Daniel McBreen's goal was enough for Edgewater to beat Perth SC(Photo by Fotoenzo)

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24.9.2016

MCBREEN GOAL DOWNS THE AZZURRI

A second half goal from Edgewater FC striker Daniel McBreen was enough for the Northern NSW NPL side to reach the Grand Final of the PS4NPL National competition after a 1-0 win against Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon, and in doing so became the first side from the region to reach an NPL Grand Final.

It was a tight game throughout with chances at both ends but it was the former Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory man who hit the winner on 51 minutes to see the visitors home. McBreen said he will have to change his plans after the win, with the Grand Final next week against Sydney United. “The missus isn’t going to be happy,” he said. “I’m supposed to be on a family holiday in Fiji so I might have to postpone that for a few days, but it’s a great achievement for the club.”

Perth were coming of a big win against Devonport last week, while Edgewater had upset Bentleigh Greens, but were underdogs going into the game, and it look like that early, with the home side having plenty of possession and forcing a number of early corners, but the first clear cut chance fell to the visitors. Ayden Brice eased past two Perth defenders, his long-range shot whistled past the post. They went even closer on the quarter hour, Brody Taylor’s chip from 20meters beat Francis Soale, but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Perth custodian.

Perth went close to the opener moments later, Gustavo Catarcione picked out Nick Ambrogio, whose volley crashed off the post, much to the relief of Eagles keeper Jim Fogarty. Edgewater ended the half the better and McBreen’s deflected shot flashed wide of the target, before Soale came to his sides rescue with a stunning double save late on. First the Perth Gloveman saved well to deny Keanu Moore with his foot, before superbly blocking McBreen’s follow up shot, which had the home faithful applauding as one.

The visitors made the perfect start to the second half, and six minutes in they hit the front. Brice’s pinpoint pass picked out McBreen, who controlled with one perfect touch before volleying into the bottom right corner of the net giving Soale no chance. Perth looked for an immediate response, and when Jordan De Leo’s cross was fumbled by Fogarty, the chance was there, but the alert Eagles skipper Josh Evans was on hand to clear the danger. After his error Fogarty then came to his sides rescue saving well to deny Matt Milenkovic on the hour.

Perth was beginning to get on top and came close to the leveller on 74 minutes. Catarcione did well to guide the ball down to Jovic, but his half volley went inches past the post. Last week’s two-goal hero Aden Gardener had come on earlier for Edgeworth, and he went close to a second on 79 minutes. He was picked out in the penalty area, and with the goal at his mercy his shot from the angle whistled wide of the target.

Perth was throwing everything they had at Edgewater, who were defending for their lives, but Perth went close moments later. Frank Furaro had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when his long-range shot beat Fogarty, but it sailed inches past the post. Then into injury time, Perth had one last chance to send the game to extra time. Furfaro dazzling run down the left and into the box, ended with a cross to Catarcione and the home faithful were waiting for the net too bulge, but the Brazilian striker misjudged the bounce and the chance was gone.

It brought an end to a fantastic season for Perth, and although Coach Ramon Falzon was disappointed to miss out on the Grand Final, he was delighted with his club’s season. “We hit the post twice so it’s a bitter one to swallow but I’m very proud of the boys and the character they’ve shown game after game,” he said post-match. “It definitely hasn’t been a fluke that we won the (WA) NPL and the Top Four Cup.”

Match Details

Perth SC 0 v’s Edgeworth FC 1 (McBreen 51’)

Perth SC: GK Francis Soale, 4 Adrian Madaschi, 5 Nathan Diaz, 6 Clark Keltie, 7 Aleks Jovic (14 Francesco Furfaro 81) 9 Gustavo Catarcione, 10 Nicholas Ambrogio (3 Andreas Theodosiades 67), 11 Matthew Milenkovic, 12 Jordan De Leo, 13 Rocco Pizzata, 15 Harley Orr - Subs not used: RGK Daniel Passarelli, 16 Thomas Jebb, 18 Alex Silla - Yellow cards: Pizzata 40, De Leo 88, Catarcione 93

Edgeworth FC: GK Jim Fogarty, 2 Daniel McBreen, 3 Domenico Bizzarri, 4 Patrick Wheeler, 5 Ayden Brice (19 Aaron McLoughlin 80) 6 Lachlan Pasquale, 7 Bren Abbott-Hammel, 9 Brody Taylor (12 Aden Gardner 63), 10 Keanu Moore (17 Keigo Moriyasu 90+1) 11 Dylan Holz, 15 Josh Evans -Subs not used: RGK Joshua Low, 8 Daniel Minors - Yellow cards: nil

Referee: Adam Fielding

24.9.2016

EAGLES SURVIVE THE DROP DESPITE LOSS AT JOONDALUP

Dianella White Eagles have avoid relegation after 4-2 aggregate win against Joondalup City, despite a 2-1 loss in the 2nd leg of the Promotion/Relegation Play off at the Iluka Sports Complex on Saturday. The Eagles held a three goal lead from the first leg, and went ahead on 65 minutes with Jose Zuniga scoring, but Joondalup hit back with Sam Phillips levelling ten minutes later. Substitute Luke Wilson gave the local supporters some hope with nine minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough, the Eagles running out winners on aggregate.

“We knew they were going to come at us and we dealt with that extremely well in the first half and then, the goal midway through the second half sealed the deal,” Dianella Coach Vesko Zmukic told the Football West website. “I don’t believe we deserved to be in this situation, to be involved in this type of game, but we are celebrating tonight like we won the league. We only assembled this great team in the last half of the season and I’m proud and happy of the boys. We won’t make the same mistakes next season and I hope we can keep this great team together so we won’t be in this situation again.”

The home side were on the front foot early and had Dianella defending desperately, but the Eagles were dangerous on the counter attack, with Joshua Tumoe and Mwansa Musonda causing problems down the flanks. But Phillips should have opened the scoring for the home on a number of occasions, and if he had been on target Joondalup could have been ahead at the break, but keeper Yousri Gharsallah continued his good form from the first leg.

It was a tight start to the second half with chances at both ends, but it was Dianella who hit the front on 65 minutes, to all but end the tie. Johan Pubill and Musonda combined to send in Zuniga, who had come on late in the first half, and he finished past keeper Daniel Morgan-Herman, who was playing for the suspended Andrew lay who had been sent off in the first leg.

