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14.9.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND TWENTY ONE REVIEW

Kingsley were presented the 2019 Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division trophy after they had beaten relegated Ellenbrook United 7-0 at the Ellenbrook Sports Hub on Saturday evening. Jayden Drummond opened the scoring with a good finish, before Joel Gillespie and Aaron Lickiss made it 3-0 at half time. Gillespie added two more after the break, while Jesse Higgins and Bailey Salmon rounding out the scoring. “Ellenbrook had a pretty young side out on the park, credit to them they never gave up and hope the best for them next season,” Kingsley’s Josh Waldock explained. “You don’t get to play in many games where you know you’ve won the league and can go out and enjoy it. In the back of the heads though, we know we still have one more job to tick off with the cup final in two weeks. It was a great night for the club receiving the league trophy with the reserves winning the league to, but the season isn’t over, we will focus on our final league game next week and we want to go back to back in the cup.”

Quinns have wrapped up second spot after an entertaining 2-1 win against Joondalup United at Gumblossom Park. "Joondalup never gave up and kept the pressure on scoring and having a couple of chances late on," Quinns coach Lee Garnish said. "But very pleased with the result confirming second place in the league in our first season in the premier, the boys have worked hard and deserve all the praise." It was a tight first half with both sides defending well, the best chance went to the visitors Ryan Williams' shot cleared off the line by Tom Ashworth. But after the break it was the home side who opened the scoring, Ashworth getting on the end of a free kick to head home. Joondalup hit back and Sam Davies' effort was well saved by Frazer Imrie, before Williams' long-range shot flashed over the top.

Andrew Toomath then produced a great save as Quinns pressed for a second, but he was beaten again moments later, Liam Hunt's shot from outside of the penalty area beat the Joondalup custodian. But Joondalup weren’t finished and they pulled one back when Chris Boyle headed home Liam Fryer's corner. It was game on and both sides had late chances in a great game of football. First Liam McManus' shot was superbly saved by Joondalup keeper Toomath, before Adam Gianassi low shot was well saved by Quinns keeper Imrie and Kitson Catalfamo blazed over the top when well placed. "I was happy with the football we played, and I thought it was a good game for the spectators with both sides having chances," Joondalup coach Ben Williams said. "Quinns were more clinical and that has hurt us a number of times this year we just lack the killer instinct in front of goal and that seems to hurt is in the close games."

Jaguar remain third, but they came home from Kelly Park empty-handed after losing 2-1 to Kwinana United. It was Kwinana on the front foot early and created a number of early chances, but the woodwork came to the rescue of Jags on two occasions. But they did open the scoring when the referee pointed to the spot, and Shane Nunes converted the resulting penalty. After the break Jags started to take control and they had Kwinana on the back foot and had the perfect opportunity to level when they were awarded a penalty, but Kwinana keeper Jack Adams saved it. But two minutes from Jags did find the equaliser and it looked like the points would be shared but in injury time Lee Bates won it for Kwinana to give coach Mark Purvis his first win in the role. "I thought we deserved the lead at half time, but Jags are a good side and we knew they would come back at us," Mark Purvis said. "I thought it was a good game of football with both teams working incredibly hard, but the character we showed to go and get the win after conceding so close to the end was amazing - very proud of all the players."

Leeming Strikers produced one of their best performances of the season to beat North Perth United 4-1 at John Connell Reserve. They had to come from behind to win after Oscar Kelly's volley from the edge of the box on 12 minutes flew past Josh Blackman. The hosts battled back into the game and were rewarded on the stroke of half time, when referee David Bruce spotted a handball in the box and Ayden Evans converted to send the sides into the break all even. Leeming hit the front just after the hour mark when Evans was sent clear and he finished clinically past Jamie Serra. It was 3-1 when Lucas Pickering squared the ball to Ben Greaves, who scored, and the icing was put on the cake in the final minute when Evans completed his hat-trick to seal a comprehensive win. "Today was a really good win for us as we try to end the season on a high," Leeming player/coach David Palin said. "They (North Perth) haven't had the title defence they would have wanted but they've been there or there about last five-six-years, so to beat them was easily our best league win of the season."

Wembley Downs and Hamersley Rovers have fought out a 1-1 draw at Butlers Reserve. It was the visitors who were ahead on 20 minutes. Wembley lost possession on the right and Hamersley raced forward to score. Wembley pressed but couldn't convert their first half chances, and after playing some good football they wasted their opportunities in front of goal and went into the break 0-1 down. They did have the perfect opportunity to level early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty, but Juraj Galba's spot kick was well saved by the Hamersley keeper. It looked like it wasn't going to be Wembley's day but five minutes from time they found the equaliser. A long throw in to the penalty area found Dean Wall at the back post and he held off his marker and scored from six meters. "There strikers were always a threat, but we managed to limit their chances," Wembley's Jay McDonald said. "Again, our composure in front of goal has killed us and we’re disappointed not to get three points."

In the final game Belmont Villa have been relegated after they were thrashed 9-2 by UWA Nedlands at Gerry Archer Sports Complex. The visitors dominated the game and lead 4-1 at the break with Mitch Barrington bagged a hat-trick and another to Amir Khasanov. Barrington bagged another four in the second half with Jake Poller added another to give them their biggest win of the season. "It was a big game for Mitch and his seven goal has pushed his tally in his pursuit of the golden boot," UWA Coach Arthur Hiemstra said. "It was also great to have Jake finish his years with the club with a goal in his final match."

14.9.2019

SILLA WINS IT FOR PERTH

Perth Soccer Club are the 2019 NPLWA Top Four Cup winners after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Inglewood United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday afternoon. In front of a packed grandstand it was the hosts who dominated the first half and deservedly lead through skipper David Cyrus, but Perth levelled just before the hour mark with Michael Domfeh on target. It looked like going to extra time but in the final minute Perth defender Alex Silla, who missed Tuesday’s qualifying final due to the passing of his grandmother, fired home the winner to seal back-to-back Top Four Cup victories for Ramon Falzon and his team.

It was a great start to the game for the hosts, who beat Perth 3-1 in last week’s Major Semi-Final, and Harry Evans had Perth keeper Dejan Aleksic scrambled to his right to save on four minutes. Inglewood were well on top and Chok Dau blazed over when well placed, before the lively striker forced a good save from the alert Aleksic after he was sent clear by Brian Woodall. Perth were struggling to get a foot hold in the game, and Cyrus should have put Inglewood in front on the half hour. A corner from Evans wasn’t dealt with, the ball finding an unmarked Cyrus at the back post, but his effort from close-range failed to find the target.

The home supporters thought they had the lead on 42 minutes, Jason Barrera picked out Woodall in the penalty area, his first-time shot was stopped by Aleksic with a stunning reaction save. But from the resulting corner Inglewood did take the lead. Evans’ set-piece picked out Cyrus at the back post who headed home, much to the delight of the home faithful.

Perth were out of the blocks early in the second half and they were level on 54 minutes. Kristian Santich sent Niccolò Sabatini down the left and he whipped in a cross into the box and Domfeh rose highest to head past Alex Dunn. Inglewood lifted and Barrera’s audacious lob from long-range landed on top of the net for the hosts, while second half substitute Brian Farrell’s first-time shot was saved low by Aleksic. Santich was coming into his own, dominating the middle of the park, and his superb range of passes was there for the big crowd to see. Then on 82 minutes his racking pass sent Sabatini clear, and the Italians’ first-time volley was saved low by the alert Dunn.

Both sides were going for the winner and Inglewood’s Jamie Murphy’s mazy run ended with a shot that flashed just wide of the upright, before Perth substitute Frank Furfaro cross shot was pushed away by Dunn. It looked like the game was heading to extra time, but in the final minute Perth won it. Silla played a neat one-two with Aleks Jovic on the edge of the box, and raced into the box and finished low past Dunn to seal the win. It was a good day all round for Perth midfielder Kristian Santich, who was awarded the ‘Gary Marocchi Medal’ as the best player in the final.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 David CYRUS, 8 Jason BARRERA (5 Samuel RIAK 72), 9 Chok DAU (4 Scott BLACKMORE 86), 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 11 Harry EVANS (15 Brian FARRELL 62), 14 Steve SOKOL, 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie MURPHY, 17 Mark BARNETT, 23 Brian WOODALL - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 6 Miki VUJACIC, 7 Hamza HINA

Perth SC: GK: Dejan ALEKSIC, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES (17 Frank FURFARO 84), 5 Niccolò SABATINI, 6 Harley ORR, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 14 Kristian SANTICH, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Michael DOMFEH, 19. Bojan RADINOVIC, 20 Paul ZIMARINO (7 Aleks JOVIC 54) - Subs not used: RGK: Adrian SINAGRA, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 13 Rocco PIZZATA - Referee: Matthew Southern

14.9.2019

CRANE LIFTS PERTH TO WIN

Perth Soccer Club have produced a great defensive display to beat league winners Perth Glory 3-1 in the Top Five Cup Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. After holding off a rampant Glory in the opening twenty minutes, Perth hit back and were clinical in front of goal with skipper and man of the match Lennon Crane on target, and they added a second in the shadows of half time through Leigh Morgan. Glory found a lifeline on the hour with Liam Murray on target, but Perth weren’t to be pegged back and three minutes from time Jayden Gorman added a third to win it for the Azzurri and deny Glory the treble.

