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10.11.2019

YOUNG SOCCEROOS SECURE AFC U-19 SPOT IN UZBEKISTAN

The Young Socceroos have qualified for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship in Uzbekistan, after a commanding 5-0 win over Chinese Taipei at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung on Sunday night. John Roberts bagged a brace, while further goals from Lachlan Brook, an own goal from Karl Hu Josefsson and Marco Tilio's fourth of the competition rounded off a resounding victory. In the other game in Group H Laos registered a comfortable 6-0 win over Macau earlier in the day which meant Australia needed to win by at least two goals to finish top, and they started the game the way they intended to go on scoring on two minutes.

A rash challenge from Josefsson on John Roberts earned the Young Socceroos an early free-kick which Brook finished into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. It was great start for Gary Van Egmond’s side and they went close to a second moments later, Roberts rounding the goalkeeper and looked certain to score but a superb last-ditch tackle from Liang Meng-Sin denied the Central Coast Mariners striker. But he made emends on 12 minutes, the striker scoring from close-range after Louis D’Arrigo’s shot was deflected by Chinese Taipei ‘keeper Hung Shih-Cheng right into his path

Australia were well on top and in control and added a third on the half-hour mark when Taipei defender Josefsson scored an unfortunate own goal, lobbing the Chinese Taipei goal with a header from long distance while trying to battle Roberts for an aerial ball. The Young Socceroos scored their fourth goal of the game early in the second half through Tilio, who robbed Meng-Sin of possession in the final third, before racing in on goal and finished clinically under the on-coming Shih-Cheng. The chances continued to flow for Young Socceroos as Tilio and D’Arrigo fashioned multiple scoring opportunities, but failed to take them, but it was Roberts who eventually made it five for Australia, heading home a corner from Alberto Grosso to score his second of the game.

Kai Calderbank-Park had a very quiet night in the Young Socceroos’ goal but burst into action with ten minutes to play, making a stunning double save from one long-range shot and one from much closer on the rebound, ensuring Australia kept their clean sheet intact. Australia held their 5-0 advantage to the final whistle which sent them atop of Group H with 7 points and a superior goal difference over Laos, guaranteeing their place at the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship in Uzbekistan, October 2020.

Australia: GK JAMES CALDERBANK-PARK, 2 THOMAS AQUILINA, 6 LOUIS D'ARRIGO, 9 JOHN ROBERTS, 13 KAI TREWIN, 14 JORDAN BOS, 15 NOAH PAGDEN, 17 MARCO TILIO, 20 LACHLAN BROOK, 22 JAY BARNETT, 23 ALBERTO DEL GROSSO - Subs: RGK NOAH JAMES, RGK CAMERON COOK, 3 MITCHELL GRAHAM, 4 KRISTIAN POPOVIC, 5 THOMAS FAY, 7 JARROD CARLUCCIO, 8 FABIAN MONGE, 11 LOCHLAN CONSTABLE, 16 CALLUM TALBOT, 19 GIANLUCA IANNUCCI, 21 JAKE HOLLMAN

Chinese Taipei: GK HUNG SHIH-CHENG, 2 KARL FREDRIK HU JOSEFSSON, 3 LIANG MENG-HSIN, 4 CHENG CHIH-HUAN, 7 LIN MING-WEI, 8 SANDBERG MIGUEL FILIP, 10 YU YAO-HSING, 13 TAN I-SHAN, 15 YAO NIEN-PING, 19 LU CHENG-EN, 20 CHEN CHUN FU - Subs: RGK TSAI YU HSIANG, RGK LI YUNG-SHENG, 5 TSENG CHUNG-CHIH, 6 LI YEN-CHANG, 9 CHEN TZU-CHUN, 11 CHEN SHIH-HSUN, 12 LIN CHUN KAI, 14 CHENG CHUNG-LIANG, 16 YEH CHUN CHENG, 17 CHENG FU SUNG, 21 LIN SHIH-CHIEH, 23 LAI WEI - Referee: ASSADI ARMAN

9.11.2019

TILIO HAT TRICKS PUTS YOUNG SOCCEROOS BACK ON TRACK

The Young Socceroos have bounced back from their 2-2 opening round draw against Laos with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Macau, to move top of Group H at the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung on Sunday. Alberto De Grosso scored the opener early, then John Roberts doubled Gary van Egmond’s advantage, before Marco Tilio made it 3-0 shortly before half time whistle. The Green and Gold went on with after the break, Gianluca Iannucci extending the lead for Australia, before Tilio added another two to completed his hat-trick.

Australia enjoyed a dream start, going ahead after only five minutes. Iannucci’s deep free kick picked out De Grosso, who headed back across goal and into the corner of the net. They were in again moments later Tilio driving into the box, but his effort flashed inches wide of the far post. But on 37 minutes Australia doubled their advantage. Tilio was brought down just outside the penalty area, and he picked himself up and his free kick picked out an unmarked Roberts who headed home. They added a third three minutes later Iannucci sent Roberts down the left and he cut the ball back to Tilio, who got in front of his marker to fire home from close-range to send Australia into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

It was 4-0 four minutes into the second half, Iannucci was brought down in the box and referee Kochkarov Bakadyr pointed straight to the spot. Iannucci picked himself up to convert from the resulting penalty. The fifth was a great team goal with a number of neat passes ending with Tilio was sent in on goal and the Sydney FC striker finished clinically. Tilio put the icing on the cake just after the hour grabbing the sixth and completing his hat-trick, after he was brought down in the penalty area and he scored from the resulting penalty to seal the big win.

Macau: GK CHEN XUAN, 3 CHEONG MARCOS, 5 CHEANG KA LOK, 6 WONG WENG HEI, 8 KU KOI FAI, 9 PUN NOK HANG, 10 LOK WENG HANG, 12 SOU CHAN WANG, 14 SIO KAM WANG, 19 CHAN HANG KIT, 21 CHIN CHUEN HUNG - Subs: RGK LOU CHON HEI, RGK WONG POU CHON 2 KONG U CHON, 4 LEONG KUN TOU, 7 NG CHI HOU, 11 U CHI IEONG, 13 LAM NOK IO, 15 MAN CHAK NAM, 16 HO TAT FU, 17 IEONG LEK HANG, 18 KUONG CHI KIN, 20 CHAN CHAK MENG

