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Bayswater City’s run in the PS4 National Premier Leagues competition came to an end after a 3-1 loss against PS4 NSW side Blacktown City in the Grand Final at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. Joe Gibbs and Mitch Mallia put the visitors 2-0 up at the break, and although Gustavo Giron-Marulanda pulled one back for Bayswater, former Western Sydney Wanderers striker Gibbs added his second to seal the victory. “It was a great night for the club and all involved,” Gibbs said. “We put in a great performance considering the travel which we are not used too, but I thought we thoroughly deserved the win and it is a great way to end an already successful season.”

After last week’s sublime performance against Hobart Olympia, Bayswater were favorites going into the game, but the early signs were good for the visitors with Patrick Antelmi, Travis Major and Mallia all causing problems for the Bayswater defence. They should have taken the lead on four minutes, Mallia’s ball in from the left picked out Major, but with the goal at his mercy, he failed to make contact with the ball.

But on 13 minutes Blacktown’s pressure was rewarded with the opener. Major was the provider this time finding Gibbs, and the striker made no mistake. There was a concerned look on the face of Bayswater coach Chris Coyne, and his keeper Devon Spence thwarted the marauding Blacktown side. First he was out bravely to deny Mallia, before saving low from Sasa Macura’s shot.

Bayswater needed to lift and moments later they went close to the leveler. David Heagney was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area, but his curling shot flashed inches wide of the target, and the striker headed wide Todd Howarth’s corner five minutes later. But Blacktown looked threatening on the break and on 26 minutes they doubled their advantage, Mallia firing home past Spence at the second attempt.

With the coaches half time address still ringing in their ears, Bayswater opened the second half well and had Blacktown on the back foot, and six minutes in they pulled a goal back. Howarth’s well flighted free kick found Giron-Marulanda, and the Columbian striker headed home past Nenad Vekic. It was game on and the crowd was right behind the home side but any hopes of a comeback was quashed four minutes later.

Gibbs, who was outstanding on the night, and won the John Kosmina Medal as the game’s best player, produced another quality finish to virtually end the contest. Bayswater pressed late, Brian Farrell saw his shot tipped over by Vekic and Howarth cross caused panic in the Blacktown defence, but Marulanda was unable to force the ball home. The match threatened to boil over midway through the second half after Farrell and Antelmi clashed but order was quickly restored by referee Matthew Cooper. But at the final whistle it was Mark Crittenden side celebrating a famous victory, while the Bayswater coach thought what could have been.

Coyne praised his side’s second-half effort but was disappointed of the first half performance. “I’m grateful to the boys for coming out in the second half and putting a shift in, they really came out and had a pop but I think we lost the cup in the first half,” he said. “I said to the boys if they’re willing to go forward, you’ve got to run with them and see if they want to go the other way with you. But you can’t expect to score four against a champion team. I’m immensely proud of the players, proud of the club and coaching staff but it was one hurdle too many. I can’t complain because they’ve given me everything all year.”

Bayswater City 1 (Giron-Marulanda 51’)
Blacktown City 3 (Gibbs 13’, 55’, Mallia 26’)

Referee: Matthew Cropper
Assistants: Josh Manella and Matthew Southern

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES (12 Adam TONG 62’), 6 Todd HOWARTH, 9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA, 13 Trent KAY, 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie COYNE, 17 Borbor SAM, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (14 Danny DIXON 59’), 23 Chris SALDARIS - Subs not used: RGK Jason SALDARIS, 10 Damien CATALANO, 19 Alex WILD

Blacktown City: GK Nenad VEKIC, 3 Giorgio SPERANZA, 4 Yianni FRAGOGIANNIS, 6 Matthew LEWIS, 7 Travis MAJOR, 8 Sasa MACURA, 9 Joe GIBBS, 12 Daniel ARAUJO (21 Yianni PERKATIS 58’), 14 Mitchell MALLIA, 16 Patrick ANTELMI (11 Danny SEUNG-JOO CHOI 76’), 19 Zachary CAIRNCROSS - Subs not used: RGK Tristan PRENDERGAST, 10 Christos TOMARAS, 18 Jonathan GROZDANOVSKI



Rockingham City will play in the All Flags Division One next season after 4-3 aggregate win against Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve in the second leg of the promotion / relegation play-off on Friday night. Morley raced to a two lead at the break with goals from Brian Crellin and Tony Cain, but a Ryan Kennedy penalty on the hour got Rockingham back in the game and Shane Boyle scored the second fifteen minutes from time to seal the win. “We didn't play particularly well first half and deservedly trailed at the break, but we came out second half and played some great football to get the result,” Rockingham Coach Rob Crerar.

