Balcatta's Jon Corness said a trip to Sorrento on Wednesday night is never easy, but it’s a great opportunity to turn things around and kick their season into gear.

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11.8.2020

NPL-WA ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW

We have midweek action in the NPLWA on Wednesday evening, and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Percy Doyle Reserve where Sorrento host Balcatta, kick off 7.00pm (Please note all games kick off at 7.30pm unless stated) The Gulls produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Inglewood 4-2 with Cameron Teece bagging a hat-trick, to move them to fifth on the ladder. On the other hand, Balcatta were edged out 2-3 by Gwelup, after leading 2-0, but it continues the good performances against the top sides but they can’t get a result which coach Bobby Taneski hopes they can change on Wednesday.

Balcatta midfielder Jon Corness said they deserved something from the Gwelup game, but it wasn’t to be. “We were very disappointed not to come away with anything against Gwelup, and it was a pretty even game to be honest, so a point would have been fair,” he said. “We have a few things that if we can fix and get right, and I think we'll definitely start seeing the results come.”

The midfielder said a trip to Sorrento on Wednesday night is never easy. “Sorrento midweek at night, not exactly ideal is it,” he said. “But it’s a great opportunity to turn things around and kick our season into gear. We'll need to bring the right desire and attitude as Sorrento are always tough opponents, and hopefully we can get a result.”

Sorrento skipper Shaun Kilkelly said the win against Inglewood was good, but they need to maintain that sort of performance for the rest of the season. “It was a good 90 minutes from the lads, probably out best performance this year,” he said. “We’ve set the benchmark now, we have to continue it, starting on Wednesday evening.”

Kilkelly said Balcatta have been playing well this season and have pushed the top sides close, so he is expecting another tough game. “We know Wednesday will be another tough game against a good Balcatta side,” he said. We will have to be the races again as they are a well organised team with some experienced players.”

In other games league leaders Gwelup Croatia travel to Dalmatinac Park to take on Cockburn City, Floreat Athena welcome Perth Glory to E&D Litis Stadium, Armadale visit Dorrien Gardens to take on Perth SC, while Inglewood United host Rockingham City at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. In the final game Bayswater City will be looking to make it three straight wins, when they host ECU Joondalup at Frank Drago Reserve.

ECU have lost the last three, and Kenny Lowe’s side sit ninth, and skipper Johnny Perkins said they have been in all games, but haven’t gone on with it. “It’s another disappointing result but one positive we can take is that it's been our own doing the last two weeks, switching off and making errors,” he said. “The signs are there and we know we are very close to turning a corner where it all comes together.”

Perkins said Bayswater have found form recently, so it’s another challenge for the young side. “We know they have good players and have picked up results recently after a slow start by their standards,” he explained. “We are looking forward to getting back on the pitch quickly after not capitalising on a strong performance on Saturday, so it will be two teams going all out for three points on Wednesday.”

11.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVEN – PREVIEW

There is also a full round of fixtures in the State League Division One on Wednesday evening, and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Gumblossom Park where league leaders Western Knights visit third placed Quinns. (Al games kick off a 7.30pm unless stated) Both sides were winners on Saturday, Quinns beating Subiaco, while the Knights continued their perfect start to the season, with a 1-0 win against Stirling Lions. Both these sides are in good form so this one should be a great game.

Quinns skipper Greg Pellow said they were made to work for the win against Subiaco, but had plenty of chances to put the game to bed. “We’re happy with the three points on Saturday, although we feel we could have done better and put the game to bed early,” he explained. “They (Subiaco) were in the game for 90 minutes, so it was harder than it should have been with the chances we created and failed to take.”

Pellow is well aware of the talent the Knights have, and he said the table doesn’t lie, but they are ready for the challenge, especially playing at home. “These are the game you want to play in, and we know it will be a difficult fixture, as the Knights are flying at the moment,” the defender explained. “We are happy to have the game at home, where we are strong and will have our supporters behind us. It’s going to be an interesting game, but everyone at the club is looking forward to it.”

Knights midfielder Paul Lloyd said the win at Macedonia Park wasn’t the prettiest of games, but they got the job done in the end. “I thought the win at Stirling was a good battling win, probably wouldn’t have been the prettiest game to watch with the windy conditions,” he said. “But the lads dug in and ground out a good win against a Stirling side who have picked up a couple of good lads and will get stronger.”

Lloyd said the trip to Quinns will be a tough one, and he has extra incentive to come home with the points. “Ivan (Zuvela) has spoken at length about consistency, and we know Quinn’s will be a tough test away, they’re doing well and have some good players,” he explained. “We go there full of confidence, but won’t be taking them lightly. Also, the company I work for ANZ Enviro sponsor Quinns, so my boss has been giving me some stick about the game, so three points would be nice.”

In other games on Wednesday Ashfield host Swan United at the Acclaimed Catering Arena, Ashfield Reserve, UWA Nedlands entertain Joondalup United at the UWA Sports Park, while Mandurah City welcome Subiaco to Securitas Protect Stadium. In the final game second placed Forrestfield United welcome fifth placed Olympic Kingsway to 1620 Capital Stadium, Hartfield Park. The game between Fremantle City and Stirling Lions will now be played next Tuesday night at Wauhop Park (8.00pm)

11.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVEN – PREVIEW

There is also midweek action in the State League Division Two and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Wanneroo Reserve where League leaders Wanneroo City host Balga (All games are 7.30pm kick unless stated). The Roos were beaten for the first time this season at Canning and will want to bounce back, whole Balga were edged out by Carramar Shamrock Rovers at home and coach Danny Cain will be looking for an improvement from his young side.

Balga striker Kristian Despotovski was on target in the loss to Rovers a game he said they had their chances to win it. “It was a very tough game to lose, especially at home, I felt like we had majority of possession and we kept the ball quite well but we just couldn’t find the second goal,” he explained. “I believe we didn’t deserve a loss, as both of their goals came from our errors, if we eliminate those errors, we will be winning the game.”

Despotovski said the trip to Wanneroo will be tough, especially after their loss on Saturday, but they are ready for the challenge. “Wednesday night will be a very tough game, we know Wanneroo are on top of the ladder and have a very strong squad,” he said. “We expect them to come out firing and wanting to win after their loss at Canning, but I believe if we play the way we know can we can get a result, we need to cut out silly errors and start to take our chances, and I believe we definitely have a chance.”

Wanneroo Coach Jesse Bridgeman said the loss at Canning was disappointing, but he hopes to bounce straight back. “The loss was very disappointing and the way in which we did so was not like us the way we switched off at half time and something we will be looking to get out of our systems straight away,” he explained. “The quick turnaround gives us that chance to correct it, that’s football though, so hopefully we get a positive reaction Wednesday night.”

Bridgeman said the players are looking forward to mid-week football and putting things right from Saturday. “Having mid-week night games are something that the boys look forward to, so they will be up for it,” he said. “Balga will be a tough game and a good challenge for the team, and we are just looking forward to getting back on the pitch after Saturday's result.”

In other games Morley Windmills entertain Murdoch University Melville to Wotton Reserve on Tuesday night (8.00pm), Dianella White Eagles host Curtin University at Dianella Reserve, Canning City travel to Frye Park to take on Kelmscott Roos, while Kingsley Westside host Gosnells City at Chichester Park (7.15pm). Kingsley scored late to draw at Joondalup, and Jayden Drummond said they need to learn from that game, and he is looking forward to the quick turnaround.

“Not too many words to go with that draw at Joondalup, we salvaged a point thanks to a great strike that was probably the only positive out of that game for us,” he explained. “The quick turn around is the best thing for us after the weekend so the boys will be out to get back to being our normal selves and playing some free-flowing football. It’s another huge game for us, Gosnells were up and about the top of the league last year so we will have to be at our best.”

In the final game Carramar Shamrock Rovers welcome Joondalup City to Grandis Park, and are coming off a win at Balga last week, and Ger Fitzgerald said it was hard fought win. “I thought we deserved to win and it gives us confidence going in against Joondalup tomorrow, we just need to get the guy who predicts the scores on this website to lay off the booze for a while,” he joked. “It was a very good win especially away from home and we were happy to take the three points. We played them twice last year and drew twice and when we played them at home, we were 3-0 up and drew 3-3 so we knew they would be a tough team to play and they wouldn’t give up.”

Fitzgerald said Joondalup are a good side but they are at home and looking forward to the game. “We have a good home record and are confident we can get a good result on Wednesday but we know Joondalup are a good team and will be tough to beat,” he said. “There isn’t much between most of the top teams this year so it will be a close game but we are confident of our ability and will stick to the game plan and Gerry’s instructions and hopefully as I said get a good result. We have had a bad run of injuries this year so far and lost another player to injury on Saturday, plus we have guys working away but we have a strong squad and guys know their jobs if required to start or come off the bench. We have a great team and great team spirit and everyone fights for each other and it shows in our games and our never give up attitude which is a massive plus for us.”

11.8.2020

GLORY TAKE ON WESTERN UNITED IN FINAL A-LEAGUE GAME OF THE SEASON

Perth Glory will take on Western United on Wednesday evening in their final Hyundai A-League game of the season at Bankwest Stadium. 3.35pm WA time. But with Adelaide United failing to beat Melbourne City tonight the game is not as important as the result confirmed Tony Popovic’s side will be playing Finals football. Speaking before tonight’s game he said their fate was in their own hands. "It's quite tight between third and sixth place, and a few teams below that have been pushing and it has been like that since we came in to the hub," he said. "So that's always been there, we know we control our own destiny.

"We know we need to have a significant improvement in our performance against Western United. A week ago, we had a very good performance against the Wanderers, four days after that we had a very poor performance, so we need to get back playing the way we want to play. And I feel that we've shown over the last couple of years that our consistency has always been up there, so we need to really focus on that.”

Popovic said Wednesday’s game is an important one going forward. “We know ladder position is tight, but we also know that a win puts us in fourth position, so that's an opportunity for us,” he said. “Get the performance right and we have a chance to win the game. We understand that and I'm confident we'll see a much-improved outing."

Popovic went on to stress that his team selection will not be swayed by the outcome of Adelaide's game against Melbourne City. "We're preparing a team regardless of the result tonight," he said. "That's really not at the forefront of our minds. We will train this afternoon and the team that trains this afternoon, and hopefully everyone is fit and available, will be the team that plays tomorrow regardless of tonight's result."

On the subject of injury news, the Head Coach remains optimistic that both Ivan Franjic (knee) and Kristian Popovic (foot) will be available for selection having both missed Saturday's defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory. "Today will be the first full session for us, but everyone got through pretty unscathed yesterday," he said. "There are a few bumps and bruises and everyone's a bit sore, but you expect that after the amount of games that we've played. Kristian is doing a lot better. He had a light run yesterday for the first time and I think he's now over the infection.

"He's still very tender in his foot, so we're trying to manage the discomfort that he's having... and we hope he can train again today. Ivan did the same as Kristian yesterday and all reports are that he's very confident that he can have a full session today. So, we'll assess him today and he'll go through some more intense movements with the team and we're confident that he'll get through that."

In terms of Tuesday's opponents, meanwhile, Popovic has been impressed by the way Mark Rudan's men have performed during what has been a testing maiden season in the competition. "They've had a lot of challenges off the park since the COVID break, including an extended break without training or games, but they kept their group together and they look like a team that is physically quite well," he said.

“They have a lot of experienced players out on the park and those experienced players are leading the way for them at the moment and they're playing good football. So we come up against a team that's confident and it's a great challenge for us, but we know that if we play with our confidence and our type of football, we can match anyone. We go in with respect for Western United, but no fear of the game and I can see from the players around the hotel that they're itching to get out there."

United coach Mark Rudan emphasised a need for his team to maintain concentration in games after Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney both mounted late comebacks but described his side as the "form team of the competition". "We're going to go and attack. We're going to go and press them as well and we're just going to go all out," Rudan said. "That's us. That's how we want to play. It's an important game where we've got a lot of confidence, a lot of self-belief as well and we're just going to go for it. If we end up conceding a goal, we'll make sure that we score more - and that's just how we are." Veteran defender Andrew Durante (hip) has been cleared to play on Wednesday night after leaving Friday's game after just 51 minutes

Match Details

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Daniel MARGUSH, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 13 Osama MALIK, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 18 Nick D'AGOSTINO, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 21 Tarek ELRICH, 22 Vince LIA, 23 Dane INGHAM, 25 Carlo ARMIENTO, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 29 Kristian POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - * 2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: GRANT (promoted), FRANJIC (promoted), Kristian POPOVIC (returns from injury) - Outs: 61.Yianni PERKATIS (not selected)

Western United FC squad: GK Filip KURTO, RGK Ryan SCOTT, 2 Aaron CALVER, 4 Andrew DURANTE, 5 Dylan PIERIAS, 6 Tomoki IMAI, 9 Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10 Steven LUSTICA, 11 Connor PAIN, 14 Max BURGESS, 15 Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17 Joshua CAVALLO, 18 Besart BERISHA, 19 Josh RISDON, 21 Sebastian PASQUALI, 22 Tomislav USKOK, 23 Alessandro DIAMANTI, 25 Luke DUZEL, 26 Patrick ANTELMI, 27 Jerry SKOTADIS - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: STAMATELOPOULOS (promoted), DUZEL (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Referee: Chris Beath

9.8.2020

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND EIGHT REVIEW

It was week eight of the Belt-up Amateur Premier Division, and in our ‘Match of the Round’ Maddington White City have beaten Kwinana United 1-0 at Kelly Park. The only goal came on 35 minutes, Jose Zuniga played Chris Sparks through on goal, and the Kwinana keeper Sean Lynn rushed out and brought him down on the edge of the box. He was lucky not to see red as he was the last man, but David Sarria made him pay, stepping up and curling the resulting free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net. Things went from bad to worse for the home side with Neal Beveridge sent off in stoppage time. “We are happy with the result, the conditions were tough and Kwinana are a good side,” Maddington’s Petar Mrdja said. “We showed a lot of heart today, and I'm very proud of the players.”

League leaders North Perth United continued their good form, with a 4-1 win against Joondalup United at Beldon Park. The visitors were ahead on 21 minutes, some neat build up play got them behind the Joondalup defence and Lucas Munoz scored his first goal for the club. They added a second early in the second half, a long clearance from Jamie Serra was misjudged by a defender and Munoz nipped in to add his second. It was 3-0 on 67 minutes, Lewis Robertson finding the top corner of the net from the edge of the box. Joondalup pulled one back three minutes later, with Andreas Bouzinekis on target.

But North Perth wrapped up the scoring eight minutes from time with Kitson Catalfamo turning the ball into his own net. “We seemed to be in control of good possession right from the start, and I thought it may have been another week where we left the door open for the opposition after not converting a few early chances,” North Perth coach Alex Carter said. “But the boys kept moving the ball at speed and we were glad to come away with the full points.”

Hamersley Rovers are third after an amazing nine goal thriller against UWA Nedlands at Carine Open Space. It was the visitors who opened the scoring early, with Walter Torres scoring. Torres added a second on 20 minutes, but Rovers hit back eight minutes later, with Declan Hudson being released down the left, before cutting inside the area and finishing across the keeper from a tight angle. The goals were flying in and Jack Naumann made it 3-1 to UWA, before Liam Hudson linked with Cosimo Figliomeni with neat one-two and the striker finish in the corner to make it 3-2 at the break to the hosts.

Torres completed his hat-trick early in the second half to put UWA in control at 4-2, but Howard Tweats side weren’t finished. Figliomeni then served as provider as he sent Liam Hudson behind the defence to coolly finish across the keeper, and moments later it was 4-4 when an audacious moment of opportunism from Figliomeni, spotting the keeper of his line, and the Italian fired a quick free kick over him from 60 meters. It was end-to-end, but the home side won it nine minutes from time.

