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26.3.2017

GLORY RIPPED APART BY SKY BLUES

Perth Glory’s hopes of a home final is hanging by a thread after a 0-3 loss against A-League Premier’ Plate winners Sydney FC at nib Stadium on Sunday evening. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney. Perth coach Kenny Lowe was proud of his players despite the lopsided scoreboard. “At the end of the day, the third one (goal) killed it,” he said. “Was a bit of a momentum change, but the effort was there but maybe the class wasn’t today. You can’t fault the endeavour and work rate of the players.”

It was a costly loss for fifth-placed Glory’s bid for a top-four spot and a coveted home final. Perth trail third-place Melbourne City and fourth-place Roar by four points. The Sky Blues dominated the match from the start but were unable to penetrate Glory’s plucky defence, but in a cruel blow for the hosts, Sydney got the breakthrough when Glory’s recent Romanian recruit Goian deflected a corner past goalkeeper Liam Reddy and into his own goal.

Moments later, ex-Glory midfielder O’Neill doubled Sydney’s lead with a clinical right-foot shot from the edge of the box that gave Reddy no chance, and the youngster didn’t celebrate the goal. The Glory started the second half with more gusto and had a golden opportunity to peg back the deficit but acting captain Andrew Keogh misfired from close range. Sky Blues’ sharpshooter Bobo put the issue beyond doubt when he slid a shot past Reddy from 10 yards after a neat back heel from Alex Brosque. The visitor’s comprehensive victory was made even more impressive as they were without goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and fullback Rhyan Grant, who are on national team duty with the Socceroos.

Vukovic’s replacement Andrew Redmayne was barely troubled although Glory’s star Diego Castro hit the crossbar late in the match after a piercing long-range free-kick. The Glory rued several missed opportunities early in the match before the floodgates opened, most notably a chance from Goian that landed straight into the arms of Redmayne. Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was thrilled with his team’s single-minded desire for sustained success. “It was a wonderful achievement to win the premiership,” he said. “For me, it was about attitude today. It was about standards. We’ve set high standards all year and it was about maintaining those standards. They (his players) wanted to win today, that’s all they were thinking - We totally dominated them.”

26.3.2017

PHOENIX TAKE OUT STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES

South West Phoenix have run out convincing 3-0 winners against Forrestfield United in the State League Night Series Final at Inglewood Stadium. Phoenix striker Nicola Gazzola was the star bagging a hat-trick and it gives the Bunbury based club their first ever cup win in the state league. “I’m very delighted, not because of the three goals, but because of the performance altogether,” Phoenix new coach Mauro Marchione said. “We looked very solid at the back and didn’t concede much. Nicola is an important player. When I can get players to come here from Italy I try to, to show the players in Bunbury what it means to play at this level and it lifts the rest of the team. He’s a good addition for us.”

The Phoenix opened well and went close to the opener after only three minutes. James McCleary was denied by Luke Martino’s feet, while at the other end Ben Rogers looked odds on to score when he met Jordan Hart’s cross, but he headed wide of the target. But the Phoenix opened the scoring on 25 minutes. They won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Gazzola curled the ball inside the near post.

Forrestfield made a triple change at the break to get back in the game, but three minutes in Gazzola doubled their lead. The Italian picked up the ball midway into the Forrestfield half, and raced past three defenders before finishing clinically past Martino. Then five minutes later he completed his hat-trick, latching on to a Lee Stewart through ball and finishing with aplomb past Martino. Forrestfield showed great character and continue to push forward, and Rhys Loxley long-range shot crashed off the woodwork, before Will Tshabangu forced Phoenix keeper Adam Guthridge into a great reaction save, but the damage had already been done.

“We had our chances and didn’t take them, while they did, but that’s the way it goes,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “I could go on and say that it wasn't our best performance, but that would be disrespectful to the opposition who proved to be an excellent opponent. They obviously did their homework on us and played well throughout the match while taking advantage of smallest of our mistakes. Mauro has done a great job with a quality team and we look forward to challenging them during the season.”

South West Phoenix: GK Adam GUTHRIDGE (c), 2 Carlo CHIELLINI, 4 Corey BARCLAY, 5 Jarrad MORT, 6 Ryan STEWART, 7 Lee STEWART, 8 Kieran QUINN, 9 Nicola GAZZOLA, 10 James MCCLEARY (18 Maxwell ABABIO 84’), 13 Jayden PROSSER (16 Giordano MASCIA 71’), 15 Abdulla KAJA (20 Bright ABABIO 63’) - Subs not used: 11. Christopher NORMINTON, 14 Dejan STOJANOVIC.

Forrestfield United: GK Luke MARTINO, 4 Mark BENNETT, 5 Kaan KARACAN (15 Milan VULIN 46’), 6 Mitchell CROCKER (12 Slobodan VULIN 46’), 7 Trevor LAURE (8 Dylan EASTTOUGH 46’), 10 Jordan HART, 11 Liam MERIGAN (c), 13 Scott BARKER, 14 Ben ROGERS, 21 Will TSHABANGU, 23 Rhys LOXLEY - Subs not used: 2 Day Day POE, 84 Ben PARRY - Referee: Stephen Knight

26.3.2017

AMATEUR NIGHT SERIES GOES TO WEMBLEY DOWNS (courtesy footballwest.com.au)

A spirited Wembley Downs side came from behind to defeat holders North Perth United and lift the Amateur Night Series Cup in an exciting encounter at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. It was North Perth who dictated the early play with forward Mehdi Rabei running from the halfway line and avoiding a raft of tackles before agonisingly smacking the upright. A minute later he went one better when he collected the ball and went on another mazy run only to be pushed to the ground inside the box, with Ago Mujic keeping his cool and slotting home from the spot.

Wembley Downs didn’t crumble following their disappointing start, tightening up their backline and working themselves back into the game. They scored on 36 minutes when the referee awarded a penalty following an infringement from a corner and Anthony Jones stepped up making no mistake. North Perth made the perfect start in the second period when frontman Patrick Montgomery used his presence to play in Rabei who neatly finished to put them back in front.

Wembley boss Colm Costello rang the changes to get his side back in the match and his men responded. His side weathered the storm and dragged themselves level with Gavin Walsh centering for sub Ally McDermid to side-foot past the stranded keeper on 67 minutes. Wembley upped the tempo and found an extra gear, and on 78 minutes they hit the front with Stephen Geogheghan slamming home from the inside the box. Then minutes from the end Mark King out-jumped the North Perth defence and Jamie Serra in the goals to nod home and put the icing on the cake, sending out a warning signal to this season’s league challengers.

Costello praised his team’s never-say-die spirit. “It was amazing, a great performance,” he said. “This team are never beaten.”

North Perth assistant coach Brian Ward was downbeat following the loss, but hopeful of his side’s prospects in the season ahead. “It’s always disappointing to lose a final; we had a couple of injuries but Wembley were very good,” he said.

North Perth United: GK Jamie SERRA, 2 Niall MURRAY, 3 James STEEDMAN, 4 Keith MULLINS, 5 Patrick MONTGOMERY, 6 Kenneth NAAN (15 Darryl GREGORY 75), 7 Paul URBANSKI (13 Byron ANDREWS 46), 8 Ago MUJIC, 9 Mehdi RABEI, 10 Eamonn KELLY, 12 Richard DENDLE (17 Max BURKE 65) Subs not used: 14 Sean LAHERT, 19 Paul RAINFORD

Wembley Downs: GK Niall MCCARTHY, 3 Anthony JONES, 4 James LANIGAN, 5 Ken MCMAHON, 8 Blaine SLATER (6 Ian CLEARY 65), 9 Dean WALL (18 Briony MARIORITY 65), 11 Stephen GEOGHEGHAN, 12 Gary MCCARTHY (13 Ally MCDERMID 56), 16 Gavin WALSH, 17 Marty KELLY, 19 Mark KING Referee: Brendan Skinner

26.3.2017

ATHENA AND BAYSWATER SHARE THE SPOILS

Bayswater City and Floreat Athena have played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Frank Drago Reserve on Sunday afternoon. Dean Evans gave the visitors the lead at the break, but Gustavo Giron-Marulanda levelled just after half time, the drew meaning Floreat lose top spot on the PS4 NPLWA table. “With us being under-manned it was always going to be a tough match for us today,” Floreat Coach Glen Grostate told the NPL web site. “We started the game really well and we deserved our goal, but at the end of the day they deserved their goal too so I think the draw is a fair result. We have played six games now and have only been beaten once, but we know it’s a long season and we will just have to keep battling and keep fighting for points.”

Floreat were out of the blocks early, but there were chances at both ends with both sides knowing the importance of the opening goal, and it came for the visitors on 38 minutes. Lewis McMahon was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Evans took the resulting free kick and curled it around the wall and into the net. Bayswater pressed late in the half but they couldn’t find the equaliser. But five minutes into the second half the home side Bayswater did level. Andrija Jukic ball over the top sent Marulanda clear, and the Columbiana striker finished clinically. Floreat almost regained the lead on the hour, when McMahon found space in the penalty area, but Devon Spence stood tall and the English striker fired wide of the target.

Both sides pressed for the winner and it almost came for the home side late on. Another long ball over the top sent Marulanda clear, he rounded Jason Saldaris, but the big keeper got down to take the ball off the striker foot and secure a well-earned point for Floreat. Floreat suffered a blow in stoppage time with McMahon carried off on a stretcher. “I thought we were flat in the first half again and it was one-way-traffic in the second half, but we just need to be better in the final third,” Bayswater coach Chris Coyne told the NPL web site. “We got around the back of them and got into good areas but we just didn’t take our chances.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 8 Paul McCARTHY (2 Declan HARGREAVES 77’), 9 Gustavo Giron MARULANDA, 10 Jason MICRO, 11 Devon GIBSON, 12 David STOKOE, 13 Trent KAY (C), 17 Bor Bor SAM, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (14 Jamie MURPHY 91’), 23 Andrija JUKIC - Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 15 Giordano COLLI, 16 Ayden DRAGUN

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Shaun TIMMINS, 3 Clayton ARNEZ (16 Ryan MALTON 30’ (11 Dennis GALAN 77’), 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jonathan STYNES, 10 Kris GATE, 12 Jackson MORGAN, 13 Zelfy NAZARY, 15 Christopher SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS (C), 19 Lewis MCMAHON (20 Joe TWEATS 96’) - Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 33 Ali NAZARY Referee: Michal Jasinski

26.3.2017

KALAU BRACE GIVES LIONS FIRST WIN

Stirling Lions won for the first time this season with a 2-0 win against Inglewood United at Macedonia Park on Sunday afternoon. A second half brace from Moses Kalau won it for Rob Milevski’s side. “We hit them on the counter a couple of times and got a clean sheet,” Milevski told the NPL website. “I’m very happy to get the three points, which is very much needed. Johnny Perkins, I thought, kept us in the game with a couple of great saves in the first half and Moses delivered with a couple of great strikes so I’m quite happy with the result.”