The Dianella supporters thought the tie was in the bag, but Joondalup had other ideas, and pulled one back ten minutes later. Lucas King’s corner picked out Phillips, who made up for his first half misses to head past Gharsallah. The home side hit again six minutes later, Bobby Melia’s free kick was turned home by Wilson. The home pressed late but couldn’t find any more goals and at the final whistle it was Dianella celebrating survival.

“We just didn’t take our chances and made a few mistakes over the two games,” Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano’s said. “But this is a young team who, I think, were a bit overawed by the occasion. But I have to be proud of the boys. We haven’t got the budget of some other teams in our division or these guys here, so to get second is a good season. We play for pride, we play for our mates and I think we’ve done that in spades. We always get a good support here and the facilities are brilliant so onwards and upwards, we’ll be up there again next season, no doubt!”

Match Details

Joondalup City 2 (Phillips 65’, Wilson 81’) v’s Dianella White Eagles 1 (Zuniga 75’)

Joondalup City: GK Daniel Morgan-Herman, 2 Harry CLISBY, 4 Liam PEACOCK, 7 Mark THORNTON, 8 Joseph MCQUADE (6 Luke WILSON, 73), 9 Sam PHILLIPS, 11 Liam MCGURK (10 Jamie GARDINER, 62), 12 Daniel ALLEN (17 Lucais KING, 70), 13 Bobby MELIA, 14 Jody THOMSON (C), 15 Mark TEBBUTT - Subs not used: 3 Sam MCCRACKEN, 5 Elliott ROSE - Yellow Cards: Tebbutt, 21; Phillips, 36; Clisby 69

Dianella White Eagles: GK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 2 Branimir DRAGAJEVIC (C), 3 Joshua TUMOE, 4 Jason STEPANOVSKI, 5 Yann CASTREC, 6 Bojan RADINOVIC, 7 Mwansa MUSONDA, 12 Philip ANGELO (14 Nicolas BLACHE, 68), 9 Johan PUBILL (11 Ali SAFAK, 79), 10 Camilo CARDENAS (8 Jose Zuniga, 38), 13 Ermias HAILE - Subs not used: RGK Milos BAJIC, 15 Alexis MORLET - Yellow Cards: Pubill, 58; Dragajevic, 77

Referee: Zach Piccicacco

24.9.2016

WILLIAMS BROTHERS LOOKING FOR GLORY

When Rhys Williams left his family at just 16 to chase his football dream in England, his 11-year-old twin brothers Aryn and Ryan didn’t understand what was happening. All three boys were a part of the successful ECU Joondalup Academy, and now both Rhys and Aryn will be looking for success at Perth Glory together next season. Aryn said he wasn’t sure what was happening at the time. “I just thought Rhys was going on holiday, but it was a long period of time before I saw him again and it was never easy for us to say goodbye to him every time he went away,” Aryn said. “But once we saw what he was doing over in England, my brother (Ryan) and I said to each other that’s what we want to do.”

With all three Williams’ brothers having forged professional careers, the game that split the boys up has now brought Rhys and Aryn back together and will be looking to help the Glory to success in the Hyundai A-League in 2016-17. With more than five years between them, the pair never played in the same team together growing up, but both got some minutes together in Glory’s recent pre-season trip to the Philippines and admit it would be surreal if they found themselves in Perth’s starting XI walking out for an A-League match this season. “We played a couple of 45 minutes together in the Philippines, which was pretty hard to get our head around, because we’re not used to playing in the same team. But we’re just getting used to it and I think it’s great for us,” Aryn explained.

The pair are intent on making up for the time they lost growing up, and Aryn said they’ve already been the target of some ribbing from teammates, but don’t make any apologies for being virtually inseparable. “We room together when we go away so we’ve had a bit of stick from that,” he said. “I haven’t spent time with Rhys for 12, nearly 13 years, so I think we’ll just try to spend as much time together as we can. Because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of years or so. We might not see each other again for a while. So I guess we’ll just hang out as much as we can really.”

Aryn almost lost patient with the Glory after training with them for most of last season after joining from Floreat Athena, and the 22-year-old defender had booked his flight back to England after giving up on the A-League. “I spent a lot of time on trial and training with Glory and working my heart out every single day to get offered a contract, and it just didn’t look like it was going to happen,” he said. “I was flying out to England on the Monday and Coach Kenny Lowe and his assistant Andrew Ord offered me a contract on the Thursday before I flew out. I ended up flying to Sydney and making my debut off the bench against Western Sydney, so it was a quick turnaround.”

Rhys has been capped 14 times for Australia, and has spent more than a decade in England, largely at Middlesbrough, trying to realise his dream of playing at the highest level, but injury heartache has been a constant companion, most notably when a pelvic issue ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup on the eve of the tournament. He also missed the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup with an achilles injury. But that is all behind him now and it’s clear the more relaxed pace of life in the A-League is already agreeing with him, but he said the decision to return to Perth was a difficult one.

“It was tough, I always said to myself I never wanted to come home until I played in the Premier League, but once I realised that dream was a bit far, I decided to come back and start again,’’ Rhys said. “And I haven’t come back to finish. I’ve come back to reignite my career after my injuries, with the help of my brother and the managers and all the boys here. It’s proven the weather helps your muscles, your bones and the way you feel. I think the main thing is that I’m enjoying it again. As soon as outside life with your family is good, then it just makes everything easier.”

The versatile midfielder-defender said his pre-season at Glory had been trouble-free, but he was focused on making his mark in the A-League before worrying about a Socceroos comeback or the 2018 World Cup. “I haven’t actually missed a training session or a game, so I feel great and I feel close to where I should be,” Rhys said. “I’ve been out for the best part of three years. My last game for the Socceroos was Ange’s (coach Ange Postecoglou’s) first game, which now seems a million years back. For myself, it’s one step at a time. I want to make sure I can get in the team here first. “There’s a lot of competition and we’ve got some great players. The World Cup is maybe the furthest bit on my mind right now. Because there’s a lot that can happen up until then."

23.9.2016

PERTH SC FLYING THE FLAG FOR WA

Perth Soccer Club are one game away from the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Grand Final, but to make the showpiece of NPL football they need to beat Northern New South Wales champions Edgeworth at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening (6.00pm) Ramon Falzon’s side made Saturday’s Preliminary Final with a big 6-1 win against Tasmanian Champions Devonport last week, a performance that continued their recent good form, and for striker Gustavo Catarcione, who was joint top scorer in the NPLWA with ECU Joondalup’s Gordon Smith, last week’s win was well-deserved and he said they dominant from start to finish.

