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23.6.2017

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND EIGHTEEN PREVIEW

It’s week 18 of the PS4 National Premier League WA, and the Footballwa – ‘Match of the Week’ takes us to the Finance 365 Stadium where Bayswater City entertain Sorrento. Both sides are coming off disappointing results last week, Sorrento were held to a scoreless draw at home by Armadale, while Bayswater were beaten in the Italian derby against Perth SC, leaving them in third and fifth respectively on the NPL table. The last the pair met at the venue in the league was in round 16 last season and Sorrento scored two goals in the final 19 minutes to earn a 3-3 draw. City striker Alex Salmon bagging a first half hat-trick, but Brad McDonald Sean Canham and Alex Morgan gave the Gulls a share of the spoils.

Bayswater midfielder Declan Hargreaves said they didn’t take their chances at Perth, and were disappointed not to be well in front at the break. “I thought we controlled the first half and were very comfortable, and should have been in front,” he said. “We then got caught on the counter attack, but to be fair to Perth, they were clinical and we wasn't, so they deserve to win.” The 2013, 2014 and 2015 Champions, have not had the luck this season and injuries to senior players has made it difficult, but Hargreaves said that isn’t an excuse. “It's true we haven't had the luck but in football sometime you have to make your own luck,” he explained. “We should go week by week and focus on the game and see where we are at the end of the year, but obviously where we are sitting at the moment isn't acceptable.” Games against Sorrento are always highly competitive and Hargreaves said it will be more of the same this weekend. “Games against Sorrento are always the same - very physical and tough,” he said. “They are well drilled and the table doesn't lie, they’re at the top for a reason, so we have to pick up our form if we want to get back to the top.”

Sorrento sit only one point off the top of the table, so the 0-0 draw last week wasn’t what they were looking for, but defender Shaun Kilkelly said missed chances cost them. “It was disappointing to have dropped two points at home,” he said. “I think it was one of them games when you could be out there for hours and not score, we have to move on.” The Gulls are nervously waiting on the FFA Cup round of 32 draw, and Kilkelly said they had a taste of it two years ago, and the Leicester City fan said you never know what can happen in football. “The club is looking forward to being involved in the FFA cup for the second time, and it would be good to get a home tie against another NPL or a league team,” he explained. “But on the other hand an away trip with the boys sounds good, and it would be nice and do a Leicester and win it, it would be one hell of a story. We will just take it one game at a time and enjoy every minute and you never know we might surprise a few people along the way.

Kilkelly has had many games against Bayswater, and he said they are all always tight affairs, and he knows they will be looking to bounce back after some indifferent results. “This week is a massive game with Bayswater needing a result after last week’s loss and to keep in touch with the top four,” he said. “We have done well at Bayswater in the last couple of years so hopefully we can get another result. Our games are always tough and no doubt this will be the same. I'm sure Coyney will have them fired up, but I'm confident that if we perform we can come away with three points. In team news for the Gulls Scott Bulloch is unavailable, while Kilkelly is in doubt with injury. – Saturday (3.00pm) – Bayswater City v Sorrento - Finance 365 Stadium – Referee Tom Glavovic

League leaders Inglewood United hit the road this week, with a trip down the Kwinana Freeway to take on Mandurah City at the Securitas Protect Stadium. Inglewood made it five straight wins with a hard fought 2-1 win against ECU Joondalup last week, the win moving them ahead of Floreat to the summit. On the other hand Mandurah won for the second time this season, with a 1-0 win against Stirling Lions, and Coach Doug Hesketh said it was a battle, but they came out on top. “It was a fantastic result last week against a strong team who myself Andy Brown and a few of our squad have great history with,” he said. “We have been delighted with the players resolve and determination all season after our first season in the NPL. I do think with the return from injury of mature experienced players it has really improved our dynamic and given us an edge lately and we are putting in solid 90 minute shifts.”

Hesketh said his players have been superb all season, led superbly by club skipper Andy Brown, and he said the captain leads by example, both on and off the park. “Brownie has been outstanding and a catalyst to what we have achieved in three seasons, and this year again we are getting great home crowds and it's a great atmosphere to play in,” he said. “I think the senior lads like Jordy, Brighty, Tommy Straker, Ollie, Jack Eades and Matt Stares have really been patient with the younger guys and the likes of Mitch Firth (17) Joe O’brien (19) and Slade Rule (21) are consistently backing up appearances and proving their quality it's very positive, we just have to keep focused.

Saturday’s game will be another huge test for Hesketh’s side, and the Coach believes they are the best team he’s seen this season, but he said they give it a good go. “This week will be another tough game with the squad they have, it’s no surprise their league position, he said. “I thought we played well against them at their place and we were very unlucky, so we will do our best to play good football.” The home side will be without the suspended Tommy Straker, but do have Matt Stares back after a two week break. - Saturday (3.00pm) – Mandurah City v Inglewood United - Securitas Protect Stadium – Referee Tom Dowle

Perth SC kept the pressure on the top two with their win against Bayswater last week, and on Saturday they make the trip to the Ashfield Arena to take on Perth Glory. John Gibson’s Glory side were held to a 1-1 draw at Balcatta last week, with Domenico Savoldelli having an outstanding game for the home side. Perth young defender Alex Silla said last win was huge, especially after their narrow loss at Floreat last week. “Walking away from the Floreat game the week beforehand with no points meant the 3 points against Bayswater were even more important for us,” he explained. “I thought we were a little bit off the pace in the first half but came out firing in the second and could’ve very well had five goals with the amount of chances we created. We fought for every ball, won our individual battles and left everything we had in the tanks on the pitch and definitely deserved the points on the day.”

Silla is part of the young brigade, that has come up through the clubs ranks, and he said Ramon Falzon, has got the mix of youth and experience right and they are getting the rewards. “The balance of youth and experience in our squad has definitely contributed to our high team morale and the success of the team,” he said. “The younger members of the squad learn a lot from the likes of Dash, Franny, and Nico and believe it or not, I think they learn a little something from us as well. No matter of age or experience, we all have the same fighting spirit, and that’s what gets us points on the weekend.”

The defender said they were beaten at the same venue last season, so they know they need to be on their toes from the first whistle. “Glory are always a difficult side to face especially away from home, and they are very young and mobile and move the ball around the park very well,” he said. “Last season we were in a similar position to where we are now and went to Ashfield and dropped the three points, so we will have to be at our best to get all three points on the weekend and keep closing the gap between us and the top teams.” In team news Andreas Theodosiades and Nick Ambrogio are unavailable through injury, while Marco Santalucia continues to build his fitness up with the reserves and Paul Zimmarino should be fit to play. - Saturday (3.00pm) – Perth Glory v Perth SC – Ashfield Arena – Referee Nico Hoyle

Joint leaders Floreat Athena head north this week, when they take on ECU Joondalup, at the ECU Football Stadium. Floreat lost top spot last week, with a 1-1 draw at Cockburn, while ECU lost ground on the top five, after a 2-1 loss at Inglewood. ECU defender, Ross Millard, moved forward and was best a field in the game, but he said it was one that got away last week. “It was a disappointing game last week, both the performance and result. We never really seemed to get going and although we created lots of chances, we were far from our best and we're looking to put that right this week against Floreat,” he said. “I've pretty much played everywhere this season - whether that's left back, centre back or on the wing, and I'm happy I’ve been able to string positive performances together and play my part for the team.”

The former West Ham, Stevenage trainee and Perth Glory junior, has fought back from injury this season, but has settled well back at the Campus. “I had a hiccup earlier in the season with my hamstring that set me back a couple of weeks and most recently having my wisdom teeth taken out which made me miss the game against Armadale, but I’ve recovered well from both and have had no reoccurrence of my hamstring injury which is positive,” he explained. “I've really enjoyed my time back at the campus. We've got a good set of lads down here that are hungry for success and every training session I've been involved in has been very competitive. Obviously we'd like to be higher on the table however I have no doubt we'll push on from here until the end of the season and achieve what we've set out to achieve.”