Liam Hudson received the ball and turned his marker to slip a through ball onto Declan Hudson who made no mistake on entering the area to finish across the keeper to seal a 5-4 win. “From a coach’s perspective our performance was way below par on the day, credit to UWA who throughout the game put constant pressure on us and finished well the opportunities they created,” Tweats explained. “Our first half performance was terrible, slight changes second half stabilised us a bit but we were forced to chase the game leaving us suspect to counters, but credit to the players displaying belief and endeavour to the end.

Leeming Strikers are up to fourth after a 3-2 win against Jaguar at John Connell Reserve. The hosts were ahead on 25 minutes, A cross from Michael Maratea found Ben Greaves at back the post who volleyed in from six metres. But the visitor’s levelled on the hour, with Malek Domkoc scoring from the spot. But Leeming hit back and regained the lead on 73 minutes, David Palin found Greaves down the line, who crossed first time for Michael Maratea to side foot in at the back post. But Jaguar restored parity two minutes later, with Conor O'Driscoll scoring.

It was another great game for the spectators, but it was the home side that won it four minutes from time. Palin found Tom Grant at the back post from a corner, who used Ben Greaves as a ladder to climb highest to head home from. “Really happy with the win, our performance first half was as good as we've seen this year and should have been three up at half time with a disallowed goal and a few just wide,” Leeming player/coach Palin said. “A soft penalty got them back in it just after half time, but the response from the players was first class. It’s good to get the three points after the last three weeks where we’ve not been bad at all but haven't maybe got the wins in some of the games we deserved. We can now look forward to Maddington this week, who will be really tough at home.”

South West Phoenix’s improvement continued with a 3-1 win against Wembley Downs at Butlers Reserve. It was the hosts who opened the scoring in the shadows of half time, with Juraj Galba scoring his third goal of the season. But the visitors levelled on the hour, Lee Stewart spotted the keeper off his line and placed it in the bottom corner from 30 meters. The Phoenix hit the front on 80 minutes, Keiran Quinn’s perfectly delivered corner found Sam Riches, whose bullet like header at the near post found the top corner. Then four minutes from time Phoenix wrapped up the points. The ball was won in the middle of the park and quick counter attack saw Riches slip the ball into Lee Stewart, who calmly slotted it past the on-rushing keeper.

“I thought we were unlucky to go in at half time yesterday 1-0 down after dominating, and creating a number of clear chances. But we stuck to the game plan and completely outplayed them again in the second half and capitalised on our opportunities to win the game,” Phoenix keeper Jamie Oakey said. “It was good to get another win away from home and our third win in a row, and confidence is starting to build in the young team and it’s starting to show out on the field. We hope to take that momentum into another tough game at home against Kwinana, who have recruited well and on paper should be favourites to win this league. But we fancy our chances against any team especially at home.”

In the final game Queens Park secured their first win of the season after a 4-3 win against Quinns at Coker Park. “We created lots and chances and this week we took a few more than we conceded,” Queens Park Ricardo Fynn said. “At the very least Quinns were worthy of a point and were very unlucky not to get a point after being awarded a penalty, but thankfully we got the rub of the green and took a last-minute chance – We go again.” The hosts were ahead early, with Leigh Bridger firing home from a cross. But Quinns levelled on the quarter hour, Wayne Carter sending Ryan McCready for score. McCready added a second three minutes later, getting on the end of a cross to score. But Queens Park regained parity before the break, Justine Kaupa going one-on-one with the keeper to score. Kaupa then gave the hosts the lead just after the break, but McCready completed his hat-trick six minutes from time.

Queens Park keeper Ross Brown saved Wayne Carter’s penalty, but McCready fired home the rebound. It looked like the points would be sharded but in the third minute of stoppage time Queens Park won it. Marco Taglioretti raced down the flank, and cut in before firing low across the keeper to seal the win. “The game didn’t go to plan, we went down 1-0 then got back into the game at 2-1, but we had to make three subs at half time due to injuries which changed our plans,” Quinns assistant coach Lee Garnish said. “At 3-3 we had our chance to finish the game with plenty of chances missed or saved, so we were not clinical enough to win the game.”

8.8.2020

MIRCO AT THE DOUBLE FOR BAYSWATER

Bayswater City have held off a fast finishing Armadale to win 2-1 in our ‘Match of the Round’ at Alfred Skeet Reserve. Jason Mirco gave the visitors the lead in first half stoppage time, but they then had defender Steven Hesketh sent off on 73 minutes. But the ten men doubled their advantage six minutes later with Mirco bagging his second. Bayswater were reduced to nine men when David Stokoe was sent off and Angel Andres reduced the margin from the resulting penalty, but Bayswater hung on for the points.

“It was an important win for us as it gives us back to back victories which is great for the squad,” Mirco said. “Armadale is a tough place to go and they’ve been playing some good football this year and they had us on the back foot in the first half. But credit to the spirit and endeavour of our squad, we defended well and fought back into the game.”

Both sides went close early, Andres firing inches past the post for the hosts, before Luke Salmon shot wide, after being picked out by Daryl Nicol. The Scottish striker then volleyed over the top when well placed, before Ali Nazaray shot was well saved by Patrick Stephenson. But in first half stoppage time Bayswater hit the front. Mirco played a one-two with Salmon, and raced into goal, held of his marker and finished clinically past Cyril Sharrock.

After the break it was end-to-end football. But on 73 minutes Bayswater were reduced to ten men with Hesketh given a second yellow card by referee Matthew Southern and sent off. But it didn’t affect Chris Coyne’s side on five minutes later they added a second. A long ball from Todd Howarth was misjudged by Blake Adams and Salmon stole in behind him and fed Mirco who finished low past Sharrock. Armadale weren’t going down with a fight and four minutes from time they found a lifeline.

Stokoe bundled over Josh Cortes, and went on with it pushing the midfielder on the ground and the referee pointed to the spot and sent the big defender off. Andres stepped up sent the keeper the wrong way from the resulting spot kick, and it was game on. Andres free kick in stoppage time was the best opportunity for the home side to level but time ran out and it was Bayswater taking home the three points.

Armadale: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 3 Harry QUIGLEY, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (17 Pat SARA 36’) ( 11 Chad NILSON 53’) 5 Ali NAZARY, 7 Josh CORTES, 8 Brian PATTERSON, 9 Angel ANDRES, 10 Roberto SOARES (15 Pieter JACOBSZ 83, 13 Blake ADAMS, 14 Sebastian STENQVIST, 18 Kevin ASHWOOD - Subs not used: RGK Sam HUTCHINGS, 21 Fillipo GIOFFRE

Bayswater City: GK Patrick STEPHENSON, 3 Jack ALLEN, 5 David STOKOE, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 7 Daryl NICOL (15 Jake MELIA 88’), 10 Jason MIRCO (2 Dean KEZURER 88’), 12 Steven HESKETH, 22 Luke SALMON (9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA 67’), 26 Zayd FARAH, 27 Declan HUGHES 29 Dean CUMMINGS (11 Ryan PEARSON 59’) - Subs not used: RGK Hayden BROWNE – Referee: Matthew Southern

8.8.2020

FLOREAT BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT THE JACKS

Floreat Athena have bounced back from defeat at Gwelup last week, coming from behind to beat ECU Joondalup 2-1 at E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Danny Hodgson had given the Jacks the lead early, and they lead at the break, but second half goals from Nick Ambrogio and Noah Shamaki gave the hosts the win. “It was good to get in the winners list again, with a tough three points against a well organised ECU, especially coming into probably the hardest week of football in this year's league,” Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris said. “Conceding first caught us by surprise, but it came early enough to build some momentum and start playing our brand of football.”

The Jacks were on the front foot early and Hodgson was denied by Jason Saldaris after six minutes, but two minutes later Hodgson wasn’t to be denied. Andy Higgins’ free kick from the right found the striker at the back post, he brought the ball down well before finishing low past Saldaris. That goal seemed to lift the home side and ECU keeper Johnny Perkins saved well to thwart Moses Kalau, before Dean Evans’ free kick deflected just wide. Floreat continued to press and Ambrogio was given too much room in the box, but his snap shot was saved by Perkins.

The Jacks steadied and finished the half the better. A long ball from Perkins found Bayley Brown-Montgomery on the left, he cut inside his marker but his chip from the edge of the penalty area drifted inches over the top. Then on the half hour a quick free kick caught Floreat napping and Callum Timmins’ long-range shot was tipped over the top by Saldaris. Moments later Andy Higgins’ free kick flash over the top, before Higgins’ curling shot was well saved by Saldaris, but it was ECU with the lead at the break.

ECU started the second half like they ended the first, and Brown-Montgomery found Tommy Amphlett, whose shot on the run flashed wide. It looked like we had increased our lead on 55 minutes, Ethan Brooks’ cross was bundled home by Hodgson, but the referee spotted a push by the striker on defender Denis Galan. But after ECU had dominated the half, it was Floreat were levelled on 63 minutes. A poor clearance from Perkins was returned by Dean Evans, and Shamaki laid the ball to Ambrogio who finished well from 12 meters.

Things got worse for the Jacks six minutes later when Floreat took the lead. The Jacks won a free kick in the middle of the park, and Floreat striker Ambrogio was down injured. Ambrogio left the field after treatment, but the Jacks wasted the free kick, and it appeared Ambrogio returned to the field without the permission of the referee and robbed the ball off Hirrell and sent Shamaki in on goal and he finished clinically past Perkins. The Jacks were obviously incensed with the decision and surrounded the referee, but after speaking to his assistant he allowed the goal, and it was a cracking finish by the Floreat striker.

The Jacks pressed for the equaliser and after good work from Cassidy and Brooks, Hodgson dragged a shot wide five minutes later. It was ECU doing all the pressing and four minutes from time Higgins’ corner caused panic in the Floreat defence and Hodgson’s shot was cleared off the line. But try as they might they couldn’t find the equaliser and it was Floreat running out 2-1 winners.

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTALUCIA, 9 Noah SHAMAKI, 10 Nick AMBROGIO (32 Robert HARDING 75’), 11 Denis GALAN, 13 George FESTA, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD (19 Liam MURRAY 46’), 20 Andrew PALMER, 21 Moses KALAU (4 Ben STEELE 88’) - Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 36 Andrew MARANTA

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON, 9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Ethan BROOKS, 12 Callum TIMMINS, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (18 Ben HINSHELWOOD 85’), 16 Shane CASSIDY, 17 Harry EVANS (2 Cian HIRRELL 67’) - Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, , 8 Tom HOUGH, 14 Dor JOK - Referee: Arvin Shanmuganathan

8.8.2020

TEECE HAT-TRICK GIVES SORRENTO THE POINTS

Sorrento produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Inglewood United 4-2 at Percy Doyle Reserve. It was all tied up mid-way through the second half with Cameron Teece scoring both for the hosts, while Chris Jackson added a brace for United. But Jakub Prajza put the Gulls in the lead just after the hour and the points were wrapped up four minutes from time with Teece completing his hat-trick.

“It was a pretty even game we went 1-0 up they brought it back to 1-1 straight away,” Teece explained. “They probably could have been leading straight after the break, but we went up 2-1 but again they equalised pretty much straight. But then we started to keep the ball a bit better and create a few more chances and managed to grab another two goals and deserved the win.”

The hosts had the first opportunity on 14 minutes, Teece slipping in Alex Morgan, but his shot on the run was wide of the target. Inglewood went close on 26 minutes, Steve Sokol burst into the penalty area, laid it back to Adam Falcone, but he fired straight at Matthew Giudicatti. But on 34 minutes the Gulls hit the front. Shaun Kilkelly picked out Clark Keltie in the middle of the park and his ball over the top found Teece, who lobbed the ball over the on-coming Alex Dunn.

But Inglewood hit back three minutes later. Thiak Kuel’s ball sent Jackson racing clear and he held off his marker before firing into the top corner of the net and it was all-square at the break. Inglewood went close to the lead on 48 minutes, Falcone’s ball into the box found Jackson, and his cushioned volley crashed off the crossbar. But sixty seconds later it was the home side who regained their lead. Ollie Annis found Teece 20 meters from goal, he turned his marker and his shot on the run flew past Dunn and into the corner of the net.

Just like the first half, Inglewood hit back moments later. Anthony Bafobusha’s corner was headed goal wards by Jamie Murphy, and Jackson got in front of Giudicatti to nod home. Jackson went close to his hat-trick on 57 minutes, sent in on goal by Bafobusha, but his shot was straight at Giudicatti. That miss came back to haunt Jackson as ten minutes later Sorrento regained the lead. Jordan Brown’s long-throw was only cleared to Prajza who volleyed home superbly.

Inglewood pressed for the equaliser but couldn’t break down a tight defence well led by skipper Shaun Kilkelly, and four minutes from time Sorrento made sure of all three points when they added a fourth. It came from an Inglewood corner, headed clear by Morgan and second half substitute Amir Ajan raced clear, before sending Teece in on goal, who held of his marker and finished past Dunn to win the game and seal his hat-trick. “I was delighted with the performance against Inglewood, it is probably our most complete performance of the season so far and the goals we scored were absolutely top draw,” Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell said. “It was a great result for us and puts us in a good position for the run in to the top six.”

Sorrento: GK Matthew GIUDICATTI, 3 Jakob PRAJZA, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 6 Clark KELTIE, 7 Alex MORGAN, 9 Cameron TEECE (20 Zdenek BEZDEK 87’), 10 Ollie ANNIS (25 Amir AJAN 73’), 11 Tim HILL, 16 Scott WITSCHGE, 18 Jordan BROWN, 22 Tristian COLLI (21 Daniel FAICHNEY 76’) - Subs not used: RGK Patrick HUGHES, 37 Ethan BANKS

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Thiak KUEL, 6 Adam FALCONE, 9 Chris JACKSON, 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA (19 Brodie LANGAN 62’), 12 Brendan ITALIANO (13 Jordan ALLEN-RANA 79’), 14 Steve SOKOL, 16 Jamie MURPHY (8 Jason BARRERA 62’), 17 Mark BARNETT - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 15 William NICHOLSON - Referee: Steven Gregory

8.8.2020

PERTH GO BACK-TO-BACK AGAINST ROCKINGHAM

After an indifferent start to the season Perth SC have won back-to-back games after a 4-2 win against Rockingham City at Safe Rad Stadium. Ramon Falzon’s side led 2-0 at the break with goals from Gustavo Catarcione and Michael Domfeh, and Domfeh added a third on the hour. Blake Sokolowski pulled one back for the home side, but Yacoub Mustafa made sure of the points adding a fourth late. Substitute Mitchel Gruin scored a late consolation goal for Rockingham, but it was too little too late.

“It was a really good performance, and I felt we controlled the game for the most parts and created numerous chances, but we need to start being more clinical in front of goal,” Perth keeper Ryan Montgomery explained. “Conceding two goals was really disappointing though so we need to improve in that aspect, but a win is a win, so we’ll take it and now look forward to Wednesday’s game against Armadale.”

The visitors made the perfect start and were ahead on 18 minutes. when Brazilian striker Catarcione collected Sasa Njegic's pass and expertly found the bottom corner to score for the first time this season. The hosts were creating chances, and long-range shot from Luke Collins flew over the top, before Jason Pottier's volley did likewise, but they were made to pay for those missed opportunities in the shadows of half-time. Njegic was the provider again, a perfectly weighted through ball sent Domfeh clear, who finished with aplomb.

Perth made a great start to the second half, and eight minutes in they added a third. Domfeh losing his marker and heading home Alex Silla's cross. But the home faithful were on their feet on 7 minutes when they pulled one back. Dylan Rogers’ shot beat Montgomery, but the ball crashed off the crossbar and Sokolowski was on hand to turn home the rebound. But nine minutes from time Perth added a fourth to seal the points.