The coach believes Rockingham are on the up and is looking forward to next season. “Tonight was really important for the players and for the club, we are a very young side with lots of potential so to play at the next level is an exciting challenge for them,” he said. “The club have come a long way the last couple of years on and off the park and we wanted the football community to sit up and take notice of us. We are still developing but Rockingham is now a club people want to play for and be part of.”

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg Morley needed a good start and they were ahead on 25 minutes. A free kick from Scott Wrightson hit the wall and snuck through, and Brian Crellin latched onto the loose ball and fired into the bottom left corner. It was game on, and the home faithful were on their feet again five minutes before half time. Crellin cross into the box from the left picked out Cain who headed home past Cyril Sharrock to send the home side into the break two to the good.

With Crerar’s half time address still ringing in their ears Rockingham came out with real determination and a will to turn the game around, and they were back in the game on the hour, with Kennedy firing home from the spot. The momentum of the game had switched and Rockingham looked dangerous going forward and on 75 minutes they levelled on the night and edged forward in the tie. Blake Sokolski made space down the flank and crossed to 17-year-old Boyle, whose diving header flashed into the net. Morley, who now need to two goals to win the tie, pushed forward but Rockingham held on to see the game out and celebrate with their supporters after the final whistle.



On Saturday evening one of the biggest games in WA football takes place with NPL-WA Champions Bayswater City entertaining NPL-NSW Premiers Blacktown City in the Grand Final of the PS4 National Premier Leagues at Dorrien Gardens (6.30pm). Bayswater eased into the final with a stunning 6-0 win against Hobart Olympia, while Blacktown edged out Moreton Bay United 2-1.

Chris Coyne’s side will be looking to make history and be the first WA club to win the National competition, and Irish midfielder Brian Farrell said they are hoping to cap off a fantastic season by taking it out. “It’s been a wonderful season for us this year, and were all looking forward to Saturday night,” he said. “It’s was very satisfying to complete the NPLWA season without defeat, and we’ve carried that on into this competition. For everyone involved with the club it has been a huge achievement to win the title for the last three seasons, but it just rewards for the work we’ve put in on and off the park.”

The 28-year-old said the performance against Olympia was outstanding, and he hopes they can repeat that against a good Blacktown side. “We were all disappointed to lose at home to Metrostars last season, and watch them lift the trophy in the final, and we were all focused to go better this season,” Farrell said. “Saturday gives us the opportunity to not only put WA football on the map, but also Bayswater as a club. It’s pleasing to make it this far, but we are hoping to change a few preconceptions about the strength of football in WA on Saturday night and take the trophy back to Frank Drago Reserve.”

Farrell, who played in the Irish Premier League with Shelbourne FC and Dublin City, before a four year soccer scholarship at the University of Memphis in the USA, said the club have done their homework on the opposition, and said they will be strong with a number of former A-League players in their squad. “We will approach and prepare for the game the same way we have all season,” he said. “We obviously haven’t played them (Blacktown) before, so we will spend the week gathering information on them. We are expecting a tough game, just like all finals are, and hopefully we can perform on the night and see where it takes us.”

Blacktown City have had some famous players in the past, with former Socceroos striker Robbie Salter, former Perth Glory defender Scott Jamieson, Sydney striker Bernie Ibini and Perth Glory Youth head Coach John Gibson all playing for the Gabbie Stadium club. Coach Mark Crittenden has overseen the clubs success, and they head into Saturday’s game looking to become the first NSW side to take out the title.

Striker Joe Gibbs, who was part of the Western Sydney Wanderers side that won the 2013-2014 A-League title, said there season has been magnificent and they went back-to-back as Champions of the NPLNSW, and they hope to add the National competition to their honour board. “It was a successful season for our club, and we achieved our goal we had at the start of the season, and that was winning the league," he said. “Unfortunately things didn’t go our way in the Top Five Grand Final against Bonnyrigg, but we believe we won the most important one, and that’s being the best team and top of the table at the end of 22 rounds.”