Millard said Floreat v ECU games are always entertaining games, with plenty of goalmouth action, and he’s expecting the same on Saturday. “Games against Floreat are always tough, they have experience and quality all over the park and we'll have to be at our best to beat them,” he said. “The league this year is so close, so there's no point dwelling on last weekend, one more win and we're right back in it so we need to work hard at training this week and put on a big performance on Saturday.” In team news Tommy Amphlett and Gordon Smith will both miss again, while Jack Iredale is out, after flying to the UK for trials. - Saturday (3.00pm) – ECU Joondalup v Floreat Athena – ECU Football Stadium – Referee David Bruce

Joondalup United are coming off a big loss at Subiaco last week, and they this week they entertain Balcatta at Percy Doyle Reserve. The 5-3 defeat at Rosalie Park was only Joondalup’s fifth defeat of the season, and they will need the win to keep in touch of the top four. Meanwhile Balcatta scored late to draw with Perth Glory, but with other teams around them winning, skipper Jon Corness said it was two points lost. “It was a game of missed chances against the Glory, both sides had the chances to steal the three points in the final 10 minutes,” he said. “But our second half was a much higher tempo than the first, but we still have that monkey on our back not winning at home this season, and will be doing all we can next time we head home.”

Balcatta have a new look squad and Corness said they are starting to gel and believe the best is yet to come, and he said the trip to Joondalup is important, and if results elsewhere go against them they could end the weekend at the foot of the table, and Corness said they are looking forward to the challenge. “Joondalup United have surprised me with how well they've done this year in their first season in the NPL, they've beaten us twice this year, once in pre-season and in the NPL so we know what we're up against,” he said. “We've got a fair number of new lads in from the mid-season transfer window and we look really good in training. We now have to start taking that confidence into game day and hopefully the results and performances should come, we're not in the best place at the moment on the table and it's only up to the players to step up and show a bit of character to lift us up” - Saturday (3.00pm) – Joondalup United v Balcatta – Percy Doyle Reserve – Referee Matthew Southern

It’s the local derby on Saturday at Dalmatinac Park, with Cockburn City hosting local rivals Armadale. Both sides are coming off draws last week, Cockburn holding league leaders Floreat, while Armadale did likewise against Sorrento. Armadale striker Billy Quinncroft said it was a hard earned point against his former club. “As anyone knows going to ‘Windy Hill’ is never an easy game, but I thought we battled well and defended to our game plan,” he said. “It was good to come home with a point, but we did have a few chances, including a penalty miss, so we need to be more ruthless in front of goal.”

It is a good chance for Armadale to maintain your good away form, but it’s never an easy place to go and come home with the points, but Quinncroft said they are looking forward to the derby. “Once again they will be up for it being as a local derby and we will come out firing. We are starting to gel as a unit and I think we have what it takes to get the three points and the bragging rights,” he explained. “The league is tough this year being as everyone is close together on points, so we need to keep our form up. We have teams chasing our tails, but I think we have enough quality to keep it going and stay away from the drop zone.” – Saturday (3.00pm – Cockburn City v Armadale – Dalmatinac Park – Referee Steven Gregory

In the final game of the round, Subiaco, who stunned Joondalup last week, are at home again when they host Stirling Lions at Rosalie Park. The Lions were beaten at Mandurah last week, which has left them 13 points off the top four, and they need to start winning game sooner rather than later if they are to play in the end of season finals. The 5-3 win, moved Ian McMurray’s side four points clear of the bottom of the table, and skipper Ryan Montgomery said it was a well-deserved win. “Last week’s result was huge for the club and the playing group especially after the poor performance the week before against Inglewood,” he said. “We felt we had to put things right, and I thought we did that and unfortunately it was Joondalup that were on the end of it.” The keeper said the side are playing some good football, and he said McMurray has turned things around this season. “I think the best thing the club has done this year was appointing Ian McMurray as coach, he has a great coaching philosophy and more than enough experience,” he explained. “He's very determined and also has a great relationship with the players, which helps.”

Montgomery said the Lions will be desperate for the points, and is expecting a tight game, but they are confident with home ground advantage, they can get the job done. “This week is another tough test, but we know as a playing group that if we switch on for 90 minutes we can match it with anyone,” he said. “So if we do that hopefully our quality will shine through and we will get the result, and make it back-to-back home wins.” In team news for Subiaco Alex Casserly returns to the squad, but Alex Randell is suspended - Saturday (3.00pm) – Subiaco v Stirling Lions - Rosalie Park – Referee Josh Mannella

23.6.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND ELEVEN – PREVIEW

We reach the half way point of the All Flags State League Division One and this week – Footballwa.net – ‘Match of the Week’ takes us to Hilton Reserve where Fremantle City entertain Ashfield. It’s the first time the two sides will meet in the league or cup, and both will be looking to win it. Fremantle are coming off a narrow loss at Forrestfield, where they lost striker Danny Clapham, with a serious knee injury, but Coach Steve Plucknett said they were well beaten. “To be fair we were thoroughly beaten by Forrestfield, and the scoreline didn’t reflect their dominance,” he explained. “It certainly didn’t help losing Danny early with a bad ACL injury, and then we lost Captain Ross Diamond with a hamstring. So it was backs to the wall for the whole game, but our reshuffled defence, with the two young full backs and keeper Yousri kept us in it until late when they scored.” Plucknett said Saturday’s game will be another tough game, especially with his side has been crippled by injuries. “We have been decimated with injuries, and I don’t like to use it as an excuse, but you will struggle against all teams when you can’t field eight regular starters,” he explained. “We will take that fighting qualities into Saturday’s game, against a good Ashfield side. They had a great win against Dianella last week, and will be full of confidence, but we will be up for it.” In team news Fremantle will be without Clapham, Diamond, Will Pender, Tom Speziali, Tom Allen, Rory Kiely and Kevin McCreadie, but they hope to get back Josh Gardner and Ben West back in the squad.

Ashfield produced one of their best performances of the season with a 2-0 win against league leaders Dianella White Eagles and Coach Matt Wardle said it was good to get a clean sheet. “Last week’s result was fantastic for the club, Dianella are up the top for a reason and they play some good football. Although against us they had plenty of possession they struggled to create meaningful chances,” he said. “We defended as a team and took our chances when they came our way. I was very impressed with our clean sheet as I'm confident that in any game we will score goals. Having Brad re-join us, after a number of years away, is a massive signing for our season ambitions. Brad showed on the weekend that his experience and leadership really helped us at the back and he installs confidence and respect from the boys in front of him straight away. We are confident that Brads good habits and winning mentality will continue with Ashfield.” Wardle said Fremantle have been good in their first season in the competition and said they need to be switched on. “We’re expecting a tough, physical, and fast paced game against Fremantle,” he explained. “Both sides are close on the ladder and a win for us really puts us in a good position going into the second part of the season.” Ashfield have also been hit with injuries and players missing, but Wardle said it gives other player a chance. “We have a 3 away on holidays at the moment and from the weekend’s squad we have picked up 3 injuries,” he said. “Although our depth will be tested this weekend we have a reserves squad that is top of the league and it gives those players playing consistently well an opportunity they deserve.” Ashfield duo Gary Hill and Cameron Sutton are suspended for the game.

In other games this weekend Joondalup City are coming off the bye, and entertain UWA-Nedlands at the Iluka Sports Park. UWA were edged out by Rockingham last week, and will be looking to add to their one win on the road, but with only one point separating the sides on the table it should be a close encounter. Gosnell City will be looking to continue their recent good home form when they entertain South West Phoenix at Walter Padbury Reserve. The home side drew 0-0 with the Knights, last week, while the Phoenix, who will be without the suspended duo Kaja Duri and Carlo Chiellini, were beaten at Canning, the loss dropping them six points off the leaders. New league leaders Western Knights hit the road this week, with a trip to the Lark Hill Sportsplex to take on third placed Rockingham City. The Knights were held to a scoreless draw at Gosnells last week, while Rockingham had a hard fought win at UWA-Nedlands. Rockingham coach Rob Crerar said it was great win, and he said it showed good signs.

