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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Don't miss The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM this Saturday at 10am with Penelope TannerHoath and Pete Szkiela. This week's show includes Andrew Arena (Vic Park Victory), Gordon Duus (Football West), Matthew Stacey (Perth Glory Supporter) and Chris Barty (Pararoos Goalkeeper) Join the conversation Saturday from 10am by texting in your comments to 0408 921 832.

FOOTBALL IT’S MORE THAN A GAME – SUPPORT JOE CROOK

We all love football and love playing the game, but that’s all it is, and when the game effects your family life it’s a huge loss, and that’s what has happened to Kwinana United player Joe Crook who had his leg broken in an unfortunate tackle in a game on Wednesday evening. He was rushed to the Royal Perth Hospital with a fractured Fiber and Tiber and has had surgery to fix it. The Crook family have reached out to the WA Football family by setting a ‘Go Fund Me’ page for Joe, and Kwinana Head Coach Kris Donnell said he hopes as many people help support him.

“Joe is a great lad, but the tackle wasn't, and unfortunately he will be out of action for his family for a number of weeks and with no income protection and no work he and his partner will be struggling big time," Donnell said. "They have also had a new baby, so this has come at the wrong time for them, so if the football community can help them out on the 'Go Fund Me' page it would be great link is here - www.gofundme.com/football-supporters-rally-for-joe and support him.”

Joe loves football and is a passionate Liverpool FC supporter, and is proud of his Liverpool family roots. The thing is, he didn’t really want to play as it was a late match and as a self-employed carpenter he could have worked a bit extra. But he is loyal and committed and despite his dodgy hip (that’s another story) plays football and suffers afterwards. He is going to be out of action for at least 2 months, providing all goes well, hard for anyone but as a self-employed carpenter even harder. He has a beautiful family, partner and new baby and so any support would be so very much appreciated.

The fund has reached over $5,000 which is a great effort and we hope it can go higher – if you have some spare money it will help this young family over this hard time and get Joe back to work and eventually back on the park please donate at the above link – From everyone at Footballwa.net get well soon Joe.

17.8.2018

NPL-WA ROUND TWENTY-FIVE PREVIEW

We have two rounds to go in the NPL-WA and like the last few games, we have several games which can affect the bottom and top of the table. This week’s Footballwa.net is the relegation six pointer, as Balcatta entertain Stirling Lions in the derby at Grindleford Reserve. The Lions leapfrogged Balcatta and put some daylight between them and the rest in the drop zone last week, with a big win against Joondalup United, while Balcatta were beaten at home by ECU Joondalup, but did deserve something from the game.

The Lions have had a big turnover of players this season, but the coach said the energy and determination of his players hasn't changed and they have been in all the games recently, and he was pleased with the result last week a welcome return to the winners’ circle. “We controlled the game for the majority and the boys put in a solid shift as a unit,” he said. “There’s been some outs from our list but on the flip side we’ve brought in some quality as well. It’s all about working with those that want to be a part of Stirling Lions and our beliefs. There’s been some frustrations on the park, but we feel that’s under control now, and we are only focused on being positive and moving forward.”

Ashley said Saturday's game against Balcatta is a huge game normally, with it being a derby, but the position of both sides it makes this one even more important. "Certainly, a big game and even though we beat them last time we know they are in a fight to stay up as we are,” he explained. “Not sure if their ground will be an advantage to them but we will see. It’s up to us to show what we are about. We know we are capable, as we have been playing good football in the last four games. The Boys are confident, and we will play the game accordingly.”

Last week's loss was hard to take for Balcatta Head Coach Goran Stajic, but he said the performance was again good, but they didn't get the rub of the green. "It was disappointing from the scoreboard point of view BIG decisions didn't go our way, but we regroup and get ready to climb again,” he said. “From a club, team and coach’s perspective it’s ALL positive to have ten of the sixteen players 20 years old and under is very heartening not only did they play the football that was on show but to almost get a deserved result against a very experienced team can only better prepare us for 2019 and beyond.”

The coach has been pleased with the way the side have stood toe to toe with the top teams in recent weeks, and he said the leaders at the club, the likes of Calum O'Connell, Jon Corness and Hayden Stevens have all stood up and the younger players in the squad have followed. "I can’t fault the leadership group all great examples both on and off the field. To think that Hayden (Stevens) is only 21 and Jon (Corness) 22 is testament to what we are building at Balcatta FC ultimately to help them grow you need experience and quality and that’s where someone like Calum (O’Connell) balances it out,” Stajic said. “The way he leads the entire squad not only makes my job easier to get the message across, but I dare say he is relishing in the role and his football has taken another BIG step. The goals that he is scoring and assisting in this year have been vital to our climb and build.”

Stajic knows their survival is in their own hands, and a win against the Lions could seal their safety, but he knows the Lions will be looking for the same result, so it sets up an enthralling derby. “It’s another opportunity for the team to get the desired result but for that to happen we need to be prepared "to sacrifice" ensuring the clubs NPL survival. The plan is to win our last two remaining league games at home to Stirling and Inglewood United guaranteeing the clubs Senior NPL status with a mid-table finish,” he said. “Regardless of both teams form of late and win, loss and draw ratio nothing else matters now, only our squad's willingness to win the final two games or at least die trying. To continue playing in the NPL is the ambition for everyone at Balcatta, including me, it's impossible not to give your best when it depends on winning for your club. These are massive games because the NPL is the elite competition in our state and we want to continue climbing as high as we possibly can.”

The other two teams who are fighting for survival are Forrestfield United and Subiaco, and both hit the road this weekend for tough games. Forrestfield's defeat at Subiaco last week meant they are hanging on to survival by a thread and need to win both their remaining games and hope other results go their way. It's D-day for Forrestfield United when they travel to Frank Drago Reserve to take on Bayswater City, knowing nothing more than three points will do if they are to avoid relegation. Bayswater let a two-goal lead slip against Sorrento last week, and they need the points to maintain their spot in the top-four, so this should be a cracker. Last week's final minute defeat at Subiaco was a disappointment but Forrestfield Head coach Rod Banjac said they will be doing all they can to get a positive result on Saturday, but he said they have been hit hard, both on and off the park.

"If we were in a slightly better situation I would really look forward to this one, but 31 competitive games in less than seven months are taking their toll on our young inexperienced squad as we are struggling to put a competitive team together,” he explained. “If our players were not humans RSPCA would have intervened long ago as this is way too much considering we almost had no break due to the playoffs last year. To put it into perspective most A-League clubs play 28/29 over 12 months. To say I am bitter is an understatement. And the way things are shaping up we might end up in the play offs again. That will make it 33. What a great way to bring a healthy progressive community club to its knees. As a coach, how on earth do you populate your annual calendar when everything changes at drop of a hat.”

Banjac said Saturday will be a tough game, especially with Bayswater needing the points in their top four aspirations. “Bayswater are experienced campaigners with massive depth and know exactly how to operate in this specific WA NPL LEAGUE. Just like the others that have been in this specific environment for a while, and of course being in leadership roles they all played a big part in creating this specific environment,” he explained. “Unfortunately, we at Forrie are still coming to terms with the “rules” and evidently paying the price, but not just on the park as good people are dropping off like flies due to pure frustration. I would like to say what I think but I’m sick of sitting by myself in the empty grand stands. The General public are not silly, they value their free time, but I and many others ask, does anyone care if grand stands are empty.”

League leaders Perth Glory can win their first NPL title with a win this weekend at Ashfield Arena, but they will face a tough challenge from Cockburn City, who also need the points to stay in the top four. City have dropped off the pace in recent weeks and have only won once in their last five games, but they are still in third place but the clubs below them have closed the gap so a they need a win to keep then at arm’s length. Glory lead the league by four points but have a superior goal difference, so it's their title to loss. They will be bolstered by the return of several players who have all been in the A-League pre-season tour of Malaysia, but do miss keeper Jackson Lee, who has flown out to be with the Australian Under 18's squad in Japan. Defender Ollie Annis said the win at Armadale was good, especially with the players out, but he said its business as usual. “I thought the team were excellent on Saturday. we worked hard on and off the ball together and got the result we wanted,” he said. “Gibbo (Head Coach John Gibson) has our focus on this week’s game and hasn’t mentioned anything about a title. The only thing he has mentioned is a good performance, winning the game and getting better. if we play the way we’ve played all year we can beat anyone so hopefully we get the job done on Saturday.”

