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10.5.2021

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND FOUR REVIEW

We have a four-way tie at the top of the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division after a dramatic week four on Sunday. First, we take a look at our ‘Match of the Round’ were Wembley Downs moved to sixth on the ladder after a 2-0 win against Joondalup United at Butlers Reserve. It was a tight first half with both sides having their chances, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring ten minutes after the break, David Marshall’s hard work rewarded, firing home from a cross into the box. Joondalup pressed for the equaliser but their cause wasn’t helped when James Green was shown a red card by referee Walter Ciotti. The hosts made sure of the points in stoppage time with Diarmaid Ryng on target

"I thought we played well today, we executed our game-plan and deserved the win, although there was several moments throughout the game that proved to be important,” Wembley coach Anthony Cochrane said. “Joondalup could have scored right before half time if not for a great double save from Lyle Aguss, that would have changed things going into the break. David Marshall put in a huge effort and chased everything, eventually getting the opener. Overall, the effort from everyone was brilliant, but we need to continue building on these performances and keep progressing.”

Maddington White City are on top on goal difference ahead of second placed Kwinana United, this despite losing to Mark Purvis’ team 3-1 In a top of the table clash at Nikola Tesla Reserve. The visitors hit the front on 17 minutes. Kwinana caught Maddington napping and some quick thinking from Jake Daley who clipped the ball to Sean Troop, who had made the late run into the box, the midfielder took the ball down well and finished into the bottom corner. But the host levelled on the half hour when referee Jatin Lodhia pointed to the spot and Jose Zuniga scored the resulting penalty.

But on the hour Kwinana regained their lead, Troop finding the net from a free kick. Maddington went in search of an equaliser, but it was Kwinana who added a third six minutes later, this time Jake Daley scoring from a free kick. But Daley soon saw red and was sent off leaving Kwinana to hang on for the last seven minutes, but they did and the performance pleased coach Mark Purvis. “We were very happy with the win and the way we applied ourselves,” he said. “Maddington are a good side who are physically strong, but we stood up to that and got a great result away from home which is pleasing.”

UWA Nedlands and Quinns are also on nine pints after good wins on Sunday. First Quinns sit fourth on goal difference after a 3-1 win on the road against Jaguar at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre. They were ahead after only six minutes, with Jack Knowles finding the net. But the Jags were level sixty seconds later, Cyrille Isambert on target. But Quinns found an immediate response with Liam Hunt scoring on seven minutes later, to send them in front at the break.

In the second half Jags really put Quinns under pressure with both teams having chances but the visitors finished the game off in the last minute with Wayne Carter getting onto a great through ball from Liam McManus and slotting the ball nicely into the bottom corner. “After last week’s display we were looking for a response from the lads and thank fully we got it,” Quinns coach Vinny McMillan. “It was a very competitive game played in great spirits, so it was great to see our boys get up on a tough day.”

Meanwhile, UWA Nedlands returned from John Connell Reserve with a 3-0 win against Leeming Strikers to move to third. The visitors were ahead on 25 minutes, with Manuel Dominguez Piccinini on target. Like all games this weekend it was end-to-end football, but it was UWA who doubled their advantage on the hour, Abel Thomas-Hy scoring, and the points were wrapped 18 minutes later, with Rodrigo Cabezas Navarro converting from the spot.

Queens Park moved off the bottom of the table after a 3-2 win against Hamersley Rovers at Carine Open Space. The home side were on top early and deservedly hit the front on nine minutes, with Lewis Chetham scoring. But the Park hit back against the run of play, Kenny Young latched onto a through ball and beat the keeper with a low shot in the bottom right corner. It looked like the point would be shared after Rovers scored and Queens Park’s Justin Kaupa riffled a fierce shot from the edge of the box to make it 2-2. Rovers’ keeper Giuliano Martino was outstanding and made point blank saves to keep Queens Park at bay.

But three minutes from time the visitors won it, Kaupa received the ball deep and beat both central defenders to go one on one with keeper and he slid home the winner, much to the delighted of players and travelling supporters alike. “Hamersley were good value for a point and are a good side with honest players and coaching staff,” Queens Park coach Ricardo Fynn said. “I knew the game was going to be close because both teams were struggling for results. The game was evenly contested but we were aggressive and kept going until we got the winner. It is good to finally get off the mark and give the lads something to build on.”

The final game saw a six-goal thriller with North Perth United drawing 3-3 with South West Phoenix at Woodville Reserve. “A great game for the neutral and a point on the road for us,” Phoenix coach Nick Carter said. “We now turn our focus to a big game next weekend with Maddington at our place.” The home side opened brightly but against the run of play it was the visitors who were ahead on 18 minutes, with Lydon Hodgkiss producing a stunning effort into the top corner. The hosts hit back early in the second half, Davey Byrne beating a couple of defenders and finished off his good work with a well taking goal five minutes in.

It got better three minutes later when United hit the front, Alex Corner’s perfect cross found Jean-Marc D'Avray who headed home to make it 2-1. But Phoenix were level on the hour, a ball over the top found Hodgkiss, and the former Rockingham City midfielder finished well. Then six minutes later Phoenix were ahead, Lee Stewart was pulled down in the box and referee Troy Malatesta pointed to the spot. Keiran Quinn converted the resulting penalty to make it 3-2.

But North Perth weren’t finished and 75 minutes they restored parity. Javier Pineres Mestre won the ball off a Phoenix defender and raced into the box and finished well to give both sides a share of the spoils. “In the end we needed a response after a poor performance against Kwinana and we got it,” North Perth coach Luke O’Neill said. “There were plenty of positives to take out of the performance, but as for the result I guess we were disappointed we didn’t take three points. But we move on and get ready for the FFA cup something for the club to look forward to and enjoy the build-up.”

10.5.2021

GLORY HOLD ON FOR VICTORY

Perth Glory has kept their slim hopes of playing A-League finals this season alive, after a 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory at HBF Park on Sunday. Mother’s Day certainly affected the crowd, only 3,134 fans were in attendance, one of the clubs’ lowest crowds ever, but Richard Garcia’s side got the job done eventual. Liam Reddy saved a first half penalty to keep them in the game, but the game turned when Nick Ansell was sent off for a crude tackle on Callum Timmins three minutes into the second half.

Glory made them pay with Bruno Fornaroli breaking a seven-game goal drought with the opener before Chris Ikonomidis added a second moments later. There were some nervous moments late after Rudy Gestede pulled one back for the visitors but Glory hung on to seal the points and leave them to nine points of the top six with two games in hand, starting with Western United on Wednesday evening. Glory coach Garcia was pleased to get back to winning ways. "I'm pleased that the guys did so well and that we got the result," he said.

"Now it's about focusing upon Wednesday [home v Western United] and trying to replicate that result and the performance as well. The players looked like they had a spring in their step again, but we still need to be focused on what we do and disciplined for the full 90 minutes and that's something we'll continually evolve. We want to push in these last few games with one eye also on next season. We've still got a game or two in hand and it's just about gaining a bit of momentum and hopefully keeping people fresh and getting the best out of everyone."

There was a surprise in the squad for the game with Neil Kilkenny left out of the squad all together, while the coach tinkered with the formation lining up with three at the back for this first time this season, with Darryl Lachman coming in to keep an eye on Victory’s big striker Gestede. The hosts looked solid at the back from the first whistle, and they looking lively in the final third, and went close to the opener on 16 minutes, Fornaroli low cross across the face of goal, eluded three of his teammates in the penalty area.

Fornaroli went closer moments later, finding space on the right of the penalty area his shot looked destined for the bottom corner, but a superb one-handed save from Matt Acton denied him. Glory continued to look the more likely to score, but it was Victory who had the perfect opportunity to take the lead on 24 minutes when referee Kurt Ams pointed to the spot after Gestede’s overhead kick hit the arm of Timmins. Former Socceroo Robbie Kruse stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but Reddy guessed right and made an excellent stop low to his left and at the break it was all to play for.

But three minutes into the second half there was another twist in the game, when Ansell received a straight red card for his crude foul on Timmins. Glory exploited their numerical advantage almost immediately and what a goal it was. Diego Castro played a neat one-two with Ciaran Bramwell, whose back heel sent the Spaniard free of his marker and he squared the ball Fornaroli to finish from close-range. It was soon 2-0, substitute Carlo Armiento raced to the bye-line and produced a great cross to the back post where Ikonomidis crashed home on a superb volley and raced off to celebrate with the shed fans behind the goal.

Timmins went close to adding a third with a curling effort which flew narrowly wide, before, in a rare attacking foray from Victory on 70 minutes, Reddy smothered Kruse's effort at his near post. The visitors were back in the game six minutes from time, Gestede bundling home after Kruse's initial effort had cannoned back off the crossbar, but Glory managed to see out the final moment to seal a much-needed win.

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 5 Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 7 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 8 Kosuke OTA, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI (10 Andy KEOGH 62'), 11 Joel CHIANESE (20 Carlo ARMIENTO 46'), 13 Luke BODNAR, 17 Diego CASTRO (24 Daniel STYNES 62'), 19 Callum TIMMINS (15 Brandon WILSON 65'), 29 Darryl LACHMAN, 38 Ciaran BRAMWELL (23 Dane INGHAM 71') - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 37 Riley WARLAND

Melbourne Victory: GK Matt ACTON, 2 Storm ROUX, 4 Nick ANSELL, 6 Leigh BROXHAM, 8 Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9 Rudy GESTEDE, 10 Robbie KRUSE, 11 Ben FOLAMI, 17 Elvis KAMSOBA (15 Aaron ANDERSON 50'), 19 Dylan RYAN, 22 Jacob BRIMME - Subs not used: RGK Max CROCOMBE, 13 Birkan KIRDAR, 14 Jay BARNETT, 26 Lleyton BROOKS, 29 Nishan VELUPILLAY - Red Cards: Ansell 48’ - Referee: Kurt Ams

8.5.2021

FLOREAT SCORE LATE TO SHARE THE SPOILS

A goal four minutes from time from Floreat Athena striker Nick Ambrogio has earned them a 2-2 draw with Sorrento in our ‘Match of the Round’ at E&D Litis Stadium and maintain their unbeaten start to the NPLWA season. Ambrogio had given Vas Vujacic’s side the lead early, but the Gulls hit back with Scott Witschge and Dean Cummings giving Jamie Harnwell’s side the lead, but Ambrogio had the final word to seal an entertaining draw.

“We probably deserved the three points with two of our three disallowed goals harshly chalked off in my opinion but none the less we will take the positives out of the match,” Ambrogio said. “Conceding two goals at the end of the first half is always going to deflate a team mentally, but the lads showed real character in the second half getting back into the game and ending up with a point which keeps us undefeated and top of the table.”

It was the best possible start for the hosts and they were ahead on three minutes. Dean Evans’ free kick picked out Ambrogio who lost his marker in the penalty area and he headed past Connor Campbell. Sorrento looked for a quick response and Tim Hill tried his luck from a free kick moments later, but it was straight at Jason Saldaris. Floreat looked like they had doubled their lead on 32 minutes, Evans’ cross was flicked on by Robert Harding, and Ambrogio poked the ball home at the back post, but the flag was up for offside.

But four minutes from half time Sorrento levelled. Jordan Brown switched pass was misjudged by Marco Santalucia and Witschge nipped in and lobbed the on-coming keeper. The visitors hit the front three minutes later, a neat give and go between Billy Quinncroft and Cummings saw the latter spot Jason Saldaris slightly off his line and his 25-meter strike beat the outstretched arm of the Floreat custodian.

Floreat thought they had levelled early in the second half when Chris Saldaris bundled Evans’ cross home, but referee Matthew Southern spotted a foul on the keeper. Ben Steele then saw a low shot saved by Campbell. Floreat almost handed Sorrento a third on 56 minutes, Dennis Galan ball going straight to Quinncroft, but the strikers’ shot was well saved by Jason Saldaris.

Ambrogio had the ball in the net again just after the hour, but the flag was up for offside in the lead up. Chris Jackson came off the bench for his Sorrento debut and his goalbound shot was deflected behind, before Evans’ free kick was saved low by Campbell. Sorrento went closer on 83 minutes, Hill’s free kick found Neil Gillies, whose header was superbly saved by Jason Saldaris.

But on 86 minutes it was Floreat who restored parity. Evans’ ball into the box was dealt with the ball rebounded off Chris Saldaris and Ambrogio was on hand to score from close-range. The hosts went close to winning in stoppage time, new signing Manase Abandelawa saw his volley flash over the top, so both sides shared the spoils. “We expected a tough game away to Floreat, but the boys showed great character after conceding so early on to come back into it and go ahead,” Cumming said. “A late goal at the end was a hard one to take but we go away with a point and still only defeat defeat this season.’