Australia: GK NOAH JAMES, 3 MITCHELL GRAHAM, 4 KRISTIAN POPOVIC, 8 FABIAN MONGE, 9 JOHN ROBERTS, 14 JORDAN BOS, 15 NOAH PAGDEN, 16 CALLUM TALBOT, 17 MARCO TILIO, 19 GIANLUCA IANNUCCI, 23 ALBERTO DEL GROSSO - Subs: RGK JAMES CALDERBANK-PARK, RGK CAMERON COOK, 2 THOMAS AQUILINA, 5 THOMAS FAY, 6 LOUIS D'ARRIGO, 7 JARROD CARLUCCIO, 10 DYLAN RUIZ-DIAZ, 11 LOCHLAN CONSTABLE, 20 LACHLAN BROOK, 21 JAKE HOLLMAN, 22 JAY BARNETT - Referee: KOCHKAROV BAKHADYR

9.11.2019

KERR AT THE DOUBLE FOR MATILDAS

Australia have beaten Chile 2-1 in their first game since the disappointment of missing out in the World Cup in France. But Matildas’ skipper Sam Kerr didn't disappoint as she continued her incredible goalscoring run by netting both of the goals in front of a record domestic home crowd for a Matildas game of 20,029 at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium. Chile did pull one back late from Camila Sáez, but it was too little too late. The brace made it 40 goals in Kerr's past 40 games for either club - Perth in the W-League and Chicago in the NWSL - or country. She also has 38 goals in green-and-gold, surpassing Cheryl Salisbury into third on the Matildas’ goalscoring list.

Coach Ante Milicic made three changes from the team, beaten by Norway at the round-of-16 stage in Paris, including the debut for former WAFL player Jenna McCormick. The home side dominated from the kick-off and were rewarded with the lead on three minutes. Emily Van Egmond free kick was mis-judged by a Chilian defender and Kerr controlled well before beating keeper Christiane Endler and finding the bottom corner of the net, much to the delight of the big crowd. The Chilean keeper was then quickly off her line to save at the feet of the lively Hayley Raso as the home side continued to dictate.

Kerr, who has been linked with a big move to Chelsea, was a constant threat and she was the supplier moments later finding Clare Polkinghorne, but she failed to find the target. Ellie Carpenter was once again a good outlet for the Matildas and her low cross was heading to Kerr, but the star striker had an air swing. Chile settled and had the ball in the net on 13 minutes, but Sáez's volley was disallowed for offside. Chile were playing deep and the Matildas struggled to break them down and the visitors were hitting on the counter attack and Daniela Pardo long-range shot whistled past the post with Lydia Williams at full stretch.

After the break the Matildas pressed for the second and Carpenter's shot from the angle hit a post early, and the crowd thought they had a penalty on the hour after Kerr was brought down in the box, but the referee waved away their protests. But on 77 minutes it was Kerr again who doubled the Matildas' lead, she was sent clear by a great first-time ball over the top by her former Perth Glory team mate Caitlin Foord, and she raced clear before finishing low past Endler, despite the Chilean keeper getting a hand to it.

The Matildas pressed for a third and Stephanie Catley's cut back found second half substitute Amy Harrison on the edge of the penalty area but she couldn't keep her shot down. Moments later Carpenter picked out Chloe Logarzo at the back post but her effort went wide of the target. Chile finished the game well and Williams produced a smart low save to deny Daniela Zamora. But on 89 minutes Chile pulled one back, when Francisca Lara's corner was headed home by Sáez. But it was too little too late, the Matildas running out 2-1 winners.

Matildas: GK Lydia Williams, 2 Jenna McCormick (23 Emma Checker 86’), 3 Aivi Luik, 4 Clare Polkinghorne, 6 Chloe Logarzo, 7 Stephanie Catley, 9 Caitlin Foord, 10 Emily van Egmond (22 Amy Harrison 69’), 16 Hayley Raso (15 Emily Gielnik 75’), 20 Sam Kerr, 21 Ellie Carpenter - Subs not used: RGK Mackenzie Arnold, 12 Sarah Willacy

Chile: GK Christiane Endler, 2 Rocío Soto (15 Su Helen Galaz 60’), 3 Carla Guerrero, 4 Francisca Lara, 9 María José Urrutia (5 Javiera Roa 63’), 10 Yanara Aedo 11 Paloma López (21 Rosario Balmaceda 46’), 14 Daniela Pardo (8 Karen Araya 85’), 16 María Mardones (17 Javiera Toro 85’), 18 Camila Sáez, 20 Daniela Zamora - Subs not used:, 6 Nayadet López, 7 Yazmín Torrealba, ,12 Natalia Campos, 13 Fernanda Pinilla, 14 Su Helen Galaz, 23 Antonia Canales

9.11.2019

CASTRO LEAVES IT LATE FOR GLORYS

Perth Glory skipper Diego Castro has scored a late goal to earn Tony Popovic's side a 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets in week five of the Hyundai A-League at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Glory were behind at the break after Jason Hoffman's well taken goal, but the Spanish maestro levelled four minutes from time, a result meaning they remain unbeaten on their travels this season. But they had to hang on late after Alex Grant was shown a second yellow card and sent off.

"It's a difficult trip for us," Popovic said post-match. "The result is one thing, but I thought the players were outstanding today. It was a top-class performance coming after a difficult result last week at home, but I thought a point was the least they deserved. "The key for us was that we dominated the game, but when we went a goal behind, we didn't crumble which, after last week's disappointment, you can feel a bit sorry for yourself and the game can get away from you. But they stuck in there, they fought and had the desire and kept creating and creating. It was a very good performance away from home."

Popovic gave a club debut to former Millwall and Socceroos defender James Meredith in place of Kim Soo-Beom, who dropped to the bench, while Joel Chianese came in for the injured Osama Malik, with the Glory going back to a back four. It was a ground that held no fears for Glory, having not been beaten there since 2011, and they did start well in this one, but the Jets, who are were still looking for their first win of the season, had the best early chance. Matt Millar picked out Abdiel Arroyo, and the Panamanian striker thought he had opened the scoring, but his close-range effort brought out a superb reflex save from Liam Reddy.

Glory hit back and Castro found space and picked out Chris Ikonomidis on the left side of the penalty area, but Moss got down well to save the wingers shot. Then on 22 minutes the Jets were convinced they had a penalty after Nick Fitzgerald fell under a challenge from Grant, but referee Jonathan Barreiro waved away their protests, but VAR checked the incident, and it could have gone either way, but fortunately it went Glory's way. But the home sides pressure was rewarded with the opener on the half hour. A superb through ball from Steven Ugarkovic sent Hoffman in on goal and he finished clinically past Reddy, for the Jets first goal of the season from open play.