There is another massive game at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday when second placed Perth SC entertain fifth placed ECU Joondalup. The hosts are assured a top four finish, but need to win and hope Glory slip up, if they to take the title race down to the last round of fixtures. Meanwhile, ECU need three points to keep their top four hopes alive. The Jacks welcome back keeper Johnny Perkins and defender Shane Cassidy for the game, but still will be without Tommy Amphlett and Kieron Stallard with injury. Young midfield Tom Hough said a couple of quality finishes from Daryl Nicol saw them over the line last week and knows Perth will be another tough game on Saturday. “Last week’s game against Balcatta was a difficult one, but I thought we deserved to win. It was a very slippery pitch to play on which made the game a lot harder, but two great finishes from Daryl and hard work from the players gave us the three points we needed,” he explained. “Perth SC are a quality side so the game on the weekend will definitely be a difficult one. Three points are a must and will put us in a great position going into the final game of the season for a top four spot.”

In other games Inglewood United have also slipped in recent weeks and need three points on Saturday to keep them in the top four contention when they host already relegated Joondalup United at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. The visitors are playing for pride but have struggled to put out as side and last week assistant Coach Rudy Proctor played, but along with Jamie Gibson was sent off. They do regain the services of skipper Matthew Sparrow, but will need to be at their best to get anything out of this one. Inglewood sit in sixth placed, but only on goal difference, but they have only won once in their last five games.

Another team fighting against relegation is Subiaco, and they make the trip to the E&D Litis Stadium to take on the form team of the league Floreat Athena. The home side are unbeaten in their last seven games and are coming off a big win at Cockburn last week, while the visitors boosted their survival hopes with a win against Forrestfield last week. “Last week was a massive gave that was basically do or die for us,” Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery said. “We knew the importance of the game and could have lost our heads after a very dubious penalty call but we rallied together got back it to the game and finally got some luck to win it in injury time.”

Montgomery said it’s another vital game on Saturday and they will be looking forward to the challenge. “This week is another big test but training has been intense all week and the boys no what’s at stake so we just have to rally together and keep fighting for our lives,” he said. “It’s as simple as that with the situation we’re in. Macca and Basil will have us primed and ready to go so it’s up to the boys on the park to get the job done.” In the final game Sorrento host Armadale, in the only game not to have a bearing on the top or bottom of the table. Armadale sit one point ahead of their hosts, and are coming off a 1-3 defeat by Glory, while Sorrento fought back from two goals down to draw at Bayswater.

17.8.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND EIGHTEEN – PREVIEW

It's also tight at the top and bottom of the State League Division One, and this week’s Footballwa 'Match of the Round' takes us to Nash Field, where fourth placed Western Knights host third placed South west Phoenix. Only two points separate the sides on the table, and the Phoenix are on a great run and are unbeaten in their last seven games, which has seen them move up the table. They are coming off a hard-fought win at Joondalup City last week, while the Knights produced a great comeback to beat Mandurah City 5-4, after being down 4-2 at half time

Phoenix keeper James Oakley missed last weeks win at Joondalup, but he said it could have been a banana skin for them, but they passed the test. “It was another tough win from the lads, it was one of those danger games that we could have dropped,” he said. “If that had happened we would have undone all the hard work we’ve put in over the last two weeks, but it was pleasing to see us put in a good performance and kept the unbeaten run going.”

Oakley returns to the side for the trip north to take on the Knights and he said this week they have a little more motivation. “The league is so tight this season, every game is a vital one, but we go in full of confidence against the Knights,” he said. “This same fixture last season we threw away our chances of being promoted by conceding a late goal, so it’s a bit of extra motivation for the lads to head up there and get the three points. There’s no pressure on us now, the pressure is all on the top two teams, it’s their league to lose now so we’ll keep on fighting till the end and see how we end up.”

Knights skipper Graham Tough said the players showed great character last week to come from behind and get the win at Mandurah. “It was a game for the neutral last Saturday, maybe not the coaches,” he explained. “We made four mistakes and it cost us four goals, but we were fortunate we scored five. The boys showed a lot of heart and dug deep and got back on winning ways.” Tough said the Phoenix are on a good run of form and Saturday should be a good game. “They (Phoenix) are a decent side and we will approach the game as we do with every other in giving them the respect they deserve,” he said. “But we are looking to finish the season on a high with the remaining games and finish as high as possible. It will be another good game with both teams looking to finish as high as possible in the league.”

League leaders Gwelup Croatia have home ground advantage when they host fifth placed Fremantle City at Wishart Street. Fremantle were surprisingly beaten last week at home by Morley Windmills, that loss slipped them down the table, and they need to bounce back this week, but I’m sure Gwelup will have other ideas. Gwelup beat UWA-Nedlands last week, with a brace from James Sammut and assistant coach Richard Abrams said they had to earn it. “It was a tough physical game on the weekend, and UWA were not there to make the numbers up. When you come up against quality players like Luke Randazzo it’s never going to be easy and we were made to work very hard for our two goals late on,” he explained. “It was a very important win and if we are to win the league come the end of the season I am sure we will experience more games like this in the coming weeks.”

Abrams said Fremantle have a good squad and they will be looking to bounce back from last weeks loss, so they will need to be on their guard. “I’m expecting a tight game like earlier on in the season, and I’m sure Marc and Lenny will be setting up to win as they are of very competitive nature,” he said. “We will need to be at our very best if we are to take all three points this week and it has all the makings of a very good game.”

In other games Rockingham City will be looking to keep the pressure on Gwelup when they host Ashfield at Lark Hill. City are coming off the bye and lost top spot to Gwelup last week but will be looking to maintain their good form. Ashfield are on a four-game run without a win and are coming off a 1-1 draw with Dianella White Eagles last week dropped them down to sixth. Joondalup City make the trip to Dianella Reserve to take on Dianella White Eagles desperate for three points to push away from the relegation zone, and both teams have struggled in the win column in recent weeks, and drawn many off them, but thee points are vital this week. In the final game UWA-Nedlands host Mandurah City at the UWA Sports Park, and with only five games to go bottom of the table Mandurah need to start picking up wins if they are not to be relegated for the second season.

17.8.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND EIGHTEEN – PREVIEW

It's week 18 of the State League Division Two and this week’s Footballwa 'Match of the Round' takes us to Wanneroo Reserve where Wanneroo City host Gosnells City. Gosnells have slipped down to ninth on the table after a 2-1 loss against Balga last week, which was the third defeat on the trot for Brad Rushton's side, this after a winning three straight after the new coach took over. Meanwhile Wanneroo sit in second, five points behind leaders Olympic Kingsway, but do have a game in hand, and are coming off a 3-0 win against Kelmscott Roos.

Wanneroo striker Scott Johnston said it was good to get back on the park after several games have been called off and had the bye, but Kelmscott made them earn it. “With the irregularity of our games over the last couple of months, the 3-0 win against Kelmscott was vital,” he said. “It was important for the team to get back to continuing our good run of form heading into the business end of the season.”

Johnston who has bagged eleven goals this season said Saturday will be another challenge, with Gosnells looking for the points at the other end of the table. “As we’ve seen this season each game is so competitive, and each game is vital for us, as we look to continue to keep pace with the teams around,” he said. “Gosnells will be coming to take away the points and we will need to be at our best from the start if we want to continue our good run of form heading into a busy period of games over the coming weeks.”

Gosnells striker Chris Holland said the lose against Balga was disappointing, but they did have chances to take something from the game. “I thought we were very unlucky and deserved to win the match, sometimes when your down the bottom end of the table it seems you always get dealt hard luck,” he said. “We dominated Balga from start to finish, over 20 shots on goal to maybe three or four from them. But we didn’t take our chances and there keeper was in terrific form especially in the last 20 minutes.”

