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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Don't miss The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM this Saturday at 10am with Penelope TannerHoath, Rod Banjac and Dave Kindness. This week's show includes Tony Sage (Perth Glory owner), Jessine Bonzas (Women's NTC coach), Rod Banjac (Forrestfield United coach), Dave Kindness (Murdoch University Melville President) and Michael Dawson (Broome Soccer Association). Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0417 622 921.

27.4.2018

NPL-WA ROUND TEN PREVIEW

Balcatta are the form team of the NPL-WA and this week they host high flying Cockburn City at Grindleford Reserve, in round 10’s Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Week’. Both sides are coming off wins in round nine, Balcatta stunned league leaders Perth SC last week, while Cockburn hit back to beat Sorrento 2-1. The last time the two sides met at the venue was in round 15 last season when a goal five minutes from time from Cockburn City striker Gian Albano gave Scott Miller’s side a hard fought 1-0 win

Goran Stajic has turned the fortunes around at Balcatta, and last week’s win was their fourth on the trot, and he said they worked hard and got their rewards on the day. “I thought the team played exceptionally well and deserved the three points, there are no favourites in derby games,” he explained. “We tried to play our game and limit our opponents to playing there's, and overall we managed to do it for longer periods and to come away with the clean sheet and Dorrien Gardens with win is extra special.”

Stajic has brought in some experienced to his squad this season, but skipper Calum O’Connell has led from the front and the coach said he could have walked, but stayed loyal to the club. “I can't speak highly enough of Cal, not only has he stuck around to help with the climb he has embraced the new role I challenged him with on the field,” he said. “As a coach of a young talented and inexperienced team, it's vital to have characters/leaders such as Cal and our leadership group.”

Cockburn arrive in good form, unbeaten in their last six games, and Stajic said it should be a great game. “I’m certainly expecting yet another tactical battle against Cockburn, a team that has individual class, experience and youth,” he explained. “They are a club that is similar to ours in lots of ways so I dare say it will be a great game for the supporters. As for us I will continually back my team to be brave, attacking and enjoy the climb no matter the result.”

Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich has had to wait his time this season, with the form of Ryan Barker, but he is back in the side and was outstanding in the win against Sorrento, and he said they deserved the three points. “I had to wait my time, went away for a large chunk of pre-season so took a little bit longer to get going and had to earn my spot back after being away,” he explained.

“We have been playing so really good football last couple weeks and the results are showing. Last week was a good win, and it kept us in touch of the top four. We probably didn’t play our best in the first half and Sorrento took their chance, but second we were able to put in a much better performance and able to come away with three points which was very pleasing.”

The Cockerels have won the Premier League title on three occasions, when the club were called Spearwood Dalmatinac, but Radonich said the team are looking to bring success back to the club and Scott Miller has been a catalyst to that. “We’re all determined to bring success to the club, and I think if you look at the last three years since Scott has taken over we have seen improvements every year,” he said. “So hopefully this year we make top four and have a good dig at trying to win the league.”

Cockburn sit in joint third spot on the table, five points ahead of Balcatta, and he said Saturday will be a huge test for them, but they are ready for the challenge. “It’s another big game for us, both teams played Wednesday so I’m sure there will be some tired boys out there,” he said. “But we will definitely be up for it come Saturday afternoon, and hopefully we’ll come away with another three points.”

League leaders Perth Glory have home ground advantage this week, when they entertain Inglewood United at Ashfield Reserve. Glory came from two down to best Stirling Lions last week, and are showing the rest of the league they mean business this season, and on Saturday they will come up against friendly foe, with Glory A-League striker Andy Keogh in control at United. Inglewood had to work hard to beat Forrestfield last week, and keeper Alex Dunn produced a couple of good saves in the game to keep them at bay, and he said it was a tough game. “It was a hard fought win, and I was happy to contribute to it,” he said.

“We haven’t been taking our chances at key moments in the game, and against Forrestfield we took our chances when presented. Ellis scoring a cracker, took the sting out the game, and we were able to see it out and come away with a clean sheet as well which is fantastic.” Dunn said the Glory have really improved this season and are top of the league on merit, and they are expecting a battle. “The Glory lads have put together a good string of results, they are definitely one of the inform teams,” he said. “They are always good technically, and try and play a good brand. We will have to start bright and try use our experience to come away with a win and hopefully start to string together a bit of a streak.”

Bayswater City are on a mini form slump, losing their last two home games, but they are on the road this week, when they visit Rosalie Reserve to take on Subiaco. The black and blues, who were beaten 2-0 by Floreat, last week, were beaten last time they headed to Subiaco in the league, but they need to start to take their chances, after missing a number last week. Subiaco hit back late to draw at Armadale last week, and keeper Ryan Montgomery said they did deserve something from the game.

“Last week was disappointing not to come away with the three points, but fighting back twice to at least take a point was a good sign,” he said. “So hopefully we can roll the sleeves up and kick on. We know that if we turn up and play the way we can we can match it with anyone it’s just a matter of finding that consistently.”

The keeper said both sides will be desperate to get back in the winner’s circle, and it should be a good game. “I don’t think there’s any bigger test in the league than facing Bayswater and they’ll go in as clear favourites,” he said. “But if we stick to the game plan and do the right things at the right time, its football and anything can happen.”

Co-Tenants Sorrento and Joondalup United do battle at Percy Doyle Reserve, both looking to kick start their seasons. Sorrento have lost their last four games, including a 1-2 defeat at Cockburn last week, while United dominated ECU Joondalup early in the derby, but ended losing 1-3. Striker Alex Wild said they are having no luck at the moment, and they could have been three up last week.

“Against ECU anyone who watched the game would tell you that we deserved something out of that game. We had a shot hit our own player on their line and numerous other chances,” he explained. “In the front third we created the chances but in some respects luck wasn’t on our side. I think like the rest of our season teams are scoring against us from individual errors being made by us and as you can see by the table it’s costing it dearly.”

Wild said they are the visitors on Saturday, and will be looking for a repeat of last season’s game, when they won 2-1. “Sorrento are struggling for form and obviously we need a win to hopefully kick start our season,” he said. “They are a good team and there is a bit more rivalry there with us sharing grounds. Our boys know that if we come out and play like we did against ECU that we can win the game and get our season started.”

ECU Joondalup had to fight hard for the three points in the derby against Joondalup United last week, and this week they entertain Forrestfield United at the ECU Football Stadium. Forrestfield failed to take their chances at Inglewood last week, going down 2-0, and Jordan Hart said the result could have been totally different. “The game could have been a lot different if we had of put away the chances we created early on and again early in the second half we created another golden opportunity but failed to capitalise we could have been three, up but they turned it over and we conceded cheaply from a corner and then again from cracker outside the box which turned the game on its head,” he said. “We tried to push for a comeback at the end, but they shut us down pretty well.”

Forrestfield bounce back in the cup at Joondalup United and Hart said it will give them a boost ahead of Saturday’s trip to ECU. “Chalk and cheese from Saturday, we came out the blocks strong and made the most of our opportunities and we’re able to go into half time with a comfortable lead,” he said. “It was also a mature display knowing we didn’t have to over exert ourselves especially with a busy schedule coming up and I think we will ride that confidence going into the weekend at ECU.”

Perth SC lost top spot last week after their loss against Balcatta, and this week they head to Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions. The Lions had been on a good run of form, but let a two lead slip against the Glory last week, and Coach Keegan Ashley thought they deserved something from the game. “I thought it was a good performance and one in which we thoroughly deserved something out of,” he said. “My boys played very well for most of the game, so to lose at the death hurt but certainly something we can learn from and look at the positives overall moving forward. The Glory have a very strong side and those players in there team that have been exposed to the A league certainly make them a solid outfit.”

Scottish duo Liam Henderson and Dean Cummings have given the club some steel, and they will be vital against a good Perth side, but Ashley said the other players are lifting around them. “When you add quality to your side you’re bound to see positives in many ways,” he explained. “Both Hendo and Deano are very talented players with great technique and a strong work ethic at training and on match day, and it’s great to have them at the Stirling Lions and they both have settled in very well. I also feel we will see a lot more from them as the year progresses now that they have settled at the Lions. Perth are a very good side who have been very consistent getting positive results, it’s going to be a tough game no doubt about that. However we are at home and we know that when we perform and put in a shift we are certainly a match for any side. Our aim is to win the game and Perth will be no different.”

Armadale throw away a late goal to draw with Subiaco last week, and this week they head to Litis Stadium to take on the improving Floreat Athena. Howard Tweats side are coming off back-to-back wins against Bayswater City, and will go into the game with confidence, but Armadale have a good away record. English midfielder James Atkins said to let the win slip late was disappointing. “It was disappointing, especially leading twice and the second equaliser being so close to the end of the game,” he said. “But there were quick moments where we've switched off defensively and going forward to create chances ultimately cost us three points.”