The home side went close to doubling their lead early in second half, Fitzgerald was sent clear and Reddy was out smart to block his first effort, but the Jets midfielder chased the rebound and was in on goal but Grant got back with a goal saving last ditch block. Glory needed to lift and Ivan Franjic's shot from the edge of the box was saved by Moss, but the Jets were also looking dangerous, and Fitzgerald fired inches over the top moments later. Glory made changes and Chris Harold came on for Joel Chianese, to equal Josh Risdon record of 142 appearances for the club, while 16-year-old Gabriel Popovic came on for his Glory debut.

Glory were well on top and Ikonomidis' shot crashed off the crossbar, before another effort flashed just wide of the post. It looked like being one of them days for Glory, but on 84 minutes they found the deserved equaliser. Franjic burst into the penalty area, the ball falling to Harold, whose shot on the turn crashed off the crossbar, Popovic was challenging for the ball and it fell to Castro, and the Spaniard fired home through a crowded penalty area to level. It looked like Glory would go on and win it but two minutes later Grant was given a second yellow card for his aerial challenge on Jets substitute Angus Thurgate. The Jets pressed late but at the final whistle it finished 1-1.

Newcastle Jets: GK Glen MOSS, 3 Jason HOFFMAN, 6 Steven UGARKOVIC, 9 Abdiel ARROYO (2 Bobby BURNS 85'), 10 Dimi PETRATOS, 11 Nick FITZGERALD (32 Angus THURGATE 80'), 16 Matt MILLAR, 18 Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 22 Lachlan JACKSON, 23 Matt RIDENTON (5 Ben KANTAROVSKI 70'), 44Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY - Subs not used: RGK Lewis ITALIANO, 19 Kosta PETRATOS, 28Pat LANGLOIS

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE (14 Chris HAROLD 64'), 8 James MEREDITH (12 Kim SOO-BEOM 64'), 9 Bruno FORNAROLI (28 Gabriel POPOVIC 76'), 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 20 Jake BRIMMER - Red Cards: Grant - Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

9.11.2019

GLORY SNAP UP TWO IMPORTS FOR W-LEAGUE

Perth Glory have added Spanish international defender/midfielder Celia Jimenez Delgado and American midfielder Morgan Andrews to their Westfield W-League squad, both subject to international clearance. Delgado arrives at the club fresh off a successful US National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season with Reign FC in which she made 13 appearances as the Seattle-based club reached the semi-finals. A player who can play in a number of positions and is equally comfortable operating as a midfielder, wing-back or orthodox full-back, Celia represented Spain at both the 2015 and 2019 World Cup having been previously capped at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Glory coach Bobby Despotovski said Delgado is a huge signing ahead of the season. "Celia is an exciting and versatile player with plenty of experience at the highest level," he said. "We’ll look to play her mainly on the left side of midfield and she is the kind of player whose presence will really help the aspiring young girls that we have in the squad this year.

The 24-year-old is relishing the challenge of playing in the Westfield W-League. "I am excited to play in the W-League, and I believe this is a great opportunity to keep growing as a player," she told the Glory website. "Perth had a really good season last year and I'm excited at what we can achieve together this season.

"The Westfield W-League is a tough competition. I'm familiar with several of the players from the NWSL, but there is a lot of Australian domestic talent that I'm looking forward to getting familiar with as well."

She said playing in another Country is something she is looking forward too. "The move to Perth has been a long time coming and is something that I'm really excited to experience," Dalgado said. "I'm looking forward to experiencing the challenge of a new league, teammates and style of play and I'm pretty sure the weather is going to require a new level of fitness too. The initial adjustment ahead of the first game is going to be tough, but then I'm keen to settle in with the team and bring my experience to the Glory defence. I can't wait to meet the girls and get out on the pitch among the crowd, and I hope we can achieve something really special together this season."

Andrews is a former US Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 international, and has spent the last three seasons playing in the US National Women’s Soccer League, most recently with Reign FC where she was a teammate of fellow-new Glory recruit, Celia. The 24-year-old, who hails originally from New Hampshire, also enjoyed a stellar collegiate career during which she represented both Notre Dame and the University of Southern California before making her NWSL debut with Boston Breakers in 2017.

Andrews said she cannot wait for the new Westfield W-League campaign to get underway. "I am beyond excited to be playing for Perth Glory and I look forward to competing for a championship alongside the players, staff, and fans," she said. "I look forward to challenging myself to be better as a player and person and to help guide the team back to the championship game (Grand Final). The team is an accomplished squad and I hope to play an attractive and aggressive game, day in and day out. I have many teammates from the Reign FC who play throughout the league and it's known for its competitive culture and enjoyable soccer. My goal personally, is to continue to develop as a player as well as have a great impact for the team and I look forward to being an integral part of the attack for Perth." ???

Despotovski believes that Andrews’ skill-set makes her a perfect fit for his side. "Morgan is a very talented defensive midfielder who also likes to push on and shoot and create things in the final third," he said. "She’s very tough and very energetic and I’m sure she’ll be a major player for us this year." The Westfield W-League season kicks off this weekend when Glory travel to McKellar Park on Sunday (1.00pm WA Time) to take on Canberra United.

9.11.2019

MIDFIELD GENERAL KILKENNY MUST DEAL WITH TARGET ON BACK

Neil Kilkenny expects to be a marked man as A-League opponents take an aggressive approach to shutting down Perth Glory’s engine room. Kilkenny and his midfield teammates, especially Diego Castro, have been unable to take a grip on games as they try to rediscover the dominance that took them to last season’s Premiers’ Plate.

Glory have just one win in four games after opening last season with an unbeaten eight-game run. Kilkenny was targeted with tight marking by Central Coast Mariners in last Sunday’s shock loss as the visitors threw bodies into the midfield and pushed players forward. And he is expecting similar treatment against Newcastle Jets today.

“We know they are going to try and stop us from playing,” Kilkenny said. “It shows respect for us as a team, as individuals. We have to deal with that as part and parcel of winning the league last year and being the best team in the league. We’re getting used to it and can deal with it but playing pretty is not always the way to win.”

Kilkenny said the side could not afford to dwell on the loss to Central Coast. “Obviously it’s not good to lose games but it happens and we have to move on to the next game,” he said. “It was one of those things. Bad performances happen but we’ll bounce back. It’s gone, we can’t change that. If we win our next couple of games, nobody talks about the last game.”

Kilkenny said it was always going to take time for new signings to become embedded in the Glory style. “There are new players, particularly in defence, there’s no hiding that,” he said. “The more we play together, the more the chemistry will get better. We will get stronger through the season.