Holland said they are looking forward to the trip to Wanneroo, but he knows the quality they have. “They (Wannaroo) are a great team, and I played them in the night series when I was at Fremantle which ended 4-4, so we are all aware of the strengths they possess,” he said. “But like any game it is football and anything can happen, just like last week, but who knows what can happen this week. We look forward to the challenge, and I’m not getting carried away, they have been flying and we have hit a bit of a bad patch, so time to turn that around if we can.”

League leaders Olympic Kingsway remained five points clear at the top of the table after a 3-1 win against Shamrock Rovers, and this week they make the trip to Frye Park to take on Kelmscott Roos. Kelmscott sit in the relegation zone and will need to be at their best if they are to take anything off the leaders. Meanwhile Olympic striker Danny Hodgson returned to the side with a bng scoring twice last week and he said it’s good to be back. “Yes, I’m happy to be back so fast. I was a bit gutted when it happened as I was enjoying being back playing after being out for so long., but thankfully the scans came back with no major damage. I was put on a strict rehab programme which only meant I missed five weeks,” he explained. “It was good to get back on the scoresheet too and it was a great win for the boys. We played some great football, but Shamrock got a man sent off after about half an hour, so it killed the game off and we won pretty comfy to be honest.” Hodgson said Saturday will be another challenge, but they go into each week looking for three points. “It should be a good game, but we go into every game with the same mind set, whether it’s playing second in the league or bottom of the table we look to put in the same performance every week,” he said. “We know we can’t go into games thinking it’ll be easy as that’s when things can go wrong, but there are still five games to go. What we’ve achieved so far this year is amazing, and we’re almost at the finish line now. We know that it’s in our hands now regardless of how other results go if we win the next five games the title is ours.”

In other games Quinns host Murdoch Melville at Gumblossom Park, while Canning City entertain Shamrock Rovers at Burrendah Reserve on Sunday afternoon. In the final game fourth placed Swan United hit the round to Edinburgh Oval to take on Curtin University (Note 4pm kick off) Curtin were beaten at Murdoch last week, the loss leaving them seventh on the table, while the Black and Whites edged past Canning City. United midfielder Brennan Borzecki said it should have been more, but the performance of Canning keeper Mitchell Travera kept the score line down. “Yes, Canning did well to keep us out, and we should have bagged a few more,” he said. “But their keeper was on fire, but at the same time we should have put our numerous chances away.” Borzecki said Saturday will be another tight game as they look to keep in touch of the leaders. “It will definitely be another difficult game, as the pressure is still on for us to perform and get the win,” he said. “The teams above us are not making it easier as were not allowed to take any game lightly anymore.” – Balga have the bye this weekend.

17.8.2018

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND EIGHTEEN – PREVIEW

It's week 18 in the Belt-up Sunday Amateur Premier Division and this week's match of the round effects both ends of the table, when Subiaco host Kingsley at Rosalie Park. Kingsley sit four points behind the leaders at the top, while Subiaco sit two points out of the drop zone, so this game is huge for both clubs. Subiaco were beaten at Wembley Downs last week and skipper David Grose said the slow start hurt them. "It wasn't a good result for us last week, we started slow and didn't seem to get going until we were already 3-0 down," he said. "To give away the goals we did as well was also disappointing, but it was a better performance by us in the second half I thought, but it was a bit too late unfortunately." Grose said Sunday's game is huge and a win could move them up a number of places, but he knows Kingsley are chasing the title. "Sunday is a massive game for us, especially with the fact that one win could move us three or four positions up the table," he explained. "I thought we played well against Kingsley in the previous fixture and going down to nine men in the second half was unfortunate and impacted the result. Kingsley are a strong side and will be a tough game, but I'm confident in our team and that we can get a result."

Kingsley head coach Steven Dimitrovich said the win against Jaguar was hard fought but more important with the leaders dropping points. "It was a good win last week against the Jags, and an important win as well with North Perth dropping points," he said. "I thought our boys were outstanding especially in the first half when we scored three goals inside the first 30 minutes of the game, which allowed us to then see out the game on our terms and dictate the pace of the game by adding a couple of goals in the second half." Dimitrovich said the last game against Subiaco was tough and he's expecting the same at their place. "Subiaco will be a tough opponent this week, if our first encounter is anything to go by," he explained. "They are very well organised and counter very well so we are going to have to be at our best to beat them especially knowing they will go all out for the three points to try and take them away from the relegation zone."

League leaders North Perth take on bottom of the table Southern Spirit at Woodville Reserve. They extended their lead at the top of the table after beating Belmont Villa in midweek in their catch-up game. The home side opened the scoring early when Will Pender crossed from the left and Oscar Kelly fired home after Belmont failed to clear their lines. It was 2-0 before the break a great team goal, with Pender getting on the end of some good approach work. United went on with it after the break and they added a third when Pender nicked the ball of the Belmont defender sending him one on one with the keeper and he finished clinically into the top corner. Moments later they added a fourth, and what a stunner it was, Kelly eased past three Belmont defenders before curling home superbly from long-range. The icing was put on the cake late, when Kelly completed his hat-trick, when Sean Lahart's shot crashed off the post and Kelly was quickest to react to score from close-range. Belmont pulled one back late with Paul McCormack on target to make the final score 5-1.

North Perth assistant coach Kevin Flavin said it was a good performance, especially after a tough run of games. "Overall we were very happy with the performance, and the lads did exactly what we asked of them before the game in our team talk and we played some quality football at times," he explained. "We knew it was going to be a tough week for us, with three games but all the lads have stepped up brilliantly and now our focus is on playing Spirit on Sunday." Flavin said they (Spirit) will be desperate for the points, and they always seem to have a tough game against them in the past. "It’s going to be a tough game against Spirit this week, and over the last four-five years we have had tough battles with them and they always seem to bring out there best against us," he explained. "We know what we have to do and that will be our focus on Sunday it’s a very competitive league this year so our lads will know they need to be focused from the start."

In other games Leeming Strikers make the trip to Gerry Archer Sports Complex to take on Belmont Villa, Hamersley Rovers host Wembley Downs at Carine Open Space, while Jaguar FC entertain Kwinana United at Herb Graham Recreation Centre. The final game of the round is the clash between Ellenbrook United and UWA-Nedlands at Ellenbrook Sports Hub. Ellenbrook were well beaten at Kwinana, while UWA got back in the winner’s circle with a win against Belmont, and coach Arthur Hiemstra said it was much needed. "The win against Belmont marked the end of a two-month period during which we only have managed one draw against Jags so the three points were very welcome," he said. "The lads played good football, played with conviction and were hungry and the result is a fair reflection of the game in my view."

Hiemstra said with only three points separating the two sides a win would increase the gap on them on the table, but he is expecting a tough game. "It would mean a big step towards preservation if we can increase the margin to six between us and Ellenbrook, however after that there is still plenty of points to be won and lost," he explained. "We have been getting better each week and providing we bring the same quality of football with the hunger we brought in the games against North Perth and Belmont we should be in a good position to secure a win. I expect an eventful afternoon considering both teams are fighting for preservation and we are looking forward to it with confidence."

16.8.2018

SAGE WARNS ROGUE STATES OVER RISKS OF BLOCKING FIFA REFORM

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has reminded four dissident state federations of the “serious consequences” facing Australian football should they block sweeping democratic changes recommended by the FIFA-endorsed Congress Review Working Group.

The world governing body would be left with little alternative other than to suspend Australia, which would threaten the Socceroos’ participation in January’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup and the Matildas’ 2019 World Cup campaign, should the gang of four join forces with Football Federation Australia to veto Congress reform at an extraordinary general meeting on 7 September.

Sage is aghast that four state bodies - Tasmania, Northern New South Wales, Northern Territory and Capital Football - represent just 18 percent of registered players in Australia, yet are in a position to thwart the will of the majority.

“It seems ludicrous that these small state associations who are very dependent on FFA can be prepared to derail the will of those who represent 82 percent of registered players, all of the professional players and all of the professional clubs,” Sage told theworldgame.sbs.com.au “I just don’t see how that’s democratic.”

