Floreat Athena defender Blair Govan is looking forward to taking on the Glory on Anzac Day

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This week on The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM, Jason Washington-King teams up with Don Evans to bring you two hours of local football. Guests include Floreat Athena coach Glen Grostate, Perth SC board member Graham Normanton, Wanneroo City SC women’s coach Dave Scragg and Glory shed man Colin Sharland. Join the conversation by texting the team on Saturday from 10am on 0408 921 832, sharing your comments and news.



The Westfield FFA Cup fifth round takes centre stage this week, and the pick of the tie’s sees First Division side Ashfield make the trip to Dalmatinac Park to take on Cockburn City. Ashfield edged out Joondalup United in the last round, while Cockburn thrashed North Lake. Ashfield midfielder Kyle King said they are looking forward to the challenge of taking on an NPL side. “It is a tough game for us, but we haven't hit our top form yet and struggled past the line on Saturday,” said King, who is on-loan from Bayswater City for the season. “For me personally it’s all about getting to know how the players around you play and the same for them getting to know how you play.” Ashfield bounced back from an opening day defeat in the league and King said the cup game is a great opportunity for them to see where they are at. “It was great to bounce back from the defeat against newly promoted Joondalup, but we struggled to get going against Gosnells, especially going down to 10 men again didn't help, but the character of the lads was there for all to see and it was a totally deserved three points,” he said. “Monday we can test ourselves against an NPL club, and it will be a nice change to have a game where you can play with freedom and the result takes care of itself.” In team news Graham Tough is suspended, but Ashfield do get Alex Stamitidias and Jamie Burns back. Friday Zico and Devon Gibson should be back for the Cockerels, but skipper Eamon McNelis is out injured.

There is another ‘David v Goliath’ game, when State League Division Two side, Fremantle City entertains Perth SC at Hilton Reserve. Fremantle defender Ty Fenwick said the whole club is looking forward to the day. “It’s a massive game for our football club, and one we are all looking forward too,” he said. “Whilst the ultimate goal is to walk away with a win, I think the main focus will be to continue to focus on our structures and develop our new way playing this season,” he said. Fremantle are undefeated in the league this season and Fenwick said they will need to step up to take on Perth. “Being a cup game and the fact we are playing what are meant to be one of the best sides in the state, our recent results are irrelevant,” he said. “However if we play our best football then we will definitely be competitive, and we hope we catch them on a bad day.” Fremantle are at full strength, likewise Perth, with keeper Francis Soale fit again and pushing for a spot in the side.

South West Phoenix will fancy their chances of an upset, when they host NPL side Armadale at Payne Park. “We are in a good position at the moment and coming off a good win at Mandurah last week and after some squad rotations and formation changes, we are working hard for each other,” Phoenix striker Bright Ababio said. “We always said we deserved to play in the NPL and we’re looking forward to taking on Armadale in the cup and test ourselves.” Phoenix coach Trent Hathaway has his side playing some good football at both ends of the park and Ababio said they can’t wait for Monday’s clash. “The coach always tells us to work hard and trust each other and that’s what we are going to continue to do,” he said. “We will be ready for a big game, we will need to play well, but we’re confident we can get into the next round.”

There are three all NPL ties. First up Balcatta entertains Subiaco AFC at Grindleford Reserve. Subiaco won for the first time in the league on Saturday and keeper Ryan Montgomery said they are looking for a good cup run. “As a group we all knew how big the Glory game was and how important it was to get points on the board,” he said. “It was the first time that we've put two decent halves of football together and as a young team it's good to get a taste of that wining feeling and also try and in still a winning mentality around the group. “Monday is a massive game for us. Last time we played them they were probably on top for most of the first half but we worked our way into the game after half time and were unlucky not to get something out of it. The good thing is its still fresh in our mind and I'm sure the boys will use that as motivation come kick-off on Monday.” In team news Josh Booysen returns from suspension, but Ian McMurray is in doubt with a knee injury. For Balcatta Adrian Caceres and Paddy Quinn are still unavailable.