It was Glory who opened the brighter and after good approach work from Mason Tatafu and Tyler Vecchio, the latter slipping the ball through to Ciaran Bramwell, whose effort drifted inches past the post. They were in again on the quarter hour, Albert Fullard sent Sasa Njegic into the penalty area, but Perth keeper Adrian Sinagra got down well to save at his near post. Then from the resulting corner Bramwell headed against the crossbar, as the Glory peppered the Perth goal. But against the run of play it was Perth SC who opened the scoring on 27 minutes.

A ball into the penalty area came out to Crane, who was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area and he finished clinically past Jacob Range. Glory continued to dictate terms and Bramwell saw his effort cleared off the line by Orton Raumati, before Charlie Leech smacked the base of the post with a shot two minutes from the break. Perth were defending desperately, and that was rewarded in the final minute when they doubled their advantage. Gorman’s corner from the left picked out Morgan, who lost his marker to home and send them into half time with a 2-0 lead.

Glory were again on the front foot after the break, Leech’s snap shot was saved low by Sinagra, and their early pressure was rewarded on the hour. Second half substitute Murray was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and he picked himself up and fired home the resulting free kick past Sinagra to give Glory a lifeline. Murray, who had scored a hat-trick in their State League Reserves Cup Final win earlier in the season, was a constant threat and his goal bound shot on 68 minutes was blocked some more desperate defending by the Perth backline.

Then two minutes later Jayden Leader’s long-range strike was well saved by Sinagra, and it looked only a matter of time before Glory levelled, but Perth weren’t to be beaten. With Glory pushing players forward they starting to get caught out at the back and Morgan’s shot was saved low by Range, before Gorman raced in on goal, but the Glory custodian stood tall to deny him. But three minutes from time Perth found the decisive third goal. Sheperd Chivambe’s shot was saved low by Range, the ball rebounding to Gorman who fired home from eight meters.

Perth Glory: GK Jacob RANGE, 2 Nicholas MCDONALD, 3 Albert FULLARD, 5 Mason TATAFU, 6 Jayden LEADER (15 Mitch SMITH 90), 7 Bryce BAFFORD, 8 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 9 Ciaran BRAMWELL (12 Christian BELLADONNA 75), 10 Sasa NJEGIC (13 Liam MURRAY 57), 11 Charlie LEECH, 14 Jacob MUIR - Subs not used: 4 Aidan COYNE, 20 Keegan GRANT

Perth Soccer Club: GK Adrian SINAGRA, 3 Nicholas MESSINA, 6 Jason PETRIE, 8 Lennon CRANE, 9 Leigh MORGAN (4 Adam BUCKINGHAM 81), 10 Orton RAUMATI, 12 Jawad REZAI (21 Sheperd CHIVAMBE 63), 14 Oscar HEANEY, 18 Luke GARAS (7 Tommy COYLE 90), 19 Jayden GORMAN, 20 William NICHOLSON - Subs not used: GK Ben RATAJCZAK, 5 William GORDON - Referee: Arvin Shanmuganathan



Perth celebrate winning the Under 20's Grand Final.

14.9.2019

PERTH THE RAUL DEAL

Perth Soccer have won the NPLWA under 18’s Top Four Cup Final after a comprehensive 5-0 win against Stirling Lion at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday morning. First half goals from Alex McLean and JoJo Parise set up the win, with a second half brace from man of the match Raul Pereira and another from substitute Matt Di Virgilio sealed the win for Tony Di Toro’s side.

Both these sides finished level on points at the end of the regular season, and It was an even start to the game with both sides going close early. First Jordan Nikolajevic shot on the run was straight at Lions’ keeper Damian Damjanoski. Moments later Stirling’s striker Ben Rutter burst into the penalty area at the other, but Liam Anderson got back with a superb last-ditch tackle.

But on 22 minutes it was Perth who hit the front. Shaun Mukwevho made space down the left and whipped in a perfect cross for McClean, whose bullet like header flew into the net giving Damjanoski no chance. They doubled their lead ten minutes later. A great through ball from Pereira sent Parise clear down the right channel, and his pace took him clear of his marker, before cutting inside the box and finishing clinically. Stirling pressed late in the half as they looked for a goal to get back into the game, the best chance fell to Dimitrij Blazeski, who long-range shot flew over the top.

It was more of the same after the break, the Lions struggled to break down a tight defence well marshalled by Anderson and Lachlan Bryd, and it wasn’t a surprise when Perth added a third on 57 minutes. A cross from the left picked out Pereira, whose looping header gave the keeper no chance. Perth pressed looking for more and they deservedly added a fourth on 78 minutes. Pereira played Di Virgilio down the left and he cut inside his marker before finding the bottom corner of the net. Pereira capped off a great game by adding a fifth late in the game. A mazy run from Di Virgilio down the left saw him get to the bye line and cut the ball back to Pereira who made no mistake for his second to seal the win.

Stirling Lions: GK Damian DAMJANOSKI, 2 Shayan BAHMANI (6 Jethro HAAS 80), 3 Marvin ABDIPANAH, 7 Chad SAMUELS (61), 16 Joel ANASMO, 8 Joshua ANASMO 9 Ben RUTTER, 10 Dimitrij BLAZESKI, 11 Nabi ANGALO (15 Luca MACRI 77), 12 Ilija RAJCINOSKI, 13 Elijah HAAS, 14 Mou MARIA - Subs not used: RGK Paddy HUGHES, 5 Ben ELLIEF

Perth Soccer Club: GK Ben RATAJCZAK, 2 Luke MESSINA (16 Joe MOSS 69), 3 Liam ALDERSON, 4 Lachlan BYRD (C), 5 Alex MCLEAN, 9 Raul PEREIRA, 10 Jojo PARISE (58), 13 Jasper BOURCHIER, 12 Jordan NIKOLAJEVIC (19 Matt DI VIRGILIO 73), 14 Michael BOFFEY, 15 Shaun MUKWEVHO, 17 Giordano SPORTIELLO - Subs not used: RGK Rocco LIBERTI, 18 Sam FLORES - Referee: Adam Hicks



Perth Soccer Club are the Under 18's Top Four Cup Winners

14.9.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TWENTY TWO – REVIEW

The final piece of the State League Division Two jigsaw was put in place on Saturday with Swan United taking the fourth and final spot in the promotion/relegation playoffs. Both United and Balga went into Saturday's game still with a chance to make it through, and both sides won on the final day, but it was Paul Dundo's side taking their place in the two-leg elimination Semi-Final against Morley Windmills next weekend, while in the qualifying Semi-Final Murdoch University Melville take on Gosnells City. Swan went into Saturday's game against Gosnells City at Francis Street knowing a win would see them into the playoffs, but they without influential trio Aaron Colli, Liam Merigan and Jay Lang. But they started well and hit the front on the quarter hour, Brian Patterson's free kick into the box rebounded off the back post and Alen Patarov was quickest to react to fire home the rebound.

Both sides created chances in an entertaining game, but it was the Swans holding the advantage at the break. The home side needed a second goal to steady their nerves, and it came on the hour. John Monterosso was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Patterson picked out the top corner of the net from the resulting free kick. They wrapped the points and a spot in the playoffs with a third 15 minutes later. Marco Trimboli got the flank and cut the ball back to Monterosso, who made no mistake from the edge of the box. "It was a solid win against a good Gosnells side, and it was even more impressive as we had a lot of key players out," Monterosso said. "But the boys that stepped in played very well and in the end, it was a comfortable performance to get us into top four."

Balga needed a win and hope Swan would slip up and they made a perfect start and were ahead after only four minutes. Kristian Despotovski was played in on goal and went one-on-one with the keeper, and the young striker made no mistake. It was 2-0 nine minutes later, Dejan Andric firing home, and they were three up on 37 minutes with Kris Spaseski on target. But Wanneroo hadn't read the script and they reduced the margin when Gareth Lloyd cross from the right was headed home by Chris Williams. They added a second before the break, with Alec Robinson pouncing on a loose ball in the box to fire home. But Balga hit back after the break and Bobby Ramic made it 4-2 on the hour, before Josh Conti added a fifth ten minutes later.

