Perth Glory's Charlie Leech and Bayswater City's Steven Hesketh in action in Saturday's 0-0 draw. (Photo by Tom McCarthy)

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20.9.2020

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND FOURTEEN REVIEW

North Perth United are the 2020 Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division Champions, and they won it with a 0-0 draw away to Quinns. United coach Alex Carter was delighted with his side season. “It has been a very special year for our club and we went into 2020 with a brand-new squad minus three/four players,” he explained. “We were flying in preseason with fitness and results, then covid hit and we lost a few players, so we were starting fresh again.

“We started the season with an incredible late win against Maddington, and then I knew we had a team of guys that would never lay down and fight for everything. We played some great attacking football throughout the season, and for me the most pleasing thing has been how we have defended, so solidly as a unit from the front to the back. It’s been easy to coach, but we want to finish on a high so we will be approaching the last two games with the mentality to win.”

United keeper Jamie Serra has been outstanding in that defence conceding only 12 goals to date and the skipper said it’s a great achievement for the club. “Obviously we are really happy with winning our fourth league title and with two games to go it means the pressure is off and we can really enjoy it,” he said. “It has been a funny season, with only 16 rounds it meant that there were those teams who you only get one shot at and making the most of those became really important. With the way the fixtures were for us it meant playing five of the top sides who were also going to be in contention late in the season. For the most part we took our opportunities and that really set us up for the run home.”

The race for the runners-up spot is heating up, and two of the contenders meet on the weekend with second placed Kwinana United playing out a 3-3 draw with third placed Leeming Strikers at Kelly Park. Lee Bates scored a hat-trick for the hosts, while Kieran Witt scored a brace for Leeming, with Ben Greaves scoring the other. Maddington White City were also involved in a six-goal thriller, drawing 3-3 with UWA Nedlands at Nikola Tesla Reserve, thanks to a late goal from Jose Zuniga.

In other games Joondalup United’s Adam Taylor hit an injury-time winner to beat Wembley Downs 3-2 at Butlers Reserve. Queens Park won for the third time this season, with Leigh Bridger scoring a brace in a 3-2 win against Hamersley Rovers at Coker Park. In the final game, a goal from Zach Van Oosten has given South West Phoenix a 1-0 win against Jaguar at WML Stadium on Saturday night.

19.9.2020

EVANS GIVES JACKS A POINT

A goal from second half substitute Harry Evans has given ECU Joondalup a 1-1 draw against Gwelup Croatia in or ‘Match of the Round’ at Wishart Street. The home side had taken the lead early through Shubham Mokala, but Evans’ diving header sealed a point and kept both sides in the title race. “I think we battled well and had chances to win the game, but unfortunately couldn’t put those chances away,” ECU defender Luke Bodnar said. “Once we scored, we created enough more chances, and I thought we deserved to come away with a win.”

It was the home side who opened the scoring after only four minutes, a quick break caught ECU napping and Mokala raced clear and finished low past Johnny Perkins. The Jacks looked to hit back immediately and Sami Riak’s curling effort was well saved by Connor Campbell on eight minutes, and moments later former Jacks midfielder Jon Stynes volleyed over the top at the other end. Then on 13 minutes the Jacks went even closer. Andy Higgins’ neat flick found Riak, who sent Luke Bodnar in down the right channel. The defender raced into the penalty area, but his shot from the angle hit the side netting.

Mokala’s pace was causing the visitors problems, and when a Gwelup long ball caught them out again on the half hour, the speedy striker raced in on goal, but this time blazed over the top. It was end-to-end football with both sides creating chances. First Callum Timmins’ shot from the edge of the penalty area flashed wide, before Perkins produced a stunning reaction save to deny Mokala moments later. But in the shadows of half time the Jacks had one last chance to level. Higgins and Danny Hodgson combined to send Brooks into the penalty area, but his shot from the angle was well saved by Campbell.

Gwelup were happy to sit back and hit on the counter attack after the break, but they almost doubled their lead on 57 minutes. Ndumba Makeche pass sent Jon Stynes in on goal, but Shane Cassidy got back with a great last-ditch tackle to deny him. The Jacks made their first change with Evans coming on for Brooks on 61 minutes, and the midfielder had an immediate impact.

Bodnar ball picked out Hodgson, who sent Timmins racing down the right, his first time cross deflected off former ECU defender Ciaran Salinger and Evans diving header sent the ball past Campbell. The visitors looked like they would go on a win it, with Timmins’ shot saved low by the alert Campbell, before Rhodes’ cross was headed goal wards by Gwelup defender Rocco Pizzata, but Campbell saved.

The next goal would be vital to the team that scored it and it was the Jacks next to go close. Higgins made space down the left and whipped in a teasing cross to the back post, but Hodgson couldn’t keep his header down. Moments later the impressive Warland found space on the edge of the penalty area, but Campbell got down well to save the former Fulham academy defenders shot.

Gwelup then thought they had a penalty when Jon Stynes fell in the box after a tangle with Rhodes, but referee Shanmuganathan was well placed to wave away the protests. It was the Jacks pressing for the winner late. Substitute Bayley Brown-Montgomery shot on the run was saved by Campbell, before Riak and Timmins saw shots flash over the top, but at the final whistle it was both sides sharing the spoils.

“We were pretty disappointed after the game as we know we should have been two or three ahead by half time,” Gwelup skipper Blair Govan said. “We soaked up the pressure well and didn’t allow them any serious chances first half and caught them on the counter a few times but didn’t really take enough advantage of that. We knew they would come out firing second half and they did they were a bit more direct and we probably didn’t do enough to go and win the game which is unlike us. But we know it’s still all to play for and we are looking to put things right next week.”

Gwelup Croatia: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 3 Adam FIELDS (23 Kian MCGUIGAN 75’), 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES (4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO 75’), 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Daniel STYNES (77 Sean MCMANUS 46’), 11 Ndumba MAKECHE (68’), 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 14 Shubham MOKALA, 22 Josh SAMSON - Subs not used: Aidan HOLLOWAY, 15 Owen GOODLIFFE

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Luke BODNAR, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Ryan LOWRY (15 Luke RHODES 64’), 6 Sami RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON (9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY 89’), 8 Tom HOUGH, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 12 Callum TIMMINS, 16 Shane CASSIDY, 11 Ethan BROOKS (17 Harry EVANS 61’), – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 14 Ben HINSHELWOOD – Referee: Arvin Shanmuganathan

19.9.2020

HARDING SCORES LATE TO SEAL FLOREAT WIN

Floreat Athena have moved to second on the NPLWA top six table after a dramatic 2-1 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon. The home side lead early with Angel Andres scoring on his return to the starting line-up. It looked like the Reds would take out the points but nine minutes from time Ludovic Boi levelled for Floreat, and three minutes into stoppage time Robert Harding scored the winner, like he did in midweek against Joondalup to seal the three points. “It was a tough win in even tougher conditions,” Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris said. “The boys showed a lot of character to pull back a 1-0 deficit late in the game for the second week running, and it sets up a massive game against Gwelup Croatia next week.”

The home side were yet to record a point in the group, but a win in this one would put them back in contention for a Top Four Cup spot, and they started well with the lively Chad Nilson's cross only inches away from Joshua Cortes. Floreat, who won their first points against ECU Joondalup in midweek hit back and Chris Saldaris' cross caused chaos in the Armadale box, with Blake Adams hacking the ball clear, before Andrew Palmer fired narrowly wide of the upright moments later.

But it was John O’Reilly’s side that took the lead on 18 minutes, Andres collecting Friday Zico's through ball and calmly finishing past Jason Saldaris, for his tenth goal of the season. Floreat looked for the equaliser late, and they should have restored parity, but striker Phil Arnold fired over the top when well placed. The wind and rain made it difficult for both sides after the break, and clear-cut chances were few and far between, and it looked like the Reds would seal a valuable three points, but there was a sting in the tail of this one.

First on 81 minutes second half substitute Ludovic Boi got on the end of Dean Evans’ corner to head past Sam Hutchings, who had replaced Cyril Sharrock in the home sides goal. The visitors pressed for the winner and Harding thought he had found it four minutes later, but his goal was disallowed by referee Julian Serra. But the second half substitute wasn’t going to be denied, and three minutes into injury time he won it for Vas Vujacic’s side. The striker, who scored late to beat ECU on Wednesday evening, was sent down the left by Arnold and he outpaced his marker before finishing clinically past Hutchings and raced off to celebrate with his coach and teammates.

Armadale: GK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Matthew WORTON, 3 Harry QUIGLEY, 6 Robert IRVING, 7 Josh CORTES, 9 Angel ANDRES (10 Roberto SOARES 76’), 11 Chad NILSON, 13 Blake ADAMS, 15 Charlie KENNA (14 Sebastian STENQVIST 59’), 20 Pieter JACOBSZ, 23 Friday ZICO – Subs not used: RGK Cyril SHARROCK, 18 Ben LEWIS, , 21 Fillipo GIOFFRE,

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTALUCIA, 10 Nick AMBROGIO (36 Andrew MARANTA 68’), 11 Denis GALAN, 13 George FESTA, 15 Chris SALADRIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD (5 Nelson TSHONGO 90+6’), 20 Andrew PALMER, 32 Robert HARDING, 47 Luka NINKOVIC (14 Ludovic BOI 35’) – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 4 Ben STEELE - Referee: Julian Serra

19.9.2020

POINTS SHARED AT WINDY HILL

Sorrento have bounced back from their heavy loss against Gwelup Croatia in midweek to draw 1-1 with group leaders Cockburn City at a windy Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon. The Cockerels arrived with two wins from two games and Ali Gholami gave Scott Miller’s side the lead early, but Scott Witschge levelled 14 minutes from time to give both sides a share of the spoils. “It was a tough day to play football and the wind played a huge factor in it,” Sorrento’s Ollie Annis explained. “We still created some half decent chances but again couldn’t put them away. But the boys showed good character from conceding another early goal to get it back and push for a winner late, but we couldn’t find it.”