The 23-year-old, who also had stints at Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, said Saturday’s game is a huge game for the club, and NSW football and he believes the competition has been great for the second tier of football in the Country. “It’s a new experience for me personally, having never competed in the competition before,” Gibbs explained. “I’m really looking forward to the game, and I don’t think I’ve seen so many people excited for a long plane trip to Perth, but the whole club is buzzing. I think it’s a great competition for the NPL leagues and I can see it really growing further in the next few years.”

Gibbs said they have watched the games Bayswater have played in the tournament and said they are a good side, but he believes they have the fire power to bring home the trophy. “You can see they (Bayswater) are an experienced side with a number of A-League players in their side and that was a huge result last week, but we have performed well in the competition to date and we are confident going over and getting a result,” he said. “We were happy with our game last week, especially the first half. We got a bit complacent later on allowing Moreton Bay back in the game, and we had to hold firm late. It was a good test, against a good side and it was a good test for us leading into the big one this weekend.”



The final spot in the All Flags Division One will be decided tonight, with Rockingham City and Morley-Windmills battling it out in the play-off second leg at Wotton Reserve. Rockingham hold a slender 2-1 lead after the first leg, with goals from Christian Hogge and Shane Boyle, this after David Houston had given Morley and early lead.

City midfielder Hogge said the first game was a tight affair, but he thought they should have added a few more goals on the night. “We started the game with a high intensity, but they scored a cracking goal, which we really could do nothing to stop,” he said. “We knew we would get chances, and we just continued to play our football and I thought we dominated the game, and deservedly went into the break ahead. We were a little disappointed because we should have had a few more goals, but the character we showed to come back was great. We go into the second leg knowing we are only another win away from promotion.”

The 21-year-old, who joined the club from Kelmscott Roos during the season, said there is a great camaraderie in their camp, and Coach Rob Crerar has done a great job in his first season at the helm. “Promotion would be a fantastic end to the season,” he said. “I have been a part of the side since the middle of the season, and Rob has done a fantastic job, and it’s all because of him I joined the club, and I really started to enjoy my football again. If we can get promotion it will make all the hard work he and the players have put in well-deserved.” In team news Rockingham welcome back former Armadale and Sorrento keeper Cyril Sharrock for the big game.

Windmills will be boosted by their away goal last week, and midfielder Brian Crellin said they are ready for a tough game. “We’re happy to come away with an away goal, and we took the lead much against the run of play,” he said. “We had set up with a 4-5-1, very reserved, and they were out of the blocks early and they were fitter and technically better than we expected. We changed things around at the break and it was more even, but we weren’t clinical, but overall 2-1 was a fair result and the away goal could prove vital.”

Windmills, who will go into the game unchanged, only just scrapped into the play off, and good end to the season edged them above Swan United, and the 26-year-old said since Jason Van Rooy returned to the club, the performances improved. “It’s been a tough season for the club, and there are very few players left from the original team at the beginning of the year,” he explained. “Since the arrival of Jason as manager, we have picked up lots of momentum at the back end. But due to a high influx of new players it took time to adjust. The goals have started to come and we’ve looked surer at the back, so we’re quietly confident we can get the right result on Friday, yet still respectful of the quality that Rockingham showed on Tuesday night.”



Goalkeeper Ante Covic was over the moon after Perth Glory defeated Western Sydney Wanderers in last night’s FFA Cup quarter-finals. Covic, who was released by Western Sydney in the off-season after winning the Asian Champions League last season, made a fabulous double-save in the second half of regulation time to keep the home side in the game.

The veteran shot-stopper said it was extra special defeating his former club. “Obviously there’s a little bit extra for me to beat the Wanderers but the first goal was to make sure Perth Glory went through,” Covic said. “We’ve a bunch of new players and we’re still trying to figure each other out, but it’s good to get 120 minutes and progress to the next stage.”



Adelaide United’s on loan target man Eli Babalj doesn’t see fellow striker Bruce Djite as competition, he refers to the pair dicing for the same spot as ‘depth’. But with Adelaide coach Guillermo Armor destined to stick stringently to versions of the 4-3-3 formation there will only be room for one specialist striker in the starting eleven at a time.

That doesn’t faze Babalj who has now been in Adelaide for nearly two months after Dutch club AZ Alkmaar agreed to release him for another spell in the A-League. “Strikers go through patches in the season where they don’t score and to have another good striker waiting is beneficial for the team,’’ Babalj said. “I think it adds more to the team and brings more goals and more success.”

