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15.2.2019

PERTH LOOKING FOR W-LEAGUE GLORY

Perth Glory will go in search of their first Westfield W-League title when they take on Sydney FC in Saturday’s Grand Final at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah 1.30pm WA time. It’s been a season of ups and downs, thrilling comebacks and last goal winners and skipper Sam Kerr leading Glory by example, and she has defiantly delivered. She hasn’t been on her own though, with keeper Eliza Campbell, defender Kim Carroll, winger Alyssa Mautz and speedy striker Rachel Hill all contributing to an outstanding season. Saturday’s opponents have meet 19 times in the Westfield W-League, and there has never been a draw, with the Sky Blues winning ten and Glory nine, it will be nice to square the ledger on Saturday.

They have also unearthed some young talent to, with, Leticia McKenna (16), Alexia Moreno (17), Jenna Onions (17), and Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (17) all coming into the side and making a difference, while Jamie Lee-Gale has also burst on to the scene after impressing in the State League. “Those kids, they’re honestly great. They’re amazing people and it shows on the field,” Kerr said. “I’m so happy for them and they work so hard. They’re great kids to have in the team. We’ve had some young ones step up a lot this year and do a really good job in really important positions and they don’t get enough credit.”

Kerr said McKenna shone in the Semi-Final win against Melbourne Victory and it bodes well for the club going forward. “Leticia did amazing “When I was 16, I definitely wasn’t fit enough to run out 120 minutes of the quality she did. I’m super proud of her,” she said. “They come to me for advice but they are still a bit shy. I just put my arm around them and try and be their friend, make them feel comfortable, give them a little bit of support. They are just kids. Sometimes they need a kick up the butt and sometimes they need a hug and someone to tell them how good they are.” Kerr said it will be the biggest achievement in her football career if she can bring home the trophy.

The 25-year-old claiming the Golden Boot for the second successive year and adding a hat-trick in Sunday's superb 4-2 semi-final win over Premiers Melbourne Victory. "Winning the Grand Final would be a dream come true," she said. "I'd hand in all the medals I've won personally over the years to win this one. I've been dreaming about this for ten years and it would mean everything. I've only ever won one Championship, with Sydney FC, so hopefully this will be my second and we can bring it home. It would be right up there with winning the Asian Cup with the Matilidas. If we score first, we'll put ourselves in a really good position and they'll have to chase the game, and our front three is playing really well and scoring a few goals and our defence has really held its own in the last few weeks, making it ok for us to run amok up front."

Glory coach Bobby Despotovski said they need to match or exceed the performance levels they produced in Sunday's semi-final if they are to claim a maiden Westfield W-League championship. “We have to be either that good or better to get anything out of this game," he said. "They [Sydney FC} are obviously the favourites, but we'll go there and give it our best shot and if our best shot is good enough, we'll bring the trophy home. Sydney are not as physical as Victory, but in saying that, we need to match them physically, technically and tactically if we are to get something out of the game, and we are more than good enough to get something out of the game."

Former Glory duo defender Alanna Kennedy and Caitlin Foord are no strangers to W-League grand finals, and they will be doing they can to win it for the Sky Blues on Saturday. “I know what to expect,” Kennedy said. “I know in terms of it being a big game and the nerves in the lead-up to it. I know I have to prepare myself just like any other game … I’ve experienced [Grand Finals, and] I know it’s going to be a different level of football, so I’m prepared to come up against that and to bring it myself. I’ve experienced [losing] plenty of times in different leagues and matches. It doesn’t really get any easier, to be honest. But we have to hope that doesn’t happen. If it happens, I know how to deal with it. There’s not much you can do about it other than just let time pass.”

Coming up against her old club Perth Glory, however, Foord is ready for anything. “When it’s finals, you could know the other team’s whole tactic book, but in that game it’s different. It’s so much more intense, everyone is up for the game, everything you know goes out the window because even if you know they’re going to do it if they do it well, it’s still going to work,” she said. “We know what we’re coming up against, we’ve already played them once this season, we all watched the semi-final, we all know what Perth are capable of. I’ve said this all season: if our focus is on us and we as individuals and as a team get our jobs right, I honestly believe we can beat any team. The core group [we have] and the way our team takes the field together, when that’s one hundred percent and the best it can be, I believe we can beat anyone.”

15.2.2019

NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES – WEEK FOUR PREVIEW

It's week four of the NPL Night Series and both Pools are tight with only two rounds to go before the Semi-Finals. The top two teams in each Pool will move through to the knock-out stage, and in Pool One there is only two points separating the top four sides. In the first game of the round we head to Frank Drago Reserve, and in the early game Inglewood United meet ECU Joondalup. (6.30pm) Only one point separates the teams, and both are coming off wins last week, with Inglewood ending Rockingham City's winning start to the competition with a 3-2 win, while ECU beat Stirling 6-1 in the other game. Inglewood new striker Adriano Jelenovic got off the mark last week, while other new players ChokDau and Sam Riak both impressed last week. ECU found their scoring boots last week with new Czech striker Jakub Sklenar bagging four, while Joe Knowles added another, and the former Perth Glory striker has scored in all three games in the competition to date, and he said it was good to get some reward after dominating the opening three games. "Yes it was good to get the win and get our Night Series campaign back on track,” he said. “The front four were happy that we could supply the team with goals this week something we have been working hard on past few weeks. “Rich and Jakub are both good players so it makes them easy to play with. We all work hard for each other and want the best for the team before ourselves. It’s only been 3 weeks together so the best is yet to come.” Knowles knows it's a huge game for them this week if they want to reach the Semi-Finals, and he said they are ready for the challenge. "Inglewood have a good team with good experienced managers in charge so it will be a tough challenge for us but we have been getting better and better each week. I’m sure if we play the way we have been playing don’t think we have anything to worry about.”