After two straight wins in the second phase, Scott Miller was looking to knock his former Perth Glory team mate, Jamie Harnwell’s Sorrento side, out of the title contention and put them closer to a first title in the NPL, and they made a great start, with a goal after only three minutes. Sorrento failed to clear their lines on the edge of the penalty area and Ali Gholami made them pay, firing past Sorrento keeper Joel Driscoll. The Gulls, who were thrashed in midweek by Gwelup, went close to levelling before the break, but Annis’ effort crashed off the woodwork.

Sorrento were desperate to get something from this game and they pressed after half time, but Windy Hill was true to form, making conditions tough. But their enterprise was rewarded on 76 minutes with the equaliser. Jakub Prajza’s in-swinging corner caused problems in the Cockburn six-yard box and Witschge poked the ball home from close-range. Neither side were able to find the winner, and in the end a draw was the fair result. Cockburn, whose lead is now a point over Floreat, are at home to ECU Joondalup next week, while Sorrento travel to winless Armadale.

Sorrento: GK Joel DRISCOLL, 3 Jakub PRAJZA, 3 Shaun KILKELLY, 7 Alex MORGAN, 9 Cameron TEECE, 10 Ollie ANNIS (6 Clark KELTIE 53’), 11 Tim HILL, 15 Ryan MCLAUGHLIN, 16 Scott WITSCHGE, 21 Daniel FAICHNEY, 25 Amir AJAN (19 Jaxon TEMATA 70’) - Subs not used: RGK Matthew GIUDICATTI, 8 Tristan STEVENS, 20 Zdenek BEZDEK

Cockburn City: Luke RADONICH, 5 Julian TELES, 8 Cameron EDWARDS (10 David ARAYA 60’), 12 Sebastian DA SILVA (24 David DOS SANTOS 64’), 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Ali GHOLAMI, 19 Liam MURRAY, 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Kristian SANTICH (2 Chris THACKRAY 60’), 23 Riley WOODCOCK, 25 Breckan BAKER - Subs not used: 3 Daniel DOLS, 4 Euen GRANT - Referee: Steven Gregory

19.9.2020

SOKOL AT THE DOUBLE FOR INGLEWOOD

Inglewood United made it two wins on the bounce, and given their chances of competing in the Top Four Cup a massive boost, after a 2-0 win over Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve. A brace from Steve Sokol gave Andres Oliveira’s side the three points and it moves them within a point of bottom six leaders Perth Glory.

It was a tight opening to the game with both sides having early chances. The lively Sokol was denied by a smart save from Balcatta custodian Riley Stephenson, before Alex Dunn produced a finger-tip save to deny Adam Zimarino’s shot. But it was Sokol who broke the deadlock on 29 minutes, Abdul Sesay cross from the right picked out the midfielder at the back post, and he volleyed home. The hosts, who were coming off a big win at Bayswater in midweek, went close to levelling before the break, but Calum O’Connell couldn’t keep his effort down from Anthony Topini's corner.

Balcatta were struggling to break down an Inglewood defence well marshalled by skipper Scott Blackmore and Mark Barnett, but as the second half went on the hosts lifted the tempo and Adam Zimarino's shot was deflected inches past the post. The home side were on top and it only looked a matter of time before they found the equaliser, and Michael Zimarino headed inches wide from O'Connell's free-kick.

But deep into stoppage time, those misses came back to haunt them as Inglewood added a second. Adam Falcone was fouled by Adam Tong inside the area and referee Shane Skinner pointed straight to the spot. Sokol stepped up and saw his penalty saved by Stephenson, but the striker was quickest to the rebound and scoring to seal the win.

Balcatta: GK Riley STEPHENSON, 2 Joseph MARINO, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 John KEARNEY, 10 Jon CORNESS, 11 Michael ZIMARINO (19 Charlie WATT 89’), 12 Jonathan BOUHLAS (6 Alex CASTIELLO 67’), 13 Anthony TOPINI, 14 Adam TONG, 16 Adam ZIMARINO, 17 Henry DURR – Subs not used: RGK Jake ANGELOVSKI, 15 Aleksander PETRESKI, 19 Nicholas BURMEJ

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Thiak KUEL (23 Rob PETKOV 85’), 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 11 Abdul SESAY, 14 Steve SOKOL, 15 William NICHOLSON (13 Adrian MANNO 72’), 16 Jamie MURPHY, 17 Mark BARNETT, 19 Brodie LANGAN (12 Chad SAMUELS 63’) - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 6 Adam FALCONE - Referee: Shane Skinner

19.9.2020

PERTH BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT ROCKINGHAM

Perth SC have bounced back from their midweek defeat against Inglewood United to thrash Rockingham City 5-0 at Dorrien Gardens. Jayden Gorman gave the host the lead early, before three goals in the final nine minutes of the first half from Daniel Mackenzie, Yagoub Mustafa and Jawad Rezai set them on their way. Mustafa added a second late to seal the big win and move Ramon Falzon’s side up to second, one point behind Perth Glory on the bottom six table. “The boys played well against Rockingham keeping a clean sheet and adding to our goal difference,” Gorman said. “Winds were strong and difficult for both teams but in the end, we came away with good results.”

The home side were ahead on 14 minutes, when Rockingham failed to clear their lines and Gorman raced into the box, held off his marker and finished past Bradley Stout. City, who are still looking for their first point of the phase, went close when Luke Collins long-distance shot stung the palms of Ryan Montgomery. But last season title winners but the game to bed with three goals in quick succession.

Rockingham gave the ball away in the middle of the park on 36 minutes, and Gorman and Rezai saw their shots blocked, before McKenzie fired home his first senior goal of 2020. Then seven minutes later they added a third, Mustafa was picked out on the right and he cut inside his marker and finished with a plomb from the edge of the box. It went from bad to worse for Rockingham, and sixty seconds later it was 4-0. Gorman found Mackenzie, who picked out Rezai who made no mistake from close-range.

Rockingham steadied in the second half and they went close early, but Dylan Rogers shot wide of the target. Moments later Blake Sokolowski volleyed wide of the post, before Luke Hodgkiss brought the best from Montgomery, with a powerful header from a Collins corner. But they couldn’t breakdown the Perth defence and three minutes from time it was Perth who added a fifth, with Mustafa finishing well at the back post from Gorman’s deep cross.

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA (3 Jordan DE LEO 61’), 6 Nicholas MCDONALD, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 12 Daniel MACKENZIE (10 Michael DOMFEH 80’), 14 Jawad REZAI (9 Paul ZIMARINO 78’), 16 Kieran COLWELL, 17 Aiden FORMSTON, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 20 Jayden GORMAN, 22 Yagoub MUSTAFA – Subs not used: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 7 Alek JOVIC

Rockingham City: GK Brad STOUT, 3 Joseph MOSS (15 Declan COLLINS 82’), 6 Blake SOKOLOWSKI, 7 Jacob FORSYTH (19 Evan LUDGATE 80’), 8 Dylan ROGERS, 10 Luke COLLINS, 13 Lydon HODGKISS, 14 Ryan KENNEDY, 16 Harry BOLAN, 18 Michael FARMER, 23 Alex GRAYSON (4 Nathan NG 54’) - Subs not used: Nil – Referee: Michal Jasinski

19.9.2020

LEE STARS TO THWART HIS OLD TEAMMATES

Perth Glory remain top of the bottom six table after a 0-0 draw against Bayswater City at Frank Drago Reserve. It was former Glory keeper Jackson Lee that stood between Glory and the win, the young Socceroo making a number of fine saves to thwart his former teammates, but the draw extended the Glory youngsters' unbeaten run to four games.

“It was a great battle I feel like we had the better of the all game, we could have scored a few towards the back end of the game to get the win,” Glory skipper Giordano Colli said. “But their keeper made some great saves and defensively we were very strong throughout the whole game. It’s not the worst it’s another point and we roll onto next week.”

Richard Garcia was in the Glory dugout, his first game since his appointment as senior coach from 2021, but he was without talented defender Alessandro Circati, who has headed to Europe for trials. It was the home side who opened the brighter and Luke Salmon was denied by Sam Reilly. There were chances at both ends, first Salmon fired over the top, before Charlie Leech hit the post from the angle. But Jackson was having a blinder and he produced a stunning one-handed save to thwart Joseph Forde’s shot late in the half, and at the break it was all to play for.

Chris Coyne’s side were on the front foot early in the second half, but missing the drive of Daryl Nicol they struggled to break down a tight Glory defence, which included Coyne’s son Aiden. Salmon saw a close-range effort saved by Reilly, before Lee denied Bryce Bafford, and Forde fired past the post after a one-on-one with Lee. Both sides went for it late, City’s Konstantinos Sparta’s long-range shot flashed inches wide of the upright, before Glory's Aiden Edwards then cleared Scottish striker Gordon Smith's header off the line. But Glory finished the game the better and Edwards and fellow-substitutes Albert Fullard and Jayden Leader were all denied by man of the match Lee, with both sides sharing the spoils.

Bayswater City: GK Jackson LEE, 5 David STOKOE, 8 Gordon SMITH, 9 Gustavo GIRON MARALUNDA, (14 Gomo DUKULY 64'), 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 Steven HESKETH, 22 Luke SALMON, 26 Zayd FARAH, 27 Declan HUGHES, 28 Konstantinos SPARTA (15 Shaun MUKWEVHO 85'), 29 Dean CUMMINGS (11 Ryan PEARSON 76') - Subs not used: RGK Patrick STEPHENSON, 16 Alex MCLEAN

Perth Glory: GK Sam REILLY, 2 Mason TATAFU, 6 Aiki TSUKAMOTO, 7 Joseph FORDE (3 Albert FULLARD 74'), 8 Chris DONNELL (16 Aiden EDWARDS 61'), 10 Giordano COLLI, 11 Charlie LEECH (19 Jayden LEADER 83'), 14 Bryce BAFFORD, 15 Aiden COYNE, 17 Nick WALSH, 20 Josh RAWLINS - Subs not used: RGK Kade WHITE, 18 Manolo VENERACION - Referee: Josh Mannella

19.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE PHASE TWO, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

Olympic Kingsway have moved clear on top of the State League Division One top six table after a 1-0 win against Western Knights in our ‘Match of the Round’ at Nash Field. “It was a great win and although we weren’t at our best going forward, we were resilient with Dave Keenan outstanding,” Olympic coach Gary Williams said. “The win puts the league into our own hands with two games left.” Going into this round three clash, both sides had won both their games, so we knew it would be tight game and it proved to be that.