Atkins moved to WA from Liverpool as a 15-year-old, and has played for Shamrock Rovers, Inglewood, before heading to the Reds. He said they are looking forward to Saturday’s game, and looking to get back in the winners, and they do have a good away record, and last time out beat ECU at the Campus. “Floreat are always a tough game but in football and especially this season any team can beat anyone on any given day,” he said. “We went to ECU and came home with the points, so if we play hard, as a unit and work to our game plans then I'm sure we can win.”

27.4.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FOUR – PREVIEW

It’s week four of the State League Division One and the Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to the Securitas Protect Stadium where Mandurah City host Fremantle City. Mandurah City had the bye last week, while Fremantle were surprisingly beat 4-1 at home by South West Phoenix. Mandurah won in round two, away at South West Phoenix in a seven goal thriller, and Coach Alex Grayson said it was good to get on the board, after losing the opening game. “I'm always one to try and keep momentum going but I'm sure the boys enjoyed the weekend off,” he said. “They have worked tremendously throughout pre-season so a brief recharge was for the best. We took a lot out of a tough 90 minutes away at Phoenix so two weeks of preparation has us feeling hungry to perform at home on Saturday.”

Grayson has been pleased the way the squad has gelled and he said they are working hard to improve. “We have come a long way in the past few months but still have a lot to learn. We have a great balance of maturity and youthfulness with both bringing a fantastic work ethic. It's been a pleasure to be at the helm of Mandurah this year and I'm excited for what we can achieve this year as a group,” he explained. “We understand every week the challenges we face and this week is no exception. Fremantle have had a fantastic preseason and I'm sure they will be a team that strives to put things right week in week out. I think it'll be a fantastic battle. We look forward to hosting them.”

Fremantle won the Night Series, and had started the season well, but lost for the first time against Phoenix, and striker Chris Holland said it was one of those days. “Hats off to Phoenix they had a game plan and where the better team on the day,” he said. “We have had a great pre-season but eventually we were due a defeat and it came last week. But training this week after our loss was a great session, and Marc and Lenny had a word with us before about where we went wrong, and we move on.”

Holland said Coach Marc Anthony has built a good squad, and they are getting better each week, but he knows Saturday’s game is a big one, with Fremantle looking to bounce back. “We’re not going to dwell on it, the team is fired up to head to Mandurah, and come home with nothing less than 3 points,” he said. “I know Alex will have his team organised, and there always physical, but this week I’m very confident it will be the winning Freo we have been all year, with a full squad to choose from, I’m very confident we will come out on top.”

Joondalup City surprised many after their 4-3 win against Morley Windmills last week, and on Saturday they travel to Nash Field to take on Western Knights. City Coach Gary Kalaher said all their hard work after the break paid dividends. “Hopefully our young players will learn from last week,” he said. “We need take the positives into what is obviously another tough fixture for us.”

Kalaher said it doesn’t get any easier, with a trip to the Champions this week, but he said they are looking forward to the challenge. “It’s a difficult two weeks, away to the reigning champions followed by the title favourites (Gwelup) at home next week,” he said. “It will provide two incredibly tough tasks for us, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.” In other games UWA-Nedlands will be looking to bounce back from last week’s heavy defeat at Dianella, when they host Rockingham City at the UWA Sports Park on Saturday, while Morley Windmills and Ashfield meet at Wotton Reserve. Dianella White Eagles make the trip to Bunbury to take on South West Phoenix at the WML Stadium. League leaders Gwelup Croatia have the bye this week.

27.4.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOUR – PREVIEW

We head into week four of the State League Division Two, and the Footballwa.et ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Kingsway Reserve, with Olympic Kingsway hosting Gosnells City. Olympic had the bye last week, while Gosnells were held at home by Canning City. Kingsway striker Danny Hodgson is back in football after a serious knee injury, and he started with a bang in his debut in round two scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 win. “My knees is feeling great, during the off seasons I have done a lot of re-hab work, as I really missing playing football,” he explained. “It’s been hard getting back into the swing of things as I hadn’t played in 19 months, but I’m thankful to Normo for giving me a spot in the squad.”

The former Armadale and Dianella striker said Saturday will be a tough game, against a good Gosnells side. “Saturday won’t be easy, and we know that. This should be a good test for us as they’ve just came down from Division One, and I they haven’t lost so far this season,” he said. But we want to stay on top of the table and retain our spot for the 20 games. It’s all going to come down to attitude. We’ve got a great squad and a lot of ability but we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves as it’s a long seasons and there is some good teams in the league who want promotion. We’ve got to focus on the upcoming game every week and take one step at a time.”

Gosnells City Coach Alan Dunlop has a number of new players in his squad, and they are getting better each week, but he was left disappointed with the performance against Canning. “I thought we were average last week, Canning came with a good game plan and made it difficult for us, but we missed a lot of chances but in the end a draw was a fair result,” he said. “After going down last season, we lost five of our best players which is always difficult to replace if you’re any team. But we have recruited some good players and our younger players are another year older so you expect good things from this team.”

Dunlop said he’s looking forward to the game, against a team who are tipped for big things in 2018. “I think it will be a good game, they (Kingsway) have obviously recruited well and started the season well,” he said. “But on our day we can give anyone a tough game, and will be going there to get a positive result.”

Swan United were held to a draw by league leaders Balga last week, but remain unbeaten, and this week they make the trip to Harold Rossiter Reserve to take on Shamrock Rovers. Rovers are still searching for their first win of the season, and were beaten 3-0 at Quinns last week. Brennan Borzecki scored in last week’s draw, and he said the sides were evenly matched. “It definitely wasn’t an easy game but both teams performed well,” he said. “We both had times dominating the game but no one was lucky enough to get on top, but we’ll take a point.”

Borzecki, who played at Balcatta last season, said they have settled quickly under new coach Paul Dundo, and will be looking for three points on Saturday. “I’m sure shamrock will come out firing for that first win, but as we’re also seeking the win we will definitely be ready,” he said. “Paul has settled in very quickly and he seems to bring a lot motivation and energy to the club and us boys.” In other games Quinns make the trip to Frye Park to take on Kelmscott Roos, while Canning City host Curtin University at Burrendah Reserve. The final game sees Balga entertaining Murdoch University Melville at Princess Road Reserve. Wanneroo City have the bye this weekend.

27.4.2018

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND FOUR – PREVIEW

The Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Round’ in the Belt Up Sunday Amateur Premier Division is the clash between third placed Kingsley and seventh placed Wembley Downs at Chichester Park. Kingsley have started the season well, but did slip up in round two against Leeming, but Coach Steven Dimitrovich said they bounced back in style at Spirit last week. “It was great way to bounce back last week after our loss to Leeming, and the preparation all week was excellent and we were able to control the game from the first whistle to the final one,” he said. “I was really pleased that the players brought into the squad did their jobs that were asked of them and that we also had five different goal scores as well, which was pleasing because it showed we aren’t relying on just one or two players to score.”

Dimitrovich has added some players to his squad this season and he said they have gelled well, and he knows Wembley haven’t started the best, but is well aware of the talent they have in their side, and is expecting a tough game on Sunday. “This week’s game is another tough one as we come up against champions Wembley who have had an indifferent start to the season but will still be very dangerous and if we don’t execute our game plan they could punish us so we must have full concentration for the entire game,” he said. “We have some new faces at club, Mark King has come over from Wembley Luke Coultman from Kingsway, Brett Cutting Wanneroo and Sean Johnson last year’s player of the year in the amateur league from Subiaco, so we’re hoping for a good season.”

Wembley have had a stuttering start to the season but Coach Sully Sullivan said last week’s game could have gone either way. “Yes very disappointed not to leave Kwinana with at least a draw, especially after going a goal up,” he said. “We conceded from a set piece after 40 seconds and to Kwinana’s credit they took their chances well. I thought we dominated the second half but missed some glorious opportunities.”

Sullivan said Sunday is another huge test, and he said it should be a good game. “It’s another big game away, but the pressure is on Kingsley, as they have brought in the fire power and are favourites for the league,” he said. “We have been written off before a ball was kicked this season, but as I said last week on our day we are as good as anybody in our league and hopefully we prove that Sunday.”

With North Perth United ground being damaged last weekend, their home game against Ellenbrook United has been switched to the Ellenbrook Sports Hub. Both sides were beaten last week, Ellenbrook at home to Hamersley, while North Perth lost at Belmont Villa. North Perth Coach Alex Carter said they had their chances. “Yes it was a disappointing result last weekend for sure, we have been creating a mountain of chances but have not had the poise under pressure to covert chances into scoreboard action, while in the other box we have handed cheap goals away from unforced errors.’