Inglewood opened brightly and their lack of finishing let them down. English striker Alex Salmon picked out Jason Colli at the back post on 21 minutes, but he dragged his shot wide of the target. They were in again seven minutes later Colli was the supplier this time crossing to Brian Farrell who wasted a golden opportunity firing over the top when well placed. Lions’ custodian John Perkins kept his side in the game producing a number of fine saves. First he saved well from Brian Woodall and then from Colli, before John Migas fired wide. Inglewood were running the show and five minutes before the break Salmon played in Mark Pritchard, whose shot was well saved by Perkins, the rebound falling to Colli, whose ball across the box was inches away from Salmon at the back post.

Whatever Milevski said at half time to the Lions worked. Former Inglewood midfielder David Micevski was thwarted by a good save from Alex Dunn. But on 56 minutes the home side hit the front. Kalau picked the ball up on the right of the penalty area and cut in and fired home, beating Dunn at his near post. It was a perfect start to the second half for the Lions, and it got better 11 minutes later. Kalau was sent clear, outpaced Adam Tong and Scott Blackmore and finished low past Dunn.

“I thought we were quite strong in the first half, but unfortunately it’s a 90 minute game and when you give opposition teams an opportunity, they put the ball in the back of the net,” Inglewood Coach Taki Nicolaidis told the NPL web site. “Goals change games, goals win you games and at the minute we’re leaking in too many and we’re scoring nowhere near enough. Everyone’s got views, everyone’s got opinions, but at the end of the day it’s what the coach’s views and opinions are and I think a few of the boys are going to get a big kick up the bum this week. It’s been the story of our season so far. We’ve been in positions to get in front or stay in front and we haven’t been clinical.”

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 6 Dejan SPASESKI, 7 Miki VUJACIC (c), 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 11 David MICEVSKI, 12 Jason RUBIDGE (4 Blamo QUA QUA 83’), 14 Lukas DI LIMA, 15 Shane CASSIDY, 16 Mathaing MATHAING, 18 Moses KALAU (17 Darren O’RIORDAN 73’) - Subs not used: RGK Lucas ALAVSKI, 3 Alex SULESKI,13 William KESSEL

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 3 David CYRUS (c), 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Adam TONG, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 11 John MIGAS, 14 Mark PRITCHARD (7 Kenny KEOGH 63’), 15 Brian FARRELL (12 Luke RANDAZZO 76’), 18. Jason COLLI (10 Ash ROSINDALE 63), 23 Brian WOODALL – Subs not used: 20. RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 13 Connor BECSI - Referee: Nico Hoyle

25.3.2017

SORRENTO SMASH AND GRAB AT ECU

Sorrento moved to the top of the PS4 National Premier League WA table after a smash and grab 3-2 win against ECU Joondalup in the Northern Derby at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Daryl Nicol gave the home side the lead early, but Billy Quinncroft levelled. The home side were wasteful in front of goal in the second half and hit the woodwork twice, but a stunning shot from Alex Morgan and a Jack Salter’s goal gave the Gulls the points, while Sam Pollard scored a late consolation goal for the home side. “A very decent result for us today, we were a bit slow in the first half, but we improved in the second half and got the right result,” Alex Morgan said. “It was unfortunate for Tiggs (Reece Vittiglia) but it was good to get on and even better to see one in the top corner to send us back to the top of the table.”

The home side made the best possible start and were ahead after only five minutes. Sorrento gave the ball away and Nicol pounced. He played in Gordon Smith, whose shot was well saved by James Morgan, his follow up shot hit the bar, but Nicol was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. Moments later Smith was in on one-on-one with the Sorrento keeper, who produced a great save to deny the Scottish striker. But on 12 minutes the visitors levelled. Scott Witschge raced down the left and whipped in a dangerous cross that Quinncroft headed powerfully into the corner of the net.

It was an entertaining game and both sides had late chances to take the lead into the break. First Witschge cross into the box caused problems, and with Quinncroft ready to pounce Fraser Greenwood saved well. Then Smith lost his marker on the edge of the box and his shot on the run was tipped around the post by James Morgan. The home side dominated after the break, Smith headed inches past the post, before Jon Higgins’ in-swinging corner crashed off the crossbar, before James Morgan produced a great save to deny Smith on the 55 minutes.

It was one-way traffic and Higgins hit the woodwork again on 66 minutes, his stunning long-range free kick beat the keeper but smacked off the crossbar and away to safety. Sorrento somehow kept the home side at bay and against the run of play they hit the front on 74 minutes, with one of the goals of the season. There looked little danger when Alex Morgan received the ball 20 meters from goal but his shot flew past Greenwood and into the top corner of the net.

Then two minutes later the visitors added a third. Alex Morgan slipping the ball into the path of Slater, and the Kiwi raced clear and finished clinically past Greenwood. The home side scored a consolation goal in the last minute of stoppage time, with Pollard firing home from close-range

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING (8 Jayden DRUMMOND 78), 6 Jon HIGGINS, 8 Kevin MOON, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (11 Sam POLLARD 66), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES, 16 Cian HIRRELL - Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 5 Nathan DIAZ, 15 Declan HUGHES

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 2 Jacob SHORE, 5 Billy QUINNCROFT (4 Shaun KILKELLY 81), 10 Scott BULLOCH (21 Sam BYLES 61), 11 Tim HILL 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA (7 Alex MORGAN 19), 18 Jordan BROWN, 19 Jack SALTER, 20 Brad MCDONALD Subs not used: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO, 15 Spiro DIMITRIOU - Referee: Tom Glavovic

25.3.2017

MANDURAH PAY THE PENALTY

Perth Glory have come from behind for a 2-1 win against Mandurah City in their PS4 National Premier League WA game at the Kelly’s Hot Water Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Francis gave the home side the lead on 52 minutes with a wonder strike, but skipper Daniel Stynes levelled with a rebound on 69 minutes, and a penalty from Kosta Petratos after Joe Knowles was brought down - deep into stoppage-time won it for John Gibson’s side. “A very, very good performance from the boys,” Glory skipper Daniel Stynes said. “We created plenty of chances, credit to the boys’ character and resilience for getting back into the game and pushing until we got the win and right up until the final whistle.”

It was the Glory who began the better and had the home side on the back foot. Mandurah keeper Cyril Sharrock had to be alert to save Joe Knowles’ snap shot early, and tipped over Knowles header moments later. Stynes and Petratos were causing problems and the pair combined midway through the half. Stynes wriggled past two defenders and laid the ball to Petratos, who shot beat Sharrock, but the post came to the rescue of the Mandurah custodian. The home side went close just before the break but Jordan Thurtell produced a stunning save.

The home side started the second half well, and they were rewarded with the opener on 53 minutes. Francis was given too much room on the edge of the penalty area, and superbly curled his shot into the top corner of the net. But the Glory levelled on 70 minutes. Knowles’ long-range shot smacked against the post, into the back of Sharrock and Stynes was quickest to react to score from the rebound. The Glory began to dominant and Jack Leech’s cross picked out Stynes, who hit the post, before Michael McDougall shot from the edge of the penalty area also hit the woodwork.

Mandurah striker Oriel Fernandez had the perfect opportunity to give his side the lead on 84 minutes, after been sent in on goal, but Thurtell stood tall and he fired wide of the target. Fernandez had another opportunity two minutes later, a cross from Francis found him but his shot was superbly saved by Thurtell. It looked like it wasn’t to be the Glory’s day, after Montgomery-Brown and Knowles both hit the post as they pressed for the winner. But in stoppage time Knowles, whose endeavor and drive was superb all afternoon, was brought down in the penalty area and referee Steve Gregory pointed straight to the spot. Petratos kept his nerve and scored the resulting penalty to seal the three points.

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Oliver MCGEE, 3Jeff BRIGHT, 4 Matt STARES, 5 Mitch FIRTH, 6 Oscar THOMPSON, 7 Thomas STRAKER (17Oriel FERNANDEZ 62’), 8 Andrew BROWN (c) (16 Joe O’BRIEN 80’), 9 Mark MCAUGHLIN, 10 Sean TROUP, 11 Ryan FRANCIS - Subs not used: RGK Brad EIFFE, 12 Jordan RHODES, 14 Slade RULE

Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Cam MURRAY, 3 Luca BODNAR, 4 Jack IREDALE, 5 Riley WARLAND, 7 Yacoub MUSTAFA (12 Michael MCDOUGALL 62’), 8 Jack LEECH, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Daniel STYNES (c), 17 Kosta PETRATOS, 21 Callum TIMMINS (14 Bayley MONTGOMERY-BROWN 80’)

Subs not used: RGK Stef KING, 13 Sam RIAK, 15 Callum DOBBS - Referee: Steven Gregory

25.3.2017

REDS SHARE THE SPOILS WITH CHAMPIONS

Perth SC missed out on top spot on the PS4 NPLWA table after they were held to 0-0 draw by Armadale at Dorrien Gardens. Despite dominating possession the home side couldn’t find a way past a resolute Armadale defence well lead by Sam Loveless and Nathan Costello. “Today was more about heart and effort, we weren’t going to outplay Perth but if we had a bigger heart than them we could hang in there and upset their day,” Armadale Coach John O’Reilly told the NPL website. “We were hoping to get a breakaway goal, that didn’t happen so second best we didn’t lose, and that’s what we needed to do off the back of two losses. What we do need to do though is polish up our game. We can’t base the season on blood and guts, there has got to be an element of clinical and tidy play.”

