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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

This Saturday on The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM at 10am, Penny Tanner will be hosting with Danny Dewhurst and Dave Kindness. Call the show during the first hour when they talk up junior football pathways, growth and challenges. Guests Garry Church (Football West Development Officer), Daniel Garbin (Fox Sports) and Tony Di Toro (Perth SC) give their input on the junior game in WA, the DT 38 Foundation and the world's largest Youth Tournament, the Gothia Cup.

LIVE STATE LEAGUE WEB TELECAST

Games involving the Western Knights and Dianella White Eagles are passionate, vocal and well attended games, with interest within bothclubs but also in the wider soccer community. The next time the two teams meet is Saturday 5 September 2015 at Nash Field, Mosman Park, the home of the Western Knights.

For this game the Knights are taking the experience to a much wider audience in Western Australia, nationally and globally by telecasting the game live and free through their own website (www.westernknights.com.au) and Youtube.com.

This will be the first ever time a Western Australian State League game will be telecast live on the internet, and also the first time in over 50 years that a match from the Western Australian Soccer leagues is to be telecast live! Partners in this unique initiative is Ashley Morrison Media who will telecast the game, and will include full commentary by Ashley during the game, interviews before the game and at half time, plus advertising of club sponsors and events. After the game, the full version of the game will be kept on Youtube to watch over and over again.

The cost of the venture is being fully funded by the Western Knights. Corporate sponsorship packages are available for companies to advertise during this unique venture and gain some excellent exposure for your business. If you are interested contact the Western Knights Soccer Club on committee@westernknights.com.au or call Andrija Zuvela on 0408 006 580.

28.8.2015

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND TWENTY ONE - PREVIEW (courtesy thewest.com.au)

Schoolteacher James Sammut believes Balcatta’s crop of youngsters can learn important lessons against Floreat Athena on Saturday. Sammut said Balcatta, who finished second last season but are currently eighth in the PS4 NPLWA, had slipped off the pace in 2015 partly due to player departures, injuries and suspensions. Despite their being little to play for – Bayswater City have wrapped up the league title and there is no finals series this season – Sammut expects players from both sides will be out to make a point at at Grindleford Reserve. He was particularly hopeful that Balcatta’s young guns - such as Zelfy Nazar, Carmelo Giuffre, Jackson Amosa and Slade Rule – would press their case for first-team action.

“I think Floreat be at full strength and they are a quality side,” Sammut said of the second-placed team. “There are no finals to play for but players are playing for a spot for next season. We’re going to see whether these youngsters we’re bringing in can do a job. It’s their chance for them to show now that they can step up next season.” On a personal level, Sammut has been hindered by adductor problems that started last season and resurfaced in 2015. But it was not enough to prevent the 25-year-old from being selected for the WA State team in their recent match against Perth Glory.

“I think every game I’ve played I’ve brought something in terms of scoring or setting up goals but for me it’s more about the team success and wanting to give it a crack,” he said. “It’s disappointing that we’re not up there. “But to get in the State team was a bonus for me. I’ve been involved before but I didn’t play so that was my first time kitted out and getting some minutes. “It was a privilege to walk onto the pitch with those players and be part of it.”

In other games, champions Bayswater, who are eleven points clear at the top, will aim to extend their unbeaten season when they meet Armadale at Frank Drago Reserve. ECU Joondalup host Cockburn City, while Sorrento should get the win away to Perth Glory. Perth will need to beat Stirling Lions at Macedonian Park to keep their chances of finishing runners-up alive, while at Rosalie Park it's Subiaco AFC up against Inglewood United.

28.8.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND NINETEEN - PREVIEW

The pick of round nineteen in the All Flags Division One is the vital relegation match between Morley-Windmills and Swan United at Wotton Reserve. Swan moved four points away from the automatic relegation spot in their shock win over South West Phoenix last week, and will all but guarantee avoiding bottom spot if they beat Windmills on Saturday. Swan have Mike Lawson back in contention for a starting spot after missing last week, however Pearse McKee might miss due to an ankle injury. Others that could miss the game due to minor injuries is Ebe Cowbrough, Fraser Burt, Nic Phipps and Callum Burt, while Blair Kapurtin is away overseas. Swan Coach Salv Todaro understands the importance of the match. "It's a massive game this weekend, both teams desperate for the win, suppose this is a mini final. Boys have been putting in great effort at training and now need to carry this into the games. I expect the boys to keep on giving their 100% and work their socks off for each other and the club." There should be no change to the Windmills squad after their 4-0 loss to Gosnells City last Saturday, coach Jason Van Rooy was straight to the point about the importance of the fixture, "It will be a big game for the club to try and avoid relegation.".