“This is going to be a tough game. We respect Newcastle. They’ve got some good individuals and when they are playing well, they are very good. We need to play well and if we can play at the top of our game, we are going to be hard to beat, hard to stop.”

8.11.2019

KERR PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN

The honours continue to stack up for Matildas captain Sam Kerr, who has been named Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Women’s Footballer of the Year. The 26-year old won the prestigious award from a star-studded pool of nominees including Matildas teammates Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso.

“It’s a really proud moment. I count this as one of the best awards to win, one that is voted on by your peers and to receive it with this bunch of girls is an amazing feeling because I respect them very much and I feel really honoured and lucky,” said Kerr, who has now won the prestigious award four times (2013, 2017 and 2018).

“Everyone knows this is a team sport and this doesn’t happen without your teammates. I feel very lucky to be part of the Matildas at this time, I feel like it is the best generation of girls coming through. There is a lot of hard work and sacrifice that went into it, so it was nice to have mum and dad there who have been through all of it.”

It’s huge few months for the Kerr. She was named the National Women’s Soccer League Most Valuable Player and also collected a third successive Golden Boot. In June Kerr led the Matildas the Women’s World Cup in France, scoring five goals in four matches, and was recently one of 20 nominees for the Ballon d’Or.

8.11.2019

RISDON RECALLED TO SOCCEROOS

Josh Risdon returns to the Socceroos fold as A-League newcomers Western United receive their first international call-up for Australia. The 27-year old defender is joined in Graham Arnold’s squad to play Jordan on 15 November by felow West Australians Trent Sainsbury and Adam Taggart and will likely battle Sydney FC right-sider Rhyan Grant for a place in Graham Arnold’s starting defence as the Green and Gold continue their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

The Socceroo’s will be seeking a fourth straight Group B win in the second round of Asian qualifying on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After victories against Kuwait (3-0), Nepal (5-0) and Chinese Taipei (7-1), the Socceroos fly to the Middle East once more to face Jordan on next Friday, 15 November.

The Socceroos squad to play Jordan is Aziz Behich (Istanbul Basaksehir), Brandon Borrello (Freiburg), Martin Boyle (Hibernian), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade), Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley), Adam Federici (Stoke City), Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca), Craig Goodwin (Al-Wehda), Rhyan Grant, Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Ajdin Hrustic (Groningen), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), James Jeggo (Austria Wien), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Awer Mabil (Midtylland), Aaron Mooy, Mathew Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Josh Risdon (Western United), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Trent Sainsbury (Maccabi Haifa), Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders), Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town), Adam Taggart (Suwon Bluewings) and Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

8.11.2019

GLORY LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST THE JETS

After last week’s first defeat of the season Perth Glory will be looking to bounce back when they take on Newcastle Jet at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Week Five of the Hyundai A-League (2.00pm WA Time). This weekend will be the annual ‘Remembrance Round’, which is a joint initiative between Football Federation Australia (FFA), the Hyundai A-League Clubs and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), to raise awareness of Remembrance Day nationally, recognise the contribution of ADF personnel.

The 1-2 defeat against the Mariners was a disappointment for the supporters, but more concerning was how the Glory defence were overrun. European import Gregory Wuthrich was dragged by the manager, and his replacement Jacob Tratt then handed the Mariners the winner. Alex Grant was solid as usual, but with Kim Soo-Beom still struggling to come to terms with the league and Osama Malik picking up a hamstring injury the squad fly east looking for answers. Tony Popovic has brought in Socceroos defender James Meredith and Tomislav Mrcela to the squad, but both are underdone and it’s not sure if the coach will risk the pair, but he will also have Dino Djulbic to come if needed, but last week was a concern.

Popovic said the whole squad needs to but in a 90-minute performance to get a result on Saturday. "We need to try and put the package together in defence and attack," he said. “We just need to try and complete the game and get that 90 minutes in terms of a performance that will give us a better chance of getting a result when things aren't quite going for us on the day. We probably have to be more tactically disciplined so we can ride out those periods when we're not at our best. Those periods happen to every team."

Glory will be up against a Jets side coming off a big loss against Sydney FC last week and are still searching for their first win of the season and Popovic is expecting Ernie Merrick's men to come out all guns blazing. "They are at home, so I'm sure there'll be a lot of desperation involved with their team,” he said. “I think we'll see a very aggressive start from Newcastle. We're expecting a tough encounter, which you always get in Newcastle. They are a team that always looks dangerous going forward, even though they haven't got the results that they want so far. We have to be aware of that, but also know that we can cause problems to any team."

Chris Harold has also been added to the travelling party, another player who is still struggling with fitness. One player who isn’t is midfield general Neil Kilkenny, a player who doesn’t like losing and he’s looking to bounce back against the Jets and he’s positive they will. “Obviously it's not good to lose games, but it happens, you're going to win and lose games in the season, but you can't dwell on losses," he said. “You have to look forward to the next game and putting it right and that's what we're doing. In the first half [against Central Coast] we didn't play so well, but in the second half we dominated and probably had the chances to come back and win the game.”

"So, it was just one those things, bad performances happen and now we need to bounce back and we're excited about Saturday's game. "If we win our next couple of games, no-one will be talking about our last game. We know it's going to be a tough game, we respect Newcastle, and we know that they have some good individuals. When they're playing well, they're very good, but we know that if we can play at the top of our game, we're going to be hard to stop."

Jets coach Ernie Merrick said the Jets are struggling to find the net from open play, and that has to change sooner rather than later. “We struggle to score goals from open play, and that (v Sydney) was our third goal we’ve scored from a set play,” he explained. “Even at the end, Jason [Hoffman] was right through, one-on-one, we don’t score again. Abdiel [Arroyo] had his chance, Matt Millar had a chance. We’re just struggling to score a goal during open play and we’ve done so much work on it all of pre-season. I’m not sure if it’s something we’re going to solve in the short term but at training it is not a problem.”

That lack of killer instinct in front of goal is not going to make Merrick tear up his plans at the club. “I refuse to,” he said. “I think it’s very important that we play attacking football and play the style of football that’s always got the teams that I’ve coached into the finals. Our boys, right to the end, tried to score a goal. They should have taken a couple of chances but it wasn’t to be. It’s all mental. It’s performing under mental stress and physical fatigue. They don’t have that a training. They are all fresh, short, sharp sessions. It’s all mental. The best strikers in the world really are cool, calm under pressure. [We will] continue to work at it in training, that’s all we can do.”

