker James Morgan just after the hour.

Armadale were pushing men forward and went close the equaliser on 73 minutes, Jackson Bealey picking out Healing, whose header was saved well by keeper James Morgan. With Armadale pushing men forward they almost conceded a second on 84 minutes, Hill raced down the flank and crossed from the bye-line to Canham, who couldn’t find the target. With both Subiaco and Perth Glory winning on the day, it means the relegation battle is far from over.

13.8.2016

GLORY YOUNGSTERS UPSET ATHENA

Perth Glory moved four points clear of the PS4 National Premier League WA drop zone after a hard fought 2-1 win against Floreat Athena at the Ashfield Arena on Saturday afternoon. Kosta Petratos gave the Glory youngsters the lead just before the half hour, before Jon Stynes levelled. But the winner came from Glory’s defender Ross Millard, and despite having defender Scott Robertson sent off on 69 minutes they hung on for three valuable points. “Floreat are a Top 4 side, strong and it's always a tough contest which is nice challenge which we enjoy - our focus is ourselves and everyone is delighted for the group at the end of a tough week - but we love it because this is the reality of professional football.

The Glory opened brightly and Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris saved well to deny Jamel Reiners volley. But there was nothing the Floreat custodian could do on 26 minutes, when the Glory hit the front. Petratos found space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot through a crowded penalty area took a slight deflection and beat Jason Saldaris. Floreat lifted and Dean Evans’ long range shot was well blocked by Jack Iredale, and on 37 minutes Floreat levelled. A ball into the box found Jon Stynes, who brought the ball down well on his chest before finishing low past Nick Feely.

But three minutes before half time the Glory regained the lead. It was the other Stynes this time who set it up, Daniel’s slide rule through ball sent Millard in on goal and the youngsters finished clinically past Jason Saldaris to send them into the break 2-1 to the good. It was end to end football after the break; Oxborrow’s teasing cross was well claimed by the Floreat keeper, before substitute Ludovic Boi free kick was headed clear by former Floreat defender Aryn Williams.

Moments later Feely had to be alert to save well from Jon Stynes’ header, but just after the hour the Glory went close to a third. Oxborrow’s free kick was heading for the net, but a stunning save from Jason Saldaris denied him. But on 69 minutes the Glory were reduced to ten men after defender Scott Robertson was given a second yellow card by referee Stuart Muldoon, and was sent off.

Floreat looked to make their numerical advantage count and Chris Saldaris saw his close-range shot flash over the top, before Shaun Timmins’ cross took a deflection of Iredale, but it went straight into the arms of a grateful Feely, who saved. The Glory hit on the counter attack ten minutes from time, and almost added a third. Nikola Talimdzioski racing clear from a ball over the top, but his chip was well saved by Jason Saldaris, before late on Feely had to be alert to save Bobby Wilson’s header but the Glory youngsters hung on for the points.

13.8.2016

SMITH AT THE DOUBLE FOR ECU

Gordon Smith’s second half double has helped ECU Joondalup to an impressive 3-0 win against Bayswater City at the Finance 365 Stadium. Daryl Nicol had given the visitors the lead at the break, but Smith’s 16th and 17th goal of the season, eased them to victory. “A great win for the club today, we do usually play well here, but to dominate and win comfortably, it was a great team performance,” defender Andy Higgins said post-game. “A few weeks ago we were just playing for pride really and not thinking about the top four, but after today’s big win and results going our way, today we could be up for it.”

At kick off only three points separated the sides and it was Bayswater who had the first real chance on 13 minutes. Andy Reale’s cross from the right found the unmarked Jason Mirco, who fired wide of the target from six meters. ECU went close themselves four minutes later. A quick throw by keeper Lewis Italiano sent Nicol racing forward, he skipped past three Bayswater defenders, but his curling shot was saved low by Devon Spence. Bayswater were on the front foot and ECU had to rely on some desperate blocks from Rikki Smith and Cian Hirrell to keep a rampant home side at bay.

But on 20 minutes ECU should have hit the front. A superb through ball from Shane Pickering sent Gordon Smith clear, but Spence stood tall and saved well. The Bayswater custodian kept his side in the game with two telling saves. First he got down well to save Nicol’s close-range shot, before superbly tipping Gordon Smith’s shot on to the bar moments later. Bayswater were not without chances themselves, Trent Kay heading inches over the top from David Heagney’s corner, but in first half stoppage time ECU hit the front. Kevin Moon sent Tommy Amphlett down the right, his low cross picked out Nicol in the penalty area, who finished clinically past Spence, to send the visitors into half time with the lead.

The home side were out of the blocks early in the second half, and Mirco set up Heagney ten minutes in, his shot beat Italiano, but flicked the outside of the post. But against the run of play, ECU doubled their advantage. Gordon Smith was brought down in the area by Kay, and referee Matthew Southern pointed straight to the spot. Smith picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty. Italiano then came to his sides’ rescue, after Reale’s cross picked out substitute Luka Ninkovic, but his header was superbly saved by the ECU custodian. The points were made safe 14 minutes from time, when ECU added a third. A quick counter attack saw Nicol race clear down the left, he squared the ball to Gordon Smith, who finished with aplomb, chipping over the on-coming Spence.