Mustafa was picked out down the right by Thomas Southgate and there looked little danger with three Rockingham defenders around him, but he cut inside and reached the edge of the penalty area before finishing low past the keeper. There was still time for a late consolation as substitute Gruin scored a first senior goal of the season, but it was Perth's day as they ended a three-game road stretch with three points.

Rockingham City: GK Brad STOUT, 3 Jarrad MORT (19 James PAYLOR 31’), 6 Blake SOKOLOWSKI, 7 Jason POTTIER, 8 Dylan ROGERS, 10 Luke COLLINS (11 Mitchel GRUIN 73’), 13 Lydon HODGKISS, 14 Ryan KENNEDY, 15 Declan COLLINS (9 Alex GRAYSON 48’), 18 Michael FARMER 22 Jack GIBSON - Subs not used: RGK Nestus BURGER, 4 Nathan NG

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA, 4 Thomas SOUTHGATE, 6 Nicholas MCDONALD, 7 Alek JOVIC (18 Jackson MORGAN 63’), 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE (5 Giovanni Kachan De FREITA 63’), 10 Michael DOMFEH, 15 Sasa NJEGIC, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 21 Andreas THEODOSIADES (20 Jayden GORMAN 63’), 22 Yagoub MUSTAFA (3 Jordon DE LEO 85’) – Subs not used: RGK Jackson LEE – Referee: Martin Hicks

8.8.2020

GLORY HOLD OF THE COCKERELS

Perth Glory bounced back from defeat against Bayswater last week to beat Cockburn City 1-0 at 1620 Security Stadium, Hartfield Park. The only goal of the game came seven minutes before half time through Bryce Bafford, and despite Cockburn pressing late the Glory held out to move to third on the ladder. “It was a decent performance and good result,” Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia said. “I was very happy with the teams will to win and willingness to fight for every ball, it shows that the character of the group is growing and we are heading in the right direction. We have a testing week ahead with Floreat on Wednesday night and then a long trip to Albany for our game against Sorrento, but this will be an excellent challenge for the group.”

It was an even opening to the game, and it was Cockburn who went close early, Kristian Santich’s ball into the penalty area caused problems, but Nick Walsh cleared the danger. Glory hit back and the lively Bafford wriggled his way into the penalty area, but Cockburn got back to clear the danger. Glory were impressive going forward and a great team move on eight minutes, involving seven players ended with Fraser Dunlop who blazed over from four meters.

Glory were dominating possession with Cockburn hitting on the counter attack, but Glory went close from a set-piece on 22 minutes. Giordano Colli’s in swinging free kick beat Luke Radonich, but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Cockburn custodian. Cockburn were still creating chances and Riley Woodcock fired inches wide on 26 minutes, before Jack Painter-Andrews fired over at the other end. But on 38 minutes it was the Glory who hit the front. Colli won possession in the middle of the park and found Bramwell on the right and his shot was saved low by Radonich, but Bafford followed up to score from close-range.

Cockburn looked for the equaliser early in the second half, and former Glory midfielder Kristian Santich was a constant threat, and on 50 minutes he cut in from the left but Glory keeper Sam Reilly was alert to save. Glory hit back and Aidan Edwards was sent clear by Bramwell, but Breckan Baker got back to clear the danger. From the resulting corner half time substitute Josh Rawlins header was tipped over the top by Radonich. Cockburn weren’t out of this one and Santich’s long-range shot was pushed around the post by Reilly, but Glory were always dangerous on the break and Colli tied up Rawlins again on 71 minutes, but his shot was well saved by Radonich.

The game was now end-to-end and Cockburn had the ball in the net seven minutes later, Cameron Edwards’ cross was turned home by substitute Fanal Dewit, but referee Michal Jasinski had spotted a foul in the box and pointed to the spot. Kristan Santich stepped up, but his penalty was saved low by Reilly. Both sides had late chances but it was Glory taking the points. “I thought we played well for most of the game and created some good opportunities on goal,” Glory skipper Ciaran Bramwell said. “Cockburn attacked very aggressively in the second half but as a team we showed good character and defended well and we were happy to come away with a win and clean sheet against a good opposition.”

Perth Glory: GK Sam REILLY, 2 Alessandro CIRCATI, 5 Jacob MUIR, 6 Lewis TUCKER (16 Jayden LEADER 59’), 7 Frasor DUNLOP (22 Josh RAWLINS 46’), 8 Aidan EDWARDS, 9 Ciaran BRAMWELL (13 Mason TATAFU 69’), 10 Giordano COLLI, 11 Bryce BAFFORD, 17 Jack PAINTER-ANDREWS (15 Tyler VECCHIO 77’), 18 Nick WALSH - Subs not used: RGK Kade WHITE,

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 3 Daniel DOLS (17 Fanal DEWIT 66’), 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Anthony SKORICH (10 David ARAYA 16’), 12 Ryan PRATT (22 David DOS SANTOS 80’), 14 Hayden STEVENS, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Kristian SANTICH, 23 Riley WOODCOCK, 25 Breckan BAKER - Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 20 Alessandro BASTO - Referee: Michal Jasinski

8.8.2020

GWELUP HIT BACK TO BEAT BALCATTA

NPL-WA league leaders Gwelup Croatia have fought back from two goals down to beat Balcatta 3-2 in an entertaining game at Grindleford Reserve. The hosts were flying early with Adam Zimarino and Jon Corness putting them in control after 33 minutes. But Taki Nicolaidis’ side hit back with Jon Stynes scoring six minutes before half time, before second half goals from Sean McManus, his first for the club, and skipper Blair Govan secured all three points.

“We showed good character to come back from 2-0 down we all know how much quality we have in the squad so it was always just a matter of sticking together and grinding out the win which we did in the end,” McManus explained. “It’s always good to be at the top of the table and keep the winning momentum going, that’s our aim to stay at the top going forward.”

It was a special moment for McManus, dedicating his goal to a special person. “It felt good to get my first goal for the club and dedicate it to my grandad who sadly passed away recently,” he said. “It has been a tough few week for me individually picking up an injury just before the start of the season, but I’ve worked hard to get fit again and get back into the team. Now it’s a case of being consistent and keep on being involved in goals and helping the team win in every game we have so we stay top of the league and have a chance of winning it.”

It was a tight opening with both sides having half chances, but it was the hosts who opening the scoring on 12 minutes. Calum O’Connell’s corner was flicked on by Tong, the ball crossing the line despite Shubham Mokala goal line clearance. The home side doubled their lead on 33 minutes. Anthony Topini sent Michael Zimarino down the left of the penalty area, he crossed to Adam Zimarino, whose shot was well saved by Connor Campbell, but Corness was quickest to the rebound to fire home.

Gwelup needed a quick response and they found it six minutes later. Declan Hargreaves quick free kick found McManus on the right, his ball in the box found Daniel Stynes, whose shot was deflected off a Balcatta defender and it ran into the path of Jon Stynes, who finished low past former Gwelup keeper Riley Stephenson, but at the break Balcatta held a 2-1 lead.

But four minutes into the second half Gwelup levelled. A long throw from Ciaran Salinger wasn’t cleared, and Andrew Scaldaferro put the ball back into the penalty area and Govan flicked it on to McManus who volleyed home from 10 meters, despite Balcatta looking for the offside flag that never came. It was game on and both sides had chances to win it but on 68 minutes it was Gwelup that found it.

Daniel Stynes’ free kick from the left was flicked on by Salinger and Govan was on hand to fire home from close-range. But Balcatta weren’t finished and in fourth minute of stoppage time they went close to an equaliser. O’Connell’s corner into the mixer was headed inches wide by Balcatta keeper Stephenson, who had come up for the set-piece, but it proved to be the last action of the game and Gwelup take the points.

Balcatta: GK Riley STEPHENSON, 2 Joseph MARINO, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 John KEARNEY, 6 Alex CASTIELO, 10 Jon CORNESS, 11 Michael ZIMARINO, 13 Anthony TOPINI, 14 Adam TONG, 16 Adam ZIMARINO, 17 Henry DURR – Subs: 3 Carmelo GIUFFEE, 9 Christos VAENAS 12 Dylan LEONARD, 18 Charlie WATT, 20 Seb MEDICA

Gwelup Croatia: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Daniel STYNES, 12 Hasani SINCLAIR, 14 Shubham MOKALA, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 77 Sean MCMANUS – Subs: RGK Aidan HOLLOWAY, 3 Adam FIELDS, 22 Joshua SAMSON 23 Kian MCGUIGAN – Referee: Tom Glavovic

8.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SIX – REVIEW

Our week six State League Division One ‘Match of the Round’ has seen Olympic Kingsway and Fremantle City share the points after a 1-1 draw at Kingsway Reserve. Riley Van Dieken’s goal looked to have won it for City, but a late goal from Cameron Murray levelled for the hosts to give both sides a share of the spoils. “It was a really disappointing result in the end, conceding when we did, and all of our good work up until the 85th minute was undone by a period of sloppy play,” Fremantle Coach Cameron Lord explained. “While there were so many positives to take from the performance, we must learn to be absolutely ruthless against teams in this league.”

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on the hour, van Dieken used James Harmer as a decoy in a 2v1 counter attack, and took it on himself and finished well past the goalkeeper. But three minutes from time Olympic levelled. A cross from the right by Keylun Pollard was shielded by Asher Nelson who laid back to the edge of the penalty area to Murray, who finished clinically. “It was a very disappointing performance from my side today, and Fremantle were sharper and more clinical with their passing,” Olympic coach Gary Williams said. “I’m very happy to come out with a draw after that performance, so things will need to improve dramatically if we are to get points against Forrestfield in midweek.”

League leaders Western Knights were made to fight all the way by Stirling Lions before prevailing 1-0 at Macedonia Park. The only goal of the game came from striker Alex Kretowicz, his seventh goal of the season, after some individual brilliance from Dean Hurley, whose eased past two defenders and cut the back to Kretowicz who scored from close-range. “It was a very intense game between two good sides,” Knights coach Ivan Zuvela said. “For us it was good to get another clean sheet and another win to keep our momentum going. We have had a good start to the season and it’s important for us to keep our standards high for each game.”

Forrestfield United maintained the pressure on the leaders with a hard fought 2-1 win against Ashfield at Acclaimed Catering Arena, Ashfield Reserve. Oliver Parry gave Graham Normanton’s side the lead in first half stoppage time, before Mitch Crocker doubled their advantage ten minutes from time curing in direct from a corner. Ashfield did pull one back from the penalty spot late through skipper Evans Maranga, but they couldn’t find the equaliser. “It was a good win against a youthful Ashfield side, but we did control the majority of the game,” Forrestfield midfielder Nicolas Tatasciore said. “Ashfield looked a bit lively towards the end after we conceded a late penalty, but all in all we are happy with the win and look forward to Kingsway on Wednesday night.”

Mandurah City resurgence has continued with a come from behind 4-2 win against UWA Nedlands at Securitas Protect Stadium, Peelwood Parade. “I thought our performance in the second half was outstanding, and to come back from two down to go on and win 4-2 showed great character,” Mandurah coach Kris Donnell said. “We are getting stronger each week and the lads never give up. Some of the football we played yesterday was an absolute joy to watch, and Pete and I are delighted with the boys progress.”

UWA raced to a two-goal lead at half time. First a misplaced header back to the keeper from Oscar Thompson was pounced on by Derrick Data, who nipped in and lobbed the ball over the keeper. They doubled their advantage on 35 minutes. Pascal Sedgwick controlled the ball on his chest and his defence splitting pass sent Lloyd Prout clear and after one touch he volleyed into the top corner of the net. But the Dolphins hit back after the break, with Joe O’Brien bagging a hat trick, and John Baird wrapped up the points from the spot.

Swan United are still searching for their first point of the season after losing 4-2 to Joondalup United at Forrest Park. The hosts were ahead on five minutes, with Jamie Gibson scoring from the spot. But Paul Dundo’s side hit back and levelled on the half hour with Albert Amankwaa scoring. Swan hit the front on the hour, with Brennan Borzecki scoring and it looked like they would leave with the points, but Nick Jennings’ side levelled on 75 minutes. Jamie Gardiner did well down the left and slipped in substitute Ehjayson Henry who held off his marker to score. Henry wasn’t finished and four minutes from time he regained the lead for Joondalup, and he completed his hat-trick in stoppage time to seal the points and his hat-trick, finishing off Jack Carroll’s good work.

“It was certainly an ugly win, but after falling behind the boys once again showed great character and quality in the final third to take a deserved three points,” Jennings said. “It was pleasing to see Ehjayson come off the bench and score his first goals for the club, he’s worked very hard after being left out of the starting X1 recently, hopefully he now kicks on and fulfils his potential.”

In the final game goals from Kieron Craig, his first of the season, and Sam Wynne, his sixth of the season, has given Quinns a 2-0 win against Subiaco at Gumblossom Park to maintain their good start to the season. The hosts were ahead on 14 minutes, good work out wide from Brent Quick, who pounced on a mistake from the defence and squared the ball to Craig at back post to tap in. The points were wrapped up on the hour, another great individual finish from Wynne, curling into top corner from the edge of box.

8.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SIX – REVIEW

Both Joondalup City and Kingsley Westside missed the opportunity to close the gap on State League Division Two leaders Wanneroo City after fighting out a 1-1 draw in our ‘Match of the Round’ at the Iluka Sports Complex. Liam Peacock had given the hosts the lead just after half time but Cameron Bishop levelled things up two minutes from time to give both sides a share of the spoils. “Again, we failed to hold on to our lead with Kingsley scoring in the last few minutes,” Joondalup coach Nigel Smith said. “Overall, I was pleased with the performance of the players, and it took a great strike from 20 yards out for Kingsley to break us down.”

Joondalup were ahead three minutes into the second half, when a good ball down the left found Gareth Hamilton, who played a perfect low cross into the path of Peacock to score from six meters. But Steven Dimitrovich’s side sealed a point on 88 minutes, Bishop took a long throw which wasn’t cleared properly, and the ball went back out to him and 20 meters from goal he took one touch and unleashed a rocket of a shot into the bottom right corner of the net “As for the game I was very disappointed in our overall performance very flat across the whole team yesterday and felt Joondalup were the better side for majority of the game,” Dimitrovich said. “It’s a good thing we play Wednesday night against Gosnells so it’s a quick turnaround and a chance to get back to playing our way of football.’

League leaders Wanneroo City have lost for the first time this season after a 3-1 defeat against Canning City at Burrendah Reserve. Jamie Burns gave the Roos the lead at the break from the penalty spot he had to take twice, but second half goals from James Atkins, Emmanuel Langoya and the sealer from Rowan Steed ten minutes from time gave Chris Finlayson’s side the points to see them bounce back from back to back defeats. “We knew what we had to do against Wanneroo and that was to stick to playing football we could get a result,” Canning assistant coach Dave Scragg said.

“The first half was just as we expected it to be with them playing the long ball and trying to exploit their pace on the wings but our defence were a match and neutralised any threat that may have worked for them in previous games. At half time Chris and I told the lads to keep playing football and the goals will come, and they did and the winner sending the Canning Supporters and our own “international” ultras into a frenzy. This sets us up nicely for our midweek visit to Kelmscott where confidence will be high.”

Carramar Shamrock Rovers continued their recent good form, beating Balga 2-1 at Princess Road Reserve. The visitors were ahead on 13 minutes, Kevin White played a great ball through to Ger Fitzgerald, who nutmegged the advancing keeper and finished into the bottom corner. They added a second six minutes before half time, with Jack Bardsley scored straight from a free kick. But the home side were back in the game on the hour. With Kristian Despotovski scoring from a free kick. Rovers should have wrapped up the game late, hitting the post and missing a penalty, but they did enough to take the points.