Babalj, 23, played about 30 minutes of Adelaide’s 3-1 FFA Cup quarter-final loss to Melbourne Victory following time out through injury. “I had a bit of a set back with a knee injury I strained,’’ Babalj said. “It was a touch and go game (for my fitness) so the positive I can take out of it is, mentally I got through it fine with my knee. I got some minutes under my belt I’m getting back my rhythm and now getting some form.”



Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has dealt the local game a major blow by revealing he’s on the verge of signing players cast aside by A-League rivals to bolster his thin squad. The departure of nine players over the off-season has left Glory’s playing roster looking somewhat light-on for the coming season. Lowe vowed to promote local talent when appointed coach in December 2013, however, that no longer appears to be the case with two former A-League players set to join the club.

Speaking after last night’s FFA Cup win over Western Sydney Wanderers, Lowe confirmed Glory will reveal their two newest additions ahead of the season opener at Central Coast Mariners on Saturday week. “We’ll sign two more,” Lowe said. “It’s close. They’ve both got 50-70 A-League games, so we’re trying to bring a little bit of experience. We’ve only got a really small squad, so we can’t take a gamble on people out of the State League, because people who come in are going to play. That’s our thought process.”



Samantha Kerr says the Matildas had to stand up for what’s right after boycotting this months’ two-game series against World Cup holders United States. The Matildas pulled the plug on the USA amid the ongoing row between the Professional Footballers’ Australia and Football Federation Australia around the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Kerr, who was named Perth Glory’s W-League captain at the club’s season launch on Friday, did not want to dwell on the issue but said the players had to take a stand. “We’ve got to stand for what is right,” Kerr said. “Everyone wants to play the world champions especially so soon after they won the World Cup, but I’m sure we’ll get another opportunity.”



Perth Glory has advanced to the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after out-shooting Western Sydney Wanderers 4-2 in a dramatic penalty at Dorrien Gardens. The game finished deadlocked at 1-1 after extra-time, Nebojsa Marinkovic cancelling out Dimas Delgado’s opener, with Glory making the most of their chances from the spot to progress.

The first half was a relatively even affair with both teams having their chances to go ahead. Glory’s best were a couple of trademark long-range efforts by Nebojsa Marinkovic, while Mitch Nichols’ volley went just wide for the visitors. Half-time was four minutes away when Western Sydney edged the lead, Spanish import Delgado tucking away Nichols’ centring ball. .

Western Sydney would have doubled their lead if not for Ante Covic’s brilliant double-save to deny Nichols then Jaushua Sotirio. It was a pivotal moment as on 59 minutes Marinkovic blasted in a low shot from the edge of the box to bring the teams level. An exciting final 30 minutes ensued with Sidnei and Chris Harold spearheading Glory’s charge.

Set-pieces looked the most likely avenue to goal but neither side could find a breakthrough as the game went to the spot. A horrible miss by Federico Piovoccari was punished as Antony Golec and Sidnei each converted for Glory. And when Scott Jamieson blazed high for Wanderers, it was left to captain Richard Garcia to send Glory into the Cup’s last four.



Rockingham City are in pole position, in the All Flags promotion and relegation Play-off, after 2-1 win against Morley-Windmills in the first leg at Lark Hill on Tuesday evening. Windmills scored early through David Houston, but goals to Christian Hogge and Shane Boyle gave the Division Two runners-up the advantage going into Friday’s second leg at Wotton Reserve. “I was really pleased at how we bounced back in the game after going behind in the opening minutes,” City Coach Rob Crerar said. “We were challenged in the second half by Morley, but our lads stuck to the task and we go into Friday’s second leg with confidence.”

It was perfect start for the visitors and they were ahead after only two minutes. A ball over the top sent Houston clear, he held off his marker, and superbly fired home from long-range. But Rockingham hit back on 15 minutes. A ball into the box wasn’t dealt with by the Morley defence and Hogge produced a stunning bicycle kick to level. Before the break the home side hit the front, Boyle firing home from close-range.

Both sides had chances in the second half but couldn’t find the target, and at the final whistle, Rockingham takes a slender lead for the second leg. Despite the narrow loss, Houston said they are confident they can get the job done on Friday. “Even though we lost, we’re still in a good position to win the tie,” he said. “An away goal and home advantage sets us up nicely. They’re a decent side, but once we saw how they played, we were able to keep them at bay in the second half, and we created some good chances. If we can do the same on Friday we can get the win we need.”