But with news from Swan filtering through, Spaseski bagged his second late on to make it 6-2, but it wasn’t to be for the home side and Wanneroo scored with the last kick of the game to make the final score 6-3, Williams racing through to curl the ball home for his second of the day. "I thought it was an entertaining game with two teams playing open attacking football with a ten-goal thriller," Balga coach Aleks Vrteski said. "The season had great challenges four us, a lot of highs, such as beating Inglewood in the FFA Cup, and then the disappointment of not making the playoffs. A lot of lessons learnt by a very young squad which will benefit us next season." Wanneroo coach Jesse Bridgeman said it wasn't the end of the season they were looking for. "The game was a bad way to end our season,” he said. “We got off to a very slow start and did well to get back into the game, then let ourselves down again not being able to deal with the long ball over the top.”

Murdoch University Melville warmed up for next week’s playoffs with a solid 4-0 win against Dianella White Eagles at Dianella Reserve. The visitors were ahead when a long throw picked out 19-year-old Kai Jones, who made no mistake. It was 2-0 after some neat build up play down the right, ended with Grant Mowatt and his effort beat the Dianella keeper. It was 3-0 at half time, after Adrian Ciampini bagged his eighth goal in the last four games. In the second half Melville brought on 15-year-old Sam Cook, another product of the clubs’ youth teams, and he added the fourth, finishing from close-range, after great work on the left by Ryan Tucker. They went close to a fifth late, when another young substitute, Daniel Davey's quick feet and a clever lob hit the crossbar. “It was a very good performance, especially as we shuffled the pack and gave a number of younger players a chance," Murdoch University Melville Coach Gavin Brown said. "The average age of the squad was 21.5, and we created a lot of chances and looked solid at the back, so it was a great way to end the season. So Overall, we are delighted to have finished the season so strongly and look forward to the play offs starting next week."

The league Champions, Quinns FC, were presented with their trophy on Saturday after their 3-1 win against Curtin University at Gumblossom Park. But they had to come from behind in this one, with Chris Sutton giving the visitors the lead early. But they restored parity after great work on the right from Brent Quick, who delivered a great ball to the back post where Matthew Blake rose highest and nodded down to Guy McDonald who had timed his run well and he finished clinically. After half time Quinns took control and once again young Hugo Snowden came off the bench, and this week he turned provider. The 16-year-old scored last week and this week he picked the ball up about 25 yards out and shaped to shoot but instead he played a fantastic pass inside the full back and Brent Quick dispatched a great first time shot across the keeper.

The points were made safe when after some great work from Blake on the left Quinns were awarded a free kick on the left. Joe McQuade took the free kick and delivered perfected weighted ball which Alex Sallery finished well to seal the win. “Great to finish the season on a high, the boys have been superb this year, and their commitment has been first class and it has shown on the park,” Quinns assistant coach John Lavery said. “Curtin came to ruin our celebrations on Saturday and they started well and took the lead, but we then got a hold of the game and created lots of chances. Thankfully we converted enough of them to win the game and get the result. Again, this week we had four under 18’s involved and an under 16, we are delighted with the talent coming through our youth teams.”

Joondalup City finished their season with a hard fought 3-2 win against Kelmscott Roos at the Iluka Sports Complex. "I thought we totally dominated possession in the first half, but we missed a number of chances and two mistakes at the back cost us," Joondalup Coach Nigel Smith said. "But second half we came out strong kept pressing Kelmscott and we got our rewards, and I thought we deserved the win played some good football to end the season on a high and finish mid table." It was the visitors who were ahead when My Ibrahima played a great through ball to Adan Hoody, who held off his marker and finished clinically past the oncoming keeper. Joondalup were guilty of missing some good chances in the first half and they were punished again before the break with Kelmscott doubling their lead. A ball into the box found Lemeo Wordu, who was given far too much room and he finished well past the keeper.

The home side were out of the blocks early in the second half and they pulled one back, with Liam McGurk firing home. It was still a tight game, but it was Joondalup who levelled on 75 minutes. A free kick into the penalty area found Liam Peacock, who lost his marker and volleyed home. Then five minutes from time the home side won it, when Sam Rawlings was brought down in the box and the referee pointed straight to the spot. McGurk stepped up to score his second goal of the game from the resulting penalty. "I thought we played well but some strange officiating killed the game for us," Kelmscott coach Richard Changadzo said. "We lost three players to injuries which the referee waved play on to, which was disappointing, but well done to Joondalup they played well."

In the final game relegation threatened Canning City finished the season on a high with a 2-0 win against the inform Shamrock Rovers at Burrendah Reserve. Canning must now wait and see what Football West is going do with the relegation position, as it's all been put in the air with South West Phoenix dropping out of the state league, the decision should be made next week. In this one the hosts were ahead when Charlie Parry received a ball on the left and cut inside his marker and played in Ante Jukic who turned and fired home from just outside the box. The points were wrapped up when Jukic found Parry out on the left who beat his man and slid the ball across the face of goal for Oliver Dahlskog to finish.

14.9.2019

GLORY TRIO TRAVEL TO UK WITH JOEYS

Perth Glory trio Daniel Walsh, Trent Ostler and Josh Rawlins were all part of the Joeys under 17’s side that travelled to England last week to take on the host nation, Brazil and Korea in a Four Nations Tournament. It all started against England with Ostler and Rawlins in the starting line up with Walsh on the bench, and the competition started with a bang for Ostler, scoring in the game, but his heroics weren’t enough to help Trevor Morgan's side to victory, the Green and Gold going down 3-2.

It started well for Joeys and they were ahead on five minutes, with Hoffenheim’s Noah Botic converting from the penalty spot. But England levelled when Nottingham Forest youngster Alex Mighten finished past Ahmad Taleb, who did get a hand to it. Australia were dangerous on the counter attack and caused the home defence problems, but the home side went close with Manchester City's Ben Knight clipping the crossbar, before Fulham's Fabio De Carvalho and Chelsea's Lewis Bate were denied by Joeys custodian Taleb.

But on 36 minutes England hit the front, with Mighten producing a great solo run, before finishing clinically from the angle. Both sides had early chances after the break, Knight going close for the hosts, while Tristian Hammond fired one inches past the post for the Joeys. But the Three Lions added a third midway through the second half, after a storming run from Liverpool youngster Layton Stewart, who picked out Mighten who scored to complete his hat trick.

Ostler made it a tight last few minutes when he pulled one back for the Joeys. A neat through ball sent the Pacey winger clear and he beat substitute keeper Nathan Broome to the ball and stabbed the ball into an empty net. They almost levelled late but Melbourne Victory's Birkan Kirdar's effort flashed wide, while Taleb continued his outstanding form producing good saves to deny substitutes’ Morgan Rogers and Joe Gelhardt.

In the second game against Korea, it was a huge night for Glory central defender Walsh, who was handed the captains armband. The Joeys led 3-1 at half time but Korea hit back after the break to level, but the Joeys won in the penalty shoot-out. In the final game against Brazil the youngsters were beaten 0-4, Ostler started, with Walsh coming on in the second half and Rawlins came on late. The trio will hopefully be selected in the side for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil which will be held in Brazil from 26 October to 17 November 2019, the squad will be announced soon – Good look to the lads if they are selected in the squad.

13.9.2019

NPL-WA TOP FOUR CUP GRAND FINAL - PREVIEW

It's the showpiece of WA football on Saturday afternoon when Inglewood United host Perth SC in the Football West NPL Belt-Up Top Four Grand Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Inglewood won their spot in Saturday's game thanks to a 3-1 win at Perth in the Major Semi-Final last weekend, while Niccolò Sabatini scored in the final minute of extra time to seal a 2-1 win against Floreat Athena in Tuesday's qualifying final to book their spot in Saturday's finale to the NPL season.

Inglewood have been the form team of the NPLWA over the past month and will go into the game as favourites, but last season's top four Cup winners Perth are in the same position as last year. They won the league and were beaten by Perth Glory in the Major Semi-Final, but rebounded to beat them in the Grand Final, so it's all to play and it should be a great game.

Inglewood winger Steve Sokol has been on fire in recent weeks in front of goal, and he said it’s been a great season for the club. “Yes, it's been a really good season overall, and I think we've surprised a lot of people,” he said. “We have a good mix of youth and experience amongst the players, and everyone has worked hard for each other and their own spot throughout the season. Andres (Oliveira) had to come in and he really stepped up everyone's intensity and focus in training which has translated into our performances each week.”