Canning City will meet Joondalup United at Burrendah Reserve as both clubs will be hoping to bounce back after losses a week ago. Canning will be missing Josh Findlater and Vish Kannu through injury, while Daniel Trevisiol and Ante Jukic will be having late fitness tests. Simon Elton-Bott will be out suspended. Simon Correia returns from a week out and will be challenging for a spot while Charlie Parry is back to full fitness and is likely to be included from the start this week. Joondalup also have players out, with Josh Whitmore suspended and James Harmer needing to be rested. Stuart Hartmann and Guy McDonald will step into their positions. The northern suburbs boss, John Evans, knows Canning will not be an easy side to play against. "Canning gave us a good test at home so nothing will be taken for granted, each game is a physical and mental challenge. JUFC have enjoyed their first season in Division One, and with four games left we will be trying to finish as high as we can".

In other games, Dianella White Eagles are home to South West Phoenix, while Shamrock Rovers should be too good against Gosnells City at Grimley Oval. UWA-Nedlands FC will need to be at their best when they host Ashfield, while on Sunday at 5pm, it's top of the table Mandurah City up against Western Knights. City.

28.8.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND NINETEEN - PREVIEW

The match of round in the All Flags Division Two is Forrestfield United's crucial home fixture against Quinns FC. Forrestfield are one point behind league leaders Rockingham City, and must win to keep their hopes of an automatic promotion spot alive. Quinns will be no pushovers but have a few injuries that they are sweating on. Paul Daly is struggling with his back, Gareth Davis has a hip injury while Danny Marsden could miss the game due to work commitments. Coming into the squad should be Callum Trayner and Chris Williams. Coach Glen Moore knows it will be a difficult match, "We are looking forward to the game, we've had a good last couple of weeks and go into the game under no pressure and to enjoy it, Forrestfield are in the top two for a reason, the league table doesn't lie. We are under no illusions that it'll be a tough game but as you know most teams are capable of beating each other in this division, we are looking forward to their facilities, to show we are also a side that likes to play good football if given the chance."

Forrestfield should have Jimmy Duncan and keeper Brad Eiffe back in the starting line-up, however Ben Rogers is likely to be a week away from returning to the side. Striker Rhys Loxley expects a tough match. "The game against Quinns is going to be a battle as they are a hard side to break down and are always up for the physical challenge, they will go into the game without any pressure on them which can be beneficial." Loxley went on to say how crucial the game is this weekend, "For us, it is extremely important that we remain focused for the full 90 minutes in each of our final four games of the season to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to finish as champions. I think an early goal for us will be important in settling the nerves and allowing us to play to our strengths and to play our style of football".

Rockingham City will want to continue their lead at the top of Division Two in their game against Joondalup City at the Iluka Sports Complex. Bobby Irving was back in the Joondalup squad last week, and his experience should help the blue and whites. Joe Mcquade returns from suspension, while Danny Beattie also is back. It will however be Danny Allens last game of the season due to travel. For Rockingham, Papa Kpatar, Alexander Grayson and keeper Cyril Sharrock is out suspended. Coach Rob Crerar said about the upcoming game, "It's always a difficult game against Joondalup City, they are one of the best sides we have faced this year. Our group is in good form and we go into the game confident that our best can get us something from the game".

In other games, it's the battle of the cellar dwellers, as bottom side Kelmscott Roos travel to take on second bottom Ellenbrook United. Balga will be hoping to end a two game losing streak as they meet Melville City and Len Shearer Reserve, while Fremantle City will be confident in beating Kingsway Olympic at Hilton Reserve. The last game has Wanneroo City at home against the improving Curtin University.

28.8.2015

TWIGGER APPEALS FOR FUNDING HELP (courtesy thewest.com.au)

Football West chairman Liam Twigger has written to stakeholders in the sport as he pushes for local soccer to develop its own headquarters. Twigger emailed more than 40,000 players, officials and the parents to ask for their support in the push for facility funding. A statement released by Football West says that 11 years after the body united soccer’s various groups, it is yet to receive a funding commitment from government. It said Twigger has been disappointed that "WA’s most played team sport, according to independent figures, has been overlooked, while most other major sports have benefited from major facilities funding". “It’s fantastic to see the wonderful projects that have benefited other sports but soccer’s turn is long overdue and we must pull together to ensure that we are next in line,” he said.

Twigger said stakeholders in the Canning electorate, which is to hold a key Federal by-election, should let candidates hear their voice. “We have 42,000 registered players, over 3800 teams, more than 250 clubs and an inclusive reach deep into the heart of our communities, including the lives of those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as those managing disabilities,” Twigger said.

26.8.2015

VALE PETER DIMOPOULOS (courtesy footballwest.com.au)

WA football has lost one of its most prominent figures with the sad passing of Peter Dimopoulos at the weekend. Dimopoulos, 90, was involved in the WA game for around 70 years, initially as a player and later as a coach and administrator. Although he first arrived in WA in 1941, he joined the army and left to serve in World War Two before returning to Perth in 1947. He coached the WA Women’s Soccer Association to the 1975 national championship before his election as president of the new body the following year.