“It was a great team performance from everyone yesterday we played great in the first half and deserved to be 2-0 up and we dug deep in the second half after they scored and deserved to win the match,” Fitzgerald said. “We did everything Gerry (McEwan) wanted us to do in the game and he was delighted also to get three points yesterday. We look forward to the Joondalup game on Wednesday which will be a very tough game as they are a good team but confident, we can get a good result and win.’

Gosnells City have won at home for the first time this season after a 4-2 win against Morley Windmills at Walter Padbury Reserve. The host were ahead on eight minutes, Feisal Zaw played a one-two with Edward Wynne-Wilson on the edge of the penalty area, and raced into goal to score. They added a second with Tony Chandler finishing well after a swift counter attack, and Chandler added the third with another neat finish. Mark Donnelly pulled one back for Jason van Rooy’s side on the hour, but Alan Carroll sealed the points with Gosnells fourth on 77 minutes, volleying home from a corner. Abu Dulleh pulled another one back for Morley late, but it was too little too late. “It was another good performance, but this time we got the three points,” Gosnells coach Marc Anthony said. “I’m extremely happy with our progression and how the squad is coming along, we have deserved more out of our last three games so it was nice to finally win at home.”

Murdoch University Melville are back in the winner’s circle after a hard fought 2-1 win against Dianella White Eagles at Murdoch Uni. “Another solid performance and true test of character giving us our first back to back wins which has set us up nicely for Tuesdays game against Morley,” MUM coach Danny Ciampini said. “A big week this week with three games in seven days, so squad rotation will play a big part this week.” The hosts were ahead on five minutes, skipper Mark Lucas won the ball in the middle of the park and drove forward before playing a perfect pass to find Declan Tanna who took his opportunity perfectly to slot his shot past the keeper. Dianella hit back on 23 minutes, with Asa Sippits firing home from long-range.

But four minutes into the second half the home side won it. Lucas’ free kick found Ryan Pretorius who lost his marker and headed home from close range. “This fixture was always going to be a tough one, and I know Rod would not have expected anything less than two good footballing sides playing the best football they could on the day, and the winner being declared so by virtue of having played quality football,” Ciampini added. “I feel the best way to honour Rod was to provide an entertaining game for the spectators, and this game certainly provided great entertainment. Both sides played really good football in long spells, and both sides had periods of dominance. Credit to Bobby for stepping in and continuing Rod’s work. We knew they would be very disciplined. We’re extremely happy to have taken the points, but it really was a game that could’ve gone either way.”

In the final game Curtin University and Kelmscott Roos have fought out a 1-1 draw at Edinburgh Oval. “We had the opportunity to see out the game but we made a mistake and were punished,” Curtin coach Tim Cash said. “Kelmscott were the better team in the first half but we improved in the second and had good chances. I was pleased with some individual performances but find it hard to tolerate costly errors, but we keep going” All the action came late in this one, and on 81 minutes the home sides late dominance was rewarded with the lead. Theo Chapota found space in the box and drilled the ball to the back post where Eddie Tikoft arrived to score first time.

But Kelmscott hit back two minutes later. A ball came out to Arthur Gaye, and after a misunderstanding between Curtin keeper and a defender, he pounced on the opportunity and slotted the equaliser. “It was a frustrating day, especially after the game we had against Dianella, we were nowhere near the team we were then,” Kelmscott coach Warren Smith said. “What we need to work on is consistency we have the players just need to believe in our own ability – a work in progress.”

8.8.2020

GLORY THUMPED BY VICTORY

Perth Glory produced their worst performance of the Hyundai A-League season after being thumped 0-4 by second bottom Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney. Marco Rojas led the way with a brace as the Victory banged in three second-half goals to stun an uninspired Glory. An Andrew Nabbout penalty and an injury-time strike from Elvis Kamsoba — his first goal in 40 A-League appearances — saw the Victory equal their season-best result.

It was a far cry from their last game, a polished win against Western Sydney Wanderers, but the defeat means they still need a point against Western United on Wednesday evening in their final game to secure a finals spot, but United need all three to keep their finals hopes alive, so it sets up a vital game at Bank West Stadium

"We have been inconsistent since we have been in the hub, we have had some good games and good moments, but today there is not a lot of positives," Popovic said. "We have to give credit to Victory; they did everything well and fully punished us. We were poor with the fundamentals."

Popovic’s side enjoyed far more possession but a toothless showing in attack meant they barely created a genuine goalscoring chance, and the coach brought leading scorer Bruno Fornaroli off ten minutes into the second half. "We didn't get into the front third enough," Popovic said. "We didn't have enough movement in the midfield and were too disconnected from our strikers. Mentally we weren't in the game in the second half and we have to get that right for the next game."

It was an evenly-fought opening to the game, but it was Victory created the first chance on 15 minutes. Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio shooting wide after Glory had struggled to clear a cross from Adama Traore. Glory responded an angled drive from James Meredith flashed over the top, but it was Victory who opened the scoring on the half hour. Rojas picked up possession some 30 metres from goal, drove towards the box and unleashed a spectacular strike into the top corner giving Liam Reedy no chance. Both sides had late chances at the end of the half, first Jake Brimmer’s cross was inches away from Fornaroli at the back post, before Nabbout bore down on goal only to see he shot flash narrowly wide.

Nabbout was not to be denied 15 minutes into the second-half, however, calmly sending Reddy the wrong way from the penalty spot after Tarek Elrich was adjudged to have brought him down. Once Rojas added the third, any hopes of a Glory fightback were all but extinguished, the nearest they came to claiming a consolation being when Osama Malik lifted his close-range shot over the bar with ten minutes left.

It was left to Victory to have the final word as Kamsoba combine to good effect with fellow-substitute Lleyton Brooks before rattling home his side's fourth of the game and celebrating with a couple of summersaults. It was interim coach Grant Brebner's first win since assuming the reins following Carlos Salvachua's decision to return home to Europe. "I'm happier for the people of Melbourne and our fans … they needed that to give them a lift because as we know they are doing it tough," Brebner said. "This [match] was an opportunity to show we are still moving forward in the right direction and make an early start towards next year."

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 7 Joel CHIANESE (3 Jacob TRATT 73'), 8 James MEREDITH (23 Dane INGHAM 54'), 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 13 Osama MALIK, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 20 Jake BRIMMER (25 Carlo ARMIENTO 59'), 21 Tarek ELRICH, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC (18 Nick D'AGOSTINO 54'), 88 Neil KILKENNY, 22 Vince LIA 71') - Subs not used: RGK Daniel MARGUSH, 61 Yianni PERKATIS

Melbourne Victory: GK Matt ACTON, 2 Storm ROUX, 4 James DONACHIE, 6 Leigh BROXHAM, 9 Andrew NABBOUT, 13 Birkan KIRDAR, 21 Adama TRAORE (38 So NISHIKAWA 81'), 23 Marco ROJAS (17 Elvis KAMSOBA 89'), 26 Jay BARNETT (18 Migjen BASHA 89'), 31 Aaron ANDERSON, 43 Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO (39 Lleyton BROOKS 69') - Subs not used: RGK Matthew SUTTON, 15 Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16 Josh HOPE - Referee: Chris Beath

8.8.2020

CLUB IN PROFILE - JOONDALUP CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

The Joondalup City Football Club was founded in 1989 as Heathridge Celtic and wore green and white hoops as their kit. The club was focused initially on juniors in the area and played at Santiago Park in Ocean Reef. In 1995, the club dropped "Celtic" from their name to become "Heathridge Soccer Club".

Heathridge did field senior teams in the social competitions, but it wasn't until 2007 when Heathridge decided to join the Amateur League. By this stage the club was now based at the Illuka Sports Complex. Joe Sweeney became the team's first senior coach in the Amateur competition, and they had a great debut season. Winning the Amateur Fourth Division by three points to gain promotion. In 2008, the club was in Division Three and Heathridge were one of the favourites and once again they captured the league title for the second year in a row and claimed another promotion with it.

After the 2008 season there were rumblings off the field which led to disagreements between the club and coaching staff. Coach Joe Sweeney decided to leave that summer, with most of the squad following him. New coach Mark Cox had to rebuild a squad from scratch in their first season in the Amateur Second Division in 2009, and all things considered did well to finish in sixth spot. The following year the club almost gained another promotion. Just missing out by one point and finishing in third position.

Big changes were to occur in 2011, with the club making a brave decision to not only change their name from Heathridge to Joondalup City, but also change their colours from green and white, to blue and white. On the field the club did not have a great season, ending up in eight position. During that season, the club also made a decision to apply for the newly formed Division Two in the semi-professional State League. Later in the year Football West accepted their application.

2012 would be the first season of State League football at the Illuka Sports Complex, with Gerry Wardle taking over as coach. This season did not pan out as planned, with Micky Quale and Mike Hartley also having coaching stints before the club finished second from bottom in the new seven team league.

Gary Kalaher was Joondalup City's new first team coach in 2013, and there was instant success! The club won their very first title in the State league, winning Division Two by three points. However, disappointment would follow. Due to the formation of the new NPL-WA the following season, there was to be no promotion. Kalaher continued in his role in 2014, with Division Two now strengthened to twelve clubs. Joondalup City dropped to seventh spot before gaining another seventh placed position in 2015.

Marco Schisano took over in 2016 and Joondalup gained several new players and hoped for a better season. The club battled with Fremantle City and Balga throughout the year for the tile, but Joondalup had to settle for runners-up. However they had to chance to go up in a two legged play-off against the second bottom side of Division One, the Dianella White Eagles. The first leg was a 3-0 win to Dianella, the club battled hard in the second leg to win 2-1, but lost out on aggregate. The club's promotion dreams were over. Or so they thought. Due to NPL-WA being increased to fourteen clubs, Joondalup were granted promotion. Only three years earlier the club were denied promotion as champions, now in a strange twist Joondalup won promotion when they initially thought they didn't.

Schisano moved clubs over the summer, with Kalaher returning to take Joondalup into Division One. Their first ever game in the First Division in 2017 ended in a 5-0 loss away to the Western Knights, however the team recovered well to finish well clear of relegation and ended up in eighth position. The following year was a tough season, with Joondalup only winning two games and finding themselves relegated.

Joondalup City were back in Division Two in 2019, and Nigel Smith was the newly appointed coach. It was a mixed season for the team, with Joondalup ended up in mid-table in sixth spot. Smith continues in his role as coach in 2020, and even with no promotion on offer, he will be hoping the team will win some silverware come the end of the season.

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE HONOURS
Second Division winners - 2013
Second Division runners-up - 2016

7.8.2019

VICTORY NEXT UP FOR GLORY

It’s the penultimate Hyundai A-League home and away game of the season for Perth Glory, and on Saturday they are the home side that play Melbourne Victory at Kogarah's Netsrata Jubilee Stadium (kick-off at 3pm WST). Fresh off a big win against Western Sydney Wanderers last week, Tony Popovic’s side go into this one in a confident mood, but on the other hand Victory have had a season to forget, and go into the game two points off the foot of the ladder having won just once in their last 12 outings and lost all three of their games since the Hyundai A-League season resumed.

But Popovic, who was linked to the head coaching role at the club earlier in the season, said they will not be underestimating Victory, and a win for Glory would ensure the club's place in the finals for the fourth time in the past five seasons and also keep their hopes of forcing their way into the top three very much alive. “They (Victory) are a big club and big clubs can go through these periods and they're going through one this year," he said. "But we're all sure that Melbourne Victory will bounce back quickly and be challenging for honours once more. At the moment they're in a phase where they don't have a [permanent] manager, they have a caretaker and they're playing a lot of young players who are getting experience.

"They're fighting for their contracts and their careers to see whether they'll be at the club next year, so it's been a good experience for them. We know we'll face a team full of energy, full of enthusiasm, with nothing to lose and that can always be dangerous. So, we'll certainly respect Victory tomorrow regardless of the position that they're in and we know they have players that are good enough to hurt anyone in any given moment."

The Head Coach added that Saturday's clash might see a number of players who have not featured regularly since the campaign resumed get their opportunity. “A lot of them have backed up in most of the games that we've been playing from the outset, and we've got other players that haven't had many minutes who are really keen to get out there,” Popovic explained. “Maybe tomorrow will be an opportunity for them; we'll have to wait and see how our injury situation is and how the players pull up. We want to win two in a row which is something that we haven't managed to do since we've been in the hub and Saturday presents us with the chance to do that."

Popovic said a number of players pulled up sore from the win against Wanderers, especially Ivan Franjic, who limped off after opening the scoring, and he will be closely monitored. "It's hard to report on that [injury situation] at the moment," he said. "We haven't had a full team training session as yet; we'll have one this afternoon [Friday] - it's basically just been recovery for the last couple of days. We've got some players who have bumps and bruises and are still pretty sore from the Western Sydney game and we'll see how they pull up after today's training and determine the squad from there.

“Ivan is still sore from the impact, but he had a light jog yesterday and I'm not too sure how much work he can do today. But Ivan is quite confident this morning that he can train, so that's a real positive. "A couple of other players haven't done any running in the last couple of days. Kristian [Popovic] is one of them... from the infection he had in his foot from the game, so there are three or four players that we need to see how they pull up to decide if they'll be available for tomorrow. Thankfully for us we've had no muscle injuries so far since we've been here and we certainly hope that continues."

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Daniel MARGUSH, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 13 Osama MALIK, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 18 Nick D'AGOSTINO, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 21 Tarek ELRICH, 22 Vince LIA, 23 Dane INGHAM, 25 Carlo ARMIENTO, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 29 Kristian POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: TRATT (promoted), CHIANESE (promoted)

Melbourne Victory squad: GK Matt ACTON, RGK Matthew SUTTON, 2 Storm ROUX, 4 James DONACHIE, 6 Leigh BROXHAM, 7 Kenny ATHIU, 9 Andrew NABBOUT, 13 Birkan KIRDAR, 15 Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16 Josh HOPE, 17 Elvis KAMSOBA, 18 Migjen BASHA, 21 Adama TRAORE, 23 Marco ROJAS, 25 Brandon LAUTON, 26 Jay BARNETT, 31 Aaron ANDERSON, 38 So NISHIKAWA, 39 Lleyton BROOKS, 43 Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO - *2-4 to be omitted* - In: NABBOUT (return from injury), BROOKS (promoted) - Referee: Chris Beath

7.8.2019

NPL-WA ROUND SIX PREVIEW

We go into week six of the National Premier League WA and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Alfred Skeet Reserve where third placed Armadale entertain Bayswater City. Both sides returned to the winners’ circle last week after defeats in week four. Armadale came home from ECU Joondalup with a 3-1 win, with Angel Andres bagging a brace, while Bayswater edged out Perth Glory 1-0 with Daryl Nicol on target, so for both sides this game is massive to keep themselves in the title mix.

Reds young defender Harry Quigley has impressed in his debut season at the club and he said the win at ECU was a great tonic after the defeat against Gwelup. “It was a great win for the team and was important to bounce back from the previous game where we thought we deserved points,” he said. “Even though we went into half time down 1-0 we were still confident, and we stuck to our game plan, worked hard and the goals came in the second half.”

Quigley, who played at Cockburn City and Perth Glory, before heading to the US College system said he has settled in well at Armadale. “It’s a really new environment for me, but I’ve felt welcomed by everyone from the start, and the boys and all the staff are a great group and we’re growing in confidence each week,” he explained. “I loved my time in the US, it was a great experience not only for soccer but also for personal growth. I’m very grateful my parents gave me the opportunity to go there. I was there for about a year and a half and played my freshman year at Iowa Central and my sophomore season at Northeast Texas.

The defender is expecting another tough game on Saturday against Bayswater, but it’s a challenge he is relishing. “Bayswater are always a very strong team and a contest I always personally enjoy,” Quigley explained. “The boys are full of confidence this season, everyone’s working hard for each other and the game plan is working, and I believe we will get the job done this week against Bayswater.”