“It was a great win for the club, and the first side to beat UWA this year at their place, so it shows how good the win was,” he said. “I thought we were worthy winners in the end, and maybe could have scored a few more.” Crerar said the Knights have been the best team this season, but he’s looking forward to the challenge. “They (Knights) are a very good team, they never struggle when it comes to recruiting top players there so we know this will be a huge test for our young side.” he said. “The FFA Cup run shows the quality they have in their ranks, but we are scoring goals, playing well and will cause them problems, and it probably suits us more being the underdogs, even though we are at home.” In team news for Rockingham Max Snelson, David Clark and Calum Rothwell will miss the game with injury, while Christian Hogge is suspended, but Ravi Kuppusamy and Sean Brady are available for selection.

The final game is on Sunday, where Canning City entertains Forrestfield United at Burrendah Reserve. Forrestfield moved up to fourth with their win against Fremantle last week, while Canning won for the first time with a 2-1 win against South West Phoenix. Canning coach Pete Lord said it was a huge result. “It was a massive win for us as a club and a good boost for us as a playing group. We played very average first half and our defending in our one on one duels were subpar, but second half we improved, it was a very close game with both sides coming close to taking the lead,” he said. “Fortunately it was us and shows the players that you don't have to play champagne football to get three points. Being at the foot of the table and four points behind, we need to put the hard work at the fore front. In most games this season we have been the better of the two sides over the 90 and still got beat, due to defensive laps and then a negative reaction something we have worked tirelessly on over the last few weeks.”

Lord said Saturday’s opponents have a good side and a good coach. “I'm looking forward to seeing Rod Banjac, who is a friend of mine with the same ideas on football. It will be a challenge that will take every ounce of focus, commitment, drive and hard work if we are to get a result,” he said. “Rod is doing an amazing job at Forrestfield and cares about the quality football that they want to play. We have the same philosophy however at this point in time only points matter and I'm sure it will be a good battle on the park. We did do the double over them last season however as we know last season stands for nothing as we also had one of the best defences in the league, something we are constantly improving. We are all desperate to get another win, get off the bottom of the table and gain some momentum going into the second half of the year – three points are all that matter.” In team news for Canning, Ante Jukic and Joe Kelly are out, while new signing Kade McNamara is up for selection. – Dianella White Eagles have the bye this round.

23.6.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND ELEVEN – PREVIEW

The Footballwa.net – Match of the week in the All Flags State League Division two takes us to Wotton Reserve where second placed Morley Windmills entertains fourth placed Kelmscott Roos. Morley were beaten for the first time last week against Wanneroo, while Kelmscott bounced back from their heavy defeat at Gwelup, with an entertaining 4-3 win against Kingsway. The last time the teams met in the league at the same venue, the home side ran out 4-1 winners, Kelmscott were ahead with Arthur Gayle scoring, but Kyle King levelled for the hosts before half time. Second half goals from Boas Mtwale, Yves Mwilla and Yohanes Tadesse gave them a comfortable win.

Kelmscott Coach Chris bates, who celebrated a birthday in the week, said last week’s win showed the team spirit they have at Frye Park this season. “The win against Kingsway was a very hard psychical game, and I thought we played really well, but we did allow them back into the game,” he said. “We had to dig deep and I was really pleased with the team spirit we showed, from the whole team, and I believe that’s what got us over the line.” Bates said Morley will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, but they are ready for it. “They (Morley) have proved they are performing well, including beating Gwelup, so we know we are in for a tough game and we won’t be taking the game lightly, we will be up for the challenge this week and look forward to a great encounter.” In team news Harry Webster and Sulley Rogers are suspended for the game.

Morley Coach John Castrilli, said despite the loss at Wanneroo, the performance was good. “The result may not have gone our way on the weekend, but it was a game we totally dominated from the first to the last minute,” he said. “If we had converted even half of our chances we would have and should have won the game, but I must give credit to their keeper as well as he was by far man of the match on the day.” Morley have a perfect record at home, five from five, and Castrilli said they will be looking to make it six, but will have to make some changes to the line-up. “I am sure this week will be another tough game and considering we have four players out this week due to injuries, will only make it tougher,” he said. “But saying that we have reasonable depth at the club this year, and I believe the players that are coming in are more than capable of doing the job, it should be a good game.”

In other games Shamrock Rovers start life under new coach Gerry McEwan when they host Quinns at Harold Rossiter Reserve. The Rovers are coming off the bye, but are still looking for their first win at home this season, and they will be hoping the new coach can change that, while Quinns beat Curtin University to keep in touch of the top five. Curtin have struggled in recent weeks and they will looking to turn that around when they visit Princess Road Reserve, to take on Balga, who have also not been in good form. Both sides were well beaten last week, Balga going down at home to Melville, while Curtin lost on the road at Quinns, and with only two points separating the two sides at the bottom of the table a win is vital to both. Melville City leapfrogged Curtin and Balga with the big win at Balga, and this week they host Wanneroo City at Len Shearer Reserve. Wanneroo will be full of confidence after defeating the league leaders last week, but Melville Coach Gavin Brown said last week’s win had been coming, and he believes Wanneroo will be another tough challenge but he believes his team is a good space at the moment and he’s looking forward to the challenge. “This week will be a challenge - they beat Morley who I think will be in the mix at the end, so they must be a good side,” he said. “We need to keep the momentum up going in to the turn of the season. We're playing well and are looking forward to it. Melville will be at full strength, while Miteku Ayene is suspended for Wanneroo.

The final game takes to Kingsway Reserve, where Kingsway Olympic entertains Swan United. Kingsway were edged out in a seven goal thriller last week at Kelmscott, while Swan were beaten by new league leaders Gwelup. Swan Coach said the loss against Gwelup showed him where his team is at. “I thought we gifted them two goals, and we did a few other good chances, but the scoreline was fair, they are a good side,” he said. “We had a few players missing on the day, and I’m confident we can turn that around nest time with a full squad.” Debarro said he’s looking forward to going head-to-head with one of the most experienced coaches in WA football. “I’m really looking forward to be getting the chance to go up against the most decorated coach in the state – Graham (Normanton) is a fantastic coach and I look forward to stepping out there with him and learning from the best,” he explained. “We are looking to bounce back after the result against Gwelup. We need to win on Saturday, as we'd like the chance to be in the top four at the middle point of the season, but it's going to be a tough task against a good Kingsway side, which will no doubt be well coached. Hopefully we can perform at our best and get the result.” In team news Dom Ando will miss with a knee injury for Swan, and John Monterosso is in doubt is still a question mark, while Michael Rizidis, Steve Burton and Ben Fairbairn are all suspended for Kingsway. – Gwelup Croatia has the bye this round.

21.6.2017

DJULBIC AIMS TO MAKE MARK IN MALAYSIA

Dino Djulbic has been in Kuala Lumpur barely two weeks but already the former Perth Glory defender says he feels at home at Malaysia Super League side Felda United. Djulbic adds steel to an ambitious Felda side which finished second in the top flight last season, but lost their way at the start of 2017.

Djulbic, capped twice by Australia, is making his second foray into Asia having played for Guizhou Renhe in the Chinese Super League in 2011/12. Malaysia may not seem like an obvious next destination, but the well-travelled defender is happy to follow the lead of fellow recent defensive imports Robbie Cornthwaite, Jon McKain and Steve Pantelidis.

"I always wanted to come here to the MSL as many Aussies have played here previously, and had success. I love to learn about new cultures, and the people are friendly," Djulbic told ESPN FC. "So far, I have enjoyed every minute here at Felda. It's a very professionally run club which makes the transition very easy for me."