The other two games in the Pool take place at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday and first up Pool leaders Perth SC take on Stirling Lions. (6.30pm) Perth bounced back from defeat against Rockingham in Week 2, with a hard fought 3-1 win against Sorrento, with new striker Michael Domfeh on the scoresheet again. The former Glory Youth player has been impressive since the move to Dorrien Gardens, and he is forming a good partnership with Gustavo Catarcione. It was a disappointing result for the Lions last week and one they will want to forget. It was also a difficult debut for former Brechin City midfielder Finn Graham, who arrived in Perth last week and played 90 minutes in the hot weather, but he said we need to put it in to context it's only pre-season. "The temperature was crazy but I knew when I came over, I’d have to get used to the heat and stuff, it was tough but a good test for myself,” he said. “It was a disappointing performance from the team collectively, but we should use it as a lesson and test of character, and we just need to make sure we don’t let it happen again.” Graham, who played for Dunfermline Athletic for three years, and then spent a year at Berwick Rangers, then two years at Brechin, and a few months at Arbroath before coming here, said playing against the old firm was a highlight. ‘Playing against both Celtic and Rangers is up there, however, promotion with Brechin was an amazing achievement too.” The Lions will need to tighten up at the back against the Champions, and the 22-year-old midfielder said they have worked hard this week at training and are looking for an improved performance on Friday. "We’re looking forward to the game, another chance to impress and get used to playing with the Stirling boys,” he said. “We’ve worked hard a training this week and Keegan has us ready for the challenge, so hopefully we get a win and see where it takes us.”

In the late game Sorrento host Rockingham City, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats last week. City lost for the first time in the competition against Inglewood, while Sorrento, who are still looking for their first win, lost 1-3 against Perth SC. City have impressed in the competition to date and skipper James Harmer will be a real handful for all teams, and Sorrento will need to keep a close eye on him. New Rockingham winger Riley van Dieken also impressed last week and he said last week’s game was close. “It was a great performance from the boys, where on another day we possibly could have got the win, unfortunately that was not the case,” he said. “There were some great positives from the game that we can take too our future games and also some points to work on. But overall a solid performance from the lads.” The 18-year-old played at Mandurah, Cockburn City and Bayswater, before heading to Lark Hill, and he said after a chat to coach Cameron Lord it was an easy decision to join. “Bayswater was a great team and have obviously achieved a lot in the NPL, but prior to joining Rockingham I spoke to Cameron in-depth and I believe his coaching technique and his experience will enable the team to perform well in the NPL this year. Although the team is new, we've bonded well and each week we are progressing. We have a great bunch of players that can definitely hold their own in the NPL. With the new experienced players added to the team, gives us some great experience coming into the NPL,” he explained. “We are still learning to play as a team, but are definitely improving each week. We will definitely be a strong force in the NPL, as we have shown already. This week’s game against Sorrento will be a big game for us, to try and make the semi final. We need to play our own game and the result will come. Important to take one game at a time and not get focused on future games ahead.”

It's also tight in Pool Two (add table points difference) The first game is on Friday night when Bayswater City host Balcatta at Frank Drago Reserve. (8.30pm) After defeat in the first game Bayswater have hit back with big wins against Glory and Cockburn City, while Balcatta are still unbeaten, and picked up their first three points against Armadale last week. Gordon Smith scored a hat-trick in last week’s win, and their new recruits are gelling well, and their form is looking ominous. Balcatta's big win against Armadale was a well-deserved victory and new keeper David Keenan said it was also good to get in the winner’s circle and back in the NPL. "Obviously great for the lads to get the three points we’ve deserved after two hard fought draws in the previous rounds, and were looking to carry that into this week,” he said. “I’m delighted to be back in the game with Balcatta this season. I spoke to Goran (Stajic) back in October about coming in for a few sessions pre-season to see where I was at and it’s worked out great for me. There was always going to be competition for playing time especially in the NPL but we’ve got a really good core of lads here so settling in was no issue." The former Mandurah City and ECU Joondalup shot stopper will miss Friday’s game, but he said it is another big test but he is confident they can get a positive result. "Unfortunately, I won’t be able to experience it this weekend due to work commitments but the boys are looking forward to playing against Bayswater,” he explained. “It’ll be a cracker of a game and hopefully we come away with a good result to put us in the best position to progress in the night series.”

The last two games in Pool Two are at Dalmatinac Park on Sunday, and first up Cockburn City host Perth Glory. (5.00pm) After a bright start to the competition Glory have lost the last their last two games, including a 4-0 defeat against Floreat last week. It's a young Glory side, with all the clubs Foxtel Y-League players being rested, but Richard Garcia will be looking for an improved performance against the Cockerels this week. Scott Miller's side lost for the first-time last week against Bayswater, and despite the score line Adam Anfuso, who has scored twice in the competition to date, was pleased with the performance. “Yes, it was a disappointing loss, especially considering we conceded from set pieces but overall we played well,” he said. “We felt we were a bit unlucky to not get a result out of the game of his team, but we move on. It’s been a good start for me, I’ve been training well this pre-season so hopefully I can keep it up and keep scoring.” The 19-year-old midfielder has come through the ranks at the club said Sunday’s game will be a tough one. “Glory are playing some really good football at the moment so won’t be an easy game,” he explained. “But we believe that our team is one of the best in the league and deserve to be in the semifinals so not being able to get there will be somewhat of a disappointment for us.”