“We did our homework on Davenport, and it worked for us, and we won the game comprehensively,” he explained. “The whole side worked hard and did their jobs and it was a good team performance. Obviously I'm quite happy with myself this year, being able to help Perth to win games and score goals that what makes the strikers really, and I will be looking to help the lads on Saturday to reach the Grand Final.” Catarcione is expecting a tough game on Saturday, but is confident they can get the right result. “We have a good squad and the coaches have worked extremely hard to bring success to the club,” he said. “Ramon (Falzon) has just continued what Gareth (Navan) started, but with a different game plan but with the same winning mentality. We go into Saturday game confident, and we will need to be focused and hopefully we can get the victory to reach the Grand Final.”

Edgewater won the league and the Top Four Grand Final, and former Perth Glory striker Daniel McBreen has been a huge part of their success. In the last round they pulled off a huge victory, beating Bentleigh Greens on the road and McBreen said the extra time win showed the character they have in the side. “Our game against Bentleigh was very good game tactically from our point of view, because they came out very strong, but once we made a few minor changes, and we began to frustrate them and began to create a few chances for ourselves,” he said. “They hit the woodwork a couple of times and we had a couple of other opportunities to score and a penalty claim in the first half turned down, so it was good to see the boys react so well in extra time after conceding an equaliser in the final moments of extra time.”

Bringing success back to his boyhood club has been a great moment in the 39-year-old striker's career, and he hopes to continue it on Saturday. “This is just as sweet, if not sweeter [than winning the 2013 A-League Grand Final] because these are all volunteers, you know, the guys that help us around the dressing room and do the field, they're all part-timers - guys who come in their own free time to do it," McBreen said. "So to see the smiles on their faces and the families that travel down here, it's great. It's a really good feeling. Hopefully it's a good game on Saturday and it would be nice to come home from Perth with the win.” - Kick-off is at 6.00pm at Dorrien Gardens, West Perth.

21.9.2016

LYDEN DELIGHTED WITH NEW VILLA DEAL

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Lyden has voiced his delight at being offered the chance to extend his contract at such an "exciting time" for the club. Lyden committed his future to the club earlier this week by putting pen to paper on a two-year extension to his current deal, which was due to run out next summer.

The 20-year old West Australian is yet to feature for Villa this season but saw first team action last term, making six appearances in all competitions, including two Premier League starts. The midfielder is seen as a future first team star at Villa Park, and as such has been awarded extended terms at the Championship club.

Lyden could not be happier about securing his status as part of the club's future, insisting that despite not yet featuring this season he has the faith of coach Roberto Di Matteo. "I’m really happy to have signed a contract extension," he said. "It’s great that the manager has got faith in me and sees me as part of the future."

"I’ve loved my time here so far and I know that this is the best place for me to continue my development. It’s an exciting time to be at the club too. There’s a great groups of lads here and the coaching staff have been brilliant with me. There’s a really positive atmosphere around the place. I want to help the club get back into the Premier League and play my part in any way I can."

21.9.2016

EDWARDS BELIEVES PARTICK ARE SET TO HAND OUT A THUMPING

Ryan Edwards says Partick Thistle will give someone a real beating once they get a bit of luck on their side. Edwards was disappointed to come away from Kilmarnock on Saturday with just a point after feeling that Partick had outplayed their hosts for long spells. And despite falling back to the bottom of the table, Edwards says unconcerned by his teams’ current league position.

According to Edwards, once things start to go Partick’s way, they are due to hand out a thumping. “The boys were saying at training that the luck is due to change and we are due to put four or five in,” Edwards said. “We were looking comfortable for most of the game on Saturday and they went forward once or twice and the drop of the ball just seemed to be falling their (Kilmarnock’s) way.”

“The luck just isn’t there at the moment, but I think that will turn when you consider the performances we’ve had so far. We’re bottom of the table and from the outside things probably don’t look good, but you come into camp and the environment is really positive. If we keep performing like we have been, then one of these games we’re going to put a good few goals past a team. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.”

Edwards knows that if Partick are to have any chance of beating Motherwell this Saturday, they will need more than luck on their side. First and foremost, he says that they will have to stop fellow Australian Scott McDonald and his strike partner Louis Moult, who has bagged five goals in just 91 minutes of football this season. “It’s a big game for us and we need three points,” he said.

“I know Scott and played against him in the Championship down south as well. He’s a good guy and I’m looking forward to playing against him. If you look at their result at the weekend, then Moult and McDonald are their biggest threats, so I think if we can look to stop their quality going forward from those two then we can have a platform to go on and get a positive result.”

Another concern for Partick will be the absence of club captain Abdul Osman, who was sent off after picking up two late bookings in Saturday’s game. That will place more responsibility on Edwards, who was deployed beside Osman in a deep-lying midfield position at the weekend. “Abdul is a massive loss for us,” he said. “He’s our captain and he makes a massive difference in the middle of the park.”

“It will be even tougher for us without him in the team, so if I’m given the nod again then I’ll have to be at my best. We’ve also got good players to come in like Adam Barton and Sean Welsh though, and they are more than capable of doing a job in there for us … This is a game against a team who will most likely be around us come the end of the season, and we’ve got a tough game at Rangers the following week, so we’ll be looking to get the win.”

20.9.2016

DIANELLA TAKE CONTROL OF PLAY-OFFS

Dianella White Eagles took a huge step to All Flags State League Division One survival after a 3-0 win against Joondalup City, in the first leg of the State League Promotion and Relegation Play-Off at Wotton Reserve on Tuesday evening. First half goals from Johan Pubill and Mwansa Musonda gave the Eagles the advantage, but Joondalup hit back in the second half and had chances to get back into the game, but a late penalty from Jose Zuniga, and the sending off of Joondalup keeper Andrew Lay, has put the Eagles in pole position.

“We were surprised by the Joondalup performance, they were very compact and organised side and full credit to them,” Dianella Coach Vesko Zmukic told the Football West website. “Our keeper made some very important saves late in the game, but at the end of the day I thought our performance was good and we deserved to win the game. We didn’t celebrate after the game, we still have work to do, and yes 3-0 is massive result for us, but I told the boys at the end of the game it’s not over yet, and we have a big game at Joondalup on Saturday.”

It was even opening but the home side should have opened the scoring on 15 minutes, Jason Stepanovski’s free kick found an unmarked Ermias Haile who headed over the top with the goal at his mercy. But three minutes later the home sides’ pressure was rewarded with the lead, Stepanovski cross was headed home by Pubill. Joondalup had the perfect opportunity to level on the half hour, Joseph McQuade corner picked out the unmarked Liam McGurk, who headed over the top. But ten minutes later Dianella added a second. Stepanovski’s corner picked out the unmarked Musonda in the six-yard box and he headed home.