Djulbic, 34, had the option of staying in the A-League but was keen to pursue a new challenge in Southeast Asia The mid-season transfer window saw Djulbic join Felda along with Brazilian forward Thiago Augusto and Nigerian striker Ifedayo Omosuyi, who both moved from clubs in Bahrain.

With the season due to resume next week after the international break, Djulbic will anchor Felda's defence with team captain Shukor Adan. "Shukor is a great footballer and even better person. I get really well on with him and I think we are forming a good partnership in defence," Djulbic said.

"I hope I can help the team reach the targets this year to finish in the top four, and, hopefully, make the Malaysia Cup final as well. Also, I want to guide the younger players in the club with the experience that I have to offer."

21.6.2017

WILLIAMS SIGNS ON WITH ROTHERHAM

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has revealed new signing Ryan Williams is everything he is looking for from a Rotherham United player. Williams became Warne's third summer capture after agreeing a two-year deal with the Millers.

Williams, who was with Barnsley last season, courted interest from several clubs before opting to stay in South Yorkshire. With Warne previously stating that good characters, high energy and hard working individuals are right at the top of his wishlist, the Millers boss confirmed that Williams ticked all the necessary boxes on his manifesto.

"I know of him from his spell down the road at Barnsley," Warne said. "We spoke to the Barnsley manager (Paul Heckingbottom) who we get on well with (and) he recommended him highly to us. He is a highly-energetic player, who can play either side. He is good with both feet, and really hard working."

Warne, who has previously added Michael Ihiekwe and Darren Potter to his ranks for next season, says his early conversations with Williams immediately struck the right chord. The manager believes his newest recruit has all the right attributes to become a fans' favourite at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

"I told him out of all the options that he had, I would be the best one because his work ethic is unbelievable, and I told him as a player I was exactly the same but I didn't have his ability." he added. "I initially spoke to him on the phone at length because he was back in Australia. I spoke with him in person a couple of times, and I really liked him."

"I like the age that he's at, I like the fact that he has a desire to improve. I said to him if he came here with that work ethic, the fans would love him straight away, and with his ability he would be hugely popular. All the people that I've spoken to speak highly of him, so I am really pleased to have him on board."

20.6.2017

OXBORROW HOPES BIT OF MAGIC WILL REVIVE GLORY DAYS (from theherald.com.au)

Mitch Oxborrow was the first at a sodden Magic Park for a recovery session on Monday night. The 22-year old had a smile on his face and a spring in his step. It was complete contrast to the midfielder’s final training session at Perth Glory in May when Oxborrow was told by coach Kenny Lowe that he wasn’t in his plans.

It was a conversation that Oxborrow had not envisaged. “When I was released I panicked big time,” Oxborrow said. “I have been relatively lucky and always landed on my feet. You want to stay in the A-League, but sometimes you have to take a step back and re-evaluate.”

Oxborrow needed a new opportunity and former teammate, now Broadmeadow Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich was happy to assist. The pair played together for Newcastle, where Oxborrow debuted aged 17, and in Perth. “When I was at Perth he matured a lot,” Zadkovich said. “He will give you his heart and soul if you show him that you do care and do believe in him.”

Oxborrow was man-of-the match on debut for Magic in a 3-1 victory over Valentine at Cahill Oval on Saturday. "He deserves to be in the A-League,” Zadkovich insisted. “He is willing to come back to NPL to prove how good he is, lay it on the line and be judged on his performances. He started five games last year at a star-studded Perth Glory. The guy is a special player.”

Oxborrow met girlfriend, Charlotte Coleman, during his two years at the Jets and they are back staying with her family. “I just want to play and I want to win,” Oxborrow said. “Wherever that takes me – if it is Magic for the rest of the season or it goes on from there – we will see ... I could have stayed in Perth but I wanted a change.”

“I have played 30-odd games in the A-League and don’t think I have played more than five in a row. When I was here under Dutchy (Gary van Egmond at Newcastle) he believed in me but I was 17. When you get to 21-22, you know how to play the game, you know how to grind out a game. I think I have come back a different player.”

Oxborrow’s desire to return to the professional ranks remains strong. “Where ever you play you want to go to the step above and keep moving on,” the Australian youth international said. “In some aspects it is my last shot. After the weekend I was buzzing. I want to win, I want to do something at Magic and I want to make a difference.”

20.6.2017

KERR BECOMES SKY BLUE’S TOP SCORER OF ALL-TIME

A brace in the weekend's 3-1 win over Portland Thorns has made Perth-born Sam Kerr the all-time leading goal scorer for National Women’s Soccer League club Sky Blue FC. Coming into the season Perth-born Kerr had scored 11 goals for New Jersey, who she joined in 2015.

Kerr's double on Saturday night took her to four for the season, and 15 goals in total for Sky Blue. “Obviously, this is a massive honor, but scoring goals is more of a reflection of the team that I have around me,” said Kerr, who overtakes Nadia Nadim (13 goals) as the club's record-holder.

“I would not be able to score these goals if it was not for my teammates, and I am just so lucky to be part of such an amazing club. We have a really good team this year and hopefully have a lot more goals coming over the remainder of the season.”

The honour of Sky Blues leading goal scorer continues what has been a tremendous year for Kerr. She backed up winning the Julie Dolan Medal as the 2016/17 W-League Most Valuable Player in April by being named the NWSL Player of the Month for May, and now finds herself just one goal from the top of this seasons leading scorers.

19.6.2017

I WAS A SCAPEGOAT AT GLORY SAYS DEPARTED WILLIAMS

Rhys Williams was hurt by his treatment while at Perth Glory, admitting he was made to feel like a scapegoat for a hugely talented squad that underachieved at critical stages last season. After signing with championship runners-up Melbourne Victory, the former Socceroos star described his sole season at Glory as a major letdown.

Williams said he now knew what was expected from him at domestic level and vowed to take his second season in the A-League more seriously. Speaking about his eight-week mid-season exile at Glory for the first time, Williams said he had no regrets about asking for a transfer to eventual champions Sydney FC that was blocked by Glory officials.

Williams’ one season at Glory amounted to 16 games after being convinced by coach Kenny Lowe to return home from England to rejuvenate his injury-cruelled career. A tense selection stand-off that spanned almost two months over Christmas meant the 28-year-old fell four matches short of the trigger that would have guaranteed a second season in Perth.

“The way I play I think is different to the way they wanted me to play,” Williams said. “I thought they didn’t think I was fit enough. I’m more of a ball player than a runner and have been my whole career. Maybe that was just lost in translation somewhere. Being injured for so long and not playing was hard and then coming here and being fit and not being selected, that was the hardest thing.

“I turned down a lot of offers to come back to Perth and to be left out of this team, the team that I loved because it was my home team, was hard to take. I was training with the reserves sometimes. I was here picking up my wages and not doing anything. They had the chance to shake hands, move on, accept it didn’t happen and bring someone else in to boost the squad again.”

“They mentioned a lot that they didn’t want the same thing to happen that happened to (Sydney’s) Brandon O’Neill, how he’s gone away and done well, and the likes of Jamie Maclaren. They put me in that boat where they didn’t want me to go away and prove them wrong. That’s what annoyed me.”

Williams was dropped after Glory’s 2-1 loss at home to lowly Newcastle Jets in December and spent eight weeks out of the senior team. He admitted he had challenged Glory’s coaching department on behalf of the playing group following that defeat in what proved a flash point.

“I’m one that always speaks my mind,” Williams said. “That was a tough game, it was tough for everyone … I felt like I was a bit of a scapegoat. I know we lost 2-1, but I wasn’t the worst player on the pitch to be dropped the next game and I know I wasn’t the best. I feel as though he (Lowe) maybe took it out on me a little bit. I could be wrong.”

Williams is determined to prove to football fans in Australia just how good he can be, saying he is more “switched on” and understands he will have to fight for his spot at Victory. “I’ve got unfinished business here,” he said. “I want to win trophies. I want to prove that I’m not injury prone ... I’ll always support Glory because they’re my home team. I just don’t want them to finish above us.”