13.8.2016

TEN MAN BALCATTA BEAT THE LIONS IN LOCAL DERBY

A ten man Balcatta have won for the first time in five games, after a goal in each half from Conor Kavanagh and Alan Carroll gave them a 2-1 win against local rivals Stirling Lions at Grindleford Reserve. They were reduced to ten men when Cameron Teece was sent off and Graham Doran pulled a goal back late, but Marc Anthony’s side hung for the win. “It’s very pleasing. We’re used to going a goal behind and then fighting to get back into the game, so it was good settler to get that early goal,” Anthony said. “First half, I thought we were excellent and dominated the game but they were probably the better team in the second half. It was backs to the wall after they pulled one back, so I’m obviously proud of the boys for hanging in there at the end.”

Balcatta made the perfect start and were ahead after only six minutes. Hanafi Ghazali’s free kick was headed home by Kavanagh. For the rest of the half clear cut chances were few and far between, with both keepers Kyle McDonald and John Perkins kept their sides in the game. If the first half was dull, the same couldn’t be said for the second.

The visitors went close early in the second period, Teeboy Kamara cut back found David Micevski, but the former Perth Glory midfielder spooned it over the top. Kamara was a constant threat, the former Adelaide United winger was denied by youngster McDonald, before Micevski curling shot drifted inches wide. It looked only a matter of time before the Lions levelled, but on 76 minutes, and against the run of play Balcatta doubled their advantage. A ball into the box saw Carroll beat his marker and his glancing header beat Perkins and into the far corner.

The Lions lifted and they reduced the margin seven minutes from time, Kamara was the supplier, picking out Doran who side footed into an empty net. The home side then had Teece sent off, after picking up his second yellow card from referee Michal Jasinski, and the Lions went in search of an equaliser. Miki Vujacic shot curled just past the post, before McDonald produced a stunning save to from Vujacic again, before Ghazali cleared the ball off his own line, as Balcatta hung on to take out the honours in the local derby.

13.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVENTEEN - REVIEW

Mandurah City’s lead at the top of the All Flags Division One was cut to just two points after they were held to a 2-2 draw by South West Phoenix in the South West Derby at Payne Park. The home side were busy early and had Mandurah on the back foot, but it was the Dolphins who opened the scoring on five minutes. Jordon Rhodes converting from the penalty spot after a push in the box. Mandurah had chances to increase their lead but couldn’t convert them and it was the Phoenix who levelled. A well worked move from defence ended up with Martin Ryan, who skipped past two defenders before firing home, via a deflection, from the edge of the penalty area. Mandurah pressed after half time and Jeff Bright’s volley restored their lead. Rhodes headed wide as Mandurah looked to end the contest, but in stoppage time the Phoenix got the goal their performance deserved. A free kick from Lee Stewart from the right edge of the penalty area beat Brad Eiffe and gave the Phoenix a share of the spoils. “We’re very happy with the point away from home, although we almost had three,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said. “No complaints really, I would have taken a point there before the game. It was a great second half, but Mick and I want us to be more ruthless in front of goal and take our chances, we played good football and created chances and I’m happy with that.”

Joondalup United closed the gap with a hard fought 1-0 win against Canning City at Burrendah Reserve. The only goal of the game came when James Bosdet’s throw out found Callum Stocks, and he combined with James Harmer and Lee Jones on the right, before the ball was crossed to Josh Whitmore who calmly swept the ball home. “It was a tough physical encounter which is exactly what we expected, Canning at home on their small pitch give you no time and space and compete for everything,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. “Having said that I thought for the majority of the game we were in complete control and should of put the game to bed, yet again spurning numerous easy opportunities which meant we were reliant on our outstanding keeper James Bosdet producing a couple of excellent saves to ensure we took the three points, our third victory of the week.”

Western Knights moved into third place on the table after a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park. The home side were ahead on the stroke of half time, Hasani Sinclair crossing to Ben Rogers who scored from close-range. Rogers went close to a second moments later, but Knights keeper Sam Stone denied him. But on the hour the Knights levelled. Adriano Jelenovic raced clear, rounded Luke Martino and rolled the ball home. The visitors were a head seven minutes later, Kevin Ashwood pouncing on a poor clearance from Martino to score. It was Ashwood again who sealed the win on 77 minutes, Paul Lloyd’s cross from the left was hammered home by Ashwood, to seal the points. The players worked hard today, kept their shape and they got their reward,” Knights Coach Trim Morgan said. “We’ve come off three losses and they’ve been a bit hungry today. Forrestfield are a good team. They held a high line, disciplined, but I’m so happy for the lads.”