The only goal of the game came on 18 minutes, Ajak Riak picked the ball up about 40 yards from goal passed to Antoine Levy and continued his forward run. Levy played him in and as keeper Nick Stone came out to narrow the angle, the striker slid the ball past him. The home side had a chance to level just after half time, but Olympic keeper Dave Keenan produced a great penalty save to deny Dean Hurley, this after referee Tom Glavovic had spotted a hand ball by Luke Palmateer. But they couldn’t find a way past Keenan and Olympic left with the three points.

“I thought we did well to score early before the strong winds came to affect playing conditions, so to score inside the first 20 minutes was great,” Olympic striker Riak explained. “I was happy to grab my 11th of the season in such an important fixture, considering this game was a big one for the race for the title. Second half we settled a bit more, but Dave Keenan definitely had to pull off a couple really match deciding saves, including a penalty, so shout out to Davie on that performance. Job is definitely not done though yet we still have two fixtures left in which we are going for the win in both to hopefully secure the title.”

Forrestfield United have missed the opportunity to close the gap on the leaders after being held to a 1-1 draw by Joondalup United at 1620 Capital Stadium, Hartfield Park. “A superb team performance wasn’t rewarded with the victory we deserved,” Joondalup coach Nick Jennings said. “A string of missed opportunities came back to haunt us with the award of a soft penalty, by an official who was poor throughout and whose decisions amazed many.” The visitors were ahead after only seven minutes, a perfectly weighed ball over the top into the path of Jamie Gibson, saw him race away, and he held off two defenders before finishing clinically into the bottom corner.

But Forrestfield levelled on 76 minutes with Rhys Loxley converting from the spot. “I would say it was a physical battle under very windy conditions which suited Joondalup’s long ball over the top game plan in the first half,” Forrestfield’s Nicolas Tatasciore said. “We kept trying to play football and where rewarded with a penalty late in the second half. I feel we deserved more than a draw out of the game but happy to come away with a point.”

In the other game Mandurah City have celebrated the 250th milestone game of Jeff Bright, and won for the first time in the phase after a 3-1 win against Fremantle City at Securitas Protect Stadium. It was a perfect start for the home side and Bright who was involved in the opener on nine minutes. His cross from the left picked out John Baird, and the Scottish striker volleyed home. It was 2-0 early in the second half, Taylor Carter found space on the edge of the penalty area and he finished low past Benjamin Martens.

The points were made safe on 72 minutes. Jordan Rhodes’ neat through ball sent Carter in on goal and he finished via the inside of the post. Fremantle did pull one back three minutes later, but Riley van Dieken’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was just a consolation. “It was a good team win with some decent football being played in tough conditions,” Bright explained. “It was great to see a lot of younger players really step up for the club, and hopefully we can build on it for the last two games.”

In the bottom six Quinns moved to the top of the table after a 3-0 win against Ashfield at Acclaimed Catering Arena. The visitors hit the front three minutes from half time, James Bosdet long kick picked out Sam Wynne who made an excellent run down the line and cut the ball back to Jamie Stewart to score from five meters. The doubled their lead two minutes later, this time Bosdet’s ball picked out Stewart, who flicked it on to Richard Howles who outpaced his marker and finish clinically. They wrapped up all three points just after the hour, Alex Wild coming off the bench and with his first touch, he finished into the bottom corner.

Stirling Lions maintained their winning run after a narrow 1-0 win against UWA Nedlands at Macedonia Park. The only goal came after only 13 minutes, Gavin Knights chested the ball down to Boas Mtwale, who played a ball into Lukas De Lima who finished well. “I thought it was another good performance from the lads, defensively we did well, didn’t give them many opportunities, copping another clean sheet and kept our streak going,” Lions goalscorer De Lima explained. “It was good for me to come back into the starting 11 and to play my part by scoring an important goal towards our efforts of making finals.”

In the final game Swan United earned their first point after a 1-1 draw against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. “The conditions made it difficult to play, and it was a real battle all day,” Swan skipper Chris Marshall said. “Subiaco had the better of the possession but there were chances at both ends especially in the second half.” The visitors hit the front, seven minutes before half time. A ball into the box was headed past his own keeper by the unfortunate Ben Johns. But Subiaco levelled on 74 minutes. A free kick was headed into his own net by Marshall, under pressure from Johns. “Overall, we’re very disappointed with the draw in a game we expected to and should have won,” Johns explained. “We created multiple chances in the second half, but didn’t convert.”

19.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO PHASE TWO, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

Carramar Shamrock Rovers remain top of the State League Division Two table after a 2-0 win against Gosnells City in our “Match of the Round’ at Grandis Park. A strong wind blowing mainly across the pitch, made it difficult for both teams, but Rovers adapted better to the conditions and controlled the game throughout. Rovers created some good chances but failed to take them, but on 36 minutes they did find one. A brilliant dummy from Kieran Harrison caught out the Gosnells defence, and Pat Morrison raced on to the opportunity to fire home. Gosnells went close before the break, but a free kick was well saved by Dan Holgate.

Rovers started the second half as they had played the first half and only five minutes in, Kieran Harrison hit a lovely free kick into the top corner of the net. There was no more scoring as the Rovers defence held strong, superbly marshalled by Ross Jarman. But Alan Reidy missed a glorious chance to add a third late, while Jack Bardsley had two shots flash the wrong side of the post. “A good win and we're looking forward to playing Dianella on Saturday,” Rovers’ coach Gerry McEwan said. “Both sides produced a great contest in the first game of the season, which we were fortunate to win 3-2 after being 2-0 down.”

Wanneroo City are back in red hot form after a convincing 7-2 win against Murdoch University Melville at Wanneroo Reserve. The home side rushed to a three-goal lead early, with Flynn Nolan bagging a brace, with Joshua Chivell adding the other. MUM pulled one back on 20 minutes, with Oriol Fernandez on target, but Chivell regained City’s three-goal lead before the break. Kai Jones made it 4-2 on the hour, but that was good as it got for MUM, with Jamie Burns scoring two more and second half substitute Shakell Alexander added the seventh. “I was pleased with the way the boys kept working from the 1st minute to the very last,” Wanneroo coach Jesse Bridgeman said. “They showed the hunger and a positive reaction after a very disappointing night against Shamrock only two nights earlier.” In the final game Dianella White Eagles and Joondalup City fought out and entertaining 0-0 draw at Dianella Reserve

In the bottom six Kelmscott Roos sit top of the table after a 4-2 win against Curtin University at Frye Park. The visitors were ahead on 16 minutes, Theodore Chapota scoring, but on the half hour the hosts were level. A great through ball from George Ballah found Arthur Gaye, who finished well. But three minutes into the second half Kelmscott were reduced to ten men when Aden Hoddy was sent off by referee Stephen Knight. But that didn’t stop the Roos taking the lead on the hour. Some neat build up play down the right, ended with Leomeo Wordu, who crossed to Gaye to score his second. It was 3-1 on 73 minutes, Wordu finding the net from a well taken free kick.

Curtin pulled one back six minutes later Igor Domingues scoring, to set up a grandstand finish, but Kelmscott held on for the win. “It was a great win for us after playing most of the second half with ten men,” Kelmscott coach Warren Smith said. “I thought the lads showed great character and we deserved the win and the team re-grouped and played the football they have been during the last four matches. We are very proud of the team accomplishments during this lower table play offs, but we know there is still a long way to go.”

Canning City are hot on their heels after a 5-2 win against Balga at Burrendah Reserve. It was a perfect start for Canning, and their coach Chris Finlayson, who was on the sidelines after a back operation, with Josh Wallhead curling home a corner on six minutes. But Balga levelled sixty seconds later, Kristian Despotovski on target. But the home side regained the lead on 36 minutes, with Ryan Moran curling home a set-piece. Further goals after the break from Moran, Jack Murray and Emmanuel Langoya gave the hosts a well-deserved win, while Despotovski second a second for Balga late.

“We changed our style of play to give us a more attacking structure which worked well in midweek, but really gave us the edge to beat Balga for the first time in 39 years,” City assistant coach David Scragg said. “But more importantly it sets us up for the final two games of the second phase. We have a full squad to pick from next week, positions are up for grabs as all the lads want to be part of the push for finals football.”

In the final game Morley Windmills bounced back from defeat at Canning in mid-week, beating Kingsley Westside 4-2 at Chichester Park. It was the hosts who were ahead on 22 minutes, Ramiro Vilar scoring, but Morley levelled from the spot after a handball, Scott Wrightson converting the penalty. But Kingsley regained the lead on the half hour with Jarrad McNally on target. But that was as good as it got for the hosts and Wrightson restored parity five minutes later volleying under the home keeper, and Wrightson completed his hat-trick six minutes into the second half, firing home from the edge of the box. The icing was put on the cake on 73 minutes with Farruh Mavlonov sealing the 4-2 win. “After the disappointment of Tuesday’s result, it was great to see the lads bounce back and continue their good form and get a well-deserved win,” Morley coach Jason van Rooy said. “We hope to continue our good form into next week’s game against Kelmscott.”

19.9.2020

CLUB IN PROFILE - MORLEY-WINDMILLS SOCCER CLUB

Morley-Windmills Soccer Club was formed in 1950 as "Windmills Soccer Club". Dutch immigrants led by Hank Beumer, who arrived in Australia that year, organised scratch matches combined with outings and picnics on Sundays for the local Dutch community. Meetings soon took place and it was agreed that the Windmills name be adopted for a new football team during a discussion at the Dutch Club in King Street, Perth. Windmills is not a Dutch word but was chosen to give it an English flavour as there were many windmills in Australia as well as in Holland.