Newcastle Jets FC Squad: GK Glen MOSS, RGK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Bobby BURNS, 3 Jason HOFFMAN, 4 Nigel BOOGAARD, 5 Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6 Steven UGARKOVIC, 9 Abdiel ARROYO, 10 Dimi PETRATOS, 11 Nick FITZGERALD, 16 Matt MILLAR, 18 Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19 Kosta PETRATOS, 22 Lachlan JACKSON, 23 Matt RIDENTON, 25 Jack SIMMONS, 28 Pat LANGLOIS, 31 Maki PETRATOS, 32 Angus THURGATE, 44 Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: SIMMONS (promoted), Maki PETRATOS (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 8 Wes HOOLAHAN (ankle – indefinite), 14 Kaine SHEPPARD (foot – indefinite)

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Tando VELAPHI, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 12 Kim SOO-BEOM, 14 Chris HAROLD, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 18 Nick D’AGOSTINO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *2 -4 to be omitted* - Ins: MEREDITH (promoted), HAROLD (promoted), MRCELA (returns from injury) - Outs: 13Osama MALIK (hamstring 2-3 weeks) - Unavailable: 29Kristian POPOVIC (international duty) - Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

7.11.2019

JOEYS BOW OUT OF FIFA U-17S WORLD CUP

The Joey’s 2019 FIFA under-17 World Cup has come to end after a 0-4 loss against France in Thursday morning round of 16 game at Estádio da Serrinha, Goiania. Nathanael Mbuka gave the European powerhouse the lead after only six minutes, and the Joeys held their own until Anton Mlinaric was sent off. The wheels then fell off as France powered home, with Mbuka completing a hat-trick with the other one scored by second half substitute Enzo Millot.

It wasn’t the start Joey’s coach Trevor Morgan was looking for as France took the lead after only six minutes. Isaac Lihadji slipped in Brandon Soppy behind the Joeys defender and his cross to the back post was headed home by Mbuka. The Joeys hit back and went close themselves when Cameron Peupion's shot was tipped past the post by keeper Melvin Zinga, before the French custodian produced another smart save to thwart Ali Auglah's curling effort. They went even closer in the shadows of half time, when after some patient lead up play ended with Josh Rawlins, but the Perth Glory defender’s effort bounced off the top of the crossbar.

After the break the Joeys continued to take the game to France, but their task got somewhat harder when Mlinaric was sent off for a challenge on Naouirou Ahamada following a video assistant referee review. The Joeys were now on the back foot and France doubled their lead on 73 minutes, Adil Aouchiche found Mbuka on the left of the box, and he found the bottom corner clinically. It was 3-0 nine minutes later, Aochiche was again the supplier slipping the ball into Mbuka who made no mistake. They added a fourth three minutes from time when substitutes Waniss Taibi and Millot combined, the latter firing home superbly from the edge of the box.

Joeys: GK Adam PAVLESIC, 2 Idrus ABDULAHI, 4 Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 5 Izaack POWELL (3 Daniel WALSH 86’), 6 Ryan TEAGUE, 9 Noah BOTIC, 10 Caleb WATTS, 11 Ali AUGLAH (16 Luke DUKEL 67’), 13 Joshua RAWLINS, 15 Anton MLINARIC, 21 Cameron PEUPION (14 Trent OSTLER 60’) - Subs not used: RGK Oliver KALAC, RGK Nicholas BILOKAPIC, 7 Tristan HAMMOND, 8 Birkan KIRDAR, 17 Yaya DUKULY, 19 Michael RUHS, 20 Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO

France: GK Melvin ZINGA, 3 Timothee PEMBELE, 4 Chrislain MATSIMA, 5 Nianzou KOUASSI, 6 Lucien AGOUME (8 Enzo MILLOT 77’) 7 Arnaud KALIMUENDO-MUINGA, 10 Adil AOUCHICHE, 11 Nathanael MBUKU (17 Waniss TAIBI 85’), 13 Naouirou AHAMADA, 18 Isaac LIHADJI (9 Georginio RUTTER 71’), 19 Brandon SOPPY - Subs not used: RGK Amjhad NAZIH, RGK Darren LIMA-SEMEDO, 2 Temitope AKINJOGUNLA, 12 Marvin TSHIBUABUA, 14 Melih ALTIKULAC, 15 Haissem HASSAN, 20 Johann LEPENANT

6.11.2019

ITALIANO MAKING PROGRESS AT BORUSSIA

The man who convinced Borussia Monchengladbach to invest in Jacob Italiano is wary of “too much pressure” being placed on the youngster. The former Inglewood United junior featured three times in pre-season and on the weekend found the back of the net in Monchengladbach II’s 3-2 win over TuS Haltern.

Whilst happy with Italiano’s progress, Monchengladbach’s chief scout Mario Vossen doesn’t want to burden the Australian youth international with stratospheric expectations. “It’s very important not to place to much pressure on Jacob at this stage,” said Vossen, who introduced Socceroo Matthew Leckie to the Bundesliga.

“We have to develop him carefully. He did a very good (pre-season) training camp with the first team and it was a good step so far. He’s self-confident and open and everybody is happy with his progress so far. But it’s also important not to expect too much too fast.”

“The plan is for him to get minutes on the field and then you never know what’s going to happen because we will be playing a lot of games for the first team with the cup competitions. Our sporting director talked about him in a very positive way, as did our head coach and top talent coach. It’s pleasing when they have a good opinion of a young talent.”

Italiano, 18, played juniors at Inglewood and with the National Training Centre before shooting prominence with Perth Glory in 2018/19. The weekend outing against Haltern was his tenth of the season for Monchengladbach II, who play in Germany’s fourth tier.

4.11.2019

EVANS WINS BELT-UP AMATEUR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The 2019 Belt-Up Amateur, Masters and Metro season came to end last weekend with the Football West awards night at the Empire Function Centre at Perth Convention Centre. The Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division Player of the Year was won by Leeming Strikers forward Aydan Evans. He also won the Premier Division Golden Boot after bagging 29 goals and he said he was shocked to win the award, but hopes the Strikers can start 2020 as they finished 2019. "I'm over the moon to have won the golden boot, but I didn't expect to win the player of the year, so that was great for me personally," he said. "Hopefully I can carry this over to next season and push the club up the table."

"On the whole it was a disappointing season for the club, especially after winning the Night Series. We had some great spells throughout the season, especially towards the end, but injuries and holidays hurt us in the middle part. But nobody gave up and when we had nothing to play for, we still came out wanting to play our best which shows strength and character of our team. We have a great set of lads and I'm sure we will all go into next season wanting to push each other to be the best we can."