18.6.2017

OXBORROW PRODUCES MAGIC IN BROADMEADOW DEBUT

It may be detrimental to Broadmeadow Magic’s premiership chances, but coach Ruben Zadkovich hopes Mitch Oxborrow doesn’t spend long at the Northern New South Wales club. The former Perth Glory midfielder was given a standing ovation after orchestrating a 3-1 win over Valentine on debut at Cahill Oval on Saturday.

Oxborrow, who hadn’t played since being released by Glory last month, has a strong relationship with Zadkovich from their days together at Glory and Newcastle Jets. “He had been trying to get an A-League club but it wasn’t happening for him,” Zadkovich said. “I told him that he needed to be doing something proactive. I was blown away today. There is no way he deserves to be playing this level.”

Oxborrow played predominantly as a holding midfielder in the his 32 A-League appearances but was pushed forward by Zadkovich. “He played as a number ten and just dictated,” said Zadkovich. “He got a standing ovation at Valentine when I replaced him. It wasn’t just because he did classy things, he did everything. He chased, he worked, he tackled. He had one training session with our team and get players’ player. The Jets should at least take him for a trial.”

18.6.2017

CENTRAL COAST SET TO SWOOP FOR DE SILVA

Central Coast Mariners are set to swoop for 20-year old midfielder Daniel De Silva as the club continues to bolster their squad ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. Glory released a statement three days ago confirming De Silva would not be returning to their line-up at the end of his current loan agreement with Roda JC Kerkrade.

Glory stated that discussions were held "with Danny and his management, however, Danny stated his clear preference is to play under his former Young Socceroos coach, Paul Okon, at Central Coast Mariners. Our understanding is that the player and Central Coast are in discussions at present and his signing will be announced in due course."

De Silva burst onto the national stage with Glory in 2013 and went on to make 33 appearances for his hometwon club. He signed a two-year loan deal with Roda in August 2015 following a failed transfer to Serie A side Roma. De Silva was instead loaned to Roda but played just 15 times before falling out of favour at the club.

18.6.2017

PERTH WIN THE ITALIAN DERBY

Perth SC rebounded from last week’s loss at Floreat with a 3-1 win against Bayswater City at Dorrien Gardens. It was a scoreless first half but Gustavo Catarcione gave the host the lead in the first minute, before Gustavo Giron-Marulanda levelled on the hour. Aleks Jovic regained the lead for Perth four minutes later, before Niccolo Sabatini wrapped up the points 19 minutes from time. “First off I thought it was a well-balanced, for the first 25 minutes I thought they played better than us and created a few chances,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon. “The second half was much better, we started creating chances and scored three goals. All the boys have done a marvelous job and for the goal you need all of the chain to be working. I always say that we are as strong as our weakest link and today we didn’t have any weak links.”

Bayswater were the more dominant side in the first half, and Jason Micro and Andrija Jukic had early efforts well saved by Perth custodian Francis Soale. Bayswater hit back and Devon Gibson and Marulanda saw shots flew wide of the target. But in the first minute of the second half the host took the lead. The ball fell to Catarcione with his back to goal, and the Brazilian striker overhead kick lobbed over Devon Spence and into the corner of the net.

But Perth were level on 55 minutes. Giron-Marulanda converting from the penalty spot, and it was game on. But on 64 minutes the hosts regained the lead, Jovic found space in the penalty area and finished past Spence. The result was put out of reach of Bayswater, when they added a third, Sabatini scoring from the spot. “Every time they went forward we looked vulnerable and it is not acceptable,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne said. “I keep making excuses every week, but they have got to realise now that they are not top dogs anymore, they have got to earn their right to be at the top of the league. They think they deserve to be there on merit and that is just not how football works.”

Perth SC: GK Francis Soale, 2 Alex Silla, 5 Niccolo Sabatini, 7 Aleks Jovic, 8 Tom King, 9 Gustavo Catarcione, 11 Matthew Milenkovic, 12 Jordan De Leo, 13 Rocco Pizzata, 15 Harley Orr, 17 Frank Furfaro, 18 Elliot Tattersall – Subs not used: RGK Daniel Passarelli, 20 Thomas Jebb, 19 Roberto Del Borrello, 16 Kieran Colwell

Bayswater City: GK Devon Spence, 2 Declan Hargreaves, 6 Todd Howarth, 8 Paul McCarthy, 9 Gustavo Giron Marulanda, 10 Jason Micro, 11 Devon Gibson, 13 Trent Kay, 17 Bor Bor Sam, 20 Sam Mitchinson, 21 David Heagney – Subs not used: RGK Michael Cohen, 16 Neil Gillies, 19 Luka Ninkovic, 23 Andrija Jukic, 12 David Stokoe - Referee: David Bruce

17.6.2017

INGLEWOOD MOVE TOP AFTER ECU WIN

Inglewood United moved to the top of the PS4NPLWA table after a hard fought 2-1 win against ECU Joondalup at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Alex Salmon gave the home side the lead, before Daryl Nicol levelled for the visitors before half time. The home side won it when Chok Dau’s shot deflected off Ross Millard on the hour.

It was a lively opening with both sides having early chances, with Hamza Hina’s shot saved by Fraser Greenwood, before Nicol’s effort was saved low by Alex Dunn. But it was Inglewood who hit the front on 20 minutes. Ashley Rosindale raced into the penalty area and crossed from the bye line to Salmon, who ghosted in to score. The ECU defenders were positive the ball had crossed the line before the cross came over, but the goal stood.

Inglewood went close again moments later, and Salmon was the supplier this time, feeding Hina, whose shot flashed over the top. But five minutes before half time ECU were level. Great work on the left by Millard saw him ease past his marker, and his deep cross picked out Nicol, who lost his marker and drilled the ball home from six meters.

The game continued to be end-to-end, and Rosindale shot inches wide early, before Nicol’s curling shot did likewise at the other end. Dunn then produced a fingertip save to turn Nicol’s shot on the run around the post, before Inglewood skipper David Cyrus got back with a last ditch tackle to deny Nicol again moments later.

But Inglewood continued to threaten with Salmon, Hina and Dau a contest threat, and just before the hour they regained the lead. Salmon was sent down the left, he held off his marker and his shot on the run was superbly saved by Greenwood, the rebound falling to Rosindale, who laid the ball off to Dau on the right, and the youngsters shot from the edge of the penalty area took a defection off Millard and nestled in the back off the net for his fourth goal of the season.

ECU were still not out of it and they went close to levelling on 73 minutes, Nicol sending Steven McGarry in on goal, his shot beat Dunn but the post came to the Inglewood custodian’s rescue. Inglewood thought they had a third nine minutes from time, Dau’s cross finding Salmon at the back post, who turned it home, but his celebrations were cut short with the assistants’ flag up for offside, it was a tight decision.

ECU went for broke and changed formation with big defender Graham Doran becoming a target man, and it almost paid dividends late. A long ball from Greenwood was flicked on by Doran, but Kevin Moon’s shot failed to find the target, and it was Inglewood celebration at the final whistle.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 3 David CYRUS (C), 5 Adam TONG (4 Scott BLACKMORE 73’), 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (6 Victor BRAUNER 77’) 11 John MIGAS, 16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 17 Hamza HINA (14 Feisal ZAW 83’, 18 Jason COLLI 19 Choc DAU – Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 7 Kristian DESPOTOVSKI

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 2 Cian HIRRELL, 4 Jack IREDALE, 5 Graham DORAN, 6 Shane PICKERING, 7 Kevin MOON, 8 James OWEN, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Sam POLLARD (12 Jon HIGGINS) 71’), 11 Ross MILLARD (15 Fraser GARNAUT 80’), 14 Steven MCGARRY – Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 13 Declan HUGHES, 17 Ben JOHNS - Referee: Tom Glavovic

17.6.2017

SUBIACO EDGE AWAY FROM THE DROP ZONE

Subiaco have moved four points clear of the relegation zone, still with a game in hand, after a 5-3 win over Joondalup United at Rosalie Park. Jordan Candlish gave the home side the lead early, before Richard Howles levelled for the visitors. Second half goals from Alex Randell and Nathan Smith put the home side in control, before Guy McDonald gave the visitors hope. But Stefan Hill and David Perich but the game out of reach of Joondalup, and an own goal late gave the visitors a third.