> Armadale Head Coach John O’Reilly said the win at ECU was a tactical win for his side. “The first half was difficult and a tactical battle, as Kenny Lowe likes to play in the quadrants,” he explained. “But once we worked out the methods for each quadrant, we were able to minimise the damage, but delighted to get the win and it was a great defensive display from the lads.”

O’Reilly said his side are gelling nicely and are ready for another important game against Bayswater on Saturday. “We have a good balance all round, and the depth in squad this year is deep, but we need to keep improving each week,” he said. “Games against Bayswater are ones I always look forward to. They must be favourites for this one, which means if we can pull something off here it will be a new bar set for the team to achieve going forward.”

Bayswater striker Luke Salmon has been another young player to make an impact in the NPL this season, and he was amongst the best last week when City beat his former club Perth Glory. He said it was an important three point. “It was a hard-fought game, like we knew it would be, but I thought we stuck to our game plan and played really well and cancelled them out really well,” he explained. “I thought we deserved the win and Daryl (Nicol) took the goal well and got us the three points we needed.”

It’s a first season at Frank Drago Reserve for the striker, and he is enjoying his time as there are some experienced players at the club and a coach who has played at the highest level, and he said he’s enjoying his football. “The club have been great and that’s made me settle in really well,” Salmon said. “We have a good group of boys who are helping me improve my game and the same with the coaching staff, the club are amazing and I’m really happy I joined.”

Salmon said Saturday’s trip to Armadale will be difficult, especially after their big win last week, but he’s confident they can get the right result. “They got a good result at ECU Joondalup last week, but we don’t look at that, we are looking at our own game,” he said. “If we go there and play to our strengths, I’m confident we can come home with the three points.”

Bayswater Head Coach Chris Coyne said the win against Glory was a real boost for his side. “I thought that it was a good game and we could have been a few up in the first half,” he said. “But credit to Glory they fought back well and we really had to dig in to get the three points. Both teams were very competitive and it was a very tough battle in midfield.”

Coyne said consistency is the key to success in the league, and he said it’s been missing somewhat from his side this season. “Yes, your right, that has had me scratching my head because we haven’t been playing poorly,” he explained. “We have been at the races every game this year and played some fantastic football but I think we have lost some of the games through individual errors and not winning individual duals that have effectively cost us the game.”

The coach said Armadale have looked good in recent weeks so Saturday will be another stern test for his chargers. “It is going to be a real arm wrestle and I think Armadale have built really well this year and added some real pace to the good players they already had,” Coyne said. “We know that every time we go down there, they are up for it and we have to be prepared for a really tough, quick game of football.”

In other games ECU Joondalup will be looking to end a two-game losing streak when they travel to E&D Litis Stadium to take on Floreat Athena. Kenny Lowe’s side let a half time lead slip last week against Armadale, and are yet to win in the road this season, so they will need to be at their best to get anything from this one. Floreat were beaten at Gwelup, their first defeat of the season, but they are yet to lose at home so will fancy their chances in this one. Perth Glory host Cockburn City at Hartfield Park, also looking to bounce back after a narrow loss against Bayswater, while Cockburn throw away a two goal against Sorrento to end their recent winning form, so both teams will be hoping to turn things around in this one.

Rockingham City picked up their first points of the season against Balcatta last week and return to the SafeRad Stadium to take on Perth SC. The visitors won for the first time this season at Inglewood last week with Michael Domfeh scoring a late winner and with a number of players returning to their squad they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins to kick start their season. Sorrento welcome Inglewood United to Percy Doyle Reserve, with both sides looking to get back into the winners’ circle. The Gulls fought back from two goals down to draw at Cockburn last week, while Inglewood lost for the first time at home, losing by the odd goal against Perth

In the final game league leaders Gwelup Croatia make the trip to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta. Taki Nicolaidis’ side won the top of players table clash with Floreat last week, moving them three points clear, while Bobby Taneski’s side were held to a scoreless draw at Rockingham last week, and they will be looking for a better performance on home soil. Skipper Calum O’Connell said last week was a disappointing result. “It felt like a loss on the weekend,” he said. “We felt we should have walked away with three points with the amount of chances we created, but full credit to Rockingham they made it very difficult for us in the end.”

O’Connell knows Saturday is a huge task, taking on the league leaders, but he said they home form has been good and there ready for the challenge. “It’s going to be a big challenge for us again this weekend, and Gwelup are the ones to beat so it’s going to take a big 90 + minutes from all of us,” he explained. “But we love the big occasions and I’m sure if the Perth and Floreat results are anything to go by then we are confident being at home with our we can cause them a few problems.”

7.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SIX – PREVIEW

It’s week six of the State League Division One and our ’Match of the Round’ takes us to Kingsway Reserve where fifth placed Olympic Kingsway host fourth placed Fremantle City. Both sides are coming off good wins, Olympic thrashing Stirling Lions on the road, while Fremantle beat Ashfield 2-0, and with only one points separating the two sides this one could go either way.

Olympic Coach Gary Williams had a successful return to his former club last week, and was pleased to get three points on the board. “It was important for us to get back to winning ways last week after two defeats,” he said. “Even though we were one up at half time, we hadn’t played particularly well, but during the latter part of the second half we stepped up a gear to go into a 5-1 lead. I was a little disappointed that a lack of concentration caused us to concede a late goal, but happy to get the win.”

It’s been a big week for the club off the park, with a big investment in the club’s infrastructure, but Williams said his players are going about their business well. “The players were very positive last week leading up to the game and that showed in the performance. The two clubs have a lot of history so it was nice to come away with a win,” he explained. “It is a good time to be at the club, the committee are forward thinking and it has been widely publicised that they have secured more funding to upgrade the ground further, with is great news going forward.”

Williams said Fremantle have brought in a number of players with NPL experience, and he believes it will be another good game. “We are looking forward to another test this week, and Fremantle are a good side and will be a real test for us,” he said. “They are on a run of form and have some very good individuals as well as collectively being sound, it should be a good game.”

Fremantle coach Cameron Lord they have got their home form right they need to improve on the road, but he has been pleased the way his side are progressing. “We have been very good at home so far this season, and we have been working very hard this week to take that form away to Kingsway,” he said. “Each week we seem to be progression which is pleasing.

“With so many new faces both before and after the COVID break it has taken some time for everyone to get used to each other and the way that we want to try and play football. The way the league is structured this year the first 11 games are important for us to continue to progress and develop as a collective in preparation for the second half of the season.”

Lord said Saturday should be an entertaining game with both sides full of quality players, and he hopes they can win that first one on the road. “I am sure this week’s game will be an entertaining one with two teams looking to attack and entertain,” he explained. “Kingsway certainly pose a threat going forward with their pace in behind, and we will need to perform to the levels we know we can perform if we want to get our first away win of the season.”

In other games this week league leaders Western Knights travel to Macedonia Park to take on Stirling Lions. The home side were well beaten last week, and coach Rob Milevski will be looking for a response from his side, while the Knights eased past Subiaco to maintain their lead at the summit. Forrestfield United sit second and they make the trip to Acclaimed Catering Arena, Ashfield Reserve, to take on Ashfield, while third placed Quinns entertain Subiaco at Gumblossom Park.

Swan United are still searching for their first point of the season and they will find it tough to get it at Forrest Park against Joondalup United, while in the final game Mandurah City host UWA Nedlands at Securitas Protect Stadium, Peelwood Parade. UWA conceded a late goal to draw with Quinns last week, while Mandurah came home from Swan United with a win. Mandurah coach Pete Taylor said they had to earn the 2-0 win. “It was a good solid win against a tough Swan side, despite their position on the ladder,” he explained. “They made us work hard for 90 minutes and pushed all the way to the end.”

Taylor said they are ticking along nicely and looking forward to playing in front of their supporters. “Kris Donnell and I have a great balance at the moment in the squad and the group is really close knit. The players all bounce of each other and it’s great to see the enthusiasm from them all,” he said. “It’s clear that every game in this league is a challenge and we’re well prepared for another one against UWA. We love playing at home in front of the Mandurah faithful and we’re looking for nothing less than another three points.”

7.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SIX – PREVIEW

We head into week six of the State League Division Two and our ‘Match of the Round’ sees third placed Joondalup City host second placed Kingsley Westside at the Iluka Sports Complex. City lost ground on the leaders last week with a 1-1 draw at Morley, while Kingsley beat Balga 3-0 to move up to second on the table, but with only two points separating the two sides this one will be another entertaining encounter.

Joondalup have only been beaten once this season and coach Nigel Smith said they had their chances last week, but failed to take them. “To be honest we should have bagged the three points last week, the team is playing some great football,” he said. “But we need to be more consistent for 90 minutes, and take our chances when they come, because we were punished last week, one mistake cost us.”

Smith said his new look side are gelling well and he knows they will need to be at their best against Kingsley Westside on Saturday. “The New players in the squad are young and eager and want to make an impression, this adds to young squad of players I’ve already got,” he explained. “To gain consistency these lads have to have the mental strength to stick to the game plan and see games out when the pressure is on, and not start sulking when it isn’t going your own way, which I think is a big problem in Australia.

“We know Saturday’s game against Kingsley Westside is a big one, but it’s a massive week coming up for the players, with three games in seven days. I’m confident if we keep playing the football, I know we can and add the mental strength to our game, hopefully the consistency will come for the whole game. But we know each game will be tough and we will be ready for the big week ahead.”

Kingsley Westside coach Steven Dimitrovich said the win against Balga continued their good start to life in the state League. “Saturday night was a good win against Balga, especially after the first 15 minutes where Balga had the better of the game, but once we settled down and played our way, I thought we controlled the rest of the game,” he explained. “I couldn’t be happier with our start to state league life which is all down the boys’ attitude, not only the first team but 18’s and reserves as well, who have all bought into our culture and style of play.

Dimitrovich said Joondalup are one of the form teams in the league this season, and there are friends playing against each other, so it’s going interesting game and a big challenge. “Saturday is a big game against a good side in Joondalup, one the boys have been looking forward to as there are mates on both sides,” he said. “So, they’ll be trying to get bragging rights against each other, and also hopefully we get the right result and edge closer to finishing in the top six which is our first goal.”

In other games this weekend, league leaders Wanneroo City visit Burrendah Reserve to take on Canning City. The visitors go into this one with a perfect start to the season but will come up against a Canning side looking to bounce back from back to back defeats. Curtin University host Kelmscott Roos at Edinburgh Oval, Murdoch University Melville entertain Dianella White Eagles at Murdoch Uni, while Gosnells City meet Morley Windmills at Walter Padbury Reserve.

In the final game Carramar Shamrock Rovers will look to continue their run of three undefeated games when they take on Balga at Princess Road Reserve. Balga were beaten at Kingsley last week, but did win their last game at home in week four so they be looking for a repeat on Saturday. Rovers fought out an entertaining 3-2 win against Canning last week, and head coach Gerry McEwan said it was great game.

“I've spoken to a few people who came down to watch our game and they really enjoyed it, so credit to Canning for their contribution,” he said. “We spent much of the first half going forward, but lacked any cutting edge in the final third. Canning punished us with a fast counter attack and a great finish to take the lead. We deserved to equalise on the balance of play, but it had to come from a set piece as we couldn't see us scoring from open play, but the second half was a much better performance and I felt we were good for more than a 3-2 win.”

Rovers injuries are clearing up and McEwan said he will have a few selection headaches for this weekend’s game at Balga. “We're slowly getting our injured players back into the squad, so there's healthy competition for a place in the starting XI. We still feel we have a lot of improvement in us, but we're reasonably pleased with our start to the season,” he explained. “I think we've drawn at Balga the last two seasons, so I think Saturday may be another close encounter. We'll be looking for more from our lads as we chase our first away victory of the season and look to climb up the table.”

7.8.2020

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW

The Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division is heating up with only four points separating the top nine teams, and our Week Eight ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Kelly Park where third placed Kwinana United host fourth placed Maddington White City. Kwinana stubbed league leaders Jaguar on the road 4-1 last week, while Maddington were narrowly beaten 0-1 at home by Wembley, so with both in good form this one should be great game.

Kwinana midfielder Chris Holland said last week’s win was a great all-round team performance. “We’ve been good for a number of weeks but last week was a massive win for us,” he said. “We took control early and deserved the win, and to be honest I thought they would have been better, giving they were top, but we didn’t let them play and we put in a good performance and dominated.”

Holland said they have a new look side this season and coach Mark Purvis has the lads playing some great football, but he said there is more to come. “We have a real chance to make a statement this season with our young squad,” he said. “Mark’s coaching has been brilliant and it's now showing in our recent results, and if we can win this weekend we could go and have a right good go at winning the league as the fixtures finally turn in our favour after a tough start.”

The midfielder said Sunday’s opponents have been impressive so far this season and he is expecting another challenge. “We’ve got a strong squad this season and that might be tested this weekend, with a number of players under injury clouds,” Holland said. “But it gives other players the opportunity, and hopefully the guys getting a chance step up can take it with both hands. The atmosphere at the club is second to none right now, and since Mark came on board its now paying off on the table and the pitch. After this week hopefully teams will be chasing us not us chasing them which will make a nice change.”

Maddington’s Petar Mrdja said although last week’s defeat was disappointing the performance was good. “It was disappointing to lose against Wembley, as we were the dominant team and conceded a goal through a soft penalty with five minutes to go,” he said. “Their keeper was probably man of the match, he pulled off several fantastic saves. But credit to Wembley, they defended well and took their opportunity when it came, their coach has them very organised, well done to them.”

City have been impressive since promotion and Mrdja said they are looking to continue it. “We've enjoyed it so far, we’ve had some good wins and are pleased with the way we are travelling but our primary objective is to win the league, and we have the coach and players to do it,” he explained. “Not to sound arrogant but if we finish fourth it will be a disappointing season as we know we can mix it with the teams in this league. We have greater ambitions at the club and I think our best has yet to come.”

Mrdja said Kwinana are on a great run of form and will be another tough game, but the players are relishing the challenge. “We remember Kwinana from Division One a few years ago, they are always a tough opponent, especially when playing at home,” he said. “We go into the game with a few players unavailable through injury and suspension so that will make it more difficult, however we look forward to the game and another big challenge.”

In other games this weekend, Wembley Downs entertain South West Phoenix at Butlers Reserve, both sides looking to keep their winning runs going. jaguar and Leeming Strikers will look to bounce back from defeats last week when they meet at John Connell Reserve, Queens Park host Quinns at Coker Park, whole Hamersley Rovers welcome UWA Nedlands to Carine Open Space. The final game sees Joondalup United host league leaders North Perth United at Beldon Park.

North Perth moved one point clear at the top of the table after a 2-1 win against Leeming, whole Joondalup were narrowly beaten at Hamersley. Joondalup coach Neil Sherwin said the game could have gone either way. “Last week was a lesson in terms of what happens when you don’t take your chances. We executed the game plan very well and had three or four great opportunities inside the first 20 minutes but didn’t take any of them,” he explained. “We were punished in the second half and were left feeling very frustrated at not taking any points from the contest. Hamersley have some very good players who will create chances and the difference was they took one of theirs.”

Despite the loss Sherwin has been pleased with the performances so far this season. “We haven’t been able to get our best eleven on the pitch in recent weeks due to injuries and suspensions but the teams we’ve put out have been good enough to pick up more points than the results show,” he said. “Thankfully, the nature of the league this year means we’re only three points off top spot heading towards the halfway mark so there’s lots to play for. Last week was the first time we’ve scored less than two goals in a game this season, so we’re keen to get back on the scoresheet this Sunday.”

Joondalup were beaten well by North Perth in the Night Series and Sherwin said they will be hoping to turn that around at home on Sunday. “North Perth have been one of the best sides at this level for a long time and it’s no surprise to see them top of the table. They beat us comfortably in the Night Series and obviously we want to make amends for that,” he said. “Three points will put us level with them and move us up a few spots so that is a massive incentive to put in a performance at Beldon Park.”