After struggling to get a spot in the starting line up earlier in the season, Sokol is now one of the first on the team sheet for coach, but he said it’s been a team effort and he’s been happy to contribute over the past month. “It's definitely pleasing to be scoring again, but this season has always been about helping the team win,” he explained. “It can take time coming into a new team and settling in, and that's all it was for me earlier in the season playing in a new position and new system under Andres. Hopefully I'll continue this form of scoring in the final on Saturday and help the team to get the win.”

Sokol is sure Perth will be looking to get one back on them after beating them in the Major Semi-Final, but he said the players are looking forward to the challenge. “Saturday is definitely a massive game for the club and our season,” he said. “All the players know what it means for Inglewood, and I’m sure Perth will be up for it, but we're feeling confident of going out and pulling off another upset.”

Perth skipper Harley Orr was again been a standout in the middle of the park for Perth and he said it was great to go back-to-back league titles. 'Yes, it was another fantastic season for the club and the players, and it was special to go back-to-back," he explained. "The lads have been terrific from the first game to the last we were just on another level and it was pleasure being able to be part of it. The desire and dedication from everyone involved at the club is great to see and we hope to cap it off on Saturday."

The skipper said defeat against Inglewood in the Major Semi-Final was disappointing, but they showed great resolve to beat Floreat to qualify for Saturday's game. "Yes, it was very disappointing to lose to Inglewood, but again we showed great desire to bounce back straight away against Floreat," Orr said. "To be fair the win was a relief and a great feeling, and to for us to run out the full 120 minutes was a great credit to the boys and I thought we really did deserve to get the result."

Orr said Saturday will be another huge test against a team who have been in good form over the past month, but it a challenge they are looking forward too. "It's a big day in WA football and a chance for us to do the double back-to-back," he said. "The boys are really going be up for it and there's a lot to play for since they beat us last Saturday, so we can't wait to have another crack at them." It’s a big day of football on Saturday, and it all starts at 10,00am with the under 18’s Top Four final, which sees Perth SC taking on Stirling Lions, while in the under 20’s Top Four final at 12.15am Perth Glory meet Perth SC – Get along and watch all three games

13.9.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TWENTY TWO – PREVIEW

It's the final round of the State League Division Two season, and there is still one spot up for grabs in the playoffs with Swan United and Balga fighting it out for the fourth spot. Balga missed a great opportunity to get their noses in front after they were beaten 5-0 by Joondalup City on Wednesday in their round one catch-up game, meaning they now need Gosnells to get a result today, and then get three points at home against Wanneroo City to pip the black and whites.

The footballwa.net 'Match of the Round' is the clash at Francis Street, where Swan United host Gosnells City. Both sides’ go into this game after indifferent results last week, Gosnells throw a two-goal lead away to draw at home to Joondalup City, while Swan came home from Wanneroo with a hard fought 2-1 win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The last time these two sides met at the venue as in round 20 last season, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Swan striker John Monterosso said the win at Wanneroo was massive especially after going down to ten men, but there last few games have been big as they look for a spot in the playoffs. "We've been playing a cup final every game for a few weeks now, and it will be more of the same on Saturday," he said. "At Wanneroo we had to dig deep after going down to ten men early, so coming away with a win was a great result for us, and one we defiantly needed and it's now set us up a top four finish."

The striker said a win on Saturday will see them into the playoffs, and he said it's a little déjà vu as they were in the same position last season. "The equation now is simple, a win on Saturday and were in the top four," he explained. "But we know Gosnells will do all they can to spoil the party, but we've been in this position before in previous seasons with everything on the line and come through, so it's going to make for another great game, we're really looking forward to it."

Gosnells winger Feisal Zaw said the draw against Joondalup was disappointing, and they should have put the game to bed in the first half. “Yes, we definitely should've ran away with that one, and I think it was one of our poorer performances for sure,” he explained. “But I think we just got complacent and didn't show our opponents enough respect in the second half and they deserved the draw in the end.”

Zaw, who was playing in the NPL last season at Inglewood, said they need to go to Swan on Saturday and get a result to go into the finals with some momentum. “Even with our league position cemented in second we can't take opposition in and around us lightly,” he said. “Psychologically, you want to be beating teams potentially in the play offs picture so we can carry that form onwards. They definitely won't make it easy for us though, especially up at Swan.”

Balga entertain Wanneroo City on Saturday at Princess Road Reserve in a must win game. They now need to get a result against Jesse Bridgeman's side, and then hope Gosnells can get a positive result at Swan if they are to get in the playoffs. The loss against Joondalup City has made it harder for Balga, and defender Zoki Vrteski said it was a disappointing night for the team. "It was a tough game against a good opponent, and we always knew it wouldn’t be easy coming back off a night game against Curtin over the weekend including a couple of injuries and suspensions,” he explained. “None the less we don’t have time to dwell on the result from last night as we still are a chance of play-offs.”

They go into Saturday’s game without influential player Hermon Michael, who was sent off against Joondalup, and Vrteski said they can't do anything about the Swan result, all they can do is get a result against Wanneroo and see what happens. "The boys have to give it all they got to get a result against Wanneroo,” he said. “That’s all we can do and the rest will be decided by the football gods.”

In other games Champions Quinns entertain Curtin University at Gumblossom Park, and they will be looking to maintain their perfect home record, after winning all their ten games so far this season, while Curtin will be looking to end a two-game losing streak. Relegated Canning City will also be looking to end their stay in the state league with a win when they entertain Shamrock Rovers at Burrendah Reserve. Rovers on the other hand are on a good run of form which has seen them go unbeaten in the last seven games. Dianella White Eagles will be looking to end a disappointing season with a win when they host Murdoch University Melville at Dianella Reserve.

In the final game Joondalup City, who this week announced an academy partnership between themselves and English Premier League side Everton, entertain Kelmscott Roos at the Iluka Sports Complex. City are ending the season well, a draw at Gosnells last week, and a big win against Balga on Wednesday has seen them jump to eighth. On Wednesday evening Josh Chivell opened the scoring from a corner with a great header into the roof of the net from six meters. Balga lifted after that and were unlucky not to score but at the break Joondalup led. But the home side came out strong and Luke Doyle scored a free kick into the top corner from 20 meters to double their lead. It was soon 3-0 Liam McGurk firing home from 10 meters.

Joondalup made it 4-0 with a quality finish from Devon Rindel, after good approach work down the right and added a fifth when Sam Rawlings got in behind the Balga defence before finishing well. “Balga were unlucky not to score coming close on a couple of occasions, they also had a penalty saved by Mark McKane, Joondalup Coach Nigel Smith said. “We were very pleased, out first clean sheet off the season, which topped off probably our best performance by the players.” Smith said they hope to end the season on a high on Saturday but is expecting a tough game. “Hopefully we can push on and keep the good form going which goes back to the Swan game, which we lost, but played very well,” he explained. “Kelmscott will be a tough physical battle hopefully we can match them, play the football that we know we’re capable of and end on a high with a bit of consistency in our game.”

13.9.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND TWENTY ONE PREVIEW

It's week 21 of the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division and our 'Match of the Round' takes us to John Connell Reserve on Sunday afternoon, where Leeming Strikers entertain North Perth United. The home side were beaten at Champions Kingsley last week, while North Perth were held to scoreless draw at home by Wembley Downs. The last time these sides met at the venue in the league was in round 17 last season when they fought out a 1-1 draw. The visitors opened the scoring on the half hour through Oscar Kelly and it looked like the points would be heading to North Perth but in the final minute David Palin levelled.

Leeming forward Ayden Evans said the loss at Kingsley though disappointing, they did have early chances that they failed to take. “It was a tough loss just like any but I think we really controlled the first half, we had the better chances and moved the ball well,” he explained. “But credit to Kingsley they kept doing what they do and, in the end, they took their chances.”

Evans, who is the leagues top goalscorer, said his team mates have been great this season and luckily, he’s been on the end of their good work. “To be fair I had a rough start to the season, but we have a top group of lads who have all supported each other so that has defiantly helped,” he explained. “The leading scorer is still a close one with a few of us so hopefully I can still keep adding to my tally in the last two games.”

He knows Sunday will be a tough challenge, but it’s one they are looking forward too after a disappointing result against them last time out. “It will be a tough game again, last time we played them (North Perth) we didn’t turn up at all and the score line showed, so I’m sure we will all come out with a point to prove,” Evans said. “With the season coming to an end we are all just enjoying what’s left and building as a team. We have played well lately and we will be looking to carry on going into this one.”

North Perth keeper Jamie Serra has been outstanding between the sticks, and he was vital as they draw against Wembley last week, a game both sides could have won. “Yes, it was a tough game against Wembley on Sunday, but I thought both teams were forced into playing a scrappy brand of football which made things difficult,” he explained. “Both teams certainly had opportunities to take the lead but just couldn’t find the back of the net so we had to settle for s point.”