The home side, which were well beaten last week at home by Inglewood, were on the front foot early, and went close to the opener on three minutes. Perich found space in the penalty area, and his close-range effort was well saved by James Bosdet. The Joondalup custodian was in fantastic form, and he produced another good save to deny Randell’s in-swinging corner moments later.

But on 12 minutes, there was little Bosdet could do when the home side took the lead. Asher Nelson sending Candlish in on goal, and he finished with aplomb. Going behind brought the visitors to life and they levelled 10 minutes later. Alex Wild made space down the right and played the ball across the goalmouth, and Howles, took a touch before finished through a crowd of players and past Ryan Montgomery, and it was level at the break.

But three minutes into the second half the home side regained their lead, when referee Nico Hoyle spotted a foul by Bosdet and pointed straight to the spot, and Randell converted the resulting penalty. It was 3-1 two minutes later Smith getting on the end of Perich’s through ball and finished low past the on-coming Bosdet. Joondalup needed a lift, and they were back in the game moments later. Wild was again the provider, and this time he played in Guy McDonald, who finished well to reduce the deficit.

Subiaco hit back and regained their two-goal advantage just after the hour mark. Randell’s free kick was flicked on by Hill, and the ball beat Bosdet, who had Nathan Diaz in his way. The game looked over when Subiaco added a fifth, Carlin Feely finding Perch, who finished well. Joondalup scored a late consolation goa, when Rowdy Yates’ curling free kick flicked off the head of Diaz, sending the ball past Montgomery for an own goal.

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY (c), 4 Alexander RANDELL, 7 Nathan DIAZ, 9 Rory FEELY, 12 Nathan SMITH, 13 Jordan CANDLISH (11 Carlin FEELY 65), 14 Ross JARMAN, 15 Dylan ANDREWS (10 Owen COATES 80), 17 Asher NELSON (16 Ian MCMURRAY 85), 18 David PERICH, 19 Stefan HILL - Subs not used: RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 8 Mike LAWSON

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 3 Rowdy YATES, 5 Joe STOCKER, 6 Guy MCDONALD, 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE (c), 9 Richard HOWLES, 10 Alex WILD (17 Luke SERRA), 11 Josh BOOYSEN (22 Rob TARPEY 76), 16 Ross EDWARDS (13 Chris PUGH 80), 23 Jay MARSDEN – Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 18 Anthony TAYLOR - Referee: Nico Hoyle

17.6.2017

REDS HOLD ON TO THE GULLS TO SHARE THE SPOILS

Armadale came home from Percy Doyle Reserve with a hard fought 0-0 draw against Sorrento. The stalemate stopped the Gulls returning to the top of the table, but there were chances at both ends, and Armadale missed a penalty, in an entertaining encounter. “It’s hard to walk away feeling too happy when we had a penalty, it didn’t go in and then we end up drawing 0-0,” Armadale Coach John O’Reilly told the NPL website. “Defensively we’re delighted. We’ve been working hard during the week and it was close to perfect in terms of shape and work-rate, but disappointing we didn’t nick it. When we’re away we defend well and wait for our opportunities and that suits us. Maybe at our next home game we’ll wear our away kit.”

The visitors should have taken the lead after only five minutes, after striker Kyle King was brought down in the penalty area, and referee Josh Mannella pointed to the spot. King picked himself up, but his spot kick was saved by James Morgan. Armadale were hitting well on the counter attack and Anthony Skorich blazed over the top after good work from former Sorrento striker Billy Quinncroft. Sorrento lifted and credited a number of chances, the best falling to Sean Canham, who headed wide.

Sorrento started the better after the break and Ryan Pearson’s curling shot rattled the post, and the wood work came to the rescue of Armadale keeper Michael Craggs again moments later, Reece Vittiglia’s long-range shot crashed off the crossbar. Quinncroft then went close, his first shot was well saved by James Morgan, and the keeper reacted well to deny the strikers follow up shot. Sorrento pushed late looking for the winner, and Canham and Steve McDonald both had headers blocked by some desperate Armadale defending, and both teams shared the points.

“I don’t know how we didn’t win today, but we didn’t take our chances and it definitely feels like two points dropped,” Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell told the NPL website. “You create your own luck, but we just didn’t have that quality at times. It’s obviously positive to still get a result, but we could have been top with three points and it’s frustrating to draw given the performance. We didn’t deserve that (to draw), but we just roll on with a big game against Bayswater next week.”

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY (18 Jordan BROWN 66’), 7 Alex MORGAN (15 Brodie MARTIN 77’), 8 Ryan PEARSON, 9 Sean CANHAM, 11 Tim HILL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES – Subs not used: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO, 6 Darryl PLATTEN, 12 Josh TUCKER

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 7 Charlie KENNA, 9 Kyle KING (10 Papa KPATAR 77’), 14 David ANNALL, 16 Billy QUINNCROFT, 17 James ATKINS (8 Jordan PAVETT 86’), 19 Beau RAHIM, 20 Ali GHOLAMI, 25 Anthony SKORICH – Subs not used: RGK Alec RADONICH, 2 Dylan WHITE, 18 Milan OGNJENOVIC - Referee: Josh Mannella

17.6.2017

ALBAMO SPOT ON FOR COCKBURN

Cockburn City striker Gian Albano scored a penalty on the hour to earn them a 1-1 draw against league leaders Floreat Athena at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday afternoon. Floreat went top last week with a win against Perth and Dean Evans, who scored the winner, last week, opened the scoring just before half time, but Albano stepped up to level, while Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich produced a number of fines saves to keep Floreat at bay. “We were fantastic. The work rate was great and the team embraced the challenge against the best team in the league,” Cockburn Coach Scott Miller told the NPL website. “We’re disappointed that we’re walking away with a draw, but it was a positive performance.”

The Cockerels were out of the block well, and went close to the opener after only ten minutes. Albano raced clear, his shot beat Jason Saldaris, but the post came to the rescue of the Floreat custodian. They had other glories chance moments later, this time Reuben Tristao shot was well saved by Jason Saldaris. Despite dominating possession the home side found themselves behind on 37 minutes. Floreat won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, and Evans’ set piece took a deflection and beat Radonich.

Cockburn continued to dictate terms and were rewarded with the equaliser on the hour. The lively Albano raced into the penalty area and he was brought down by Jason Saldaris, and referee Matthew Southern had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The referee deemed it only a yellow card offence, many in the crowd thought it should have been a different colour. Albano picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty to bring them level.

The game was up for grabs with chances at both ends, with Calvin Whitney and Albano both going close, but it was the visitors who had the best chance in stoppage time. Kris Gate effort was superbly saved by Radonich, and at the final whistle it was all-square. “It was a tough encounter. They are a good side and they had a lot of chances,” Floreat Coach Glen Grostate said. “I think the draw was a fair result. At the end of the day, we didn’t have a fit left back or right back, so it was always going to be very difficult for us.”