Joondalup were on the front foot after the break, McQuade’s long-range shot flashed wide, before Dianella keeper Yousri Gharsallah had to be alert to punch clear McQuade’s in-swinging corner. Joondalup were on top and Gharsallah was in the action again on the hour, this time saving well to deny Liam Peacock’s shot, before denying Stewart on 84 minutes. The Eagles keeper then produced a stunning double save in the first minute of stoppage time. First he blocked Mark Thornton’s shot, before saving superbly to thwart Stewart’s follow-up shot.

Those saves became more important when Dianella added a third on 95 minutes. Pubill raced clear, with the Joondalup defence looking for the offside flag, that never came, and he was brought down by Joondalup keeper Lay. After consulting with his assistant referee Julian Serra awarded a penalty and sent the keeper off. Zuniga stepped up and scored from the resulting spot kick to give Dianella a 3-0 win and give them the upper hand in the play-off, with the second leg to be played at the Iluka Sports Complex on Saturday (3.00pm)

Dianella White Eagles 3 (Pubill 18 mins, Musonda 39’, Zuniga 95’) v Joondalup City 0

Dianella White Eagles: GK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 2 Branimir DRAGAJEVIC, 3 Joshua TUMOE, 4 Jason STEPANOVSKI, 5 Yann CASTREC, 6 Bojan RADINOVIC, 7 Mwansa MUSONDA (15 Alexis MORLET 90’), 8 Philip ANGELO, 9 Johan PUBILL (14 Nicolas BLACHE 90’), 10 Camilo CARDENAS (11 Jose ZUNIGA 76’), 13 Ermias HAILE - Subs not used: RGK Milos BAJIC, 12 Ali SAFAK - Yellow Cards: Tumoe 25’, Radinovic 90’

Joondalup City: GK Andrew LAY, 2 Harry CLISBY, 3 Sam MCCRACKEN, 5 Tyler SMITH (4 Liam PEACOCK 56’), 8 Joseph MCQUADE (7 Mark THORNTON 83’), 10 Jamie STEWART, 11 Liam MCGURK, 12 Daniel ALLEN (6 Luke WILSON 83’), 13 Bobby MELIA, 14 Jody THOMSON, 15 Mark TEBBUTT - Subs not Used: 9 Sam PHILLIPS, 19 Jack NUNN - Yellow Cards: Thomson 7’, Clisby 42’, Smith 52’, Peacock 71’, McQuade 75’ - Red Cards: Lay 94’ - Referee: Julian Serra

20.9.2016

INGLEWOOD KEEP FAITH IN NICOLAIDIS FOR 2017

After a successful first season at the helm of Inglewood United, Taki Nicolaidis has been re-appointing for 2017. After missing out on the title in the final minute of the season and being narrowly edged out in the West Australian Top Four Cup Grand Final, the club improved significantly from last season’s disappointing seventh place, and Nicolaidis played a major part in their improvement.

Nicolaidis said he is delighted to be re-appointed and will be looking to go one better next season. “Obviously very pleased to be re-appointed for 2017. It gives me and the club a chance to continue the good work we've done this year and further develop the strong foundations that have been laid,” he explained. “It was a big improvement both on and off the pitch, and our results wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for like-minded people in our football department and also the board.”

Club President Ces Colli says the solid foundations Nicolaidis put in place this year, on and off the field of play, will ensure Inglewood’s continued growth and ongoing success. “As a Board we are working hard to create a Club that is respected both on and off the park with a winning culture, long-term success and stability,” Colli told the Inglewood United website.

“Whilst we fell short of winning a trophy in 2016, we have learnt lessons as a group that will make us stronger going forward. Taki has been one of the key individuals taking the Club forward in 2016, driving the culture that as a Club we want to develop and instil in all our players, members and supporters.

“Taki is the right person to continue driving our Club forward. His ability to develop a strong team ethos, realise the potential of players and deliver coaching methods that enhance performance make him the only choice for Inglewood. We now look forward to 2017 with Taki at the helm and have faith that together we will achieve the success we are striving towards.”

Nicolaidis stepped into the role after Michael Garcia left early in the pre-season, and under his guidance Inglewood enjoyed their best season in two decades, claiming second place in the league and qualifying for the Top Four Grand Final, and he said it may have surprised some people. “We probably exceeded most people's expectations this year however it was quite disappointing to have put ourselves in such good positions to win a trophy but fall short,” he explained. “We only have ourselves to blame, and it’s still pretty fresh, but everyone within the club is eager to work together to go one better next year.”

Inglewood brought a number of quality players into the club in 2016, and Nicolaidis said they will leave no stone unturned to bring success to the club next season. “We're currently starting to go through our 2016 player reviews and would hope that all our current playing group remain together,” he said. “Unlike the start of this year I don't think we need to top up with too many new players but will definitely look to target a couple of "special" players that will help us improve and push for trophies in 2017.”

20.9.2016

ARMADALE PART COMPANY WITH PRICE

Armadale are on the hunt for a new senior Coach after Paul Price and Tony Castillo both left the Alfred Skeet Reserve club during the week. It was a tough battle for the Reds to maintain their PS4NPLWA spot, only finishing two points ahead of bottom of the table Subiaco, who were relegated.

Price, who has managed the NPLWA first team during seasons 2015 and 2016, will step aside from his role as First Team Coach for season 2017. President Tony Greipl said the former Spurs and Wales defender was great the club. “During the 2015 season, Paul and Tony worked hard with the wider coaching staff at Armadale to rebuild the squad, bringing in experienced players including Alex Healing, Jesse Fuller and Tonchi Skorich, and blended this with the youth being developed in the under 20 and under 18 squads,” he explained.

“This process continued into the 2016 season, but long-term injuries to key players put Armadale at the bottom of the table at the halfway point of the season. A continued belief, however, in a blend of youth and experience saw Paul guide the team to four significant victories from Round 16 onwards to steer clear of the relegation zone.”

Prices decision to step aside from coaching with Armadale in 2017 was influenced by the personal time and cost required to continually prove his coaching capabilities through formal accreditations. "I do not have a problem with coaches being asked to improve their knowledge and coaching abilities,” Price explained. “However I think coaches with a track record and above a certain age, in my case 62, should get some form of dispensation or allowance for previous time in the game.”