It was a fantastic season for Kingsley FC, winning the league and cup double and gained promotion to the State League, and it wasn't a surprise when coach Steven Dimitrovich won the Premier Division Coach of the Year. Dimitrovich said it was a group performance. “Yes, coach of the year award is very humbling to receive, as I don’t coach for awards,” he explained. “Such awards can’t be won without a great assistant in Stuart Montgomery and furthermore can’t be achieved without a great group of players who play the way we wanted them to play all season so a big thanks to my boys.”

“The season on a whole was very successful as we achieved our goal of one winning the league and gaining promotion to the state league, and to also defend the Belt Up Cup we won in 2018. It was also pleasing to be able to bring some fresh faces into the squad who made a great contribution to our season and with their age will hopefully be a part of the club for many years to come.”

The Premier League goalkeeper of the season was won North Perth United custodian Jamie Serra, and he said it’s good to be honoured for doing his job. “Yes, it’s always nice to be recognised at the end of a season, and I’m delighted to receive the award,” he said. “Coming into a new season as reigning Premiers meant every team you play against is going to be up for it and want to beat you so I was certainly kept busier than usual. Even though results weren’t always going our way, we never really gave up on a game and so was great to get acknowledged for the hard work.”

On the season for United, Serra said it just wasn’t to be. “We certainly set out to win the league again this year but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. We had a strong run for the first half of the season but unfortunately couldn’t back it up when it counted the most,” the keeper explained. “It got to a point where we knew we were out of contention so it took all of the pressure off and we got back to enjoying it and playing well. We wanted to finish off the season well and lead it into 2020 where we will contend again.”

All the other award winners on the night - Players of the Year - Belt Up Amateur Division Four Tom Dransfield-Brooke (Perth AFC), Belt Up Amateur Division Three Jordan Alexander (Forrestfield United), Belt Up Amateur Division Two Mitchell Kelman (Peel United), Belt Up Amateur Division One Jose Zuniga (Maddington White City) - Golden Boot winners - Belt Up Masters Over 45s South Group B Campbell Ballantyne (Curtin University), Belt Up Masters Over 45s North Group B Brian Yates (Quinns FC), Belt Up Masters Over 45s South Group A Eden Osabofu (FC Shoalwater), Belt Up Masters Over 45s North Group A Chris Holmes (Joondalup United) and Bryn Tester (Woodvale), Belt Up Masters South Division Two Andrew Johnson (South Perth United), Belt Up Masters North Division Two Marc Dascanio (Olympic Kingsway) and Marc Sheddan (Noranda City), Belt Up Masters South Division One Peter Lord (Armadale SC), Belt Up Masters North Division One Adam Buckley (Joondalup United), Belt Up Masters South Premier Division Lucas Whitehouse (Forrestfield United), Belt Up Masters North Premier Division Ross Sheppard (Joondalup City), Belt Up Metro North Division Five Scott Johnson (Whitford City), Belt Up Metro North Division Four Nathan Falcone (Perth SC), Belt Up Metro South Division Three Sean Moring (Baldivis)

Belt Up Metro North Division Three Joseph Love (Swan Valley), Belt Up Metro South Division Two Deependra Pariyar (Belmont Villa), Belt Up Metro North Division Two, Callum Boshell (Mindarie), Belt Up Metro South Division One Bradley Davis (Challenger), Belt Up Metro North Division One Nikolas Rogers (North Perth United), Belt Up Metro South Premier Division Mark Rinaldi (Perth Saints), Belt Up Metro North Premier Division Ben Cowley (Currambine), Belt Up Amateur Division Four Reserves Roberto Colalillo (Fremantle City), Belt Up Amateur Division Four Andrew Pullella (Swan Valley), Belt Up Amateur Division Three Reserves David London (Lynwood United), Belt Up Amateur Division Three Oriol Fernandez (Mandurah City), Belt Up Amateur Division Two Reserves Ali Westwood (North Beach), Belt Up Amateur Division Two, Mitchell Kelman (Peel United), Belt Up Amateur Division One Reserves Jhanssen Camargo (Perth Royals), Belt Up Amateur Division One Shane Flynn (Emerald City), Belt Up Amateur Premier Division Reserves, Cameron Bishop (Kingsley)

Belt Up Amateur Premier Division, Aydan Evans (Leeming Strikers)

3.11.2019

LAWSON TAKES OUT THE REDS FAIREST AND BEST

After a stellar season at Alfred Skeet Reserve Michael Lawson has been rewarded by winning the Armadale SC Fairest and Best trophy at their recent Presentation Night at the Novatel Perth. The hard-working midfielder, who also won the top scorer for the side, said it’s a great honour to win the award. “Yes, from a personal point of view I’m obviously delighted with it, I’m turning 35 next week so I’m just happy I can still play a role and make a decent contribution to the team,” he said.

“Hopefully I will be able to go around again next season I still feel I can offer something to the side it’s definitely getting harder as I get older, but I love the game, so will try and put off retirement for as long as can. I think if anyone said at the start of the year I would finish up top goal scorer I would of thought they were mad but after losing Chris [Jackson] last season everybody had to chip in this season and to be fair everyone did and lucky enough I was able to put away a few set pieces.”

It was a season of ups and downs for the Reds, but Lawson said they can learn from it in 2020. “Like you say the season was very up and down. We lost a lot of goals from last season which was hard to replace, but to be fair we got off to a good start but couldn’t maintain it,” the midfielder explained. “We lost three first team players in July due to transfers, plus Ryan [Haslett] broke his leg which made things difficult. I also think we were really only totally outplayed couple of times during the season and for the most part we competed well.”

“But as team where just making way too many individual errors that were costing goals and ultimately points but towards the end of the season, we got a consistent side out on the park cut the errors out and we really came good and gave us something to build for next season. I’m sure John [O’Reilly] has been working hard in the off season to try and get players in so hopefully we can push up the league and not have to worry about relegation next season.”

O’Reilly said Lawson was a solid contributor to the side last season and his goals were crucial. “Mike put in a creditable season for us this year, especially after injury cut short last term for him,” he said. “He worked incredibly hard on his fitness and battled for us every minute of each game he played. He was an unlikely source of important goals this year and an endless supply of deliveries and assists. Well done to the lad he deserves the recognition for his efforts.”

3.11.2019

MARINERS SINK THE GLORY

Perth Glory suffered their first defeat of the Hyundai A-League Season after a 1-2 loss against Central Coast Mariners at HBF Park on Sunday afternoon. Former Glory midfielder Daniel De Silva gave the visitors the lead early, but Ivan Franjic levelled on the half hour. A disjointed performance from Glory was again punished after a defensive error let in Samuel Silvera who made no mistake. Glory pressed after half time but couldn't break down a desperate Mariners side with WA-born keeper Mark Birighitti outstanding.