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT (c), 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Calvin WHITNEY, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Gian ALBANO (10 David ARAYA 86’), 12 Kenel MOUITHYS (14 Julian TELES 45’), 13 Blake ADAMS, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 17 Jesse LAZZARO (5 Keiron STALLARD 82’), 18 Aden DA LUZ – Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 3 Daniel DOLS

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Kris GATE, 12 Jackson MORGAN, 13 Zelfy NAZARY, 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 16 Juma AWAKA, 17 Dean EVANS (c) – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 9 Edin NILAC, 11 Declan HUDSON,18 Phil ARNOLD, 20 Joe TWEATS - Referee: Matthew Southern

17.6.2017

MANDURAH SILENCE THE LIONS ROAR

Mandurah City has fought a 1-0 win against Stirling Lions at Securitas Protect Stadium on Saturday in round 17 of the PS4 NPLWA. The only goal of the game came early, with Sean Troup scoring, and both sides had players sent off, in a heated final seven minutes, Shane Cassidy and Darren O’Riordan for the Lions and Tom Straker for Mandurah. “We are getting some senior players back now and even though we have a lot of injuries, it’s a developing pattern for the team as we get them back,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh told the NPL website. “I thought we totally dominated the first half and deserved the lead.”

The home side went close after only two minutes, Jordan Rhodes finding Ryan Francis, whose shot crashed off the base of the post. Moments later Joe O’Brien shot was superbly saved by John Perkins, and the home sides’ pressure was rewarded with the lead on 19 minutes. Francis closed down the Lions defender and he robbed the ball off him and squared the ball to Troup, who slid the ball into the net. The Lions lifted and they found Cyril Sharrock in superb form, producing a number of fine saves. Rhodes then saw his free kick tipped over the top by the alert Perkins, but at the break it was the home side in front.

The Lions opened brightly after half time, but again Sharrock stood firm to deny them, and the game started to get physical and referee Steven Gregory had to intervene with a number of yellow cards. But late in the game Gregory had to produce a red card when Straker was sent off for a two-footed tackle, and then moments later Lions pair Cassidy and O’Riordan were also dismissed in the space of two minutes, after receiving second yellow cards, but Mandurah hung on to take all three points. “In the first ten minutes Mandurah put some good pressure on us and it was a defensive error at the back which led to the goal,” Lions Coach Rob Milevski said. “I thought we had four great chances in the first half and we didn’t convert, including three one-on-ones.”

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Oliver MCGEE, 5 Thomas STRAKER, 6 Mitchell FIRTH, 7 Jack EADES, 8 Andrew BROWN, 9 Sean TROUP, 10 Jordan RHODES, 11 Ryan FRANCIS, 12 Joseph O’BRIEN (13 Slade RULE 62’), 16 Lance LOUVIE – Subs not used: 4 Mitchell MORRIN, 14 Kevin CASTLE, 17 Mark MCLAUGHLIN, 21 Liam CLARKE - Red Cards: Straker 83.

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 3 Alex SULESKI (12 Jason RUBIDGE 90’), 4 Blamo QUAQUA, 7 Miki VUJACIC, 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 14 Lukas DE LIMA (9 Alex TANEVSKI 64’), 15 Shane CASSIDY, 16 Mathaing MATHIANG, 17 Darren O’RIORDAN, 19 Cameron TEECE (8 Steve SOKOL) – Subs not used: RGK Lance ALVAKIS, 6 Debaba MTWALE - Red Cards: Cassidy 86’, O’Riordan 88’ – Referee Steven Gregory

17.6.2017

MELLO’S LATE PENALTY GIVES BALCATA A POINT

A penalty from Balcatta striker Luccas Mello has given the home side a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory at Grindleford Reserve. The Glory had dominated early, and Bayley Brown-Montgomery scored a stunning strike to give them the lead, and then Balcatta keeper Domenico Savoldelli made a number of important saves to keep them in the game and Mello earned them a point 10 minutes from time. “Being ruthless has been one of our focuses - as we know we will create plenty of good chances, but Dom pulled off some really good saves to deny us, but we were also guilty of not taking the opportunities that were presented to us, “Glory Coach John Gibson told the Perth Glory website. “We continue our growth with another test next weekend, when the current league Champions Perth Soccer Club visit the Ashfield Arena.”

The Glory started brightly and were ahead on 13 minutes. Brown-Montgomery lost his marker on the edge of the penalty area, and the striker fired home an unstoppable shot giving Savoldelli no chance, for his third goal of the season. The home went close to levelling moments later, but Josip Vujica’s shot was superbly saved by Kyle McDonald. The home side went close again on the half hour, Rudnei Nogueira skipped clear, but a great last ditch tackle from Walter Scott cleared the danger. It was almost 2-0 just before half time, Yacoub Mustafa’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was well claimed by Savoldelli.

Mello had the ball in the net for Balcatta just after half time, but his celebrations were cut short with the assistants’ flag up for offside. Balcatta were starting to dictate terms and substitute Brennan Borzecki went close to the equaliser on 54 minutes, but the midfielder’s close-range shot was superbly saved by Glory keeper McDonald. Moments later Gomo Dukuly long-range shot whistled over the top, before the same player was denied by a great save from Savoldelli, who was keeping his side in the game.

Mello was a constant threat, and his deflected shot crashed off the post, and then ten minutes from time Balcatta were awarded a penalty, after referee Michal Jasinski spotted a foul in the box, and Mello scored from the resulting spot kick to level. The Glory almost hit back immediately, substitute Michael McDougall’s long-range shot was heading into the corner of the net, but Balcatta keeper Savoldelli produced another great save to deny him. Then in stoppage time the Glory had one last chance to win the game, Callum Timmins racing clear and going one-on-one with Savoldelli, and once again the Balcatta custodian stood tall to deny him.

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Rudnei NOGUEIRA, 3 Juston ONEK, 4 Calum O”CONNELL, 5 Josip VUJICA (8 Brennan BORZECKI 46’), 6 Nicolas TATASCIORE (18 Ben MEREDITH, 76’), 9 Luccas MELLO (11 Dejan ANDRIC 90’), 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 12 Anton DE FRANCESCH, 15 Carmelo GLUFFRE, 16 Marco CHADINHA – Subs not used: RGK Luke HUTCHINSON, 20 Tom PELLIZARI

Perth Glory: GK Kyle MCDONALD, 2 Walter SCOTT, 3 Joseph MARINO, 4 Riley WARLAND (14 Harry QUIGLEY 87’), 5 Cameron MURRAY, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 8 Callum TIMMINS, 9 Gomo DUKULY (13 Michael DOMFEH 65’), 10 Daniel STYNES, 11 Yacoub MUSTAFA (12 Michael MCDOUGALL 68’) – Subs not used: RGK Ciaran MILLER, 15 Thomas, EIJGENHUIJSEN - Referee: Michal Jasinski

17.6.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND TEN – REVIEW

Dianella White Eagles have lost top spot in the All Flags State League Division One table after a 2-0 defeat against Ashfield at the Ashfield Arena. The home side were ahead early, Gary Hill poking home after Dianella failed to deal with a free kick. Both sides had chances in good game but it was the home side who wrapped up the points, with Jamie Stewart heading home a free kick. It was Ashfield’s second clean sheet of the season, and a good start for new keeper Brad Eiffe who joined the club from Mandurah in the week. “It was a well-deserved 3 points today, we have been working very hard over the past month and have had a few results not go our way despite displaying good performances,” Ashfield Coach Matt Wardle said. “Today's result is a great reward for all the hard work the boys have put in and they really deserved the win. Dianella are a good, organised team and it was a really tough game, they had a lot of possession but never really created clear cut chances.”

Western Knights replaced Dianella at the top of the table, despite a 0-0 draw against Gosnells City at Walter Padbury Reserve. Gosnells defender Jacob Collard said it was a good performance and their thoughts are with Caleb Aquino and Scott Pereira who both had bad injuries last week. “The club have lost two brilliant players this week due to terrible injury. It's been a tough week but never the less the boys on the weekend stood up another gear against a great Knights side,” he said. “We were solid throughout and didn't budge from the challenge. If luck was on our side I believe the three points would have been ours. Again a massive credit to our boys, we can compete with the best in this league and there is no reason why we can't get promoted within the next couple of years with performances like that."