In the final game Floreat Athena take on Armadale. Floreat are unbeaten in the competition to-date, and are coming off a big win against Glory and a win in this one would see them qualify. On the other hand, it's not been the best starts for John O'Reilly's Armadale, who have lost all their games and conceded 19 goals in doing so. John O’Reilly said despite the poor start to the competition he is positive his side will bounce back. “The Night Series this season is a little too early for us. We have had some changes and we need time to aclimatise to our changes.” The Armadale coach knows his players, and they reached the final last season, and won the State League Cup, and he is sure they will improve. “We have shown glimpses of what we can do going forward but we have been punished for our mistakes,” he said. “Of course, I'm confident this group of players will come good with a few more weeks of building, and we are looking forward to playing a league winning contender on Sunday.”

15.2.2019

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - WEEK THREE PREVIEW

It's the final week of the State League group stage and after this weekend’s fixtures the six Pool winners, plus the two best runners-up will progress into the quarter finals. All games will be played on Friday and Sunday, with no games on Saturday as Perth Glory are at home to Brisbane Roar in the A-League. We start in Pool One at Hartfield Park on Sunday, and in the early game Subiaco take on Dianella White Eagles. (5.00pm) The Eagles won for the first-time last week, a 4-2 win against Balga, and they need a win in this one to have any chance of going through. It’s the same for Subiaco, who were edged out by league leaders UWA Nedlands last week, and Nathan Smith said it was a tight game but they deserved the win. “It was a disappointing defeat, but credit to UWA for getting over the top of us,” he said. “They (UWA) played well and kept pushing for the win.” Smith is expecting another tough encounter against a good Dianella side. “It’s a great opportunity to progress to the next round and we will be doing everything we can to progress come Sunday,” he said. “They are a good side and have recruited well in the off season, so it will be a tough test but we are confident we can get the win and hopefully go through to the next round.” In the late game leaders UWA Nedlands will be looking for their third win of the competition and guarantee a spot in the next phase when they take on Balga. (7.00pm)

The Pool Two games will also be played at Hartfield Park on Friday, and in the opening game Ashfield take on local rivals Shamrock Rovers. (6.30pm) Ashfield fought out a draw with Forrestfield last week, the draw still keeping them in contention of progressing, while Shamrock will be buoyed by last week's win against Murdoch University Melville. Rovers defender Ger Fitzgerald said last week’s win was important after their loss to Forrestfield the previous week, and he said they deserved the win. "It was a good performance from the boys especially in the heat which made it hard. Josh took his goal very well and we held on in the end under a good bit of pressure,” he said. “As a team there is a few new boys including myself so we are still getting used to playing as a team but Gerry has done well with the group over the last few weeks and we are still learning and we will get better." Fitzgerald said a win in Friday’s game and results elsewhere going their way a spot in the knockout stage could be there’s. “We will have a different team again this week with some players missing and some back from work and holidays,” he said. “Hopefully we play well which is the most important thing and get a win and hope Murdoch do us a favour, but Ashfield will be strong and it should be a good game.” In the late game Forrestfield United host Murdoch University Melville at 8.30pm and a win for either side could see them progress.

In Pool Three the games will be played at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Friday and Sunday evening. In the early on Friday Gwelup takes on Quinns. (6.30pm) Gwelup know a win will see them progress to the quarter-finals, and will be hard to beat especially with new signing Matty Sparrow and Ellis Healing playing well. Quinns fought out 2-2 draw with Joondalup City last week, and keeper James Bosdet said they had their chances to win it. "It was a good game but a game we thought we deserved the three points. We created a lot of good chances especially towards the end of the game but unfortunately couldn’t take them,” the former Joondalup United keeper said. “It’s a new side so the boys are still getting used to playing together as we went straight into the night series with no friendlies so plenty of positives so far.” Bosdet said Friday's game is going to be a tough game but they believe they can a result. "Gwelup was always the game we were looking forward to as they are a quality side and will be one of the favourites for the league this year,” he said. “But we are all looking forward to the test and we’re ready for the challenge.” In the late game on Sunday Morley Windmills and Joondalup City will both be looking for their first win in the competition at 8.30pm.

In Pool Four the games will be played at Wanneroo Reserve on Friday evening, and in the early game Wanneroo City host Joondalup United (6.30pm) Wanneroo are still looking for their first points in the competition, while Joondalup United are yet to lose, but where held by Olympic last week. It's a new look Joondalup side with a large number of players leaving the club after relegation from the NPL, but Nick Jennings has his side playing well, while Wanneroo will be looking to end the group stage on a positive note. In the late game Olympic Kingsway take on Swan United (8.30pm). Both sides can still qualify for the next stage so this is a huge game. Swan looked impressive last week in the big win against Wanneroo, while Olympic scored late to draw with Joondalup United. Olympic striker Danny Hodgson said the new side and coaching staff are getting used to each other. “Last week was a good game, but I thought we got tired in the last 10 minutes which cost us the three points,” he said. “We hit the bar and had a few chances, so there is a lot of positives to take out of the game. We have a new coach and there were only three players in the starting 11 who were at the club last season, so it’s a whole new team, but we are getting to know each other which always takes a few games to get into full flight. Gary has a good background of coaching and so does Ian, and Gary has brought a few players along with him so there is plenty of competition for spots at the moment.” Hodgson is expecting another tough game on Friday, but knows its pre-season and a time for players to get their match fitness up, but a win would be nice. “Swan will be a hard game but the result doesn’t really matter it’s about trying to get fit with pre-season games,” he explained. “Yes, it would be nice to win and move through to the next stage, but the main thing is getting minutes into the legs.”