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTALUCIA, 4 Ben STEELE (22 Manase ABANDELWA 70’), 8 Sean MCMANUS, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11 Dennis GALAN, 12 Jawad REZAI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD 19 Robert HARDING (5 Ludovic BOI 80’) – Subs not used: RGK Joshua HUNTER, 16 Kyle MURRAY, 40 Wesley CASIMIR

Sorrento: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 3 Daniel FAICHNEY, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 8 Scott WITSCHGE, 9 Billy QUINNCROFT (7 Alex MORGAN 65’), 11 Tim HILL, 12 Joe TWEATS (6 Chris JACKSON 65’), 16 Ryan MCLAUGHLIN, 17 Dean CUMMINGS, 18 Jordan BROWN, 23 Neil GILLIES – Subs not used: RGK Patrick HUGHES, 2 David STOKOE, 19 Jaxon TEMATA – Referee: Matthew SOUTHERN

8.5.2021

JACKS KEEP PRESSURE ON THE LEADERS

ECU Joondalup have made it five straight wins and five clean sheets in a row after a 2-0 win against Bayswater City in week eight of the NPLWA at Frank Drago Reserve. Daryl Nicol scored against his former club five minutes before half time, before Danny Hodgson doubled the advantage in first half stoppage time, the win closing the gap on league leaders Floreat Athena to just two points with a game in hand. “I thought it was an excellent performance, very solid,” Nicol said. “In the first half we were unbelievable kept it tight at the back and ran out convincing winners. It’s always nice to score against your former club but as a striker that’s your job, but most importantly today is the three points, and it keeps our good run of from going.”

The Jacks started the game brightly and Andy Higgins deep cross picked out Luke Palmateer at the back post after only nine minutes, his effort was saved low by Bayswater keeper Riccardo Mazzoleni. Moments later Higgins cut in from the right, his long-range shot was tipped around the post by the alert Mazzoleni. The Bayswater custodian was called on again on 20 minutes, Higgins’ through ball sent Nicol racing clear, but Mazzoleni stood tall to deny him.

Bayswater went close themselves six minutes later, the Jacks lost the ball in the middle of the park and Zayd Farah pressed forward, and he had former Jacks’ striker Gordon Smith to his right in a good position, but went for goal himself and his shot drifted wide. The Jacks continued to dominate and Tom Hough’s superb ball sent Nicol clear again, but once again Mazzoleni produced a smart save to thwart him. The home side went within inches of opening the scoring on 35 minutes, Michael Zimarino cross from the left picked out Jason Mirco in the box, but his header flashed inches wide.

But three minutes later the Jacks’ pressure was rewarded with the opener. Nicol sent Jakub Prajza down the right and his superb cross picked out Nicol, who had raced into the box, and he headed in his fifth goal of the season. It was 2-0 six minutes later, Riley Woodcock played a slide rule pass to Hodgson, who burst into the box and was brought down by Jack Allen, and referee Julian Serra pointed straight to the spot. Hodgson picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty to double the advantage and also add his fifth goal of the season.

City almost pulled one back in the third minutes of stoppage time, Konstantinos Sparta’ ball into the penalty area picked out an unmarked Zimarino, his first-time volley was superbly saved by Johnny Perkins, and send the Jacks into the break with a two-goal lead. The host started to press after the break and Steven Hesketh’s effort was deflected wide, before Hesketh got on the end of Mirco’s corner but his goalbound effort was blocked and cleared. Hodgson went close to a third on 81 minutes, Prajza sent the striker racing into goal, he held off his marker but Mazzoleni stood tall to deny him. Bayswater pressed late, but couldn’t find a way past a tight Jacks defence, and at the final whistle it was the Jacks celebrating another three points.

Bayswater City: GK Riccardo MAZZOLENI, 3 Jack ALLEN, 4 Michael ZIMARINO (15 Shaun MUKWEVHO 46’), 5 Albert FULLARD, 8 Gordon SMITH, 10 Jason MIRCO (14 Gomo DUKULY 83’), 12 Steven HESKETH, 13 Jordan ABRAHAMS (11 Ryan PEARSON 62’), 26 Zayd FARAH (25 George JACKSON 69’), 28 Konstantinos SPARTA, 29 Tyler GARNER - Subs not used: 19 Alex MCLEAN

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Jeremy TSHONGO, 3 Nelson TSHONGO, (5 Sonny O’SHEA 83’), 4 Declan HUGHES, 7 Riley WOODCOCK, 8 Tom HOUGH, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 17 Danny HODGSON, 18 Luke PALMATEER – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 6 Jason PETRIE, 11 Ben RUTTER, 14 Luke DAVIS - Referee: Shane SKINNER

8.5.2021

COCKERELS FIND THEIR WINGS TO BEAT ARMADALE

Cockburn City moved off the bottom of the NPLWA table after 3-0 win against Armadale at Dalmatinac Park. Scott Miller’s side have only recorded one win this season but they opened the scoring in this one when Daniel Robinson scored early in the second half. Sebastian de Silva doubled the home sides advantage on the hour, before Armadale’s Joshua Cortes was sent off.

The hosts wrapped up the points when substitute Adam Anfuso scored a third, but the hosts were also reduced to ten men late when Julian Teles received his marching orders “I thought it was a well-deserved three points boys gave it their all,” Robinson said. “It’s good to put another three points on the board and lift us off the bottom of the table, and will be looking forward to build of a solid win and keep putting points on the board.”

The visitors went close early, Friday Zico’s cross finding Angel Andres, whose header flashed just wide of the post. Moments later Ryan McEvoy’s cross into the penalty area was headed inches over his own bar by Teles. Cockburn went close themselves on 19 minutes, Da Silva’s cross was poked wide by Robinson. But at the break it was all-square and all to play for.

But six minutes into the second half it was the Cockerels who hit the front, with their first shot on target for the game. Harry O’Brien sent da Silva free down the right, he squared the ball to the unmarked Robinson who finished well past Yousri Gharsallah. It was 2-0 on 61 minutes, Cameron Edwards found Jesse Lazzaro on the left, his ball was flicked on by O’Brien, and De Silva raced into the box and finished clinically. Armadale’s comeback was not helped when they were reduced to ten men on 70 minutes, when Cortes was shown a second yellow card by referee Steven Gregory and sent off.

Cockburn made their numerical advantage count and seven minutes later they sealed the points. Reds’ defender McEvoy’s attempted clearance was charged down by Anfuso, the ball rebounded goal wards and keeper Gharsallah produced a superb save to tip the ball onto the bar, but Anfuso followed up to fire home from close-range. Some of the gloss was taken off the win in the final minute when Teles reacted by throwing the ball at Chad Nilson after a tussle in the area, and the referee showed the defender a straight red card.

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT, 5 Julian TELES, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 11 Harry O’BRIEN (18 Adam ANFUSO 73’), 12 Sebastian DA SILVA (24 Daniel DOS SANTOS 81’), 16 Ali GHOLAMI (6 Samuel COOK 85’), 17 Fanuel DAWIT, 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Daniel ROBINSON, 25 Breckan BAKER (20 Julian ANFUSO 85’) – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH – Red Card: Teles 90’

Armadale: GK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 7 Josh CORTES, 8 Brian PATTERSON (6 Joel SANDERSON 82’), 9 Angel ANDRES, 10 Isaac KOOMSON, 12 Callum MELLOWSHIP, 15 Cherno BAH, 18 Pieter JACOBSZ (11 Chad NILSON 58’), 22 Ryan MCEVOY, 23 Friday ZICO (3 Harry QUIGLEY 56’) – Subs not used: RGK Michael CRAGGS, 13 Filippo GIOFFRE – Red Card: Cortes 71’ – Referee: Steven GREGORY

8.5.2021

PERTH EDGE OUT ROCKINGHAM AT THE GARDENS

Perth SC remain third on the table, but had to work hard for their 1-0 win against Rockingham City at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon. Both sides had chances in a tight game, but Ryan Montgomery and Cyril Sharrock kept their sides in the game with some fine saves. But it was Perth striker Michael Domfeh who found the winner just after the hour the win consolidating their place in the top three.

The hosts should have opened the scoring early, but Lachlan Byrd headed wide of the target when picked out in the penalty area, before Kristian Santich’s long-range shot was saved low by Cyril Sharrock. The visitors went close on 14 minutes, Feisal Zaw sending Shane Boyle down the right, he cut inside his marker but his shot was defected wide. Perth went closer on 24 minutes, Santich’s curling free kick beat Sharrock, but the post came to the rescue of the Rockingham custodian. Hamish van Dieken then stung the palms of Montgomery as Rockingham began to lift, before Zaw was denied by the alert Perth keeper four minutes before half time.

Perth went close to the opener early in the second half, Santich getting to the bye-line and crossing to Domfeh, whose shot was blocked, with Calvin Whitney’s follow up shot flashing wide. Santich then curled one over the top from the edge of the box as Perth pressed for the opener and it duly arrives on 66 minutes. Some neat build up play ended with Santich’s ball into the box to Domfeh, the Rockingham defenders stopped waiting for the flag to go up for offside, that never came, and the striker scored from close-range, much to the displeasure of the Rockingham players and coaching staff.

Rockingham were convinced they had found the equaliser four minutes later. A deep cross found Christos Vaenas who played the ball across goal to Zaw to score at the back post, but their celebrations were cut short as the flag was up for offside, but it did look very close. Both sides had late chances, but it was Rockingham pressing for the leveller, and their best chance came one minutes from time. Zaw’s free kick picked out Harry Bolan at the back post, but he fired wide.

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 6 Nic MCDONALD, 4 Lachlan BYRD, 5 Lachlan COLLINS, 7 Alex JOVIC, 10 Michael DOMFEH, 12 Sam FLORES, 13 Calvin WHITNEY, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 22 Kristian SANTICH - Subs: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 8 Daniel ZIVOVIC, 15 Will GORDON, 17 Aiden FORMSTON

Rockingham City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Ian NG, 5 Afian GIYANTO, 6 Harry BOLAN, 7 Feisal ZAW, 8 Hamish VAN DIEKEN, 10 Shane BOYLE 11 Luke COLLINS, 12 Jethro YUMANGE 14 Ryan KENNEDY, 19 Noah WITTSTROM-LEA – Subs: RGK Nestus BURGER, 9 Christos VAENAS, 18 Samim FATTAHI, 20 Dylan ROGERS, 21 Joseph MOSS - Referee: Tom GLAVOVIC

8.5.2021

GLORY BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Perth Glory have returned to winning ways on Saturday evening after a 3-0 win against Balcatta at Crazy Domain Stadium, Hartfield Park. Former Balcatta striker Adam Zimarino gave Ruben Zadkovich’s side the lead early, before top scorer Josh Anasmo doubled their advantage on the half hour. The points were wrapped up six minutes from time with Bryce Bafford adding a third. The win moving Glory up to seventh, while the loss leaves Balcatta in tenth.

“I thought it was a good performance from the whole team, and we were on the front foot from the whistle and deservedly went up 2-0 in the first half,” Zimarino said. “So overall it was a well-deserved win and hopefully we can carry that on into the next game against Rockingham City.”

The hosts hit the lead on 11 minutes, Nick Sullivan’s diagonal ball found Zimarino, who cut inside his marker and drilled a low shot past Riley Stephenson from the angle. Glory doubled their advantage on 26 minutes, Josh Rawlins’ cross from the left fell to Anasmo, who made no mistake from close-range for his seventh goal of the season.

Glory completed the scoring six minutes from time as Rawlins' corner was only half-cleared and Bryce Bafford fired his shot through a crowded box into the bottom corner of the net. The hosts dominated throughout, managed seven shots on target and were unfortunate not to win by an even more emphatic margin as Anasmo headed against the post from a metre out and the lively Charlie Leech was foiled by a brave save from Stephenson.