It’s not been the season North Perth were hoping for, but Serra said they are hoping to end the season with two good performance. “We had set goals at the start of the season and we are not where we wanted to be with two games to go,” he said. “The half way point of the season was real defining for us as we lost a lot of players at once to holidays and we ran into great opposition at the time where we couldn’t compete. We’re just looking to try and finish the season strong and end on a positive leading into next year.”

That starts against Leeming on Sunday, and Serra said with a number of players back in the squad they head their full of confidence. “They (Leeming) have always been a tough task at their ground so we know it will be a test,” he said. “But we’re just looking to go there and take our recent form, and with players back and competing for places, hopefully we can come away with a result.”

After taking out the title last week Kingsley won’t be taking their foot of the pedal this week when they travel to Jack Mann Oval to take on Ellenbrook United on Saturday evening (6.00pm). United are coming off their first win of the season against Belmont last week, but they will face a Kingsley side who want to end the season well. Winger Jayden Drummond said to win the league was a great credit to the players and coaching staff. “It was an unreal feeling, something that has been a long time coming for a few of us but credit must go to Dima and Monty for their hard work over the recent years for getting us in this position,” he explained.

“We went into the Leeming game knowing if we could get the win there was always a chance of Jags taking points off Quinns, but we didn’t change anything going into the game and we got a nice early goal. The second half we came out stronger and once we got the second we knew a third would come, then we were left waiting on the pitch while the lads had a live stream from Jags v Quinns waiting for their whistle, a huge cheer up at the club rooms sent us into ecstasy onto the pitch and the celebrations began.”

But Drummond said their focus now is finishing the season off well and taking out the cup in a couple of weeks, which would cap off a great season. “We’ve trained well this week and its business as usual,” he said. “We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal against Ellenbrook we need to keep playing our brand of football, we need to take care of business in the league, with all eyes on the cup final later in the month.”

In other games Kwinana United entertain Jaguar at Kelly Park on Sunday, Belmont Villa host UWA Nedlands at Gerry Archer Sports Complex, while Wembley Downs take on Hamersley Rovers at Butlers Reserve. The hosts were held to a scoreless draw at North Perth last week and skipper Jay McDonald said they had their chances but failed to take them. “I thought it was a good game to play in even though the score line makes it look like it was boring. We had some great chances to score but just couldn’t convert which has been much the story of our season” he explained. “It could have gone either way with North Perth hitting the post in the second half but after being thumped the week before we were happy with a clean sheet and to take a draw.”

Wembley will be pushing to finish the season well, with third spot still up for grabs, but McDonald said Hamersley have some dangerous players. “If we end up third, great, but we’re realistic and know there is a lot for us to improve on to get to that next level of winning trophies. We’ve had a couple of good spells in the season but it needs to be more consistent to be challenging at the top,” he said. “We know there’s a couple of Hammers players we need to keep an eye on this Sunday. I’ve just seen Billy Wright score a 30-yard screamer off a volley this week, so we’ll try not to give him a chance to repeat it. It’s our last home game of season and we want to finish off strong so will need to work as a unit to get a positive result.”

In the final game there is a local derby as Quinns host Joondalup United at Gumblossom Park on Saturday evening. (7.30pm) Quinns were held at Jags last week, while Joondalup won a hard-fought game with UWA Nedlands. It’s been a good first season in the Premier League for both clubs, and Joondalup’s Liam Fryer said they are enjoying the challenge week in and week out, but thought last week wasn’t their best performance. “We won last week, but it ended up being harder than it needed to be, to be honest,” he said. “It wasn't the best football we've put together this season but the lads dug in and got it over the line, which at this stage is the most important thing.”

Fryer said the Quinns game is huge and he believes they have learnt a lot in the season and after a slow start are starting to find some consistency and have held their own. “Leading on from that I think that ability to set up and be solid at times when it's not quite working up top has been a revelation this season and the lads in the back line are second to none in this league,” he explained. “We’ve had a settled team in the second half of the season, and that has seen a massive improvement from us. “Saturday night is a huge game, and I’m sure Quinns will be right up for it from the off and we need to be the same. But the mentality we've got in this squad at the moment is that we're capable of getting a result against anyone, so we'll be looking to upset them.”

12.9.2019

SOCCEROOS STROLL PAST KUWAIT

Australia have kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualifying journey in style, defeating Kuwait 3-0. A brace from stand-in captain Mathew Leckie and Aaron Mooy's beautiful strike in the first half saw the Socceroos come away from Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium with all three points.

It took just 7 minutes for the Socceroos to go ahead, Jackson Irvine's low drive across goal deflecting in off an unsuspecting Leckie. Australia doubled their lead in the 30th minute when Irvine nodded Aaron Mooy's corner over the defence to Leckie, who struck the ball home from point-blank range.

Adam Taggart teed up the third goal on 38 minutes, laying the ball off for Mooy to curl exquisitely into the top corner from 18-metres. Trent Sainsbury played a full game at the centre of defence with fellow West Australian Taggart spearheading the attack before being replaced in the 68th minute.

10.9.2019

KERR CLOSE TO THIRD NWSL GOLDEN BOOT

Matildas captain Samantha Kerr was given an early birthday present as she netted a pair of clinical goals for Chicago Red Stars. The 26-year old attacker, who turns 26 today, guided Chicago to a much-needed 3-0 win over Houston Dash, ending a run of three-straight losses in the National Women's Soccer League.

Already the highest scorer in NWSL history, Kerr has now scored 15 goals in 17 league appearances this season for Chicago. And with one hand on a third consecutive NWSL Golden Boot, the West Australian talisman ensured her team remained in the title race with four games remaining.

Chicago currently sit third on the ladder, four points behind leaders Portland Thorns. Kerr netted 16 times in the league last year, and twelve months prior her 17-goal haul was enough to set the all-time NWSL record. It promises to be a thrilling race to the finish - both for the Red Stars and for Kerr to break her own record.

9.9.2019

MCCRACKEN GETS STINT WITH SPANISH CLUB MALAGA

It’s one thing to travel almost 100km to and from school every day – but quite another to fly to the Costa Del Sol in Spain for soccer practice. Teenager Sean McCracken, who commutes 47km each way from his home in Rockingham to attend school in Queens Park, has been selected for a six-month stint at FC Malaga City, an elite international football academy in Almunecar for 16-18 year-olds.

McCracken’s ball-handling, positioning and knowledge of the game impressed scouts at recent trials in Brisbane, which was followed soon after by an invitation for McCracken to head to Spain’s south coast. “The academy is excited to have him on board and actually wanted him now, but we said no as we wanted Sean to finish school first,” dad Ian McCracken said. “They said he is technically very gifted.”

The young goalkeeper didn’t embrace the sport when he started with Armadale at age seven, but persevered and now thrives on “being in the zone”, training five days a week and playing for Subiaco AFC and West Perth Bears Futsal Club. His coach David Whalley’s advice to “go with a positive head space and enjoy the game” helped McCracken improve his game.

Next January McCracken will be living in a hotel with a 30-player squad, training twice a day and playing for FC Malaga City on Saturdays. He lists his career highlights so far as “being named the best player in the Inglewood United Under-13s and representing Western Australia in the 2017 Futsal Championships”. When asked how many saves he’s notched up, he answers: “In the thousands ... It’s just part of the routine.”

9.9.2019

SAINSBURY: PSV WASN'T WORKING OUT FOR ME

Socceroo defender Trent Sainsbury has revealed his reasons for exiting the Eredivisie to move to Israel for his cub football during the off-season. The 27-year old is now tipped to take the armband for the Socceroos in this week's World Cup qualifier against Kuwait after Mark Milligan was ruled out by injury.

But today Sainsbury, capped 46 times by Australia, revealed he had walked away from the remaining two years on his three-year deal with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven to take an apparent step down to join Maccabi Haifa. As the World Cup qualifiers loomed, the Socceroo knew he was going to have to move to keep his international career alive.

Sainsbury – who featured just six times for PSV last season – jumped at the chance to join fellow West Australian Nikita Rukavytsya at Maccabi. "PSV wasn't working out for me, getting minutes on the pitch, admitted Sainsbury today as he arrived in Kuwait for the match kicking off at 1.30am AEST on Wednesday.

"It's a great setup there, but at the same time, I gotta do what's best for me in my career. So moving to a club where I think I can get as many minutes as possible, and also play a European football, it's something I've always strive for. It's an important move for me." Australia commence their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday against Kuwait.