Subiaco AFC keeper Ryan Montgomery was the star at the clubs 2015 Presentation Night, taking out the club’s Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year trophies. After joining from South West Phoenix at the start of the season, the Subiaco custodian was delighted to take out the clubs fairest and best. “It’s always a great honour to win awards at the end of the season, and to do the double with go but the boys really made me feel welcome and it has defiantly been the most enjoyable year that I've had on and off the field,” he said. “To move clubs after playing with one club for such a long time I was a bit unsure of how it would go, but the boys really made me feel welcome and it has defiantly been the most enjoyable year that I've had on and off the field.”

In their second season in the NPL Subiaco continued to impress and Montgomery believes they can maintain their spot on the top flight of WA football next season. “I think the club has improved on last year, which was the goal at the start of the season and with the eighteens doing so well I think the club is in good stead for the future,” he added.

Skipper Nathan Diaz was the runners-up in the Player of the Year award, while Mitchell Steinberg was runner-up in the Players’ Player of the year. In other awards Zac Hardisty won the under 20’s Player of the Year award, with Justin Caratozzolo the runner-up. Owen Coates won the under 20’s Players’ Player of the Year, with Sheldon MacDonald runner-up. The under 18’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the year was won by Dylan Andrews, with Alex Meston and Shatoosh Bhat runners-up respectively.



With Australians now an endangered species in the English Premier League, Aston Villa rookie Jordan Lyden is looking to change that by breaking into the first team squad this season, after captaining the club's unbeaten Under-21 side. Despite missing the whole of last season with a horrific hamstring injury, the Young Socceroos midfielder came off the bench in two pre-season first team games and trains regularly with the senior side under the watchful eye of coach Tim Sherwood.

Lyden, who played his juniors with ECU Joondalup, insists that he will be ready if and when the call comes from Sherwood. “It’s a great thing to be made captain of the Under-21s, especially having been out all of last year,” said Lyden, scorer of the deciding goal in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United two weeks back. “The main thing is just staying fit.”

“I am 19 now and have age in my side. I am training with the first team and I am in the right place with the right club. The coaches have said as long as I keep doing what I am doing there's no reason why I can't push on to the first team. Tim Sherwood is very good for bringing youngsters through and Villa are renowned for giving youngsters a chance.”

Lyden has played every minute of the Under-21's opening four games and also featured in pre-season friendlies with Swindon Town and Walsall. He knows only too well how far former Tottenham Under-21's skipper and Australia star Massimo Luongo has come since his days as a Spurs rookie, moving to Swindon and then Queens Park Rangers, with an Asian Cup winners' medial and most valuable player accolade collected along the way.

But Lyden says his playing style as more akin to Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak. “I am a bit similar in way to Mile in that I like to get stuck in with a tackle and I can play at the same time,” he said. “That’s what Villa seem to like about me ... I can play in the right areas and if I need to mix it up a bit I can. But I like to play football. That's really my game, the technical side of things.”

Lyden broke into Australia's Under-20s side before injuring his hamstring, and was also sounded out last year by coach Aurelio Vidmar, whose Olyroos will shortly begin the qualifying campaign for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil . “Now I am back playing, hopefully I am in contention for the Under-23s,” said Lyden, who featured in qualifiers for the Under-20 World Cup in Malaysia last year.

He was struck down soon after signing a two-year extension on his Villa deal in August 2014 and admits it was a challenging period in his budding career. “It was very frustrating,” he said. “I played ten minutes in a pre-season game and missed the whole season. It was 15cm tear in my hamstring that was recurring and never had the right time to heal. But that's behind me now.”



Socceroo winger Nikita Rukavytsya has made a sensational start to his career at Beitar Jerusalem, scoring on his debut for the Israeli Premier League club. Playing up front, Rukavytsya was in the right place at the right time to tap in at the far post his teams’ third goal in a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Hapoel Kfar Saba. The 28-year old’s finish helped Beitar to their first win of the new season, jumping them up two places on the ladder to 10th in the 14-team competition.



The stage is set for an electric atmosphere as Perth Glory prepares to host Western Sydney in the quarter-finals of the FFA Cup tomorrow night. Glory, last year’s FFA Cup finalists, will for the first time showcase its new look squad featuring star signings Guyon Fernandez and Diego Castro in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd at Dorrien Gardens.