In Pool Five the games will be held at Edinburgh Oval on Friday evening, and the early game sees Curtin University host Fremantle City. (6.30pm) Fremantle were well beaten by Mandurah City last week, and will need a big win in this one to go through. Likewise, Curtin, who produced a good performance last week to beat Canning City and keep their hopes of qualifying alive. Curtin midfielder Dilip Thapa was on target in last week’s win and he said it was a good performance. “We definitely deserved the win I’d say, and we looked promising going forward for most part of the game,” he said. “But there’s lots to work on defensively as we’re letting in goals due to our own errors. We know Freo is a good side, and we’re expect nothing less than a really tough match against a well organised team. Having said that, we have training hard and the new signings are starting to gel well, so were going for the win.” In the late game Mandurah City take on Canning City. (8.30pm) Canning will be looking to bounce back from the defeat last week, while Mandurah knows a win will see them progress.

Finally, in Pool Six the games will be played at Perth Plasterboard Stadium, but on different nights. First on Friday evening Western Knights take on Kelmscott Roos in the late game (8.30pm). The Knights need a win to go through undefeated, and are coming off a big win last week against the Phoenix. The Roos were also beaten last week and will be looking to bounce back this week and put a spanner in the Knights good start to the competition. The last game will be the early clash between South West Phoenix and Gosnells City. (5.00pm) It's not been the best of start for he Phoenix, who have lost a large number of players from their squad this season, but they will be hoping for an improved performance this week. Gosnells on the other hand bagged six last week against Kelmscott, and they need results elsewhere to go their way if they are to go through. Feisal Zaw bagged a hat-trick last week, and the former Cockburn City and Inglewood United winger said it was a good performance from the new look Gosnells side and they will be doing all they can to win to see if they can progress. "Yes, I’m very happy to contribute to the team with a couple of goals. Hopefully we can continue the run of form, but wish we could have kept a clean sheet though,” he said. “The results would probably indicate that we will get a win on the weekend but it's dangerous to think that way. So, it's important to keep the same mentality and keep the same intensity this weekend and hopefully we come out with a win.’

15.2.2019

GLORY HOST AN UNDERMANNED ROAR IN WEEK 19

After last week’s top of the table win against Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory will be looking to maintain their seven-point lead when they host Brisbane Roar at HBF Park on Saturday (7.00pm WA Time). Last week showed the league the Glory are the real deal, but if they slip up in this one, last week will be a waste, so Head Coach Tony Popovic has his players feet firmly grounded and knows this is going to be a tough game. Brisbane haven’t travelled well in recent seasons and have gone 11 Hyundai A-League games without a win, but the last time they did manage to pick up three points on the road was here in the West in Round 27 of last season, and they are coming off a big win against third placed Sydney FC last week.

"We are being asked now if we can stay at the top and that's a good question to have to answer and the best way of answering that is by our actions. Words won't be remembered on Saturday night, but our actions will,” Popovic explained. "We are seven points clear for a reason. We've been the best and most consistent team up to now and after 18 rounds, that's where we deserve to be. Now it's up to us to try and keep that gap by winning against Brisbane. "We know that our members and fans were delighted with our performance and result away at Melbourne Victory last week and in front of them on Saturday night, we'd like to deliver another great performance and send them home happy."

Alex Grant will again miss with a thigh injury, but Popovic will have defender Tomislav Mrcela and Brendan Santalab available, with both being added to the squad. Popovic saw enough from Darren Davies' men last week and in in Suncorp Stadium clash earlier in the season to know that they will provide a stern test on Saturday. "They [Brisbane] showed a lot of spirit and fight to come back which is not easy to do when you've been on a poor run," he said. "They've got some exciting young talent there and we have to be ready for that. They haven't got much to lose and they'll come here to Perth with a lot of energy. We just need to keep playing our football and respect our opponent, but know that if we play to our full capabilities, we can get the three points. We are always looking to improve and we've been working on certain aspects of our game this week. Hopefully that will come out against Brisbane."

Brisbane head west with an undermanned squad with three youngsters being promoted to their 18-man squad. Daniel Leck, Jay Barnett and Shannon Brady have been promoted while Izaack Powell who last week became Brisbane Roar’s youngest ever player retains his spot in the squad. New signing Ruon Tongyik is in line for his Roar debut while Dane Ingham and Daniel Bowles also come back into contention after missing last week’s win over reigning premiers Sydney FC through suspension. Jamie Young will sit out the match as he serves the final match of a two-game suspension, while Spaniard Alex Lopez also misses the trip to Perth through suspension.

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Tando VELAPHI, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 9 Andy KEOGH, 11 Brendon SANTALAB, 13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 22 Fabio FERREIRA, 23 Scott NEVILLE, 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *two to be omitted* - Ins: SANTALAB, MRCELA - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 2 Alex GRANT (thigh – 1 week)

Brisbane Roar FC squad: GK Brendan WHITE, GK Macklin FREKE, 2 Dane INGHAM, 4 Daniel BOWLES, 8 Jacob PEPPER, 11 Eric BAUTHEAC, 12 Ruon TONGYIK, 15 Stefan NIGRO, 17 Matt MCKAY, 18 Joe CALETTI, 20 Shannon BRADY, 22 Tobias MIKKELSEN, 23 Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 26 Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, 33 HENRIQUE, 35 Jay BARNETT, 36 Daniel LECK, 38 Izaack POWELL - *two to be omitted* - Ins: INGHAM (returns from suspension), BOWLES (returns from suspension), TONGYIK (promoted), BRADY (promoted), BARNETT (promoted), LECK (promoted) - Outs: 3 Luke DEVERE (knee), 9 Adam TAGGART (international transfer), 14 Alex LOPEZ (suspended), 19 Jack HINGERT (knee) - Unavailable: 7 Thomas KRISTENSEN (ankle),10 Brett HOLMAN (knee), 13 Stefan MAUK (groin), GK Jamie YOUNG, (suspended), 24Connor O’Toole (broken leg)

14.2.2019

TAGGART EXITS BRISBANE

Fringe Socceroo Adam Taggart has exited Brisbane Roar after he was snapped up by an Asian club, believed to be from the K-League. Suwon Bluewings have been tipped to have won the race for the striker who was in the running for this season's A-League Golden Boot despite Brisbane's dismal season.