Greipl thanked both Paul and Tony on behalf of the club. “Paul and Tony have been valuable and much appreciated members of the team at Armadale, and have left us with a strong foundation of youth and experience to build on across our NPLWA Saturday squads,” he said. “They both have the sincere appreciation of myself, the committee and the club as a whole for all that they have committed to our team and community.”

20.9.2016

LOWE WANTS RISDON TO LEAVE GLORY

Coach Kenny Lowe knows Josh Risdon, is a super player - but he doesn't want the star defender to be at Perth Glory next season. Risdon has established himself as one of the Glory's best players in recent seasons, and he's a strong chance to be announced as the club's new captain.

The 24-year old is also starting to make a splash on the international stage, featuring three times for the Socceroos. Risdon considered a move to Europe at the end of last season, before deciding to re-sign with Glory for one more year.

Lowe is rapt to have retained the services of Risdon for another campaign. But he wants to see Risdon go on to bigger and better things next year. "He's a super player," Lowe said. "I was chatting to him today. I said, 'I don't want to see you at this time next year'. I don't want you here. Because if he's not here, it means he's got a good move somewhere."

Risdon missed out on Socceroos selection for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan, however, Lowe said an international career is there for the defender's taking. "If Rizzo wants to go to a World Cup, he'll go," Lowe said. "That will be his choice, because he will have worked hard to earn it."

20.9.2016

GLORY CONFIDENT OF EVEN BETTER THINGS FROM CASTRO

Diego Castro is ready to back up his breakout A-League season, with Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe saying the star import is in better shape for his second summer at the club. The reigning Johnny Warren medallist rejoined his Glory teammates at the start of this month after an extended break at home with family in Spain.

Castro, 34, scored in Glory’s 8-0 demolition of a combined Inglewood United-Floreat Athena side on Friday night in his first pre-season outing. The veteran playmaker will be given another 45 minutes in this afternoon’s friendly against Brisbane Roar at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval as Glory ramp up preparations for the approaching season.

Lowe said Castro had come back in terrific condition and was among a strong 17-player squad flying east to tackle Brisbane. “He’s come back in better nick than when he came from La Liga,” Lowe said. “Maybe the holiday and the relaxation, it’s agreed with him.”

“Him and Tags (Adam Taggart) are not quite there yet. We’ve got another three weeks for that, but they’ll get probably 45 minutes each (against Brisbane). It’s bit by bit with those two and we’ll get them up and firing for the beginning of the season.”

Lowe has tough decisions to make as to his best starting line-up. Young strikers Kosta Petratos and Jamal Reiners combined for five goals in last week’s friendly, but face an uphill battle to force their names past Castro, Taggart, Andy Keogh and Chris Harold.

20.9.2016

WA’S BEST WOMEN PLAYERS TAKE ON THE GLORY

Western Australian State Women’s Team will go head-to-head with Perth Glory Women next week, all in the name of charity. WA’s best women’s players from the Bankwest State Premier League will play in the Challenge Cup, with all proceeds from the match at Inglewood Stadium on Wednesday, September 28, going to the Cancer Council WA. Spectators will be asked to make a gold coin donation at a match that will serve as important pre-season build-up for Glory ahead of their Westfield W-League season.

One of the players of the season from the state league has been Northern Redbacks Demi Vance, who helped the club to back-to-back league titles. The Irish striker said it had been a great season for all involved at the club, although it wasn’t a good start to the season. “After a defeat in the first game of the season, we knew it was going to be tough and competitive, but we all worked together and we improved with every game,” she said. “Winning back the state league cup and back-to-back league title’s was a great feeling and it was great end to the season for all of us.”

Vance, who bagged 18 goals this season, said the girls are looking forward to taking on the Glory, and she’s looking forward to the challenge. “I believe we will put up a good fight against them, and the girls are relishing the opportunity to take them on,” she said. “There are a lot of good players in the league, and we have a solid squad, and we’re looking forward to giving them a tough match. We can go out and express ourselves and enjoy one last game for the season, and help the Glory players prepare for the new Westfield W-League.”

The 25-year-old arrived in WA from Ireland two years ago, joining the Redbacks, after helping Glentoran Ladies to the league and cup in her homeland, Vance also represented Northern Ireland, and she said representing her Country was a huge honour, and something she will never forget. “Playing for your county for me is the pinnacle, it’s what I always wanted and was lucky enough to do at a young age,” she explained. “I made my debut against Spain away from home when I was 16. It was such an amazing felling putting on the shirt and playing for your national side, it was unbelievable and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

The side will be captained by Vance’s Redbacks team mate and also former Northern Ireland international Nadene Caldwell, and Jessine Bonzas has been appointed coach of WA, with former Perth Glory midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio her assistant. Bonzas, who has been involved with WA State teams for 17 years, said the match represented a great opportunity to showcase WA’s best female talent. “The players selected have been impressive for the duration of the season,” she told the Football West website. “It's wonderful that they are recognised and acknowledged for their consistent performances and ability. We wish both teams and all players the best of luck.”

D’Ovidio, who played at Glory for seven years before hanging up her boots at the end of the 2014 league-winning season, expects a competitive match. “For me, it's a little different being on the other side as normally I'd be out there playing,” she said. “But now I'm on the sidelines coaching the State team against my former club and some of my good mates. I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to work alongside Jessine and coach the best players in WA. We’ve worked together for many years now so I’m confident stepping into the role. “After one training session with the girls you could see the quality and potential of all players. It will be a good challenge.”

Cancer Council Challenge Cup - WA State Team v Perth Glory Women - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Inglewood Stadium, Hamer Parade - Kick off: 7pm -

WA State team: Evie Gooch (Melville City); Morgan Aquino (NTC); Natash Rigby (Queens Park); Alyssa Van Heurck (NTC); Emily Dunn (Northern Redbacks); Chelsie Winchcombe (Balcatta); Laura Waltman (Melville City); Katie Evans (Quinns FC); Nicole Campbell (Queens Park); Sadie Lawrence (Queens Park); Georgie Crawley (NTC); Nadene Caldwell (Northern Redbacks); Stephanie Simmonds (Melville City); Katarina Jukic (Beckenham Angels); Maddy Olguin (Balcatta); Demi Vance (Northern Redbacks); Rachel Withoos (East Fremantle).