Routine maintenance at Perth Oval has necessitated the game be moved to Dorrien Gardens, which Glory boss Kenny Lowe says will provide a real and raw experience for the fans. “It’s a great little tight stadium ... it’s going to be a good old fashioned FFA cup tie really,” he said. “It’s going to be tough with their Italian boy, their Spanish boy, (Dario) Vidosic and (Scott) Jamieson, Mitch Nichols they’ll be very good.”

Lowe stressed the importance of an extended Cup run for Glory given their limited opportunity for pre-season games. “We find it difficult over here to get friendly games because of the new rulings with regards to lighting,” he said. “You can’t play any games without certain lighting and there’s only three teams in WA who have got the lighting so we need to stay in the FFA Cup to ensure that our preseason is where it’s required so it’s a big driver for us.”



Bayswater City moved into the PS4 National Premier League – National Grand Final after a stunning 6-0 win against Tasmanian NPL Champions Hobart Olympia FC at Frank Drago Reserve on Sunday. It was a stunning performance from Chris Coyne’s side, with former Huddersfield Town striker David Heagney bagging a hat-trick, with Man of the Match Borbor Sam scoring twice and Gustavo Giron-Marulanda adding the other. Heagney said they went into the game full of confidence after last week’s win in Adelaide. “We spoke before the game, that if we play our best and work hard as a team we can beat anyone,” he said. “It’s nice to score a hat-trick but the service I got today from Borbor and Danny Dixon was outstanding, and I was happy to be on the end of them today.”

The home started brightly and skipper Trent Kay should have done better when he headed over when unmarked early, while Olympia threatened themselves on ten minute, but Warren Wadawu shot on the turn failed to find the target. But on 13 minutes Bayswater took the lead. Former Perth Glory Youth winger Sam raced past Harry Woolley and crossed to Heagney who made mistake from four meters. Despite going behind the goal seemed to lift Olympia and they had their best period of the match.

Luke Eyles shot straight at Devon Spence before Lachlan Nichols curling shot from the edge of the penalty area whistled inches past the post. But on 28 minutes Bayswater doubled their advantage with a sublime finish from Marulanda. A ball over the top from Brian Farrell sent him clear, and the Columbian striker finished with aplomb past Sean Lewis. Olympia were struggling in the final third as Bayswater continued to threaten and Sam saw a shot flash inches wide, before Heagney tested Lewis late, but the Olympia custodian saved low.

It was more of the same after the break as Bayswater dictated terms. Lewis saved well to deny Heagney early, before Sam’s shot from the edge of the penalty area flashed wide of the target. But their pressure was rewarded on 64 minutes with the third, Heagney racing clear and finished clinically. Bayswater were showing no signs of abating and they added a fourth on 73 minutes, with Sam cutting in from the left and firing low past Lewis.

Olympia were wilting and Bayswater added their fifth moments later. Heagney was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty, and he finished clinically to complete his hat-trick. The icing was put on the cake with three minutes remaining, with Sam capping off an outstanding performance drifting in from the left and firing low past Lewis. The win gave Bayswater City a home Grand Final next Saturday against Blacktown City from New South Wales at Dorrien Gardens kicking off at 6.30pm.

Bayswater City SC: GK Devon SPENCE, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA (2 Declan HARGREAVES 55’), 13 Trent KAY (c), 14 Danny DIXON, 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie COYNE, 17 Bor Bor SAM, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (10 Damien CATALANO 79’), 23 Chris SALDARIS (12 Adam TONG 72’)
Subs not used: RGK Jason SALDARIS, 19 Alex WILD

Hobart Olympia FC: GK Sean LEWIS, 3 Harry WOOLLEY (19 Stuart PAGE 85’), 5 Luke EYLES, 6 Nicholas MEARNS (13 Christian DI MARTINO 79’), 7 Warren WADAWU (11 Nicholas MEREDITH 65’), 9 Emmanuel TSAKIRIS, 10 Gavin HOY, 14 Jonathan GRIFFITHS, 15 Lachlan NICHOLS, 16 Jake VANDERMAY (c), 18 Jack CALLAN
Subs not used: RGK Spiros PARADISIS