Last season’s Cup winners Bayswater City, travel to Inglewood Stadium to take on Inglewood United. “It’s a big game, and a good cup run is great for the club and something we are looking to do,” Inglewood midfielder Matt Izzo said. “We have been improving each week and if we continue on with the form we believe we can get the win.” United pushed Bayswater close in the league two weeks ago and Izzo believes they go into the game knowing they can match it with them. “Yes we pushed them the last game, but we have to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes, which we haven’t done so far,” he said. “If we don’t do that they have players that can turn it on at any time.” David Micevski is still unavailable for the home side, and they have a few niggling injuries but Michael Garcia will have a strong squad to choose from. Bayswater will have Phil Arnold, Steve Burton and Brian Farrell pushing for a starting role.

The 2012 Cup winners Sorrento host the 2010 Cup winners Stirling Lions at Percy Doyle Reserve. The Lions welcome back Billy Quinncroft, and have a full squad to choose from and midfielder Tim Hill said it’s a huge game for the club after doing so well in the competition last season. “We're all looking forward to the cup game and after playing A-League side Brisbane Roar last season we want to reach that stage again,” he said. “They're always competitive and intense as it’s a one off fixture and we know Sorrento will but out to get revenge as we've already played them and beat them. It's always going to be tough no matter the circumstances and we'll just keep doing what we've been doing and try to progress to the next round.” Sorrento will have Steve McDonald, Lewis Hall and Greg Hart pushing for a spot in the starting line-up. In other games BB United and Gwelup Croatia meet at the Bosnian and Herzegovian Cultural and Recreation Centre in Beechboro. Gwelup new signing Mitchell Crocker is in line to make his debut in the game, while Mandurah City entertains Joondalup City at the Hyundai Stadium.



The Traditional Anzac Day clash between Floreat Athena is the only game in the PS4 National Premier League WA game this weekend. The fixture is the rescheduled Round One game and will be played on Saturday evening with a 6pm kick off. Floreat are the only side in the league to have a 100% record in the competition but defender Blair Govan said they will need to improve on last week’s performance. “We didn't play to our best last week or the week before, so we will be looking to put that right,” he said. “But the main thing for us is to keep on winning, confidence is high in the group after fighting hard to get the three points against Stirling.”

Saturday is a massive occasion and Govan and the Floreat players are looking forward to it. “We know it won't be an easy game against Glory, they've got a lot of talent and there well drilled,” he explained. “We have our game plan and if we can go out and play to it I'm confident we can get a good result. We're ready to go and looking forward to the game with it being on such a big day in Australian history.” Floreat will be without influential defender Aryn Williams, and Clayton Arnez is also in doubt, but they do regain the services of Ashley Corker.

Glory will be looking to break a two game losing streak and will have top goalscorer Joe Knowles back from suspension and Jacob Collard from first team duties for the game. Midfielder Calvin Whitney said they are ready for a big game. “This week’s game is a big test for us, but we will be doing our best to get a result,” he said. “It’s a huge day on the Australian calendar and we will be doing our bit to honour the diggers. They (Floreat) are a very strong and physical team, so we just need to play to our strengths and get the three points that we need.”


DERBY DAYS REKINDLED IN FFA CUP (courtesy of Football West)

There was a time, some years ago, when a match between the Italian communities of Perth and Fremantle was eagerly anticipated and hotly contested. In the days before a merger brought together Perth Azzurri and East Fremantle Tricolore as Perth Italia in 1988, the suburban grounds of the rival clubs buzzed on derby day.

But, thanks to the Westfield FFA Cup, fans around the port city are again excited about that rivalry after Fremantle City were drawn at home to the old Italia, now known as Perth SC, in WA’s preliminary fifth round at Hilton Reserve on Monday. City is a new club with a complex history that is rooted in the Italian fabric of both Tricolore and Fremantle United. Needless to say, those attached to the club have been unable to resist the thrill of nostalgia evoked by the draw.

Fremantle City president Maurice Oteri said the club had ordered Italian bread, sausage and arancini to cater for an anticipated bumper crowd on a day that was not just about the on-field action. “We’ve had sponsors, who haven’t been at the club for 20 years, come forward and ask us what we need,” Oteri said of the excitement the match has generated. “And really the best way is for them to spread the message and to help get as many people as possible down to the game to support either team.”