8.9.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND TWENTY REVIEW

Kingsley have won the 2019 Belt Up Amateur Premier Division Champions, with two games to spare after a 3-0 victory over Leeming Strikers at Chichester Park. Leeming arrived in this one having bagging 23 goals in their last three games and they went close to the opener on seven minutes. Lucas Pickering found space out wide and his cross picked out Aydan Evans, whose effort hit the post and away to safety. After that early let off the hosts hit the front four minutes later, when Lee Thomas' corner picked out Simone Sichel who headed home. Jayden Drummond was a constant threat and he went close to a second, but fired wide, before Leeming again hit the woodwork. Ben Greaves’ cross found Danny McKenzie, who lost his marker but his header crashed off the crossbar and away to safety, but at half time Kingsley led 1-0. Sichel saw a second half effort cleared off the line early, but on the hour, they found a decisive second goal. Second half substitute Ryan Brown's pin-point cross picked out Drummond who made no mistake heading past Josh Blackman, who had replaced an injured Jordan Jones midway through the first half.

They added a third five minutes from time, Lewis Flatt's through ball sent Joel Gillespie clear, and he finished well, to seal the title and see Kingsley playing in State League Division Two next season. "The lads were brilliant today, knowing what was up for grabs with a win they put in a great performance against good Leeming side who came to spoil our party, but all credit goes to my boys who never showed any signs of nerves and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners," Kingsley Coach Steven Dimitrovich said. "What a season it has been, this is what we have trained and played for all year to win the league and take the next step and progress to state league football it’s been a body of work over 3 years and I couldn’t be prouder of the players and the club as a whole who have been vested in this group for so long. We will now enjoy the last two league games but will also use them as we get ready for the cup final and try finish the season by doing the double."

The only team who could have stopped Kingsley was Quinns, but they drew 3-3 at Jaguar to hand the title to Kingsley. "It was a hard-fought game in warm conditions, and both teams wanted the win and the game was open," Quinns Coach Lee Garnish said. "We had our chances, but couldn’t finish the game off." The hosts were on top early and had a couple of good chances. First Paul Sopp cut the ball back to Akuei Guot but the winger miss kicked his shot with the goal at his mercy. Moments later Gojam Nyuon played in Sopp, but his shot hit the side net. But it was Quinns who hit the front, Liam Hunt cross found Ryan McCready, whose diving header found the net. But things went from bad to worse for the home side when Akuei Guot was sent off after an altercation with a Quinns player after he was brought down. But from the resulting Juma Wade's free kick the Jags levelled, with Akech Deng firing home from eight meters. Quinns dominated after the break, but against the run of play Jags hit the front. A long ball from the back found Gojam Nyuon, the striker did well to hold to the ball up before playing in Sopp, who raced into goal and finished clinically.

The ten man were creating some good chances and Ibrahim Hamad fired over after great work from Wade, before Sopp was denied by a good save from the Quinns keeper one-on-one. But Quinns hit back and restored parity, Hunt curling home a stunning 20-meter free kick into the top corner. They then hit the front, good build up play ended with Andy Pandelli out wide, and he whipped in a cross which was met with a bullet header by McCready that gave the keeper no chance. Quinns went close to a fourth, but Jags keeper Makuei Mapooth produced a great save to deny him. But it was Jags who levelled, Wade played in Sopp, who eased past two defenders before cutting the ball back to Nyuon to score. Jags were reduced to nine men late when James Wuor was sent off but they hung on to take a share of the spoils. "It was a good open game with both teams really going for it," Quinns Wayne Carter said. "We're probably a bit disappointed we couldn't get the winner against the ten men but in fairness to Jags they were still very dangerous on the counter attack and a draw was probably a fair result."

Ellenbrook United have won for the first time this season after a hard fought 1-0 win against Belmont Villa at Jack Mann Oval. The home side went into the game knowing that their chances for points were limited and they had to take this one. But it was a case of missed chances for them in the first half with Chol Lual and Anthony Kenyi both failing to hit the net, but they also limited Belmont to just a few long-range shots and it was 0-0 at the break. The home side continued to press in the second half and they were rewarded with an early goal. A lovely weighted through ball from Luke Ross found Kenyi who raced into the box, rounded the keeper and slotted home for 1-0. After that it was an end to end battle to the finish, Belmont piling the pressure on and Ellenbrook defending well to protect their lead. Belmont just couldn’t find the target, and the home side also missed some chances, but after what seemed an eternity the referee blew his whistle and the Ellenbrook players celebrated a hard fought three points.

Joondalup United moved up to sixth after a 2-1 win against UWA Nedlands at Beldon Park. "Yes, very happy with the three points, but again we won ugly which if you are not on top of your game but still are winning it is a good sign," Joondalup Coach Ben Williams said. "Also, UWA had a lot of pace and strength up top and really pushed us for the entire second half, but I think the win was deserved after we had a really good first 30 minutes." The hosts were off to a flyer and were ahead when Dale Watson's cross picked out Scott Harrison at the back post, who nipped in front of his team mate Sandy McKay to head home. It was 2-0 on 25 minutes, with Ryan Williams' well-delivered free kick headed home by Mark Walsh. UWA were back in th game after the break and reduced the margin when Mitch Barrington scored from the penalty spot after a foul in the box by Joondalup's Jay Fryer. Both sides pressed late but there was no more scoring and Joondalup ran out winners. "I thought an average first half cost us today," UWA Coach Arthur Hiemstra said. "We did a lot of things right in the second half but it wasn’t meant to be, but well done to Ben and the lads."

In the other games North Perth United and Wembley Downs have fought out a scoreless draw at Woodville Reserve while Hamersley Rovers and Kwinana United drew 2-2 at Carine Open Space. The visitors were ahead in this one when a piece of individual brilliance from Greg Derbyshire, his overhead kick gave the Rovers 'keeper no chance. But the home side were level just after half time, Cosimo Figliomeni on target. But Kwinana regained the lead, and after some good approach work Alex Jones made no mistake. The home side pressed for the equaliser but they found Kwinana keeper Jack Adams in great form, he produced a number of fine saves, but he could do nothing when Rovers levelled, Figliomeni scoring his second. "I thought the game was fairly even on chances in the first half, and we fought hard in the second half and I couldn’t fault the effort from the boys and would have loved three points but a point was probably a fair result." Hamersley Coach Glynn Shaw said Adams had a blinder for Kwinana. "Their keeper had a great game," he said. "That was the reason they went home with a draw."



Kingsley are Amateur Premier Division champions and have been promoted to the State League.

7.9.2019

FLOREAT END BALCATTA’S SEASON

Floreat Athena will play Perth SC in the Preliminary Final on Tuesday evening after overcoming Balcatta 3-2 in an entertaining NPL WA Top Four Cup Minor Semi-Final at E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Balcatta were ahead in this one early, with Ben Pellizzari scoring, but Robert Petkov levelled for the hosts before Adrian Madaschi gave them the lead at the break. It looked game over when Ludovic Boi scored just after half time but Balcatta weren’t finished and fought to the end, reducing the margin in stoppage time through Adam Zimarino but Floreat held on to go through.

The home side came into Saturday’s game on a poor run of form, without a win in the last four games and they were on the back foot in this one and Jason Saldaris had to be alert to push Shubham Mokala’s shot around the post early. But on 16 minutes Balcatta’s early pressure was rewarded with the lead. Calum O’Connell’s inviting cross found Pellizzari, who looped his header over Saldaris and into the corner of the net. Floreat hit back and Ludovic Boi’s deep cross found Nick Ambrogio, but his goal bound header was deflected behind by the alert Alex Castiello.

Floreat went close on 38 minutes, a long clearance from the keeper was helped on by Petkov and Nick Ambrogio fed a great through ball to Boi whose raced into goal but David Keenan stood tall to deny the winger. But from the resulting corner Floreat did level, Dean Evans corner was nodded down by Adrian Madaschi and Petkov headed home from four meters. The home side had lifted and Keenan produced a fingertip save to thwart Chris Saldaris in first half stoppage time, getting on the end of Evans free kick. But again, from the resulting corner Floreat hit the front. A short corner caught Balcatta napping and Boi’s cross found Madaschi, who’s headed was well saved by Keenan, but the big defender was quickest to the rebound to fire home, to send Floreat into the break with the lead.

Athena continued the second-half as they had finished the first, and three minutes in they added a third. A poor clearance from Keenan went straight to Boi on the edge of the box and he wriggled past three Balcatta defenders and fired low past the keeper, the ball nestling in the corner of the net. Balcatta weren’t finished and continued to press, but they couldn’t find a way past a tight Floreat defence. They did find a consolation goal late in stoppage time, a great ball by Callum Timmins sent Zimarino in on goal and his shot on the run flew past Jason Saldaris, but it was too little too late and Balcatta bowed out of the finals. Floreat meanwhile will take on Perth Sc at Dorrien Gardens on Tuesday evening for the opportunity to take on Inglewood United in the Top Four Grand Final on Saturday.