“We’ve played well so far in patches, and we proved what we are cable of in round two with a 25 minute four goal blitz. We know with the right work ethic off the ball from the first whistle not after 45 minutes we will get our season firing. I've got 100% confidence in this squad of experienced players to rise up Sunday after a disappointing week.” In other games Subiaco host Leeming Strikers at Rosalie Park, Hamersley entertain UWA-Nedlands at Carine Open Space and Southern Spirit travel to the Herb Graham Recreation Centre to take on Jaguar FVC. The game between Belmont Villa and Kwinana United has been postponed, with Belmont not having a ground available.

26.4.2018

GLORY ADD THREE MORE

Perth Glory has extended the contracts of three 'wing wizards' in their quest to qualify for the A-League finals next season. They may be without a coach or a long-term chief executive, but Glory have locked in exciting trio Chris Harold, Joel Chianese and Jacob Italiano for the summer of 2018/19.

Harold, who is currently sitting on 148 appearances for Glory, has penned a two-season contract which is set to extend his time with the club to eight seasons. Chianese has signed on for a third summer in the west after missing the opening stages of 2017/18 with a broken collar bone.

"They are all players with the potential to get people out of their seats," said Football Director Jacob Burns. "Their pace and technical ability give us that vital cutting edge in the final third and in the case of Chris and Joel, we saw towards the end of last season just how effective they can be when fully fit and firing on all cylinders."

Italiano has progressed from a scholarship to a full contract for what will be his final season ahead of a permanent move to German Bundesliga outfit, Borussia Monchengladbach. "Jacob is a hugely exciting young player," Burns commented. "It's great that we have him back on loan from Monchengladbach and I'm sure we'll see him continue to fulfill his massive potential."

26.4.2018

MORI IN THE FRAME TO COACH GLORY

Former Socceroos and national league goal scoring legend Damian Mori could lead Perth Glory next season following the sacking of Kenny Lowe. It is understood that Mori, a key figure in Glory's 2003 and 2004 Championship winning sides, has discussed the position with club officials.

The club would not comment on individuals but said it had a "very long list of high quality applicants". The list is thought to include ex-Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic and another former Glory player in ex-England international Robbie Fowler.

Mori, currently coaching Adelaide City, has been linked with A-League roles in the past couple of seasons and has spoken about his desire to move to a higher level. A key to his application would be his reputation for developing young players.

Mori enjoyed a lengthy national league playing career highlighted by successful spells with Adelaide City (217 games, 131 goals) and Perth Glory (129 games, 89 goals). A two-time Johnny Warren medallist, he also made 45 appearances for Australia, scoring 29 goals.

His first taste of coaching came in 2005 as assistant to Alan Vest at Glory. More recently he's been at the helm of Adelaide, guiding the club to three South Australian Championships, five Premierships and four State Cups across thirteen seasons.

25.4.2018

WESTFIELD FFA CUP - ROUND FIVE REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia caused the biggest upset in the Westfield FFA Cup beating Cockburn City 3-1 after extra-time at Wishart Street. The home side were ahead on 19 minutes, Cockburn failed to clear a goal-mouth scramble, and Jay Lang fired home from close range. It looked like that would be the winner but in the last minute Cockburn levelled. Harry O’Brien took advantage of a David Martins slip in defence to smash past Connor Campbell and take the game into extra time.

But the home side weren’t to be denied and two minutes into extra time David Heagney runs and unleashed a curling effort into the top corner from distance. Cockburn pressed for the equaliser but the home fans celebrated victory in the final minute, Isaac Koomson was sent through by Sebastian Munoz, and he finished clinically. “Our boys were tremendous today and showed some great character to claw our way back after Cockburn equalised so late in the game,” Gwelup Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. “We showed some great disciple to work hard and grind out a win.”

Forrestfield United moved through after a comfortable 4-1 win against Joondalup United. Liam Merigan opened the scoring early, before Kristian Despotovski added a second on the half hour, before Merigan added his second late. Jay Marsden pulled one back for Joondalup early in the second half, but Hasani Sinclair made sure of the win with a fourth. “Today we played a perfect game, we were intelligent, composed and extremely clever. We looked like an NPL team from beginning to the very end,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “Full credit to Joondalup United, they are a good side and they ensured that we needed to be at our best until the final second of the game.”

Dianella White Eagles had to come from behind against Swan United at Francis Street, eventually running out 6-1 winners. The home side were ahead on 20 minutes Jordan Rossetto, scoring past Joel Driscoll. But Dianella hit back and goals from Angel Andres 2, Friday Zico. Ibraham Hammad and Jose. “It was a very clinical win against a good side and I am very proud of the lad’s commitment and application in a tough game,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “Swan competed really well and Paul Dundo has put together a good side who will do well this year especially now they will have Gavin Knight giving the team a focus point up front.”

A last-minute goal from Dean Evans gave Floreat Athena a 2-1 win at Frank Drago Reserve against Bayswater City. Philip Arnold had put Floreat in front early in the first half before Bayswater levelled through Luka Ninkovic. Perth SC have beaten Sorrento 4-3 at Percy Doyle Reserve. Paul Zimarino scored hat-trick and a strike from Andreas Theodosiades put Perth 4-0 up, but Sorrento hit back with goals from Alex Morgan, Scott Witschge and Jordan Roberts, but Perth hung on for the win. In other games ECU Joondalup beat UWA-Nedlands 5-0, with Daryl Nicol scoring a hat trick, while Armadale beat Balcatta 3-2 at Grindleford Reserve, with Josh Kuser scoring the winner in extra time.

25.4.2018

WESTFIELD FFA CUP - ROUND FIVE PREVIEW

It's Westfield FFA Cup action on Anzac Day with eight ties across the metro area, and the pick of the round takes us to Percy Doyle Reserve where Sorrento host Perth SC. Perth have won the state league cup on 11 occasions, while Sorrento have won it four times, and they have been the only WA state side to progress to the last 16 of the FFA Cup, so Wednesday should be a great tie. Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell said their success in the competition last season put their name across the country, and he said it was great for the club. “The FFA Cup has been a fantastic competition and continues to grow,” he said. “Sorrento has been lucky enough to be a part of a couple of really big encounters that everyone from the players and coaches, through to supporters and committee really enjoyed. The club made history last year by becoming the first Football West club to progress to the Round of 16 and we are very proud of that achievement.”

In the last round Sorrento went to Nash Field to take on cup holders Western Knights, in a repeat of last season’s final, and Harnwell said they had to work hard to come home with a 1-0 win. “I was extremely proud of the way we went about the game against the Knights,” he said. “After playing on the Saturday, the players dug in and in the second half in particular, we could have had 3 or 4 and made it a comfortable victory. As it was, after the final last year, we were just happy to progress.”

Harnwell is well aware Wednesday will be a tight affair, like all games are against Perth, but he said they are looking forward to the challenge. “Games between the two clubs are always hotly contested, especially on an occasion like this where it is a one off,” he explained. “We are smarting at the moment from our disappointing run that we have, and I know there is nothing that the players would like better than to snap that run against Perth. In saying that, it won’t be easy and we will need to ensure each and every player puts a performance in.”

Perth are one of the most successful clubs in the state, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Head Coach Ramon Falzon. He said it would be great to have a good cup in the season the club celebrate their 70th anniversary. “As a playing group, we are aware of the prestigious and successful history our Club has. It is obvious that in a special year like this one, due to the Club’s 70th anniversary, everyone at the Club talks about the proud history that the Club has,” he said. “From our side as a playing group, we acknowledge the general feeling around the Club, however we block out external factors that might cause additional unnecessary pressure. As coaches, we are very proud of the players. We are proud of the improvement shown and that we were competitive from the beginning till the end of the season in the last 2 years. It has been great to win 2 trophies in the last 2 years and we would like to add to that tally, however, we do not focus our attention on winning a trophy because we have zero control on it.”

Perth had to work hard to overcome Ashfield in the last round, and Falzon said they had to remain patient. “FFA Cup games are a do or die situation and Ashfield came out to give it their best shot to progress to the next round. It was not an easy game as the 4-0 score might suggest. Our squad had to remain patient for lengthy periods while in possession and at the same time aware that they can be dangerous when they counter,” he said. “As coaches, we were happy how our squad controlled the tempo in the game while waiting for the right opportunities to strike. Once we established the 3-0 lead around the 60th minute, our job became easier and we focused on managing the time left without allowing them opportunities to score while minimising the risk of injuries since we played another game 48 hours before.”

The trip to ‘Windy Hill’ is never easy, and Falzon is expecting more of the same on Wednesday. “Sorrento are always a very tough opponent to face and I expect Wednesday’s game to be no different. I think that Sorrento have improved their playing style this year and I am sure that they feel that where they stand on the NPL ladder is not rewarding them appropriately for their efforts,” he explained. “I am sure that they are very motivated and looking for that one good result to turn things around and start winning more games. Thus, I am expecting Sorrento to come out tomorrow showing enormous fighting spirit to battle it out from the first till the last minute. From our side, we know that it will be a tough game tomorrow, however we are focused on our performance, as we want to make sure that we create & capitalise a good number of scoring opportunities.”