20.9.2016

PROBLEMS ON AND OFF THE PITCH FOR GLORY

Perth Glory’s pre-season friendly against Brisbane Roar ended in disappointment, with John Aloisi’s side getting revenge for the FFA Cup defeat against Kenny Lowe’s side, with a 4-0 win at Leichardt Oval. It was a dis-jointed Glory performance, and reports of a rift between two of its stars, who are not said to be gelling well on or off the pitch, doesn’t bode well for team morale with the season so close. With the season only three weeks away, both sides put out strong squad, but the Glory had no answers, the defeat was only their second in the pre-season. An early own goal from Josh Risdon and a Brendon Borrello strike gave the Roar the lead at the break, and they went on with it after half time with Dimi Petratos and Thomas Broich giving them a comfortable win. “Comments”

The Glory had opened brightly and the Roar had to defend deep early, and set pieces were causing them problems but the Glory couldn’t find the opener. But on 34 minutes the Roar hit the front, when Borrello’s cross hit the unfortunate Risdon and rolled into the net. It got worse for the men in purple and three minutes later it was 2-0. Borrello made space out wide and squared the ball to former Glory striker Jamie Maclaren who made no mistake from close-range.

Both sides made changes at the break, and both created chances but it was the Roar who added a third on the hour. Dimitri Petratos was given far too much room and his long-range flew into the net giving Nick feely no chance. The Roar bagged a fourth six minutes later, Petratos’ free kick crashed off the crossbar, and Broich was quickest to react and his sweet volley flew into the net.

The Roar continued to threaten regularly, especially down the right, with Borrello causing problems for the Glory defence throughout the match. The Glory pressed late and Taggart came close a couple of times, his best chance came two minutes from time when Richard Garcia fed the ball into the six yard area, and Taggart shot was well saved by Roar ‘keeper Michael Theo.

17.9.2016

GWELUP CROATIA PROMOTED TO THE STATE LEAGUE

Gwelup Croatia have been crowned Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Champions after a 2-1 win against Belmont Villa at Gerry Archer Complex on Sunday. Belmont made it hard for them and led on the hour with Paul McCormack scoring, but late goals from Benjamin Kouakou and Kris Spaseski ensured back-to-back league titles for the club.

“I would like to thank Mike Leigh and Ilija Mihalj for all their support this season and last season in helping to win the Sunday League premiership, this has been a fantastic effort and wouldn't have happen without their support,” Gwelup Coach Mike Ford said. “I would also like to thank all the players and committee for such a fantastic effort and commitment with special mention to Sebastian Muñoz who led the players with a match after match best on ground performance. I'm sure these last 2 years will be well remembered by all involved.”

The home side frustrated the league leaders in the first half with chances few and far between, but all the action came in the second. Belmont were defending deep but were hurting Gwelup with quick counter attacks and they were rewarded on the hour with the lead. McCormack lost his marker from a free kick and headed past Tom Dixon. It was the kick up the backside Gwelup needed and they started to get in behind a tiring Belmont defence and they levelled on 74 minutes, with a stunning strike from Kouakou.

The former Stirling Lions striker’s free kick flew into top corner of the net from 30-meters, giving Belmont keeper Stephen Szklanka no chance. Ford brought on Spaseski on 80 minutes, and sixty seconds later he scored the winner. Robert Phelan’s cross from the right picked out Spaseski who headed home to set off wild celebrations. The rain held off, and before the final whistle news filtered through that they were already champions after North Perth were held at 0-0 by North Lake.

17.9.2016

PERTH STRIKERS BRING DOWN DEVONPORT

Perth SC moved into the next stage of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues National Finals after a convincing 6-1 win against Tasmanian NPL champions Devonport Strikers at E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday evening. The home side raced to 4-0 lead, with doubles from strikers Gustavo Catarcione and Matthew Milenkovic, before Devonport skipper Brayden Mann pulled one back midway through the second half. But late goals to Perth skipper Clark Keltie and Andreas Theodosiades sealed a convincing victory. “It was the elimination final so we were always expecting Devonport to come out hungry to win, but the boys put on a great display and showed that we deserve to be where we are,” Milenkovic said. “Ramon and the coaching staff put in a lot of hard work on and off the training ground to ensure we were ready for the game and it paid off.”

The home side, fresh off the West Australian Top Four Cup success, were on the front foot early and it wasn’t a surprise when they took the lead on 10 minutes. Milenkovic corner picking out Catarcione who headed past Thomas Pearce. The lively Milenkovic got in on the act 12 minutes later, adding Perth’s second, racing clear of his marker and finishing clinically. A shell-shocked Devonport hit back and their top goalscorer Mann lost his marker, his shot beat Francis Soale, but the post came to the rescue of the Perth custodian.

Perth continued to dictate and it was 3-0 on the half hour, Milenkovic was sent clear, he lobbed the on-coming keeper, and rolled the ball into an empty net. The visitors were still creating chances and they had the perfect opportunity to pull one back on the stroke of half time. Joel Stone made space down the left and crossed to the unmarked Beau Blizzard, but with the goal at his mercy he headed over the top.

It was a perfect start to the second half for the home side and they added a fourth on 55 minutes. The PS4NPLWA joint leading scorer Catarcione waltzed past a couple of Devonport defenders, before finishing low past Pearce. Catarcione had the chance to complete his hat-trick just after the hour, when the Brazilian striker was sent clear on goal by Harley Orr, but Pearce stood tall and his shot flashed just wide of the post.

The visitors pulled one back on 69 minutes, Mann reacting the quickest after Soale had parried a shot, but that proved only to be a consolation as Keltie and substitute Theodosiades added one each to give Perth SC a big win, and set up a home Semi-Final against Northern NSW NPL side Edgewater at Dorrien Gardens next weekend. “Others will travel, not us,” said Perth Coach Ramon Falzon. “So from our side we'll just keep to our preparations as usual.”