6.8.2020

SAGE CALLS FOR DELAY TO 2020/21 SEASON START

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage wants next season’s A-League start delayed by three months. The 2020/21 campaign is due to kick off in December with a July 2021 finish but Sage says continuing coronavirus outbreaks pose a major threat to that time frame. He is also concerned about Central Coast Mariners being put up for sale and the pending sale of Newcastle Jets.

“I’ve written a submission that we start in February and finish in August,” Sage said. “I just can’t see a season starting in December with all these uncertainties about COVID and crowds, about lockdowns, about training. Hopefully people listen to my submission and say ‘maybe Tony’s right’. We’ve got no idea how things are going to be.”

“We don’t know whether teams will be able to fly to Perth. There are no teams that are going to come to Perth, quarantine for 14 days and leave. Starting in December means players have to start training in mid-September. What if Melbourne is still in lockdown? Their clubs couldn’t even train.”

Sage says his other concern is how fixtures for next season can be organised with the future of Central Coast and Newcastle under a cloud. “They are trying to do the fixtures but you might have two clubs less,” Sage said. “You might not have a Central Coast or a Newcastle unless someone takes on the financial responsibility.”

5.8.2020

GLORY BACK TO FORM WITH WIN AGAINST WANDERERS

Perth Glory have all but secured a Hyundai A-League finals spot after breaking a two-game losing streak to beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 at Bank West Stadium on Tuesday evening. Ivan Franjic gave Tony Popovic’s side the lead, but the home side levelled moments later, with Mitch Duke scoring. But Glory, who dominated the game, regained the lead with Neil Kilkenny converting from the spot, before a late stunner from James Meredith sealed the three points.

Popovic was delighted with his team’s form, especially after the heavy loss to Adelaide United last time out. "I thought it was an outstanding performance after the result against Adelaide," he said post-match. “The players showed all the confidence and belief today that we knew they had in them and it was a well-deserved win.

“At half-time we told the players to keep believing, that more chances would come and I thought once they [Wanderers] equalised, with a crowd behind them, that was our true test. That we stood up and too control of the game shows again where the players are at. It was a big game in terms of the context of where everyone's at and they stood up. I'm delighted for the players. Our senior players led well and our young players are doing a tremendous job."

This was a massive game, with both sides needed the three points, and it was a tense opening with chances few and far between early, but it was Glory who came closest to breaking the deadlock on 27 minutes. Kristian Popovic found space down the right and picked out Bruno Fornaroli whose bicycle kick beat Tristan Prendergast, but it crashed off the post and away to safety. Fornaroli was a constant threat and his low shot on the stroke of half time was saved low by Prendergast, abut at the break it was scoreless.

Glory brought on Jake Brimmer at the break, replacing Popovic, and the midfielder had a hand in the opening goal on the hour. His shot was blocked and the ball rolled in the path of Franjic and he bravely went in for the ball with Prendergast, and rolled the ball home for his fourth goal for the club in his 50th game. He was injured in the challenge and he was replaced by former Wanderer Tarek Elrich.

But their lead only lasted three minutes, Daniel Georgievski pass found Duke, who eased past his marker before finding the bottom corner of the net. But Glory weren’t to be beaten, and regained the lead on 78 minutes. Brimmer, who was running the show in the middle of the park, raced into the right side of the penalty area after a give and go with Daniel D’Agostino and his low cross was handled by Wanderers defender Dylan McGowan, and referee Kurt Ams pointed straight to the spot.

Glory skipper Kilkenny kept his nerve to beat Prendergast to score his eighth consecutive successful spot-kick for the club. Brimmer wasn’t finished and he had a hand in the third, four minutes from time. He was picked out on the right by Fornaroli and he raced past Mathew Jurman and his cross was missed by D’Agostino, but it fell kindly to Meredith, and the former Millwall defender fired home superbly from the edge the box to give Glory the points.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: GK Tristan PRENDERGAST, 4 Dylan MCGOWAN, 5 Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (11 Bruce KAMAU 68'), 6 Matthew JURMAN, 7 Mitchell DUKE, 8 Jordan O’DOHERTY (19 Pirmin SCHWEGLER 46'), 10 Simon COX (35 Mo ADAM 82'), 17 Keanu BACCUS, 27 Kwame YEBOAH, 33 Tate RUSSELL, 34 Patrick ZIEGLER (13 Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS 68') - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SUMAN 22 Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23 Kosta GROZOS

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 5 Ivan FRANJIC (21 Tarek ELRICH 62'), 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 13 Osama MALIK (8 James MEREDITH 70'), 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 18 Nick D'AGOSTINO (28 Gabriel POPOVIC 89'), 23 Dane INGHAM, 27 JUANDE, 29 Kristian POPOVIC (20 Jake BRIMMER 46'), 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Daniel MARGUSH, 22 Vince LIA, 25 Carlo ARMIENTO - Referee: Kurt Ams

3.8.2020

BURGESS: ACCRINGTON SIGN EX-SCUNTHORPE DEFENDER ON THREE-YEAR DEAL

Accrington Stanley have signed former Scunthorpe United player Cameron Burgess on a three-year contract. The 24-year old defender began his senior career at Fulham and has played in all three tiers of the English Football League, spending last season on loan at Salford City.

Born in Scotland and raised in Perth, Burgess has represented Scotland up to Under-19 level and has also played for Australia's Under-23s. "Cameron was my main target over the summer and I am glad we got it over the line," said Stanley boss John Coleman.

"We had a terrible raft of injuries towards the end of last season and we were left with no centre halves so you have got to have competition. It could also lend to a change of system with the opportunity to play three at the back. This will cover all bases."

Burgess has played in England since joining Fulham in 2011. He was loaned out to Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic and Bury while with Fulham and in 2017 transferred to Scunthorpe, where he made 73 appearances across all competitions. Burgess played the 2019/20 campaign for Salford.

2.8.2020

MUST WIN GAME FOR GLORY

Perth Glory are in danger of dropping out of the finals race after back-to-back defeats, and they will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday when they take on Western Sydney Wanderers at Ban West Stadium. (5.30pm WA Time)

Glory were beaten by Wellington and Adelaide in their last two outings in the hub, but Head coach Tony Popovic is confident that his players will respond in the best possible way on Tuesday evening as the race for finals spots hots up. Popovic said the loss against Adelaide, the biggest defeat in his tenure at the club, was a painful one, but he believes that his squad's confidence has not been shaken and that they are looking forward to returning to action.

"After the [Adelaide] game it was a subdued changing room as you can imagine, we can't shy away from that fact," he told the Glory website. "But we got up the next day, had a discussion about the game and we've clearly moved on. We don't have time to dwell. I mentioned after the game that it was a good thing that we had a short, five-day turnaround and we've seen around the hotel that the demeanour of the players has been very good. They've been very positive and keen to get out and train and prepare for this next match."

Popovic was pleased with the way his side performed in the second half against Adelaide, having trailed 4-1 at the break, but knows they need to improve. "We played well in the first two games, but got punished for a very poor period against Adelaide, albeit having probably started the best that we've started in any of the three games," he said.

“It was tough to come back from such a deficit, but I really thought the players showed a lot of character in the second half and that was really pleasing for everyone here. "I feel it was a sign of the growth that we've had that, in adversity, the players really held firm and tried to get something out of the second half. We've got to take that into the next game."

Western Sydney, meanwhile, will head into Tuesday's clash off the back of a win over Wellington and requiring another three points to keep their finals hopes alive and Popovic is expecting his former club to come flying out of the blocks. "They [Western Sydney] will have a crowd," he said. "So, it should be a good atmosphere and it's a chance for the players to really cement ourselves in terms of where we want to be; in that top six challenging for the title. We expect them [Wanderers] to start at a really high tempo which they've been doing not just in the last two games, but pre-COVID as well.

“There's a lot of energy and aggression about their play, so we have to expect that that's what will happen in the first 20 or 30 minutes and we have to be prepared to match that. "We started very well [in] the last game and we have to extend that period and make sure we match their intensity and aggression with and without the ball. I'm confident that our football will shine through in the end." Glory will be out to maintain a seven-game unbeaten A-League streak against Wanderers when the two sides meet on Tuesday evening, with the Sydneysiders' last win in this fixture coming back in October 2017.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: GK Nicholas SUMAN, GK Tristan PRENDERGAST, 4 Dylan McGOWAN, 5 Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6 Matthew JURMAN, 8 Jordan O’DOHERTY, 7 Mitchell DUKE, 10 Simon COX, 11 Bruce KAMAU, 13 Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 16 Mathieu CORDIER, 17 Keanu BACCUS, 19 Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 22 Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23 Kosta GROZOS, 27 Kwame YEBOAH, 28 Fabian MONGE, 33 Tate RUSSELL, 34 Patrick ZIEGLER, 35 Mo ADAM - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: CORDIER (promoted), GROZOS (promoted), MONGE (promoted) - Outs: 9 Nicolai MULLER (concussion)

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Daniel MARGUSH, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 13 Osama MALIK, 18 Nick D'AGOSTINO, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 21 Tarek ELRICH, 22 Vince LIA, 23 Dane INGHAM, 25 Carlo ARMIENTO, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 29 Kristian POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *0-2 to be omitted* - Referee: Kurt Ams

2.8.2020

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND SEVEN REVIEW

Our Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division ‘Match of the Round’ didn’t disappoint, with North Perth United beating Leeming Strikers 2-1 at Woodville Reserve. The hosts were ahead on 67 minutes, with Dalitso Mwale scoring from close-range. They doubled their lead eight minutes later, Joel Jebaratnam coming off the bench to score. Leeming skipper Thomas Grant scored a penalty late, but it was North Perth who took the points, the win taking them to the top of the table. “It was a very pleasing win for the boys against a very tough and well organised Leeming side,” North Perth coach Alex Carter said.

“We know every time we come up against them, we’re in for a real battle and Sunday prove much the same. We worked on trying to get in behind the defence a bit more this week at training and both goals came from that, which was very pleasing. It’s now onto another tough game against Joondalup I’m sure the boys are really focus for that and we look forward to the game. Also, I’d like to make a special mention to Nathan Hubbard from Leeming who was taken away in an ambulance with a broken leg - Everyone at North Perth wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Jaguar lost top spot after a 1-4 loss at home by Kwinana United at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre. United were ahead after only four minutes, Tom Ryan spotting the keeper off his line and lobbing him from 20 meters. But Jags were level on the half hour, Julius Bosco scoring. Both sides had chances in an entertaining game but it was Kwinana who regained the lead on the stoke of half time, Sean Troop firing home from a tight angle. They increased their lead early in the second half, Sam French losing his marker to head home a free kick. The points were wrapped up on 79 minutes with Troop scoring from the spot to seal an impressive win for Mark Purvis’ side. Jags were reduced to ten men late with Paul Sopp sent off. “You have to be at your best to get anything out of Jaguars and I thought we were very good and deserved the three points,” Kwinana coach Mark Purvis said. “They come at us hard in the opening 20 minutes but we stood firm and then started to get control of the game. I’m really happy with how we played hopefully we can take this into next week.”

The round started on Saturday afternoon in Bunbury, with South West Phoenix beating Queens Park 3-1 at WML Stadium. The hosts were ahead on 18 minutes, a ball was whipped in low from the right and Queens Park keeper Ross Brown bundled the ball over his own line. But the visitors were level just before half time, a cross from the left was turned home by skipper Byron Goodwin. Phoenix regained the lead on the hour, Keiran Quinn converting from the penalty spot, but they had Cameron Baker sent off in the incident that lead to the spot kick. But the ten men wrapped up the points on 73 minutes. Quinns free kick found Sam Riches, who volleyed home to seal the win.

“It was good to get our first win at home, and second win in as many weeks,” Phoenix keeper Jamie Oakey said. “We’ve slowly been building some form and managed to put the same team out for consecutive games which really showed on the pitch. We felt Queens Park were a better team than their ladder position shows and they dominated the first half and probably should’ve gone in at half time in front of us, but we held tight made a few changes at half time and got back on top. Second half was made harder after we had a player sent off after a puzzling decision from the officials, but the young boys dug in again and held on till the end. We look forward to taking the momentum up to Wembley next Sunday and hopefully getting another three points on the board.”

Maddington White Eagles also slipped up losing 0-1 to Wembley Downs at the Nikola Tesla Reserve. The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot, after Greg Greenwood was brought down in the box and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Dylan Brown stepped up and saw his penalty saved, but he was quickest to the rebound to fire home. “It was a very good game against two competitive teams - I think a draw may have been a fairer result but great to get three points against a very talented team,” Wembley coach Mike Ford said. “Both teams had some great chance, and our keeper Jeff Cornez made some outstanding saves and along with the Wembley back four was superb all day.”

In other games Hamersley Rovers are up to fifth after a 1-0 win against Joondalup United at Carine Open Space. The only goal of the game came 12 minutes from time. Brandon Rectoe broke play up in the midfield and slid Dec Hudson in behind the defence to drive toward goal, he shot across the keeper who saved well but could only push the ball into the oncoming Liam Hudson to fire the loose ball home. “Certainly an evenly matched contest against a well drilled and disciplined Joondalup side,” Rovers coach Howard Tweats said. “Once we got to grip with their approach and game plan we managed to impose ourselves in the game. A little more defensively astute from previous weeks was the positive from the day, the Joondalup keeper made some quality saves through the game even a Cosi penalty so on reflection think the points were deserved.”

1.8.2020

GWELUP WIN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH

Gwelup Croatia moved clear at the top of the table after a 3-0 win against Floreat Athena in our 'Match of the Round' at Wishart Street on Saturday afternoon. A first half goal from Hasani Sinclair set them on their way, before a Daniel Stynes penalty and another to Sinclair gave them the points. “We are buzzing with the win and more importantly the performance,” Gwelup skipper Blair Govan said. “The coaches changed things a little and the boys went out and did exactly what was asked, so it was a credit to everyone involved, and hopefully we can continue on through the next few busy weeks.”

The hosts opened brightly and went close after only three minutes, a quick corner from Daniel Stynes, almost caught Floreat napping but Shubham Mokala flick was saved low by Jason Saldaris. Moments later a corner fell to Rocco Pizzata on the edge of the box and his low shot was deflected towards goal, but Saldaris was alert to save. Then on 12 minutes Jon Stynes’ curling free kick was saved low by Saldaris, at the second attempt.

Floreat’s Liam Murray limped off injured on 19 minutes, he was replaced by Moses Kalau, and the winger went close to the opener six minutes later. He was sent down the left by Noah Shamaki, his low shot well claimed by Connor Campbell at his near post. Both sides pressed as the game opened up, Jon Stynes dipping free kick crashed off the crossbar on 26 minutes, before Kalau and Dean Evans’ shots were blocked by some desperate defending by Gwelup

But on 33 minutes it was the home side who opened the scoring. A long ball from Jon Stynes sent Sinclair clear, he beat the keeper to the ball and fired home from a tight angle and went to celebrate with the big home crowd. Gwelup pressed for a second and Daniel Stynes shot flew inches over the top for the home side before half time, before Floreat went close themselves, Shamaki sent Phil Arnold in on goal, but Campbell was out bravely to save at the strikers’ feet.

Gwelup went close early in the second half, Mokala’s free kick picked out Jon Stynes, who headed inches over the top. But on 53 minutes Taki Nicolaidis’ side did double their advantage. Sean McManus found Daniel Stynes in the penalty area and he fell under a Dennis Galan challenge and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Stynes picked himself up to score in the bottom corner, despite Saldaris getting a hand to it.