Glory Coach Tony Popovic said the first half was disappointing and they were punished, but he was pleased how the players reacted after half time, but they couldn't find a goal. "Obviously we're disappointed to lose at home," he said post-match. "We gave it everything in the second half, but we were not very good in the first half, we acknowledge that. But we felt that we still had a lot of time in the second half to put it right, but it wasn't to be. We attacked, we were in their box constantly, they [Central Coast Mariners] were desperate in their defending."

"They had something to hold onto and those games are always difficult. You need something individual or something to come off a set-play just to break it and get the momentum, but the goal just wouldn't come. The players were off today in the first half collectively and the back line in particular didn't look as cohesive as it has in the first rounds. Credit to Central Coast, they stretched us and we didn't handle that well or match their intensity in the first half. We brought it more together in the second half, but it wasn't to be."

Glory went into the game unchanged from the side that beat Wellington Phoenix last week, but on the bench were Nick D'Agostino and Jake Brimmer after both recovered from injury, while Kristian Popovic was unavailable due international duty. It was a great day for football but once again a poor crowd was on hand at kick off, which must be a concern for the club. It was Glory who had most of the ball early, but they didn't create any chances, but on the other hand the Mariners did.

First on eight minutes form Bristol City striker Milan Duric's shot beat Liam Reddy, but the post came to the keepers’ rescue, the rebound fell to De Silva who couldn't turn the ball home. But nine minutes later the Mariners deservedly hit the front. Tommy Orr sent Jack Clisby down the left, and the former Glory defender cut the ball back to De Silva who found the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box. But on 31 minutes the Glory found the equaliser.

Diego Castro found space on the left of the penalty area and he picked out Juande, whose shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Birighitti, but Franjic was quickest to react to the rebound to fire home. Many in the 8,148 crowd thought the Glory would go on with it, but they looked lethargic and the long trip to Wellington looked like it was taking its toll and Popovic noticed it too, dragging defender Gregory Wuthrich and replacing him with Jacob Tratt. But the former Sydney FC defender was caught out on the stroke of half time as the Mariners regained the lead. There looked little danger when Tratt got the ball but he had his pocket pinched by the lively Silvera, whose curling effort beat Reddy to give the visitors the lead at the break.

Glory made a better start to the second half and Man of the Match Birighitti produced a stunning reaction save to deny Bruno Fornaroli, who had been picked out by Neil Kilkenny. The Mariners custodian was at it again on 53 minutes, this time getting down well to save Fornaroli's shot at his near post. It was one-way traffic as Glory pressed and the Mariners were lucky to keep ten men on the pitch after a heavy tackle from Clisby on Franjic on the hour, who had already received a yellow card, should have seen the defender receive a second one but referee Kurt Ams, who had shown yellow cards for similar challenges kept his cards in his pocket this time.

It looked like it wasn't going to be the Glory's day as Fornaroli and second half substitute Joel Chianese both went close to scoring after good work from Castro. Birighitti was then well-placed to claim Chianese's header, before Kilkenny shot from the edge of the box was deflected inches over the top. But the Mariners weren't to be beaten and they defended desperately at the final whistle they had secured their first win in Perth since 2013. Mariners Coach Alen Stajcic praised the win as a result built on heart and effort. “I saw the stat [away record] but I didn’t pass it onto the lads before the game,” he said.

“I thought we were well organised and really dominated in the first half and created four or five good goal scoring opportunities, while Perth had one or two half chances. In the second half we dug in and showed a lot of resilience and toughness, it was good for the boys to put in a hard shift and to know they can play against probably the best front line in the league and get three points away from home. This is probably the toughest draw of our competition this year. Two away games in Perth and Melbourne and our bus broke down as well on the way to the airport so it was a two-and-a-half-hour trip from the Central Coast to Sydney Airport and then the five-hour flight across as well too so we did it tough.”

Elsewhere in the A-League, Melbourne City overcame an early scare from Wellington Phoenix to snare a 3-2 victory at AAMI Park and climb top of the ladder. City's higher goal tally puts them ahead of second-placed Western Sydney, who played out a 0-0 draw with Brisbane on Saturday. Western United conceded two early goals against Melbourne Victory but rallied to defeat their crosstown rivals 3-2 at Marvel Stadium, while Sydney FC hammered Newcastle 4-1 on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval for their third win of the season.

Footballwa.net - Man of the Match - Mark Birighitti

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH (3 Jacob TRATT 37'), 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 12 Kim SOO-BEOM (7 Joel CHIANESE 59'), 13 Osama MALIK (18 Nick D’AGOSTINO 75'), 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Sub not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC

Central Coast Mariners: GK Mark BIRIGHITTI, 2 Ian Zygmunt GORDON, 3 Jack CLISBY, 6 Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 7 Milan DURIC, 10 Tommy OAR (19 Matthew SIMON 79'), 11 Daniel DE SILVA (4 Eunsun KIM 58'), 15 Kye ROWLES (21 Ruon TONGYIK 74'), 16 Dylan FOX, 17 Samuel SILVERA, 18 Gianni STENSNESS - Subs not used: RGK Adam PEARCE, 8 Michael MCGLINCHEY, 9 Jordan MURRAY, 26.Joshua NISBET - Attendance: 8148 - Referee: Kurt Ams

2.11.2019

WILLIAMS UPBEAT AFTER TOUGH CAMPAIGN TO DATE

Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams didn’t have the best start to life at Fratton Park this summer. Having signed for Kenny Jackett’s side from Rotherham United in the summer, the right-winger missed all of the pre-season through injury before making his Pompey debut in mid-September against Burton Albion.

Williams has now started the last three League One games for Portsmouth, and he believes his best is still to come as he adapts to the standards that Jackett expects from his wingers. “I missed all of pre-season, unfortunately, so have been doing catch up,” aid the former ECU Joondalup junior.

“Once you get 3-7 games under your belt, that is when you really start to bed in, knowing your place in the team, knowing where you need to be. I am nearly there… there’s a little bit more creativity to come from me, a little bit more good bits of what I do, rather than five minutes this, 10 minutes that.”

Williams his professional career with Portsmouth and made six appearances before moving on to Fulham in 2012. He was then loaned to Oxford United, Gillingham and Barnsley, transferring permanently to the latter in 2015, before joining Rotherham, where he totalled 88 appearances across two seasons.