Dimopoulos was among the original inductees of the WA Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and served as a committee member. Football West extends its deepest sympathies to his wife, Barbara, family and friends. A funeral service will be held at Fremantle Cemetery on Monday at 10am.

26.8.2015

HAROLD STEALS TEN-MAN GLORY VICTORY

A ten-man Perth Glory have avoided a huge FFA Cup boilover against third-tier Queensland outfit Lions FC, escaping with a 1-0 win after extra-time in front of more than 2,500 fans at Perry Park. Just when it looked like the match was headed to penalties, Chris Harold slammed in at the second attempt after a great run by Gygory Sandor. It was a cruel end for the Lions, who pushed their A-League opponents all the way after Glory goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson was sent off just minutes after the opening whistle.

Referee Peter Green had little option but to issue Tyson a red card after hauling down Shoheel Khan in the 6th minute. Substitute ‘keeper Nick Feely spared Tyson’s blushes, acrobatically diving to his right to keep out Andre Bonotto’s spot kick. Despite being a man down, Glory went on to dominated the first half. Richard Garcia had a header cleared off the line while long-range efforts by Sidnei Sciola and Nebojsa Marinkovic weren’t too far off the mark.

Chances came thick and fast after the turnaround. Only Gyorgy Sandor’s last-ditch block prevented Kado Aoci from giving the hosts the lead, while Harold and Marinkovic both forced saves from Phil Zabaks down the other end. It was thrilling, end-to-end stuff. Feely denied Alex Janovsky at close-range soon before Sidnei wasted two glorious headed chances. Regulation time ended with Feely again in the thick of the action, pushing two shots over the top.

With neither team able to find the net the game progressed to extra-time. Harold fired an early warning shot when his vicious strike from the edge of the box rattled the crossbar. Glory continued to battle in spite of the numerical disadvantage, and with just three minutes left to play they were rewarded for their efforts, Sandor sliding the ball into the path of Harold who bundled the ball in after Phillip Zabak blocked his initial attempt.

26.8.2015

DE SILVA JOINS RODA AFTER ROMA DEAL COLLAPSES

Danny De Silva’s dream move to Serie A giants Roma has fallen through, however, the teenage sensation will still play in Europe after agreeing a two-year loan to Dutch side Roda JC. The 18-year old Socceroo looked set to join Roma in June after a deal had been agreed in principal the year before. He was farewelled by Perth Glory in July with the A-League club reaping a substantial transfer fee, believed to be in excess of $2.5 million, to be paid in instalments.

Today though it was revealed the Roma deal had been abandoned and instead De Silva had been re-signed by Glory for a further two years. And the teenager was immediately dispatched to Roda under the exact same terms, conditions and price that were agreed with the Italian club. Glory owner Tony Sage confirmed the teenager’s move to Italy collapsed because Roma were in breach of foreign player rules in the Serie A, which he said barred them from registering the player.

“We’ve got our money - $1.8 million in the end,” Sage said. “Nothing changed for us except we did a deal with that club (Roda) instead of Roma. All I can say is (Roma) really want him, they’re forced under their rules that they can’t have him this year so they had to find another solution. All we got told is ’you have to sign this piece of paper with that club but you get the same money’. “It’s fine, it doesn’t worry me, as long as Danny’s happy - and he’s very, very happy.”

Roma had included De Silva in their training squads for the recent International Champions Cup tournament in Melbourne. Sage is adamant the club are still keen on De Silva, saying he still could end up there when his two-year stint with Roda eventually expires. “I presume Danny’s going to go straight there (after the loan) but you’d have to ask them,” Sage said. “Any deal between Roma and that club, you’re going to have to ring them to ask them what the arrangement is.”

26.8.2015

SIX SANDGROPERS GAIN OLYROOS SELECTION

Aurelio Vidmar’s national Under-23 squad for next month’s games against Turkey and Macedonia has a strong West Australian flavour with six Sandgropers gaining selection. Defensive trio Cameron Burgess, Riley Woodcock and Scott Galloway along with attack-minded Ryan Edwards, Daniel De Silva and Adam Taggart are amongst 23 players called up for duty by Vidmar.

The Australia Under-23 squad to place Turkey (4 September) and Macedonia (7 September) is John Hall (Adelaide United), Brandon Borrello, James Donachie, Jamie Maclaren(Brisbane Roar), Paul Izzo (Central Coast Mariners), Joshua Brillante (Empoli), Cameron Burgess, Adam Taggart (Fulham), Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio), Scott Galloway, Jason Geria, Connor Pain (Melbourne Victory), Milos Degenek (1860 Munich), Steven Ugarkovic (NK Osijek), Terry Antonis (PAOK FC), Mustafa Amini, Jack Duncan (Randers), Daniel De Silva (Roda JC Kerkrade), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Swansea), Andrew Hoole, Riley Woodcock(Sydney FC) and uncontracted pair Ryan Edwards and Brad Smith.