There will be no shortage of former Tricolore players, fans and officials at the ground with a reunion also planned for July 5. Those with Azzurri connections will be just as eager to swap old tales at Monday’s match. John O’Connell, who for many years has been the voice of soccer on Perth radio, is a former player with particularly fond memories of Tricolore-Azzurri derbies. “It was a great rivalry and there was nothing to match the atmosphere and the passion of the players and the fans,” O’Connell said.

He joined Tricolore from Morley Windmills in 1972 and in his first season was a key figure in one of WA soccer’s most famous matches in front of 6000 people at Wauhop Park. With Coach John Adshead – long before he took New Zealand to the 1982 World Cup – in charge, Tricolore were 4-1 down at half-time and staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat.

“We came out in the second half and scored one, then it was 4-3, 4-4 and it was electric,” said O’Connell, who scored the last goal to make it 5-4 to Tricolore. “After the game, just about every Italian from Fremantle was in the changing room.”

It might not mean quite so much if City can pull off a fairy tale victory on Monday, but there will be no shortage of passion from the old guard on the sidelines. On the field, the odds are stacked in favour of Perth, who compete in WA’s top-flight PS4 National Premier Leagues competition, while City are unbeaten in their two matches in the State’s third-tier this season.

The anticipated outcome should not deter Coach Steve Plucknett’s Fremantle, who might benefit from a brief history lesson to boost their spirits. There will be no shortage of story tellers capable of providing a detailed narrative. “The FFA Cup is bringing those magic moments back to local football,” O’Connell said. “And it’s bringing Perth back into Fremantle, which is fantastic for the game.”



Perth Glory are facing a raid on their squad from other A-League clubs, after accepting their finals ban for salary cap breaches, with at least three first-choice players on the radar of rival clubs. Players’ union Professional Footballers Australia confirmed it was ready to provide advice to Glory players on a case-by-case basis over their right to pursue a potential termination of contract linked to the club’s breach of the A-League cap by $400,000 this season.

It’s understood the club’s competitors are preparing to pounce, with contracted trio Danny Vukovic, Josh Risdon and Dino Djulbic all set to be approached about switching clubs. Central Coast Mariners are among three clubs looking for an experienced goalkeeper. Vukovic, who started his career with the Mariners, holds the record for A-League appearances with 226 matches.

The Glory custodian was understood to have been particularly vocal at a crisis team meeting held at the club last Monday. The 30-year-old has been an integral part of Glory’s form on the pitch this season that has the club third on the ladder, but that will all change on the weekend when they will demoted to seventh. Bunbury-born Risdon, 22, was considered for Socceroos selection leading into the AFC Asian Cup and would be hot property if he explored a break of contract, while Djulbic penned a two-year deal in February until the end of 2016-17.

Striker Andy Keogh is tipped to remain at Perth given his strong family connections in WA. But defensive midfielder Rostyn Griffiths is coming out of contract and is believed to have made his mind up to leave Glory at the end of the season, while last Sunday’s hat-trick hero Jamie Maclaren is contracted for next season and will assess his future after Saturday’s final away clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.



Perth Glory finished their final home game of the season on a high, beating a 10-man Melbourne City 3-1 at nib Stadium, thanks to a Jamie Maclaren hat-trick. With the Glory barred from the finals for breaching the salary cap and City to finish fifth no matter the result, neither side reached any great heights but the Maclaren hat-trick gave the loyal home fans something to cheer about. “It's always good to score goals and when you have three chances and score three goals you'll take that all day,” Maclaren said. “It's been very tough, probably one of the toughest weeks of my career so far but we've got a strong group of boys and we'll pull through it and it showed tonight.”

If was a subdued atmosphere at the ground, and in the first half, it was Danny Vukovic who kept his side in the game. The Glory custodian was forced to make a double save to deny City striker Harry Novillo in the 10th minute, and he went on to make another four clutch saves in the first half that well and truly kept Glory in the contest. But on 42 minutes it was the home side who hit the front. Danny De Silva chipped the ball over the City defence for Maclaren to run on to, and the Young Socceroo fired low past Tando Velaphi. It got worse for the visitors when Paulo Retre was shown a second yellow card by Chris Beath and was sent off.