There is another intriguing tie at the ECU Football Stadium, where ECU Joondalup host UWA-Nedlands. UWA edged past Kelmscott Roos in the last round, while ECU beat Inglewood United 3-1. The Jacks have lost to lower league sides for the last two seasons of the competition, so they must be on their guard. UWA are coming off a heavy defeat against Dianella on Saturday but Bryce Conway said they are looking forward to it. “The game against ECU is another great opportunity for the club to showcase how far we've come over the past few years and it's an occasion the boys are relishing,” he said. “We had a decent cup run last season following a memorable win in the derby over Subiaco, but we've gone one round further this year and really want to kick on. The fact it's an ANZAC Day clash adds extra significance to the encounter and it's the type of fixture you hope for as a player, we're buzzing. ECU have been in fine fettle in the NPL this season and we'll be wary of the likes of Daryl Nicol, but we can't wait to mix it with the best.

There is another all NPL clash at Percy Doyle Reserve when Forrestfield United travel to take on Joondalup United (3.15pm) Joondalup beat Fremantle City in the last round, while Forrestfield beat South West Phoenix. Forrestfield coach Rod Banjac said it’s tough for all players to back up from the weekend, but it’s a cup tie and they all should be motivated. “There is something special about the FFA Cup, everyone has embraced it and for us it's a healthy distraction from a tough initiation into the NPL,” he said. “To be honest we would have preferred any other opponent to Joondalup United as we are yet to unlock the secret to beating them. And although they're nowhere near their former best we know that we're in for a tough game. As much as we'd like to give it all in this match, it's important to fully focus on our main objective for the season and that is to consolidate in the NPL. Five games in a fortnight is enough to challenge the most established clubs, and with all three of our teams progressing in the cup games juggling the playing roster will be the biggest challenge.

Gwelup Croatia will be looking for another cup upset, when they entertain Cockburn City at Wishart Street. Cockburn edged past Kingsway Olympic in the last round, while Gwelup beat Kwinana United, and Coach Taki Nicolaidis, said Wednesday is a huge challenge but one they are looking forward too. “Scotty Miller has done a tremendous job once again this year with Cockburn, where they currently sit in fifth position and only just one point off top spot in the NPL,” he said. “They are unbeaten in their last six league games and, as always, play a good brand of football, so it will be a tough game. We have started off very well in the league with three straight wins and probably, without a doubt, face our biggest test this year. We all know, league form generally goes out the window when it comes to big Cup games - and this will be no exception. If we are to progress, we will need to be at our very best all over the park for 90 minutes and be clinical with any opportunities we get. We’re all looking forward to Wednesday’s clash and may the best team win.”

In other games Bayswater City and Floreat Athena meet again at Frank Drago Reserve, after Floreat won their in the league on Saturday. Balcatta host Armadale at Grindleford Reserve and Stirling Lions visit Rosalie Park to take on Subiaco. The final game of the round sees the only Division Two side still in the competition, Swan United, who host Dianella White Eagles at Francis Street. Full list of fixtures - Gwelup Croatia v Cockburn City (Croatian Sporting Complex, 2.30pm), Bayswater City v Floreat Athena (Frank Drago Reserve, 2.30pm), Balcatta v Armadale (Grindleford Reserve, 2.30pm), Swan United v Dianella White Eagles (Swan Italian Club, 2.30pm), Joondalup United v Forrestfield United (Percy Doyle Reserve, 3.15pm), Subiaco v Stirling Lions (Rosalie Park, 3.15pm), ECU Joondalup v UWA-Nedlands (ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, 5.30pm, Sorrento v Perth SC (Percy Doyle Reserve, 5.45pm).

24.4.2018

GLORY RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE TRIO

Perth Glory have shored up their defensive stocks with confirmation goalkeeper Liam Reddy and defenders Alex Grant and Shane Lowry have penned new deals with the A-League club. The trio are first club's first signings as they build towards the summer of 2018/19.

Experienced shot-stopper Reddy is delighted at the prospect of spending a third season with Glory. "I'm very happy to have re-signed," said Reddy, who has so far chalked up 57 outings with the club. "My family are very settled and happy over here. It's a great football club and I'm looking forward to helping us chase some silverware next year."

Grant, who has played 55 games for Glory, is poised for another two seasons at the club. "I'm delighted to be back on board," Grant said. "Obviously we weren't happy with our performance as a team over the course of last season, but I'm sure we'll come back stronger for it. I just want to play my part in giving our fans the success they want and deserve."

Vice-captain Lowry, with 46 Glory appearances under his belt, is proud to have pledged his long-term future to his hometown club. "I'm very happy to extending my time here and am excited to see what that future holds," Lowry said. "As a Perth boy, playing for Glory really means a lot to me and I appreciate all the support that the members and fans have given me since I arrived."

24.4.2018

JONES WINS THIRD TROPHY IN THREE YEARS

It's taken Brad Jones until his mid-thirties, but the Australian international is racking up a trophy cabinet to be proud of. Jones was impressive in goal as Feyenoord dominated the KNVB Cup final against AZ Alkmaar, running out 3-0 winners with Nicolai Jorgensen, Robin van Persie and Jens Toornstra on the scoresheet.

Alkmaar's Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Wout Weghorst brought out the best in Jones but could not prevent the 36-year old from keeping his fourth clean sheet of the tournament, and Feyenoord from claiming their second Dutch Cup in three seasons. Success in the Cup restores shine to a rather dull season for the Dutch club after their Eredivisie-winning campaign last season.

It's been a difficult campaign for Giovanni Van Bronckhorst's men but, in no part due to Jones, Feyenoord sit fourth in the league having conceded the same number of goals as league leaders PSV Eindhoven. This has led to a Socceroos re-call for Jones after years in exile, with Bert van Marwijk already saying he rates the former Bayswater City junior very highly.

22.4.2018

DAVIES INJECTING THE RIGHT SPIRIT

Pahang captain Matthew Davies is relieved that his gamble paid off after his side advanced to the last four of the Malaysian FA Cup. The right-back was set to miss Friday's quarter-final clash with rivals Johor Darul Ta'zim due to a quadriceps strain but took to the field after a painkiller injection.

Davies helped the Elephants keep a clean sheet as they went on to win the tie 3-0 on aggregate thanks to Patrick Cruz's hat-trick. Davies admitted that he never expected the big win given JDT were coming off a staggering 52-match unbeaten record at home in all competitions.

"It was difficult to play on the heavy pitch but we gave our all and came out victorious in the end," Davies commented. "We've always believed in ourselves and we're able to beat anyone but I'm actually surprised by the scoreline because JDT are a strong side and they've always been tough to beat at home."

The Elephants face Perak State Development Corporation in the FA Cup semi-finals after the latter knocked out favourites Felda United on away goals after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate. PKNP lost the first leg 1-0 but recovered to beat Felda 2-1 in the second leg in Jengka.

Pahang, who will face Perak State Development Corporation in the semi-finals, have not won silverware since clinching the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup in 2014. Perth-born Davies believes his team are on the right track to end their four-year wait for a trophy.

"It's a promising start for us this season, we are doing well in the FA Cup and our league form is good as we're just four points away from JDT in the standings," he said. "The season still has a long way to go but I think we have a good chance in the FA Cup."

22.4.2018

EDWARDS' GOAL NOW IS SAFETY FOR THISTLE

Goal change games, but Ryan Edwards may just have scored the goal that has changed Partick Thistle's season. It may not have been the best goal the midfielder has ever bagged, but his winner against Hamilton Athletic on the weekend could well turn out to be his most important.

Edwards came off the bench to complete a rousing Thistle comeback against Hamilton after Kris Doolan had cancelled out David Templeton's opener for Hamilton. Alan Archibald's men hadn't won in ten games, and hadn't scored in 595 minutes until goals from Doolan and Edwards gave them a massive three points.

The win moves Partick off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership and only two points behind tenth-placed Hamilton. Edwards believes that the win can be the springboard that propels his team to safety. "This goal wasn't a contender for the best this season but in terms of importance I'm sure it's right up there," Edwards said.

"For my goal you could sky it, or it could hit the first defender and get cleared but thankfully it went through a few legs and went in. It came out pretty quickly and I just hit it low and hard and hoped for the best and it went in … We've come together as a team since the split to focus on our goal of staying in the league."

22.4.2018

GLORY CHIEF EXECUTIVE FILOPOULOS RESIGNS

Perth Glory have been hit with a second bombshell in three days with the early resignation of chief executive Peter Filopoulos. His decision not to renew his contract comes just days after he announced the sacking of coach Kenny Lowe. Owner Tony Sage now needs to make to senior appointments urgently as he battles cashed-up eastern states A-League clubs.