The home side started the brighter, buoyed by their come-from-behind win against Perth Glory last week, and Armadale keeper Michael Craggs had to be alert early to deny Andreas Theodosiades. They went close again on 25 minutes, when Gustavo Catarcione was sent through with a dink over the top, but Craggs stood tall to save. Armadale went close themselves just after the half hour. Charlie Kenna was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and the Armadale players thought it was a penalty, but referee Tom Dowle was on the spot. Kyle King stepped up to take the resulting free kick, but he fired wide of the target.

The home side lost keeper Francis Soale at the break, he was replaced by Daniel Passarelli, but in the opening minute of the second half the Perth supporters thought they had the lead, Tom King long-range shot flew into the net but the ball had deflected slightly off Catarcione, who was in an offside position. Tom King had another opportunity to open the scoring moments later, when Catarcione found him, but his shot flashed the wrong side of the post. Armadale, with import Jordan Pavett back in the side grew in confidence, as they looked to make it two wins on their two away games this season. They ended the game the better and Pavett’s free kick flashed wide of the target, and at the final whistle the points were shared.

Perth: GK Francis SOALE (23 Daniel PASSARELLI 46’), 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES, 4 Adrian MADASCHI (c), 7 Alexs JOVIC (12 Jordan DE LEO 71’), 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 11 Matthew MILENKOVIC, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Harley ORR (10 Nicholas AMBROGIO 88’), 16 Kieran COLWELL - Subs not used: 20 Thomas JEBB, 21 Paul ZIMARINO

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 2 Dylan WHITE, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 5 Sam LOVELESS, 7 Charlie KENNA, 8 Jordan PAVETT (20 Beau RAHIM 75’), 9 Kyle KING (18 Milan OGNJENOVIC 82’), 11 Dannie RICHMAN, 12 Jordan TUMOE, 16 Tristan TAYLOR, 17 James ATKINS (10 Papa KPATAR 80’) - Subs not used: RGK Alec RADONICH, 6 Faustinho MACHOCHI - Referee: Tom Dowle

25.3.2017

HOWLES LATE SHOW EARNS UNITED A POINT

Joondalup United continued their unbeaten start to the NPL, but they left it late with Richard Howles scoring in stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw with Cockburn City at Percy Doyle Reserve. Cockburn led 2-0 at the break with Liam Murray and Harry O’Brien on target. Alex Wild pulled one back for the home side early in the second half before Howles popped up with the equaliser. “We’ve done this so many times over the years, scored in the last minute, we’ll always go to the final whistle,” United Coach Nick Jennings told the NPL website. “We’re pleased to stay unbeaten but we battered them in the second-half and should have scored more goals.”

Cockburn arrived with only one defeat this season, and they made the perfect start scoring after only eight minutes. Cameron Edwards crossing to Murray, and the big striker made no mistake. Joondalup went in search of an equaliser but they couldn’t find a way past a well-organised Cockburn defence. Then in the shadows of half time Cockburn doubled their advantage. A corner from Edwards wasn’t dealt with by the Joondalup defence and O’Brien made them pay firing home from close-range to send them in to the sheds with a 2-0 lead.

The home side needed a good start after the break and they lifted the tempo and were rewarded on 52 minutes. Skipper Arran Maplestone raced down the left, and cross to Wild who headed past Luke Radonich. The home sides’ tails were up and they pressed for the equaliser, but they found Radonich in good form. The Cockburn custodian produced a great reflex save to thwart Jay Marsden’s long-range shot. It was all Joondalup and Cockburn were hanging on, and Luke Serra and Wild both had efforts scrambled off the line, as the Cockerels defended resolutely.

But in the second minute of stoppage time their luck ran out with Joondalup levelling. Howles was sent racing down the left, he cut inside and finished with aplomb past Radonich to set off wild celebrations from the home crowd. “Really disappointed with that second-half effort, we stole a point today,” Cockburn City coach Scott Millar told the NPL website. “First-half we bossed them, second-half they bossed us, and to be honest they’re unlucky not to sneak a win.”

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2 Joel LEDSHAM (16 Ross EDWARDS 86’), 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE (C), 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES, 10 Alex WILD (19 Mike KENNY 85’), 17 Luke SERRA, 23 Jay MARSDEN (18 Anthony TAYLOR 74’), 54 Robert BAIN - Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 22 Jai RAWLINSON

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT (C), 7 Ali GHOLAMI (18 Daniel DOLS 61’), 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Gian ALBANO, 10 David ARAYA (14 Julian TELES 69’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 16 Calvin WHITNEY, 17 Jesse LAZARRO (13 Blake ADAMS 61), 19 Liam MURRAY, 20 Joshua KUSER - Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 12 Kenel MOUITHYS - Referee: Josh Nixon

25.3.2017

SUBIACO MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK WINS

Subiaco have produced a good all-round team performance to beat Balcatta 3-0 at Grindleford Reserve and to make it back-to-back wins for Ian McMurray’s side. David Perich gave the visitors the lead in the first half, before Mike Lawson and Henock Butshire scored after the break to send Subiaco home with the points. "The last couple of weeks we’ve been working on that (midfield pressure),” McMurray told the NPL website. “I thought the whole team worked well to put pressure on Balcatta when they had the ball and we won it in some good areas.”

It was an even opening to the game with both sides going close early. First Lawson’s volley was well saved by Domenico Savoldelli, before Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery produced two good saves to deny Nathan Scully and Lucas Mello. Balcatta went close again on 20 minutes, with Justin Onek finding Feisal Zaw, whose shot was saved by Montgomery. But five minutes later it was the visitors who hit the front, Perich was picked out in the box and the former Inglewood and Stirling Lions midfielder finished well.

The visitors made a dream start to the second half, and three minutes in they doubled their advantage. A free kick on the edge of the box from Lawson beat Savoldelli. Balcatta went in search of a goal to get them back into the game but they couldn’t find a way past Montgomery and a defence well-marshalled by Alex Castiello. But on 76 minutes Subiaco wrapped up the points with a third. Perich found second half substitute Butshire who made no mistake.

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Hanafi GHAZALI (10 Dino TOPCAGIC 77’), 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Callum O’CONNELL, 5 Kieron STALLARD, 6 Jon CORNESS, 9 Lucas MELLO (12 Kurt KOUAKOU 46’), 11 Feisal ZAW, 13 Daniel Hepworth (23 Ismael BANGURA 60’), 16 Nathan SCULLY, 20 Paddy QUINN (C) - Subs not used: 8 Patrick SARA

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 7 Dylan ANDREWS, 8 Mike LAWSON (15 Henock BUTSHIRE 71’), 9 Rory FEELY, 11 Carlin FEELY, 12 Nathan SMITH (3 Ger FITZGERALD 88’), 13 Jordan CANDISH, 14 Ross JARMAN (16 Ian MCMURRAY 85’), 17 Alex CASTIELLO 18 David PERICH, 19 Stefan HILL - Subs not used: 4 Alex TRIGLIVCANIN, 21 Hamish ST GEORGE - Referee: Anthony Walsh

25.3.2017

AUSSIES TOO GOOD FOR UNITED LEGENDS (courtesy manutd.com)

Manchester United's Legends suffered a 3-0 defeat against an Aussie Legends XI but the charity match provided a memorable occasion in Western Australia on Saturday. Goals from Nick Carle, Bobby Despotovski and Con Boutsianis gave the Aussie Legends a deserved victory against the ex-Reds, who lost Quinton Fortune and Paul Scholes to injury in the first half. But the result was ultimately irrelevant as United fans Down Under, who generated a terrific atmosphere and never stopped singing throughout, enjoyed themselves as a host of club icons dusted off their boots to raise vital funds for the club’s Foundation and DT38 Foundation. Although fundraising was the aim of the game, it was a competitive contest from the start at the nib Stadium as around 12,000 enthusiastic fans packed into the home of A-League side Perth Glory to welcome some of their heroes in Perth.

Manchester United Legends: Walsh; Gillespie (Beardsmore 36) (Thornley 61), Johnsen (Gillespie 50), Silvestre, Irwin (Robson 78); Poborsky, Scholes (c) (Martin 29), Fortune (Webber 25), Djordic; Yorke, Saha (Ritchie 64).

Aussie Legends: Milosevic (Petkovic 63); M Thompson, McKain (Evans 82), Zwaanswijk (Milicevic 51), Heffernan (M De Lima 79); Burns (L De Lima 82), Colosimo (c); McGarry (Gaspar 70), Bridges (Despotovski 41), Boutsianis (Carle 27) (Meredith 81); A Thompson (Harnwell 66) - Referee: Mathew Cheeseman

24.3.2017

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND SIX PREVIEW

We head off to Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon for the Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Week’, with Joondalup United entertaining Cockburn City in Week six of the PS4NPLWA. It will be the first time the two clubs have ever meet in WA football, and it’s been a meteoric rise for Joondalup, who were only formed in 2000 and Nick Jennings and the other coaches at the club have worked extremely hard to reach the top flight of WA Football. Cockburn have gone under the radar this season, and currently sit in third spot, and Scott Miller has molded a talented squad and their results so far this season shows that.

Cockburn are coming off a hard fought 3-2 win against local rivals Armadale last week, and skipper Euen Grant, who popped up with a goal too, said it was good to bounce back from their loss against Floreat. “Derbies are always tough games and Armadale made it hard for us,” he said. “But it’s great to come back from being down twice to get the victory and keep our good form going.” Grant said Joondalup have made a flying start to life in the NPL and he’s expecting a tight game. “Both teams are going into this one in good form, so it will be a tight game,” he said. “They (Joondalup) have more than held their own against any opposition they have come up against, so we know it will be another good test for us.” In team news for the Cockerels Ali Gholami is line for a recall, while Harry O’Brien and Liam Murray retuned off the bench last week and will be both in line for a recall.