Taggart, 25, had found the net 11 times already this season, just one behind leading A-League goal scorer Adam Le Fondre of Sydney FC. But now he has been freed by Brisbane to join his new club for an undisclosed fee and subject to final terms of a transfer agreement being met.

“I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the club, players, coaches and fans for their support during my time at BRFC," commented Taggart, who had 15 months to run on this Brisbane contract. "I'm confident that the club can turn things around and have more success in the future."

12.2.2019

CONFIDENT KERR HAPPY TO BE THE FOCUS

She's been marked as the player to stop in Saturday's W-League grand final by Sydney FC and that's fine with Sam Kerr. The Perth Glory superstar scored the first hat-trick in a W-League finals match on Sunday to book her team in for their Grand Final berth with a 4-2 extra-time win over premiers Melbourne Victory.

Kerr's display prompted Sydney coach Ante Juric to suggest he might double-up on Kerr or that his side must aim to outscore the 25-year old to take out the championship. That attention sits fine with the Matilda, who believes there's more than enough goal threats from her teammates to make the Sky Blues pay if they take a singular focus into the match.

"We have so many girls that are scoring and creating opportunities. We've got Rachel Hill, (Alyssa) Mautz, Leticia McKenna - all those girls that are ready to step up," Kerr said. "If they're worrying about me, then that's another player on our team free. Rachel Hill and Alyssa Mautz are well and truly capable of scoring more than one goal."

Glory flew home yesterday but face another cross-country trip to take on the Sky Blues on Saturday afternoon in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah. That's despite a gruelling 120 minutes in which coach Bobby Despotovski didn't make one substitution until the second half of extra time.

Despite the potentially exhausting schedule, Kerr said the lure of a first championship for the Glory in the A-League/W-League era would overcome any fatigue. "They're (legs) a bit sore but we're in the grand final so we'll be fine," she said. The W-League Grand Final will be played at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah, Sydney, on Saturday. Kick-off is at 1.30pm, Perth time.

12.2.2019

RISDON BECOMES A-LEAGUE NEWCOMERS SECOND SIGNING

The club still does not yet have a name or a head coach but Western Melbourne Group today confirmed Socceroos defender Josh Risdon has been signed on a two-year deal. 26-year old Risdon, currently contracted to Western Sydney Wanderers, has been a member of Australia's World Cup and Asian Cup squads over the past year.

Risdon said he was delighted to join up for the club's first season in the A-League. "I'm absolutely stoked to be the first Australian player to join Western Melbourne," Risdon said. "With the signing of Panagiotis as the marquee, I can see the club has big ambitions both on the park and off it."

“With their own boutique stadium being built, which I think is a great idea, the club has an exciting future. I'm a hard worker who understands that the fans in the West of Melbourne want players who'll give absolutely 100% for the shirt. I can't wait to start doing that."

Risdon started out with Perth Glory as a teenager and went on to make 153 appearances for the club. Since switching to Western Sydney in May 2017 he has added a further 34 outings to that tally. Risdon has also represented Australia on 14 occasions, mostly recently at last month's Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Risdon's unveiling comes after Greek international Panagiotis Kone was revealed as the club's first marquee signing. "We're absolutely thrilled to bring Josh into the Western Melbourne family and we look to him being a leader and mentor to some of the younger players that will be joining the squad," said a WMG football director and former Socceroo Steve Horvat.

"Attracting a talented current Socceroo shows our ambition and our commitment to building a competitive squad from the first season that our fans can be proud of. Josh is an attacking defender with a fantastic work ethic who we know our fans will love watching. He has an excellent character and we know he’ll fit in with our club very well on and off the park."

11.2.2019

SAGE SETS SILVERWARE AS BENCHMARK FOR BUMPER CAMPAIGNS

Perth Glory have never been in a better position under long-time owner Tony Sage. The W-League team has qualified for this week’s grand final – its third decider in five years – and the A-League side is flying under Tony Popovic, seven points clear on top of the table.

But Sage, who has bankrolled Glory since 2007 for little reward, is far from satisfied. The boss underlined his hunger for silverware after Sam Kerr fired the women’s team past Melbourne Victory in yesterday’s semi-final. “We’ve got to win something,” Sage said. “We’ve been in two grand finals before in the W-League and we didn’t win them, so we haven’t won anything yet.”

Sage lavished praise on marquee striker Kerr after the W-League Golden Boot winner’s “sensational” hat-trick saw Glory through after extra-time. “We have to thank the FFA – we couldn’t afford her otherwise – so that’s a fantastic move by them,” Sage said. “But you can see what she does to the league. Already a Golden Boot winner and another three, all of them were magnificent.”

Sage said he had “100 per cent” faith Glory could cause another upset away to Sydney FC in the decider. “You could just see the quality on the park,” Sage said. “Rachel Hill gutsed it out and they (Hill and Kerr) have got a great combination up front. The back four held up really well and I think they’ve got a really good chance of winning it.”