25.8.2015

GRIFFITHS USING SECOND CHANCE TO SMASH STEREOTYPES

Rostyn Griffiths has noticed a greater appreciation for Australian footballers' hard work from the Europeans but he wants them to know that there's more to Aussie players than simply getting stuck in. Griffiths, 27, left Perth Glory at the end of the last A-League season to link up with Eredivisie club Roda JC to realise is childhood dream of playing in Europe.

“The two things I've noticed is that people over here expect Australians to provide a good attitude and a hard-work ethic,” Griffiths said. “For me that's great and something I feel I can definitely bring to the team but I also want to be able to change their opinions a little bit and make them realise that we also have good tactical and technical qualities as a nation. I want them to know we can play football as well.”

Griffiths, who played locally for ECU Joondalup, has started in all three of Roda's league games, which have yielded six points and fifth spot on the ladder. He was promised a starting spot and so far he has met his coach Darije Kalezic's expectations. “I've been fortunate to play in all the games so far which has been great,” Griffiths said.

“When I spoke to the coach on the phone before I signed he made his intention clear that he wouldn't bring someone in who was going to be just a squad player. He wanted someone to be able to come in and play straight away. We have quite a young team so he wanted me to use the experience I've gained so far and keep this team in the top division where it belongs.”

Griffiths feels he has settled well into his new environment. “Everyone has been really friendly and accommodating,” he said. “But most importantly it's great to be playing at a professional club with ambition in a league that is of a high standard. I don't live in Kerkrade which is where the stadium is. I actually live in Maastricht, which is a really cool city, so outside of football I'm also enjoying it.”

Roda is forever living in the shadow of the Eredivisie's big three Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven, but it has turned a few heads in its first season back with the big boys. “The club's first target is to remain in the Eredivisie,” Griffiths said. “However with the quality of the squad and the tactical and technical qualities of our head coach I think the club is aiming for a lot higher than it initially expected to.”

Griffiths is realising his dream of playing in Europe after, by his own admission, leaving Britain too soon as an ambitious 20-year old Blackburn Rovers player. “From the moment I left England I regretted my decision because I knew that I always wanted to play at the highest level I could in Europe,” he said. “At the time I thought I wanted to come back to Australia (where he grew up).”

“But looking back I just wanted to have a change of scene after having been at Blackburn for five years. Pretty much ever since then I've always been wanting to come back to Europe but for one reason or another there was always something that stopped it. That's why I decided it was really now or never when the opportunity arose early this year. Roda needed a defensive midfielder so it has worked out well for me.”

25.8.2015

LOWE ON A HIGH WITH LIFE AT GLORY

Kenny Lowe has labelled the past month as the most enjoyable stint in his time as Perth Glory’s head coach. Glory’s squad flew out to Brisbane this afternoon for tomorrow night’s FFA Cup clash against outsiders Lions FC. And Lowe said he was loving his role at the helm of the club more than ever after an off-season where Glory have experienced significant player turnover following last year’s penalties for salary cap breaches. “This month is the most I’ve enjoyed being in the job,” Lowe said.

“There’s been difficult times over the last 18 months, but I’m actually thinking I’m starting to enjoy this. People who have come in have been great, the mood's good, we’ve just got to win games, which is the age-old thing in football, isn’t it? Maybe I’ve had a bit more longer in it and I don’t go looking for fires. They come looking for me. Before, maybe you start (fighting). Now I just sit there because I know there’s one going to come and I don’t get too upset.”

Former captain Michael Thwaite will return to the line-up for tomorrow night’s knockout clash after missing the thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Newcastle Jets in the previous round due to gastro. Lowe confirmed reports of last week that Thwaite, who had explored options of a move overseas, was committed to Glory for this season. “A few things popped up for him, but he decided to stay,” Lowe said. “He looked at it and thought ‘it’s probably best for my family and me to stay’. I’m over the moon that he’s staying.”

24.8.2015

CARROLL JOINS GLORY WOMEN

Perth Glory Women have completed the signing of Australia defender Kim Carroll on a one-year-deal. Carroll, 27, joins Glory Women for the coming W-League where she’s looking forward to working with new coach Bobby Despotovski. “I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a fresh start and a new challenge,” Carroll said. “I want to win the Premiership and Championship as a Perth Glory player. I’ve heard good things about Bobby (Despotovski) as a player, coach and person. I’m hoping he can challenge me as a player to push me to another level.”