Perth SC 6 (Catarcione 10, 55, Milenkovic 21, 30, Keltie 85, Theodosiades 90+3)

Devonport Strikers 1 (Mann 69)

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 5 Nathan DIAZ, 6 Clark KELTIE (c), 7 Aleks JOVIC (3 Andreas THEODOSIADES 72), 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE (17 Frank FURFARO 81), 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO (16 Thomas JEBB 85), 11 Matthew MILENKOVIC, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Harley ORR, 18 Alex SILLA - Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 14. Dino TOPCAGIC - Yellow cards: nil

Devonport Strikers: GK Thomas PEARCE, 3 Dominic SMITH, 4 Beau BLIZZARD (6 Jesse DANCE 58), 5 Joseph ZUPO, 7 Brody DENEHY (22 Harrison WICKS 85), 8 Kieran MULRANEY, 9 Brayden MANN (c), 10 Joel STONE, 11 Adam GORRIE, 16 Todd HINGSTON (16 Lindsay MILLINGTON 77), 17 Daniel SYSON - Subs not used: RGK Josh SMITH, 19 Jack DANCE - Yellow cards: Mann 74',

Referee: David Bruce

17.9.2016

JOONDALUP UNITED ARE CHAMPIONS

Joondalup United are the 2016 All Flags State League Division One Champions after a dramatic final round of fixtures on Saturday afternoon. Both Joondalup and Mandurah City were level on points at kick off, but Mandurah could only manage a 4-4 draw against Rockingham City in the local derby at the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium, while Joondalup beat Western Knights 3-1 at Nash Field to seal the title, and promotion to the PS4 NPLWA next season. Joondalup skipper Arran Maplestone received the league trophy from Football West board member Henry Atturo and he said it was a long season and they deserved it. “It’s been a long old season, but all our hard work has paid off by winning the title,” he said. “It means so much to the club and we really wanted it today, but Mandurah pushed us all the way, but we got the result today and we’ll be celebrating tonight.” Joondalup made the perfect start scoring after only four minutes. A long throw from Robert Bain found its way to Ross Edwards, whose header was well saved by Sam Stone, but the rebound fell to Jones who made no mistake from close-range. It was 2-0 on 13 minutes, a mistake in the middle of the park from the Knights gave the ball away and Joondalup made them pay, Chalmers racing clear and superbly chipping the on-coming Stone to send the travelling supporters into raptures. A win for the Knights would wrap up third spot for them, and they were back in the game just after the half hour. Coulter wasn’t closed down in the middle of the park and his bullet like long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net giving James Bosdet no chance. The Knights were on top and were having their best period of the match, but all their hard work was undone four minutes from half time. Sam Hutchings brought down Josh Booysen in the penalty area, and referee Nico Hoyle pointed straight to the spot. Jones stepped up and sent Stone the wrong way to send Joondalup into the break with a 3-1 lead. Both sides had chances after the break, Josh Booysen shot crashed off the post for Joondalup, before Ryan Tucker’s long-range shot flashed wide of the post. Joondalup could have added another late, and Jones was inches away from a hat-trick, after his shot on the turn drifted inches wide, before Stone saved well to deny Callum Stocks. But it was Joondalup’s day and at the final whistle, players, coaches and supporters celebrated a famous day for the club, who were only formed 16 years ago, and now are heading to the NPL.

Mandurah started well in their local derby and Andrew Brown gave them the lead, but Rockingham levelled from the spot after Alex Grayson was brought down in the box and Ryan Kennedy scored the resulting penalty. The host regained the lead after the break, with Fernandez heading home, but Rockingham hit back and hit the front with two quick goals. First a long-range shot from Grayson beat Brad Eiffe, before a superb solo goal from Brian Gwataringa put them in front 3-2. It was a classic and Mandurah levelled with Jordan Rhodes scoring from the spot, but Rockingham had read the script and went back in front with Oscar Thompson scoring an own goal. Mandurah squared it up again with teenager Joe O’Brien heading home, but the point wasn’t enough and their promotion dreams ended. “We set up a bit different for this one and to be honest we could have been 3 or 4 up after 20 minutes, but missed chances cost us,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said. “It was a great atmosphere, but the second half was very messy but entertaining if you were a punter, with the lead switching but we gave everything. Mick and I, Stevie Robbo and our playing and coaching group are very proud of where MCFC are now and how we play the game. We have built a solid young group to underpin the senior team this year and the last two seasons are something to be proud of. I think it's contributed to the club and the game in the region. We are disappointed but NOT disheartened this year, I congratulate Joondalup they won and no complaints from us, they have honest players’ coaches and a good club fair play it's their moment. The last two years in a tough league I think we have been consistent and played very well over 44 games at these level players are a credit to MCFC.”

At the other end of the table Shamrock Rovers have been relegated after they were beaten 4-0 by Canning City at Burrendah Reserve. The home side were ahead when Mark Trevisiol was played through one on one with the keeper by Ante Jukic and he slotted home clinically. They doubled their advantage before half time, Jukic again the provider sending Callum Roberts clear and he finished with ease. The points and Shamrock’s relegation were confirmed mid-way through the second half, Jukic again getting an assist, this time crossing from the left to Roberts, who lost his marker and finished into the bottom corner. It was 4-0 moments later, and Jukic ended a man of the match performance by laying on the chance for Trevisiol whose shot from the edge of the box went in off the post. “It was a good result to finish a much improved season, but it was far from our best performance but it was comfortable throughout and we took our chances well,” Canning Coach Paul Oliver said. “We still have a young playing group with much the same team as last season so the progression is there to see and very encouraging, Five out of our eight losses were to teams below us on the table so we look back perhaps a little disappointed as we could have been right up there but the building blocks are there for us to again improve next year.” Dianella White Eagles avoided automatic relegation after a 3-1 win against South West Phoenix, with Joshua Tumoe scoring a brace, and they now take on Joondalup City in the play-off first leg at Wotton Reserve on Tuesday evening. “We got the result which was the most important thing, it didn't matter what happened at shamrock for us, we wanted to win the match regardless and have some momentum going into the play-offs this week and we got the job done,” Dianella’s Jason Stepanovski said. “It might not have been the best game to watch but all that mattered was the three points.”

Forrestfield United leap frogged Western Knights to finish third on the table after 3-1 win against Gosnells City in the Eastern corridor local derby at Hartfield Park. The home side hit the front in the first minute, Gosnells were caught in possession and Jordan Hart made them pay, rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net. Gosnells were level before half time, good combination play in the middle of the park and Scott Pereira raced into goal and finished low past Luke Martino. The home side took control after the break and Hart disposed a defender on the edge of the penalty area and squared the ball across the box to Hasani Sinclair who made no mistake. The points were wrapped up ten minutes later; Mitchell Crocker got to the bye-line and pulled the ball back to Liam Merrigan who finished low past the keeper. “We started so well but got a little bit complacent after we scored and ended up letting them back into it. Maybe we were a bit tired from the midweek game but in the second half I felt like we controlled the tempo and that allowed us to get into our passing game a bit more,” Crocker said. “Lately we have been able to grind out the results which is a credit to the boys, as we have matured so much which will put us on the front foot for next year.” In the final game UWA-Nedlands beat Ashfield 1-0 at the UWA Sports Park. The only goal of the game came from Brandon Naude. The full-back made a good run down the right, and exchanging a neat one-two and his shot from the edge of the penalty area crashed off the crossbar and over the line