Floreat needed to lift and Kalua’s cross was headed wide by Arnold. But with Floreat pushing players forward they were getting caught out on the counter attack, and when Daniel Stynes sent McManus down the right, his shot was well saved by Saldaris. Floreat weren’t going down without a fight and Evans cross was headed against his own post by Ciaran Salinger, but the ball was cleared. Then on 84 minutes Gwelup sealed the points with a third. Joshua Samson’s ball found Jon Stynes in the middle of the park and he headed into the path of Sinclair who finished clinically to seal the win. “Very pleased with the performance and the three points against a quality side in Athena,” Nicolaidis said. “I felt it was one of our better performances this season and that we took our chances well was also pleasing.”

Gwelup Croatia: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Daniel STYNES, 12 Hasani SINCLAIR, 13 Rocco PIZZATA (4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO 59’), 14 Shubham MOKALA, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 77 Sean MCMANUS (22 Joshua SAMSON 82’) – Subs not used: RGK Aidan HOLLOWAY, 3 Adam FIELDS, 23 Kian MCGUIGAN-

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTALUCIA (13 George FESTA 62’), 6 Jesse FULLER, 9 Noah SHAMAKI, 10 Nick AMBROGIO, 11 Denis GALAN, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD (32 Robert HARDING 62’), 19 Liam MURRAY (21 Moses KALAU 19’), 20 Andrew PALMER – Subs not used: RGK Joshua HUNTER 4 Ben STEELE - Referee: David Bruce

1.8.2020

ARMADALE HIT BACK TO BEAT ECU

Armadale have produced a stunning second half comeback to beat ECU Joondalup 3-1 in Week Five of the NPL-WA at the ECU Football stadium on Saturday afternoon. Danny Hodgson had given the Jacks the lead at the break, scoring against his former club, but a controversial penalty on the hour was converted by Angel Andres, and the Spanish striker added a second 15 minutes from time. The sealer came four minutes later with a Roberto Soares scoring. “I thought it was a great win for us, especially after last week loss against Gwelup,” Armadale defender Blake Adams said. “I thought we defended strong in the second half then hit them on the counter attack very well, and it was a great response after being 0-1 down at half time, and it sets up another big game against Bayswater next week.”

The home side opened the scoring on 28 minutes. A superb crossfield pass from Shane Cassidy sent Ethan Brooks down the right, his cross on the run found Hodgson, who turned the ball home from four meters. Armadale looked for a quick response, but Soares couldn’t keep his shot down after being found by Sebastian Stenqvist, but it was the Jacks who were pushing late. Bayley Brown-Montgomery fired over the top after good work from Riley Warland on the left, before Hodgson was denied by Sharrock in stoppage time, but it was the Jacks with the lead at the break.

The visitors opened brightly in second half, Stenqvist’s header hit the post, and Andres follow up shot was well saved by Johnny Perkins. It was end-to-end football and the Jacks responded with Warland firing inches wide before Sami Riak blazed over after Sharrock palmed Andy Higgins’ corner away from goal. Armadale should have levelled 53 minutes, Stenqvist cross picked out Andres, who lost his marker, but with the goal at his mercy he headed over the top from five meters. Moments later Tommy Amphlett found Brooks down the right his cross picked out an unmarked Hodgson, but his headed was well saved by the alert Sharrock.

But on 63 minutes Armadale levelled. A long free kick was claimed by Perkins, but there was an altercation in the box between Andres and Ryan Lowry and Callum Timmins took exception to it and pushed the Armadale striker over. After a confusing sixty seconds referee Michel Jasinski gave a penalty for the push. Andres stepped up and fired home the resulting spot kick to level things up. The momentum of the game swung on that incident and Armadale began to take control and they found the lead on 75 minutes. A free kick was misjudged by Perkins, the ball fall at the feet of Andres, who made no mistake from the edge of the box with a spectacular overhead kick.

Armadale added a third four minutes later, the goal of the game. Soares picked up the ball in the middle of the park, and was given far too much room and strode forward and finished low past Perkins to seal the win. “Both teams were set up today with very controlled structural formations,” Armadale Head Coach John O’Reilly said. “Over the course of 90 minutes we were able to adapt and evolve within the game and deserved to take home the points. Big well done to the lads on a very well executed performance.”

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Ryan LOWRY, 6 Sami RIAK, 7 Danny HODGSON, 9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (18 Ben HINSHELWOOD 58’), 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Ethan BROOKS (8 Tom HOUGH 76’0, 12 Callum TIMMINS, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT (17 Harry EVANS 76’), 16 Shane CASSIDY - Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 14 Dor JOK - Yellow Cards: Hodgson 39’, Lowry 62’, Timmins 62’, Higgins 73’, Brooks 74’, Warland 96’

Armadale: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 3 Harry QUIGLEY, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 7 Josh CORTES, 8 Brian PATTERSON, 10 Roberto SOARES, 13 Blake ADAMS, 14 Sebastian STENQVIST (17 Pat SARA 75’), 18 Kevin ASHWOOD, 19 Angel ANDRES, 23 Friday ZICO (5 Ali NAZARY 19’) - Subs not used: RGK Sam HUTCHINGS, 15 Pieter JACOBSZ, 21 Fillipo GIOFFRE - Yellow Cards: Patterson 45’, Nazary 51’, Costello 65’, Ashwood 83’ - Referee Michal JASINSKI

1.8.2020

NICOL WINS IT FOR BAYSWATER

A goal from Bayswater City striker Daryl Nicol has given them a hard-fought 1-0 win against Perth Glory at Frank Drago Reserve. “The lads put in a good shift today, and they needed to, to put last week’s disappointing result behind us,” assistant coach Stewart Moses said. “It was a good game, but we should have been well ahead at the break but failed to take our chances. We tweaked a few things at half time and we know they would come at us, and they did, but we stayed firm and managed to see the game out.”

It was the Glory who went close on 20 minutes when former Bayswater midfielder Giordano Colli curling free kick flew inches over the top from 20 meters. But on 25 minutes it was the home side that hit the front. A poor back pass from Alessandro Circati had keeper Sam Reilly scrambling to save the ball on the line, but it was a back pass and referee Steven Gregory gave an indirect free kick. With every Glory player on the line, Nicol found the top corner to give Chris Coyne’s side the lead. They went close to a second two minutes later Todd Howarth’s curling free kick was saved low by Reilly at the second attempt.

There were chances at both ends, first Frasor Dunlop crossed from the left and Jake Painter-Andrews headed just wide of the far post. Moments later a long clearance almost caught Glory napping, Reilly came out to clear but missed the ball and Luke Salmon retrieved the ball and with goal empty could only fire over the top. Glory pressed and Bryce Bafford fired wide, before Jason Mirco bursts through, but his shot flashed the wrong side of the post.

It was just the same after the break, and Mirco fed Nicol on 54 minutes, but last season’s Gold Medallist fired over the top. The Glory then had a penalty shout turned down after Bafford was brought down by Hesketh, but the referee was well placed to wave away the protests. Glory were on top now and Dunlop shot on the run was saved by Patrick Stevenson. Things got heated in the dugout six minutes from time with Glory assistant coach Steven McGarry sent to the stands.

But the Glory youngsters weren’t finished and in stoppage time they went to the equaliser. Leader’s ball found substitute Joseph Forde, who’s shot beat Stephenson, but Declan Hughes got back to clear the ball off the line to keep the points for Bayswater. “A very hard fought and thoroughly deserved win,” Nicol said. “We defended superbly throughout the game and caused them lots of problems on the counter attack and were delighted to see out the victory.”

Bayswater City: GK Patrick STEPHENSON, 3 Jack ALLEN, 5 David STOKOE (9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA 79’), 6 Todd HOWARTH, 7 Daryl NICOL, 10 Jason MIRCO, Steven HESKETH (28 Konstantinos Sparta 69’), 22 Luke SALMON (14 Gomo DUKULY 72’), 26 Zayd FARAH, 27 Declan HUGHES 29 Dean CUMMINGS - Subs not used: RGK Hayden BROWNE, , 15 Alex MCLEAN,

Perth Glory: GK Sam REILLY, 2 Mason TATAFU, 4 Nick WALSH, 5 Alessandro CIRCATI, 6 Lewis TUCKER (14 Joseph FORDE 66’), 7 Frasor DUNLOP, 10 Giordano COLLI, 11 Charlie LEECH, 15 Aidan EDWARDS (3 Jayden LEADER 56’), 17 Bryce BAFFORD, 19 Jack PAINTER-ANDREWS – Subs not used: RGK Kade WHITE, 8 Jacob MUIR, 13 Hugo SNOWDEN - Referee: Stephen Gregory

1.8.2020

PERTH OPEN THEIR ACCOUNT FOR THE SEASON

Perth SC have won for the first time this season after a 2-1 win against Inglewood United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Jayden Gorman had given Ramon Falzon’s side the lead, but English striker Chris Jackson levelled. It looked like the points would be shared, but just like last season’s Top Four Final Perth won it in stoppage time with second half substitute Michael Domfeh finding the winner, which they hope can kick start their season.

“It was great to finally get our first win of the season,” said Perth defender Alex Silla. “Lately we’ve been struggling to break down teams but I thought we dominated the game, and finally had a bit of luck our side to sneak home a late winner. Hopefully this victory gives us the kick we need to push on now to book a spot in the top six.”

Both sides had early chances in this one. First on six minutes Adam Falcone’s shot from the edge of the box was saved low by Ryan Montgomery, before Andreas Theodosiades’ free kick was saved low by Alex Dunn. Perth were struggling in the final third and Inglewood took control late and Mark Barnett headed wide from a corner, before Anthony Bafobusha’s volley flashed wide of the target.

But on 55 minutes it was Perth who opened the scoring. Alek Jovic sent Gorman in on the right side of the box, and he cut inside his marker and beat Dunn at his near post. Inglewood looked to hit back and Jackson’s header was saved by Montgomery, and on 75 minutes they did draw level. A ball into the box by Scott Blackmore picked out Jackson who fired low across Montgomery and found the bottom corner.

Both sides pressed for the winner but it was Perth who found it on 93 minutes. Thomas Southgate’s through ball was back heeled by Theodosiades and Domfeh found the bottom corner with a low shot and was swamped by his team mates

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Thiak KUEL, 6 Adam FALCONE, 9 Chris JACKSON, 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 12 Brendan ITALIANO, 16 Jamie MURPHY, 17 Mark BARNETT, 19 Brodie LANGAN - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 8 Jason BARRERA, 11 Toby ROBERTSON, 13 Jordan ALLEN-RANA, 15 William NICHOLSON

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Jordon DE LEO, 4 Thomas SOUTHGATE, 6 Nicholas MCDONALD, 7 Alek JOVIC, 8 Paul ZIMARINO, 18 Jackson MORGAN, 20 Jayden GORMAN, 21 Andreas THEODOSIADES, 22 Yagoub MUSTAFA – Subs not used: RGK Jackson LEE, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Michael DOMFEH, 15 Sasa NJEGIC, 16 Kieran COLWELL - Referee: Tom Glavovic

1.8.2020

BALCATTA PAY THE PENALTY AT ROCKINGHAM

Rockingham City have won their point of the season after a hard fought 0-0 draw against Balcatta at SafeRad Stadium. The home side had keeper Brad Stout to thank for keeping them in the game, producing a number of fine saves, including a penalty save to deny Balcatta skipper John Kearney. Balcatta keeper Riley Stephenson said it was one of those days. “It was a frustrating result for us as a team,” he said. “The game was played at a high intensity and we just didn’t take the chances we had, but full credit to their goalkeeper, he pulled off some fantastic saves and obviously saved the penalty as well.”

The hosts opened brightly and Blake Sokolowski fired just over the top on 14 minutes, but it was Balcatta who went close to the opener three minutes later. Calum O’Connell’s corner was chested down by Adam Tong, and Jon Corness’ shot was cleared off the line, before his header was also cleared off the line by Jarrad Mort. Balcatta went close again in the shadows of half time, Jack Leech’s shot saved at the near post by Stout.

Both sides went in search of the opener after the break. Good play down the left ended with Luke Collins, and his deep cross was cleared by Balcatta skipper O’Connell at the back post. Then a long-throw from Tong caused problems in the Rockingham defence, but it was cleared for a corner. From the resulting corner the ball was re-cycled and Adam Zimarino was bundled over in the box and referee pointed straight to the spot. Kearney stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but Stout guessed the right way to save.

Going into the last five minutes both sides pressed for the winner. Zimarino skipped down the left and his shot on the run was well saved by Stout at his near post. Then in stoppage time Rockingham had one final chance, Ryan Kennedy’s deep cross was punched clear by the alert Stevenson, and at the final whistle both sides had to settle for a point. “The lads put in a great shift to get us off the mark for the season,” Rockingham’s Lydon Hodgkiss said. “It’s a step in the right direction from the last few results, but still needs to get better in the coming weeks.”

Rockingham City: GK Brad STOUT, 3 Jarrad MORT, 5 Jack GIBSON, 6 Blake SOKOLOWSKI, 7 Jason POTTIER, 8 Dylan ROGERS, 10 Luke COLLINS, 13 Lydon HODGKISS, 14 Ryan KENNEDY, 15 Declan COLLINS18 Michael FARMER - Subs not used: RGK Nestus BURGER, 2 Joseph MOSS, 5 Nathan NG 11 Mitchel GRUIN

Balcatta: GK Riley STEPHENSON, 2 Joseph MARINO, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 John KEARNEY, 6 Alex CASTIELO, 8 Jack LEECH, 10 Jon CORNESS, 11 Michael ZIMARINO(9 Christos VAENAS 90+6’), (12 Dylan LEONARD 71’), 14 Adam TONG, 16 Adam ZIMARINO, 17 Henry DURR – Subs not used: 13 Anthony TOPINI, 18 Charlie WATT, 20 Seb MEDICA - Referee: Joshua Nixon

1.8.2020

GULLS FLY HOME WELL-EARNED POINT

Sorrento have fought back from two goals down to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park. First half goals from Jesse Lazzaro and Julian Teles had Scott Miller’s side in control, but Ollie Annis and Jakub Prajza pulled the Gulls level, and Jamie Harnwell’s side could have gone on and won it, but Cockburn stood firm to share the spoils. “After a sluggish first half the boys pulled together during the break and showed great spirit to complete a second half comeback,” Sorrento keeper Matthew Giudicatti said. “We were unlucky not to win in the end but we are happy to take a valuable point away from home against a strong Cockburn side.”

The hosts were ahead after 28 minutes, Ryan Pratt’s ball across the edge of the penalty area found Lazzaro, and his shot flew past Giudicatti. Then in the shadows of half time the Cockerels doubled their advantage. Lazzaro’s short free kick found Kristian Santich on the edge of the penalty area, his low shot was well saved by Giudicatti, but Teles was the quickest to the rebound, the big defender firing home to send the hosts into the break with a two-goal advantage.

What ever Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said at half time worked, also his two changes at the break, Clark Keltie and Annis coming on and both were influential. Sorrento hit the woodwork on 55 minutes, Scott Witschge’s shot hitting the post, but sixty seconds later they reduced the margin. It was Annis who started the move, finding Cameron Teece in the box, he crossed to Alex Morgan, who toe-poked the ball back to Annis who curled the ball home.

Sorrento levelled nine minutes later Keltie finding Prajza on the right of the box, and his cross shot found the corner of the net to make it 2-2. Both sides had chances to win it but couldn’t convert and both had to settle for a point. Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich said it was two points lost. “It was a disappointing result for us, given we were 2-0 up at half time,” he said. “However, we have to move on quickly put in a solid week on the training pitch and shift our focus to next week’s game against Perth Glory.”