Filopoulos, whose three-year contract runs out in two months, had decided not to renew his tenure but resigned yesterday and is returning to Melbourne where his family moved four months ago. Filopoulos said finance was the most pressing issue facing Glory's future, as Sage considers interest from Asian investors.

“The club now faces some very important decisions about the means that it needs to find to be able to compete on the field in the A-League,” he said. “At the core of these decisions is the financial capability to be able to provide the high-performance environment, adequate resources and a winning culture in the quest to become the A-League’s most successful club.”

“It is clear that the financial gap between the clubs in both the A-League and the W-League is widening at a rapid rate despite the salary-capped environment and it is critical we find the financial capability to be able to compete for success and achieve the club’s aspirations.”

“As I have said consistently throughout my tenure, I have made several recommendations to our chairman Tony Sage about the future direction of the club and what is required to build a successful on-field culture to deliver the silverware and Asian qualification that its fans and members so much crave and deserve.”

Filopoulos joined Glory in 2015 and said it was a tough decision to leave the club. “It is with heavy heart that I tendered my resignation Sunday when I met with Tony Sage,” he said. “This decision was not an easy one for my family, however, we have decided that after three wonderful seasons, it’s time to return home to Melbourne.”

“When I arrived in the wake of the salary cap issue in 2015 I found a club that was disillusioned and at a crossroads. After three seasons at the helm, I am proud to have provided stable leadership and helped develop stronger foundations and administrative structures.”

“During this time, our membership numbers have grown by 50%, corporate sponsorship by 20% and revenue by 20%, while our bottom line has improved by 33%. We have also become one of only six clubs in the country to secure the coveted two-star status for our academy and I’m particularly proud of the very exciting young talent that we are developing.”

“I see the academy playing a vital role in the continued development of our club and it is something that we need to continue to evolve and invest in. Overall, I believe that I am leaving the club today in a much stronger position than I found it three seasons ago.”

Sage said Filopoulos had made a big impact on the club in his three years in charge. "Peter has been a significant figure in the off-field progress made by the club," Sage said. “His hard work and dedication have been much appreciated by everyone associated with Glory.”

"I am very happy he can now re-join his family who moved back to Melbourne several months ago. That sacrifice showed his dedication to the club. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Peter for his endeavours and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

22.4.2018

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

League leaders Belmont Villa maintained their perfect start to the new season with a hard fought 2-1 win against North Perth United at the Gerry Archer Athletic Ground. The visitors had most of the possession in the first half and piled on the pressure but just couldn’t break through Belmont’s defence, and it was the home side who opened the scoring on the half hour, with Paul McCormack on target. They doubled their lead on the hour, striker Ammed Azzaidani chased a loose ball and crossed for James Fay to smash home. The visitors had a lifeline ten minutes from time, when Wil Pender scored, but they couldn’t find the equaliser. “It was a hard-fought game, two good teams. To be fair, they’re a much more physical team than us but I think we did well,” Belmont Villa coach Kevin Mulgrew said. “We have still so many things to improve on and players to come back fighting for starting spots, so there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Leeming Striker’s also maintained their 100% start to the season with a hard fought 3-2 win against Jaguars FC. Lemming were ahead from a corner that was half cleared and ball was recycled to the wing where Lee Theole crossed for Lucas Pickering to head home from 8-yards. Jaguar levelled before half time, but the host’s took control in the second half. It was 2-1 when Ben Greaves was sent clear and he slotted between the on rushing keepers legs. Moments later Karl Gorman came off the bench to score, finishing at the front post from a corner. Jaguars added a second late but they couldn’t find the equaliser. “It was a tricky encounter, Jaguars gave us a good run for our money but in the end I think we did enough for all three points,” Leeming Coach David Palin said. “Jaguars are another example how hard this league will be this year, so we have to make sure we are at our best week in week out.”

Kwinana United remained third after a 2-1 win against last season’s Champions Wembley Downs at Kelly Park. It was the visitors who hit the front on 20 minutes, with Ryan Fish on target. The home side levelled when Lee Bates got a touch on the ball in a goalmouth scramble and the home side went into half time with the lead when Fraser Marr’s cross was headed home powerfully by Bates. Both sides had second half chances but neither could convert and it was the home side running out winners. “As always with Wembley it was a good battle,” United coach Kris Donnell said. “To come back from a goal down to go on and win the game was very pleasing. Everyone did what they were asked and never stopped the whole 90 minutes.”

Kingsley visited Southern Spirt and came home with a 7-2 win. They were ahead on the half hour Jayden Drummond raced past three defenders, his long-range shot crashed off the post and Mark King finished the rebound. They doubled their lead early in the second half, when Drummond lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box. Ollie Valentne added a third, before King added his second. Spirit pulled one back from the spot, but David Ashworth added a fifth with a screamer from 25-yards. Jesse Higgins added a sixth, before Spirit second a second, and Valentine added his second late to complete the scoring. In other games Hamersley Rovers beat Ellenbrook United 1-0 at the Ellenbrook Sports Hub, while UWA-Nedlands beat Subiaco 4-0 at the UWA Sports Park.

21.4.2018

NICOL WINS THE DERBY FOR ECU

ECU Joondalup skipper Daryl Nicol has scored a hat-trick to steer them to a 3-1 win against Joondalup United in the local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday evening. The home side had dominated for long periods early, and Jacks keeper Johnny Perkins produced some great saves to deny them, but it was Nicol who opened the scoring six minutes before half time, the Scottish winner finishing clinically. Nicol added two stunning free kicks after the break, as ECU took control, while the home side scored a late consolation goal in stoppage time, a stunning strike from Elliot Tattersall.

“It’s great to be back in the winners-circle, and it takes us to within one point of the league leaders,” defender Tom Hough said. “They (Joondalup) played well early and the thunderstorm probably came at the right time, and we re-grouped in the changing rooms, and went on with it after that. We went in with a new look back four due to injuries and suspensions and I thought we did well.”

It was a stormy night in and around the ground and at kick off the rain started to pour, but it was the home side who started the better. On two minutes Perkins punched away a corner, but it fell to Alex Wild on the edge of the box, but his shot flashed over the top. Moments later Tattersall’s snap shot whistled wide of the target.

The Jacks went close themselves on 12 minutes, McGarry’s free kick picked tout Hough at the back post, but his header was straight at United’s keeper James Bosdet. But on 19 minutes referee Joshua Nixon took the players off as fork lightning lit the sky - a good decision with player safety the priority. We resumed 20 minutes later and it was still the home side who created the better chances,

Tattersall fired wide, before Perkins produced to great safes to deny Wild and Jay Marsden. But against the run of play it was the Jacks who hit the front. Lukas De Lima picked the ball up in midfield and found Nicol, who ran at the United’s defence and finished clinically past Bosdet from the edge of the penalty area. United had a great chance to draw level on the stroke of half time, Johnny Chalmers drove into the box, skipping past two Jacks tackles, but Perkins stood tall to save.

The Jacks made the perfect start to the second half, and they doubled their lead three minutes in. De Lima was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Nicol stepped up to curl the ball around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net, giving Bosdet no chance. It was the Jacks in control now and a quick free kick from Josh Whitmore caught his former club napping, and Nicol raced into goal, but Bosdet was out bravely to save at the skipper’s feet.

Moments later Bosdet produced a great low save to deny Ross Millard, who was sent clear by Cameron Murray. Joondalup then went close on 70 minutes, Marsden’s powerful shot was well saved by Perkins, and the Jacks custodian reacted well to pounce on the rebound, with Wild ready to pounce. But six minutes later the points were wrapped up.

Gordon Smith, who had worked tirelessly all night, was brought down on the edge of the box, and Nicol stepped up and curled it around the wall and into the net to complete his hat-trick. The Jacks went in for the kill and Bosdet saved well to deny Whitmore and Nicol. Then with the final kick of the game United scored a consolation goal. Tattersall’s long-range shot flew into the top corner of the night of the net, but it was the Jacks celebrating a ‘Derby’ victory for the first time in the NPL.

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2 Johnny CHALMERS, 3 Fraser GARNAUT (14 Liam MOONEY 46’), 5 Joel LEDSHAM, 8 Jay MARSDEN (4 Danny O’SHEA 86’), 9 Alex WILD, 10 Elliot TATTERSALL, 11 Anthony TAYLOR, 15 Callum STOCKS, 19 Adam BUCKLEY (23 Harley CURAN 68’), 25 Greg Pellow - Subs not used: RGK Luke GREEN - Yellow cards: Garnaut 38’, Chalmers 47’, Wild 55’, Pellow 57’, Mooney 61’

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Tom HOUGH, 3 Ross Millard, 6 Lukas DE LIMA (11 Liam MURRAY 80’), 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Daryl NICOL (12 Ethan BROOKS 86’), 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (7 Cameron MURRAY 54’), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 15 Shane CASSIDY, 18 Declan HUGHES - Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 4 Ciaran SALINGER - Yellow cards: McGarry 57’, Cassidy 70’ - Referee: Joshua Nixon

21.4.2018

GLORY HIT BACK TO BEAT THE LIONS

Perth Glory Moved to the top of the NPLWA table after a dramatic last minute winner by defender Walter Scott gave them a 3-2 win against Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park on Saturday.