Carroll has an impressive pedigree in the women’s game. For the past six season she has worn Brisbane Roar colours in the W-League, making 52 appearances and collecting Premiership (2008/09) and Championship (2008/09, 2010/11) winners medals. That run was interrupted only by a season with Danish side Fortuna Hjørring. Carroll has been capped 54 times by Australia, a tally which includes all four of the Matildas game at the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

24.8.2015

GLORY READY TO ROAR AGAINST LIONS

A tricky assignment awaits Perth Glory when they take on Brisbane Premier League champions Lions FC in Wednesday’s FFA Cup round of sixteen clash at Perry Park. Lions ran away with the BPL crown this year, finishing six points clear of their nearest rival at the top of the table. That form was carried over into the national Cup competition with an upset 2-1 win over South Australian side Croydon Kings in round one courtesy of goals from Shoheel Khan and Andre Bonotto.

Lions, founded in 1957 as Hollandia-Inala Soccer Club, are determined to cause another surprise and prevent Glory from progressing to the FFA Cup quarter-finals for the second successive year. Player/coach Warren Moon is thrilled to be taking on an A-League opponent in the next stage, saying his players are ready to step in the intensity. “We’re certainly looking forward to playing an A-League side,” Moon said. “It’s going to be a huge challenge for our boys to try to get a result.”

It was a youthful Glory side that edged Newcastle Jets out of the knock-out competition earlier this month by way of a 4-3 win on penalties. “We’ve got Jakey Collard, young Steph Valentini who came on and got us the penalty and Hagi Gligor came on and did really, really well so really happy for the kids,” coach Kenny Lowe said. “It’s (the FFA Cup) massive for us, it sets us up for the season. Our focus is to hang in there for as long as we can.”

20.8.2015

WORLD CUP HERO FOORD RETURNS TO GLORY WOMEN

Matildas star Caitlin Foord has signed a one-year contract with Perth Glory Women. Foord signs on after her highly impressive showing in the Women’s World Cup, including her highly-praised performance against Brazil. The 20-year-old’s defensive performance against five-time World Women’s Player of the Year Marta received high accolades, as Australia consigned Brazil to a round of sixteen World Cup exit for the first time in 19 years.

Glory Women’s coach Bobby Despotovski was thrilled to have Foord’s services for the summer of 2015/16. “This was an easy decision to make,” Despotovski said. “She is an extremely valuable member of the team and last season, she was exceptional on the wing. She brings the whole lot to the club, she’s played for the national team in the World Cup and brings direction, leadership, and skills that will separate Glory from losing games and winning games this year.”

Foord was also excited to re-join the team for another season. “After the amazing season and the time I had with the club last year, it was hard to not want to come back,” says Foord. “It was such a fun group of girls on and off the field. I haven’t met Bobby Despotovski yet, but I’m looking forward to working with someone new and learning new things. I’m really looking forward to trying to go one step further than we did last year, and that would be winning the championship.”

Although only 20, Ford brings a wealth of experience to the Glory Women squad. Foord was handed her national league debut five years ago and has gone on to make 60 appearances for Sydney FC and Glory Women, plus a further 39 in the United States with Sky Blue FC. She scored on debut for Australia, against New Zealand in May 2011 and that year was named the Women's World Cup Best Young Player, Asian Young Footballer of the Year and Australia’s Under-20 Footballer of the Year. Foord has 34 caps for the Matilda’s to her credit.

23.8.2015

ATHENA BATTLE OUT A DRAW WITH CHAMPIONS (by Jonathan Cook, nplwa.com.au)

Champions Bayswater City preserved their unbeaten league record in 2015 but only after surviving a scare in their 2-2 draw against fired-up Floreat Athena at E&D Litis Stadium today. City have now won 18 and drawn two of their 20 games after goals from Gustavo Giron Marulanda and David Heagney earned a point against the second-placed side. Athena had threatened to spoil the party when Jon Stynes cancelled out Marulanda’s opening goal and Lewis McMahon scored a penalty but Heagney had the final say two minutes before half-time.

City coach Chris Coyne was unhappy with the first-half performance used his half-time talk to remind his players of their opportunity to achieve a rare feat. “I said ‘you can have a real serious crack here at going a whole season undefeated, so don’t throw it away when you are so close to the finish line,’” he said. “I’m pleased with the response and the fact that they dug in because it was a tough game.”

Just a week after Bayswater had wrapped up their third successive championship and Floreat were resigned to missing out on the coveted trophy, neither side took a backward step in a match packed with incident. A see-sawing affair had started well for Bayswater when Marulanda benefitted from Heagney’s break down the right to fire home from close range after 17 minutes. But rather than wilt, Floreat came firing back and Stynes drew the home side level before referee Josh Mannella awarded Athena a penalty after Phil Arnold had gone to ground in the box. Bayswater protested the decision but McMahon held his nerve to score from the spot with 41 minutes gone.

Floreat’s new electronic scoreboard showed the home side leading for just two minutes before Danny Dixon set up Heagney. Athena coach Glen Grostate, whose team recognised the champions with a pre-game guard of honour, praised his side for taking the game to Bayswater. “The boys accepted that Bayswater were the champions but it was all about the reaction after that,” he said. “I thought we performed really well. It wasn’t a one-off. The boys are second on the ladder for a reason. We showed them we can compete with the best team in the league.”