But seven minutes into the second half City were level. They were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area after Richard Garcia fouled Novillo, and Aaron Mooy stepped up to the mark and brilliantly curled the ball into the top left corner despite the best efforts of Vukovic. The Glory battled back and retook the lead just after the hour. De Silva chased down a ball that was played to him in the box, and the Roma bound midfielder put enough pressure on Velaphi for the City goalkeeper to spill the ball, and Maclaren fired home from a tight angle. The points were wrapped up three minutes from time, and the 5,821 loyal supporters celebrated. Glory substitute Chris Harold made space down the right and whipped in a low cross and Maclaren steered the ball low past Velaphi to complete his hat-trick and give the Glory the win, if not the points.



Bayswater City striker David Heagney scored a brace to earn his side the points after a thrilling 3-2 win against Perth SC in the ‘Italian derby’ at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday night. The English striker scored early before new signing Borbor Sam doubled the advantage on the half hour. Ashley Rosindale pulled one back for the hosts on the hour, but Heagney put the result beyond doubt with his second. Harley Orr scored with three minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish, but Bayswater held on for the points. “It was the best team performance of the year, and we proved again that we are the best team in the league,” Heagney said. “We’ve taken time to gel, but we’re hitting our straps now, and on a personal level it’s always nice to get on the score sheet.”

It was an even opening under the lights the first opportunity fell to the visitors on 20 minutes. Former Perth midfielder Todd Howarth’s long-range shot crashed off the crossbar. But their pressure was rewarded with the opening goal five minutes later. Heagney lost his marker at the back post to fire home Sam’s cross.

Perth pressed and Aden Da Luz’s back heel sent Carlo Coelho in on goal, but City keeper Devon Spence stood tall to save. But on the half hour it was Bayswater who doubled their lead. Andrew Reale made space down the right, and his cross picked out Sam who finished clinically past Alex Dunn. Perth went in search for a goal to get them back in the game, and in the shadows of half time Rosindale fired inches wide.

Perth was back in the game on the hour. Half time substitute Callum O’Connell was found on the left, and his low cross across the face of goal was flicked on by Reece Vittiglia, and Rosindale slid in at the back post to score. Bayswater should have added to their lead moments later, when Howarth lost his marker in the penalty area, but headed over the top, before Dunn denied Heagney low shot

But that miss was forgotten on 73 minutes when Bayswater increased their lead. Heagney was in the right place at the right time to fire home from close-range, after Perth didn’t clear their lines. Perth got themselves a lifeline with three to go. Josh Pereira won a tackle in midfield and the ball fell to Rosindale, who drove at the heart of the defence, and slipped the ball into second half substitute Orr and he finished low past the advancing Spence. But Bayswater hung on to take the points and maintain their lead at the top of the table.



Floreat Athena made it three wins from three, after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park. The only goal of the game came early, with Lewis McMahon converting from the spot. But Floreat Coach Glen Grostate said they should have been well ahead at the break. "We could have been up 3-0 in the first half but couldn’t convert all of our chances,” he said. “The boys have really bonded. They spend time together on and off the pitch and that showed in their performance. We had to show our depth today with several injuries, but we worked hard and got the result.”

The visitors were out of the blocks early, and Kris Gate came close to the opener on six minutes. He found himself one-on-one with Lions’ keeper Connor Campbell, but the Lions custodian saved. But Floreat hit the front on 12 minutes. Blair Govan made space down the left and played the ball into McMahon and Lions midfielder Boas MtWale brought down the English striker and referee David Bruce pointed to the spot. McMahon picked himself up and made no mistake from the resulting penalty. Floreat went close to a second just before the break, McMahon blazing over after good hold up play in the area, before skipper Ludovic Boi fired over from close-range.