Joondalup midfielder Jay Marsden said last’s win at Balcatta, in their first away game of the season was well-deserved. “Last week’s win a great result and a good solid performance from the boys, every game is going to be a battle for us and we are prepared for that and we deserved it on the day,” he said. “We seem to be getting more confident by the week so hopefully we continue to improve on Saturday against a good Cockburn side.” Marsden, who joined Joondalup from local rivals ECU last season, said Cockburn have brought in some good players and will be a huge test for them, but he said they will be doing everything they can to keep their unbeaten start to the season going. “We know Cockburn will be a tough game but again we are prepared for that and know every game is going to be a tough one,” he explained. “But we know if we play like we have been and take our chances we can walk away with points.” In team news Matt Sparrow should return from injury, while Josh Booysen may return after travelling overseas. - Saturday (3pm) Joondalup United v Cockburn City – Percy Doyle Reserve – Referee – Joshua Nixon

After last week’s battle against Bayswater, Sorrento will be in for another one this week when they travel to the ECU Football Stadium to take on ECU Joondalup in the local derby. The 4-4 draw was one of the best games of the season to date, to keep the Gulls in the top three, while ECU were beaten by a late Jon Stynes goal at Floreat Athena. ECU assistant Coach David Tough said it was disappointing to let it slip late, but they had chances to win it. “It was one of those games which looked like it was going to be goalless, which over the 90 minutes I think would have been a fair result,” he said. “We missed a few good chances over the 90 which was disappointing and unfortunately another moment we switched off for a second and we're punished.” Tough said the Northern Derby is always a big game and Saturday will be no different. “I think the Sorrento game is perfect for us to bounce back with and kick start our season. We all know we haven't performed well so far but we're confident in the players we have in the squad,” he explained. “We've been working extremely hard in training and I'm sure we'll find our form soon. We know this is going to be a testing game but we'll be well prepared and ready.” In ream news Ryan Pearson is missing for the Gulls, after being sent off last week, while Rikki Smith is in line for his first start of the season for the home side, while Steven McGarry and Kevin Moon have shaken of knocks from last week and will be available. - Saturday (3pm) ECU Joondalup v Sorrento – ECU Football Stadium – Referee – Tom Glavovic

League leaders Perth SC have home ground advantage again when they host Armadale at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday. Perth had to come from behind to beat the Glory last week, while Armadale were edged out by Cockburn City, their third straight home defeat. Perth keeper Francis Soale said they had to work hard for the win last week. “No denying they dominated us for the most of the first half and deservedly led at the break, although I should've saved the free kick,” he said. “But to be fair we've changed a few things and came out in that second half a different side putting them under more pressure, which in the end they didn't cope with and we scored the two goals we deserved.” Soale said Armadale are a tough team to play and he said their second round win at ECU Joondalup showed they are a good side. “I think everyone within the league is well aware there's no more easy games with the threat (apparently) of relegation and playing for finals etc. The ladder's a hoax after only five games, we'll treat Armadale the same as any other opponent,” he said. “That being said we won’t accept another start to the game like we had last week, we're at home so we'll be expecting nothing less than a win and hopefully a first clean sheet for boys down back.” In team news Niccolo Sabatini should return to the starting line-up, but will be without skipper Clark Keltie with a broken foot. “To loss Clark is a big loss as he would be for any team in the competition, but there's nothing you can do we had similar all situations all of last year which didn't stop us,” he said. “Watch out for Paul Zimmerino and Tom Jebb, couple of our younger brigade banging on the door for a spot in the side, while Marco Santalucia has also just returned to training from his serious knee injury which has been great for him.” - Saturday (3pm) Perth SC v Armadale – Dorrien Gardens – Referee - Tom Dowle

Mandurah City will play their first home game of the season when they host Perth Glory at the Kelly’s Hot Water Community Stadium on Saturday. The Glory let a half time lead slip at Perth last week, while Mandurah conceded a last minute goal at Inglewood to draw 2-2. Defender Jeff Bright said despite the result it was a good performance. “It was pretty disappointing that we put ourselves in a position twice to win the match but just couldn't hold on. We did soak up a lot of pressure and I thought our defence was very good on the day,” he explained. “We have had a very experimental defence so far this campaign because of injuries and hopefully now we can all stay fit and stop leaking in soft goals because one mistake and you get punished in this league.” Bright said the Glory youngsters have been impressive this season and he said it will be a good game. “This is a massive game for us this week, especially our first home game in the NPL after five away matches and we will be aiming for our first win,” he said. “We have to make our ground a fortress and start picking up points, and the Glory will be a good test for us. They are a young team with guys who have ambitions of taking the next step so we need to get on top of them early and really finish off the game. The club is expecting a big crowd and I know a lot of hard work has been done off the pitch to make this happen so it's up to us as players and coaches to do the business on the park.” In team news Oriol Fernandez should return for the home side, but Lance Louvey is still out, while the Glory will be at full strength. - Saturday (3pm) Mandurah City v Perth Glory – Kelly’s Hot Water Community Stadium - Referee – Steven Gregory

The final game on Saturday is at Grindleford Reserve, where Subiaco travel to take on Balcatta. The visitors side won for the first time this season at Stirling last week, while Balcatta were beaten 3-1 in their first home game of the season. It was a massive win for Ian McMurray’s side and keeper Ryan Montgomery said it was a well-deserved win. “Last week’s performance was a complete team effort and a due reward for all the hard work we've put in over the last few weeks while things haven't been going our way,” he said. “We've picked up some quality players in the off season so it was always going to take a few games to gel but now we've got the first with hopefully we can kick on from last week’s win. Montgomery said Balcatta will be looking to bounce back from their lose last week so they will need to be on the ball. “This will be another test for us, and they will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle,” he said. “But I believe if we have the same attitude and work rate as last week there's no reason why we can't get another result.” In team news Mike Lawson and David Perich both pulled up sore from the win at the Lions, but should be fit to play. Meanwhile Daniel Hepworth, Nathan Scully and Emmanuel Mansaray will be pushing for a starting role for Balcatta. - Saturday (3pm) Balcatta v Subiaco - Grindleford Reserve - Referee – Anthony Walsh

On Sunday two teams who have struggled to start the season meet at the Macedonia Park, when Inglewood United visits Stirling Lions. The Lions were upset at home last week by Subiaco, while Inglewood need a stoppage time equaliser from Brian Woodall to draw with Mandurah. Lions’ skipper Miki Vujacic said last week was a real disappointment for everyone involved at the club. “It was a very poor performance by us, Subiaco totally dominated us in most aspects of the game and without a doubt deserved the points,” he said. “For us the quality and experience is there, we just need it all to click to get our season cracking.” The midfielder said they are looking forward to Sunday’s game to kick start their season. “I think in terms of opposition, Inglewood, are the perfect team for us to be playing this week. Facing off against a great team, with quality all over the park is something that will motivate our boys to perform,” he explained. “We thrive on playing against the top teams and with both teams having disappointing results last week, it will be an interesting game to watch. Both sides go into the game at full strength with Lions trio Will Pender, Darren O’Riordan and Alex Tanevski pushing for a starting role, likewise Luke Randazzo, Kenny Keogh and Mark Pritchard for Inglewood. Sunday (3pm) Stirling Lions v Inglewood United – Macedonia Park – Referee – Nico Hoyle

In the final game second placed Floreat Athena head to Frank Drago Reserve to take on Bayswater City. The home side conceded a 95th minute penalty to draw 4-4 at Sorrento, while Floreat scored late to beat ECU Joondalup. Midfielder Kris Gate said they deserved the win last week, and their never-say-die attitude shone through. “Saturday was a massive win against a very good ECU side. We knew there qualities and there threats and I thought we dealt with them very we,” he said. “We have players missing who have been a big part of Floreat’s success for a good few years including top goal scorer Lewis McMahon and gold medal winner Ludovic Boi, but I think we have to give credit to the boys and the way we have gone about business, and picking up some big points.” Gate said Bayswater may not have started the season well but they are a good side and they are expecting a tough game. “Bayswater are a quality side there is no doubting that, and there is no doubt come the end of the season they will be right up there,” he explained. “They went to Sorrento and grabbed a draw so maybe they are looking to kick start their season, but having said that we are in form and started the season well. I think we can give them a game no doubt and hopefully we come back with the points.” In team new McMahon, Boi and Phil Arnold will miss again, but Bobby Wilson will be putting his hand up after impressing off the bench in recent weeks. Bayswater will be without the suspended Luka Ninkovic and Brent Griffiths, but Paul McCarthy and Andrija Jukic will be pushing for a starting role. Sunday (3pm) Bayswater City v Floreat Athena – Frank Drago Reserve – Referee – Michael Jasinski

24.3.2017

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES FINAL PREVIEW

Last weekend saw two tense Semi-Finals, and on Sunday evening South West Phoenix and Forrestfield United meet in the 2017 State League Night Series Final. Both sides needed late penalties to win their Semi-Final’s, Nicola Gazzola scored for the Phoenix to beat Ashfield 4-3, while Rhys Loxley converted for Forrestfield, as they edged out Dianella White Eagles 3-2.

Forrestfield went through Group C undefeated to top the group, and they won the point needed in the final game against Gwelup Croatia to move into the Semi-Final. Winger Rhys Loxley said the Dianella game was their toughest so far this season so far. “They (Dianella) really took the game to us and on another day the tie could’ve been over by half time, as they missed a host of clear cut chances,” he said. “However we were able to regroup at half time and after a couple of smart substitutions we finished off the stronger of the two teams resulting in two late goals to win it.

“I think the result shows the character and mentality within our squad, which may have seen us across the line. A special mention must go to 17-year-old Josh Kotio, who performed exceptionally, given the circumstances of the tie.” Loxley was given the responsibility of taking the last minute penalty and he was happy to have secured a final spot. “Theirs is always going to be added pressure given the nature of the situation – the last minute of a Semi-Final and the chance to win it – All I could really do is pick my spot and remain confident that the ball would end up in the back of the net, thankfully it did.”

The vice-captain said Sunday’s opponents are on fire at the moment and it will be another tough game. “They (Phoenix) will be high on confidence after a perfect campaign so far and after watching them play in the Semi-Final, it should prove to be a really tough game,” he said. “They play a really attractive style of football and have a number of players all over the park who are capable of making a difference. All we can do as a team is play our brand of football as best as we can and hope that it is enough to get us over the line.”

South West Phoenix skipper Adam Guthridge said their Semi-Final win, was a real battle. “Ashfield played well and definitely made us earn our spot in the final and it would've been a great game for the spectators,” he said. “They are a physical side and battled for 95 minutes which we knew would be the case, but credit to our boys for getting the result to put us into the final. Although it wasn't our best performance we showed character to grind out the win which will hold us in good stead for the final.”