The match had threatened to boil over in the second half when Marulanda was booked for simulation and then, after he had been substituted, was sent from the bench. Marulanda’s anger served as a prelude to more fireworks when former Bayswater striker Steve Burton was booked for clattering into Dixon as he surged towards goal. “That niggle and that fire is why they are up at the top of the league as well,” Coyne said of a feisty second half. “They’ve got winners and they’re not used to getting beaten too often either.” Ludo Boi went close to breaking the deadlock late in the second half but his shot fizzed just over.

22.8.2015

JOONDALUP SURIVES LATE RALLY TO GET THE WIN (by Tommy Doleman, nplwa.com.au)

ECU Joondalup stretched their unbeaten away run to four games with a 2-1 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park on Saturday. All the goals were scored in the first half as Harry Bissett and Tommy Amphlett set the visitors cruising, before Josh Booysen pulled one back before the break. ECU survived a late rally from the home team but held firm to grind out a victory, which coach Dale McCulloch hopes will give momentum to his youthful team looking forward. “It’s important as a young side (to gain that winning mentality),” he said. “The young players are used to winning in the academy but this league is harder and tougher. “We’ve been scoring goals and haven’t been wining games, but to win today and see the change room as it is, it’s good for their development and teaches them good habits.”

McCulloch, though, believed his side could have wrapped up the game earlier. “I thought we were comfortable for long periods of the game but conceding that goal made things a bit harder,” he said. “It’s about having that concentration. Defending doesn’t just come from the back four, it starts up front and we haven’t been resolute enough to keep the goals out. “We got into some good areas on the break and didn’t quite have the quality to get the third goal but overall it was a scrappy second half from both sides."

ECU Joondalup started the game sharply and took a deserved lead inside 20 minutes. Bayley Montgomery kept Amphlett’s cross to the back post alive and the ball was eventually bundled in with the last touch coming off Bissett. Buoyed by the opener, the away side doubled their lead four minutes later, as a corner was not properly cleared and Amphlett struck crisply into the far corner for 2-0. Subiaco responded quickly, though, and pulled one back when Booysen drove down the left, cut inside and scored to cap a fine solo effort.

A scrappy second half followed, but as the game wore on, the hosts mounted late pressure on the ECU goal. First, substitute Kevin White found a yard of space on the edge of the area, before clipping the base of the post. Matt Akehurst then fired dangerous beyond Jamie Serra’s back post, but ECU stayed resolute on this occasion to take the three points back up north.

22.8.2015

SESAY HELPS INGLEWOOD GET THE WIN (by Alasdair Beer, nplwa.com.au)

David Sesay had a hand in both goals as Inglewood United beat Stirling Lions 2-1 at Macedonia Park in their PS4 National Premier Leagues WA clash. The winger scored the game’s opening goal after a minute before providing the assist for Andrija Jukic’s decisive strike. Inglewood coach Michael Garcia was pleased with Sesay’s return to form. “Dave’s a quality player – he’s probably been a little below what he considers to be his best, so I’m glad for him that he got a chance to show his potential,” he said.

Sesay opened Inglewood’s account in the first minute of play, running onto a lofted diagonal ball before beating his man and firing a powerful strike past Stirling keeper Joel Driscoll. The visitors nearly doubled their lead eight minutes later, when Tim Gould got a foot to Kenny Keogh’s shot, only to see the deflection flash just wide. Teeboy Kamara created Stirling’s first major chance, when he broke down the left flank before squaring for Shane Malcolm, whose wild effort went well high.

Inglewood goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski spared embarrassment for Ryan Sardi in the 21st minute, rushing out to take the ball off Malcom’s toes after he had dispossessed the Inglewood defender. He then denied Kamara four minutes later as he kept out a stinging effort from Robert Petkov, before Jovo Pavlovic cleared the danger. Jukic should have had Inglewood’s second on the half-hour mark, firing high over an open goal after Driscoll had saved David Micevski’s effort. Vrteski tipped over a dipping Steve Purton shot from outside the area four minutes before half time, as both sides continued to mount dangerous attacks.

Inglewood doubled their tally eight minutes into the second half, as Sesay skillfully surged down the left wing before delivering a low cross for Jukic to put away from the middle of the penalty area. However, Stirling had a response three minutes later, as Guam international Malcolm got a boot to Lawrence Shuruma’s header across goal and the ball hit Vrteski before trickling over the line. The game continued to be an end-to-end affair as Sesay forced Driscoll into a diving save with a swerving shot from outside the box in the 70th minute. Centre-back Pavlovic then found himself in unfamiliar territory two minutes later, skipping past two Lions defenders before drawing a save from Driscoll when clean through. Stirling nearly found an equaliser four minutes from time, as Kamara intercepted a Jason Colli back pass, only for Vrteski to again come to the rescue as he charged out and smother the forward’s shot.