The home side raced to a two goal lead with two early second half goals, but the Glory youngsters hit back with Joe Knowles and Yacoub Mustafa levelling things up, but it looked like the points would be shared, but Scott had other ideas, and he scored the winner deep into injury time.

“Saturday’s game provided us with a big challenge, and throughout the whole game we were not at our best, and we will work in training this week to eliminate certain negatives within our game,” Scott said. “In saying this I am really happy for the guys that came off the bench that lifted the whole squad, they galvanized the team. I was really happy to score, I just gambled and made a run into the box as I knew it was late, and fortunately the ball fell to me. It was a great feeling and hopefully I can get a few more this year.”

The Glory had a perfect opportunity to take an early lead, when Knowles was brought down in the penalty area and referee Josh Mannella pointed to the spot. Jake Brimmer stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but his shot crashed off the post and cleared. Both sides had half chances in an entertaining first half, but neither side could take them, so we went to the break level.

But in the opening minutes of the second half it was the home side who hit the front. Former Livingston midfielder’s Dean Cummings’ pin point cross picked out Steve Sokol, whose glancing header beat Jackson Lee and flew into the corner of the net. They added a second on 57 minutes, Liam Henderson rose highest to head home a cross. It looked like the Glory were down and out, but they hit straight back, and reduced the margin two minutes later. A ball into the box by found Knowles, who fired home from close range, past Lions keeper Pasquale Gioffre.

It was game on, and on the hour they levelled. Second half substitute Mustafa raced at the Lions defence, and played a neat one-two with Callum Timmins, and finished clinically past Gioffre. The Glory went in search of the winner and in in the fourth minute of stoppage time they found it. Brimmer’s cross was nodded down by Knowles and Scott was jogging on the spot to fire home to set off wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

Stirling Lions: GK Pasquale GIOFFRE, 4 Alex SULESKI, 5 Liam HENDERSON, 6 Dhhors CHOL (19 Zane CASELLA 90+2’) 7 Dean CUMMINGS, 8 Dejan SPASESKI, 9 Robert PETKOV (16 Moses KALAU 81’) 11 Alex TANEVSKI 13 David FILIPPOU (12 Matthew CHERRIE 66’) 14 Steve SOKOL, 15 Nathan DE ABREU - Subs not used: RGK Lance ALAVAKIS, 17 Robbie MCNEILL

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Luca BODNAR, 3 Walter SCOTT, 4 Sam RIAK, 5 Ollie ANNIS, 6 Callum TIMMINS, 7 Jacob ITALIANO (13 Yacoub MUSTAFA 58’) 8 Brandon WILSON (14 Henry HORE 52’), 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Jake BRIMMER, 11 Daniel STYNES (12 Chok DAU 72’) - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA, 15 Harry QUIGLEY - Referee: Josh Mannella

21.4.2018

PERICH EARNS SUBI A POINT

Subiaco fought back to earn a point against Armadale, with midfielder David Perich scoring a last-minute equaliser at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday. Nathan Costello gave the home side the lead early in the second half, but Asher Nelson levelled on the hour.

It looked like David Annall’s free kick five minutes from time had won it for John O’Reilly’s side, but Perich has other ideas heading home late to give both sides a share of the spoils. Both side were level on the table at kick off, and clear cut chances were few and far between, the best chances fell to the home side. On the half hour Chris Jackson’s header flashed wide, before Billy Quinncroft’s long-range shot was well saved by Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery.

The game sparked into life in the second half and it was Armadale who struck first on 56 minutes. Skipper Costello popped up at the near post to head in a corner, much to the delight of the Armadale faithful. But they went to sleep four minutes later and Subiaco levelled. Nelson was played through and kept his composure to finish clinically past Armadale keeper Sam Hutchings.

It was end-to-end football with both sides going for the win, and Steve Purton though he given Subiaco the lead, but his shot was well blocked by Quinncroft. But nine minutes from time O’Reilly brought on Annall, and he had an immediate impact, and four minutes later his free kick into the box evaded everyone and ended in the back of the net.

It looked like the home side had done enough, but Subiaco pushed forward and a long-throw found its way to Perich, whose glancing header beat Hutching’s to salvage a point for the visitors. Subiaco coach Ian McMurray said: “I’m really happy with the character of the boys, they’ve not had the luck as of late. When we went a goal down it would be easy to roll over and take it."

Armadale: GK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Joshua KUSER, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 7 Charlie KENNA, 8 Michael LAWSON (5 David Annall 81’), 9 Billy QUINNCROFT, 10 Chris JACKSON, 11 Michael RIZIDIS, 15 Ali GHOLAMI, 17 James ATKINS (3 Dylan De Silva 68’), 21 Beau RAHIM - Subs not used: RGK Duncan LENNON-BLACK, 16 Brad GRIEPL, 14 Luke TESTER

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 5 Manas ABAN-DELWA, 6 Jackson DONGRAY, 10 Asher NELSON (4 Jack Andrews 73’), 12 Nathan SMITH, 13 Jonas DORLING (14 Ross JARMAN 62’), 16 Steve PURTON, 17 Alex Castiello, 18 David PERICH, 19 Ian MCMURRAY - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 4 Robery HARDING, 15 Albert LUWI Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil Referee: Anthony Walsh

21.4.2018

BIO BRACE DOWNS LEADERS

A brace from Floreat Athena midfielder Ludovic Boi has given them a surprise 2-0 win against Bayswater City at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday afternoon. The former Perth Glory midfielder opened the scoring midway through the first half and added a second moments later, and despite Bayswater pressing in the second half Floreat held on to take the points and hopefully kick start their season. “Comments”

It was the home side who opened the brighter and went close to the opener early, Gian Albano found space in the box, but his effort from close-range crashed off the post. Floreat were defending well and hitting on the counter attack and on 22 minutes they hit the front. A quick break ended with Boi, who cut inside his marker and finished clinically past Devon Spence.

It was 2-0 eight minutes later, Boi heading home former Bayswater striker Phil Arnold’s cross to send them to the break in command. Bayswater coach Chris Coyne showed his intent at half time, replacing defender David Stokoe for striker Luka Ninkovic, but it was Boi and Arnold who continued to be a menace and both had chances early in the second half but failed to find the target. Bayswater created chances of their own, Luke Salmon fired straight at Jason Saldaris, and they had Floreat on the back foot, but they couldn’t find the target.

Next to go close was Andrija Jukic, the midfielder’s volley crashed off the crossbar and away to safety. Bayswater pressed late and Floreat had keeper Jason Saldaris to thank, pulling off a number of fine saves to thwart the champions, who have lost their last two home games, and give Floreat their third win of the season.

“I’m relieved to get a performance under our belt, we know we should be achieving this every week,” Floreat Coach Howard Tweats said. “This is only one game – we’ve got a lot of quality players. When we settle down and get to the game we want to play, we’ll be a match for any side.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE, 5 Adam HARRIS, 8 Paul McCarthy, 12 David STOKOE (19 Luka NINKOVIC 46’), 13 Trent KAY, 17 Gian ALBANO, 22 Luke SALMON, 23 Andrija JUKIC, 24 Jake SARDELIC (14 Tristan COLLI 76), 26 Paul LLOYD - Sub not used: RGK Luke HUTCHINSON, 15 Jordan POKLER, 27 Chris JITJAI

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTA LUCIA, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO (13 Hamza HINA 73’), 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jonathan STYNES, 10 Calvin WHITNEY, 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 16 Ryan MALTON, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phillip ARNOLD (33 Liam HUDSON 88’) Substitutes not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 5 Jamie STREET, 12 Ethan KERRIDGE - Referee: Julian Serra

21.4.2018

BALCATTA DRIVE OFF WITH THE POINTS AT PERTH

Balcatta’s good form has continued after a 1-0 win against Perth SC in the ‘Ferrari Cup’ at Dorrien Gardens. Calum O’Connell scored the only goal of the game to make it four wins on the bounce for Goran Stajic’s side, and the loss for the home side meant they lost their spot at the top of the table.

“A big win for the club, players and supporters, and I think we gained a lot of respect back on Saturday,” O’Connell said. “We were brave and determined all day, and it was a cup final for us and it showed the character we have in the squad. Perth had their chances, but we took ours when it came and that was the difference on the day, and it's always nice to get on the score sheet.”

Coming off a huge win at Bayswater last week, Perth opened brightly, but they couldn’t breakdown a compact Balcatta back four. They did close on 25 minutes, Nicholas Ambrogio wasn’t closed down and his long-range shot was superbly saved by Balcatta custodian Domenico Savoldelli. Balcatta were confident soaking up the home side’s pressure, and hitting on the counter attack, but it was scoreless at the break.