As more Dutch people joined the club the next step was to apply to the Western Australian Soccer Football Association (WASFA) for entry into the league competition. In March, 1950, Windmills applied but were denied as the WASFA had problems with rescheduling fixtures and ground allocation because of the late entry. However, the club received the green light the following year when Windmills was accepted into the old Third Division. Windmills' first official game was in April, 1951 when the club were 4-3 victors over CMH. The next game was against the tough Polish team, Sokol, who won 4-2. Windmills finished their first season in a respectable fifth position in the eleven team league.

Windmills continued to play well and finished fifth again in 1952, followed by third in 1953, and then won their league to earn promotion in 1954. In 1955 Windmills found themselves in the WASFA Second Division (First Division equivalent today) and found the going tough, finishing sixth from nine teams. 1956 saw the club win half their games and end the season in fourth place, while it was one step back in 1957 with the club back to fifth place.

1958 saw the beginning of Windmills' dominance in the WA football scene, with the men in orange winning the league and earning promotion to the top flight. Windmills did very well in their first season in the big league, with the likes of Azzurri and Tricolore to contend with, the club went on to finish fourth.

In 1960, Windmills were one of the founding members of semi-professional football in the state, when they helped establish the Soccer Federation of WA. The club had a great year, just missing out on the title on goal average to Azzurri. One year later, Windmills were determined to go one better, and they did just that. Winning the state championship by three points, with Tricolore having to settle for second place. Tricolore did have revenge, beating Windmills 3-1 in the D'Orsogna Cup Final.

During the rest of the 1960's, the club had consistent mid-table finishes. Never getting higher than fourth or lower than seventh. They also won some more silverware on the way to add to their 1961 league title. They won the Top Four Cup in 1962 and were Night Series winners in 1969.

After making the top four again in 1970, the club had to settle for seventh placed finishes in 1971 and 1972. During the following summer, the club made a number of experience signings to bolster their playing squad. John Van Oosten, Bob Lee, George Holzman, Peter Johnston, Archie Van Dongen and Ken Maguire all joined to make Windmills one of the favourites. The club also merged with local junior club "Morley SC". The new name of Morley-Windmills Soccer Club entered the scene. The club had a great year, and with one game to go, Windmills had to just avoid defeat by four goals away to Tricolore to win the championship. After going down 2-0 early in the game, Lee pulled one back to settle down the nerves. The men in orange ended up losing 4-3, but ended up finishing top by goal average, and with it were state champions for the second time.

Windmills finished third in 1974, however the club won the D'Orsogna Cup for the first time in their history and went back to back the following year. With Ernie Hannigan as the coach in 1976, the team had another great season. They started off winning the Night Series, and then finished runners-up in the league and also made the Grand Final of the Top Four Cup, but lost to Azzurri.

Over the next few years Windmills struggled, which in 1979 led to the club finishing bottom of the league with only one win all season, and relegation for the first time in their history. The bright spot during this era was the club's new headquarters at Wotton Reserve in Embleton, which the club moved into in 1978 after many years as tenants at Bayswater Oval.

In 1980 Windmills were back in the second tier for the first time in twenty-two years, and after the first few matches it looked like they would be staying there. The club lost three of their opening five games, however with their backs to the wall, the club pulled of a major achievement. Not losing a game from then on, and claiming the championship on the last day of the season and promotion back to the big league.

As it was two years earlier, Windmills struggled back in the top flight in 1981. They finished last, and won three games. However, due to the league being expanded from ten to twelve clubs, they were safe.

The league was now strengthened to twelve clubs in 1982, and with it meant the bottom two teams would go down instead of one. Windmills never got out of the relegation zone and along with Cracovia went down.

Windmills were determined to go straight back up in 1983 and in stages during the season it looked like a top two position was possible. However they ended up having to settle for fifth spot.

After lowly positions in 1984 and 1985, the club was hoping to get back into the top half of the table in 1986, but it wasn't to be. Relegation threatened during most of the season. It went to the last game of the year, and with other results going their way, and Windmills leading Croatia 2-1, it looked like they would survive. However a late Croatia goal meant Windmills would be going down.

In 1987, Windmills found themselves back in the third tier for the first time in thirty-three years. The club did end up having a great season, and were in a neck and neck tussle with Ferndale United for the title. The club had to settle for second, but were back up in their first year of asking.

Windmills were only in the second tier for three seasons, before a horror season in 1990 found themselves relegated once again. Even in the lower division in 1991, the club found the going tough and finished twelfth in the sixteen team league.

Due to two competition associations at war with each other, Windmills were invited back to the second tier in 1992 and steadily improved over the next few years. In 1994, the club finished fourth and then went onto third place in 1995. There was another third place finish in 1996, and with four teams going up, the club were promoted to the Premier League.

After fifteen years, the name Windmills was back in the top flight of WA football. But the season became a nightmare. Due to an ongoing dispute with Soccer West Coast regarding over-aged players in the Under 23's competition, the club decided to withdraw from the league.

1998 would see no team from Morley-Windmills in the semi-professional competition. The club did continue in the Amateur Premier Division under coach John Castrilli. They finished tenth in 1998, seventh in 1999 and fifth in 2000. It was during 2000 where the club decided to re-apply for entry back into the Soccer West Coast league, and they were later accepted.

After three seasons, Windmills were back. Castrilli continued on as coach, but it would be a difficult season with the club finishing thirteenth overall. The next few years saw the team finish in the lower half of the table, however they did end up in sixth spot in 2006 under James Herbert and also in 2007 with Brad Hassell as coach.

The club were consistently a mid-table team over the next several seasons. Tom Kilkelly, Jamie Goodman, Peter Johnston, Salv Todaro, Jason Van Rooy and Paul Dundo all had stints as first team coach.

All was to change in 2015, with Windmills having a poor season under Ray Blair. Jason Van Rooy took over as coach later in the season, but he wasn't able to save them from relegation to Division Two.

John Castrilli was back as senior coach in 2016 after a thirteen year absence. The team finished seventh and were determined to improve the following year. Not only did they improve, but they ended up finishing second behind Gwelup Croatia. This meant a birth in the promotion play-offs, and the club took ended up winning the play-off final, and were back in Division One.

The team did well back in Division One in 2018, with the club ending up in fifth, but it was to end in tears once again the following year. The club had to fight it out in the play-offs to stay up, however the club lost it the semi-finals and were relegated back to Division Two.

Windmills didn't start life in the Second Division well in 2020, but recently have been in fine form, and look to book a finals place in the coming weeks.

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE HONOURS (Using current divisional names)
Premier League winners - 1961, 1973
Premier League runners-up - 1960, 1976
First Division winners - 1980
Second Division runners-up - 1987, 2017
Cup winners - 1974, 1975
Cup runners-up - 1961
Premier League Top Four/Five Cup winners - 1962
Premier League Top Four/Five Cup runners-up - 1961, 1976
Night Series winners - 1969, 1976
Night Series runners-up - 1961

18.9.2020

GLORY APPOINT GARCIA AS NEW COACH

Perth Glory have appointed academy boss and former club captain Richard Garcia as first team coach for the next two seasons. The A-League club moved quickly to replace Tony Popovic who recently left for Greek side Xanthi, two years into a three-year contract.

“I’m extremely happy to have been given this opportunity,” Garcia said of being put in charge of his hometown club. “Being a proud WA boy and having played for and captained Perth Glory, it’s a great honour to now be in a position to take the club forward.”

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal Members and fans for their ongoing support during what has been a very testing year due to the issues caused by COVID-19 and I hope we will have them back at HBF Park roaring us on in the near future.”

Glory owner Tony Sage feels Garcia is the man to lead the club to future success. “Richard is an outstanding young West Australian coach who has a deep understanding of our football club and what it represents within the WA football community,” Sage said.

“He served Perth Glory with distinction as a player and I know he will do likewise as head coach. Through his outstanding work as Head Youth Coach of our PGFC Academy he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the talented young WA players we have within our system and I look forward to seeing those players continue their development into the senior ranks under Richard’s guidance.”

“Richard has learned his trade working under and alongside a host of top-quality coaches both here in Australia and overseas and has all the qualities required to develop a team and a style of play that makes us all proud. This is an appointment that our Members and fans can feel genuinely excited about.”

Garcia, 39, was appointed as an assistant under Kenny Lowe in 2017 after retiring at the end of the previous season. The attacking midfielder illustrious playing career in which he made 265 appearances for English clubs West Ham United, Hull City and Colchester United.

Garcia returned to Australia in 2012 to play for Melbourne Heart, Sydney FC and Perth Glory, adding a further 105 games to his career tally. He also represented Australia on 17 occasions, including at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

18.9.2020

NPL-WA PHASE TWO, ROUND THREE PREVIEW

It's week three of the NPL-WA top and bottom games and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Wishart Street where Gwelup Croatia host ECU Joondalup. Both sides sit on three points, separated only on goal difference, and it’s the first game the two clubs have played against each other at the venue, but three points are a must in this one.

Gwelup bounced back their first-round defeat at Cockburn, with a big win against Sorrento and skipper Blair Govan said it was a great performance. “We were all delighted with the result on Wednesday night and the performance over 90 minutes,” he explained. “We wanted a positive reaction after the weekend and I think that showed right from the get go on Wednesday night. Happy with a clean sheet and it’s great that the boys up top took their chances and are all having a share of the goals.”

Govan said Saturday is a huge game and being back at home he hopes they can continue on where they left off at Sorrento. “It’s another tough game this weekend against ECU, but we all seemed to have pulled up well after Wednesday and we’re back on our home pitch,” he said. “Kenny (Lowe) has them playing some nice stuff and we will look to make it really difficult for them. It’s a huge game for both teams so I’m sure it will be entertaining but we will be looking for a positive result and performance at home and get some good momentum heading into the last two games.