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 4 Adrian MADASCHI, 5 Thomas JEBB, 6 Jesse FULLER, 9 Robert PETKOV (24 Sam THORNILEY 89’), 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11 Dennis GALAN, 14 Ludovic BOI (32 Robert HARDING 87’), 15 Christopher SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phillip ARNOLD (29 Jack PAINTER-ANDREWS 77’) - Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 25 Adam FALCONE

Balcatta FC: GK David KEENAN, 2 Joseph MARINO (9 Gavin KNIGHT 65’), 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 Shubham MOKALA, 7 Ben PELLIZZARI (15 Callum STOCKS 51’), 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 12 Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 13 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 16 Alex CASTIELLO, 20 Anthony TOPINI (11 Adam ZIMARINO 57’), 22 Callum TIMMINS - Subs not used: 8 Alex WILD, 19 Nicholas CHALLOT - Referee: Steven Gregory

7.9.2019

INGLEWOOD STUN PERTH

Inglewood United has beaten Perth SC for the first time this season, and what a game to do it in, with Andres Oliveira’s side beating the league winners 3-1 at Dorrien Gardens, and progressing into the final of the Top Four Cup. Harry Evans gave Inglewood the lead early in the second half, but Golden Boot winner Michael Domfeh equalised for Perth moments later. It looked like the game when go to extra time but substitute Brian Farrell edged Inglewood ahead in the final minute, before Steve Sokol wrapped up the win sixty seconds later.

“The game was very tight, and Perth are very good team and keep possession very well, but I thought defensively we were very organised and hard to breakdown,” Inglewood Coach Andres Oliveira explained. “Perth did create some chances but couldn't get past Alex (Dunn) who played excellent. We stuck to our game and the players just punish Perth on their mistakes, which created three excellent class goals. Now we move on and focus on the Grand Final.”

It was a cagey start to the game but Perth had a penalty shoot turned down by referee David Bruce on 10 minutes, after it looked like Jason Barrera stuck out a hand to stop Paul Zimarino’s cross, but much the displeasure of the Perth players. Perth keeper Dejan Aleksic was tested with some in-swinging corners early and was caught after a challenge from Mark Barnett, but he stood firm. Inglewood keeper Alex Dunn then had to be alert to save at the feet of Zimarino, after he was sent clear by Domfeh.

The home side were in again on 34 minutes, Zimarino was again picked out by Domfeh, but Dunn got down well to deny him, before Niccolò Sabatini fired wide moments later. Domfeh had the best chance of the half in the last minute, Domfeh was sent clear by Alex Silla’s through ball, but the big strikers shot hit the side netting, although most of the crowd thought it was in, but at the break to was scoreless and all to play for.

Inglewood opened the second half the better and David Cyrus headed Harry Evans’ free kick straight at Aleksic, before Sabatini got back with a last-ditch challenge to deny Sokol moments later. Their early pressure was rewarded with the lead on 58 minutes. Sokol was brought down by Sabatini on the edge of the penalty area and Evans curled the resulting free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net. But two minutes later the home side levelled, Andreas Theodosiades great through ball sent Domfeh clear and he finished with aplomb over the oncoming Dunn.

Zimarino then fired wide, as Perth lifted, but it was Inglewood who went close to regaining their lead on 75 minutes, Chok Dau’s curling free kick crashing off the upright and away to safety. Theodosiades’ shot from the edge of the box was saved by Dunn as the game opened up. Alex Jovic was the next to go close, but his snap shot from the edge of the penalty area flashed wide of the target. But on 90 minutes Inglewood regained the lead. Brian Woodall found second half substitute Farrell 18 meters from goal and his audacious lob beat Aleksic and set off wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

The icing was put on the cake sixty seconds later when Farrell sent Sokol racing down the right and winger, who can’t stop scoring, scored his sixth in as many games lobbing Aleksic to seal a 3-1 win. Inglewood will now host the Top Four Cup Grand Final next week at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium next Saturday afternoon, while Perth play Floreat Athena in the Preliminary Final on Tuesday evening at Dorrien Gardens to see who they will play against them.

Perth SC: GK Dejan ALEKSIC, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES, 5 Niccolò SABATINI, 6 Harley ORR, 7 Aleksandar JOVIC, 14 Kristian SANTICH, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Michael DOMFEH, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 20 Paul ZIMARINO - Subs not used: RGK Adrian SINAGIA, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Jawad REZAI, 17 Frank FURFARO

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 David CYRUS, 8 Jason BARRERA (4 Scott BLACKMORE 82’), 9 Chok DAU (5 Samuel RIAK 90+2’), 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 11 Harry EVANS (15 Brian FARRELL 74’), 14 Steve SOKOL, 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie MURPHY, 17 Mark BARNETT, 23 Brian WOODALL - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 6 Miki VUJACIC, 7 Hamza HINA - Referee: David Bruce

7.9.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND TWENTY TWO – REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia will be playing NPLWA football next season after they came from behind to beat Subiaco 3-1 at Wishart Street on Saturday afternoon, the win giving them the 2019 State League Division One title. It wasn’t the start the home side were looking for, and seven minutes in Subiaco took the lead. A long clearance from Subiaco’s teenage keeper Luke Tartaglia was flicked on and Benjamin Campbell raced clear and finished with aplomb past Riley Stevenson to stun the big crowd. The visitors were in again on 23 minutes, Campbell was given far too much room in the middle of the park and his long-range effort crashed off the crossbar.

The visitors were well on top with Antonio Naglieri outstanding in the middle of the park, and they went close again two minutes later. Another ball over the top caught the home sides’ defence square, and Shay Donavan skipped past Bobby Wilson, rounded Stephenson, but his shot from the angle was cleared off the line by Graham Tough. Subiaco thought they had doubled their lead on moments later, Matthew Lenzo heading home, but the assistants’ flag was up for offside, but at the break Subiaco led.

Gwelup were on the front foot after the break and Matthew Sparrow’s shot was deflected wide, before Sean Canham headed over the top. But it was Subiaco creating the better chances, and broke quickly again on 69 minutes. A superb ball from Naglieri sent Donavan racing clear, he beat Stephenson to the ball but failed to find the target. That miss came back to haunt Subiaco as four minutes later Gwelup levelled. Healing’s corner was headed back across goal by Canham, and in the goalmouth scramble second half substitute Hodgson fired the ball home.

Four minutes later Gwelup hit the front. Heagney picked Healing out on the edge of the penalty area, and the midfielder curled it past Tartaglia and into the top corner. They wrapped up the points and the title eight minutes from time when referee Brendan Skinner spotted a foul by Vasco Da Silva on Canham, and he pointed straight to the spot. Healing stepped up to score the resulting penalty and the celebrations in the crowd started in earnest.

Western Knights finished second after they fought out a 1-1 draw in the local derby against UWA Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park. "I thought we started very well but we just couldn’t convert the chances that we created early on,” Knights coach Ivan Zuvela said. “We didn’t start the second half well and UWA scored, but then we kept pushing them and got a good goal. But overall, I was proud of the players efforts throughout the year, they consistently played with pride and gave it everything."

The Knights needed to win this one well and hope Gwelup lost to claim the title but it was a tight first half and it was UWA who should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty, but Sam Stone guessed the right way to save Riaz Kelly's spot kick. But the Knights did find themselves behind on the hour. Lloyd Prout laid the ball the Bryce Conway, who raced into the box eased past two Knights defenders before finishing clinically into the corner of the net.

The Knights found the equaliser on 80 minutes, with Dean Hurley on target, but that’s how it finished. "It was a typically intense derby and I feel we dealt with the occasion and lifted our standards extremely well," UWA's Conway explained. "The performance was indicative of our end of season form, which has been so promising, and ultimately we were disappointed to concede so late in proceedings after such a strong display. That said, credit to Western Knights, they’re a quality outfit who threw everything at us yesterday and enjoyed a fantastic season. Can’t wait for more derby days next season."

Olympic Kingsway finished fourth after a outstanding 5-0 win against Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park. Against their former coach Graham Normanton, Olympic were ahead on the half hour, Jakub Sklenar crossed for Elliott Tattersall to fire home. They doubled their lead ten minutes later with Sklenar heading home, and it was 3-0 on the stroke of half time, Sklenar playing Kris Gate through to finish clinically past the keeper. The game was put to bed early in the second half, when a defensive error was pounced on by Olympic and Sklenar raced clear to score.