“If it does happen there could be serious consequences for the FFA board because FIFA will then be painted into a corner on having to make a decision with potentially huge ramifications ... The stakes are very high in terms of the possible repercussions for Australia (and the possibility of being ostracized by Zurich).”

It will require a 75 percent vote (there are 10 votes) to implement the CRWG’s recommendations - which include an independently run A-League. If the recalcitrant states don’t “see sense”, as Sage puts it, they will have the numbers to scupper reform.

“I hope at least two of the federations currently standing against the changes go back and re-read the recommendations,” he added. “Previously Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia were against change but now they’re part of the process they can see the benefits.”

Sage believes the gang of four have nothing to fear from change to the status quo. “It’s not like jumping into an abyss,” he said. “It’s all got to be done properly. New board members have to be vetted by committees and it wouldn’t just be the case of nominating ten new directors. It won’t happen that way.

“The clubs will only have 28 percent of the vote under the plan. I think the dissenters need to be asked to articulate their position. Why don’t they front the media and explain their views? There is no legitimate reason, other than the FFA’s line that A-League clubs will have too much power, which just doesn’t stack up.”

“The FFA also seem to think we’re in bed with the Professional Footballer’s Association but the truth is we’re not, and are likely to be at loggerheads in the future over player pay. They certainly won’t necessarily always be on our side, but like us they just want a democratic congress.”

“I am particularly peeved because in 2012 when we lost to Brisbane in the grand final we were assured of an Asian Champions League spot but that got taken away by the AFC because of the (FFA’s) governance issues. If the changes aren’t instituted, these types of things can happen again at any time. There are many heavy-handed things that can be imposed on us by FIFA.”

14.8.2018

SAGE PRAISE FOR FFA IN PURSUIT OF KERR

Perth Glory boss Tony Sage has praised the vision of Football Federation Australia as they reach into their marquee fund to prise Matildas superstar Sam Kerr from the clutches of a top European club and return her to hometown team Glory for the W-League season.

Rated among the top five female players in the world, Kerr has been pondering a lucrative European switch. However, FFA have earmarked a figure in excess of $200,000 to convince the free-scoring striker to rejoin Glory ahead next June’s Women’s World Cup in France.

“If Sam comes back to Australia she wants to play in Perth,” Sage said. “She’s been captain for three years and we’ve reached two Grand Finals with her as the competition’s Golden Boot and she wants to lift the trophy as a Perth player.

“There’s been a massive offer to play in Europe (which) we thought initially she’d take it but her management contacted FFA. If they dip into the fund I think Fox Sports would be delighted to see Sam back here, rather than losing her to an overseas club. Kudos to Fox and FFA.”

Sage has been a long-time critic of FFA and the control they wield over the A-League clubs, and a keen advocate of an independently run competition. “I don’t know the full detail of the private negotiations but hopefully she’ll be back with us training in late October,” he said.

“Sam’s one of the best players in the world and we’re not a sexist country. She’s a special player ... I think it’s only eight games in her last 30 for club or country where she hasn’t scored, which is unbelievable.

“If your can bring out Keisuke Honda and pay him ($1.5 million) out of the marquee fund then I can’t see why the FFA wouldn’t want to bring a player a Sam’s stature back to Australia. It shows FFA does consider the W-League an important part of Australia’s football family.”

Yet again among the nominees for FIFA Women's Player of the Year, 24-year old Kerr has been on fire for club and country over the last 12 months. She became the first player to score more than 50 goals in the National Women's Soccer League and was also a joint-winner of the Julie Dolan Medal for her most recent season with Glory.

13.8.2018

VELAPHI INJURED IN MALAYSIA

Perth Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi's involvement in his club's pre-season tour of Malaysia has been cut short by serious injury. The 31-year old was hospitalised after being involved in a sickening collision with Sarawak FA striker Bobby during the weekend friendly at Stadium Negeri.

Velaphi received treatment for multiple facial fractures and head lacerations and is expected to fly back to Perth tomorrow. He will visit a specialist to assess what further medical attention will be required. Velaphi has been very touched by the messages of sympathy and support that have flooded in and has asked the club to thank everyone for their concern and best wishes on his behalf.

12.8.2018

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, SEVENTEEN – REVIEW

It was the top of the table clash in the Belt Up Sunday Amateur Premier Division, and Leeming Strikers and North Perth United fought out a 1-1 draw at John Connell Reserve. The visitors opened the scoring on the half hour. A quick counter attack down the left from William Pender who rounded his man and hit a low cross to the front post where Oscar Kelly finished brilliantly to the keepers bottom right corner. It looked like the points would be heading to North Perth but in the final minute Leeming levelled, player/coach David Palin long-range free kick flashed past the keeper to earn a point. “Overall the game was a proper top of the table clash which had everything,” United assistant coach Kevin Flavin said. “We could have come away with the win but conceded one late but that’s football., but we couldn’t be happier with how the lads played they gave everything for 90 minutes against a tough Leeming side, and top performances from especially Chris Wylie and Paul Gabel.” Leeming Coach Palin said they had the chances to win it. “We knew before the game how tough the task would be to get anything from North Perth as they are a really good side and showed that throughout game,” he said. “I said on Friday we had to be at our best and I think for most part we were, I also probably should have said we needed some luck as well, three disallowed goals and a missed penalty really sums up our day. In big games you want the big decisions right, they weren’t even big decisions to get right, one of the disallowed goals hit the back stantion and comes back out. To say we are frustrated is an understatement but don’t want to take away from the game, because I think both sides gave good accounts of themselves and played the game in a good competitive nature. If I’m North Perth I’m buying 100million dollar lotto tickets this week and for us we will probably just wonder how we didn’t win 4-1. But that’s football and all the best for North Perth in their remaining games.”

Kingsley closed the gap on the leaders after a 5-2 win against Jaguar at Chichester Park. Jayden Drummond got Kingsley off to the perfect start on 12 minutes when he got in behind the Jaguar defence and finished well past keeper Lam Gai. Kingsley doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Oliver Valentine was brought down in the box and Sean Johnson scored from the resulting penalty. Johnson got on the score sheet again two minutes later when he sent his half-volley into the top corner from 20 metres. Jaguar pulled one back just before half-time as Lok Mamal put the ball in the back of the net after Kingsley failed to clear their lines.

The home side continued to dictate terms after the break, and they added another after Lee Thomas saw his shot saved by Gai but Drummond was there to fire home the rebound. Drummond completed his hat-trick in the hour as a long throw from Thomas found Drummond unmarked at the back post who made no mistake with the finish from close range. Jags scored a second from the spot after Kingsley keeper Paul Rainford brought down Laurance Gama, and Gojam Nyuon fired home. “The focus all week has been on the top four playing each other and we set ourselves and had a good mindset this week,” Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich said. “The boys are really focused; they just want something more this year. I think you saw it in the first half; the first half of football was superb from our boys and probably some of the best we’ve played all year.”

Wembley Downs remain fifth after a 4-1 win against Subiaco at Butlers Reserve. The home side opened the scoring Dean Wall volleying into the roof of the net from inside the box. Ryan Fish doubled their lead with another volley, before Az Gray headed home at the back post after a cross from the right to make it 3-0. Subiaco pulled one back before half time, but Gray added his second and Wembley’s fourth to round off the scoring. “It was a good performance for us, continuing our form from the second half of the Jags game,” Fish said. “We pressed them (Subiaco) well and were clinical in our finishing in the first half which was pleasing. Giving them a goal just before half time was a bit of a disappointment but we knew if we got the next goal in the second half we could secure the points. The three points was even more important given the results around us, so we are pleased.”

In other games UWA-Nedlands came from behind to beat Belmont Villa 2-1 at the UWA Sports Park, with Amir Khasanov and Max Mess on target. Hamersley Rovers travelled to ?? and beat Southern Spirit 2-1. David Morris scored Rovers’ first just after 20 minutes, but Spirit equalised early in the second second half. UWA won it with five minutes to go, with Declan Peters scoring from the spot. In the final game a hat-trick from Craig Ton and a brace to Robbie Hamm has moved Kwinana United away from the drop zone with a 5-2 win against Ellenbrook United at Kelly Park. “Happy with the result and the attitude of the players, we put out probably our best team this season and it showed on the pitch with some really good football,” Kwinana Coach Kris Donnell said. “It’s going to be a tough finish to the season with around five teams still trying to keep their heads above water, so the lads just want to get the heads down and take it one game at a time.”