1.11.2019

JOEYS STUN NIGERIA TO QUALIFY FOR ROUND OF 16

A brace from German-based striker Noah Botic has given the Joeys a 2-1 win against Nigeria at the FIFA Under 17's World Cup at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia, and has seen them qualify for the round of 16. The Hoffenheim striker, who has scored in every group game in the tournament, gave Trevor Morgan's side the lead early but Peter Olawale hit back for the Super Eagles, but Botic, who played in the NPLNSW with Rockdale City Suns, held his nerve to win it from the penalty spot after half-time.

“It was a game that we had to win and we got three points, it’s an amazing feeling,” Joeys midfielder Idrus Abdulahi said. “We had to fight, we had to defend and this is the part of the game we have to do, we did it really well and got the three points, that’s what matters. The belief that we can win, it doesn’t matter who it is, we showed it and we beat the best team, probably one of the best teams in the tournament.”

It was Nigeria who started the brighter and Joey's keeper Adam Pavlesic. made a smart save to deny Akinkunmi Amoo early. But against the run of play on 13 minutes the Joeys hit the front. No10 sent no 7 down the left channel and he pulled the ball back to an unmarked Botic, who made no mistake. But eight minutes later Nigeria levelled, Olawale was picked out on the right of the penalty area, he did look close to being offside but the flag stayed down and he curled home superbly past Pavlesic. The Joeys still looked dangerous going forward and they almost regained the lead late, but Tristan Hammond shot flashed inches wide, and at the break it was all-square.

Nigeria, who had already qualified for the next stage, went close to the lead early in the second half when Olakunle Olusegun’s long-range shot skimmed the post with Pavlesic well beaten. But on 53 minutes the Joeys hit the front again. A quick counter attack caught Nigeria napping and Southampton youngster Caleb Watts was hauled down in the box by Clement Ikenna and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Botic stepped up and sent Joseph Oluwabusola the wrong way from the spot. The Joeys went close to a third on the hour, Hammond's shot was well saved by Oluwabusola

The Super Eagles, who won the 2013 and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, weren't going down without a fight and they pressed late looking for the equaliser. Amoo forced a smart save from Pavlesic as Nigeria poured forward and Izaack Powell cleared a goal-bound effort off the line as Australia held on to inflict only Nigeria's third defeat in their last 31 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches and move them into a round of 16 clash with European powerhouse France.

Joeys: GK Adam PAVLESIC, 2 Idrus ABDULAHI, 4 Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 5 Izaack POWELL, 6 Ryan TEAGUE, 7 Tristan HAMMOND, 9 Noah BOTIC, 10 Caleb WATTS (8 Birkan KIRDAR 79’), 13 Joshua RAWLINS (16 Luke DUKEL 80’) 15 Anton MLINARIC, 21 Cameron PEUPION (11 Ali AUGLAH 55’) - Subs not used: RGK Oliver KALAC, RGK Nicholas BILOKAPIC, 3 Daniel WALSH, 14 Trent OSTLER, 17 Yaya DUKULY, 19 Michael RUHS, 20 Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO

Nigeria: GK Joseph OLUWABUSOLA, 2 Oluwatimilehin ADENIYI, 4 Samson TIJANI, 5 Ferdinard IKENNA, 6 Usman IBRAHIM, 7 Olakunle OLUSEGUN, (18 Ibraheem JABAAR 62'), 8 Hamzat OJEDIRAN, 11 Quadri EDUN, 12 Peter OLAWALE (Divine NWACHUKWU 83'), 13 Akinkunmi AMOO, 20 Ibrahim SAID - Subs not used: RGK Sunday STEPHEN, RGK Daniel JINADU, 3 Charles ETIM, 9 Wisdom UBANI, 10 Peter AGBA, 14 Daniel FRANCIS, 15 Monsuru OPEYEMI, 19 Abba BICHI

1.11.2019

GLORY WIN THE GOLD FIELDS CHALLENGE CUP

With the Westfield W-League just around the corner Perth Glory were on form in the Gold Fields Challenge Cup running out deserved 4-0 winners over the Gold Fields WA Women’s State Team at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday night. Early goals from Lexie Moreno and Caitlin Doeglas got Glory off to the perfect start, before Leticia McKenna added two more after the break to put the result beyond doubt. It didn’t take long for Glory to register the first goal of the match when, after three minutes, Moreno was given too much space on the edge of the box and she finished clinically into the bottom corner past keeper Gabby Dal Busco. They doubled their lead three minutes later through a quality finish from Doeglas after good work from Tia Stonehill to win the ball back high up the pitch.

Moreno headed just wide before the State side had a chance to pull one back when joint-Women’s Gold Medal winner Gemma Craine let off a powerful shot which Glory keeper Eliza Campbell was equal to.

After the break, Glory continued to show their class as they controlled the game well and would add a third after 56 minutes when McKenna’s cross found sailed over the head of WA substitute keeper Rebecca Bennett and in at the far post.

On an unseasonably cold and blustery night, Glory rounded out an impressive pre-season performance with a fourth goal in the 66th minute as McKenna again found the back of the net for the 2019 Westfield W-League grand finalists. The Hyundai NTC forward grabbed her second of the night with a shot on the turn that nestled into the bottom corner. Glory continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the new Westfield W-League campaign which gets under way with an away trip to Canberra United on Sunday, November 17.

Gold Fields WA Women’s State Team: GK Gabby Dal Busco, 21 Christiane Astorp, 15 Carla Bennett, 25 Tiana Botha, 6 Gemma Craine, 17 Tessa De Leo, 8 Jamie Duncanson, 23 Renee Leota, 4 Bronwyn Studman, 12 Larissa Walsh, 20 Laura Waltman - Substitutes: 16 Rebecca Bennett, 11 Melanie Doeglas, 18 Emily Henderson, 24 Poppie Hooks, 13 Emma McMurdo, 14 Sophia Neal, 5 Thalia Organ, 7 Melissa Shepherd

Perth Glory: GK Eliza Campbell, 13 Jamie Lee Gale, 14 Caitlin Doeglas, 15 Alexia Moreno, 18 Isabella Foletta, 24 Natasha Rigby, 25 Tia Stonehill, 31 Aeysha Norrie, 9 Julia Sardo, 32 Hannah Burke, 10 Katarina Jukic - Substitutes: 2 Sarah Carroll, 3 Kim Carroll, 5 Shannon May, 11 Leticia McKenna, 12 Jenna Onions, 16 Isabella Wallhead, 17 Liana Cook, 19 Hannah Lowry, 23 Stacey Cavill, 4 Tijan McKenna, 32 Taneesha Baker - Referee: Shane Skinner




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