The Jacks lost at Floreat Athena in midweek a game midfielder Andy Higgins said they dominated, so to lose it late was disappointing. “I thought we had control of most of the game, but we made a few errors giving them cheap goals,” he said, “I thought at 1-1 we were going to go on and win it, so it was really disappointed to concede so late.”

Higgins said Gwelup have a good side and knows they are in for a tough trip, and knows a win will put one of the teams in a strong position. “I think Saturday game at Gwelup is a massive game, our biggest of the year so far,” he explained. “It's crucial for both sides, and like you said whoever wins is in the driver’s seat. So hopefully we can tidy things up a bit and get the three points.”

In the other top six games unbeaten Cockburn City hit the road for the first time, when they visit Percy Doyle Reserve to take on Sorrento. Cockburn continued on their merry way with a big win against Armadale, while the Gulls, who shocked Floreat in round one, were brought back down to earth with a bump, thrashed by Gwelup in midweek. Floreat Athena are also on the road, with a trip to Alfred Skeet Reserve to take on the winless Armadale. Floreat bounced back from the opening round defeat to beat ECU Joondalup in midweek, while Armadale are still searching for their first point, but do get some of their players back from injury and suspension for this one.

In the bottom six Perth Glory will be looking to make it three from three when they travel to Frank Drago Reserve to take on Bayswater City. Chris Coyne’s side conceded five in midweek at home to Balcatta, and he will look for a response from his players in this one. Perth SC will look to bounce back when they host Rockingham City at Dorrien Gardens. There loss at Inglewood has put Perth on the back foot, while Rockingham are still searching for their first points of the group. In the final game Balcatta host Inglewood United at Grindleford Reserve, both sides looking to build on big wins in midweek.

18.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE PHASE TWO, ROUND THREE – PREVIEW

It’s week three of the State League Division One top six, and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Nash Field where the two unbeaten teams Western Knights and Olympic Kingsway meet. The Knights came home from Fremantle City with a hard fought 2-0 win on Wednesday to maintain their perfect start, while Olympic beat Joondalup United to do likewise.

Olympic coach Gary Williams said it was a good performance against a strong Joondalup side. “I thought we played very well on Tuesday, and we went in at half time with the score at 0-0 but we all felt confident due to the way we were playing that we would win the game,” he explained. “To be fair the players have been exceptional over the last three weeks with their performances and their application.”

Williams said Saturday is a huge game, against the best team in the league, but they go their full of confidence. “We are all looking forward to the game this week, and we all know the Knights have been the benchmark this year and have had a great season,” he said. “But we will go to Nash Field and do our best to get a result, and it is great to be involved in these types of games at this stage of the season.”

In other top six games Mandurah City host Fremantle City at Peelwood Parade, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats in midweek, while in the other game Forrestfield United will look to build on their win at Mandurah in midweek when they host Joondalup United at 1620 Capital Stadium, Hartfield Park.

In the bottom six Ashfield entertain Quinns at Ashfield Reserve, while leaders UWA Nedlands, who have won both their opening games, travel to Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions, while Subiaco host Swan United at Rosalie Park

18.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO PHASE TWO, ROUND THREE – PREVIEW

It’s week three of the State League Division Two top six and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes to Grandis Park where leaders Carramar Shamrock Rovers host Gosnells City. Gosnells were one of the form teams heading into the top six, but have suffered back-to-back defeats, while Rovers continued their unbeaten start with a hard fought 2-1 win at Wanneroo City. Rovers’ Ger Fitzgerald said it was a great away victory for the club.

“It was a very good win and well deserved three points for us,” he explained. “We went 1-0 up and thought we were controlling the game then they got a very soft penalty which made it 1-1 at half time. Wanneroo are a tough team and never give up but Jack Bardsley scored a brilliant goal to give us a much-deserved win. We were delighted afterwards and after beating Murdoch last Saturday it’s a great start.”

Fitzgerald said Saturday’s opponents are a good side and is expect another tough encounter. “Gosnells have always been a tough team they beat us twice last year and drew with them a few weeks ago. I thought we could have won if we finished our chances that day but a draw away from home to a tough team isn’t a bad result,” he said.

“We have a great team spirit and a good squad which helped massively over the last weeks with injuries and stuff like that. We know we will be in for a very tough game on Saturday, but if we play like we have the last three games I’m confident we can win.”

In other top six games Dianella White Eagles entertain Joondalup City at Dianella Reserve. The Eagles were held in midweek at Murdoch, while Joondalup produced a great come back to beat Gosnells City. In the final game Murdoch University Melville make the trip to Wanneroo Reserve to take on Wanneroo City.

In the bottom six Canning City will be looking to build on their win in midweek at Morley Windmills when they host Balga, who are still searching for their first win, at Burrendah Reserve. While Kelmscott Rovers host Curtin University at Frye Park and Morley Windmills visit Chichester Park to take on Kingsley Westside.

16.9.2020

SAGE DROPS PLAYER WAGES TO 75%

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has warned players could be stood down as the A-League wage war escalates. It follows a rejection by players across the league of the club owners proposal of a 30 per cent pay cut in a new collective bargaining agreement.

But Professional Footballers Australia said clubs would be in breach of contract if wages were not paid in full. “As per the players’ individual and legally binding club contracts, the clubs are required to pay the players’ full entitlements and any reduction would be a breach of their contract,” a PFA spokesman said.

Club owners say wage bills need to be cut to cover losses caused by broadcaster Fox Sports’ axing grants from $57 million to about $30 million and the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. Glory have cut player wages to 75 per cent with seven other clubs reportedly slashing 50 per cent of salaries.

Sage said a couple of clubs are considering an immediate stand down of players. “I went with a cut to 75 per cent because we want to have some goodwill but we are looking at the option of a possible stand down,” Sage said. “We have gone with 75 per cent of wages - after Monday we haven’t made up our minds.”

Glory have 15 players signed for next season and Sage said they would meet on Friday. “Hopefully the PFA will come to its senses and agree to the 30 per cent offerd,” Sage said. Football Federation Australia will step in if agreement cannot be reached between the PFA and the clubs body, Australian Professional Football Clubs Association.

16.9.2020

NPL-WA PHASE TWO, ROUND TWO REVIEW (courtesy Football West)

Gwelup Croatia are back into NPLWA Men’s title contention after a stunning 5-0 win against Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve on Wednesday evening. “After a disappointing opening result at Cockburn, where we were on the wrong end of a 3-2 loss, the playing group responded in the best possible fashion tonight, courtesy of a hat trick to Ndumba Makeche and singles to brothers Jon and Dan Stynes,” Gwelup Head Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. “This is a busy time for all teams, but it’s great to get our first win in the top six.”

The home side should have taken the lead early, but top goal scorer Cameron Teece blazed over the top from close-range. The Gulls were made to pay moments later when Makeche intercepted an errant Clark Keltie back-pass before rounding goalkeeper Joel Driscoll and striking into an empty net. Sorrento increased the tempo after conceding and came close on a number of occasions as attacking twin towers Alex Morgan and Teece caused plenty of concern in the Gwelup box.

Sorrento thought they had a penalty after Teece appeared to be clipped from behind after he pulled a shot across goal, but referee Michal Jasinski waved away their protests, much to the displeasure of Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell. Despite dominating possession, Sorrento fell further behind in the shadows of half time. Blair Govan ball wasn’t dealt with by Sorrento and Jonathon Stynes volleyed home from close range.

The home side upped the tempo after the break, but they handed Gwelup a third on 72 minutes, another Keltie back-pass was pounced on by Makeche to score. Daniel Stynes then struck home a Sean McManus cross moments later to compound the Gulls misery, before a Makeche penalty completed the route on 88 minutes after Jaxon Temata had brought Daniel Stynes down in the box.

Cockburn are top of the ladder with two wins from two, the latest a 4-1 win against local rivals Armadale at Dalmatinac Park. The Cockerels won at the same venue against the same opposition on the final day of the first phase a fortnight ago and they were up and running after 20 minutes when Sebastian Da Silva latched on to Riley Woodcock's pass and fired in to the roof of the net. Armadale, who were thrashed at ECU Joondalup in the first round, looked to hit back but after good work by Roberto Soares found Joshua Cortes but he failed to find the target.

They were made to pay moments later as Robert Irving brought down Woodcock in the box and referee Arvin Shanmuganathan pointed to the spot. Cockburn top scorer Jesse Lazzaro made no mistake from the resulting penalty to doubled their advantage. It was nearly three, but Sam Hutchings made an excellent double save to deny Liam Murray and then Da Silva as Armadale went into the break only two down.

Soares' shot was blocked early in the second half as the visitors tried to halve the deficit, but they did eventually concede a third as Julian Teles finished superbly after a solo effort. Daniel Santich rattled the bar in search of a fourth for City before Ali Nazary pulled one back for Armadale as he squeezed home from a tight angle less than a minute after coming off the bench. But that was as good as it got for Armadale and Daniel Dos Santos made it 4-1 to seal the win.

Floreat got off the mark in the second phase of the competition thanks to substitute Robert Harding's last-minute header in a 2-1 win over ECU Joondalup. The visitors came into this one in tremendous form after five straight wins and they nearly went ahead when Riley Warland's swerving shot from range cannoned back off the bar. Jason Saldaris clawed away Danny Hodgson's dink as ECU began confidently off the back of a 6-0 win over Armadale.

Floreat's best chance of the first half came when Warland blocked as Chris Saldaris tried to force home, but the sides went to the interval goalless in an entertaining game.The deadlock was broken by the home side a minute into the second period as Saldaris got forward down the right and crossed for Nick Ambrogio to finish from close range. Luka Ninkovic headed straight at Johnny Perkins before ECU grabbed an equaliser with five minutes remaining which seemed set to earn them a point.