Keeper Guthridge has been putting back into the game working for Football South West as Goalkeeper coach. “I played at Canning City juniors until 14, before heading to Busselton City FC until 18. Then to Western Knights for two seasons with Ronnie Campbell and Willy Kelly, then moved to Canada and played for West Vancouver FC in the VMSL, before returned to play my first season at Phoenix in 2016,” he explained.

“I run the Goalkeeping Hubs for Football Federation South West in Busselton Bunbury and Australind, and I am also Technical director for Australind Junior Soccer Club and currently coach an U12 team who plays in the Perth JBL. After playing for several years in the South West I felt the need to give back to the footballing community and now find myself within several roles trying to have a positive impact on the young footballers of the region which is a very rewarding experience.”

Guthridge said Sunday’s game will be another tight game, but New Coach Mauro Marchione has started life well at the Bunbury based club, and has brought professionalism to the club. “We know Sunday’s game will be a good technical and tactical display between two well coached sides, and I’m sure there will be some quality football on display,” he said.

“Being a final you'd expect a close game and it's clear both clubs are doing great things both on and off the pitch this year. Mauro has brought a huge amount of experience, knowledge and professionalism to a club that has been seeking a coach of this calibre for years. The playing group has responded well to Mauro in the last four months and the results of our hard work in training over this period have started to show on the pitch.”

24.3.2017

GLORY LOOKING TO SPOIL THE SKY BLUES PARTY

Hyundai A-League leaders Sydney FC head West this week to take on Perth Glory at the nib Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and it’s a must win game for Kenny Lowe’s side. A win will keep their top four hopes alive, but a win for the Sky Blues will give them the Premiership plate.

The Glory were belted last time out against Melbourne Victory, a result not many saw coming. After taking the lead the Victory took control on the scoreboard, although the Glory created a number of chances and in the end it could have been 5-5, but Kevin Muscat’s side are find form at the right time of the season.

Glory skipper Rostyn Griffiths said there run to the finals start on Sunday, and he believes they can get three points to kick start their finals campaign. “Our finals series is starting now, a little bit prematurely,” Griffiths said. “Every game is a must win for us – to set up our season, and everyone’s got to target the home final.

“They’re all winnable games for us, especially the home games, and Adelaide (away) obviously who haven’t been the same this season. Sydney FC has the opportunity to wrap it up this weekend with the minor premiership. It will be a huge game for them, but we want to create our own slice of history and be the team that can knock them off. It’d be good for our confidence to get a result.”

Brandon Wilson (Back) and Joe Mills (Hamstring) have both returned to training and could make a return to the squad on Sunday, while Rhys Williams is on international duty.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is weighing up making a surprise selection for the game with midfielder Josh Brillante a chance to be dropped into the backline The Sky Blues are forced to make at least two changes to their starting line-up with defender Rhyan Grant and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic away with the Australian national team and Arnold eyeing a potential reshuffle of his starting line-up instead of promoting youngsters. With Seb Ryall on the comeback from a hamstring injury, there is no obvious replacement for Grant in the right full-back spot.

Arnold is yet to decide whether to start young centre-back Aaron Calver in his less familiar role out wide or drop Brillante from his regular position as defensive midfielder. "Seb is still probably another 10 days to two weeks away. We need to be careful with it because it's a hamstring [injury]. Probably today, he could play, but you always hold hamstrings back a couple of weeks," Arnold said. "Aaron Calver is 100 per cent fit. He's trained enormously the last two weeks and more. He hasn't been injured, he's just been on the bench or left out. He comes back into calculations. He's played right-back for us before and he's done a good job so he's a potential to play."

Arnold said the 16-day break was a welcomed chance to work on their finishing in front of goal.

"It was a great period to have off and it's given us a great opportunity to tidy up a few things we weren't happy with," Arnold said. "Look back against the Mariners, it was a 1-0 result that should have been five. It's about the gut feeling in front of the goal, when you feel the strikers have that feeling about executing, and when they get the execution right and get the combinations right, then we're a very good side."

23.3.2017

PLAYING THE RED DEVILS A GLORY DAY FOR HARNWELL

A timely text message has launched Perth Glory great Jamie Harnwell back on the pitch with some of his childhood idols. Harnwell could barely believe his eyes when an invitation came from his former Glory captain Simon Colosimo to play against the sporting giant who helped him fall in love with the world game.

39-year-old Harnwell will line-up for the PFA Aussie Legends against a Manchester United team of legends at Perth Oval on Saturday night. The Red Devils will be managed by Harnwell’s idol and hero, Bryan Robson, and includes other household names including Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin.

“Pretty much when I was born,” Harnwell said of his lifetime support for the Manchester club. “My dad was a massive Manchester United fan, so from the time I could walk I had Manchester United shirts on and it has continued from there. It’s something that runs through me and I’ve passed it on to my kids as well.”

“Bryan Robson was my idol as a kid and I wanted to be captain of Manchester United just like him,” Harnwell said. “It’s going to be a special night. Unfortunately I’m not doing it at the peak of my career but I’m looking forward to it, my family is looking forward to it and I’m just hoping I can snag one of their shirts afterwards.”

Harnwell, who played 256 games for Glory, has a range of Manchester United memorabilia, including an old teddy bear - minus both eyes - wearing club colours. Saturday’s game will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people in England and a local organisation, DT38 Foundation.

23.3.2017

VILLA BOSS ADMITS HE MUST BE ‘BOX CLEVER’ WITH LYDEN

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted he'll need to be “box clever” with Jordan Lyden following the midfielder’s return from long-term injury. 21-year-old Lyden, who made his first team breakthrough last season, has spent the majority of the current campaign on the sidelines with a quad injury.

Lyden finally made his return for Villa’s under-23s this month but Bruce is eager not to rush him back too quickly. “We have to err on the side of caution with the type of injury he has got,” Bruce. “He had one of those terrible muscle injuries. We have to box clever.”

“He has trained the last week and to be fair I have been very impressed with him. He’s a good player. The first thing he has to do is get fit and we are doing everything we can. If he gets fit then he has an outstanding chance of being in and around it.”

23.3.2017

VELAPHI OUT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Goalkeeper Tando Velaphi will be out of action for at least two months after breaking his hand. Velaphi, who joined Japanese club Shonan Bellmare from Melbourne City last year, suffered the injury while trainng with the J2 League side last week.

"I broke my hand last week at training, so it was a little unfortunate," confirmed Velaphi, who was on the bench for this seasons opening three league game prior to injury. "I had the operation over the weekend so looks like a couple of months on the sidelines."

"It's been a little frustrating not to start the season but I felt I was training well and in good shape before the injury, and obviously felt ready to play if I was called upon. As a team we've started off strongly, which has been great, so it's a shame to have to miss out the next couple of months."

Velaphi began his senior career with Perth SC before A-League stints with Queensland Roar, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. An Australian youth international, he made nine first-team appearances for Shonan Bellamare last season.

21.2.2017

JUFC WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Joondalup United has once again been left disappointed by the City of Joondalup’s decision not to develop a facility for the club after plans for Beldon Park were turned down in midweek. At the council meeting, a majority of Councilors and the Mayor followed the City’s recommendation to reject a proposal for the upgrade of facilities at the park which has been utilised by the club for a number of years. Unfortunately, the costs associated with the development were deemed too high.

United President Stephen Martin said it was the worst possible outcome. “Yes it was a disappointment, and when we saw the plans and expected cost of the Beldon proposal we did fear the worst but after being through the ringer twice already were just ready for this to be all over at the third time of asking,” he explained. “The fear of NPL and the scaremongering going on has been rather incredible throughout this whole process.”

The club would like to assure its members that the Committee will continue to fight for a permanent home base as the club goes from strength the strength. They have made great strides both on and off the pitch – Senior, Amateurs, Masters and juniors continue to grow, and you need the best facilities, but what have the council objected to, for knocking it back again? “For a club of our size and stature our facilities are embarrassing, in this instance it was the cost of the project which saw it get knocked back,” Martin explained. “With the need for two pitches, the earthworks required to facilitate this was rather excessive, so it’s back to the drawing board.

The club have been able to take their spot in the NPL playing at Percy Doyle Reserve this season and Martin thanked them for helping them out of the situation. “Percy Doyle was always a short term solution and we really thank Sorrento for helping us out, we wouldn’t be here without them,” he said. “It is however not sustainable long term due to things like hire fees and lack of income generation through food and drinks sales. As always we are working closely with the City of Joondalup Administration to find a solution that meets NPL requirements and also allows the club to generate more of an income from our home games to help cover our NPL running costs.”

It is imperative that councils supports a sporting club that has been successful both on and off the park while providing a healthy environment for both young and old. Despite tonight’s decision, JUFC will continue to play and train at Beldon Park as it is the home ground for both senior and junior teams. Beldon Park will also host the club’s annual Family Fun Day this coming Sunday which promises to be another fantastic event.

Martin said the performance of the NPL side this season has given everyone at the club a massive boost. “They have done really well so far, as with any league promotion the first goal you set yourself is survival so to start the way we have has been very pleasing,” he said. “With only a few additions to the NPL squad from outside the club it is great to see the lads who have been loyal to JUFC getting the chance to play at the highest level and so far holding their own.

21.3.2017

GLORY SIGN INTERNATIONAL ROMANIAN

Romanian international Lucian Goian has signed a short-term player contract as an injury replacement with Perth Glory for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season. The 34-year old experienced central defender heads to Perth after playing for Indian Super League giants Mumbai City, where he was voted the league's best defender.

Goian, a Romanian Under-21 international, tasted considerable success in his homeland where he won the League Championship, the Romanian Cup and the Romanian Supercup with Dinamo Bucharest. Prior to playing in India, he spent three seasons in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Teda and Beijing Baxy before spells at Romanian clubs FC Bracov and CFR Cluj.

Goian joins Glory following season-ending injuries to defenders Shane Lowry (quad) and Alex Grant (foot). The experienced defender has commenced training with Glory and is expected to be available for selection for this weekend's Round 24 game against A-League leaders Sydney FC at Perth Oval.