11.8.2018

THREE VITAL POINTS FOR LIONS

Stirling Lions have won three vital points in the relegation fight after a 5-0 win against the already-relegated Joondalup United at Macedonia Park. An early goal from Jamie Docherty set them on their way, before Steve Sokol added a second before the break. They went on with it after half time, with Sokol adding his second and a brace from Alex Tanevski, which is a timely boost for Keegan Ashley’s moving them three points clear of the drop zone, but they still must play fellow relegation threatened Balcatta and Forrestfield in the final two games. "I thought we dominated and controlled the game, it was great to score plenty of goals,” Ashley told the NPL website. "Everyone worked hard today, we put in a good shift as a unit. We’ve got some very important matches to come, so it was great to get the win."

The Lions made the best possible start to the game and were ahead on nine minutes. A great solo run from Docherty ended with a clinical finish past Joondalup keeper James Bosdet. The visitors went close to levelling moments later, Matthew Cherrie playing in Jamie Gibson, but he failed to find the target. The Lions looked dangerous going forward and Bosdet had to be alert, to deny David Micevski as they looked to add to their lead. But that came six minutes before half time, Sokol getting behind the Joondalup defence and firing home.

It was more of the same after half time, Tanevski should have added the third after racing in one-on0one with Bosdet, but his lob missed the target, before Sokol found the net, but the assistants’ flag was up for offside. But on the hour the home side did add a third, after Tanevski cut in from the flank and eased past his marker before finding the bottom corner of the net. It was one-way traffic and injuries and suspension had hit Joondalup hard and even their assistant coach Rudy Proctor had to come on 77 minutes.

But the Lions weren’t finished and Tanevski was in again eight minutes from time, his first shot was superbly saved by Bosdet, but the rebound fell kindly for the striker and he fired home. The home side made it 5-0 four minutes later Tanevski feeding Sokol to score. Things went from bad to worse for Joondalup in the final minute when Gibson was shown a straight card and Proctor a second yellow and both were sent off by referee Joshua Nixon after an altercation. “We showed a real lack of discipline, we lost our structure and our game plan,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings told the NPL website. "I thought we had the best couple of chances of the first half, but we also gifted two goals, second half the players seem to ignore instructions ... I’m disgusted with the second half performance. I want the players to go out and show a bit of pride, a bit of passion and show that they are good footballers.”

Stirling Lions: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Nathan DE ABREU, 4 Alex SULESKI, 5 David MOLINARI, 6 Dhors CHOUL, 7 Connor SWILION (12 Abu DELLIH 80'), 8 Dean CUMMINGS, 9 Zane CASELLA, 10 David MICEVSKI (3 Nicholas ASHLEY 60') 11 Jamie DOCHERTY (17 Alex TANEVSKI 26'), 14 Steve SOKOL - Subs not used: RGK Damien DAMSONOSKI, 15 Joey PERKINS

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2.Johnny CHALMERS, 4 Danny O’SHEA, 6 Sam WYNNE, 10 Elliot TATTERSALL (8 Rudy PROCTOR 77') 11 Anthony TAYLOR (c) (20 Matthew GROSTATE 68'), 12 William KESSEL, 14 Liam MOONEY, 17 Matthew CHERRIE (3 James SPURRY 57') 19 Adam BUCKLEY, 22 Jamie GIBSON - Subs not used: 23 Jonny HILL - Red cards: Gibson 90', Proctor 90' - Referee: Joshua Nixon

11.8.2018

ZIMARINO WINS IT LATE FOR PERTH

A goal three minutes into stoppage time from second half substitute Paul Zimarino has given Perth SC a 2-1 win against Inglewood United at Dorrien Gardens. The win kept them in touch of league leaders Perth Glory, but put a dent in the top four hopes of United. Niccolò Sabatini had given the host the lead early, but Brian Woodall restored parity moments later. It looked like the points would be shared but Zimarino had other ideas.

"Glory will not have two easy games and neither will we, mathematically it's still possible and we will push really hard until the end," Perth Head Coach Ramon Falzon told the NPL website. "I think the boys deserved it, I feel for Inglewood because we snatched it so late, but we hit the post and the bar, and I thought in the first half we were superior. I was hoping that we could go into half-time with the lead, then second half Inglewood took control for periods and we had to defend. But we knew the chances would come and thankfully we scored with the last counter of the game."

It was a vital game for both sides, with only three points separating the two sides at kick off and it was the home side who opened the scoring on nine minutes, Sabatini was sent clear and he held off his marker before finished across Alex Dunn and into the corner of the net. But Inglewood were level sixty seconds later with a stunning long-range strike from Brian Woodall, which flew into the top corner of the net giving Francis Soale no chance, for a contender for goal of the season. Perth began to take control and Dunn was keeping his side in the game. First, he pushed away Harley Orr's header at full stretch, before producing a stunning reaction save to deny Rocco Pizzata and Catarcione fired over when well placed.

It was more of the same after the break with Dunn standing in the way of Perth, and he produced a great point-blank save to thwart Gustavo Catarcione. At the other end Kenny Keogh fired over the top before Alex Salmon shot on the run flashed wide of the target. Inglewood had lifted and had Perth on the back foot and Soale came to his sides rescue with a brilliant save to deny Salmon. But Perth ended the game the better and Matt Milenkovic effort smacked against the post, before Zimarino headed just wide. It looked like the points would be shared but it was Perth who won it, Frank Furfaro slipped Zimarino in on goal to score, much to the delight of his team mates.

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 2 Alex SILLA, 5 Niccolò SABBATINI (17 Frank FURFARO 78'), 6 Harley ORR, 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11 Matt MILENKOVIC, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 14 Kristian SANTICH (20 Paul ZIMARINO 71') - Subs not used: RGK Malek KUC, 7 Aleks JOVIC, 19 George FESTA

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 11 Ellis HEALING (10 Ashley ROSINDALE 73'), 15 Brian FARRELL, 17 Rikki SMITH, (16 Jamie MURPHY 46'), 19 Conor BESCI, 23 Brian WOODALL - Subs not used: 3 David CYRUS, 6 Miki VUJACIC, 12 Feisal ZAW - Referee: David Bruce

11.8.2018

ATHENA PUT A DENT IN COCKBURNS TOP FOUR HOPES

Floreat Athena are ending the season on a high, after they eased to a 3-0 away win against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday afternoon. Robert Petkov gave the visitors the lead early, before Keylun Pollard doubled their lead before the break. The points were wrapped up when former Cockburn midfielder Calvin Whitney scored, the win maintaining their unbeaten run under new coach Garrett McDuling but has given Cockburn plenty of work to make the top four finals. “It’s the same playing group (as earlier in the season). It’s all about some small changes and getting consistent performances," McDuling told the NPL website. "The boys are playing pressure-free football now. Our last two games are at home now and it’s about finishing the year on a positive note and carrying that into next season.”

Floreat went into this one unbeaten in their last ?? games and they made a great start, with a goal after only five minutes. Petkov was picked out on the edge of the penalty area and his shot on the turn flew past Luke Radonich and into the corner of the net. They continued to take the game to their hosts and went close to a second on the half hour, but Whitney's effort crashed off the woodwork. But their pressure was rewarded with a second goal four minutes later, Pollard's shot took a deflection which sent it past Radonich to give them a two-goal lead at the break.

The visitors continued to dictate terms after the break, and Whitney added a third three minutes in. A ball into the penalty area wasn't dealt with and in the goalmouth scramble Whitney fired past Radonich from close-range. Floreat almost added a fourth late, but again the crossbar came to Cockburn's rescue, this time Marco Santa Lucia close-range header crashed off the crossbar. “I’m really disappointed. We looked like a team trying to get to the end of the season - we looked lethargic," Cockburn City Coach Scott Miller told the NPL website. "But we’ve got to reassess and see what bodies we can get on the pitch next week - Today we definitely got what we deserved.”