Perth Glory: GK Cameron COOK, 2 Josh RAWLINS, 3 Jacob MUIR, 4 Mason TATAFU, 6 Nick SULLIVAN (18 Lewis TUCKER 87'), 7 Joseph FORDE, 8 Chris DONNELL, 9 Joshua ANASMO (12 Andrew MARANTA 90+3’), 10 Charlie LEECH, 11 Adam ZIMARINO (15 Aiki TSUKAMOTO 87'), 17 Bryce BAFFORD - Subs not used: RGK Sam REILLY, 13 Aidan COYNE

Balcatta: GK Ryan STEPHENSON, 4 Callum O'CONNELL, 5 Hristijan JANKULOSKI, 6 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 8 Jack LEECH, 9 Hamza HINA (12 David PERICH 64'), 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 11 Elliott TATTERSALL (13 Anthony TOPINI 84'), 14 Jackson DONGRAY (21 Cameron MCLEAN 21'), 16 Adam FALCONE, 22 Luke RHODES - Subs not used: 17 Matthew ALESSANDRINO, 20 Sebastian MEDICA - Referee: Michal JASINSKI

8.5.2021

INGLEWOOD SPOIL MORGANS OPENING GAME IN CHARGE

The tenure of new Gwelup Croatia Head Coach has ended in defeat after a seven-goal thriller against Inglewood United at Wishart Street. It had started brightly for the hosts with Hasani Sinclair and a Jon Stynes penalty giving them a two-goal lead after only five minutes. But Andres Oliveira’s side hit back with Roberto del Borrello and Ajak Riak levelled things up with two quick goals. Sinclair regained the lead for the hosts on the hour, but Steve Sokol levelled again from the spot.

Both sides pressed for the winner and it was the visitors who found it with Anthony Bafobusha sealing the three points. “I thought the boys dug deep, obviously to come from behind twice is never easy in football,” Bafobusha said. “Great character and resilience from the whole team, and I’m very proud of my team. We are starting to find our feet again after a very disappointing start to the season, so its onwards and upwards from here.”

The hosts made the best possible start and were ahead after only three minutes. Stynes sent Sam Mitchinson down the left and his low cross was turned home by Sinclair. It was 2-0 on five minutes, Alex Dunn bringing down Sam Mitchinson in the box and referee Julian Serra pointed straight to the spot. Stynes stepped up sent Dunn the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

But Inglewood hit back and pulled one back on 14 minutes, Gwelup didn’t clear their lines and the ball fell to Del Borrello who fired home from 20-meters. The visitors were level two minutes later, a cross to the back post found Riak who rose above his marker to head past Stefan King. It stayed level until just before the hour mark when the host regained the lead. Mitch Oxborrow found Gustavo Giron-Marulanda on the right, and his low cross was bundled home by Sinclair to complete his brace,

But Inglewood wasn’t finished and they levelled from the spot on 68 minutes. Sokol cut in from the right and was brought down by Mitchinson and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Sokol picked himself up and sent King the wrong way. And it was the visitors who won it six minutes later. Robert Petkov found Bafobusha on the left of the penalty area, and he cut in side before unleashing a low shot which beat King at his near post to win it.

Gwelup Croatia: GK Stefan KING, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Mitch OXBORROW, 11 Ethan BROOKS (9 Paul ZIMARINO 71’), 12 Hasani SINCLAIR, 14 Shubham MOKALA, 18 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA 20 Sam MITCHINSON (3 Adam FIELDS 86’) – Subs not used: - RGK Benjamin RATAJCZAK, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 22 James FANELLI

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 Giovanni SOARES, 7 Ajak RIAK, 8 Jason BARRERA (5 Thiak KUEL 62’), 9 Robert PETKOV, 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 12 Roberto DEL BORRELLO (16 Jamie MURPHY 78’), 14 Steve SOKOL, 17 Mark BARNETT, 18 Andreas THEODOSIADES (4 Scott BLACKMORE 70’) – Sub not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 11 Egide NGENDAKUMANA – Referee: Julian SERRA

8.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND SIX – REVIEW

It was week six of the State League Division One and our ‘Match of the Round’ has seen Mandurah City end the unbeaten start to the season of Fremantle City after a 3-2 win at Hilton Reserve. “It was a great result which I felt we fully deserved, we lost a key player in the first five minutes so had to reshuffle the pack and we showed again we never give up and go to the end,” Mandurah coach Kris Donnell said. “We are creating a lot of goal scoring opportunities and we know we have work to do at the back but we will sit down midweek watch the game over again and see how we can improve.”

The hosts were ahead on 13 minutes, Todd Howarth firing home a free kick from the edge of the box. But Mandurah were level on the half hour, Alex Grayson shot on the turn gave Oliver Rigler no chance. Fremantle regained the lead on 55 minutes, Noah Shamaki’s shot from outside the penalty area flew past Alfie Brincat. But Mandurah restored parity two minutes later, Taylor Carter squaring the ball to Jamie Burns who finished well. Fremantle were reduced to ten men when Matthew Sparrow was sent off by referee Simon Hicks, and Mandurah won it six minutes from time, Jake Shaked superb through ball sent Burns in on goal and he finished clinically. “It's been a slow start for us but we thoroughly deserved the win with the chances we created,” Grayson explained. “Hopefully we can use this as a kick start for our season but we have a lot of catching up to do.”

Western Knights has moved three points clear at the top of the table after a big 6-1 win against neighbours UWA Nedlands at Nash Field. The hosts were ahead on eight minutes, with Alex Kretowicz scoring, and Ciaran Byrne doubled their advantage fifteen minutes later. Dean Hurley added a third on the half hour, before Kretowicz added a fourth. Joshua Marocchi pulled one back in first half stoppage time, but they had a long way back after the break. But the Knights went on with it after the break with Hurley and Byrne adding two more for a convincing win. “For us it was important to rebound after a disappointing result against Mandurah the week before, and we came out with a high level of intensity and were rewarded with some good goals early in the first half,” Knights coach Ivan Zuvela said. “The second half UWA came out a much better side but we held our nerve, and managed to get two late goals in the game.”

Quinns moved up to second but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Joondalup United at Gumblossom Reserve on Saturday evening. Ben Hinshelwood gave the home side the lead on 13 minutes, scoring from the spot. But Joondalup were level on the half hour, a 20-meter thunderbolt from Jay Lang giving Caelan Cooper no chance. Quinns pressed late looking for the winner but they couldn’t find one. “It was a close competitive game between two evenly matched sides,” Joondalup coach Nick Jennings said. “We were left hanging on for the point in the late stages of the game, ruing the missed opportunities earlier in the match.”

Stirling Macedonia moved up to fourth after a hard fought 3-2 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. Subiaco were ahead early when Stirling gave the ball away and Ben Campbell volleyed home the cross. But the visitors were level on the half hour, Gavin Knight’s shot was blocked, he reacted quickest to head the ball back across goal and Alex Tanevski finished. Stirling were ahead in first half stoppage time Knight robbed a Subiaco defender before driving forward and firing home from long-range. The points were wrapped up on the hour Tanevski sending Knight clear and he made no mistake. Subiaco pulled on back deep into stoppage time, Lachlan Hannah firing home after James Bosdet had parried his initial shot.

Swan United are up to fifth after a 4-2 win against Ashfield at Acclaimed Catering Arena. The hosts were ahead after only ten minutes, with Lewis Robinson scoring. But Swan levelled seven minutes later, Boas Mtwale finishing well after his initial shot was blocked. Ashfield regained the lead on 38 minutes, with Lawson Smith scoring. But Swan hit back with two late goals. First on 42 minutes Ben Wantee found John Monterosso, whose long-range shot flew into the net. They hit the front two minutes later, a neat one-two between Jacob Stubberfield and Wantee, the latter firing home on the turn. The Swans sealed the win on 72 minutes, Monterosso’s cross turned home by Mtwale.

“We started slowly and found ourself behind twice in the first half. Ashfield capitalized on our defensive errors and they deserved their lead. Right before half time we managed to go 3-2 up and that gave us the momentum that we needed,” Swan coach Dan Evans said. “In the second half I thought we really could have run away with it and we addressed some key structural issues and were it not for some wasteful play in the final third we may well have scored a couple more. It certainly wasn’t a complete performance from us but it’s nice to get three points away from home. So overall I’m happy with the progress we are making and we’re looking forward to our next fixture.”

In the final game Forrestfield United have won for the first time this season after a 1-0 win against Olympic Kingsway at Kingsway Reserve. The only goal of the game came eight minutes into the second half, Rhys Loxley sending Tarek Atta in on goal and he scored from a tight angle. “The win was really hard fought and was a reward for our recent good performances,” Forrestfield skipper Loxley explained. “It’s important for us to build on our first win and try to back it up again next week vs Ashfield. If we can grab another win, that puts us right back in the mix.”

8.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO ROUND SIX – REVIEW

In the week six State League Division Two ‘Match of the Round’ Kingsley Westside have maintained second spot after a 3-1 win against Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park. The hosts were looking for their first points of the season, but found themselves behind on the half hour. Joel Gillespie’s corner was headed home by Simone Sichel at the back post. But Kelmscott levelled six minutes later, Jackson Bealey scoring from a free kick. It was tight second half but it was Kingsley were regained the lead on 76 minutes, with Jayden Drummond bagging his third goal of the season, racing clear from Sichel’s knock down and finishing well.

The points were wrapped up five minutes from time, Cameron Bishop volleying home from long-range. “We struggled to get going for some reason or another, once they equalised, they had us on the back foot to be fair but all of our lads kept their heads to take our chances to see the game out,” Kingsley skipper Drummond explained. “In all respect to Kelmscott they were well organised and a completely different side to last year. Which we probably took too lightly if we were being honest. But good to get a gutsy win like that after being on the back foot.”

Dianella White Eagles maintain their one-point lead at the top of the table after a 2-0 win against Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve. They were ahead after only ten minutes, Conor McKee’s ball over the top sent Stephen Musonda clear and he rounded the keeper to score. They doubled their advantage on the half hour, David Heagney made space down the right, eased past his marker and crossed to Musonda at the back post to fire home from close-range. “The game was pretty one sided, we had most of the possession and kept the ball quite comfortably,” Eagle’s striker Kristian Despotovski said. “We had a few players out so we had a makeshift centre back duo with Kian McGuigan and Conor stepping into those positions and did very well. I couldn’t fault the way we played and defended and everything just went our way. We probably could have scored a few more goals but the ball didn’t want to go in. Most importantly it was a good win as we look to stay undefeated.”

Morley Windmills are up to third after a 4-0 win against Canning City at Wotton Reserve. All the goals came after the break in this one, first on 53 minutes Grant Mowatt finished well from the edge of the box. It was 2-0 two minutes later, Abu Dulleh run and cross found Leigh Morgan, the skippers’ header was deflected in. They added a third on 73 minutes, Mowatt scoring after a scramble in the box. The scoring was rounded out in stoppage time substitute Jack Kiama turning home Dulleh’s cut back. “The boys were looking to bounce back from last week's loss. It's been a tough start to the season losing four players for the season or extended periods but we've never used that as an excuse,” Morley coach Antony Benetti said. “I thought we controlled the first half and just lacked that cutting edge in the final third. In the second half we got our patterns right and showed fantastic intensity in the final third. Once we got the first goal, we were confident we would go on to get more. It's a result of great application and we have now built some confidence moving forward.”

Gosnells City and Curtin University have fought out a 1-1 draw at Walter Padbury Reserve. “It was a disappointing draw, it felt like a loss,” Gosnells’ defender James Sharp said. “We had five or six solid chances to score that we never took, and one mistake at the back cost us. They had one chance and took it. But we will work had in training this week and come back stronger. We go again.” City were ahead after 18 minutes the ball was whipped in from the left the keeper could only parry a header the ball falling to Brice Rae who had an easy tap in. But Curtin levelled on 63 minutes, a switch of play found Jeffrey Ledwidth, who played the ball behind the Gosnells defence to Tiago de Souza who scored. Both sides pressed for the winner but had to settle for a point. “It’s frustrating to concede from a set piece, but we rode our luck a bit in an open game that could have resulted in goals for both teams,” Curtin coach Troy Reid said. “I thought we adjusted well in the second half and got control of the game. We found the equaliser and disappointed we did not find the winner in the second half.”

In the other games Carramar Shamrock Rovers and Joondalup United have fought out an entertaining 4-4 draw at Grandis Park. Kieran Harrison put Rovers ahead after only seven minutes, before Lachlan Parker doubled their advantage. Callum Speed pulled one back for Joondalup on the half hour, but Jamie Gibson restored their two-goal advantage from the spot. Luke Doyle made it 3-2 on the stroke of half time, but Gibson added a fourth for the hosts early in the second half and it looked game over. But Joondalup weren’t finished and Nick Koefler made it 4-3 on 72 minutes and Harry Clisby levelled five minutes from time, to give both sides a point. In the final game Murdoch University Melville moved to fourth after a 1-0 win against Balga at Princess Road Reserve. The only goal of the game came in the first minute of the second half with Jacob Flores scoring, this after Balga skipper Emmanuel Kankpeyeng was sent off in the first half.