Stirling lifted in the second half, but continued to struggle in the final third. McMahon was a constant threat, but the Lions began to take control. Robbie Petkov tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area, but Dejan Aleksic saved. Lawrence Shuruma and Mosses Kalau’s pace was causing Floreat problems, but with Aryn Williams and former Lions defender Bobby Wilson outstanding at the back the Lions couldn’t find the equaliser and Floreat held on for the points.



Subiaco AFC earned their first points of the season after a 3-1 win against Perth Glory on their return to Rosalie Park. Jonas Dorling gave the home side the lead early, before Nathan Costello levelled for the Glory on the half hour. But Subiaco reclaimed the lead sixty seconds later with the first to Danny Milne. The English striker scored his second to wrap up the points and he said it’s a relief to get their first win. “We stuck to our game plan well by limiting the options for the man on the ball. We caused them problems when we went forward and took our chances at important stages in the game,” Milne said. “It was a good team performance and work rate in hot conditions. We have been narrowly beaten in the other games at the start of the season so hopefully this will kick start our season and we can start to rack up more points.”

It was huge game for Subiaco, having lost the first games of the season, and returning to their spiritual home, and they made a perfect start and were ahead on 17 minutes. Nathan Diaz’s free kick was headed down by Ger Fitzgerald, Glory keeper Jordan Franken fumbled the effort but Dorling was on hand to lob the ball home. But the Glory hit back and they were level on the half hour, in similar circumstances. A free kick into the box was only cleared as far as Costello who fired home. But straight from the kick off the home side regained the lead. A long throw caused problems in the Glory box, and Rory Feely headed it down to Milne who finished off at the near post.

The home side continued to dominate and added a third five minutes after the break. Matthew Akehurst made space down the right, and he slipped the ball into the path of Diaz, who was brought down by Nic Talimozioski and referee Michal Jasinski pointed straight to the spot. Milnes stepped up fired home the resulting penalty. The Glory pressed late, but Stef Valentini and Sam McKearnin couldn’t find the target and at the final whistle it was the home fans celebrating the win. .



Cockburn City ended a two game losing streak after coming from two goals down to beat Armadale 3-2 at Alfred Skeet Oval on Saturday evening. The home side were in control with Nick Crerand and Jackson Bealey on target, but Alan Carroll pulled one back on 56 minutes, before Rory Patterson and Julian Teles won it for Marc Anthony’s side. They had to hold on grimly late when Patterson was sent off, but the Reds couldn’t find the equaliser. “We knew it was going to be a tough game as Armadale would be searching for their first win of the season under their new manager,” Cockburn skipper Eamon McNelis said. “They took the game to us and got their rewards by going 2-0 up, but great character to our boys for pulling it back, something we have missed the past couple of weeks. We're now looking to get our season back on track after a disappointing couple of weeks and next up in the league is Bayswater, we'll have to get back to our best.”

The home side made all the early running and Bealey’s shot was palmed onto the post by Curtis Aspden. But roared on by the locals, Armadale hit the front on 16 minutes. Creland pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area, before firing past Aspden from close-range. Aspden was keeping his side in the contest, the Cockburn custodian saving well to deny Caleb Dixon. At the other end Reds keeper Dylan Wilson kept his side in front at the break with a stunning one-handed save to deny Teles.

Armadale continued to take the game to Cockburn after half time and they doubled their lead on 52 minutes. Bealey picked the ball on the left, cut inside his marker and fired home from the edge of the penalty area. But Cockburn were back in the game four minutes later, with big defender Carroll seeing his glanzing header from Harry O’Brien’s corner beat Wilson, it was game on.

Cockburn were now on top and Wilson had to be alert to deny Patterson, but the striker had the last laugh on 69 minutes when he equalised. A ball into the area wasn’t dealt with by the Armadale defence, and Patterson fired home from close-range. The visitors had all the momentum now and they hit the front two minutes later. Liam Murray’s cross found Teles, who was given far too much space in the box, and he poked it home underneath Wilson from six-yards. The game ended on a sour note for Cockburn when striker Patterson was given a second yellow card by referee Adam Fielding and was sent off, but they held on to take home the points.