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT (C), 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Luccas MELLO (13 Blake ADAMS 46'), 8 Cameron EDWARDS (18 Adam ANFUSO 72'), 9 Julian TELES, 10 David ARAYA, 12 Ryan PRATT, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Daniel ROBINSON, 21 Jesse LAZARRO (17 Jake ROBINSON 84') - Subs not used:, RGK Ryan BARKER, 20 Harry COLLINS

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTA LUCIA, 6 Jesse FULLER, 9 Robert PETKOV, 10 Calvin WHITNEY (18 Phillip ARNOLD 84'), 11 Dennis GALAN, 14 Ludovic BOI (13 Hamza HINA 76'), 15 Chris SALDARIS, 16 Ryan MALTON, 17 Dean EVANS (C), 20 Keylun POLLARD (8 Jon STYNES 46') - Subs not used: RGK Joshua HUNTER, 5 Tyler HOLDEN - Referee: Josh Mannella

11.8.2018

ROBERTS GIVES SORRENTO A POINT AT THE DEATH

Sorrento put a dint Bayswater City’s top four hopes, after a last-minute equaliser from Jordan Roberts gave them a 2-2 draw at Frank Drago Reserve. The hosts were in control at the break with goals to Gian Albano and Jason Mirco, but the Gulls hit back on the hour through Roberts, and in stoppage time he added his second to earn a point for Jamie Harnwell’s side. “We were okay in the first half and we had a couple of chances before they scored,” Harnwell told the NPL website. “We will have to work on that, but it was a great second half.”

The hosts were on the front foot early and Albano fired over the top, before the former Perth Glory youth striker was denied by Sorrento keeper James Morgan. But on 26 minutes the home side opened the scoring. Mirco effort from the angle beat James Morgan, but the ball hit the post, the rebound falling to Albano who scored from close-range. They doubled their lead 11 minutes later, Albano’s pin-point cross was finished well by Mirco.

The Gulls made a tactical change at half time with Alex Morgan coming on and they pulled one back on the hour. Jack Slater made space and whipped in a dangerous cross which Roberts converted past Dejan Aleksic. It was Sorrento who were now making the running and Salter fired wide, before Aleksic producing a couple of good saves to thwart them. But in the third minute of stoppage time the Gulls levelled. Roberts was found in the box, and he controlled the ball well before dispatching it past Aleksic, much to the delight of the travelling supports. “We played some great football in the first half and didn’t have much to change, but Sorrento rolled their sleeves up and we didn’t want to fight," Bayswater coach Chris Coyne told the NPL website. “We didn’t deserve to win.”

Bayswater City: GK Dejan ALEKSIC 5 Adam HARRIS, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 10 Jason MIRCO, 11 Ryan PEARSON, 17 Gian ALBANO (15 Jordan POKLER 74’), 19 Luka NINKOVIC, 23 Andrija JUKIC (8 Paul McCarthy 54’), 24 Jake SARDELIC, 26 Paul LLOYD (4 Arran MAPLESTONE 66’) - Subs not used: RGK Luke HUTCHISON, 20 Giordano COLLI

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 6 Daryl PLATTEN (7 Alex MORGAN 46’), 10 Jordan ROBERTS 11 Tim HILL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 16 Chris BALAZS, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 18 Jordan BROWN, 19 Jack SALTER, 21 Godwin DARKWA, 22 Danny JONES - Subs not used: RGK Anastasis FARSALEAS, 3 4 Conor DOLAN, 4 Shaun KILKENNY, 14 Conor SHIMMINS - Referee: Steven Gregory

11.8.2018

CARLINO GIVES SUBIACO THE POINTS

Subiaco striker Adam Carlino came off the bench to score the winner in a 2-1 win in the relegation battle against Forrestfield United at Rosalie Park. Rhys Loxley had given the visitors the lead early, before Anthony Topini levelled before the break. It looked like the points would be shared but Carlino’s late goal gave Subiaco a valuable three points. With only two games to go the defeat leaves Forrestfield hanging on to their NPL survival. “The boys worked absolutely tirelessly,” Subiaco assistant coach Basil Lenzo said. “It was great to get that result and great to see two young boys get on the scoresheet. We were disappointed last week and now we start planning for next week. We have to maintain what we put out there today.”

Forrestfield opened brightly, and their early pressure was rewarded with the lead on nine minutes. Liam Mergian’s shot was handled in the box and referee Michal Jasinski pointed straight to the spot. Loxley kept his nerve and stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to give them the lead. Subiaco hit back and created some good half chances, and seven minutes before half time they were level. Topini firing low past Luke Martino to send the sides into the break on level terms. Subiaco were determined not to let their heads drop and came into the game as the half progressed. And following a solid period of play their efforts were rewarded in the 38th minute when Anthony Topini equalised with a low shot to the bottom left-hand corner.

The pace and intensity ramped up in the second half as both sides chased the three points, the best chance falling o Nathan Smith, who was found by Carlino’s cross, but his effort was cleared off the line by some desperate defending. It looked as though the points would be shard, until Subiaco found the winner in stoppage time. Substitute Robert Harding got on the end of a long ball and fired in a shot which was well saved by Luke Martino, however the ball fell to Carlino and he placed his shot past two Forrestfield defenders to seal the win for his side.

The win wasn't enough to lift Subiaco out of the drop zone, but they are now third from bottom and have a fighting chance of staying up, while Forrestfield, a place below them, will need to take maximum points from their final two matches if they are to avoid the drop. “It’s a tough game and obviously there was a lot riding on it,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac told the NPL website. “I thought we started off well and dominated in parts but at the end of the day I think Subiaco deserved to win, as we didn’t create enough in the final third and never looked like scoring.”

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 6 Jackson DONGRAY, 8 Mitchell BATH (5 Manase ABANDELWA 46’), 10 Alex CASTIELLO, 12 Nathan Smith, 14 Ross JARMAN, 15 Anthony TOPINI (4 Robert HARDING 74’), 16 Dean APELGREN, 17 Mark PRITCHARD, 18 David PERICH, 19 Ian MCMURRAY (9 Adam CARLINO 58’) – Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 3 Vasco DA SILVA

Forrestfield United: GK Luke MARTINO, 2 Tom SOUTHGATE, 3 Wilbert TSHABANGU, 4 Jamie DUNCAN (16 Thomas JEBB 13’), 7 Josh KATIO, 8 Mitchell CROKCER (12 Callum DOBBS 65’), 10 Jordan HART, 11 Liam MERIGAN, 14 Benjamin ROGERS (9 Hasani SINCLAIR 58), 17 Leslie MARI, 23 Rhys LOXLEY – Subs not used: RGK Benjamin PARRY, 6 Kristian DESPOTOVSKI, 16 Thomas JEBB - Referee: Michal Jasinski

11.8.2018

NICOL STUNNER HELPS JACKS TO WIN

ECU Joondalup have kept their NPL-WA top four hopes alive after a gritty 2-1 win against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve on Saturday afternoon. A stunning early strike from skipper Daryl Nicol set us on our way, and he added a second after half time to put us in control. But a Hayden Stevens goal with 14 minutes remaining made it a very tense final finish, and Balcatta had a goal disallowed with the last kick of the match, but we hung for three valuable points.

“It was a real scrappy game today and the pitch was slippery, but you have to deal with these situations and adapt and I thought we did today to get the win,” ECU coach Dale McCulloch said. “I’m sure they will be disappointing with the disallowed goal at the end, and I suppose if I was in their situation I would be too, but I can see why the referee made the decision. Were on a good run of form, but we have to be to get in the top four, and we have to keep winning and if that takes us in to the finals there might be a few teams worried about playing us.”

The visitors made the perfect start, taking the lead after only six minutes. Smith played Steven McGarry down the left and his cross picked out Nicol on the edge of the box, and his stunning volley flew into the top corner of the net giving Kyle McDonald no chance, for a contender for the goal of the season. The home side settled and went close five minutes later, but Alex Wild’s long-range shot flashed over the top, before Asher Nelson fired straight at Nunn. Balcatta ended the half well and Nicholas Challot’s glancing header from Robert Del Borrello’s teasing cross whistled just past the past.