17.9.2016

FREMANTLE CITY END CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WITH A WIN

All Flags State League Division Two Champions Fremantle City ended their 2016 campaign with a hard fought 2-1 win against Curtin University at Hilton Park. Alec Robinson gave the home side the lead racing onto a Ben West through ball before Lewis Harvey scored a stunning long-range shot to level for Curtin. Both sides had chances to win it but it was left to Danny Clapham to win it. The striker, who had only got back from the UK on the day of the game, scored a clinical winner to set of celebrations for the home side who were presented with the league trophy after the game. “It was a great season, as coaches we ask the players to give their all, and this group of players did that and some, the character and desire to play for each other made mine and Mark Rockett's job that much easier,” Fremantle Coach Steve Plucknett said. “The club have put in a lot of work over the last two years and it’s nice to reward them with promotion. They have set the foundations for the future so hopefully we can continue on next year.”

Joondalup City ended their season with a 1-3 loss against Swan United at the Iluka Sports Complex. Dom Ando gave the black and whites the lead from the penalty spot, but Elliot Rose levelled for City before the break. But second half goals to Jordan Rossetto and John Monterosso gave Swan the points, and moved them up to fifth. Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano said the club are determined to put in a good performance in the first leg of the Play-off. “We are looking forward to play Dianella, we set ourselves to win promotion since our first training session in December last year and we are now 180 minutes away from achieving that,” he said. “We are fully aware that they will be a good footballing team, and I know Vesko Zmukic very well and he demands his teams to pass the ball around. I am sure it will be a tight tussle but one we’re looking forward too.” Balga ended their season with a 2-0 win against Ellenbrook United at Princess Road Reserve. The home side took the lead in the 31st minute. Hubert Hakizimana’s low cross into the box, hit an Ellenbrook player for an own goal. Balga made it 2-0 in the 84th minute, Nhat Hoang was sent clear and he finished clinically.

There was a six goal thriller at Kingsway Reserve with Kingsway Olympic and Melville City fighting out and entertaining 3-3 draw. It was a big day for Melville defender Matt Donlevy, who announced his retirement from the game in the week, and Melville raced to a two goal lead. Mark Lucas opened the scoring before Donlevy added a second before half time. But the visitors went to sleep early in the second half and let Kingsway back into the game, Lee Thomas scoring ten minutes in before an own goal levelled things up. Christian Long restored Meville’s lead, and Kingsway’s Wayne Culverwell had a goal disallowed, and it look like Melville would hang on, but in the final minute Ryan Frisina equalised and ruined the fairytale ending for Donlevy. From everyone at Footballwa – Thanks for the memories Matt and all the best in the future. Quinns FC finished fourth after a 2-0 win against Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve. The visitors opened the scoring when Jake Benson-Cooper whipped in a cross and Brian Cairney finished with aplomb. The sealer came from Adam Buckley, who found space on the edge of the penalty area and his powerful shot flew into the top corner of the net. In final game Kelmscott Roos ended their season with 2-1 win against Morley Windmills at Frye Park, and moved them up to eighth. Simon Williams and Owen Curtis put the home side in control, and although Matt Dean pulled one back for Morley the home side ran out winners. “It was a well-deserved win, and Morley are a great side, but we dug deep and the players did what I asked of them and got a fantastic win,” Kelmscott Coach Chris Bates said. “This has been a rebuilding year and I'm very proud of the players’ efforts this year and we still have a lot of work to do next year to move to the next stage.”

Fremantle City celebrate with the Division Two trophy.

16.9.2016

REINERS' HAT-TRICK HELPS GLORY TO BIG WIN

Perth Glory continued their build-up for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season with dominant 8-0 win against a combined Inglewood United/Floreat Athena side in a friendly clash at the Inglewood Stadium on Friday night. A hat trick from substitute Jamal Reiners, a brace from Kosta Petratos, while Diego Costa was also on the scoresheet in his first competitive game on his return to the club. Other goals on the night came from Mitch Oxborrow and Joe Knowles. Glory Coach Kenny Lowe thanked PS4NPLWA coaches Taki Nicolaidis and Glen Grostate for fielding a team to allow his troops to take in some valuable match time. “We’re not getting over-excited,” he said. “It was a good opportunity for players to get minutes into their legs.”

The Glory, who travel to Sydney next week for another closed pre-season friendly against fellow A-League side Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval, opened brightly in this one and hit the front on 10 minutes. New signing Joel Chianese made space down the right and he played a neat through ball to Petratos, who continued his good NPL form by finding the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area. It was one-way traffic and it wasn’t a surprise when the Glory added a second nine minutes later.

Their Spanish maestro Diego Costa on target, the striker turned his marker on the edge of the box raced into the area and finished with aplomb past Alex Dunn from a tight angle. Castro was in the thick of the action, showing he is in for another good A-League season, and he had another chance moments later, but his shot flashed over the top. But on the quarter hour the Glory made it 3-0, Petratos on target again, this time a clear lob that gave Dunn no chance.

Both sides made a number of changes at the break, and Glory coach sent out a more youthful side in the second half, and Mitch Oxborrow added Glory’s fourth on 64 minute, before Reiners went to work scoring a hat-trick in a 16 minutes spell. He added Glory’s fourth on 71 minutes, before curling home his second two minutes later. Glory’s seventh and Reiners’ third came three minutes from time finishing neatly from a cross. There was still time for an eight, Knowles’ long-range shot wrapping up a comprehensive victory.

Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Marc WARREN, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 15 Brandon WILSON, 17 Diego CASTRO, 18 Mitch OXBORROW, 20 Aryn WILLAMS, 22 Adam TAGGART, 23 Kosta PETRATOS

Subs: RGK Dylan WILSON, 11 Richard GARCIA, 21 Jamal REINERS, 24 Luka BODNAR, 25 Ross MILLARD, 26 Jack IREDALE, 28 Jo KNOWLES

Inglewood/Floreat XI: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Shaun TIMMINS, 3 David CYRUS, 9 David HEAGNEY, 10 Jon STYNES, 12 Denis GALAN, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Jason COLLI, 19 Lewis MCMAHON, 20 Brian WOODALL, 22 Blair GOVAN

Subs: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 5 Adam TONG, 6 Calum O’CONNELL, 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Scott WITSCHGE, 13 Nathan SCULLY, 16 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS




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