Cockburn City – GK Luke RADONICH, 5 Julian TELES, 7 Ashley ROSINDALE (10 David ARAYA 60’), 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 12 Ryan PRATT, 14 Hayden STEVENS, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 17 Fanal DEWIT (9 Anthony SKORICH 76’) , 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Kristian SANTICH (3 Daniel DOLS 90’), 25 Breckan BAKER – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 6 Dane MEERALLY,

Sorrento: GK Matthew GIUDICATTI, 3 Jakob PRAJZA (22 Tristian COLLI 85’), 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 7 Alex MORGAN, 9 Cameron TEECE, 15 Ryan MCLAUGHLIN, 16 Scott WITSCHGE, 18 Jordan BROWN, 20 Zdenek BEZDEK (6 Clark KELTIE 46’), 21 Daniel FAICHNEY, 25 Amir AJAN (11 Tim HILL 46’) - Subs not used: RGK Patrick HUGHES, 10 Ollie ANNIS - Referee: Josh Mannella

1.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FIVE – REVIEW

It was week five of the State League Division One, and in our ‘Match of the week’ Mandurah City has continued Swan United’s poor start to the season after a 2-0 win at Francis Street. It was tight first half with the scores level at the break, but it was Mandurah who hit the front on the hour. Joey O’Brien broke down the right and squared it to Jordan Rhodes who scored with his first touch after coming off the bench. The points were wrapped up fifteen minutes later, when referee spotted a handball and John Baird scored from the penalty spot. “Swan is never an easy place to go and play, and we weren’t at our best but we did enough to get the result,” Mandurah’s Lee Stewart said. “It’s great to get our first away win, which gives us something to build on going into three homes games in a row next week.”

League leaders Western Knights maintained their perfect start to the season after a 4-0 win against Subiaco at Nash Field. The home side were ahead after only nine minutes, a corner came out the back and was fired back into the penalty area where Alex Kretowicz scored on the turn. Subiaco held firm until the hour mark, when the hosts doubled their advantage. John Chalmers cross, was finished off by Dean Hurley with a header from close-range. It was 3-0 nine minutes later, Hurley found space on the edge of the box and the ball was cut back to him and he finished superbly into the top corner. Hurley completed his hat-trick late in the game, a ball across the box was met by the striker, who finished neatly into the bottom left corner. “Delighted with the three points to keep our good start to the season going,” Knights’ Joshua Marocchi said. “Overall, it was a solid team performance and we look forward to next week against Stirling Lions.”

Olympic Kingsway bounced back from back to back defeats with a 5-3 win against Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park. The visitors hit the front on 13 minutes Gyles Davies was brought down in the box and he picked himself up to score from the spot. Ajax Riak made it 2-0 just after half time. The Lions pulled one back on the hour, with Gavin Knight also scoring from the penalty spot. But Olympic took control and after Paul McCormack was brought down Davies added his second spot kick. Tyler Garner added the fourth, before Riak made it 5-1 three minutes from time. The Lions scored a late consolation goal, with Zane Casella scoring, but it was too little too late.

“Stirling had the majority of possession we were able to utilise our pace in behind to cause them problems at the back. That constant threat allowed us to grow into the game and make the most of our chances,” Olympic skipper Luke Palmateer explained. “We were greeted with a pretty tense atmosphere due to the nature of the rivalry and the large crowd assembled and this contributed to the fast pace of the overall game.

“The win allows to get back on track and start building momentum, and most importantly, the win over a rival in Stirling was great not only for the players but all involved at Olympic Kingsway. Celebrating and singing the song not only with the players but the committee and everyone who plays apart with the club was a special moment. We now have the challenge of making sure we can replicate the desire to win from one week to the next.”

Forrestfield United remain second on the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Joondalup United at 1620 Capital Stadium, Hartfield Park. Joondalup were ahead on 27 minutes, a counter attack saw Kyle Murray find Dion Berman, who held off two defenders before curling the ball into the corner from outside the box. Forrestfield levelled on 35 minutes with Jordan Hart on target. The hosts kept the ball well for long periods but Joondalup held firm and limited their possession to very few chances. In the second half the game became more open and the visitors could have won it when Jamie Gardner hit the post and Berman hit the bar, but both sides shared the spoils. “It’s always difficult coming to Forrestfield but the boys put in a good solid team performance,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. “I thought we played well and were good value for the point.

Quinns remains third after a 2-2 draw against UWA Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park. “It was a very competitive game, with both sides playing some good football,” UWA’s Lloyd Prout said. “It was great to see the quick response from the team after Quinn's drew level and it’s a testament to the mentality of the squad, however, it feels like two points dropped after conceded late.” The hosts opened the scoring in the last minute of the first half, some neat build-up play ended with Geordie Papathanassiou scoring. Quinns were back in the game on 69 minutes, when a short corner caught UWA napping and the ball was crossed to Vasco Da Silva who headed home.

But UWA regained their lead two minutes later, they won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Pascal Sedgwick fired home the resulting set-piece. It looked like Quinns would leave empty handed but three minutes from time second half substitute Sam Wynne levelled. He had only been on the pitch for six minutes, and after picking the ball up in his own half he raced past two UWA defenders before finding the top corner from 25 meters. “A disappointing result as we thought we deserved the three points based on the game,” Quinns keeper James Bosdet said. “But we could have quite easily lost at the end with a chance they had, so it was definitely a great game for the neutral and Sam’s goal was superb, I don’t think we will see a better goal in Perth this year.”

Fremantle City sit fourth after a 2-0 win against Ashfield at Hilton Park. The hosts hit the front six minutes before the break. Sam McKearnen played Dantae Greer through on goal, and he placed it low and beyond Ashfield keeper Jake Lumpkin. They found the important second on 79 minutes, Charlie Betts picked up the ball just inside the box and rifled it home giving Lumpkin no chance. “It was pleasing to have kept a clean sheet after the previous weeks' goal fest,” Fremantle’s coach Cameron lord explained. “It is important that we now find some consistency in our performance to take to next week’s game against Kingsway.”

1.8.2020

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FIVE – REVIEW

Our ‘Match of the Round’ has seen Kingsley Westside continue their good start to State League football after a 3-0 win against Balga at Chichester Park on Saturday evening. “It was a good physical game and we took our chances in the first half, although we weren’t at our best,” assistant coach Stuart Montgomery said. “We had a chat at half time and we changed a few things with the way we wanted to play and the boys went out and really played well second half, and we could have had more goals. But happy with the win and we move on to a big game next week.”

Balga has most of the possession in the opening 25 minutes, but against the run of play it was the home side who scored first. A well-worked moved down the left, saw Jayden Drummond cut inside and play a one-two with Ramiro Vila, and Drummond curled the ball home from 20 metres. This was the trigger for Kingsley to start getting on top, and it was 2-0 six minutes before half time, Drummond grabbing his second, firing home a free kick from long-range via the crossbar. The points were wrapped up on 77 minutes, a deep cross picked out Sam Church at the back post and his shot gave the Balga keeper no chance. Balga could have had a late consolation from a spot kick in the 88th minute, when Quin Connelly went on a run and appeared to be fouled in the box. However the referee waved away any penalty appeal.

“It was another good result for us, although we had a bit of a slow start but after that we started to play the football we wanted,” Kingsley Westside skipper Drummond explained. “The boys at the back were solid, Balga didn’t have any clear-cut chances which is credit to our lads. Going forward we are starting to hit our straps now, just need to keep the momentum going, all eyes on another big game this week away to Joondalup City. “

Wanneroo City maintained the perfect start to the season after a 5-0 win against Curtin University at Wanneroo Reserve. They opened the scoring after only five minutes, Connor Lynch’s ball across the box was turned home by Flynn Nolan from close-range. City had to wait till 75 minutes to add their second, Nolan sent clear and finished clinically. The floodgates then opened and it was 3-0 moments later, Joe Cardoso got on the end of a through ball from Flynn. Shakeel Alexander made it 4-0 when he was sent clear by Chris Williams to score. The icing was put on the cake on 88 minutes when Nolan completed his hat-trick, after being sent one-on-one with the keeper and scoring. “The game wasn't our best performance after taking the lead early we took our foot off the pedal which was disappointing and sat back a bit,” Wanneroo coach Jesse Bridgeman said. “But the way we finished the chances we created late on in the game was excellent and I was pleased with the impact the substitutes made when they came on.”

Joondalup City missed the opportunity to keep tabs with the leaders after being held to a 1-1 draw by Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve. “After going behind before half time, the lads did a great job after the break to level the score,” Morley coach Jason van Rooy said. “We created a number of good chances to take all three points but unfortunately we had to settle for the draw.” The visitors were on top in the first half and were rewarded with the lead just before the break, Dougal Kindness getting on the end of a cut back from Luke Doyle to score. But after the break Morley hit back and took the game to City and were rewarded with the equaliser nine minutes from time, with Otto Van Der Poel scoring. Both sides had chances to win it but they had to settle for a point.

“We created four more good chances in the first half but were unable to score,” Joondalup coach Nigel Smith said. “But second half Morley came out strong and put us under pressure and deserved there equaliser, the game opened up and both teams had chances but could not take them. I was disappointed with the second half performance, as we dominated the 1st half with possession and clear-cut chances, but the players just never got going and we paid the price for it.”

Carramar Shamrock Rovers are up to fourth after a 3-2 win against Canning City at Grandis Park. It was Canning who opened the scoring on 19 minutes, Emmanuel Langoya on target. But the hosts levelled on the half hour, Jack Bardsley’s corner going straight in. Rovers took control after the break and hit the front on 75 minutes, a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Wayne Guest hit a spectacular volley home. They made it 3-1 four minutes from time, Nathan Diaz’s curling effort flew into the corner of the net. Canning continued to push forward and pulled one back in stoppage time with Duncan Lennon-Black scoring but it was too little too late. “Unfortunately, another slow start and failure to finish early opportunities had us chasing the game early but it was a great show of character and winning attitude to bring us back in the second half,” Rovers’ skipper Tom Forbes said. “Every player won their individual battles throughout putting us in a commanding position and ultimately leading us to a confident win.”

Murdoch University Melville and Gosnells City have fought out a seven-goal thriller at Murdoch Uni, the home side winning for the second time this season after a 4-3 win. MUM was ahead after only two minutes, Dylan Urquhart getting on the end of a Mark Lucas corner. But Gosnells hit back and Eddie Wynne-Wilson levelled on 18 minutes. But Gosnells took the lead into half time, with Wynne-Wilson scoring from the spot, and they made it 3-1 just after half time, with Bryce Rae scoring, and it look like the points were secured, but the home side had other ideas. They pulled one back on 55 minutes, Adrian Ciampini collected the ball from wide right and drove a low, hard strike inside the far post. They were level on 68 minutes, Ben Pellizzari made his way into the perfect position to be on the end of a cross to score from close-range. The home faithful were on their feet again sixty seconds later, when Pellizzari beat his marker and the keeper to calmly slot the ball into the net to give the hosts the lead. Gosnells pressed late but MUM held firm to take the points.

“We knew this game was going to be the perfect opportunity to test the character of the squad. We had a very poor second half performance last week we needed to make amends for, so it really was a must win game for us,” MUM Coach Danny Ciampini explained. “The lads put in two really solid training sessions this week and we knew we were as prepared as can be, so this result has given the group the belief we needed to know that we can turn a game around and find a result when others might not. We’re really looking forward to bringing this belief into next week’s fixture against Dianella.”

It was an emotional night at Dianella Reserve on Saturday with a big crowd on hand to watch the ‘Rod Banjac Tribute Game’ as Dianella White Eagles scored late to secure a 2-1 win against Kelmscott Roos. It wasn’t the start the big crowd were looking for with Kelmscott opening the scoring on the half hour, Lemeo Wordu on target. The Roos were keeping the home side at bay, that was until 65 minutes, when they levelled, Miki Vujacic scoring from a free kick. The home side pressed late and were rewarded with a winner on 92 minutes, Milan Vulin scoring from a corner. “I thought Kelmscott played well and made it hard for us,” Vujacic said. “But we pressed later and with Rod helping us from above, we managed to get the winner late.”

1.8.2020

CLUB IN PROFILE - INGLEWOOD UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Inglewood United Football Club was formed as the "Kiev Soccer Club" in 1951 by Ukrainian migrants. Kiev's first season was in 1953 in Division Three North of the old Western Australian Soccer Football Association, where they finished fifth in a six team league. The club's first relegation was at the end of 1956, when they finished second from bottom. However they bounced straight back when they were runners-up in Division Four the following year.

Kiev's next big break was in 1960, following the break-away of leading clubs to form the Soccer Federation of Western Australia, Kiev finished runners-up of Division Two and promotion to the top flight of the WASFA.

The club changed their name to Kiev-Victoria Park in 1961 and were in Division One of the WASFA for the first time. The following season they joined the Soccer Federation of Western Australia's new Division Two. For the next six years, the club yo-yoed between the top two divisions, and it wasn't until 1967 when they club won the second tier to gain promotion to the top flight that the club would get some stability. By that stage, the club had reverted to its original "Kiev" name, and re-located to Walter Road Reserve in Inglewood which remains the club's home ground today.

The club's return to the big stage almost captured a state championship, with Kiev finishing runners-up to Azzurri. However, they won their first major title in 1968, beating Cracovia to win the Top Four Cup.

There was another name change in the 1970's, this time to "Inglewood Kiev". On the field the club was a consistent performer, but it wasn't until the arrival of coach Jimmy Pearson where Kiev became a strong force in WA football. In 1977, Kiev just missed out on the state championship, finishing runners-up once again. However, they went on to win the Top Four Cup, and then easily beat Spearwood Dalmatinac 5-1 to win their first ever D’Orsogna Cup.

In 1978 and 1980, Kiev's Lee Adam became the first player to win the Gold Medal twice, while big crowds flocked to see Kiev when England legend Bobby Moore played two guest games for the club. The gold medal went to Kiev once again in 1982, this time to Norrie Sutton, and in 1983 the club won the Night Series Final.

Kiev failed to reach these same heights over the next few years, and following the 1987 season Kiev were controversially left out of the new eight team Super League due to criteria which was to start in 1988. The club's twenty year stay in the top flight was over.

Kiev did well back down in the second tier, finishing in the top half of the table over the next few years. In 1992 the club ended up in seventh place, but their lucky break was to follow. Due to a merger between the SFWA and PSL, the club were accepted back into the top flight competition in 1993. Kiev's new coach would be Eddy Hodgkinson from Balga who had just finished runners-up, and he brought over a number of experienced players with him. Kiev finished seventh in it's first year back in the top flight, before ending up as runners-up in 1994.

The club changed its name to Inglewood Falcons in 1995, and once again the club finished runners-up in the league with Jason Ainsley easily winning the gold medal.

1996 was the year where history was made for Inglewood. They won their first ever state championship, which wasn't sealed until Ian Ballantyne scored a late winner over Bayswater City. Norrie Sutton won his second Gold Medal, fourteen years after he last won it.

The next honours was in 1999, when the club won it's second State Cup, this time beating Floreat Athena 1-0 in the Final.

In 2000, the club changed it's name to Inglewood United, and though being a strong performer over most of the next twenty years, they had not landed another major honour apart from winning the Night Series in 2005. The club came close to winning some trophies, but finished runners-up in the league in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and also lost the Top 4 Cup Grand Final in 2008, 2016, 2019.

Andres Oliveira remains as coach in 2020, and after a difficult start, he will be hoping the club can make the top six and challenge for the title.

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE HONOURS (Using current divisional names)
Premier League winners - 1996
Premier League runner-up - 1968, 1977, 1994, 1995, 2016, 2017, 2019
First Division winners - 1964, 1967
First Division runners-up - 1962
Cup winners - 1977, 1999
Cup runners-up - 1981, 1995, 2009
Premier League Top Four/Five Cup winners - 1968, 1977
Premier League Top Four/Five Cup runners-up - 1982, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2008, 2016, 2019
Night Series winners - 1983, 2005
Night Series runners-up - 1976, 1979, 1997, 2000




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