ECU were on the front foot after half time, and Cian Hirrell’s cross found an unmarked Nicol at the back post, but his header was superbly saved McDonald. The visitors’ pressure was finally rewarded with a second goal on 66 minutes. A ball into the penalty was dummied by Smith, leaving an unmarked Nicol at the back post and he finished clinically past McDonald. It looked game over, but Balcatta had other ideas and they reduced the margin ten minutes later. Del Borrello’s cross was headed home by Stevens at the back post.

Balcatta pressed late, and they had a penalty claim turned down when the ball seemed to hit the arm of ECU defender Ross Millard, but referee Matthew Southern was well placed to wave away their protests. Then in the fifth minute of stoppage time Balcatta thought they had levelled. A shot was saved low by keeper Nunn, but he could only parry the initial shot, and he managed to regain the ball, and in a goalmouth scramble Stevens fired home. But the referee deemed he had kicked the ball out of the hands of the keeper and disallowed the goal, much to the frustration of the home faithful.

Balcatta: GK Kyle MCDONALD, 3 Hayden STEVENS, 5 Tom PELLIZZARI, 7 Asher NELSON (2 Joseph MARINO 79’), 8 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 9 Alex WILD, 10 Jonathan CORNESS (C), 11 Nicholas CHALLOT, 18 Robert DEL BORRELLO, 20 Shubham MOKALA (21 Rene ALBA 81’), 24 Tom LOGAN (14 Lawrence SHURAMA 63’) - Subs not used: RGK Damien STANOEVSKI, 16 Dougal KINDNESS -

ECU Joondalup: GK Jack NUNN, 2 Cian HIRRELL, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Adam TONG, 7 Tom HOUGH, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Daryl NICOL (C), 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Andy HIGGINS, 13 Lukas DE LIMA (17 Ethan BROOKS 75’) - Subs not used: RGK George JACKSON, 12 Ryan MCDARBY, 16 Liam MURRAY, 18 Roland RIXER – Referee: Matthew Southern

11.8.2018

GLORY ONE WIN AWAY FROM THE TITLE

Perth Glory are on the verge of winning the clubs first ever league title, after a 3-1 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve. Michael McDougall gave the youngsters the lead early, before Bayley Brown-Montgomery doubled their advantage on the hour. The points were wrapped up three minutes from time when former Armadale striker Michael Domfeh added a third, while Chris Jackson scored the consolation goal for Armadale deep into stoppage time. “It was a tough game against an Armadale side who always bring a firm physical contest to every game,” Domfeh said. “The win was more impressive as we had a few players away with the A-League team too, so it was pleasing to grind out the win, and of course I was happy to get on the score sheet but more importantly in terms of the title race the win was invaluable.”

It was a special day for 16-year-old Trent Ostler, who made his starting debut for the first team, and he and the Glory made a perfect start and they were ahead on four minutes. Ostler picked out an unmarked McDougall, who finished clinically and calmly past the advancing Armadale custodian Sam Hutchings. Armadale, who were well beaten last week at home by Floreat Athena, looked for a quick response, and their top scorer Chris Jackson raced down the flank on the half hour, and crossed the ball from the bye-line to Friday Zico at the back post, but the striker’s volley was well saved by Glory custodian Jackson Lee.

The home side looked to restore parity after half time, and they went close just after the hour, Ryan Haslett lost his marker in the box, but the substitute shot was saved by the alert Lee. But nine minutes later Glory doubled their advantage, Sam Riak crossed to the unmarked Brown-Montgomery at the far post, who headed home. They almost added a third moments later when Domfeh was sent one-on-one with Hutchings, but the Armadale keeper stood tall and he fired over the top.

But that miss was forgotten on 85 minutes when Domfeh added the third, Ostler was the supplier again threading the ball through to the big striker, and he made no mistake, to the delight of his teammates. Armadale did find a goal in stoppage time, Jackson pouncing after Glory failed to clear their lines, but at the final whistle it was the Glory celebrating, and continuing their unbeaten away record, and moving them one win away from a maiden title.

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Nic MCDONALD, 3 Sam RIAK, 4 Daniel WALSH, 5 Ollie ANNIS, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Trent OSTLER, 8 Callum TIMMINS, 9 Michael DOMFEH (C), 10 Michael MCDOUGALL, 11 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA, 12 Aiden EDWARDS, 13 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 15 Sasa NTLGIC

Armadale: GK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Josh KUSER, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (22 Ryan HASLETT 61’), 7 Charlie KENNA (8 Michael LAWSON 73’), 9 Billy QUINNCROFT (C), 10 Chris JACKSON, 12 Dannie RICHMAN, 14 Milan OGNJENOVIC, 15 Ali GHOLAMI, 16 Charlie SIMPSON, 20 Friday ZICO (17 James ATKINS 68’), 21 Beau RAHIM - Sub not used: RGK Duncan LENNON-BLACK, 3 Delan DE SILVA - Referee: Tom Glavovic

11.8.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVENTEEN – REVIEW

We have a new leader in the State League Division One with Gwelup Croatia leapfrogging Rockingham City, who had the bye this week, after 2-0 win against UWA-Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park. Gwelup Coach Taki Nicolaidis said it was a tough game but thought they deserved the points. “I thought the first half was an even contest however we made a couple of structural changes at half time,” he explained. “Then I thought we completely dominated the second half and fully deserved the three points.” It was a tight game with both sides creating chances, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 73 minutes.

Isaac Koomson’s cross from the left was met by the inside of James Sammut’s left foot - the shot sneaking in via the near post despite the best efforts off the UWA goal keeper. They add a second seven minutes later to wrap up the points, in similar circumstances. Koomson’s lofted cross from the left was stunningly volleyed in by Sammut, who found the far corner to score his fifth goal in just two games. “It was a hard-fought game but was good to get three points and keep the pressure on at the top of the table,” Sammut said. “The lads worked hard for each other and hopefully we can take this momentum another big game against Fremantle City next week.”

Third placed South West Phoenix continued their good form after a hard fought 1-0 win against Joondalup City at Iluka Sports Complex. The only goal of the game came midway through the first half, when Gabrielle Mascazzini played the ball through to Jayden Prosser, who raced into the box and just beat the keeper to it and lifted it over him and into the net. “Obviously the lads are happy to keep the momentum going on a shocking playing surface,” keeper Jamie Oakley said. “We will be looking to consolidate our spot in the top three with a win against Western Knights this weekend, and hope that the teams above us drop some points. We’re playing with great belief and the right winning mentality at the moment, so I fancy our chances against anyone in the league.”

Western Knights moved up to fourth after a come from behind 5-4 win against Mandurah City at Securitas Protect Stadium. The home side were out of the blocks early and raced to a two-goal lead, with Joe O’Brien and Mitch Firth on target. The Knights hit back with goals from Jonty Turner and Dean Hurley, but Mandurah went into the break with a 4-2 lead, with Andy Brown and Firth scoring and an upset looked on the cards. But the visitors weren’t done with and Mandurah scored an own goal and Hurley added his second from the spot to level. Both sides went looking for the winner, but it was the Knights who found it, Turner heading home to wrap up a great game. “We always knew it was going to be tough going down to Mandurah, but our slow start and errors didn’t make it any easier,” Knights defender Tom Kennedy said. “Credit to Mandurah they stopped us playing the way we like to play in the first half, but the boys dug deep in the second half to turn it around and come away with the three points.”

Ashfield lost ground on the leaders after being held to a 1-1 draw by Dianella White Eagles at Ashfield Reserve. The hosts were ahead after only six minutes, Ismael Bangura heading home well from a corner. But Ashfield failed to take a number of chances after half time and they were made to pay 12 minutes from time when Dianella levelled, Ali Safak on target. “I thought getting a point was what we deserved, and I thought my young boys played really well and fought until the end, a good effort from everybody,” Dianella Coach Salv Todaro said. “We kept plugging away, we got some little half chances, but the ball just wouldn’t fall for us. It would’ve been good for us to get all three points but I’m reasonably happy with a point.”