11.2.2019

KERR WANTS ATTENTION DIRECTED TO ON-FIELD ACTION

Samantha Kerr hopes her scintillating W-League semi-final performance can help shift the focus of Australian women’s soccer back to the on-field action following weeks of unrest over the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stacjic. The Golden Boot winner bagged a hat-trick as Glory registered a dramatic 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

With the Matildas are still coachless ahead of the World Cup in France in June and questions linger over Football Federation Australia’s handling of Stacjic’s shock departure. “I’ve said it a million times, the most important thing is for people to be talking about what we do on the field,” Kerr said.

“The reason people have talked about the Matildas over the last two years is because of what we’ve done on the field and how great some of the players are, and how good a role models they are. Hopefully it (the focus) can go back to football now and we can start rolling onto the World Cup.”

Kerr denies the rumour and innuendo surrounding the Stacjic situation had been a distraction for Matildas players at the business end of the W-League season. “I haven’t had a (international) game so it hasn’t been hard at all,” Kerr said.

“I’ve honestly just been focusing on Glory and once I’ve finished with Glory I’ll focus on the Matildas. But right now Glory is all I’m thinking about. At the end of the day, whatever is going to be is going to be. We’ve got a World Cup in four months, so I can’t waste a day thinking about it.”

Kerr, the W-League’s all-time leading scorer, again let her football do the talking as she steered her side past Premiers’ Plate winners Victory. “If I scored a hat-trick, I’ve done alright, but in the first half I thought I kind of struggled,” Kerr said.

“But I think when you score goals like that everything kind of goes out the window. I’m happy with my performance, but most importantly the team’s. I don’t normally score in finals so it’s pretty special for me. I seem to have made a lot of finals and never scored, so it felt really good.”

Glory will take on Sydney FC in the season finale on Saturday and Kerr said it would be “unbelievable” to lift the trophy. “I can’t explain it to you ... I’ve got to stop myself dreaming and just focus on the game,” Kerr said. “It would honestly mean everything and it would be a dream come true for me and the girls.”

11.2.2019

GLORY ON BRINK OF FIRST A-LEAGUE PREMIERSHIP

Perth Glory boss Tony Popovic is yet to claim the A-League minor premiership, and Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is yet to concede it. But with a seven-point gap between the top-ranked Glory and second-placed Victory, the contest certainly looks as good as over with just one-third of the season remaining.

Glory flexed their muscles on Sunday, looking every inch a well-oiled machine in a 2-1 defeat of the Victory. Popovic agreed his side "deserved the three points" but wouldn't be drawn on his title prospects. "Of course we can (be caught)," Popovic said. "If you do the sums, it's quite easy."

"We're certainly delighted with the result ... and we'll go home and try and do it all over again. We haven't spoke about (the title). We're not going to go home and say 'look boys we're seven ahead'. We'll move on and we'll finish where we deserve to finish and at the moment we deserve to be top. If we're there at the end we deserve to be premiers."

10.2.2019

CASTRO AND KILKENNY SEND GLORY SEVEN POINTS CLEAR

Perth Glory moved seven points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League after a 2-1 win against their nearest rivals Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon. In front of over 25,000 supporters Glory dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead on the hour with Neil Kilkenny converting a penalty. Diego Castro doubled their advantage nine minutes later, but Victory hit back with Kosta Barbarouses pulling one back with 12 minutes remaining but they couldn't find a way through a tight Glory defence.

Glory coach Tony Popovic said his side deserved the win but isn't getting carried away with all the title hype as there is still a long way to go in the season. "Of course, we can (be caught). If you do the sums, it's quite easy," he said post-match. "We're certainly delighted with the result. We'll enjoy the victory ... and we'll go home and try and do it all over again against Brisbane Roar on Saturday. We haven't spoken about (the title). We're not going to go home and say 'look boys we're seven ahead'. We'll move on and we'll finish where we deserve to finish and at the moment, we deserve to be top. If we're there at the end we deserve to be premiers."

Popovic made one change to the side that beat Wellington Phoenix last week with Joel Chianese coming in for Andy Keogh, who dropped to the bench. Melbourne were without Swedish striker Ola Toivonen with injury, but Marque midfielder Keisuke Honda and defender Georg Niedermeier did return to the squad, both were on the bench. It was a lively opening with both sides having early chances. First Elvis Kamsoba's shot on the turn was saved low by Liam Reddy, while Ivan Franjic shot on the run at the other end flew wide of the target.

Glory were on top, with Victory struggling to get into the game and the visitors went close to the lead on 34 minutes. Kilkenny's deft chip over the top sent Chris Ikonomidis in on goal, but his shot from the angle could only find the side netting. Both sides had an opportunity late in the half. First Castro's cross across the box was cleared by a last-ditch tackle from Storm Roux, with Ikonomidis ready to pounce, well Reddy got down well to save Kenny Athiu's shot in stoppage time.

It was the visitors went close again early in the second half, and it was Castro again who was the supplier. This time his trickery took him clear of his marker and he picked out Ikonomidis, whose shot was well saved by Lawrence Thomas. But on the hour the Glory hit the front when Kilkenny's ball into the box was handled by Corey Brown and referee Jarred Gillett pointed straight to the spot. It looked a little harsh and after a VAR check the decision was upheld and Kilkenny stepped up and found the back of the net, despite Thomas getting a hand to his resulting penalty.

The goal silenced the big Victory crowd, but the pocket of Glory supporters was cheering again nine minutes later when they doubled their lead. Ikonomidis was sent done the left and he outpaced Thomas Deng and whipped in an inviting cross and Castro met it with a volley at full stretch and steered it past Thomas to double the Glory's advantage. Victory had brought on Honda and Niedermeier and with Glory sitting back to defend their lead the Japanese start was a constant threat, and on 78 minutes they reduced the margin.