Bayley Brown-Montgomery was fouled in the area and Callum Timmins scored his third goal in two games as he popped his penalty straight down the middle. But in the final minute of normal time, ECU defender Samuel Riak was caught in possession and a quick switch from Ludovic Boi found the unmarked Harding, who did well to loop a header over Perkins and in off the underside of the bar. Both sides now have one win and one loss heading to Round Three.

Perth Glory seem to be finding form at the right time after they went top of the bottom six after a convincing 5-1 win against Rockingham City at Hartfield Park. A first-half blitz did the job for the youngsters as they scored four goals, with the opener coming after eight minutes. Bryce Bafford's initial shot was saved by Bradley Stout and Giordano Colli followed in to net for a third consecutive game.

Richard Garcia's side were well on top as Aiki Tsukamoto smashed one off the bar from distance and they did not have to wait long to make it 2-0 as Nick Walsh sneaked forward from defence to find the far corner. Two became three in the 26th minute when Chris Donnell made his way into the area, and while his cross was well blocked by Rockingham's defence, his follow-up was curled perfectly into the top corner for his first goal of the season.

Rockingham were reeling by this point and after Stout saved well from Bafford's free-kick, they scored a fourth when Donnell turned in midfield, beat two players and looped an effort over the keeper from outside the box. Glory top scorer Bafford somehow missed from six yards early in the second half before the visitors pulled a goal back when Dylan Rogers stole off the toes of Tsukamoto, drove towards goal and fired in for his second goal of the campaign. It proved to be just a consolation for Rockingham as Glory added a fifth when Joshua Rawlins broke forward and found the bottom corner.

Inglewood United halted their recent slump with a 2-1 win over Perth SC at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. The hosts had the best chance on 15 minutes, when Brodie Langan headed Abdul Sesay's cross wide. Perth hit back though and nearly opened the scoring when Alex Dunn made an excellent reaction save to block Andreas Theodosiades' shot before a combination of Michael Domfeh and Jawad Rezai fluffed the follow-up.

Opportunities were exchanged leading into half-time as Steve Sokol fired wide before Paul Zimarino was off target with a header from six yards. Chad Samuels was introduced for Inglewood at half-time and the change paid off just 40 seconds after the restart when Sokol crossed into the six yards box for the former Stirling Lions player to score. Inglewood managed to limit Perth's attacking threat for most of the second period and nearly doubled their lead when a confident Samuels tried his luck from the edge of the box.

They went on to make the game safe when Bojan Radinovic fouled Sokol in the area and the winger converted the penalty he won as he sent Ryan Montgomery the wrong way. Zimarino's second goal from the spot in as many games was mere consolation as Inglewood breathed life into the second phase of their campaign with a first home win since Round Seven, while Perth have work to do to defend their Top Four Cup crown.

On Tuesday night, Balcatta broke an eight-game winless run in sensational style as they twice came from behind to defeat Bayswater City 5-2 at Frank Drago Reserve. The visitors got off to a shaky start when skipper John Kearney conceded a penalty against his former club, with Gustavo Marulanda dispatching the spot-kick for his fifth goal of the season. They levelled when Zayd Farah put into his own net from Calum O'Connell's cross, but they were only on terms for five minutes as Declan Hughes coolly finished Luke Salmon's centre to restore Bayswater's advantage.

But Balcatta hit back with a quickfire double before the interval. Adam Zimarino's nicely weighted pass was put into far corner by O'Connell, before the former Perth SC junior turned scorer after good work down the left from brother Michael. Balcatta went on to score twice and record a win which may reignite their 2020 season. Anthony Topini's corner took a final touch off David Stokoe as the hosts conceded a second own goal of the evening with 20 minutes remaining. Salmon's driven free-kick nearly gave Bayswater a lifeline soon after, but Michael Zimarino's solo goal with six minutes to play cemented Balcatta's second league win of 2020 and their first since Round Four.

16.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AND TWO - PHASE TWO, ROUND TWO – REVIEW (courtesy Football West)

Olympic Kingsway went top of the Men’s State League Division One top six on goal difference after they defeated Joondalup United 3-0 at Kingsway Reserve. The hosts are making their move at the business end of the season as they extended their unbeaten run to five games overall with three second half goals. Antoine Levy scored for a third straight game before Luke Palmateer doubled the advantage just after the hour mark. Ajak Riak moved to double figures for 2020 when he made it 3-0 late on, as Kingsway now look forward to facing Western Knights on Saturday in what could be a decisive game for the title race.

Knights joined Kingsway on six points at the summit of the upper tier as they recorded a 2-0 win at Fremantle City. Callum Roberts opened his tally for the season with two goals in seven minutes at the start of the second period, as the visitors continue their ominous form having only lost once this season. Fremantle’s modest run now stretches to just one win in eight games.

In the final top six meeting, Forrestfield returned from Mandurah with a 3-2 win which gives them a first league victory since August 15. Stephen O’Leary’s first of the season got the visitors rolling before former Perth SC junior Josh Pereira made it two, five minutes before the interval. Mitch Crocker added a third for United midway through the second period as they broke their four-game winless run, despite consolations in the final five minutes for Shane Boyle and Jordan Rhodes.

In the bottom six, UWA Nedlands look to be timing their run towards the end of season nicely as they won 4-1 at home to Ashfield to lead their pool. Godfrey Asimwe opened the scoring with his third goal in two games before a 23rd minute own goal by Kaelan Majeks put the hosts in a commanding position. Danyel Dos Santos De Souza hit back two minutes later with his first goal of the season, but UWA steadied with a quick response of their own thanks to Pascal Sedgewick. Sedgewick added his second on the night and fourth of the season after the break as UWA netted for a 10th time in two games.

Quinns returned to winning ways and breathed life into their second phase campaign as they recorded a confidence boosting 7-0 win at home to Swan United. Jamie Stewart opened the scoring on 19 minutes before Matthew Blake’s goal on half an hour, his first of the campaign, gave the hosts a handy break. Stewart and Sam Wynne both added second half goals before substitute Sam Rawlings came off the bench to score a seven-minute hat-trick and add gloss to score line inside the final 12 minutes. The Stirling Lions v Subiaco match has been rescheduled for later this month.

In State League Division Two action, Carramar Shamrock Rovers lead the upper tier with six points from two games following a 2-1 win at Wanneroo City. Alan Reidy’s first of the season inside three minutes gave the visitors an early lead but they were pegged back by James Burns’ eighth of the season from the penalty spot. The winning goal came with 17 minutes to play as Jack Bardsley scored the winner for the second time in four days.

Joondalup City, beaten by Wanneroo last Saturday, looked in more trouble when they slipped two goals behind at Gosnells City before rallying to clinch a 4-3 win. Gosnells went into this game as the league’s highest scorers and they hit the ground running with goals from Wade Farmer and Brice Rae inside the first four minutes. But City hit back before the break as Luke Doyle reduced the arrears before Liam McGurk and leading scorer Liam Peacock struck in the space of four minutes to put them 3-2 up. It was then the hosts’ turn to answer when Jordan Parfitt scored his third of the season with 15 minutes remaining. Gosnells were the one of the form teams at the end of phase one as they went unbeaten in their last six. But they have now lost consecutive games in phase two after James Sharp’s own goal 12 minutes from time consigned them to defeat. On Tuesday night, there was a meeting between the top two sides after phase one as Murdoch University Melville and Dianella White Eagles drew 0-0.

The game of the night in Division Two came in the lower half of the split as Kingsley Westside and Kelmscott Roos drew 4-4.Jayden Drummond’s early goal was cancelled out by Lemeo Wordu before Ramiro Vilar’s fourth goal of 2020 restored the home side’s lead. Kingsley Westside have not won since an August 1 win over Balga, but Vilar’s second goal on 48 minutes had the hosts believing that run would be broken. But Amos Doegolia Junior had other ideas as he fired home a 13-minute hat-trick in the second half to move to 11 for the season and complete a stunning Roos turnaround.

The hosts had the final say through Jesse Higgins who made it 4-4, as Kingsley Westside moved to two points, while Kelmscott went to the summit of the bottom half with that point. Elsewhere, Emmanuel Langoya’s eighth of the season gave Canning City a 1-0 win over Morley Windmills, which drew them level with Kelmscott at the top of the lower tier, while Curtin University and Balga SC played out a goalless draw on Tuesday.

15.9.2020

SAGE DISAPPOINTED WITH PLAYERS’ PAY-CUT REJECTION

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage said A-League players’ rejection of a 30 per cent pay cut under a new collective bargaining agreement was a “sad day” for the sport. The vote to throw out the proposal could see players being stood down and force Football Federation Australia to take over negotiations.

The Professional Footballers Australia said the proposal would allow clubs to unilaterally impose salary reductions and leave players with no option except contract termination if they did not accept a cut. The union said it would deny players the right to negotiate in a “fair and adequate manner” and have tabled two alternative proposals.

Sage said he is disappointed the proposed pay cut, which came in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis shutdown and Fox Sports’ slashed funding, was not accepted. “A very sad day for the code in Australia. Let’s see what happens over the next few days but I hope sanity prevails,” he said.

“All other football code have, on average, taken a 45 per cent pay cut with only, on average, a 25 per cent reduction in their broadcast revenue. Football has taken a massive 45 per cent cut in broadcast revenue but still, as a group of owners, we wanted to support our players by offering a 30 per cent reduction.”

15.9.2020

PERTH AND BAYSWATER IN THE QUEUE FOR NATIONAL SECOND DIVISION

Australia could have a national football second division by 2022 under ambitious plans released today by the Association of Australian Football Clubs. The AAFC have created a partner group involving 30 clubs across the country aimed at creating a new competition below the A-League.

Perth SC and Bayswater City are amongst the group which includes former National Soccer League clubs Marconi Stallions, Melbourne Knights, South Melbourne, Sydney United, Adelaide City and Wollongong Wolves. The AAFC said the group will now put together a final report on how the competition would work for final approval from Football Federation Australia.