7.5.2021

NPL-WA ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW

With the COVID lockdown avoided last weekend we head into week eight of the NPLWA on Saturday, and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to E& D Litis Stadium where league leaders Floreat Athena host fourth placed Sorrento. (All games kick off at 3.00pm unless stated}. The host dropped their first points of the season at Gwelup last week, while Sorrento maintained their good form with a hard fought 1-0 win against Balcatta. Last time they met was in the opening round of the Top six last season. The Gulls were ahead when Ollie Annis fired home, but their lead only lasted for two minutes. Floreat captain Dean Evans' cross was not held by Joel Driscoll and Luka Ninkovic was on hand to volley home. But in stoppage time Sorrento won it, Cameron Teece scoring from the spot after Daniel Faichney was fouled in the box.

Floreat midfielder Sean McManus said last week’s draw at Gwelup was a tight game and could have gone either way. “It was a tough game on Saturday especially going one down first, but the lads stuck together like we always do and grabbed one back,” he said, “We were hoping to get another back to keep our winning streak alive and maybe on another day could have as we had a number of chances, but it just wasn’t to be on Saturday. Both teams have good quality players and it was a good battle for 90 minutes.”

Their league form is a nothing like the Night Series, where they lost the opening three games, but McManus said after a chat between the group they have kicked on and is looking forward to the Sorrento game on Saturday. “The Night Series was kind of a wakeup call for us, with Floreat always being up there for contenders to win the competition it was difficult to take. We had a chat amongst ourselves and from then on, we have kicked on especially with winning our first six league games on the bounce,” he said. “We know Sorrento will be a tough game again on Saturday, as it is every week in the NPL now as teams have become stronger this year. We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and that’s working hard for each other and taking each game as it comes.”

Sorrento keeper Connor Campbell was supposed to be having a year away from the game, but when he got a call from Sorrento, he jumped at the chance to head to Windy Hill. “Yes, basically I was planning to take a year off but after Joel’s injury I got the call from Jamie to come down and I was happy to,” he explained. “I’ve had a short stint with Sorrento before as part of the FFA cup run in 2017 so happy to be back down with them.”

Campbell said last week’s win against Balcatta was a grind, but they got the result which is all that matter, and he hopes for more success at Floreat on Saturday. “The 1-0 win on the weekend was a grind which shows good character from us, a really important win to keep us in touching distance with the rest, also on a personal note it was the first clean sheet of the year which I am happy to see,” he said. “A trip to Floreat is a big game, and they are in some great form at the moment. But I guess these are the games you want to be playing in, and I’m sure we will be up for it.”

In other games this weekend, second placed ECU Joondalup will look to continue their good form when they make the trip to Frank Drago Reserve to take on Bayswater City, likewise third placed Perth SC, who welcome Rockingham City to Dorrien Gardens. Perth Glory entertain Balcatta on Saturday evening (7.00pm) at Hartfield Park and Cockburn City host Armadale in the local derby at Dalmatinac Park. In the final game new Gwelup Croatia Head Coach Trevor Morgan begins his tenure at Wishart Street with a home game against Inglewood United.

Inglewood head into the game in a confident mood after winning their first game since round one against Rockingham last week, while Gwelup held league leaders Floreat at home. Midfielder Shubham Mokala said they had their chances to take all three points. “It was a tough game with both teams having chances to win it,” he said. “I felt late on, we had a few chances (myself included) to win the game but unfortunately they didn’t go in the back of the net, so we were disappointed to come away with just a point from the game.”

Mokala said it will be another tough game on Saturday against Inglewood, but they will be looking to give new coach a win in his first game in charge. “Sad to see Taki leave, but glad that his replacement is someone with a lot of experience. We’ve only had two sessions with Trevor as of yet but the squad seems to be responding well to him and his coaching,” he explained. “Inglewood is always a tough game and they have good players across the park. It’ll be a great challenge for us under a new head coach and I’m confident we’ll come away from the game with three points.”

7.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND SIX – PREVIEW

We head into week six of the State League Division One and our ‘Match of the Round’ sees second placed Fremantle City host Mandurah City at Hilton Park. (All games kick off at 3.00pm unless stated) Both sides fought out entertaining draws last week, Fremantle playing out a 2-2 draw at Swan, while Mandurah fought back from three goals down to draw at home against the Knights. Last time they met was in round three last season, when the host won a hard-fought game 1-0. The only goal of the game came ten minutes from time, Sam McKearnen played Charlie Betts through on goal who showed great composure to slot it past Mandurah goalkeeper Jack Eldred.

Mandurah head down the freeway in buoyant mood after a stunning comeback last week, and defender Jeff Bright said they could have won it late. “It was a pretty exciting game in the end,” he said. “I thought we gave them a little bit too much respect in the first half and when we got to a point where we didn’t have anything to lose, we really got on top and played well and finished our chances, and could have nicked all three late.”

It’s not been the best of starts for the Dolphins but a few key injuries have hit the squad, but Bright said last week’s second half showed everyone the talent in the side and they head into Saturday’s game full of confidence “It’s tough when you are missing your key forward, I just think with the whole new squad we are still trying to find that right balance,” he explained. “The younger players have certainly stepped up and showed last week they deserve to be given the chance.

“We have the right players and the backing of the club so I don’t think it’ll be long before we hit our straps. Fremantle is a good game for us to have now. After the last half last week, we’ll be looking to put in a solid 90-minute performance. Fremantle are always a tough game, they are well coached, have some good players all around the park but our confidence is pretty high so should be an entertaining game.”

Fremantle skipper Hayden Stevens said last week was two points dropped. “We’re bitterly disappointed, it felt like a loss in the change rooms after the game,” he explained. “We knew going to Swan was never going to be easy and that was exactly the case. They took the chances they were given, while I don’t think we were ruthless enough at both ends of the park. In the end we got a point and we look forward to Mandurah this week.”

The Fremantle squad is deep this season, and Stevens said it makes competition for spots high, and gives coach Cameron Lord a few headaches each week, and will again on Saturday as they look to continue their unbeaten start. “It’s been a good start for us, and we do have good depth and competition for places is high, but if you want to do well in leagues, then you have to have that depth,” he said. “Saturday will be another tough game, they (Mandurah) didn’t win the Night Series by luck, so they’re a good footballing side who we won’t be taking lightly. Their result last week shows just what they’re capable of, so it will be another tough test for us, and one that should be good viewing for the spectators.”

In other games on Saturday, league leaders Western Knights welcome UWA Nedlands to Nash Field for the Derby looking to get back to winning ways, while Swan United make the trip to Acclaimed Catering Arena to take on Ashfield. Third placed Quinns entertain Joondalup United at Gumblossom Park, while Subiaco and Stirling Macedonia meet at Rosalie Park, both looking to build on wins last week. In the final game Olympic Kingsway entertain Forrestfield United at Kingsway Reserve in new coach David Tough’s first home game in charge.

Forrestfield sit bottom of the table still searching for their first win of the season, and are coming off a narrow 1-2 loss against Quinns where they dominated large parts of the game. Olympic were also beaten 1-2 at Stirling, and Tough said they deserved something from the game. “Not the result we were looking for at Stirling, but the lads put in a god shift,” Tough said. “I thought we did well to get back into the game at 1-1, but conceded a late goal. I couldn’t fault the lad’s effort on the day, and we will be looking to turn things around on Saturday.”

Tough said Forrestfield will be desperate to get their season going, but he is determined to get Olympic back to winning ways. “Ross (Edwards) and I have had a good week on the track with the lads and we’re ready for another huge test against Forrestfield on Saturday,” he said. “Any game in this division is difficult and you need to turn up each week or you will get turned over. Normo has a great deal of experience in the game and has a good squad, so their position on the ladder is surprising, but my only concern is my team and we are ready for a big game.”

7.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO ROUND SIX – PREVIEW

It’s week six of the State League Division Two and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Frye Park where Kelmscott Roos host Kingsley Westside. Kelmscott were well beaten last week at Joondalup, which continued their disappointing start to the season, while Kingsley maintained second place on the table with a 2-1 win at Canning. Last time they met at the venue was in round two last season when Kingsley won their first ever game in State League football, a 6-0 thrashing. Jayden Drummond and Ramiro Vilar bagging doubles, with others to Josh Waldock and Cameron Bishop.

Kingsley skipper Jayden Drummond said last week’s win was a huge result for them, against a good Canning side. “Canning was a good win, but we probably could have put the game to bed in the first 30 minutes,” he explained. “But we allowed them back in and once we got the winner our backs were against the wall for the last ten minutes as they pressed for the equaliser, it wasn’t a pretty win but sometimes you need to grind out results.”

It’s well-balanced squad that Steven Dimitrovich has assembled this season, and it shows with them having the best defence in the league and joint best goals scored. Drummond said its going well at the moment and they need to show the same attitude on Saturday at Kelmscott. “The biggest thing this season is we all know our roles so well and Dima and Monty have drilled them into us since the first week of pre-season.

“We’ve defended really well this year, it just comes down to concentration throughout the park, going forward yeah we may be equal top goals, but something we think we can improve on immensely, still half chances we think should be taking. That will be the same on Saturday, you can’t take anyone lightly in this league, yes Kelmscott have had a slow start but they picked up some decent results in pre-season, something we are aware of and the boys know if we take our foot off the pedal our last few weeks can come undone.”

Kelmscott keeper Ercole Cutri said it wasn’t the result our performance they were looking for last week. “Very disappointing, I feel we didn't execute any sort of game plan at all in the first half, there was slight improvement coming into the second but it was definitely not good enough from the squad as a whole,” he explained. “We've shown glimpses of how well we can play in the night series, and so far, this season when we keep to our game and play simple football but we need to show it for the full 90 minutes.”

It’s a new look squad at Frye Park this season, and it often takes time to gel, but Cutri said they need to bring their A-Game on Saturday against an in-form Kingsley. “The new squad is definitely still finding its rhythm playing together, there is so much individual talent in the squad we have some great players who can do some amazing things. They're all great lads as well, we all get along really well, everyone has been working hard in training and there is improvement each week, we just need to adopt a more aggressive and positive mindset on game day, I feel heads drop too easy when we concede and things don't go away,” the keeper explained.

“Saturday is definitely going to be a test for the lads, I think we need to go into the game not worrying about their position on the ladder and just focus on what we've been doing in training. It’s still early in the season we can definitely turn it around and show people what we are capable of, and getting points on the board against an inform Kingsley will be the best way to start off the turn around and bring some much-needed confidence to the lads.”

In other games this weekend, league leaders Dianella White Eagles hit the road to take on Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve, whole Carramar Shamrock Rovers welcome Joondalup City to Grandis Park. Murdoch University Melville make the trip to Princess Road Reserve to take on Balga, who will be buoyed after their first win of the season at Curtin last week. Morley Windmills and Canning City will both be looking to bounce back from defeats last week, when they meet at Wotton Reserve, and on the final game Curtin University head goes Walter Padbury Reserve to take on Gosnells City.

Curtin were edged out 1-2 by Balga last week, while Gosnells also lost by the same score line at Dianella. Curtin Coach Troy Reid said mistakes cost them in the end, and you can’t make them in this league. “All the boys are disappointed with the points dropped last week, but full credit to Balga,” he said. “I thought we were well below where we know we can play, and simple mistakes cost us the points.

Reid said that result has gone and they are now concentrating on the trip to Gosnells. “I don’t think there is any easy games in this league, and away to Gosnells is no exception,” he said. “We've had a pretty thin squad over the opening rounds, but are now starting to see players returning to training. If we play at the level, I know we can play, we’ll be confident of getting three points on Saturday.”

7.5.2021

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND FOUR PREVIEW

We have reached week four of the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division and our ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Butlers Reserve, where Wembley Downs host Joondalup United. (All games kick off at 3.00pm unless stated) Both sides are coming off defeats last week, United losing at home to Jaguar, while Wembley were beaten at South West Phoenix. The last time the sides met at the venue was in round 14 last season, when Adam Taylor’s injury time goal gave Joondalup a 3-2 win.

The loss in Bunbury was the first of the season for Wembley, and coach Anthony Cochrane said they had their chances but failed to take them on the night. “Disappointing result, however I was happy with the effort and attitude shown by the lads,” he said. “We had opportunities to get back into it at 1-0 down, but did not take our chances, but to be fair South-West Phoenix were well worth the points and finished really well in front of goal. Nick Carter has got them playing some great football and I think a lot of teams will struggle down there.”

Cochrane said his squad this season has been given a boost, with some youngsters pushing their way in, and he said they are growing fast, and will need to be switched on this week against Joondalup. “The core of the team is very much the same from last season, we promoted several youngers players from the U18s and managed to bring in a few more experienced amateur players as well,” he explained.

“I’m really pleased of how to group interacts and I am confident we will continue to grow. Sunday is another game and it will always be a tough game at this level, and Joondalup will obviously be very keen to get a win. We just have to focus on ourselves, execute our plans well and compete for everything. I'm looking forward to getting back out there again and hopefully back to winning ways.”