Perth were on the front foot early in the second half, and they went close to the opener when Gustavo Catarcione fired wide of the target from close-range. But on 65 minutes the visitors found the winner. Midfielder Jonathan Corness made a darting run into the Perth box, and Perth keeper Daniel Passarelli was out bravely to block his shot, but the ball deflected back towards goal and O’Connell was alert to poke the ball home, despite Kieran Colwell desperate attempt to clear the ball off the line.

The home side were throwing everything at Balcatta as they looked for the equaliser, but they stood firm. But they did have a scare deep into injury time. Substitute Richard Howles rose highest in the box, but his header was well saved by Savoldelli.

“That’s our first clean sheet of the year, and I can’t name any names, it was the whole defence who worked hard today,” Balcatta Coach Goran Stajic said. “I’m very happy for the boys and they worked really hard today. You can’t take much away from Perth; it was just that one moment that cost them and we took it. I think the result was deserved.”

Perth SC: GK Daniel PASSARELLI, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES (14 Kristan SANTICH 81’), 4 Adrian MADASCHI, 5 Niccolo SABATINI, 6 Harley ORR, 7 Aleks JOVIC (20 Paul ZIMARINO 63’), 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO (18 Richard HOWLES 71’), 11 Matthew MILENKOVIC, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 16 Kieran COLWELL - Subs not used: RGK Malak KUC, 2 Alex SILLA

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Joseph MARINO, 3 Hayden STEVENS, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 TOM PELLIZZARI, 6 Kris GATE (9 Dejan ANDRIC 65’), 8 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 15 Adriano JELENOVIC (12 Anton DE FRANCESCH 71’), 17 Brody KENNEDY (23 Lawrence SHURAMA 52’), 20 Shubbham MOKALA - Subs not used: RGK Kyle MCDONALD, 19 Nick CHALLOT - Referee: Stuart Muldoon

21.4.2018

INGLEWOOD TOO GOOD FOR FORRESTFIELD

Inglewood United won for third time this season with a hard fought 2-0 win against Forrestfield at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday. A tight half where both sides had good chances, it was the home side who made them count after the break with Alex Salmon, and a stunner from Ellis Healing gave them the points, and kept them in contact with the top five.

“It was a hard fought win, I thought we were average first half at best, and they had their chances but with some good last ditch defending and goalkeeping it stayed scoreless,” Salmon said. “Then we were able to take our chances in the second half and play some good football, it was a good win and credit to Forrestfield, who came and played the right way.”

The opening 45 minutes were for the most part played out between the boxes and, with offside flags catching both teams, very few genuine scoring opportunities were created. The first shot in anger was fired by Forrestfield’s Rhys Loxley whose effort rose over the crossbar.

Ash Rosindale squandered a great chance by placing wide after being picked out by Jamie Murphy’s cross, and the hosts breathed a collective sigh of relief leading into the break after Hasani Sinclair’s shot was headed off the line by David Cyrus and Alex Dunn somehow kept out Kristian Despotovski’s follow-up.

Inglewood made a dream start to the second half when an unmarked Salmon side-footed in Rosindale’s near post corner. The momentum would remain with the hosts, and Salmon fired into the side-netting after being forced wide by Luke Martino who, two minutes later, was grateful Kenny Keogh scooped into his arms.

The defining moment arrived just after the hour, when Healing lashed from 20-metres via the underside of the bar. Jason Barrera was unlucky not to add to Forrestfield’s woes in stoppage time when a mazy run took him deep inside the 18-yard box only for Martino to eventually claim possession.

Forrestfield continued to push but they couldn’t find a way through, much to coach Rod Banjac’s frustration. “We played well, we created chances but we didn’t take them,” he said. “I thought the quality of football we delivered was good, we just didn’t take our chances which is something we will be working on.”

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 5 Scott ROBINSON (3.David CYRUS 20’), 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON (6 Miki VUJACIC 80’), 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (11 Ellis HEALING 54’), 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Jamie MURPHY, 19 Connor BECSI, 23 Brian WOODALL – Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 14 Hanafi GHAZALI

Forrestfield United: GK Luke MARTINO, 2 Tom SOUTHGATE, 4 Jamie DUNCAN (3 Wilbert TSHABANGU 71’), 5. Scott BARKER, 6. Kristian DESPOTOVSKI (7. Mitchell CROCKER 75’), 8. Josh APPLEBY, 9. Hasani SINCALIR, 11Liam MERRIGAN, 12 Callum DOBBS (10 Jordan HART 64’), 16 Thomas JEBB, 23 Rhys LOXLEY – Subs not used: RGK Ben Parry - Referee: Nico Hoyle

21.4.2018

COCKBURN WIN THE BATTLE OF THE BIRDS

Cockburn City have moved to within a point of top spot in the NPL WA after coming from behind to beat Sorrento 2-1 at Dalmatinac Park. Alex Morgan had put Sorrento in front in the first half only for Ryan Pratt to level for the home side, then Harry O’Brien found the winner in the 80th minute.

“Sorrento are a very good club and we usually struggle against them,” Cockburn Coach Scott Miller said. “So after going behind I thought we showed great character to come back and win the game.” “Ryan (Pratt) is a good young kid who’s just started out in the first team and every time he’s come onto the pitch he’s been outstanding.”

Sorrento opened the brighter, and went close to the opener on five minutes. Jordan Roberts cross beat Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich at the near post, the ball reaching the unmarked Jack Salter in front of goal, but he was unable to head the ball into an open net.

Cockburn’s best chance off the first half came ten minute from half time, when Luccas Mello made his way into the box, but his shot was well saved by Sorrento James Morgan saved. But the breakthrough came for the visitors for minutes later. Another Roberts cross found the head of first half substitute Alex Morgan, who finished well past Radonich, to send the Gulls I to the break with the lead.

The Gulls were on top after the break, but they were unable to grab a crucial second goal and midway through the second half they were made to pay when Pratt, another substitute, got onto the end of a through ball that split the visitors’ defence before showing composure to slot home.

Five minutes later Mello had a golden opportunity to give Cockburn the lead after Pratt had been brought down just outside the box, but his well-struck free-kick thundered against the crossbar. Cockburn continued to press and were rewarded 10 minutes from time when Mello whipped in a cross to O'Brien, whose deft header made its way past keeper Morgan.

“We probably had the chances to make it 2-0 and kill the game off but we didn’t take them and got punished for it,” Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said. “It’s disappointing not to break this poor run that we are on but collectively we just weren’t good enough in the second half. The one pleasing thing is that we have a quick turnaround, so we will work hard against Perth in the cup and see how we go.”

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT, 5 Keiron STALLARD, 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Luccas MELLO, 10 David ARAYA (9 Julian TELES 87’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Daniel ROBINSON, 17 Jesse LAZARRO, 19 Anthony SKORICH (12 Ryan PRATT 58’) - Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 2 Chris THACKRAY

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 8 Ryan PEARSON (7 Alex MORGAN 19’), 10 Jordan ROBERTS, 12 Joel PROUT, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 18 Jordan BROWN,19 Jack SALTER, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Godwin DARKWA (16 Chris BALAZS 73’), 23 Cameron TEECE (14 Scott WITSCHGE 69’) - Subs not used: RGK Anastasis FARSALEAS, 35 Samuel FAULLCNER - Referee: Steven Gregory

21.4.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia maintained their lead at the top of the State League Division One table, and their perfect start to the season after a 3-1 win against Ashfield at Ashfield Reserve. The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half time. Good work by Benny Kouakou on the edge of the box his shot was well stopped by their keeper, but the rebound fell to David Heagney who slotted the ball home. Both sides had chances early in the second half but it was Gwelup who doubled their lead on 75 minutes.

Good combination play in midfield ended with a ball into Heagney who turned his marker and played a perfect through ball for substitute Isaac Koomson who made no mistake. Ashfield were back in the game three minutes from time, Paddy Quinn played a great through ball for Clark to take on and beat Connor Campbell to make it 2-1. Ashfield pushed for the equaliser, but three minutes into stoppage time Gwelup added a third. A free kick wasn’t dealt with by the Ashfield defence, and it fell to Sebastian Munoz on the edge of the box who volleyed perfectly into the top corner. “Whilst it wasn’t a polished 90 minutes performance it was an important 3 points,” Gwelup Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. “But full credit to Ashfield who pushed us the whole way.”

Dianella White Eagles bounced back from last week’s defeat at Gwelup with a stunning 8-1 win against UWA-Nedlands at Dianella Reserve. It was an even first half but Angel Andres gave Dianella the lead, but Bryce Conway levelled for UWA on the half hour. It was an even game, but Friday Zico gave the home side the lead at the break. But after half time the home side ran riot with Zico completing his hat-trick, Andres add another, with Ibrahim Hamad, Dhamon Kalamaras and Kenel Mouithys adding the others. Assistant Coach Steve Huxtable said it was a tight game up to half time. “We scored early, but they hit back just before half time, and it was a really even game,” he said. “But second half we were all over them and really scored every time we went forward, but to be fair it wasn’t an 8-1, they played very well, but it’s good to bounce back with a big win after last week’s defeat at Gwelup.”