21.2.2017

FFA CUP 3RD ROUND DRAW SETS UP SOME BIG GAMES

The draw for the Third Round of the Westfield FFA Cup (WA Stage) was drawn on Monday and it’s set up some intriguing ties. Melville City face the long trip down south to take on Albany Bayswater City, while the 2015 quarter Finalists Gwelup Croatia start their journey with a home game against Bunbury based side Dalyellup Park Rangers.

Albany Rovers make the trip to Woodvale, Kalgoorlie based Boulder City host Shamrock Rovers, while Busselton SC entertain Hamersley Rovers. Graham Normanton’s first official game as Coach of Olympic Kingsway is a home tie against Western Knights, while Jonndanna Blues travel to Wembley Downs. The match of the round is at Dianella Reserve where Dianella White Eagles take on Ashfield, who were beaten in the 2013 State League Cup Final.

FFA Cup Round 3 – Game played on April 1 and April 2

Woodvale v Albany Rovers, Canning City v Wanneroo City, Albany Bayswater SC v Melville City, Busselton SC v Hamersley Rovers, Gwelup Croatia v Dalyellup Park Rangers, Dianella White Eagles v Ashfield, Quinns v UWA Nedlands, Forrestfield United v Curtin University, South West Phoenix v Kelmscott Roos, Joondalup City v Ballajura AFC, Olympic Kingsway v Western Knights, Rockingham City v Kalamunda United, Gosnells City v Kingsley SC, Boulder City v Shamrock Rovers, Wembley Downs v Jonndanna Blues, Warnbro Strikers v Swan United, Kwinana United v Fremantle City, Balga v Southern Spirit, Morley Windmills v Perth Royals,

21.3.2017

SAINSBURY: I'M CLOSE TO INTER MILAN DEBUT

Having tasted football's "creme de la creme" in Italy, Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury admits his next club move is going to feel like a step down, wherever he goes. But he is increasingly hopeful he won't have to make one.

Sainsbury believes he is close to breaking through for his Inter Milan debut after moving on loan to the Serie A powerhouse from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in January. Sainsbury is yet to be used by coach Stefano Pioli despite making Inter's bench six times but said he was starting to feel like he belongs.

"I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone. The biggest hurdle I have to climb is myself," Sainsbury commented. "Physically I'm OK. Tactically I have to get used to what the team is like - the Italians love defence. But if I wasn't near the right level I wouldn't be on the bench."

Sainsbury has lapped up the experience so far, enjoying all the fringe benefits that come with playing for one of Europe's most famous clubs - including the treatment extended to players' cars, which are cleaned, perfumed and topped up with petrol whenever they come back from away games.

The 25-year-old former Armadale junior has not played a competitive match since October last year, and Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said he took a punt on Sainsbury by including him in his squad for this month's qualifiers.

Sainsbury looms as a likely starter at centre-back against Iraq but with match minutes such an important commodity and so many important international assignments to come this year, Sainsbury concedes the clock is ticking.

"Game time is important - we all know that - so I just have to keep training hard and try to force the coach's hand," he said. "(If not) it definitely won't hurt my CV. Who's going to turn down Inter Milan?"

"Hopefully someone will see what I can offer their club and a move to (somewhere else in) Europe will be on the cards. I've tasted Europe before, Australia, China - Europe is where I get the burning passion to better myself."

SOCCEROOS CALL-UP HALTS WILLIAMS CONTRACT EXTENSION

Perth Glory could face another battle to keep talented midfielder Rhys Williams at the club because of his Socceroos recall. Williams’ contract is set to expire at the end of the season but if he plays a specified number of games a second year is automatically triggered.

However, his call-up for the World Cup qualifiers against Iraq in Tehran on 23 March and the United Arab Emirates in Sydney five days later, mean he cannot hit that mark even if Glory qualify for the Grand Final. Williams will miss two games while with the Socceroos and a third because of a ban after picking up his eighth yellow card against Melbourne Victory.

“After missing the next two rounds, no matter how many games he plays from now on he can’t trigger it,” Williams’ manager Tony Rallis told Fox Sports. “All I will say is that the number of games he has played, combined with the number of games he can still possibly play, including the grand final, will not trigger a new contract.”

Williams was out-of-favour earlier this year and left out of the Glory squad for five matches. The club refused to let the former Middlesbrough player move to a rival A-League team, but said at the time it might be prepared to open talks about a move overseas. He was chased by league leaders Sydney FC, who Glory play in their next game, tomorrow week.

After fighting his way back into the Glory side Williams, who has not represented Australia since a friendly against Costa Rica in 2014, said the dispute was behind him but admitted the Socceroos recall was a shock. Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos said he did not want to comment about the speculation or individual contracts and said the team was focussed solely on making the finals.

The next four weeks will decide Glory’s finals fate as they line-up against three of the top four teams in the run home. After the Sydney clash, they travel to face cellar dwellers Adelaide United before home games against Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City. Glory are fifth, trailing Brisbane and Melbourne but with a game in hand over the pair.

19.3.2017

PHOENIX RISE TO THE FINAL

South West Phoenix moved into the Final of the State League Night Series after a thrilling 4-3 win against Ashfield at Wanneroo Reserve in the early game on Sunday evening. The Phoenix were ahead early through Lee Stewart, before Jamie Stewart levelled for Ashfield. Lee Stewart added his second, but again Ashfield hit back with Matt Bonasera on target. Jayden Prosser regained the lead for the Phoenix but once again Ashfield levelled with Jody Thompson scoring.

It looked like going to extra time but in the fifth minute of stoppage time Nicola Gazzola scored the winner from the penalty spot. “Ashfield gave us a battle for 95 minutes and are the perfect example of how hard you have to work to win games in this division,” Lee Stewart said. “We are delighted to make the final, but the preseason is a learning curve for everyone so we will need to continue to develop as a squad and ensure we are ready physically and mentally for the upcoming season.”

It was a classic Semi-Final with chances at both ends, but it was the Phoenix ahead at the break. Lee Stewart was sent clear by a long clearance from keeper Adam Guthridge and the Ashfield keeper Scott Rowe misjudged the bounce and the striker fired home into an empty net. But Ashfield lifted after the break and they soon levelled. Jamie Stewart was on the end of some neat build up play to side foot past Guthridge. But the Phoenix regained the lead when Lee Stewart fired home a free kick, but Matt Wardle’s side weren’t laying down and they levelled again. Matt Bonasera received the ball 20 meters from goal, and his half volley flew into the top corner of the net giving Guthridge no chance.

The big crowd were loving every minute of the game and it wasn’t long before the Phoenix again hit the front. Gazzola’s shot was well saved by Rowe, but Prosser was quickest to react to fire home the rebound. But once again Ashfield hit back and made it 3-3, second half substitute Jody Thomson was given far too much room in the middle of the park and his shot flew into the bottom corner of the net with Guthridge rooted to the spot. It looked like going to extra time, but in the 95th minute the Phoenix on it. Prosser fell in the penalty area and the referee pointed straight to the spot. It looked a little harsh, but Gazzola stepped to score to send the Phoenix into the final against Forrestfield United next Sunday.

19.3.2017

FORRESTFIELD EDGE OUT DINAELLA IN SEMI-FINAL CLASSIC

Forrestfield United moved into the Final of the State League Night Series after a 3-2 win against Dianella White Eagles, in the late game at Wanneroo Reserve. Dianella were ahead on the half hour with Angel Andres scoring from the spot, but Forrestfield levelled on the stroke of half time with Liam Merigan on target. Dianella converted another penalty through Bojan Radinovic just before the hour to retake the lead, but Forrestfield again drew level on 68 minutes with Ben Rogers scoring. It could have gone either way but a last minute penalty from Rhys Loxley won it for Forrestfield.

“Very much our toughest opponent this year. They did their homework and credit to them they shut off key areas of the field that made us unable to play our game the way we wanted,” Forrestfield defender Mark Barnett said. “But we never gave up we have that never say die attitude amongst our group and we will fight to the death of every game. So huge credit to all the boys who took part in the game and we will have a solid week on the training park this week and look forward to a great final next weekend.”

It was a great game early and both sides played some great football, and there were chances at both ends, but on 35 minutes Dianella hit the front, Barnett mistimed tackle brought down Mwansa Musonda and the referee pointed to the spot. Spanish striker Andres made no mistake from the resulting penalty. But in the shadows of half time Forrestfield levelled, Trevor Laure and Josh Kotio combined down the right, the latter crossing into the box and Merigan finished into the corner of the net.

It was more of the same after the break with both sides pressing, and ten minutes in Dianella won another penalty, after Kaan Karacan and keeper Ben Parry combined to bring down Andres, and the striker picked himself up to score from the spot. Once again Forrestfield hit back and second half substitute Jordan Hart raced down the right and linked up superbly with Rogers, and the striker made no mistake.

It was anyone’s game but Dianella looked tired, and with extra time looming Forrestfield scored the winner in the final minute. Hart was a constant threat and he sent another substitute Day Day Poe into the box and he was brought down by keeper Yann Castrec, and for the third time the referee pointed to the spot. Loxley kept his nerve to score the winner and send them into next week’s Final against South West Phoenix next Sunday.

DJULBIC WANTS TO SPOIL SYDNEY'S PREMIERSHIP PARTY

Perth Glory defender Dino Djulbic is rallying his teammates to delay Sydney FC's prospective minor premiership celebrations. A win next weekend at Perth Oval could seal the Sky Blues the premiership but Djulbic wants that to be motivation for his team to strengthen their claim on a home final. "We don't want them to win the minor Premiership here so we gotta try to do our best to spoil it for them," Djulbic said.

Djulbic registered his 120th A-League appearance - and 80th in Glory colours - in last weekend's loss to Melbourne Victory. But the defender is focused on the team more-so than his individual achievements. "Ït's great for me but it was a bad result for us," he said. "We thought we'd go there and get a result but we made too many individual mistakes and it cost us in the end. We've got to make sure we don't do those again."

Glory have had the chance to rest and rejuvenate with a week off this due to the split round and Djulbic believes the break has come at an ideal time. "We have a couple of injuries so it gives them time to come back hopefully and obviously after our loss, it's good to regroup and kick on against Sydney next week," he said. "We've got three home games coming up and it's a good time to recharge the batteries a bit before the finals."