With the win, Inglewood moved past Stirling to claim sixth position on the table and Garcia said he would play out the remaining matches with a view to 2016. “The goal is to blood a few young players and look to next season at which players are doing the team thing for Inglewood, so next year we can hit the ground running,” he said

22.8.2015

SORRENTO BEAT COCKBURN TO SEAL FOURTH (by Colin Outhwaite, nplwa.com.au)

Sorrento have sealed fourth place in the PS4 National Premier League with a 2-1 win over Cockburn City at Percy Doyle Reserve. Ryan Pearson put the Gulls in front before Harry O’Brien equalised, but Sean Canham earned them the three points with a goal on the brink of half time. In turn, Sorrento ruined Cockburn’s hopes of a top-four finish with coach Jamie Harnwell seeing his side clinch it again for his second year in charge.

Harnwell said while it wasn’t the most entertaining game they accomplished what they set out to do. “Considering the turnover of players we had from last season and what people thought we’d achieve, it’s quite satisfying to be up there again,” he said. Harnwell is now looking ahead to their September 12th Cup Final against Perth SC. “It’s great motivation for the players and something to look forward to with there being no finals this year.”

It was a tame opening 10 minutes before Pearson provided the game’s first highlight on 13 minutes with a shot from the left that hit the net. Cockburn then levelled six minutes later when O’Brien deflected Rory Patterson’s strike into the goal. Conor Kavanagh caught the Sorrento defence napping in the 32nd minute and put through Patterson with a ball over the top, but he skied his shot to the relief of the back four. Jonathan Corness then hit the underside of the crossbar in the 44th minute but the ball didn’t cross the line and Pearson cleared the danger. Two minutes later Canham added to Cockburn’s frustrations, taking advantage of a defensive error and firing into the far right corner to put the Gulls in front for the second time.

Chances were few and far between in the second half with substitute Julian Teles’ shot over the bar in injury time being the most threatening effort. Cockburn coach Marc Anthony thought his side was excellent in the first half despite the score line. “We should have scored two or three but that’s been the story of our season,” he said. Cockburn still have fifth place to play for with Inglewood, Stirling and Balcatta all in the running and are looking ahead to next week’s game against ECU Joondalup. “It’s never easy playing at ECU, they’ve got a few good players that could cause us problems so we need to make sure we’re up for the game,” Anthony said.

22.8.2015

VITTIGLIA GOAL GIVES AZZURRI THE POINTS (by Daryn McCleave, nplwa.com.au)

Reece Vittiglia's 63rd minute tap-in was enough to secure Perth’s fifth consecutive National Premier Leagues WA victory against a gritty Armadale side at Alfred Skeet Reserve. But the home side put up a fight and had they found an equaliser through Jackson Bealey's free kick at the death, it would have been no more than they deserved. Instead, Azzurri shot stopper Francis Soale pushed away the low strike at full stretch and Armadale's barren run at home throughout 2015 continued. The main talking point of the game arrived in the 49th minute as Perth defender Aleksander Susnjar should perhaps have received a second yellow card for halting Faustinho Machochi in a promising attacking position. Referee David Bruce waved away Army's protests and instead just awarded a free kick.

Moments later Perth coach Taki Nicolaidis hauled off Susnjar and later admitted they were a touch lucky. "He (Susnjar) was riding his luck and we didn't want to take any chances and end up with ten men," he said. "We knew it was going to be difficult to break them down, their work rate was top notch. “Had we put away some of our chances in the first half, it may have been a different story but I'm pleased at our end we've been able to grind out a 1-0 win."

Nicolaidis also praised his goalkeeper Soale who had a solid game and kept out efforts from Jesse Fuller, Raveshlan Kuppusamy and Sam Cole before his last gasp stop from Bealey. The visitors, too, had chances before the goal, as Mark Pritchard hit the bar and Josh Wilkins smacked the near post from the edge of the area. But the winner came from great wing play by Dean Evans, who zipped in a low cross with Vittiglia the man in the right place to direct the ball past a helpless Luke Radonich. Armadale pressed hard for a point and perhaps should have had one, as Fuller wasted a gilt-edged chance with a side-footed shot wide with seven minutes left on the clock.

Coach Paul Price felt the game could have gone either way, but was frustrated that Perth were not reduced to ten men for what he described as a "rugby tackle with his arms." "I was upset with the referee. Within minutes they've substituted him, so that was a bit of a game changer." "They're a good side. We created chances, so did they, but unfortunately on the day it went to them."

22.8.2015

MCDOUGALL GETS THE GLORY HOME (by Kelechi Osunwa, nplwa.com.au)

Perth Glory produced a brilliant second half display to come from behind and beat Balcatta 3-2 in their PS4 National Premier League match at Inglewood Stadium. The Glory found themselves down 1-0 after 25 minutes when Steve Sokol confidently finished past goalkeeper Jordan Franken. But a stunning free kick from Nikola Talmindzioski and a Michael McDougall brace either side of a fine effort from Balcatta skipper James Sammut proved to be enough.