Joondalup coach Neil Sherwin said last week's defeat was frustrating, especially after a good first half. “It was a mixed performance against Jaguar, we were excellent in the first half and Adam Giannasi scored two superb goals from long range to put us in a good position,” he said. “However, we switched off just before half time and let them back into the game. Defensively we have not been good enough so far this season and allowed Jaguar to score twice in the last 15 minutes which was very disappointing. We've taken the lead in all four games (including the cup) and need to improve our game management when our noses are in front.”

Sherwin said his squad’s depth has been improved this season and he confident the results will turn. “Our squad depth is a lot better than last year and the reserve team results show that. It has meant there is increased competition for places in the first team, which is a nice problem to have as a coach,” he explained. “Max Van Ravensteyn has been a great pick up for us up front, while Kyall Osborne and Adam Rogers both missed most of last season through injury and have been good since returning to the team. As the season goes on, that depth will stand us in good stead when the usual injuries, suspensions and holidays kick in.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back from defeat last week, and Sherwin hopes it will be them at the final whistle on Sunday. “Wembley will no doubt be disappointed with that 4-0 scoreline against South West Phoenix but Bunbury is a difficult place to go given player availability can be compromised with the Saturday night fixtures so I'm not reading too much into it,” he said. “If we play to our potential and tighten up at the back then I would back us against any team in the league, hopefully this is the game it all comes together and we can get a run going.”

In other games on Sunday North Perth United welcome South West Phoenix to Woodville Reserve (1.00pm), while Queens Park head north to take on Hamersley Rovers at Carine Open Space. Leeming Strikers meet UWA Nedlands at John Connell Reserve, while Jaguar entertain fourth placed Quinns at Herb Graham Recreation Centre. Jag’s keeper Michael Dudek said it will be a big test. “Quinns will be a big challenge for us, we've now got two wins in a row and getting this 3rd win will signal to the league that we want to challenge for promotion this year,” he explained. “We are always confident at our home ground though, and this week will be no exception, the boys will be up for it.”

In the final game league leaders Maddington White City host second placed Kwinana United at Nikola Tesla Reserve. Both sides are coming off big wins last week, Kwinana beating last season’s Champions North Perth at home, while Maddington thrashed Hamersley on the road. “We were determined to win against Hammersley and maintain our good start to the season. The high intensity shown at training carried into the game, and from start to finish we were excellent. It was a great team performance,” Petar Mrdja explained.

“We now turn our attention to the next challenge against Kwinana. They are a strong and difficult opponent and one of the favourites to win the league this season. We beat them in the only game we played against each other last season so we expect they will be motivated to beat us at Maddington and make up for that result. We look forward to the contest.”

6.5.2021

MORGAN READY FOR GWELUP CHALLENGE

Trevor Morgan will return to the NPLWA on Saturday, in his new role as Head Coach at Gwelup Croatia. The 64-year-old takes over from Taki Nicolaidis, who was released last month, and Morgan said he can’t wait to get going. “I’m really happy to be back involved in football and grateful to Gwelup for giving me the chance to get back into the NPL,” he said. “The move came out of the blue, my son Alex, who is at Sorrento, sent me a message to say to the job was available, so I sent an email to the Chairman, met him the next day and was appointed the day after. We have a good squad and I look forward to working with the players.”

Morgan has coached all over the world, but his last gig never got started, literally. He was appointed at United City FC in the Philippines, but the covid-19 saw him never coach the side in person. “Yes, it was a strange one, I was appointed in August, but due to the virus restrictions, the Philippines borders remained closed to foreigners so I couldn’t get there,” he explained. “I managed to watch their games live on YouTube and was able to have some say on my thoughts of the game at half time, and the team won the League. They will now play in this year's AFC Champions League, so it was a big disappointment I was unable to get out there.”

The coach had a great deal of success in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters, Dempo, and East Bengal, and also coach the Bhutan national team. Morgan said he loved his time in the country, especially at East Bengal. “I loved my time there, and the crowds were in excess of 60 000 with over a 100 000 for our Kolkata Derby game against ATK Mohun Bagan,” he said. “We were successful in winning trophies and had three consecutive seasons on the AFC Cup in which we reached the quarter-finals, the City of Kolkata is mad for Football, as well as cricket.”

Morgan has watched in horror the footage from India now with the Covid-19 spreading like wildfire, and he said it’s hard to watch, but with the amount of people he is not surprised. “It's awful what is happening there especially in Delhi, and the pictures and news coverage is terrible to watch, they are lovely people,” he said. “But given the amount if people and the close proximity of apartments and people it’s not really surprising that the virus has taken hold.”

Gwelup are a very ambitious club, on and off the park, and their rise to NPL football has been monumental. The club has eyes on the big prize (no pressure) and the appointment of Morgan may be the final part of the jigsaw in challenging for that. “It's good to be ambitious and good to want to be the best, but this won't happen overnight, we all want the same thing but will all have to work together to achieve success,” he explained. “From what I've seen we have a good squad who just need to understand their individual roles within a team structure, if we can do that, I'm sure we can make Jure a happy man.”

6.5.2021

GARCIA SLAMS GLORY PLAYERS AFTER MELBOURNE LOSS

Angry Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia has not sugarcoated how he feels about the side’s 3-1 loss to table-topping Melbourne City that virtually ended their A-League finals challenge.

In a rare public criticism, Garcia blasted his players, saying they needed to stop feeling sorry for themselves, change their mentality and stand up and be counted.

Glory, languishing in 10th spot and 10 points out of the top six, have won just once in 12 games but Garcia is not throwing in the towel, saying it is still possible to get back in the finals race.

Glory went ahead with a Chris Ikonomidis scorcher that was quickly erased by a Luke Bodnar own goal and a double from Jamie Maclaren. Garcia said they never recovered from the own goal. “There is that mentality of ‘here we go again’,” he said.

“There’s a lot of characters in the dressing room that probably need to change their mentality. There’s a few feeling sorry for themselves. That mentality always disappoints me. They need to make sure they are playing for the right intentions.”

“What we want is players who are going to stand up and be counted. There are moments in the game when we need to be brave. The mentality of recovering from setbacks is lacking. That is a big issue and something that we need to change.”

“We need to change our mentality, we need to change the way we look at the game. The effort they are putting in is affected by their mentality, affected by the way they are thinking about their position at the moment.”

“The last month has shown us what direction we need to go in and how we need to re-configure for the coming years. Self-belief is very much lacking but I don’t feel they have reason to doubt themselves.”

Glory have a chance to redeem themselves against fellow strugglers Melbourne Victory on Sunday. “We want to get the points required to make the top six. It’s not impossible,” Garcia said.

“It’s about the group finding themselves and believing in themselves again. The challenge to the guys is how they focus on the last set of games and how they try and change that momentum.”

5.5.2021

GLORY GO EMPTY-HANDED AGAIN

Perth Glory’s disappointing season continued on Wednesday evening after a 1-3 loss against Melbourne City at an empty HBF Park. It had started well for Richard Garcia’s side when Chris Ikonomidis gave them the lead on the half hour, but two quick goals before half time from an own goal from Luke Bodnar and Jamie Maclaren, which was the former Glory strikers 100th A League goal. Maclaren added a second after the break to seal the win and it moved City six points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, and left Glory languishing in tenth and their finals hopes severely dented.

"It was a difficult game and full credit to Melbourne, they came and put the pressure on," Glory coach Richard Garcia said post-match. “I thought we did well in that first 20 [minutes] and then once the own-goal went in, confidence dropped again and we lost focus and I don't think we really recovered. Confidence isn't high and that becomes an issue. I feel that there are moments in the game when we need to brave and actually step up and be counted and we find ourselves lacking and that is a big issue and something that we need to change.

"We want to get the points required to make the top six and it's not impossible. It's just about the group re-finding themselves and believing in themselves again. We always knew that this was a project to be able to build and grow upon and that [performance] tonight and probably the last month has shown us what direction we need to go in and how we need to reconfigure for the coming years."

The visitors bossed the game from the outset and the lively Marco Tilio firing just over the top, before Maclaren headed inches wide from Florin Berenguer's corner. Glory was struggling to create any clear-cut chances, their best fell to Brandan Wilson, after being tied up by Bruno Fornaroli but City defenders got back to block his effort on goal. Liam Reddy produced a smart save to deny former Glory man Rostyn Griffiths’ header on 20 minutes, the defender losing his marker from Craig Noone’s free kick.

But the Glory started to get into the game, with Diego Castro and Ikonomidis a constant threat, and on 30 minutes they hit the front. Andy Keogh picked out Ikonomidis on the left of the penalty area, he raced across the top of the box and finished superbly past Tom Glover in front of the empty Shed. But the lead only lasted six minutes, Tilio eased past his marker on the right and his low cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Bodnar.

Things got worse for Glory and in first half stoppage time City doubled their advantage. The Glory’s right-hand side was exploited again with Scott Galloway crossing to a free Maclaren, who picked his spot and headed wide of Reddy. Maclaren’s goal was his 100th in the A-League and he became just the second player to achieve the feat since the league began and the fastest in Australian national league history.

The visitors almost added a third early in the second half, Noone’s effort crashing off the post, after being picked out by Connor Metcalfe, before Kosuke Ota blocked Maclaren's follow-up effort on the line. Glory responded with a long-range shot from Castro which flew over and a far post header from Fornaroli that found the side-netting, but just as they looked set to force their way back into the game, City added a third on 68 minutes.

Maclaren and Noone exchanged passes inside the box and the former Glory man picked out the bottom corner with a clinical finish. Glory pressed late, as City shut up shop, but they couldn’t find a goal, which is a concern going forward. The best chance fell to Keogh who was unable to get a touch on a low cross from second-half substitute Joel Chianese. So, it’s back to the drawing board for Garcia and his team, and he will be hoping for a better performance when they host Melbourne Victory on Sunday at HBF Park. City skipper and former Glory defender Scott Jamieson said Maclaren is in red hot form at the moment. “I think it's the mentality,” he said. “You talk about players who are hungry, every day it's the mentality of doing more finishing, to want to get better. It's a full credit to him, we're lucky to have him. Hopefully he stays for a lot longer."

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 5 Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 7 Chris IKONOMIDIS (11 Joel CHIANESE 65'), 8 Kosuke OTA (37 Riley WARLAND 69'), 9 Bruno FORNAROLI (20 Carlo ARMIENTO 65'), 10 Andy KEOGH, 13 Luke BODNAR, 15 Brandon WILSON, 17 Diego CASTRO (18 Nick D'AGOSTINO 65'), 23 Dane INGHAM, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 29 Darryl LACHMAN, 38 Ciaran BRAMWELL

Melbourne City: GK Tom GLOVER, 2 Scott GALLOWAY, 3 Scott JAMIESON, 7 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8 Aiden O’NEILL, 9 Jamie MACLAREN, 10 Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER (20 Adrian LUNA 65'), 11 Craig NOONE (17 Stefan COLAKOVSKI 87'), 18 Connor METCALFE, 22 Curtis GOOD, 23 Marco TILIO (19 Ben GARUCCIO 87') - Subs not used: RGK Matthew SUTTON, 4 Nuno REIS, 14 Naoki TSUBAKI - Referee: Adam Fielding

5.5.2021

KERR AT THE DOUBLE FOR CHELSEA

Matilda’s striker Sam Kerr has scored twice and put Chelsea on the verge of retaining their English Women’s Super League title, after a 2-0 win on the road against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Hive Stadium on Wednesday evening. The win came three days after Chelsea sealed a European Champions League Final spot after a comeback win against Bayern Munich and moved the Blues two points ahead of their nearest rivals Manchester City, and a win on the final game against Reading on Sunday will seal the title.

"It's (Scoring) what I'm paid to do. I mean, more importantly, we've got to win the league on Sunday, and that's the most important thing to me. We'll deal with all that type of other stuff after," Kerr said post-match. "It's always hard to come away and get the first goal and obviously there was a lot on the line, so it was a big goal for us close to halftime.”

Kerr was asked if she was feeling the pressure, but the WA-born striker said the team perform better in that situation. “It's been intense. It might look all roses and butterflies from the outside but this has been the build-up all season, we've worked so hard, sacrificed so much, we've gone through so much as a team," said Kerr. “When there is pressure, this team performs better. For us, we're enjoying the moment, enjoying everything riding on each game - we're enjoying it. For us, it now feels like a reward but we're not done yet. We've got two massive games to come and we want to win it all."