18.3.2017

ATHENA LEAVE IT LATE TO BEAT ECU

A goal three minutes from time from Jonathan Stynes, has given Floreat Athena a 1-0 win against ECU Joondalup at Litis Stadium on Saturday evening, the win moving them to joint top of the PS4NPLWA table. Both sides had chances in a tight game, but it looked like it was heading for a scoreless draw, before Stynes popped up with the winner. “Well it was a tough game as we expected, as ECU won last week and we knew they would be up for a big game,” Floreat midfielder Jackson Morgan said. “But the boys played really well from the start to the end and we got rewarded for our hard work throughout the game with the late winner.”

Both sides went into the game after big wins last week, but it was the visitors first to threaten. Tommy Amphlett was sent down the right by Jon Higgins, his cross to the back post picked out Daryl Nicol, whose volley was well saved by Jason Saldaris. The game came to life just before half time. Morgan tried his luck from long-range for the home side, but it was straight at keeper Fraser Greenwood. Moments later Shane Pickering played a great ball over the top for Amphlett, but the ECU wingers’ shot on the run was well saved by Jason Saldaris at his near post.

The game opened up and both sides had good late chances. First Stynes sent the overlapping Shaun Timmins down the right, and his shot from the angle was saved low by Greenwood, before Nicol blazed over the top after good work by Amphlett on the right. Floreat started to take control after the break, Stynes header was well saved by Greenwood, before Kris Gate shot dropped on top of the net.

Morgan was outstanding in the middle of the park, and he tested Greenwood again on the hour, but his shot was straight at ECU custodian. ECU lifted and Higgins’ in-swinging corner beat everyone and crashed off the crossbar and away to safety, before Gordon Smith’s header flashed inches past the post. But on 87 minutes the home side won it. A long ball into the penalty area picked out Wilson, who laid the ball off to Stynes, who finished clinically past Greenwood to win it. “We’ve had a lot of first team players out and our last four games have been a battle, but we have the players that can step in and tonight showed that,” Stynes told the PS4NPLWA website. “We knew going into the game the danger they (ECU) have in certain areas, and we worked hard at training during the week and we got the right result.”

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Shaun TIMMINS, 3 Clayton ARNEZ, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jonathan STYNES, 10 Kris GATE (5 Bobby WILSON 71), 12 Jackson MORGAN, 13 Zelfy NAZARY, 15 Christopher SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS (C) – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 11 Ali NAZARY, 16 Ryan MALTON, 20 Joe TWEATS

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING (8 Kevin MOON 53), 5 Nathan DIAZ, 6 Jon HIGGINS, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (11 Danny MILNE 82), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES, 16 Cian HIRRELL - Subs not used: RGK Todd HOYLE, 7 Keylun POLLARD, 15 Rikki SMITH - Referee: David Bruce

18.3.2017

SUBIACO TRIPLE THREAT

Subiaco have won for the first time this season with a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park. Jason Rubridge gave the home side the lead at half time, but second half goals to Jordan Candish, Mike Lawson and Rory Feely won it for Ian McMurray’s side. “A great win for us today, I really believed we were going to get the three points and its one we well deserved we have been battling hard the past few weeks,” Subiaco defender Alex Castiello said. “So it was good to finally get a result, we had great composure going 1-0 down then wining 3-1 in the end.”

Subiaco were on the front foot early and pressed high and dominated the middle of the park and looked more likely to open the scoring, but didn’t convert their chances. But seven minutes before half time it was the home side who hit the front. Daniel Micevski made space down the flank, and he crossed into the penalty area and Rubidge headed home past Ryan Montgomery. The Lions went close to second before the break, Moses Alavakis sending Daniel Micevski in on goal, but Montgomery stood tall to deny the midfielder.

The visitors continued to look dangerous after the break and they were rewarded with the equaliser on the hour. A quick counter attack caught the Lions napping and Carlin Feely cut the ball back to Candish, who finished past John Perkins. Moments later Subiaco hit the front. Lawson wasn’t closed down in the middle of the park and his long range shot flew into the net giving Perkins no chance. Subiaco were well on top, and the Lions were holding on, and the visitors wasted a number of chances to put the game to bed, but three minutes from time they did.

A long ball over the top sent Rory Feely clear, and the striker lobbed over the on-coming Perkins to seal the victory. “For me the win is brilliant, but more importantly, the boys put in an outstanding performance today and played some great football,” Subiaco player/coach Ian McMurray told the PS4NPLWA website. “It was very sore on us to come into half-time one down, but I settled the boys down during the break and I told them if we kept going like that we would score goals and we did exactly that. This season we have a new set of boys, are playing a new style of football and are getting better every week, but we still know that we have a hard task ahead of us.”

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 4 Blamo QUA QUA, 6 Dejan SPASESKI, 7 Miki VUJACIC (C) (17 Darren O’RIORDAN 70’), 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 11 David MICEVSKI, 12 Jason RUBIDGE (9 Alex TANEVSKI 62’), 15 Shane CASSIDY (3 Alex SULESKI 88’), 16 Mathaing MATHIANG, 18 Moses ALAVAKIS – Subs not used: RGK Lance ALAVKIS, 19 William PENDER,

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 7 John LOCKHART (6 Kevin CASTLE 93’), 8 Mike LAWSON, 9 Rory FEELY (16 Ian MCMURRAY 88’), 11 Carlin FEELY, 12 Nathan SMITH, 13 Jordan CANDISH (15 Henock BUTSHIRE 79’), 14 Ross JARMAN, 17 Alex CASTIELLO, 18 David PERICH, 19 Stefan HILL – Subs not used: 10 Dylan ANDREWS, 21 Nick SPECA Referee: Josh Mannella

18.3.2017

JOONDALUP CONTINUE UNBEATEN START TO SEASON

Joondalup United continued their unbeaten start to life in the PS4NPLWA with a 3-1 win against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve. On their first trip on the road this season Joondalup were ahead at the break with Alex Wild on target. Richard Howles doubled their advantage just after the hour, and although Feisal Zaw pulled one back for the home side Jay Marsden made sure of the points with a third. “It was a great win and great performance today,” Joondalup keeper James Bosdet said. “We started the game slow and scored against the run of the play, but after that we were the better side. It was a real good professional performance to take all 3 points and keep our unbeaten run going.”

It was a cagey opening with both sides coming off good wins last week. Joondalup were missing influential midfielder Matt Sparrow, and chances for both sides were few and far between, but that all changed on 21 minutes. Joondalup skipper Arran Maplestone raced down the flank and crossed low in to the penalty area and Wild made no mistake to score past Domenico Savoldelli. Balcatta were struggling to find holes in the Joondalup defence, which was led superbly by Ross Edwards, and at the break the visitors held onto their lead.

It was more of the same after the break, Balcatta struggling in the final third while Joondalup looked dangerous, and on 68 minutes they doubled their lead. Howles picked the ball up and raced at the Balcatta defence, beating two before finishing clinically past Savoldelli. The home side gave themselves a lifeline five minutes later. Jon Corness’ raced down the right and whipped in a cross and Zaw was on hand to finish low past Bosdet.

It was a game on and the home supporters thought a comeback was on the cards in their first home game of the season, but that was quashed on 78 minutes, when Joondalup added a third. Marsden picked the ball up wide and cut inside his marker and drilled his shot into the top corner of the net giving Savoldelli no chance. It could have been four late on after Rowdy Yates’ cross picked out Wild, but his headed flashed over the top. “It was a proper team performance,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings told the PS4NPLWA web site. “If you make mistakes in this league you get punished but we executed the game plan and got the rewards.”

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Hanafi GHAZALI, 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 Kieron STALLARD, 6 Jonathan CORNESS, 9 Luccas MELLO, 11 Feisal ZAW, 12 Kurt KOUAKOU (13 Daniel HEPWORTH 83’), 20 Paddy QUINN, 23 Ismael BANGURA (13 Emmanuel MANSARAY 59’) - Subs not used: 16 Nathan SULLY, 19 Jaedon EWEN

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2 Joel LEDSHAM, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE, 5 Joe STOCKER (54 Robert BAIN 69), 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES (19 Mike KENNY 81), 10 Alex WILD, 16 Ross EDWARDS, 18 Anthony TAYLOR (17 Luke SERRA 80), 23 Jay MARSDEN - Subs not used: 21 Jack NUNN, 22 Luke DOYLE - Referee: Tom Dowling

18.3.2017

WOODALL LATE STRIKE DENIES DOLPHINS THE WIN

Mandurah City was denied their first win of the season after Inglewood United striker Brian Woodall scored a last minute equaliser in their Week five game at the Inglewood Stadium. Oscar Thompson, who returned from injury for the game, put Mandurah the lead at half time, before Woodall levelled on the hour. Jeff Bright regained the lead for the Dolphins and it looked like that would win it for them, but Woodall struck late to share the spoils. “I’m happy we got ourselves into a winning position twice against a very good team,” Bright said. “But it’s tough to take conceding very late because we did soak up a lot of pressure and I thought the defence held strong for the majority of the game, but we have to be fully focused for 90 minutes.”

Both sides had plenty of possession early, but clear cut chances were few and far between, despite both sides having a number of set-pieces in and around the box. But three minutes before half time the visitors took the lead. Ryan Francis burst into the box and was brought down by Adam Tong and referee Stuart Muldoon pointed straight to the spot. Thompson stepped up and converted the resulting penalty past Alex Dunn.

Inglewood opened the brighter after the break and Mandurah keeper Cyril Sharrock was busy, producing two good saves to deny Inglewood striker Alex Salmon, but on the hour the home side levelled. Salmon lost his marker in the box, his shot was well saved by Sharrock, but the rebound fell to Woodall, and the English striker made no mistake. It looked like Inglewood would go and win it and created a number of chances but they couldn’t find the goal. But Mandurah showed them how to do on 66 minutes. Good lead up play ended with Andy Brown who played in Bright and he raced into the area and finished clinically past Dunn.

Inglewood pressed looking for the equaliser and Woodall wasted two golden chances, but in the final minute he made emends. A cross in to the box by Scott Blackmore picked out the striker who beat Sharrock to the ball to head home. The home side almost nicked all three points late in the game, but Mark Pritchard’s free kick whistled just wide of the target in stoppage time.