A goal from skipper Adam Tong 11 minutes from time has given Balcatta a 1-1 draw against Inglewood United at Inglewood Stadium. Matthew Izzo gave the home side the lead just before half time. With Balcatta chasing the game they moved Tong up front and he duly equalised. “We came out second half and we said we would get in their faces and the goal would come, and finally it came and we take a point out of it,” Tong said. “‘It’s not gelling upfront for us at the moment, we’re getting into good positions but not converting, so it’s something we’ve got to work on at training.”

Balcatta midfielder Luke Randazzo went close early, but United’s keeper Aleks Vrteski saved low. Moments later Ryan Clarke headed wide for Inglewood after good work on the left by Jarrod McNally. Chances were few and far between, but it was the United who ended the half the better and Scott Witsche’s shot was well saved by Clint Davies. But on the stroke of half time the home side made the breakthrough.

Kenny Keogh was brought down on the edge of the penalty area by Tong, and Izzo curled his free kick up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

It was the home side that opened the brighter after the break, Clarke fired wide early, before Keogh headed back across goal, but no Inglewood player could get on the end of it. Then with 15 minutes remaining Tong moved up front and Balcatta went to a back three, and it had an immediate effect. David Cyrus played the ball to Randazzo, who fed the ball into Tong, who raced into the penalty area and finished clinically past Vrteski. Balcatta almost won it in the last minute. Tong’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area deflected off the wall, but Vrteski produced a stunning reaction save to deny him and earn his side a share of the spoils.



South West Phoenix has taken out the ‘South West Derby’ beating Mandurah City 4-0 at the Hyundai Stadium. The visitors were ahead on the quarter hour, Kieran Kavanagh flicking on to Lee Stewart, who scored at the back post. They doubled their advantage midway through the half, Ryan Francis’ shot was blocked, but Kavanagh was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. Stewart added his second, before Bright Ababio chipped in the fourth, to round off a great team performance from Trent Hathaway’s side. “The whole team played as a unit and to the system the coaching staff had put in place, and it was a great result for the club,” Hathaway said. “We’ve still got things to work on but the process is coming along nicely. It was hard to pick out our best player this week because they all did their jobs on the day.” Western Knights continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 win against Swan United at Nash Field. David Onoforo but the home side the lead, before Nathan Sculley levelled. But goals from former Swan midfielder Ross Cosgrove and Thomas Southgate gave the Knights all three points.

Joondalup United showed they will be very competitive in this league, after they beat Dianella White Eagles 3-2 at Dianella Reserve. Arran Maplestone gave United the lead early, but Dianella hit back with goals from Danny Hodgson and Ali Husseini to give them the lead at the break. But a second half brace from United’s striker Lee Jones, gave John Evans’ side the points. “It was a great win again, against a hard working well organised Dianella team,” Evans said. “We lost to them in the night series so we knew we had to work together as a squad not just the 11 starting. We have had a great start to the season, but I keep on reminding the lads, you don't get anything in this league unless you battle for 90 minutes. Credit to lads, they are all working hard and we will take each game at a time.” Shamrock Rovers moved clear at the top of the table after a 3-0 win against Canning City at the Willetton Sports Club. Sean Browne opened the scoring, firing home Nick Little’s cross. Will Pender added the second with a clever lob, before Darren O Riordan added the third.

Ashfield kick started their season with a hard fought 2-1 win against Gosnells City at the Ashfield Sports Club. Liam Merigan opened the scoring for Paul Dundo’s side, firing home after being sent clear by Kyle King’s through ball. But on the half hour Gosnells levelled with Sean Taylor on target. The home side was reduced to ten men just after half time when Graham Tough was shown a straight red card and sent off. But the ten men hit back with Matt Brooks scoring the winner. “I was very happy with the character of the side,” said Dundo. “To go on and win it with ten men was a great effort, and it’s nice to get the first win on the board.” In other result on Saturday UWA-Nedlands beat Morley Windmills 4-2. Ben Reynold scored a brace, with 2 Richard Olsen and Bryce Conway also on target for the home side, while Daniel Lombardi and Alistair Blair were on target for the visitors.