Referee: Adam Fielding



It was a dramatic end to the relegation battle in the All Flags Division One, with Morley Windmills and Swan United battling it out to say in the division. But after Saturday’s games Swan United will the team to go down to Division Two after a 3-2 home defeat against UWA Nedlands at the Swan Italian Club. Going into the game the home side knew a win was vital, and they started well and lead 1-0 at the break, and dominated the first half. Good work from Nathan Scully down the left, and he whipped in a dangerous ball for Jordan Rossetto to fire home at the back post. But UWA hit back after half time with a goal from Dhamon Kal, before Alex Kreds fired home after a good run. United continued to fight and levelled when Mike Lawson’s corner went straight in the net. But late on UWA got their winner. United keeper Alfie Brincat saved the first shot but Ben Reynolds was on hand to fire home the rebound. After the game Coach Salv Todaro resigned as head coach, but thanked his players for their effort during the season. “The boys knew that anything less than a win and the club would be relegated,” he said. “We created a number of chances in the game we were not able to take advantage of, which unfortunately was the story of our season. I can’t fault the players’ attitude and efforts, they gave everything they had and more, and hopefully they will take the harsh lessons that they learned this year and take them with them in their future careers and help them be better players.”

Morley Windmills survived the drop despite losing 4-3 at home to Shamrock Rovers at Wotton Reserve. The visitors were ahead early through Alec Robinson, after he reacted quickest in the box after a smart save from the keeper. Morley’s Lee Carr equalised, but Robinson restored John O’Reilly’s sides lead before the break from the penalty spot. The visitors made it 3-1 just after the break. Good work down the left by Michael Pritchard, and he picked Sean Browne, who waltzed past two defenders before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net. With the result at Swan it meant Morley would be relegated, but Brian Crellin scored a superb volley from long-range to get Morley back in the game, and David Houston levelled. But with news filtering through at Swan, the Morley faithful knew they were safe and it didn’t matter that much when Will Pender added Rovers’ fourth to win the game. Paul Concannon won possession on the edge of the box and slipped the ball into Pender and he fired into the far corner to settle the game.

Champions Mandurah City were beaten 2-1 by Gosnells City at Walter Padbury Reserve. Sean Taylor gave the home side the lead before Craig Tone scored a screamer to level before the break. But Jacob Aquino second half strike won it for the home side. Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said it has been a good season for the club. “We made a few changes today, and it was a good game to watch and credit to Gosnells for the win,” he said. “It was a fantastic gesture from the Gosnells coaches and players to give us a guard of honour off the pitch at the end, I’d like to thank them for that. Another great note was the final appearance in a Mandurah senior level shirt of Christian Paschkewitz, and it would have been nice to win for him, but that’s football.”

In other games Lee and Ryan Stewart were both on the scoreboard as South West Phoenix beat Canning City 2-0 at Payne Park. Dan Corbert and Chris Thackray scored for Ashfield in their 2-0 win against Dianella White Eagles, while Joondalup United edged out Western Knights 2-1 at Forrest Park, with Ross Edwards and Arran Maplestone on target for United.



Forrestfield United have won their first ever All Flags State League Division Two title, after a 1-0 win against a ten man Rockingham City at the Lark Hill Sportsplex on Saturday afternoon. In front over 1000 fans, Jordan Hart scored the decisive goal early, and the home side then had keeper Cyril Sharrock sent off on the hour. The win promotes Rod Banjac’s side into The All Flags Division One next season, while Rockingham will take on Morley Windmills in the All Flags State League Promotion and Relegation Play-Off next week. “This is the end result of two years of dedicated work and credit to the players, coaching staff and many people behind the scenes as well,” he said. “The whole team performed well today, like they have all season and what a way to win it – in front of a big crowd with the two best teams in the league fighting it out for the title, we couldn’t have scripted it any better.”

There was a great atmosphere in the ground at kick off with the grandstand packed, and both sides still having the opportunity to take out the title. But it was the visitors who made the perfect start, and they were ahead on nine minutes. A poor back pass was seized upon by Hart, and the striker raced into the area, rounded Sharrock, and fired home into an empty net, to set off wild celebrations among the travelling supporters. Rockingham hit back and Shane Boyle wriggled his way into the box, but his shot from the angle was saved low by Ben Parry. Forrestfield almost added a second on the quarter hour. Rhys Loxley’s corner was cleared off the line by Christian Hogge. Both sides had chances before the break. First Sharrock saved superbly to deny Matt Harold’s header, then in stoppage time Rockingham midfielder Alex Grayson’s snap shot crashed off the post and away to safety at the other end.