Issues to be finalised include whether the competition will be on a national or conference-based format, when in the year it will be held and the issue of promotion and relegation. AAFC chairman Nick Galatas said while the competition wouldn't involve promotion and relegation to and from the A-League immediately, that remained an overall aim.

"AAFC

's view is that we cannot be properly considered as a 'football nation' without it and having it in place is our ultimate objective," Galatas said. "While promotion and relegation with the A-League will hopefully occur (a) little later, we aim for it to start immediately with the NPL (National Premier Leagues) below."

"Connecting clubs from bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom will help unite the game which will help it achieve its potential ... More football at a higher level is good for players, good for coaches, good for supporters, and gives sponsors and broadcasters more opportunity to be engaged in the game from grassroots to elite levels."

13.9.2020

TRATT THE LATEST PLAYER TO PART WITH GLORY

Another Perth Glory player is heading for the departure lounge with defender Jacob Tratt moving to Indian Super League side Odisha. The 26-year old signed for Glory in July last year and was limited to just 14 appearances, most of those off the bench.

Tratt joins a growing list of players to have walked out the door since the 2019/20 A-League season ended, with others expected to follow. Already gone are Spanish midfielder Juande, Joel Chianese, veteran Dino Djulbic, Ivan Franjic, Vince Lia and Tando Velaphi.

The future of marquee Diego Castro is unclear, Bruno Fornaroli is reportedly on the radar of Melbourne Victory while Kristian and Gabriel are expected to join their father, Tony Popovic, at Greek club Xanthi. The have only 15 players currently contracted for the 2020/21 campaign.

13.9.2020

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND THIRTEEN REVIEW (courtesy Football West)

North Perth United’s coronation as Belt Up Amateur Premier champions was delayed for at least a week after Kwinana United scored three times in the final seven minutes of their match to mathematically stay in the hunt. While North Perth were overcoming South West Phoenix 2-0 at Woodville Reserve, Kwinana were staring down the barrel as they fell behind 2-1 against UWA Nedlands with eight minutes to go. But 60 seconds later David Clark equalised to set up a thrilling finish in which Lee Bates scored twice.

Kwinana’s 4-2 win keeps them seven points behind North Perth with three matches remaining. The leaders had a relatively comfortable afternoon against Phoenix thanks to second-half goals from Joel Jebaratnam and Lucas-Joel Munoz-Despierre. Leeming Strikers jumped from sixth to third after a 2-0 home win over Wembley Downs, Tom Grant and Kieran Witt getting the goals before half-time.

Jaguar’s home clash with Maddington White City exploded into life with four goals in the last 10 minutes in a 3-3 draw. With the game tied at 1-1, 10-man Jaguar grasped control through quickfire goals from Gojam Nyuon and Akuei Guot. A minute from time Chris Sparks threw Maddington a lifeline and two minutes into stoppage time they grabbed it via Cesar Orozco’s penalty. In other games a hat-trick from Ryan McCready helped Quinns to an eye-catching 5-2 victory at Hamersley Rovers, while Gareth Davies and Ryan Pellow scored two goals in four first-half minutes to give Joondalup United a 2-0 win over Queens Park.

12.9.2020

NPL-WA PHASE TWO, ROUND ONE REVIEW

Sorrento have made a perfect start to the second stage of the Men’s NPL after a stoppage-time penalty from Cameron Teece gave them a 2-1 win against Floreat Athena in our ‘Match of the Round’ at E&D Litis Stadium. “It was a really even game, and both teams had a lot of chances, and to be fair it could have gone either way especially in the first half,” Teece explained. “But in the second half I think with the way we played and the chances we created we deserved the win.” Floreat were the form team going into the Top Six, sitting top of the table, and they were out of the blocks early. Andrew Palmer's shot from Luka Ninkovic's nod across goal was well blocked, before desperate defending from the Gulls denied Ninkovic and Liam Murray.

At the other end Teece brought a good save from Jason Saldaris, before the visitors edged in front on 23 minutes. Scott Witschge raced down the right, and squared the ball to Ollie Annis to score his fourth goal of the season. But their lead only lasted for two minutes. Floreat captain Dean Evans' cross was not held by Joel Driscoll and Ninkovic was on hand to volley in emphatically for his first goal since returning to WA from Melbourne’s Heidelberg United. The midfielder nearly added a second on the stroke of half-time but his effort went over the top.

After the break, Evans' free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar before Murray dragged a shot wide of the upright as Floreat upped the tempo. But it did appear the spoils would be shared, but there was some late drama. Palmer was adjudged to have fouled Daniel Faichney in the area four minutes into stoppage time, and Teece kept his cool to score from the spot and seal a 2-1 win for Jamie Harnwell’s side and consign Athena to a second straight defeat.

The big winners of the day were ECU Joondalup who thrashed Armadale 6-0 at the ECU Football Stadium. Jacks Coach Kenny Lowe and Harry Evans were both delighted to get the top six underway with a convincing win. “We’ve played fantastic all year but we’ve worked on a few little things and we’re starting to see the fruition,” Lowe said. “We’ve dominated the game, so I’m really pleased.” Evans added. “It was a great team performance, we looked dangerous on every attack and solid at the back and we could have scored more goals,” he explained. “Everyone is buzzing and hopefully this form can continue going into the business end.”

Fresh off four wins on the bounce the Jacks were on the front foot early and it wasn’t a surprise when they hit the front on 25 minutes. Sami Riak found Danny Hodgson on the left, he cut inside his marker and curled his effort past Cyril Sharrock and into the corner of the net. Armadale went close to an equaliser three minutes before the break. Chad Nilson’s ball deflected for Pieter Jacobsz, but his shot on the run hit the base of the post and away to safety.

The Jacks made a change at the break with Timmins coming on for Ethan Brooks, and they doubled their advantage two minutes in. Andy Higgins’ corner was only cleared back to the midfielder, and he whipped in a dangerous cross and Evans headed the ball home. It was the perfect start to the half for Lowe’s side and it got even better two minutes later when they added a third. Riley Warland’s ball sent Evans clear, and he unselfishly squared the ball to Hodgson, who rolled the ball into an empty net, for a great team goal.

The Jacks were on top and wanted more and it duly arrived on the hour. Ryan Lowry’s ball was headed down by Evans, and Timmins shot beat Sharrock to his left to make it 4-0. It was five on 72 minutes, Sharrock had denied Warland moments earlier, but the Jacks defender was involved with a neat one-two with Bayley Brown-Montgomery, before racing into the box and crossing to the unmarked Hodgson, who round Sharrock and rolled the ball home to complete his hat-trick. But the icing was added to the cake when the Jacks added a sixth in stoppage time. Riak and Warland combined to send Timmins into the box and he was brought down by Kevin Ashwood, and referee Michal Jasinski pointed straight to the spot. Timmins picked himself up and sent Sharrock the wrong way to make the final score 6-0.

In the other top-six clash, Cockburn City continue their fine form with a 3-2 win over Gwelup Croatia at Dalmatinac Park. “It was a really tough game especially the first 20 minutes we were really under the pump and were lucky to be only 1-0 down thanks to some great saves from our keeper Luke,” Cockburn defender Breckan Baker said. “We made some tactical changes midway through the first half and were able to work our way on top and create some chances, then just before halftime we were able to convert one and went in at half time disappointed to have only scored once but very happy with our performance. "After half time we continued on with how we had been playing before the break pressing high and creating chances and we managed to take the lead, but they then found the equaliser Jesse converted from the spot to put us 3-2 up and for the last 20 minutes Gwelup threw everything at us but we were able to stay strong at the back and hold out for a hard earned three points.”

But it was Gwelup who opened the scoring on 11 minutes, Jon Stynes won possession in the middle of the park before feeding Shubham Mokala, who finished past Luke Radonich. The Cockburn keeper was a busy man and he saved nicely with his legs to deny Daniel Stynes, while at the other end Ashley Rosindale and Sebastian Da Silva were thwarted by good saves from Connor Campbell. But the hosts did draw level before half-time as Da Silva continued his run of scoring in every senior game for Cockburn when he finished Daniel Santich's cross for a third in three games.

The turnaround was complete 10 minutes into the second period as Kristian Santich drove towards the edge of the area before his strike squirmed beyond Campbell via a clip off the upright. But Gwelup hit back midway through the second half. Jon Stynes showed great technique to volley towards goal from a tight angle and Ndumba Makeche ensured it crossed the line at the back post. However, the visitors were level for only a matter of minutes as Cockburn regained the lead from the penalty spot. Josh Samson felled Kristian Santich just inside the area and top scorer Jesse Lazzaro scored for a sixth time in six games. Gwelup’s day went from bad to worse when Sam Mitchinson was shown a late red card.

In the lower half of the split, defending champions Perth Soccer Club got their second phase off to a winning start with a 3-0 win over Balcatta at Dorrien Gardens. The hosts were ahead on six minutes, Andreas Theodosiades fouled in the box and Paul Zimarino struck home the resulting penalty. Henry Durr sliced wide and Adam Zimarino slashed high as the visitors tried to mount a response.

But after the break Perth doubled their advantage two minutes in, when Theodosiades fed Aleks Jovic, who turned and fired past Riley Stephenson for 2-0. Balcatta were still in the game and thought they had pulled one back when Calum O’Connell prodded home, but referee Julian Serra had spotted a handball in the lead up and disallowed it. But Perth made the game safe in second-half stoppage time, substitute Jawad Rezai cut in from the left and finished with the aid of a deflection.

Bayswater City were made to work before beating Rockingham City 1-0 at SafeRad Stadium. Gordon Smith went close early but his cross-shot crashed off the post and back into the grateful arms of Bradley Stout, but on 15 minutes they did find the opener. Daryl Nicol found the Luke Salmon, and the young striker finished clinically. Stout denied Nicol again moments later, before Luke Collins’ effort flashed wide for the hosts. Salmon was denied a second in stoppage time by Stout, but they left with the three points.