Kamsoba found Leigh Broxham on the right, who played a great ball into the penalty area for Barbarouses, and the Kiwi raced clear and finished clinically across Reddy. The big crowd were now in full voice as Kevin Muscat's side looked for the equaliser, and they had all the possession, but couldn't test Reddy and it was Glory who should have added a third late. Keogh, who had replaced Chianese, was sent one-on-one with Thomas, but the keeper stood tall and Keogh's shot went agonisingly wide of the upright.

Melbourne Victory: GK Lawrence THOMAS, 2 Storm ROUX (5 Georg NIEDERMEIER 62'), 3 Corey BROWN, 6 Leigh BROXHAM, 7 Kenny ATHIU (4 Keisuke HONDA 62'), 8 Terry ANTONIS, 9 Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10 James TROISI, 14 Thomas DENG, 15 Raul BAENA, 24 Elvis KAMSOBA - Subs not used: RGK Matt ACTON, 16 Josh HOPE, 25 Anthony LESIOTIS

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC (23 Scott NEVILLE 86'), 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE (9 Andy KEOGH 75'), 13 Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS (20 Jake BRIMMER 83'), 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 22 Fabio FERREIRA - Referee: Jarred Gillett

10.2.2019

KERR HAT-TRICK SENDS GLORY TO THE GRAND FINAL

Perth Glory have secured a spot in the Westfield W-League Grand final next weekend after a Sam Kerr inspired 4-2 extra time win against Melbourne Victory in the Semi-Final at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon. Victory had led with Christine Nairn on target, but Kerr levelled and it looked like Rachel Hill had won it late, but deep into stoppage time Grace Maher stored parity for Victory to send it to extra time. Kerr then took control bagging a brace to complete her hat-trick and send Glory into a clash with Sydney FC next week.

"That's the best we've played all season," Glory Head Coach Bobby Despotovski said post-match. "From the first minute, we looked like we were on top of them all the time and had more intensity than them. The players got through an astonishing amount of work in order to win the game and the victory is a fitting testament to them working extremely hard in pre-season and in training throughout the year to be able to play at that level of intensity for 120 minutes. "Even in the latter stages of the game, we always looked like we were going to score and created more chances in extra-time than we did in the whole of normal time. They [the Glory players] did not want to put in all that work and not end up getting anything. Everybody stood up today and I'm just delighted for everyone involved."

It wasn't the start Glory were looking for, with Victory opening the scoring after only two minutes. A cross-shot by Nairn's caught Glory keeper Eliza Campbell out at her near post to give the hosts the lead. Glory hit back and Kerr was denied by Casey Dumont, before the Victory custodian spread herself well to thwart Hill. Glory thought they had a penalty when Ella Mastrantonio brought down Kerr in the penalty area, but referee Rachel Mitchenson waved away Glory's protests.

Shannon May was the first to threaten after the break, her looping header well claimed by Bethany Mason-Jones who had replaced the injured Dumont at the break. Hill then fired over after Victory failed to fully clear a Nikki Stanton corner and Kerr saw her goal bound effort blocked by Laura Alleway. But Kerr wasn’t going to be denied, and on 72 minutes she levelled. The skipper getting in front of two home defenders to stab home a fine cross whipped in by Leticia McKenna.

Glory were now well on top and it wasn’t a surprise when they hit the front. Four minutes from time Kerr raced down the right and stood the ball up at the back post where Hill rose highest to head home her sixth goal of the season. It looked the win but deep in stoppage time Victory found a lifeline. Glory failed to clear Nairn's free-kick and Maher pounced to fire the loose ball past Campbell from close range and send the game into extra-time.

It was Glory who had the upper hand in the first additional period, and seven minutes in Kerr restored her side's lead. She was sent racing clear by Hill’s through ball and she lobbed the on-coming keeper Mason-Jones much to the delight of the Glory supporters. Sixty seconds later, Victory's hopes took another hit as Samantha Johnson received a second yellow card for her tug on Kerr. Glory went close to a fourth with McKenna and Hill both being denied by Mason-Jones' save and Alleway's goal-line block.

But the fourth and decisive goal did arrive two minutes into the second period of extras time. McKenna cutting the ball back for Kerr who finished with aplomb and celebrated with her traditional back flip. It was a frantic finale which saw Natasha Dowie miss a gilt-edged chance to grab a lifeline for Victory, but Despotovski's side were not to be denied and the final whistle sparked wild celebrations among the players and coaching staff alike.

Melbourne Victory: GK Casey DUMONT, (RGK Bethany MASON-JONES 46'), 3 Teigen ALLEN (14 Melina AYRES 109'), 5 Laura ALLEWAY, 7 Christine NAIRN, 8 Angela BEARD, 9 Natasha DOWIE, 11 MelindaJ BARBIERI (10 Kyra COONEY-CROSS 83'), 15 Emily GIELNIK, 16 Samantha JOHNSON, 17 Danielle WEATHERHOLT (18 Grace MAHER 64'), 21 Ella MASTRANTONIO - Subs not used: 6 Annabel MARTIN - Red cards: Johnson

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 3 Kim CARROLL, 4 Alyssa MAUTZ (2 Sarah CARROLL 114'), 5 Shannon MAY, 7 Nicole STANTON, 9 Rachel HILL, 11 Leticia McKENNA (14 Caitlin DOEGLAS 117'), 13 Jamie-Lee GALE, 20 Sam KERR, 24 Natasha RIGBY, 25 Katie NAUGHTON - Subs not used: RGK Morgan AQUINO, 12 Jenna ONIONS, 5 Alexia MORENO - Referee: Rachel Mitchenson