Rockingham City returned from the bye and came home from the UWA Sports Park with a hard fought 3-2 win against UWA-Nedlands. The visitors were ahead at the break, with a goal on the stroke of half time, Oriol Fernandez turning home Christian Hogge through ball. The home side leveled on the hour, Conor Devlin raced past two City defenders, and his curling shot gave Alfie Brincat no chance. The home side then hit the front, when Patrick Morrison was brought down in the box and Devlin converted the resulting penalty. But City replied immediately, Drew Clarke’s shot was well saved by Alex Preece, but Hogge was on hand to fire home the rebound from close-range to level. But City won it when Josh Marocchi brought down Fernandez in the box and James Harmer scored from the penalty. “Delighted to pick up 3 points on the road, we played ever so well first half and to be only one up was not reflective of our dominance,” City Coach Rob Crerar said. “We switched off for 10 minutes and where punished so to fight back and get the win is credit to the playing group for their work ethic and attitude.”

Canning City won for the first time this season after a 2-1 win against South West Phoenix at Burrendah Reserve. The home side were ahead on 15 minutes, Laurence Cheyne wiped in a low cross for Callum Roberts to tap home. The Phoenix levelled before the break through James McCleary, but the home side won it on 72 minutes. Skipper Roberts, raced past two defenders and put it on a plate for Nathan Hubbard who finished clinically. “It was nowhere near our best performance of the season, however we are relieved for the 3 points,” Canning Coach Pete Lord said. “The Phoenix are a good side and their attackers are extremely dangerous. In the first half we were at 6’s and 7’s defensively, and it showed in the goal we conceded. The second half we got a couple of injuries that dictated our substitutions early and we were forced to adjust quickly. We took the lead and hung on with our hard work fitness and discipline. The lads deserve the win and hopefully it's the start of some good momentum and create confidence in our young squad to know that they can grind out a result if necessary.”

In the final game Forrestfield United moved closer to the leaders with a hard fought 1-0 win against Fremantle City at Hartfield Park on Saturday evening. The game didn’t start well for the visitors with Danny Clapham carried off with a serious knee injury - we wish Danny all the best. The only goal of the game came 15 minutes from time with a swift passage of play from the defence, which ended with Rhys Loxley, who played in Ben Rogers who fired low past the keeper. “Great win on Saturday night our most polished performance to date, where we dominated possession throughout the game and created a number of clear cut chances in the process,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “I could go on and say that we were unlucky not to score a couple more, but instead I will give credit to Fremantle City as they were defensively excellent, well structured, defending superbly throughout the match. But we showed signs of experience and maturity by constantly threatening their goal without exposing ourselves to counter attacks.” Banjac said they played some good football on the night and the big crowd enjoyed it. “As I said on numerous occasions before, a win to us is secondary to quality football and last night the spectators were treated to one of the most polished performances in recent years where three points are the icing and a well-deserved reward,” he said. “We are learning all the time, and the experience against Dianella proved to be invaluable, as again we played well but this time we were focused throughout the 90 minutes.” – Joondalup City had the bye.

17.6.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TEN – REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia moved back to the top of the All Flags State League Division Two table after a 4-2 win against Swan United at Francis Street. The visitors were ahead early, skipper James Sammut with a tidy right footed finish in the box following good work by David Sesay down the left on 17 minutes. It was 2-0 on the half hour, Noah Shamaki beating the Swan defender to the ball and rounding the keeper confidently and slotting home. Gwelup made it 3-0 on 40 minutes, Shamaki doubled his tally with a powerful left-footed drive into the bottom corner. The home side hit back just before half time, Marco Trimboli won the ball on the left and cut the ball back from the bye-line to James Shamim, who made no mistake firing into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 at the break. Gwelup restored their three goal advantage on the hour, Chris Marshall turning the ball into his own net. To the Swans credit they continued to push forward and they scored a consolation goal late, when Trimboli again picked out Shamim who scored his second on the day. “It was a - fantastic result against a gallant Swan who are on the right track, Matty Debarro is doing good things down there,” Gwelup Coach. Alex Vrteski said. “We're back on top and look rejuvenated and have now set ourselves up for a real tilt at the second half of the season. We've played six away and four home and our home form is strong so we are in a great position to have a real tilt at it.”

Morley Windmills lost top spot with a 1-0 loss against Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve. The home side went close early, when Jack Hailstones found himself one-on-one with the keeper only to hit the post. Morley hit back with a thunderous shot from Ben Wantee that rattled the cross bar. The home side were then reduced to 10 men after Miteku Ayene received a second yellow card after 20 minutes which tipped the game on its head. But the ten men went in front just before half time. Dom Elliot was brought down 25 meters out, and the resultant free kick by Elliott flew in to the top right hand corner of the net. Wanneroo defended well for the entire second half and Morley pressed hard to get an equaliser, but keeper Joey Smith was outstanding making a number of top class saves. “We went into the game knowing that only 3 points would be acceptable if we were to remain in the title race. We got out of the blocks well and dominated early, Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said. “After the sending off we went to a 4-4-1 formation and absorbed some pressure and tried to get them on the counter, and we did just that. We held on playing with 10 men for 70 minutes beating the previously unbeaten league leaders. Gwelup have the bye this week and if we can get over a fast improving Melville next week we will turn at the half way mark one point behind them and still very much in the hunt.”

Kelmscott Roos bounced back from their heavy loss at Gwelup last week with a hard fought 4-3 win against Kingsway Olympic at Frye Park. The home side were ahead early, when Vaughan Audrain cross was finished well by Simon Williams. But Kingsway hit back and levelled, Jarrad McNally played a long ball over the top to Chris Rizidis, who took the ball down with his chest and finished well. The home hit the front again when Juan Cabera found Jason Godfrey who finishing well. But Kingsway hit back again a long ball picked out Steve Burton, who squared to Rizidis who finished well. It was a real arm-wrestle, and Kelmscott were back in front when Aaron Hardy’s cross was turned into his own net by a Kingsway defender. It was 4-2 when a great through ball sent Asa Sippits clear, and he rounded the keeper to score. Kingsway pulled on back in stoppage time, Ben Fairbairn converting from the spot. “It was a hard fought game that we dominated and controlled the majority of the game,” Kelmsctt Coach Chris Bates said. “The game was stopped for 30 minutes while an ambulance was called for Aaron Hardy after a bad tackle, while Warrick bates was also taken to hospital in the last minute.”

Quinns closed the gap on the top five after a 4-1 win against Curtin University at Gumblossom Park. The home side were two up after only seven minutes. First a Gary Hamilton corner was met by Josh Reid', to head home, before Craig Tooley’s pin point cross was headed home by new signing John McNeil. Curtin come out in the second half with a sniff of hope scoring within five minutes, but Quinns pushed on by hitting the post and cross bar but eventually scoring on the hour, with a delightful finish from Liam McGurk, Curtain had plenty of chances to bring themselves back into the game, but failed to do so, and finally the game was all wrapped up in two minutes from time, with a looping header from Adam Buckley. “Overall it was a great team performance from not only us but all 3 sides,” Tooley said. “Back to winning ways is always a good feeling and we're looking forward to the next match.”

In the final game Melville City have won back-to-back games after a 5-0 win on the road against Balga at Princess Road Reserve. Simon El Chami opening the scoring, curling home from the edge of the penalty area. Mowatt made it 2-0, before new signings Thurston and Lucas added the others. Melville Coach Gavin Brown was happy with the performance. “We could have had more, 2 good stops from their keeper in the first half and then 2 one on ones missed after half time,” he said. “It’s probably hard to believe, but even when we were losing, I thought we were playing quite good football going forward, however silly mistakes were costing us goals and therefore games. The losses were all by one goal though so we were competing every week. We were forced (through injury and then suspension) into changing our defence every game and couldn't find any consistency. Hopefully those issues are behind us now and we can go on a run, although Wanneroo will be tough this weekend.” – Shamrock Rovers had the bye this week.




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