Perth Glory Assistant Coach Jacob Burns was content with the result but was equally quick to call for improvement. “We still want to improve. It’s not only about the result, but it’s to do with our performance and there are a lot of areas that we need to be better in,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier but there is still areas we need to improve on.”

The story of the first half seemed to echo the Glory’s season with dominance of possession and probing passes failing to result in any goals. The Glory were punished when Gustavo Catarcione rode a challenge in the midfield before playing strike partner Steve Sokol through on goal to give Balcatta a goal against the run.

The half-time team talk must have done the trick for the Glory, as they increased the tempo, attacked with purpose and found themselves level in the 54th minute. A clumsy tackle just outside area presented Talmindzioski with a fantastic opportunity to level. It was an opportunity that the Glory would take as the in-form striker wrapped an effort over and around the wall and into the top corner. The goal confirmed the shift in momentum and minutes later Michael McDougall took full advantage. The young striker who had been promoted from the U20’s squad picked the ball up around the halfway line and waltzed his way past three Balcatta defenders before stroking home with aplomb.

Glory’s lead was short lived as Catarcione was afforded too much room in the midfield again. His pass to release an onrushing Sammut was exceptional and was met by a calm finish from the captain. Sammut’s equaliser caused another momentum shift as Balcatta looked to push on with Catarcione proving to be a nuisance. Balcatta would be undone by a defensive error that proved crucial as their defence failed to clear their lines. McDougall took one touch to control and his second was a precise finish into the bottom corner, much to the delight of Burns. “His (McDougall) opportunity has come not only through his hard work and endeavour but we’ve had a hell of a lot of injuries,” he said. “There are opportunities there for the guys to come in and he’s taken his opportunity well. “He’s come in and scored goals and effected games and he’s just one of a number of guys who have come in and done really well.”

The Glory held on for a tense final 15 minutes that saw Balcatta spurn chances with errant final passes. Balcatta had a late penalty appeal when Catarcione's flick looked to strike the hand of a Glory defender only for a well-placed Matt Southern to wave away appeals. Balcatta captain James Sammut was left to rue errors, which he felt were crucial. “They were a bit sharper and they took their chances very well,” he said. “But (we had) too many errors and it cost us in the end.”

22.8.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND EIGHTEEN - REVIEW

Joondalup United are all but out of the Division One championship race after their home loss to Shamrock Rovers. Shamrock's Will Pender got the only goal of the game late in the second half. Joondalup coach John Evans admits that it will be difficult to now challenge for the title, "At the end of the day you've got to perform week in, week out, and today we haven't", Evans said. “Everyone's disappointed but the reality check is we're just not good enough.”.

In other games, Mandurah City continued their march to the title after a 5-2 win over Dianella White Eagles. Ashfield proved too strong for Canning City, winning 3-1, while Western Knights were too strong for UWA-Nedlands FC, after their 4-1 victory at Nash Field. Swan United shocked South West Phoenix, winning 2-1, and now have moved four points clear of the automatic relegation spot, while bottom side Morley-Windmills are getting closer to the drop after their 4-0 loss away to Gosnells City.

22.8.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND EIGHTEEN - REVIEW

Rockingham City continued their march to the Division Two title after a 3-0 win over top four contenders Balga at Princess Road Reserve. Balga's Kyall Osborne had the first chance of the game, a pass from Ajri Taela found Osborne at the top of the box, and his shot hit the post after leaving Rockingham's keeper Cyril Sharrock stranded. Rockingham almost hit the lead, a glancing header from a corner was saved on the goal line by the Balga defence. Nahom Michael then used his pace to run past the Rockingham defenders, with only Sharrock to beat, his shot went over the bar. Michael soon after had another one on one with Sharrock, but this time the Rockingham custodian came off his line well to hold the ball.

Rockingham then went 1-0 up, after Shayne Boyle made a great run past the Balga defence, and scored with only Balga keeper Ollie Rigler to beat after fifteen minutes. Midway through the half, Rockingham were two up after a quick counter attack found Alex Grayson, who's powerful shot from just outside the box gave Rigler no chance. Both sides battled hard in the second half, but it was Rockingham who made sure of the win in the 85th minute, when Gersholm Rowland scored at close range.

Forrestfield United kept the pressure on Rockingham with an easy 6-0 win over Kelmscott Roos are Frye Park. Fremantle City continued in third place after a strong 3-0 win at home against Joondalup City, while Kingsway Olympic beat Ellenbrook United 2-1. Quinns FC and Wanneroo City battled out a 2-2 and in the Sunday night game, Curtin University welcomed back several players in their 4-0 thrashing of Melville City.




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