“I felt that we had the better of possession and more chances, but in the end we were lucky to come away with the draw,” Inglewood defender John Migas said. “Mandurah were well organised and hard to break down in the final third, and whenever they went forward they were more clinical. But at the end of the day I think it was probably a fair result, but disappointing for us, as these are the games we have to win if we want to be title contenders again at the end of the year.”

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 3 David CYRUS (c), 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Adam TONG, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (14 Mark PRITCHARD 75), 11 John MIGAS, 15 Brian FARRELL (12 Luke RANDAZZO 84), 18 Jason COLLI (7 Kenny KEOGH 64), 23 Brian WOODALL – Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 19 Chok DAU

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Oliver MCGEE, 3 Jeff BRIGHT, 4.Matt STARES, 5 Daniel DYSON, 6 Oscar THOMPSON (9 Craig TONE 78), 7. Mitch FIRTH, 8 Andrew BROWN (c), 10 Sean TROUP (15 Joe O’BRIEN 70), 11 Ryan FRANCIS, 14 Mark MCLAUGHLIN – Subs not used: RGK Bradley EIFFE, 12 Jordan RHODES, 17 Oriol FERNANDEZ - Referee: Stuart Muldoon

18.3.2017

SORRENTO AND BAYSWATER PRODUCE AN EIGHT GOAL THRILLER

In one of the matches of the PS4NPLWA season, Sorrento and Bayswater City have fought out a stunning 4-4 draw at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Sean Canham and Jack Salter gave Sorrento the lead at the break, Bor Bor Sam pulled one back early in the second half, but Reece Vittiglia regained the Gulls two goal advantage on the hour. But Bayswater hit back to level with Jason Mirco and a penalty from Gustavo Giron Marulanda, and it looked like they had won it late when youngster Luka Ninkovic scored, but a penalty in the 96th minute from Scott Bulloch gave both teams a share of the spoils, while Ryan Pearson (Sorrento) and Brent Griffiths and Ninkovic (Bayswater) were sent off.

It’s always a huge game on the football calendar, and this one didn’t let anyone down. The home side went close early after a quick counter attack by Bulloch down the left, but his low cross was inches away from Canham and Salter at the back post. But on 19 minutes the Gulls hit the front. Bulloch shot was blocked on the line, but Canham was on hand to tap home the rebound. Bayswater found themselves two down on the stroke of half time. Bulloch was again picked out, and his first time ball sent Salter in one-on-one with Devon Spence, and he finished well.

Bayswater needed a good start to the second half, and they did when they pulled a goal back on 57 minutes. Sam received the ball on the right and cut inside two Sorrento defenders before curling the ball into the bottom corner giving Sorrento keeper James Morgan no chance. It was game on but the home side hit back three minutes later to regain their two goal lead. Scott Witschge raced down the right and cut the ball back to Vittiglia, who eased past his marker and finished low past Spence. Bayswater weren’t going away and they pulled another goal back on 72 minutes, Mirco heading home a corner.

Sorrento were reduced to ten men five minutes later, when Pearson was given a second yellow card by referee Matthew Southern, and Bayswater were level on 82 minutes, when Mirco’s cross hit the arm of Jordan Brown and Marulanda sent James Morgan the wrong way to level. Then in a dramatic finale, it looked like Bayswater had won all three points when Ninkovic headed home a corner three minutes into stoppage time. The young striker’s celebrations were cut short when he received a second yellow card and was sent off.

The Home side pushed forward and in the sixth minute of stoppage time they won themselves a penalty. A long ball into Steven McDonald caused panic in the Bayswater defence, and referee Southern spotted a foul by Griffiths, and pointed straight to the spot, and showed a second yellow card to Griffiths and sent him off. It was getting heated on the pitch and the touchline, but it didn’t affect Bulloch who stepped up and sent Spence the wrong way to level with the last kick of the match.

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES (19 Luka NINKOVIC 67), 9 Gustavo Giron MARULANDA,10 Jason MICRO, 11 Devon GIBSON, 12 David STOKOE, 13 Trent KAY (c) (23 Andrija JUKIC 67), 17 Bor Bor SAM, 18 Brent GRIFFITHS, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 21 David HEAGNEY (8 Paul MCCARTHY 53) – Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 22 Jamie MURPHY – Red Card: Ninkovic 90+3, Griffiths 90+5

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 8 Ryan PEARSON, 9 Sean CANHAM (5 Billy QUINNCROFT 58), 10 Scott BULLOCH, 11 Tim HILL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA (21 Sam BYLES 83), 18 Jordan BROWN, 19 Jack SALTER (2 Jacob SHORE 77), 20 Brad MCDONALD - Subs not used: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO,. Alex MORGAN - Red Card: Pearson 77 - Referee: Matthew Southern

18.3.2017

PERTH GO TOP AFTER NARROW WIN AGAINST GLORY

Perth Soccer moved back to the top of the PS4NPLWA table after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens. The home side went into the game without injured skipper Clark Keltie and speedy winger Niccollo Sabatini and they were behind at half time with Joe Knowles scoring early. But a brace from last season’s top goalscorer Gustavo Catarcione early in the second half gave the home side the points.

“There is no doubt that we started a little shaky in the first half, but as a team we knew if we stuck to the game plan we practiced throughout the week we would achieve the desired three points,” Perth SC winger Frank Furfaro said. “The second half, we started off with three dangerous attacks which built momentum and later resulted in team combinations leading to our two goals.”

The Glory youngsters made the perfect start and were ahead on five minutes. Knowles was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and the striker picked himself up to curl the ball around the wall and into the corner of the net. The Glory should have added to their lead Daniel Stynes’ long-range shot flashed inches wide of the post, while Knowles’ snap shot was pushed around the post by Francis Soale, and the dangerous Kosta Petratos fired wide after good work on the right.

Perth hadn’t one shot at half time, but that all changed at the break with Coach Ramon Falzon changing his formation and it had an immediate impact. Furfaro was sent down the left he outpaced his marker and crossed to Catarcione and the Brazilian made no mistake. Then on the hour the home side hit the front. Kieran Colwell found space down the left and whipped in an inviting cross to Catarcione, who headed home powerfully from five meters.

The Glory pressed late looking for an equaliser and substitute Michael McDougall, almost found one, after he was found unmarked on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot whistled the wrong side of the post. “We had to work hard for the three points, they are a very good footballing side and at half time they deserved to be in front, we didn’t play well,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon said. “We spoke at half time about the things we’ve been working on in the week, and the players lifted their quality and executed the game plan and the result came, but it was a stressful day.”

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES (7 Aleks JOVIC 87’), 4 Adrian MADASCHI (C), 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO (8 Tom KING 46’), 11 Matthew MILENKOVIC, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Harley ORR, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 17 Francis FURFARO (12 Jordan DE LEO 79’) - Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 19 Roberto DEL BORRELLO

Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Bayley MONTGOMERY-BROWN, 3 Luca BODNAR, 4 Jack IREDALE, 5 Walter SCOTT (13 Riley WARLAND 62’), 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Yacoub MUSTAFA, 8 Callum TIMMINS (14 Mitch OXBORROW 61’), 9 Joe KNOWLES (12 Michael MCDOUGALL 77’), 10 Daniel STYNES (C), 11 Kosta PETRATOS - Subs not used: RGK Stef KING, 15 Sam RIAK - Referee: Michal Jasinski

18.3.2017

COCKERELS WIN A FIVE GOAL DERBY THRILLER

Cockburn City’s bright start to the PS4NPLWA season has continued after a hard fought 3-2 win against local rivals Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve. All the goals came in a frantic first half. Dylan White gave the home side the lead, but Cockburn skipper Even Grant levelled. The lively Josh Tumoe regained the lead for Armadale, but a Gian Albano penalty and a stunning free kick from Jesse Lazzarro gave Cockburn the three points. “It’s always a tough game at Armadale, and we knew they were going to make it hard for us, but we were able to match their intensity and score three good goals,” Cockburn’s Daniel Dols said. “Scotty has made sure that everyone knows their jobs, so it’s really good to see that convert into points on the board early on in the season.”

Cockburn, who lost for the first time at Floreat Athena last week, went close to the lead on 13 minutes, Calvin Whitney’s long-range shot was well saved by Michael Craggs. That save become more important as two minutes later the home side opened the scoring, Dylan White finishing well past Luke Radonich. But there lead only lasted five minutes, they failed to clear a corner and Grant bundled the ball home from close-range.

Armadale regained the lead, with one of the individual goals of the season. Tomoe found space on the half way line, and continued on a solo run which took him past the Cockburn defence, before finishing with aplomb past Luke Radonich. But Cockburn weren’t to be outdone and they levelled on 38 minutes, with Albano bagging his fourth goal of the season from the penalty spot, after referee Tom Glavovic spotted a foul on David Araya.

But the visitors took the lead into the break after hitting the front two minutes from half time. Lazzarro’s stunning free kick from 20meters curled into the bottom corner of the net to end a fantastic half of football. Both sides defences were far stronger in the second half and clear cut chances were hard to find the nearest opportunity fell to Cockburn substitute Liam Murray, whose header flashed narrowly wide of the post. Armadale pressed late but couldn’t find a way past a tight Cockburn defence.

Armadale: GK Michael Craggs, 2 Dylan White, 4 Nathan Costello (C), 7 Charlie Kenna (19 Faustin Machochi 70’), 9 Kyle King, 11 Dannie Richman, 12 Josh Tumoe, 14 David Annall, 16 Tristan Taylor, 17 James Atkins (10 Papa Kpatar 70’), 20 Beau Rahim (18 Milan Ognjenovic 77’) - Subs not used: RGK Alec Radonich, 21 Charlie White

Cockburn City: GK Luke Radonich, 2 Josh Kuser, 3 Daniel Dols, 4 Euen Grant, 6 Reuben Tristao, 8 Cameron Edwards, 9 Gian Albano, 10 David Araya (11 Harry O’Brien 56), 16 Calvin Whitney, 17 Jesse Lazzaro (13 Blake Adams 45) 18 Aden Da Luz (5 Liam Murray 77) - Subs not used: RGK Ryan Barker, 12 Kenel Mouithys - Referee: Tom Glavovic




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