The former Perth Glory striker opened the scoring for Emma Hayes’ side four minutes before half time. Norwegian midfielder Guro Reiten’s cross picked out the striker at the back post and she made no mistake. It was 2-0 seven minutes into the second half and it was Reiten again who provided the assist, her cross was headed towards goal by Kerr, Spurs’ keeper Rebecca Spencer made the save but Kerr was quickest to react to the rebound to score her 20th league goal of the season. Kerr was replaced just the hour mark but she had already done the damage.

Chelsea’s manager Emma Hayes said she was delighted how the side played especially after the tough game against Bayern and knows a win on Sunday and the title is there’s. “It [the game vs Reading] will be a cup final for us and I'll approach it as such. We have to win the game,” she said. "As coaches we want everything. Some people have played a lot of football in recent weeks and this is another real credit to the whole squad for getting the win. The Bayern game took a lot out of us emotionally, so I was wondering what our performance would be like today."

Hayes also presided Kerr, who had a slow start to her career at the club. “She’s a delight to coach and I’ve figured out the strategies that work best with her,” said the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes. “When it’s your season things go for you in the same way it did for Beth [England] last year and I think the ball is falling to her. She’s taking responsibility for the team, which I think is important, she’s doing it again and again. I feel a bit bad not leaving her on to get her hat-trick but we’ve got other games to prepare for and I didn’t want to take any risks this evening.”

4.5.2021

SAGE FACING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LOSS

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage says the club faces dark days and is in survival mode heading towards a multi-million dollar loss in the COVID-19 affected season. The club already faces a $3 million drop and playing A-League leaders Melbourne City behind closed doors tomorrow is the latest blow to the club that is struggling in 10th place on the ladder.

Sage, who has made no secret he is looking for investors, said: “It’s very dark days and we’re definitely in survival mode. No crowd no income. This is the latest blow for the club. We are down almost 6000 members, match day revenue has been hit. That’s flows through to merchandise corporate sales etc ... 14 years of my life. Help is definitely needed.”

Glory chief executive Tony Pignata said it had been a horrendous season. The current projection was a $3 million loss but if they were forced to play more matches in empty stadiums it could blow out further. Every game without a crowd means around a $350,000 loss and they played in front of just 3000 fans in Saturday afternoon’s goalless draw with Macarthur FC.

“It’s not great. We are forecasting a $1 million loss for match days, corporate-wise down $750,000, people aren’t buying memberships,” said Pignata. “You’ve got to look at members refunds and we’ve already given members a discount just to get them there. It adds up, it’s about $3 million in revenue loss for the season at the moment.”

“If anything else happens we could blow out another $1 million. I get where Tony is coming from. It’s a big hole to fill. It’s been horrendous. We are lucky we have good sponsors. Without their support I don’t even know if Perth Glory would exist. We just have to see what support is out there and navigate through the rest of the season.”

3.5.2021

DE VANNA CALLED UP FOR MATILDAS CAMP

Veteran forward Lisa De Vanna will get her chance to push for a Matildas berth ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after being named in a 26-player squad for an Australian-based camp. This week’s camp in Sydney is an opportunity for local-based players to show their wares.

De Vanna, Australia's all-time leading goalscorer with 47 goals in 150 games, will return to the international scene for the first time since the 2019 Women's World Cup. The 36-year old enjoyed a strong W-League season in which she played a guiding role in Melbourne Victory being crowned champions.

The players attending this week’s Matilda's camp are Emily Condon, Matilda McNamara (Adelaide United), Isobel Dalton, Winonah Heatley, Jamilla Rankin (Brisbane Roar), Nickoletta Flannery, Laura Hughes, Sally James, Jessika Nash (Canberra United), Alex Chidiac, Jenna McCormick (Melbourne City), Melina Ayres, Melinda Barbieri, Angela Beard, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Lisa De Vanna, Polly Doran (Melbourne Victory), Tara Andrews (Newcastle Jets), Rachel Lowe, Remy Siemsen, Clare Wheeler, Jada Whyman (Sydney FC), Caitlin Cooper, Courtney Nevin, Sarah Willacy and Georgia Yeoman-Dale (Western Sydney Wanderers).

2.5.2021

GLORY PLOT LATE CHARGE TOWARDS FINALS

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia hopes his team's first clean sheet of the A-League season could be the spark they need for a late run at the finals. Glory's scoreless draw with Macarthur Rams on Saturday was their first clean sheet since last season's elimination final, ending a run of 17 games.

Glory dominated the second half against Macarthur, amassing 22 shots to 13 without finding the back of the net. Despite not coming away with the win they so desperately needed, Garcia hopes the spark shown in the second half and the defensive mettle will help catapult the side going forward.

"It's always hard when you know you need the points, and you haven't had a whole lot of results go your way," said Garcia, whose team are nine points adrift of sixth spot with nine games to play. "There's always tension. I thought we played with a little bit of anxiousness in the first half."

"That second-half performance was more like us. That's good signs going into this run at home that the boys are feeling like themselves again. It's a fantastic clean sheet, and something we've been searching for all season." Glory's next six games are also at home, starting with Wednesday night's clash with high-flying Melbourne City.

2.5.2021

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND THREE PREVIEW

It was week three of the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division and in our ‘Match of the Round’ Kwinana United were too good for North Perth United, running out 3-0 winners at Kelly Park. It was the home side who opened the scoring on 53 minutes, with midfielder Sean Troop scoring. Troop added his and Kwinana’s second three minutes later, rounding the North Perth keeper to score after neat lead up play. The result was made safe just after the hour, Jake Marshall arriving late at the back post to volley home. The win was spoiled slightly in the final minute, when Lee Bates was sent off.

“I thought the first half was a pretty even affair, but I thought we raised it after the break and managed to get ourselves in front,” Kwinana coach Mark Purvis said. “Although there was some luck with the first goal, I felt we deserved that for our endeavour. We were looking for a response after a disappointing display last time out, and North Perth are a good side who are proven winners so to get the result and a good performance was very pleasing.”

League leaders Maddington White City have continued their great start to the season, thrashing Hamersley Rovers 8-1 at Carine Open Space. Samir Ramos scored two early goal to give the visitors a flying start, but Keylon Pollard pulled one back for the hosts on 11 minutes. But that was as good as it got for Rovers, with Jose Zuniga bagging a brace, with Salvador Chavez, Nicolas Pardo, Gaston Bazet and Yohann Crampon scoring the others to seal a comprehensive win.

Leeming Strikers have won for the first time this season after a hard fought 2-1 win against Quinns at Gumblossom Park. The visitors dominated early and hit the woodwork twice, but on nine minutes they found the opener. Ben Greaves found space down the right and his cross was headed home by Kieran Witt. Liam McManus levelled for the hosts on 70 minutes, and they missed a penalty moments later. But five minutes from time Leeming won it, Witt getting on the end of another cross to score. “It was hard fought win for us,” Greaves explained. “It was feisty affair, but we are delighted come away with the three points.”

Jaguar backed up last week’s win against South West Phoenix to run out 3-2 winners against Joondalup United at Beldon Park. They found themselves behind on the half hour with Adam Giannasi on target, and he doubled Joondalup’s lead six minutes later. Jags found a lifeline four minutes from half time Conor O'Driscoll raced down left and played a ball to the back post for Akuei Guot to score. The visitors were level on 77 minutes, Ceasar Lok played a great pass through the defence to O'Driscoll who hammered the ball past the keeper from close range.

Jags won it eight minutes from time, Cyrille Isambert free kick found Akuei Guot, who beat the keeper to the ball with a powerful header to win the game. “We had a few opportunities early in the game, so it was disappointing to let in two quick goals in the first half,” Jag’s keeper Michael Dudek said. “But the boys didn't drop their heads and were able to get one goal back before half-time. When we got in at half-time, we were all confident and fired-up to go on and get the win, and thankfully everyone put in 100% effort in that second half, so very happy to get the win against a strong Joondalup side with some very talented players.”

The round started on Saturday evening when South West Phoenix bounced back from defeat last week to beat Wembley Downs 4-0 at Onside Sports Stadium in Bunbury. The hosts were ahead on 15 minutes, Corey Barclay scoring from just outside the box. But they put the game to bed midway through the second half. First on the hour mark Lydon Hodgkiss found the top corner from long-range, and seven minutes later Andy Blunden was quickest to react after a deflected shot to score.

The points were wrapped up on 70 minutes, Lee Stewart scoring with a free kick from the edge of the box. “I thought it was the best football we’ve played so far,” Phoenix coach Nick Carter said. “Wembley are well structured and brought out the best in us, it was a great game to watch, and it was pleasing to see the players enjoy their football.” In the final game UWA Nedlands have beaten Queens Park 2-1 at Coker Park.

1.5.2021

FLOREAT DROP POINTS DO THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

Floreat Athena have dropped their first points of the 2021 NPLWA season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Gwelup Croatia at Wishart Street. The hosts, with new head coach Trevor Morgan watching from the stands, opened the scoring early through Hasani Sinclair, but Floreat hit back 18 minutes from time, with Jawad Rezai converting from the spot. Both sides ended the game with ten men with Andrew Palmer and Tom Southgate were both sent off after an off the ball altercation.

The visitors had the first opportunity on nine minutes, former Gwelup midfielder Sean McManus’ deep cross picked out Rezai, whose volley flashed inches wide of the back post. But on 15 minutes it was the hosts who opened the scoring. A long clearance caught Floreat napping and Sinclair raced goal wards, held off his marker and finished clinically past Jason Saldaris. Floreat should have levelled two minutes later, Nicholas Ambrogio sent Robert Harding down the right, his low cross found Rezai, who scuffed his shot and Stefan King saved at his post.

There were chances at both ends as the game opened up, McManus fired over the top from the edge of the box on the half hour for the visitors, before Declan Hargreaves shot was saved low by Jason Saldaris at the other end. Floreat defender Ben Steele then produced a superb block to deny Jon Stynes, Ethan Brooks’ cross was heading to the former Floreat midfielder at the back post, but the Bunbury youngster did superbly to clear.

Chris Saldaris went close early in the second half, firing Dean Evan’s corner just wide, but Gwelup went close to second moments later. Shubham Mokala’s cross was misjudged by Jason Saldaris and the ball rebounded off the chest of Floreat defender Steele, but Chris Saldaris got back to clear the ball off the line and spare his brothers blushes. Evans’ volley was then thwarted by King, and Ambrogio headed inches wide from McManus’ cross, as Floreat pushed for the equaliser, and on 69 minutes they found it.

A cross into the box by Steele found Ambrogio, who was clattered by King and Southgate, and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Rezai stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to level the game. Both sides pressed for the winner but they were both reduced to ten men when Harding kicked out at Southgate and the Gwelup defender retaliated and both were sent off by Bruce. Gwelup went close to the winner late, Mokala’s curling effort flew wide, before new signing Gustavo Giron Marulanda effort did likewise, and both sides had to share the spoils.

Gwelup Croatia: GK Stefan KING, 4 Thomas SOUTHGATE, 5 Blair GOVAN, 6 Declan HARGREAVES, 7 Brent GRIFFITHS (9 Paul ZIMARINO 46’), 8 Jon STYNES, 10 Mitch OXBORROW, 11 Ethan BROOKS (2 Ciaran SALINGER 81’), 12 Hasani SINCLAIR (18 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA 65’), 14 Shubham MOKALA, 20 Sam MITCHINSON – Subs not used: - RGK Benjamin RATAJCZAK, 22 Joshua SAMSON – Red Card: Southgate 81’

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Marco SANTALUCIA, 4 Ben STEELE, 8 Sean MCMANUS, 9 Robert HARDING (20 Andrew PALMER 70’), 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 11 Dennis GALAN, 12 Jawad REZAI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD – Subs not used: RGK Joshua HUNTER, 5 Elijah HAAS, 16 Kyle MURRAY, 21 Ethan MOM – Red Cards: Palmer 81’) – Referee: David BRUCE

1.5.2021

NICOL AT THE DOUBLE FOR JACKS

Daryl Nicol has scored a brace to give ECU Joondalup a 2-0 win against Perth Glory at the ECU Football Stadium in week seven of the NPLWA. Nicol opening the scoring midway through the first half, and sealed the win on the hour with another clinical finish to make it four goals for the season. “I thought that’s the best we’ve played all season which is hugely pleasing considering our last outing against Rockingham was a very strong performance as well, and not to mention the stop start with the lockdown,” Nicol said. “I thought it was a decent spectacle with a very strong Glory team having some good chances in the game, but I was just glad to see my goals get us the three points and continue this fantastic run of form we’re on.”