South West Phoenix bounced back from their poor start to the season, with a big win against Night Series winners Fremantle City at Hilton Reserve. After a goalless first half it was the Phoenix who hit the front early in the second, Jayden Prosser scoring after being found by a pass from Andrew Maranta. Jack Eades added a second on the hour, before James McLeary added a third. Fremantle pulled a goal back on 82 minutes through a well-placed header by Alec Robinson, but it was Phoenix who completed the scoring after Michael Evans and Prosser combined for the former to convert. “The boys did a great job, I think all of them worked very hard … we were the better team; that’s the way football is,” South West coach Tony Novello said

Morley Windmills were beaten for the first time this season, when Joondalup City hit back from three down at half time to win 4-3 at the Iluka Sports Park. The visitors were well on top in the first half with a double from Igor Novakovic and another from Jan Urgela. But City hit back after the break with Jason Rubidge scoring a hat-trick and the other from Sam Rawlings. “It was a classic game of two halves,” City Coach Gary Kalaher said. “We were 3-0 down at half time, but we hadn't played too badly, but made a couple of mistakes and got punished. We got an early goal in the second half and the confidence seemed to grow, and there were amazing scenes when the equaliser and the 4th goal went in – we had 14 heroes out their today.”

In the final game Western Knights won for the first time this season with a 3-0 win at Lark Hill against Rockingham City. The visitors opened the scoring on 20 minutes, David Clark’s in-swinging corner was mis-judged by the keeper and Brian Patterson headed home. The home side were down to ten men before half time, and the Knights took advantage after the break, Ryan Sardi picking out new signing Dean Hurley who smashed it into the roof of the net. They wrapped up the points 10 minutes from time, when Dom De Felice played in Jack Rycroft who made no mistake. “All and all a good day at the office for us, three goals and a clean sheet,” Graham Tough said. “Promising signs now the team are gelling together. We got the points which was the main thing today we were unlucky last week not to get the win but that's football.

We've had a big rebuilding job to do from last season's achievements but the boys who have come in are more than capable of producing the levels required to go back to back in this league and today was the first step to getting back on track.” Mandurah City had the bye this week.

21.4.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

It was week three of the State League Division two and league leaders Balga dropped their first points of the season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Swan United at Francis Street. Balga went 1-0 up 20 minute. Swan handled the ball in the box, and Vlad Naumovski took the penalty which Joey Smith saved, but Naumovski was alert to score from the rebounded. Swan equalised in the second minute of the second half, a great shot by Brennan Borzecki that flew into the top corner. Naumovski almost got the winner for Balga later in the half, but his header from a corner crashed into the bar.

Wanneroo City moved up to joint second after a hard fought 2-1 win against Murdoch University Melville. City dominated the first half but some goalkeeping from the home keeper kept the scores level at the break. But 10 minutes into the second half City were rewarded for their dominance with two great goals from Godfrey Asimwe within the space of five minutes. The home side hit back and pulled one back but couldn’t find the equaliser. “We could have been 3 or 4 up but as we all know if you don’t take your opportunities you give the opposition hope and to their credit the last 15 minutes they pushed forward to try and get something out of the game and very nearly did,” City Coach Tim Kantor said. “But I’m very pleased to get the 3 points and visiting teams are going to find MUM very difficult to break down at their new home.”

Gosnells City and Canning City met at Walter Padbury Reserve in the ‘Frank Longstaff Memorial Cup’ and it ended all square after a 1-1 draw. The visitors were ahead just before half time, Ante Jukic free kick from 25-yards flew into the top corner of the net. Gosnells hit back after the break, Charlie White sending Steve Baker clear who slotted it home. Canning should have won it late but missed a penalty. “I thought we were not at our best and a draw was probably a fair result,” Gosnells Coach Alan Dunlop said. “It’s a long season and we now have to get up for a big game next week at Kingsway.”

Quinns FC also won for the first time this season after a 3-0 win against Shamrock Rovers at Gumblossom Reserve. The home side opened the scoring when a long throw from Craig Tooley, was only punched into the back of Ross Edwards the ball rebounding into the net. It was 2-0 when a cross from Luke Doyle found Tooley to head home. It was 3-0 before half time Chris Pugh heading home from a corner. The game was called off at half time due to the thunderstorm, but the result stands. In the final game Curtin University also won for the first time with a 5-0 win against Kelmscott Roos – Kingsway Olympic had the bye this week.

21.4.2018

WILLIAMS RELISHING FINALS CHANCE

Rhys Williams has been involved in a few knockout big matches - from the English Championship play-offs to the A-League finals. But remarkably, the Melbourne Victory central defender has never started in a sudden-death post-season game. That will change tomorrow when Victory faces Adelaide United in the A-League's Elimination Final.

"I haven't had a lot of chances in these sorts of games for one reason or another, even when my teams have been involved, but that's how football works sometimes. It will be good to be on from the start this time," he said. "We are confident that we can build on our end-of-season form and get through."

In 2009 Williams helped English club Burnley to the Championship play-offs. But under the terms of his loan from Middlesbrough, he could not play for the Clarets in the Championship play-off final against Sheffield United, a game Burnley won 1-0 to reach the Premier League for the first time. Middlesbrough had been relegated from the Premier League the day before.

"I think I am the only player to have been promoted and relegated like that in the same season," he said with a laugh as he recalled leaving Boro after their final game of the season to travel to Wembley to sit on the Burnley bench as a guest. He watched players who had been his teammates for half a season reach the promised land of the Premiership.

Williams returned to his home-town team, Perth Glory, last season but a difference of opinion with then coach Kenny Lowe saw him in and out of the side. Although Glory made the play-offs and beat Melbourne City in the first knockout game, Williams played little part then or in the next match when they were eliminated in the semi-final by Sydney.

Williams has been a key player for Victory in the club's season, winning plenty of praise for his solid performances at the back. "I have had plenty of personal accolades over the years in my career but very few for the clubs I have played with," he said. "It's been a nearly career, and this has been a bit of a nearly season."

"Hopefully we can get past Adelaide and go on to the Semi-Final and make it to the Grand Final. I have really enjoyed my time at Victory. This is a big club with great supporters and expectations are always high. I came here to win things so it was disappointing to be knocked out of the FFA Cup early by Adelaide but we have the chance to go all the way now."

21.4.2018

MATILDAS LOSE ASIAN CUP FINAL TO JAPAN

Australia has missed a golden opportunity to head into next year's Women's World Cup as Asian champions after suffering an 11th-hour defeat against Japan in Amman. Japan substitute Kumi Yokoyama crashed home an impressive winner against the run of play with six minutes remaining after the Matildas had dominated large chunks of the game.

The Matildas were assertive from the outset and constantly looked a threat while dominating large periods of play. But a failure to convert in front of goal proved their downfall. Elise Kellond-Knight had a penalty saved and Sam Kerr was thwarted by goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita in the first half, while after the turn around Emily van Egmond crashed an effort against the crossbar.

21.4.2018

WHO WILL REPLACE KENNY LOWE AT PERTH GLORY? (by Nick Taylor, thewest.com.au)

Perth Glory’s new coach will need to bring a tough change-room regime to the side and get solid commitments from owner Tony Sage on how the club will be run. Sage needs to move quickly to replace Kenny Lowe, axed after more than four years in charge after failing to make this year’s A-League finals.

The replacement will need to introduce a new culture that brings some players back into line amid suggestions a senior group wielded too much influence on the squad. But he is also going to need guarantees from Sage of a major cash injection to improve the size and quality of the squad and bring more resources to the club.

That will challenge Sage with most other A-League clubs already spending more than Glory on players and off-field structures. This could change later this year if, as expected, Sage sells at least part of the club to a Malaysian-based syndicate.

No-nonsense former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is on the wanted list but would command a heft pay packet and make strong demands. Another said to be interested is former Glory favourite and two-time Johnny Warren medallist Damian Mori, who is in charge at NPL club Adelaide City.

Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos refused to comment on a possible replacement but acknowledged the need to move quickly with the pre-season friendly against English side Chelsea looming in July and with less than a dozen players signed for next season.

Filopoulos said the club had not met its on-field aspirations and needed a new direction. “The bottom line after four-and-a-half years, we need a new, fresh approach. A lot of decisions need to be made as we move forward,” he said.

“At the core of it we need a new coach and new systems and processes in the football department but we also need to make some big decisions around the financial capability of the club and how we compete. We never shied away that we wanted a top four finish and we felt that the squad should have done better.”




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