The round begun on Friday night with Forrestfield United and Wanneroo City fighting out a 2-2 draw at Hartfield Park. The visitors took the lead early from the penalty spot, John Monterosso making it two goals in as many matches for his new club. But both keepers were the stars on the night. Daniel Agudelo and Brad Eiffie were outstanding between the sticks, but Forrestfield were wasteful in front of goal too. But after the break Rhys Loxley levelled for the host’s midway through the second half. Scott Campbell then put the Roos back in front and it looked like they would go home with the points, but deep into stoppage time David Ferrante equalised. “I want to thank Forrestfield for helping us out with a fixture change and we are happy to return the favour anytime,” Wanneroo coach Matt Debarro said. “It was heartbreaking to not take all three points, but I think a fair result between two very good footballing teams. Well done to my boys and well done to Rod Banjac and his team, the crowd was all entertained by the spectacle, it was a great night.”

In Saturday’s game Melville City made it back-to-back wins with 3-0 victory against Ellenbrook United at Arbor Grove Reserve. Christian Long gave City the lead, before Mitch Barrington added the second, and Barry Richards the third. Curtin University were made to fight hard for their 2-1 win against Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park. Keeper Sam Cogle was outstanding for the home side, but he could do nothing when Dilip Thapa opened the scoring in the first half. The home side levelled through Jon Ingram just after half time. Curtin had the chance to retake the lead in the 70th minute when Robert Keegan was brought down in the box, but Carlo Chiellini penalty hit the post. But the visitors got their reward late with Nathan Smith scoring.

Fremantle City and Rockingham City shared the spoils in 1-1 draw at Hilton Reserve Monty Grigo gave Rockingham the lead, but Sam Smith levelled for Fremantle. Kingsway Olympic scored their first win with 4-2 win against a nine man Balga at Kingsway Reserve. Oliver Hilton scored twice for the home side, while Dejan Gurovski and Andy O’Neill added the others. Kyall Osbourne and Lee James scored for Balga, but James was later sent off along with keeper Olie Rigler. In other games Quinns won the local derby against Joondalup City 2-0 at Illuka Sports Complex.



ECU Joondalup have beaten Sorrento 2-1 in a hard fought local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday night. Danny Dixon gave ECU the lead early, before Sorrento defender Shaun Kilkelly levelled for the home side. There were chances at both ends but Jon Stynes popped up with the winner four minutes from time. “I’m really happy to get a win on the board and to start accumulating some points,” a happy ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said after the win. “I felt we were the better side and deserved our win but in saying that they do put you under pressure when they go direct so it was a nervous last few minutes. The whole side worked so hard and got there rewards at the end, so I’m really happy for the club to get all three wins away to a strong club like Sorrento.”

It was the start of Football West’s ‘Rivalry Round’ and it didn’t disappoint with a big crowd on hand under lights to watch the local rivals do battle and it was ECU made the break through on 22 minutes. Joe Smith made space on the edge of the penalty area and played in Dixon who fired low past James Morgan. But the home side hit back eight minutes later. A free kick into the penalty area from Jason Mirco wasn’t dealt with and Kilkelly fired home from close-range. ECU finished the half well on top, and seven minutes before the break, Dixon whipped in a great cross to Tommy Amphlett who side footed into the net, but the flag was up for offside. Moments later Dixon’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area was superbly saved by Morgan at full stretch. But at the break it was all-square.

Chances were few and far between after the break and both sides wasted opportunities. Sorrento forced a number of corners but didn’t really test Jamie Serra. ECU looked the more threatening and Stynes saw his header well saved by Morgan, before Amphlett beat the offside trap rounded the keeper but he couldn’t find Stynes at the back post. It looked like it the points would be shared but on 86 minutes ECU scored the winner. A great cross by Ryan Lowry picked out Stynes and the midfielder fired home much to the delight of the travelling supporters.



Perth Glory FC chairman Tony Sage issued a statement today apologising to members and fans and outlined some immediate measures going forward for the club. He said – “To say that it’s been a difficult few weeks in football is an understatement. The events during this time have left us all feeling shocked, sad, angry and very disappointed.