They added a fifth fifteen minutes from time, with Kyle Murray's long-range shot flying into the top corner of the net to seal a comprehensive win. "It was a great way to finish the season, and I'm very proud of the club and want to thank all of them for making us feel so welcome this season," Head Coach Gary Williams said. "A special mention for Kris Gate who has been great all year. He is a very popular lad in the dressing room and will decide over the summer if he intends to continue. If yesterday was his last game it was a great way to go out. Finally, congratulations to Gwelup on a great season, the challenge for all of us at Kingsway is to emulate their achievements in 2020."

Ashfield ended their season and the coaching stint for Matt Wardle at the club, with a 3-2 win against Morley Windmills at Ashfield Reserve. It was a tight first half and scoreless at the break but Ashfield early in the second, with Abdul Abdella scoring a 25-meter screamer. But Morley levelled when Boas Mtwale cut the ball back from the right and Nathan Scully finished clinically past the keeper. But Ashfield regained the lead, and Abdella was involved again, the striker was brought down in the box and Pat Sara stepped up to score from the resulting penalty. It was 3-1 when Sara was sent clear and he calmly finished past the keeper. Morley pulled one back from the spot in stoppage time, after Yves Mpunga cut in from the left and was brought down in the box, and Dion Berman scored the penalty, but it too little too late, with Ashfield taking the points.

"The result was great, the effort and commitment from the squad not only yesterday but all year has been brilliant," departing Ashfield coach Matt Wardle said. "We have been giving some of the young talent we have at Ashfield games in the first team the last couple of weeks and the young lads have stepped up and been amazing and that was different against Morley in a derby game. I’d like to wish Morley all the best in their play-off matches.

"It’s been an amazing time in my life being at Ashfield as a player and coach. I can’t thank the people involved at the club enough for giving me the opportunity to coach this great club. It was great yesterday that I actually got to play as well as coach in my last game giving myself a little 20-minute cameo and to walk off the pitch with a win was a perfect way to see my time at Ashfield come to an end. The support yesterday and seeing lots of Ashfield people come back to the club to see me off was brilliant, and I’m now looking forward to the next coaching challenge that comes my way."

In the final game Joondalup United ended the season with a 3-1 win against Mandurah City at Securitas Protect Stadium. The visitors made a great start and were ahead when a great run down the left by Ben Wantee ended with a cross into the box and it was clinically finished by the ageless Ian McMurray. They doubled their lead before the break, an 18-meter shot from Jamie Gardiner flew into the net, via the crossbar. Mandurah pulled one back, with Reegan Davidson on target, but Joondalup wrapped up the three points when Wantee thunderbolt free kick gave the Mandurah keeper no chance. "It was great to finish our season on a high with a superb team performance to keep our mini unbeaten run intact," Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. "Both sides gave opportunities to a number of youngsters and my boys certainly delivered, just as we have throughout the second half of the season to drag ourselves clear of the threat of relegation." - Fremantle City had the bye this week.



Gwelup Croatia celebrate winning the Division One title and promotion to the NPL-WA.

7.9.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND TWENTY ONE – REVIEW

Balga are in pole position to claim the final State League Division Two relegation/promotion playoff spot after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Curtin University at Edinburgh Oval. Aleks Vrteski's side are one point behind Swan United, but have a game in hand on, but they found themselves behind on eight minutes, with an in-swinging corner from Danny Todd going straight into the net, and they lead by that goal at the break. But Balga started to take control after the break and levelled, when Jake Verini's through ball sent Hermon Michael clear, he rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home. Balga then hit the front on the hour, when they were awarded a penalty and Dejan Andric made no mistake from the spot. Both sides pressed late, but it was Balga creating the better chances, but they failed to convert them, but they did enough to win the game. "First half Curtin shut us down well and scored with an error by us,” Balga Coach Aleks Vrteski said. “But second half we controlled the game and dominated possession if we had of scored 5 or 6 it wouldn't have come as a shock.”

Swan United maintained their one-point advantage after a 2-1 win against Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve. "It was a very tight game and obviously going down to ten men early in the second half made it very difficult for us," Swans Jay Lang said. "But the boys showed great character to hang on to the lead and limit Wanneroo to only half chances in the second half." It wasn't the start Paul Dundo's side were hoping for as the home side opened the scoring on 10 minutes, Connor Lynch eased past his marker and finished clinically past Joey Smith. But the Swans were level five minutes later. A corner wasn't dealt with and Jay Lang's ball back into the box picked out Brennan Borzecki, whose header was well saved, but the winger made no mistake from the rebound. The visitors were ahead five minutes into the second half, a quick free kick caught Wanneroo napping and the ball into the penalty area found David Foster who got across his marker at the front post to head home. But their task was made even more difficult when skipper Aaron Colli was sent off, but they held on for all three points, and Wanneroo's Ash Crocker was sent off late for the hosts. "We got off to a great start," Wanneroo coach Jesse Bridgeman said. "But again, switching off has cost us points and a very disappointing response, especially after the draw with Quinns last week."

Champions Quinns have been held to a 2-2 draw by Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve. "On a whole the game was very physical and Shamrock were right up for the challenge," Quinns assistant coach John Lavery said. "I’ve got to take my hat off to Shamrock who gave our boys a guard of honour before the game, good to see some good old-fashioned sportsmanship for a change, well done Shamrock." The visitors were ahead when a Richard Howles' shot was parried by the Shamrock keeper but the rebound fell to Brent Quick who stabbed the ball over the line from close-range. But Rovers were level when Jack Bardsley's free kick picked out Nathan Diaz whose header was parried by James Bosdet and Ger Fitzgerald fired home the rebound. The home side hit the front just after half time, a ball into the box wasn't dealt with and Fitzgerald squared the ball to Lachy Parker who scored from close-range. But Quinns levelled and earned a hard-fought point with 16-year-old substitute Hugo Snowdon scoring after coming off the bench. "It was a good game we had plenty of chances and are disappointed not to win but I think a draw was a fair result," Rovers' midfielder Fitzgerald said. "We have finished this season well and are seven game unbeaten run, and we will look to finish the season strong against Canning next week and look forward to next year and build on from this season."

Gosnells City have also been held to a 2-2 draw by Joondalup City at Walter Padbury Reserve. "It was a good first half performance where we could have scored five or six," Gosnells coach Marc Anthony said. "Then the second half we just didn't turn up and full credit to Joondalup they were the better side." It started well for Marc Anthony's side and they were ahead early, a shot was well saved by the Joondalup keeper but Scott Pereira was quickest to follow up and fire home the rebound. The doubled their lead on 20 minutes, when Josh Wade lost his marker from a corner to head home. Gosnells wasted a number of chances to increase their lead, but Joondalup had chances of their own, but at the break the home side lead 2-0. The visitors were out of the block early in the second half and were rewarded when David Sallis scored from six meters. Joondalup restored parity with Liam McGurk scoring, and they pressed late for the winner but couldn't find it. "Overall we are happy with the result," Joondalup coach Nigel Smith. "After conceding two we settled down and started to play some good football and were unlucky not to score before half time. But after the break we came out strong and got our rewards, and maybe we could have won it."

Canning City's recent good run has ended, and they will be relegated after a 5-1 loss against Murdoch University Melville at Murdoch University Sports Ground. The home side hit the front with Sasa Slavujevic flicking home Adrian Ciampini cross. But Canning, who have been fighting against relegation all season, were level before the break with Joe Kelly on target. But Murdoch University Melville took control after the break, with Ciampini bagged a hat-trick, while Grant Mowatt capped off a fine team move with a great finish to add the fifth. "It was a good performance, we played some great football at times and the movement of our front four was excellent," Murdoch University Melville coach Gavin Brown said. "We are delighted to have secured play offs and will now focus on trying to be more competitive than we were in the two league games against Gosnells."

In the final game Kelmscott Roos have beaten Dianella White Eagles 3-2 at Frye Park. It was the visitors who opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark, with Liam Hudson on target. But Kelmscott were level when Asa Sippits volleyed home after the Dianella keeper had saved well from a shot from the edge of the box. But Dianella hit back and regained the lkead before half time, Ethan Kerridge scoring to send the Eagles into the break with the lead. But Kelmscott levelled early in the second half, Juan Cabrera raced past a number of Dianella defenders and played in Justin Onek who lifted it over the keeper. The home side won it when they were awarded a penalty for handball and Ibrahima Soumah converted from the spot. "To be honest the first half was flat, both teams not playing well and not many chances apart from the goals," Sippits said. "The second half opened up and we played some good football at times but the game was a battle, and we won the battle. All players came out second half determined to get the three points, and from one goal down and we did it. We did create a few chances to kill the game off but didn’t take them, but our keeper was great and he made a couple important saves on one-on-one's."




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