It was bright opening with chances at both ends. First on nine minutes, former Glory midfielder Declan Hughes saw his long-range shot crash of the post, while at the other end Josh Rawlins ball over the top sent Adam Zimarino in on goal, but Johnny Perkins was out quick to collect the ball. But on 26 minutes it was the Jacks who hit the front. Danny Hodgson was brought down on the half way line, and his quick free kick caught Glory napping, sending Nicol racing towards goal, and the Scottish striker finished with aplomb past Cameron Cook.

They went close to a second six minutes later, Nicol’s corner found Hodgson, but his header drifted wide of the target. Glory hit back and striker Joshua Anasmo’s glancing header flashed wide, but it was the Jacks creating the better chances. On 41 minutes Woodcock and Nicol combined to find Hodgson, whose shot on the turn was over the top. Perkins then denied Mason Tatafu and Anasmo’s shot on the run flew over the top, but at the break it was the Jacks leading 1-0.

The visitors made a positive start to the second half, and Perkins was out bravely to save at the feet of Charlie Leech early, before the Jacks custodian got down well to save Joseph Forde’s effort moments later. Those saves became more important on the hour, as the Jacks doubled their advantage. Hughes sent Nicol down the right, and referee Stewart Beattie playing a great advantage after the midfielder was clattered after releasing the ball, Nicol cut into the box and finished clinically.

Glory should have reduced the margin six minutes later, the Jacks gave the ball away and Leech found Zimarino, but the striker blazed over the top when well placed. They went close again moments later, Jacks were caught in possession, and substitute Bryce Bafford squared the ball to Zimarino, his shot beat Perkins but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Jacks custodian. But on 79 minutes it should have been 3-0, Nicol sent Jakub Prajza down the right and his low cross picked out an unmarked Woodcock, who blazed over the top from six yards, but at the final whistle it was the Jacks celebrating the three points and continuing their good form.

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 2 Jeremy TSHONGO, 3 Nelson TSHONGO, 4 Declan HUGHES, 7 Danny HODGSON, 8 Tom HOUGH (90’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Andy HIGGINS, 11 Chris HAROLD, 12 Jakub PRAJZA, 18 Luke PALMATEER – Subs not used: RGK Joe POLLARD, 6 Sonny O’SHEA, 11 Ben RUTTER, 14 Luke DAVIS, 15 Danny DOUGLAS

Perth Glory: GK Cameron COOK, 2 Josh RAWLINS (16 Andrew MARANTA 79’), 3 Mason TATAFU, 4Jacob MUIR, 5 Riley WARLAND, 6 Callum TIMMINS (18 Chris DONNELL 62’), 7 Joseph FORDE (15 Aidan COYNE 79’), 8 Charlie LEECH, 9 Joshua ANASMO (17 Bryce BAFFORD 62’), 10 Giordano COLLI, 11 Adam ZIMARINO - Subs not used: RGK Sam REILLY - Referee: Stewart BEATTIE

1.5.2021

BAYSWATER WIN ON THE ROAD

A goal from Gordon Smith has given Bayswater City a hard-fought win against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday afternoon. The Scottish striker grabbed the winner just before half time and the win ended a two-game losing streak and moved Gareth Naven’s side up for fourth on the NPLWA ladder. “It wasn’t the prettiest game but we came away with three points from a place we have struggled the last two or three seasons,” Smith said. “It’s also a third clean sheet in six games, which is also very encouraging and we looked dangerous on the attack at times. We now look forward to playing against one of the inform teams in the league on Saturday.”

Cockburn went close early, Sebastian de Silva cross picked out Daniel Robinson, but his first touch let him down and the chance was gone. Bayswater first chance came on the half hour, Tyler Garner’s header was straight at Luke Radonich. Moments later Jesse Lazzaro’s curling free kick was saved low by Liam Driscoll, but both sides were struggling in the final third. But on 41 minutes the visitors opened the scoring, a long ball from Garner sent Smith into the box, and he got there before the keeper to score. Michael Zimarino went close to a second before the break, but his effort flashed wide of the target.

Bayswater went close early in the second half, Ndumba Makeche denied by a stunning one-handed save by Radonich. Smith had the ball in the net again moments later, but his celebrations were cut short with the flag up for offside. Robinson then set up Lazzaro at the other end, but the striker blazed over the top, before Harry O’Brien’s free kick whistled over the top. Cockburn were on top and Robinson was in again on 52 minutes, but Driscoll stood tall to deny him, before Samuel Cook’s lob was over the top.

Cook was in again on 84 minutes, but could only find the side netting. Two minutes later Robinson was picked out in the box, and his first time shot flashed inches past the post. The hosts had one last chance to earn a point in stoppage time, Daniel Dols long throw found Cook, but his header drifted wide and it was Bayswater leaving with the points.

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 3 Daniel DOLS, 4 Euen GRANT, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 11 Harry O’BRIEN (6 Samuel COOK 64’), 12 Sebastian DA SILVA, 15 Daniel SANTICH (17 Fanuel DAWIT 23’), 16 Ali GHOLAMI (18 Adam ANFUSO 70’), 21 Jesse LAZZARO, 22 Daniel ROBINSON, 25 Breckan BAKER – Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 20 Alessandro De Andrade BASTO

Bayswater City: GK Liam DRISCOLL, 5 Albert FULLARD (19 Alex MCLEAN 75’), 7 Ndumba MAKECHE, 8 Gordon SMITH, 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 Steven HESKETH (3 Jack ALLEN 54’), 13 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 18 Fraser DUNLOP (4 Michael ZIMARINO 29’), 26 Zayd FARAH, 28 Konstantinos SPARTA, 29 Tyler GARNER - Subs not used: RGK Riccardo MAZZOLENI, 15 Shaun MUKWEVHO, - Referee: Julian SERRA

1.5.2021

INGLEWOOD BACK IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Inglewood United have won for the first time since round one after a 4-1 win against Rockingham City at Inglewood Stadium. Ajak Riak bagged a first half brace, to put Andres Oliveira’s side on their way. Andreas Theodosiades added a third on the hour, but substitute Christos Vaenas pulled one back for Giron Stajic’s side twenty minutes from time, but Jamie Murphy added a fourth for the hosts to wrap up the points. Rockingham finished the game with ten men after Dieudonne Sumail was sent off late.

“It’s good to be back in the winner’s circle,” keeper Alex Dunn said. “Andreas had us working hard at training on a few things and we were able to implement them against Rockingham, which resulted in a few goals which is always pleasing.” The hosts were ahead after only sixty seconds, Steve Sokol was brought down in the box by Jethto Yumange and referee Steven Gregory pointed straight to the spot. Ajak Riak stepped up and beat Cyril Sharrock low to his right from the resulting penalty. Sharrock then produced a fingertip save to deny Robert Petkov, as the host continued to dominate.

Rockingham went close themselves on 18 minutes, Feisal Zaw’s free kick was sliced over his own crossbar by Giovanni Soares, and moments later Shane Boyle’s effort rolled agonisingly wide of the far post. Then on 35 minutes Dunn produced a stunning double save, first to deny Zaw, and he as up quick to block Hamish van Dieken’s follow up. Those saves become more important as six minutes later Inglewood doubled their advantage. Roberto del Borrello’s corner picked out an unmarked Riak, whose powerful header beat Sharrock.

The hosts had a perfect opportunity to add a third on 52 minutes, when Sokol was brought down in the box by Harry Bolan and the referee awarded another penalty. Riak stepped up but Sharrock guessed the right way to save. But it was 3-0 four minutes later, Theodosiades played a neat give and go on the edge of the box with Petkov, before racing into the box and finishing clinically. Rockingham pulled one back on 70 minutes, Yumange sending substitute Vaenas in on goal and he finished well past Dunn. But that was as good as it got for the visitors and Inglewood sealed the points four minutes from time, Thiak Kuel crossing to Murphy who headed home. It went from bad to worse for Rockingham when Sumail was sent off last late in the game.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 Giovanni SOARES, 7 Ajak RIAK (16 Jamie MURPHY 72’), 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Robert PETKOV, 10 Anthony BAFOBUSHA, 12 Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 14 Steve SOKOL (4 Scott BLACKMORE 75’), 17 Mark BARNETT (11 Egide NGENDAKUMANA 75’), 18 Andreas THEODOSIADES (5 Thiak KUEL 58’) – Sub not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY

Rockingham City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 3 Denaudo MURRAY (21 Joseph MOSS 46’), 4 Dieudonne SUMAIL, 5 Afian GIYANTO (11 Luke COLLINS 46’), 6 Harry BOLAN, 7 Feisal ZAW, 8 Hamish VAN DIEKEN, 10 Shane BOYLE (9 Christos VAENAS 62’), 12 Jethro YUMANGE 14 Ryan KENNEDY (20 Dylan ROGERS 56’), 19 Noah WITTSTROM-LEA – Subs not used: RGK Brad STOUT – Red Card: Sumail 88’ - Referee: Steven GREGORY

1.5.2021

PERTH WINS A SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER AT ARMADALE

A ten men Perth SC have maintained third spot on the NPLWA ladder after a late Calvin Whitney goal sealed a thrilling 4-3 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Angel Andres gad given the hosts the lead from the spot in the first half, but two quick goals after the break from former Red’s striker Michael Domfeh and Gustavo Catarcione had the visitors in front. But they then had top scorer Cameron Teece sent off, but the ten men added a third through Aleks Jovic.

But John O’Reilly’s team weren’t finished and Andres added his second, and it looked like Pieter Jacobsz had earned them a point scoring in the first minute of stoppage time, but Whitney had the final say six minutes later. “It was a very tough match against a very good and motivated opponent,” Perth skipper Bojan Radinovic said. “We didn’t play too well in the first half however we came up with good energy and good football in the second half. I think the good energy and good team spirit in the second half was our reward for the last-minute win.”

The home side hit the front on 23 minutes when Jacobsz sent Andres into the penalty area and he was brought down by Alex Silla and referee Joshua Nixon pointed straight to the spot. Andres picked himself up and sent Ryan Montgomery the wrong way from the resulting penalty. Friday Zico tried his luck from long-range moments later, but Montgomery saved. Perth went close themselves on the half hour, Whitney’s ball over the top sent Catarcione in on goal, but with the Armadale defenders looking for the flag that never came, the Brazilian’s touch let him down and Yousri Gharsallah saved.

Ryan McEvoy’s long-range free kick was saved low by Montgomery. Perth’s best chance of the half came two minutes from the break, Whitney was given far too much room in the middle of the park and his long-range shot was pushed around the post by Gharsallah at full stretch. Then from the resulting corner Teece curled an effort wide of the post, but at the break it was the Reds in front. Perth were in again early in the second half Catarcione racing clear on 52 minutes, but his radar was off, firing it wide of the target.

But that miss was forgotten sixty seconds later when Perth levelled. A long ball caught Armadale out and Domfeh held off his marker and finished low past Gharsallah. They added a second three minutes later, Kristian Santich’s cross picking out Catarcione at the back post to score. But Teece saw red after a hefty challenge on Cherno Bah on the hour, and the referee showed him a straight red card and a melee ensued, and yellow cards were shown to Radinovic and Andres.

It was hotting up on the pitch and it was the ten men who added a third on 73 minutes. Domfeh cut in from the left and found Catarcione, his shot was parried by Gharsallah, and Jovic was quickest to react to score. But Armadale weren’t finished and pulled one back six minutes from time. Nathan Costello found Callum Mellowship down the right and his low cross was turned home by Andres.

It was game on and in the first minute of stoppage time the home side found the equaliser, Chad Nilson’s cross finding Jacobsz who headed home from close-range. But there was a final twist in this one and seven minutes into stoppage time Perth found the winner. Domfeh found Whitney in the penalty area, his first shot was well saved by Gharsallah, but he hammered home the rebound to set off wild celebration on and off the park from Perth players and supporter alike.

Armadale: GK Yousri GHARSALLAH, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 7 Josh CORTES (11 Chad NILSON 74’), 8 Brian PATTERSON, 9 Angel ANDRES, 10 Isaac KOOMSON, 12 Callum MELLOWSHIP, 15 Cherno BAH (13 Filippo GIOFFRE 74’), 17 Pieter JACOBSZ, 22 Ryan MCEVOY, 23 Friday ZICO (3 Harry QUIGLEY 71’) – Subs not used: RGK Michael CRAGGS, 2 Matthew WORTON

Perth SC: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Alex SILLA (6 Nic MCDONALD 46’), 4 Lachlan BYRD, 7 Alex JOVIC, 9 Cameron TEECE, 10 Michael DOMFEH, 13 Calvin WHITNEY, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 19 Bojan RADINOVIC, 20 Gustavo CATARACIONE (12 Sam FLORES 84’), 22 Kristian SANTICH - Subs not used: RGK Adrian SINAGRA, 15 Will GORDON, 17 Aiden FORMSTON – Red Card: Teece 60’ - Referee: Joshua NIXON

1.5.2021

SORRENTO EDGE OUT BALCATTA

Sorrento continued their good start to the season, but they were made to work for their narrow 1-0 win against Balcatta at Percy Doyle Reserve. It was a tight game with chances at both ends, but the only goal of the game midway through the second half with Scott Witschge scoring his fourth goal of the season to maintain Jamie Harnwell’s side fourth place on the table. Balcatta ended the game with ten men after former Gull’s winger Amir Ajan was sent off. “It was probably was not our best game of the season but we worked hard and defended well,” Sorrento skipper Shaun Kilkelly said. “In the end we got the goal and take the three points, that I thought we deserved on the whole.”