In the final game Morley Windmills have travelled to Hilton Reserve and come home with a 3-0 win against Fremantle City to close the gap on the teams above them. It was a tight first half, but it was the visitors were ahead when Ben Wantee beat his man down the right and cut the ball back to Dion Berman who turned his player and finished in the bottom left corner. They doubled their lead and it was Wantee again who was the supplier again, this time playing the ball back Boas Mtwale who finished first time in the bottom right corner. They added a third to make sure of the points when Christian Miraudo beat a player in the middle of the park and ran through with pace and when the Fremantle defence was drawn out he passed to Herve Loic, who smashed home from five meters. “It’s good to get a convincing win against third spot team, and we had a plan and we stuck to it and for that we were rewarded,” Mitch Castrilli said. “The first half Fremantle had most of the possession, but we defended well and they didn’t get a sniff, but the second half we retained possession a lot more and were clinical in front of goal witch made the difference on the day.” – Rockingham city had the bye this week.

11.8.2018

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVENTEEN – REVIEW

Olympic Kingsway maintained their lead at the top of the State League Division Two after a 3-1 win against Shamrock Rovers at Kingsway Reserve. The leaders welcomed back Danny Hodgson from injury and he opened the scoring, finishing well into the far corner, and he added a second with a great long-range shot, after he was found in space. The points were wrapped up when Marc Eldridge fired home from 10meters. Rovers scored their consolation goal late, with Philip Singh on target. “It was a good win as Shamrock are always hard to beat, but we’re taking one game at a time,” Hodgson said. “We know if we win every game we’ve won the league, so the lads are all buzzing for the last five games, and hopefully we can go the season undefeated.”

Wanneroo City kept tabs on the leaders after a 3-0 win against a ten-man Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park. It was tight first half with both side creating some good chances, but it was Wanneroo who had the better of the second half, and goals from Matt Franken Jamie Stewart and Stuart Siddall secured the win. “Despite our first half dominance we didn’t create much in the final third but after half time we changed a few things around,” Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said. “Then with Kelmscott having a man sent off made it easier to break them down, and we managed to bag three, to give us a comfortable win in the end, but certainly not one for the highlights reel.”

Balga remained in third spot on the table after a 2-1 win against Gosnells City at Walter Padbury Reserve. The visitors had plenty of chances in the first half, but it wasn’t until three minutes before half time when they took the lead. Some neat play in the midfield, led to Kris Spaseski having a shot from just outside the box, which deflected of a defender a lobbed over a helpless Gosnells keeper. Balga made it 2-0 early in the second half, a quickly taken free-kick in the middle of the park, led to a quick counter attack, which Scott Bulloch scored from just metres out. Balga went down to 10 men soon after when Danny Moss received his marching orders after a second yellow card. Gosnells then started to control more of the game, and piled on the pressure and were rewarded with five minutes to go when Jordan Parfitt made it 2-1. There were some tense moments in the dying minutes, but Balga held on for the three points.

Swan United have run out 2-0 winners against Canning City at Francis Street. The home side were ahead before half time, a corner found Aaron Colli whose shot was blocked but Brennan Borzecki who finished low past the keeper. After the break the home side started to create several chances, but they found City keeper in fine form, and he made a number of fine saves. But he was beaten when Swan added a second, they broke quickly from a corner for Canning and the ball was played to Gavin Knight on the edge of the box and he finished clinically into the top corner of the net to seal the three points.

In the final game it was the battle of the Universities and Murdoch University Melville ran out 4-3 winners against Curtin University at Murdoch University Arena, with Ryan Tucker bagging a hat-trick. The hosts started strongly and made it 1-0 early when Daniel Davey scored from close range, before Tucker stabbed home an in-swinging free kick soon after. A slip from Adam Mangion in defence allowed Antony Rosso to pull one back soon after, but a superb individual effort from Tucker restored the home side’s two-goal lead at half time. Curtin began the second half brightly and put MUM’s defence under pressure early, which culminated in Owain Portman nodding home a free kick to make it 3-2. They continued to pressure the host’s defence, while Christian Long and Matt Sljivic both missed good chances up the other end to put the result beyond doubt. With just minutes remaining, Long was fouled in the box and Tucker stepped up to sweep home the resulting penalty and claim his hat-trick. However, a late Russo strike pulled it back to 4-3 and set up a grandstand finish, although MUM was able to ride out the final waves of attack without incident. - Quinns FC had the bye this week.

11.8.2018

GLORY BAG SEVEN IN MALAYSIAN TOUR OPENER

Perth Glory have opened their two Malaysian Tour games, with 7-1 against Premier League side Sarawak FA at Stadium Negeri in Kuching. Jason Davidson scored two goals before the break, with Diego Castro, Chok Dau, Henry Hore, Brendon Santalab and an own-goal from Sabri completing the scoring as the men in purple claimed the inaugural Symposium Cup.

“It was a good performance in difficult conditions, especially the humidity,” Glory Coach Tony Popovic said. “We saw a few things we’ve been working on at training, so we’re pleasing with the performance. We played several the young players tonight to give them an experience of playing in a different country and culture and it was good to see them enjoying it after the game, and some getting on the scoreboard. We’re enjoying the camp and the hospitality of our hosts and we’re looking forward to getting back on the training track tomorrow and prepare for the next game.”

The Glory dominated early and opened the scoring on the half hour, Juande picked out compatriot Castro with a clever chip and the former Johnny Warren Medal winner looped a header past teenage debutant Shaiful Wazizi in the home goal. It was 2-0 moments later, Davidson was picked out at the back-post by Joel Chianese, and he headed home. The luckless Sabri then unwittingly diverted Fabio Ferreira's cross into his own net before Yagoub Mustafa unselfishly teed Davidson up for his second as half time approached.

Having made five changes at the break, it took Glory a while to settle into the second half and they were stung 13 minutes in when substitute Badrol played Mateo in on goal and the Croatian front man calmly beat Liam Reddy. Normal service swiftly resumed, however, as Chok Dau restored his side's four goal advantage by slotting home after cutting in from the right at pace. Glory's sixth goal was the pick of the bunch, Hore thumping home a stunning, first-time volley from just outside the box and the rout was completed right at the death when another substitute, Santalab, turned cleverly and found the bottom corner.

It was a generally impressive display from Tony Popovic's side who made light of oppressively warm and humid conditions, with the only negative from the night being a head injury sustained by Tando Velaphi. The Glory 'keeper was involved in a completely accidental collision with Sarawak striker Bobby on the stroke of half time and was subsequently helped from the field before being taken to hospital for scans. The second tour game is scheduled for Wednesday evening when the Sarawak State Team will provide the opposition.

Sarawak FA: GK SHAIFUL WAZIZI, 14 KIM CHI-GON, 5 MILOS RAICKOVIC, 20 JIMMY RAYMOND, 3 SABRI MAT ABU, 13 DZULAZLAN IBRAHIM, 8 BENEDIET MARTIN, 6 MUZAMIR HADI, 26 ALIF HASSAN, 19 BOBBY GONZALES, 9 MATEO ROSKAM - Subs: 25.M.SHAHYUDIN, 29.NURAZIZI, 22. KAMARUDDIN BOHAN, 15.Shazalee RAMLEE,2.Peter FRENET, 24.Badrol HISYAM,23.Daglish PAPIN, 11.ABD.RAHIM, 27.HAFIS SAPERI, 7.MD.HAFIZ AB.BAKAR, 34.ABELL

Perth Glory: GK Tando VELAPHI (33 Liam REDDY 46'), 2 Alex GRANT (25 Walter SCOTT 46'), 3 Jason DAVIDSON (13 Tomislav Mrcela 65') 4 Shane LOWRY (24 Henry HORE 46'), 7 Joel CHIANESE (5 Ivan FRANJIC 58'), 17 Diego CASTRO (21 Jacob ITALIANO 46'), 19 Zayd FARAH (15 Brandon WILSON 65'), 20 Jake BRIMMER (88 Neil KILKENNY 65'), 22 Fabio FERREIRA (31 Chok DAU 46'), 26 Yagoub MUSTAFA, 27 JUANDE (11 Brendon SANTALAB 65') - Subs not used: None - Referee: Mohd. Zamzaidi Katimin




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