Rockingham were out of the blocks early in the second half, and Ryan Hazlett’s cross shot was well claimed by Parry. But the home side received a blow on 54 minutes when they were reduced to ten men. A ball over the top sent Hart racing clear, and Sharrock came out to clear the ball, but brought the striker down, and referee Nico Hoyle had no other choice but to send the Rockingham custodian off. Both sides pressed and it was a real thriller, but both sets of defenders repelled everything that was thrown against them. Matt Harold went close fifteen minutes from time, his shot flicked the outside of the post. To their credit Rockingham continued to take the game to Forrestfield, and almost grabbed an equaliser five minutes later. Ryan Kennedy’s free kick on the right missed everyone in the box, and to the relief of the Forrestfield keeper it drifted inches past the far post. But at the final whistle Forrestfield players celebrated with their supporters.

In other games of the round, Curtin University came from behind at half time to beat Fremantle City 2-1 at Edinburgh Oval on Friday night. Anthony Lomar gave Fremantle the lead at the break, but Khaled Salhah levelled early in the second half. It looked like both teams would share the spoils, but a stoppage time winner from Dilip Thapa gave the home side the points. Kingsway Olympic beat Quinns 3-1 at Gumblossom Park. Nathan Thorpe bagged a brace, while Mark McAllister added the other. In the final game Balga came from behind to defeat Ellenbrook United 2-1 at Princess Road Reserve, the goalscorers for Balga were George Duku and Kyall Osborne.



Goalkeeper Brad Jones has promised to give Bradford City his best shot every day – after learning from the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez never to slack off. West Australian-born Jones was limited to only 27 appearances in five years at Liverpool as back-up to Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet. But working with the top names at Anfield drummed into him the importance of pushing yourself each day.

That is a trait that the 33-year-old intends to keep following during his time at Valley Parade. "You never saw the likes of Gerrard and Suarez take their foot off the gas," he said. "The professionalism was just natural. It was a normal instinct to push on every single day. Because the top players are doing it, every player is expected to do it, which is brilliant because you never have an easy day."

"One thing that used to frustrate me previously was going in to training and you'd have players that didn't fancy it on a Monday or Tuesday. As a goalkeeper, you're inevitably the one that cops it if you're on their team because they aren't bothered. You need that self-drive, especially at that level. If you don't have it, you'll just be gone … seeing that level of professionalism from such top players is something that stuck with me."

Jones played 15 times in 2012/13 but did not feature at all in the Premier League the following season. His last run in the Liverpool team in December was cut short by a thigh injury. "I didn't play as often as I wanted to but you've got to understand that Liverpool are a huge club and can literally go and buy anyone," he commented. "I learned a lot in those five years (and) I was still disappointed every time I wasn't picked."

Jones, who cost Liverpool £2.3million from Middlesbrough in 2010, does not see any added pressure in League One because of his recent past. "As a goalkeeper, the spotlight's always going to be on you when the ball's around," he said. "People want to pick holes in a goalkeeper's work all the time, which does my head in when I'm listening to commentators on the telly."

"I've been on loan when I was younger so I've played this level. I knew what I was coming to but part of the draw was the size of the club. There were quite a few things come into the equation but for me it was all about playing games and getting back on the pitch. I want to be at a team competing at the top, rather than going somewhere fighting off relegation. I'd like to see what we can do here."



Matildas star Samantha Kerr will captain Perth Glory Women this season. Kerr has made more than 40 appearances for the Matildas and played a key role in helping Glory Women win the minor premiership last season. “It's an amazing opportunity for me,” said Kerr, who is keen to make up for last season’ Grand Final loss to Canberra United. “I've had the taste of a championship at Sydney and we came close last year in the Grand Final. I hope we can go one step further this season.”

Kerr said she is excited by the impact of new coach Bobby Despotovski, Glory’s all-time top goal scorer with almost 250 appearances for the club. “There’s a lot of banter at training. He brings out the best in people,” she said. “He’s making people go above and beyond, he’s expecting more of certain players and expecting more of all of us. He’s pushing us to the limit, which is great. Hopefully some of his personality comes out in our style of play.” The W-League commences on Saturday 17 October with Glory away to Melbourne Victory.

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