In other games Gosnells City beat Ashfield 2-1 at Walter Padbury Reserve. The home side were ahead on 25 minutes, Dean Apelgren curling home a stunning long-range free kick. But Ashfield levelled when Gosnells failed to clear a cross and Stephen Kirk made them pay. It looked like the points would be shared but deep into stoppage time at the end of the match Gosnells won it. Jason Pottier’s cross caused panic in the Ashfield penalty area and in the goalmouth scramble Scott Periera fired home the winner. Rockingham City leapfrogged Ashfield after 2-0 win against Shamrock Rovers at the Lark Hill Sportsplex. City were ahead after only ten minutes, Christian Hogge scoring from close range from Blake Sokolowski cross. The points were made safe five minutes from time, Hogge brought down in the box and Ryan Kennedy scored from the resulting penalty. “It’s a great result for us, but I felt our performance could have been better, we played well in patches,” City Coach Rob Crerar said. “But credit to Shamrock, they worked really hard right to the end and made it difficult for us all day.”

In the final game UWA-Nedlands bounced back last week’s big loss to Forrestfield with a 3-1 win against Dianella White Eagles at Dianella Reserve. The visitors were ahead on the half hour, Alex Kretowicz scoring after he was the quickest to react after a goalmouth scramble. Dianella equalised on the hour mark, a brilliant individual effort from Joshua Tumuoe. He started his run down the left before cutting in and waltzing past a few defenders before smashing his effort home from the edge of the penalty area. But UWA hit back and with 20 minutes to go Kretowicz scored his second, the striker yet again was the quickest to react to a loose ball in the box. The points were wrapped up on 80 minutes, good work by Mordecai Appiah was finished off by a brilliant strike from Geordie Papathanassiou.

13.8.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVENTEEN - REVIEW

Fremantle City edged closer to the title after a 3-0 win against Kingsway Olympic at the Kingsway Sporting Club. The visitors were ahead when after some sustained pressure, Gareth Hamilton was on hand to place it pass the keeper. Hamilton added his and Fremantle’s second after a one-two Anthony Lomma. The points were wrapped up in the second half youngster Lomma was involved again, this time laying the ball in to the path of Sean Browne to seal the win. “It was a much better first half for us this week, and Gareth took his chances really well,” Fremantle Coach Steve Plucknett said. “We lost Tom Speziali in the morning with sickness and Danny Clapham after ten minutes with injury, so we were a bit concerned but the two young lads (Rhys Plucknett and Anthony Lomma) that stepped in did well. Our task was made a little easier towards the end as Kingsway unfortunately lost two players to injury late on after making all their substitutions but we were grateful for the win after a hard solid contest.”

Balga kept up the pressure on Fremantle after a 2-1 win against Wanneroo City at Princess Road Reserve. Wanneroo had the best chances of the first half, however Balga keeper Ollie Rigler made some fine saves. Then on the stroke of half time Dinko Ahmetanovic put Balga 1-0 up, the striker beating the offside trap, and then lobbed the Wanneroo keeper from outside the box. Balga doubled their lead in the 50th minute, Anton DeFrancesh was brought down in the penalty box, Ahmetanovic took the penalty and his low shot just went past the keeper. Wanneroo pulled on back just after the hour. A quick counter attack ended with Jake Martin who scored from close-range. It was game on, but Hubert Hakizimana should have made it 3-1 to the home side sooner, however with only the keeper to beat, he shot wide, but Balga hung on to take all three points.

Joondalup City also kept in touch with Fremantle and Balga after a 5-0 win against Ellenbrook United at Arbor Grove Reserve. The visitors were on top early and raced to a two-goal lead, with Jamie Stewart bagging a brace. Sam Phillips added the third before halftime, before Danny Allen and Joe McQuade made it 5-0 after the break. “I thought the lads played some good football and created a lot of chances but I am particularly pleased with the clean sheet,” Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano said. “Now that we are finally getting a lot of the players back from long absences, there has been a positive vibe at the club which has brought a lift in intensity at training. Saying that we have unfortunately lost another three players with what look like long term injuries but we are determined to finish the season strongly.”

In other results Morley Windmills and Curtin University fought out a 2-2 draw at Wotton Reserve. In the final game Melville City and Swan United drew 1-1 at John Connell Reserve. United hit the front from the penalty spot, after John Monterosso was brought down in the box and Luke Woodard scored from the resulting penalty. Melville levelled after half time, after neat link up play between Mark Lucas and Cormack Abbott found Louis Granich in the box, who scored after the Swan keeper couldn’t hold on to the cross. “It was a good game, Melville played a very good brand of possession football where as we looked to defend compact and hit on the counter,” Swan Coach Matt Debarro said. “We had three of four good chances in the first half, which we did not capitalise on, but second half Melville had the better chances and got the equaliser. Both teams went for it late but in the end a draw was a fair result.”

In the final game Quinns FC beat Kelmscott Roos 2-1 at Gumblossom Park. The visitors were ahead early a free kick from the edge of the box flew into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Quinns levelled after an Adam Bowers goal kick was flicked on and Jake Benson-Cooper ran on to the ball and flicked it to the corner of the net. It looked like the points would be shared but five minutes from time Quinns won it. Nicky Sharples ran on to a through ball and slid it to the right corner in off the post to win it. “A great result for us, but as the coaches said after the match we should have had the game finished at half time,” Benson-Cooper said. “We've had plenty of opportunities to batter team this year and let it slip, another hard fought win that puts us in the mix battling for top four.”




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