It was a real arm wrestle in the first half, with real clear-cut chances few and far between, Ajan saw an early effort saved low by Connor Campbell, while Tweats volleyed over the top at the other end. Balcatta skipper Calum O’Connell couldn’t keep his shot on the turn down on fifteen minutes, before Ajan’s long-range effort whistled past the post. Sorrento hit back and Scott Robertson’s free kick was headed inches wide by Daniel Faichney at the back post, but at the break it was all-square.

The hosts were on the front foot after the break, Jordan Brown headed straight at Riley Stephenson from Tim Hill’s corner, before Tweats’ effort hit the side netting, with Billy Quinncroft free in the penalty area. But on 55 minutes Ajan saw red after swinging an arm at Robertson, and referee Tom Glavovic had no other decision but to send him off. Quinncroft’s chip from the edge of the box was easily claimed by Stephenson, before Hill’s long-range effort was wide of the target. But on 69 minutes Sorrento found the winner, A long ball over the top by Dean Cummings found Witschge, who brought the ball down first time, and superbly lobbed over Stephenson to win it.

Sorrento: GK Connor CAMPBELL, 3 Daniel FAICHNEY, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 5 Scott ROBERTSON, 8 Scott WITSCHGE, 9 Billy QUINNCROFT, 11 Tim HILL, 12 Joe TWEATS, 16 Ryan MCLAUGHLIN, 17 Dean CUMMINGS, 18 Jordan BROWN – Subs: RGK Patrick HUGHES, 2 David STOKOE, 6 Chris JACKSON, 7 Alex MORGAN, 19 Jaxon TEMATA

Balcatta: GK Riley STEPHENSON, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 5 Hristijan JANKULOSKI, 6 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 7 Amir AJAN, 8 Jack LEECH, 9 Hamza HINA, 10 Jon CORNESS, 11 Elliott TATTERSALL, 21 Cameron MCLEAN, 22 Luke RHODES - Subs: RGK Sebastian MEDICA, 12 David PERICH, 14 Jackson DONGRAY, 16 Adam FALCONE – Red Card: Ajan 57’ - Referee: Tom GLAVOVIC

1.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND FIVE – REVIEW

It was another tight weekend of football on the State League Division One and on our ‘Match of the Round’ Quinns have beaten Forrestfield United 2-1 at Crazy Domains Stadium, Hartfield Park on Saturday evening. The hosts went into the game still looking for their first win of the season, and they found themselves behind on the half hour. Quinns skipper Adam Buckingham took on a couple of defenders before finding the bottom corner. But the hosts were level just after the hour mark, Quinns gave the ball away and cross into the box was brought down well by with Jason Pottier, and he cut inside his marker and finished well. But Quinns pressed forward and Cian Hirrell’s long-range shot crashed off the post and moments later they found the winner, Ben Hinshelwood scoring his fifth goal of the season to seal the win for Glenn Grostate’s side. “Very pleased with the win it was an incredibly tough game,” Buckingham said. “We worked really hard to go 1-0 up and 1-2 up and deservedly managed to see the game out.”

League leaders Western Knights let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 with Mandurah City at Securitas Protect Stadium, Peelwood Parade. “We are very disappointed to not win the game after being 3-0 up,” Knights Head coach Ivan Zuvela said. “It’s something we need to learn from for the rest of the season. But credit to Mandurah who had a nerve say die attitude and they deserved the draw, and also looked like getting the win too.” Ciaran Byrne opened the scoring on 28 minutes, a great solo run and finish from the league's top goal scorer. He added a second just after half time, he was sent clear by Dean Hurley, Byrne curling it into the bottom corner. It looked all over for the hosts on the hour when Byrne completed his hat-trick, the striker pouncing on a poor back pass to round Alfie Brincat and roll the ball home.

But the Dolphins weren’t finished and they pulled one back four minutes later with Alex Grayson great first touch giving him room and he finished clinically. They made it 2-3 on 71 minutes, Craig Barker ghosting at the back post to score. The comeback was completed seven minutes from time with Robbie Galvin scoring on his debut for the club, getting on the end of a great team move and finding the corner of the net much to the delight of the home faithful. They had chances to win it late, but had to settle for a point. “To be three goals down and to come back against a team like Western Knights shows unbelievable character and unity,” Mandurah coach Pete Taylor said. “The last 30 minutes was some of the best football I’ve seen us play, so much so, that we were unlucky not to snatch victory at the end. It’s been a very sluggish start but we really hope that serves as the catalyst and kickstarts our season.”

Fremantle City were also held after an entertaining 2-2 draw against Swan United at Francis Street. All the goal action came in the first half, and it was Fremantle skipper Hayden Stevens who gave the visitors the lead early but Jacob Stubberfield levelled things up on 20 minutes. Fremantle were back in front on the half hour through Noah Shamaki, but Dan Evans’ side continued to press and the Black and Whites restored parity five minutes later with Stubberfield adding his and Swans second. Both sides had chances after the break but both had to settle for a point. “Fremantle are a good side and we knew that any errors we made would be punished,” Evans said. “Unfortunately, we went behind twice but showed great endeavour to get ourselves back in the contest. Obviously, you go into every game looking for three points but on the balance of play we worked hard for our point today and that’s what we have to do every week.”

Stirling Macedonia are up to fourth after a hard fought 2-1 win against Olympic Kingsway at Macedonia Park. All the action came late in this one, and it was the hosts who opened the scoring on 73 minutes. A neat one-two between Alex Taneski and Sam Wynne, the latter firing home. But David Tough’s side levelled three minutes later, with new signing Owen Goodlife scoring after Stirling failed to clear a corner. But it was Stirling who won it seven minutes from time, Wynne’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was palmed away by David Keenan, and Gavin Knight was quickest to react to slam the ball home. “I thought we deserved the win but made hard work of it,” Knight said. “But it’s the three points that we needed after two games without a win.”

Joondalup United have won for the first time this season after a 3-2 win against Ashfield at Forrest Park. Zakir Hussain gave the visitors the lead early, but Jay Lang levelled on the half hour mark, a stunning free kick from 20 meters. The hosts hit the front early in the second half, Lang on target again, finishing from close-range after a goalmouth scramble. The visitors were then reduced to ten men after Zoran Vrteski was shown a second yellow card by referee Adrien Liechti, but the ten men levelled ten minutes from time, with Abdul Abdella scoring. But five minutes later Joondalup won it, a flowing move ended with Lang, who found the net from the edge of the box to seal the win and his hat-trick.

“I felt we were the better team throughout, however basic errors in all areas made things more difficult than they should have been,” United coach Nick Jennings explained. “Respect to the boys though they showed great commitment and desire throughout and did at times play some great football, topped off by three superb strikes by young Jay Lang.”

In the final game Subiaco have beaten UWA Nedlands 2-0 at the UWA Sports Park. Mella Loding opened the scoring on 71 minutes, heading home a free kick on his debut for the club. He added a second two minutes later, pouncing on a bad back pass back to the keeper to score. “A pleasing result especially against our rivals UWA,” Subiaco defender Ben Johns said. “It was a disciplined performance and we look to build momentum for the next couple games coming up.’

1.5.2021

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO ROUND FIVE – REVIEW

It was week five in the State League Division Two, and Wanneroo City have kicked started their season, and produced their best performance to date, after a 3-0 win against Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve in our ‘Match of the Round’. The visitors were ahead after only 12 minutes, Simon Burt scoring from a corner. It was a tight game thereafter, but it was Wanneroo who doubled their lead on the hour, Josh Booysen getting on the end of cross and finishing nicely. The points were wrapped up three minutes from time, Ash Corker’s shot was saved, but Greg Greenwood was quickest to the rebound to tap home from close-range. “After having a weekend off I was happy with the intensity the boys had from the start and pushed on all the way to the final whistle,” Wanneroo coach Jesse Bridgeman said. “The shape was good and we moved the ball around well and created some great chances, I’m very happy for the boys to get the three points after the shift they put in.”

Dianella White Eagles moved to the top of the table after a hard fought 2-1 win against Gosnells City at Dianella Reserve on Saturday evening. The home side had to come from behind in this one, after Miguel De Oliveira gave the visitors the lead after only 16 minutes, getting on the end of a free kick in the box to score from close-range. But Dianella levelled eight minutes later, Jason Stepanovski whipped in a cross from the left to David Heagney at the back post to score. The home side won it on the hour, Kristian Despotovski’s deep cross picked out Bobby Wilson at the back post, he headed the ball back across goal and Nikola Talimdzioski volleyed home. “The win was massive for us,” Despotovski said. “We knew Gosnells were a good side and would give us a run for our money, they had some chances to score but we were just a bit more clinical. We just stuck to our game plan and did everything we wanted to do and it ultimately paid off.”

Kingsley Westside maintained second spot on the table after a hard fought 2-1 win against Canning City at Burrendah Reserve. The hosts were ahead on 12 minutes, Simone Sichel found himself at the top the six-yard box and he finished clinically. Canning levelled just before half time, but Kingsley won it on the hour. A free kick into the box was headed down and Simone shot on the turn found the corner of the net. Kingsley were reduced to ten men late when Kieron Salmon was sent off after receiving a second yellow card by referee Niall Gillmor. “Really proud of the lads the way they battled for the whole 90 minutes, especially last five when Canning threw everything at us to get a point,” Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich said. “So over all, very pleasing to get the three points down there where I think Canning will be hard to beat on their home turf.”

Joondalup City also kicked their season after thrashing Kelmscott Roos 6-0 at Iluka Sports Complex. Nick Koefler opened the scoring on five minutes before Jonny Hulme added a second six minutes later. Hulme added a third on 18 minutes, before Luke Doyle made it 4-0 six minutes before half time. Hulme completed his hat-trick early in the second half, before Bayley Brown-Montgomery added the sixth, for a comprehensive win. “It was a really dominant game from all of us Jonny Hulme was very clinical which made it very easy for us,” Joondalup’s Callum Speed said. “A clean sheet and goals were the ideal day for us and very much deserved and shows how well our team is as well as the potential we have, and we look to continue this run into next week.”

Balga won for the first time this season after a 2-1 win against Curtin University at Edinburgh Oval. The hosts hit the front on 24 minutes, Curtin skipper Jeffrey Ledwith firing home at the back post. Balga were level on 62 minutes, Weldu Tekeste sent Bleron Mamudi in on goal, and he beat the keeper, the ball rolling over the line despite a Curtin defenders’ efforts to clear it. The visitors won it on 75 minutes, Mamudi racing clear, rounding the keeper and squaring the ball to Alex Ekeze who scored from close-range. “A good game, good refereeing and good sportsmanship showed by both teams,” Balga skipper Emmanuel Kankpeyeng said. “Both sides put in a lot of effort to win, but we took our chances which saw us leave as winners.”

In the final game, it was an entertaining 2-2 draw between Murdoch University Melville and Carramar Shamrock Rovers at Wormall Civil Stadium, at Murdoch Uni. “I thought we were the better team throughout but didn’t put the game to bed and shamrock equalised on the break late,” MUM skipper Mark Lucas said. “But Shamrock are hard to play against and they will win more games than they lose this year as they battle well and are hard to beat.” The hosts were ahead on 22 minutes, a cross from Mark Lucas was headed on by Tom Pellizzari and Adam Blewitt looped his header home. But Rovers were level on 35 minutes, Jack Bardsley curling the free kick around the wall giving the MUM keeper Nicholas Speca no chance.

But the hosts regained the lead four minutes later, Eddie Wyn-Willson scoring a great individual goal, driving through the midfield ghosted past two defenders and finishing in the bottom corner. It looked like that would be the winner but three minutes from time Rovers levelled. Lachlan Parker crossed to the back post and Pat Morrison rose highest to head home. “A draw was probably a fair result and they will turn good teams over at home on their Astro pitch,” Rovers’ Kieran Harrison said. “There a good team that like to knock it about and do it well to be fair to them but I’m looking forward to getting them up to Grandis Park later on in the season.”




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