Like you, I am gutted that our club has been eliminated from the finals campaign and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all our members, fans, and sponsors for the situation the club finds itself in. Unfortunately I can’t undo what has been done, however, the club has already taken steps to ensure this never happens again.

Last night Perth Glory accepted Football Federation of Australia’s sanctions and discontinued all court action against the FFA. Overnight, I also accepted the resignation of Jason Brewer who has stepped down as the club’s Chief Executive and I have also engaged the services of an independent auditor. That means, a line in the sand has now been drawn and the club will work with the FFA to improve Glory’s administration processes and protocols and hopefully our systems will be the benchmark of the Hyundai A-league.

I must stress that while the club has accepted the FFA’s sanctions and fines, the club does NOT have a culture of systemic rorting. We reiterate that all payments were made from the club's bank account. It is important to note that for seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14 the club failed to report benefits, in relation to accommodation and vehicles but it did NOT exceed the salary cap for those respective seasons.

From this point on, our focus must be on taking the positive performances on and off the field this season, and preparing for 2015/16. This process starts this Sunday when the boys take on Melbourne City in what will be the team’s last home game of the season. I know some of you are still hurting and may not want to come to the game, but Kenny and the boys need you now more than ever.

This is a situation that has rocked me but it has made me more resolved than ever, to see Perth Glory FC fulfil its true potential. I hope we can all continue the journey forward, together.”



Before I start, I will tell you I’m a Perth Glory member and have been since the club was formed. The club has seen the highs, and now the lows, in Australian football but the salary problems has brought a once great club to its knees.

The final act was performed in the salary cap debacle on Thursday evening, with the club excepting the findings from the Football Federation Australia disciplinary board, and after a successful season on the pitch, and the side pushing for the Minor Premiership, they will not be playing in the A-League Finals this season.

It’s a bitter blow for Coach Kenny Lowe, and his players, but the rules are in place and having broken them, they have to pay the penalty. But the depth of the investigation was like something off CSI. Computer forensics was used to expose the payments, after being tipped off by a disgruntled former staff member.

Jason Brewer has been the only casualty, the CEO falling on his sword after Chairman, Tony Sage, said if the findings were correct he would sack him anyway. Brewer was still convinced at his press conference, to announce his resignation and that the clubs finances were correct and had gone through the auditors, and it had been ticked off by FFA for the last two seasons, when some of the breaches were supposed to have occurred.

All clubs send their yearly finances to the governing body to be checked and all, except Sydney FC in 2006, have come back all clear. The salary cap, like it or not, has been implemented to have a level playing field, and the Glory have been caught exceeding that. But let’s get back to the ‘level playing field’ question. There is no question the Glory have done wrong and have been punished, but why don’t the FFA audit every club the way they have the Glory?

The coaches from other clubs were quick to jump on the band wagon condemning the Glory and said they should have the book thrown at them, and that was all good and correct. But when Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick came out and said at a recent press conference that FFA should do the same investigation that the Glory has had, to all clubs in the competition, the silence from the other clubs on the situation was deafening. If the governing body want a ‘Level Playing Field’, then that should occur. I’m not saying that all clubs are doing wrong, but if they have nothing to hide why not?

Glory Chairman Tony Sage has done wonders for the Football Club, but he has been on a collision course with FFA for the last couple of years, and the loss of the hosting of the FFA Cup Final against Adelaide cut deep. It is to be seen if Sage walks away from the club, and once the dust settles that will be decided. He’s not in it for the money, he’s lost millions over his tenure, he actually loves the club.

We are hearing supporters, well so called supporters, saying he should leave, but I’m afraid if Mr. Sage walks away, the club might not survive. We hear of protests from supporters at the final home game of the season against Melbourne City to demand the whole board resign. Without Tony Sage there wouldn’t be a Perth Glory, and then we will not have any A-League football in our state. It’s a tough time for the club at the moment, and we should all stick together through this difficult time, and remember ‘No Guts No Glory’

If you have any additional information on Western Australian soccer that we have left out, or if you would like to get in contact, email Jacob at jacob@footballwa.net

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