Perth Glory were also in the winners’ circle after a hard fought 1-0 win against Inglewood United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Giordano Colli opened the scoring on two minutes, his free-kick looped over Alex Dunn and into the far corner. Glory were well on top Chris Donnell fired straight at Dunn from the edge of the area before Colli's shot rattled the woodwork, with Charlie Leech unable to follow up.

After half-time Inglewood lifted and Steve Sokol raced into the area only to see his shot blocked, before Abdul Sesay drove forward and his shot was deflecting wide, as last year's Top Four Cup finalists continued to push the pace. Glory keeper Sam Reilly denied Sesay, before Scott Blackmore fired wide at the back post. But the home side continued to press but couldn’t find the equaliser.

12.9.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AND TWO - PHASE TWO, ROUND ONE – REVIEW (courtesy Football West)

Western Knights kicked off the Men’s State League Division One second phase with a 4-0 win over Mandurah City at Nash Field. City were the only team to inflict defeat on the 2017 State Cup winners during the first phase but had a tougher afternoon on Saturday as Jack Rycroft opened the scoring on 22 minutes. It was 1-0 at the break but Dean Hurley struck four minutes after the restart and Golden Boot leader Alex Kretowicz scored goal No.12 of the season to put the hosts into a commanding position. Ciaran Byrne added a fourth goal late on as Knights asserted their authority with a big win in the upper tier.

Olympic Kingsway joined the Knights on three points as the phase one runners-up recorded a 5-2 win over Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park. Mitch Crocker’s own goal set the visitors on their way before Asher Nelson doubled the lead with a spot-kick four minutes before half-time. Kingsway ended the first phase as leading scorers and they had multiple contributors again on Saturday as Antoine Levy and Keylun Pollard netted before the hour mark. Top scorer Ajak Riak made it 5-0 with his ninth of the campaign before Rhys Loxley and Tarek Atta added late respectability to the result for Forrestfield.

The final result in the upper half saw Joondalup United and Fremantle City share the points following a 2-2 draw at Forrest Park. Riley Van Dieken moved into double figures for the season with the opening goal for City. Callum Speed levelled the scores as he found the net in consecutive home games, but Alfie Brincat’s own goal restored Fremantle City’s advantage six minutes before the interval. Joondalup rescued a point 16 minutes from time as Liam Mooney scored for the first time this season, moments after James Harmer saw red for a second yellow card.

In the lower half of the split, UWA Nedlands were the big winners of the day as they hammered Swan United 6-1 on the road. Samuel Moffatt netted in consecutive appearances after playing his first game of 2020 last week, before Godfrey Asimwe’s brace and an own goal put the visitors 4-0 up at the break. Luwaya David’s first of the season for Swan gave them early hope in the second half, but late goals from Bryce Conway and Derrick Data ensured UWA won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Stirling Lions also continued their upturn in form as they kicked off the second phase with a 2-1 win at Ashfield. Boas Mtwale and Gavin Knight scored first half goals as the 2014 FFA Cup Round of 32 representatives won a fourth straight came and kept back-to-back clean sheets. Sakou Sylla’s seventh of the season reduced the arrears on the hour mark but the hosts couldn’t find an equaliser as their winning run ended at two. The final game in Division One saw Subiaco hold Quinns FC to a goalless draw at Gumblossom Reserve. Both teams cancelled out each other in a clash between two out of form sides that featured eight yellow cards. Quinns have now dropped points in five of their last six games, falling out of the top six on the final day of the first phase, while Subiaco have won only one of their last 10 matches.

In Division Two, Carramar Shamrock Rovers ended Murdoch University Melville’s six-game winning run with a 1-0 win at Grandis Park. The hosts needed a win over Kingsley Westside on the final day of the first phase to confirm their top six place and built on that through Jack Bardsley’s 13th-minute free-kick which proved decisive on Saturday. The league’s in-form team were unable to force an equaliser and will now host Dianella White Eagles on Tuesday night in a clash between the top two sides after 11 games.

Dianella White Eagles started their second phase well as a goal in each half helped them secure a 2-1 home win over Gosnells City. Milorad Vujacic netted for a third straight game when he opened the scoring after quarter of an hour before Chris Rizidis doubled the advantage with 20 minutes to play, as the hosts won a fifth game in six matches. Gosnells had put together a six-game unbeaten stretch to make the top six, but that run ended despite Scott Pereira’s fifth goal of the campaign late on.

Wanneroo City put in a very impressive display as they won 3-0 at Joondalup City thanks to two goals from Flynn Nolan and one from James Burns. The game of the day in the bottom half of the split came at Burrendah Reserve as Canning City and Kingsley Westside played out a 2-2 draw. Rowan Steed opened the scoring on 14 minutes with his second goal of 2020 but Jayden Drummond squared the ledger soon after. The visitors’ top scorer Drummond netted his eighth of the season from the penalty spot early in the second half, but it was Canning’s turn to hit back promptly as their leading marksman Emmanuel Langoya netted to earn a share of the spoils. Elsewhere in the Division Two’s lower tier, Amos Doegolia Junior scored a brace to take his tally to eight for the season as Kelmscott Roos won 3-0 at Balga, while Morley Windmills also enjoyed a 3-0 victory against Curtin University.

12.9.2020

CLUB IN PROFILE - MANDURAH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

Mandurah City Football Club as was formed in 1970 as "Mandurah Soccer Club", where they joined the South West Soccer League. Only two years later they won the league title.

It wasn't until 1976 when they decided to join the metropolitan competitions. They entered the Amateur League's Third Division (now known as Division Two) and finished in a respectable seventh position. The following year the club finished fourth and won promotion.

Over the next three seasons, Mandurah competed well in the Amateur First Division, and in 1980 they ended up in third spot, which at the time meant promotion to the top flight of amateur football.

Mandurah entered their first season in the Premier Division in 1981, this would be the start of nineteen unbroken years in the amateur top competition. The first few years the club did well, finishing in the top four. Dave Coward coached the black and whites in 1982 and 1983 With the club beating Gosnells Amateurs 1-0 in 1983 Amateur Cup final. Ray Booth took over in 1984 and got the club to second place. There was to be a dip in form in 1985 before more higher consistent positions over the next few seasons. They did make the Amateur Cup final in 1989, but lost 1-0 to North Perth United

In 1990 the club changed their name to Mandurah City after the local government area received city status. In that season the team came close to the title, but had to settle for runners-up. The next few years saw the club finish as low as eighth and as high as fourth. But it was in 1995 where the club won their first major trophy. Under coach Jimmy Mayers, Mandurah were crowned state amateur champions.

Over the next few seasons, the club finished in the top six. They also made the Amateur Cup final in 1996, but lost 2-1 to Fremantle United. After nineteen seasons in the top flight of amateur football, Mandurah were relegated after finishing second last in 1999.

Paul O'Brien took over as first team coach in 2000, and his task was to bring the back and whites straight back up. This is exactly what happened, with the team winning the championship and gaining promotion.

Mandurah were back in the amateur top flight in 2001, but off the field the club decided to apply for a position in the semi-professional Soccer West Coast competition. They later learnt their application was successful.

The club were now in the semi-professional First Division in 2002, and with it meant a change of grounds. With Mandurah moving to Peelwood Reserve, plans of enclosing the venue, building brand new club rooms, a grandstand and erecting new floodlights was on the drawing board and developed within the next few years. Paul O'Brien continued as coach in their first season in the competition and he guided them to fourth place. The success continued in 2003, with the black and whites having another great year. This time the club finished runners-up and just missed out on promotion to the top flight by a goal difference of three goals!

Mandurah had consistent seasons over the next few years, never finishing below fifth. In 2007 under new coach Stuart Currie, the team had a great season. The club were crowned Division One champions and and with it promotion to the Premier League!

For the first time in their history, Mandurah City was in the top flight of Western Australian football in 2008, and had a great debut year in the top flight. Ending up in fifth spot! In 2009 former Perth Glory player Stuart Young took over during the season and he took the black and whites to fourth place in the regular season. Due to a change of competition rules, the top five would decide the title, which gave Mandurah the chance of being WA Champions. The club won the Elimination Final against Stirling Lions 1-0, however lost to Floreat Athena 2-1 in the semi-final the following week.

There was a big change of fortunes for the team in 2010, Mandurah ended up second last, but manage to avoid relegation by one point! This wasn't to be the case the following season however. Another eleventh place finish would usually mean avoiding relegation again, however with two teams going down, it meant the club's four year stay in the top flight was over.

Mandurah were one of the favourites to go straight back up, but ended up in a neck and neck tussle with Cockburn City who were the other club that got relegated. Billy Russell took up the reigns as first team coach during the year, and guided the team to runners-up, just missing out on the title.

After two disappointing seasons in 2013 and 2014, the club hired Doug Hesketh as the new coach. The team had a great season, winning the Division One title by three points. However there was to be no promotion due to the club not having the required junior sides to enter the NPL-WA.

Ironically the club would go up the following year, this time finishing runners-up. The NPL was expanded to fourteen teams, and now with the required criteria in place, the club was back in the big time. However, it was to only last one season. Mandurah finished last and found themselves relegated.

Alex Grayson took over as coach in 2018, and the club struggled. Mandurah finished second last, which meant it had to compete in the play-offs with Division Two teams in order to stay up. In the semi-finals the club beat Division Two runners-up Wanneroo City 5-4 on aggregate. This meant they would go on to face Swan United in the final. The first leg away from home ended in a 2-1 win. The second leg had plenty of drama, with Swan winning 3-2. The scores on aggregate were level, and a penalty shoot-out would decide who would be in Division One the following season. It was a big relief to the club that Mandurah won 5-3!

2019 was a slightly better season, this time finishing in eighth spot and well away from any relegation threat. In 2020, the club was hopeful to have a better season, and with new co-coaches in Kris Donnell and Peter Taylor, the black and whites finished in the top six of the regular season, to have another chance of Division One championship glory!

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE HONOURS
First Division winners - 2007, 2015
First Division runners-up - 2003, 2005, 2012, 2016
Night Series runners-up - 2017




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