10.2.2019

NPL-WA NIGHT SERIES – WEEK THREE REVIEW

It was another exciting weekend in the 2019 NPL Night Series, with goals galore in the six games, and it all started on Saturday evening in Pool One at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, when ECU Joondalup won for the first time in the competition with a 6-1 win against Stirling Lions. ECU were on top early and on 11 minutes they hit the front. A ball into the box by Joe Knowles was dropped by the keeper the ball under pressure from Ronald Rixer, and it fell to Jakub Sklenar who scored from close-range. It was 2-0 eight minutes later, Ollie Annis’ cross headed down by Luke Palmateer and Sklenar steered the ball home from close-range. They added a third moments later when Lukas De Lima was sent clear, he beat the keeper to the ball on the edge of the penalty area, laid the ball to Knowles whose cross was headed home by Sklenar to complete his hat-trick. The fourth came on 37 minutes, Brad McDonald won a great tackle in the middle of the park and he sent Knowles in on goal, and the striker finished with aplomb to send the Jacks in with a comfortable 4-0 lead. They added a fifth three minutes into the second half, when substitute Andy Higgins’ corner was headed home by Rixer at the back post. It was 6-0 ten minutes later, Richard Howles was sent clear down the right and he unselfishly crossed to Sklenar who scored. The Lions scored a consolation goal on 75 minutes, after good work down the left by former new Scottish midfielder Finn Graham saw him get to the by-line and pulled the ball back to Campbell who finished well past Perkins.

In the late game at the same venue Inglewood United also won for the first time in the Pool, after ending Rockingham City perfect start to the competition with a 3-2 win. It was Rockingham who opened the scoring on the quarter hour, a short corner caught Inglewood napping and James Harmer’s deep cross was headed home at the back post by Lydon Hodgkiss. But Inglewood hit back four minutes later, Samuel Riak sent Jason Barrera clear, and he held off his marker and fired low past Alfie Brincat. Inglewood then hit the front on 27 minutes, Hamza Hina crossed from the right and Barrera laid it back to Adriano Jelenovic who made no mistake. The hosts made a perfect start to the second half by adding a third, Chok Dau superbly curling home a free kick from the edge of the box. Barrera then fired over the top for the hosts, before Jamie Murphy got back with a last-ditch tackle to thwart Harmer at the other end. Rockingham were back in the game ten minutes from time when referee Michal Jasinski spotted a handball from defender Mark Barnett and Harmer scored from the resulting penalty. Rockingham pressed late looking for the equaliser but Inglewood stood firm to claim the points.

The last game in Pool One was played at E&D Litis Stadium where Perth SC bounced back from last week’s defeat against Rockingham with a 3-1 win against Sorrento. New Perth striker Michael Domfeh continued his good form by opening the scoring on the half hour, a great solo run and neat finish. But Sorrento hit back with Reece Vittiglia levelling four minutes later with a stunning long-range shot. But Perth regained the lead eight minutes before half time, and it was that man Domfeh again linking up with Niccolò Sabatini, before finishing clinically. The result was wrapped up for Ramon Falzon’s side ten minutes into the second half with Matt Milenkovic heading home Sabatini’s cross. “It was a very important confidence boost for us as a team, as we’ve had a few injuries in the last couple of weeks which has meant that a few of the younger boys have had to step up and it has been good to see them embrace their opportunity,” Milenkovic said. “We’ve also had some new faces in the team and I think the strength they add showed on Saturday night. We have had a strong pre-season which is now starting to show, we are fit enough to run out games and are playing well as a team which is all we can ask for in the earlier stages of a season.”

In Pool B at Dalmatinac Park, the early game saw Bayswater City make it back-to-back wins with 3-1 win against Cockburn City in the early game at Dalmatinac Park, with Scottish striker Gordon Smith scoring his first hat-trick in WA. The visitors were ahead four minutes from half time when Paul Lloyd crossed to Smith to tap home from close-range. They doubled their lead three minutes later, Smith was picked out in the penalty area and his shot on the turn flew into net. Cockburn hit back after half time and on 69 minutes they pulled one back, a stunning long-range strike from Adam Anfuso. But Bayswater regained their two-goal advantage three minutes later, Colli’s free kick was headed home by Smith to complete his hat-trick. “It was good to get another win and put us in a good position to progress,” Smith said. “Cockburn are a good side with dangerous players, but I thought we controlled the majority of the game and could have scored a couple more.”

Floreat Athena remind top of the table after a 4-0 win against Perth Glory in the early game at E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday evening. Floreat opening the scoring ten minutes before half time with Robert Petkov heading home a free kick. They doubled their lead on the hour, Jon Stynes latching onto a through ball from Petkov to finish, before Chris Saldaris added the fourth on 74 minutes, before Calvin Whitney scored the fourth from the penalty spot four minutes from time. “We needed a reaction from the boys after the draw against Balcatta,” Stynes said. “We got it and thoroughly deserved the win.”

In the late game at the venue Balcatta beat Armadale 5-0. They opened the scoring on 16 minutes, when a corner was flicked on and Gavin Knight volleyed home at the back post. It was 2-0 on the half hour, Calum O’Connell heading home after a cross from the right by Roberto Del Bordello. They added a third in the first minute of the second half, with Knight finishing off well from a Michael Zimarino pull back. It was 4-0 on the hour when O’Connell volleyed home Shub Mokala’s cross, and the scoring was rounded off seven minutes from time when Anthony Topini intercepted a ball and raced one-on-one with the keeper and finished well. “To score in the fashion that we did is a testament to ALL the hard work the squad is putting in at training and game days,” Balcatta Head Coach Goran Stajic said. “Gavin (Knight) and Captain Calum (O'Connell) scoring a brace each is a huge positive for us and in particular them as players, the finishing was top shelf. The goals had everything from build-up play, set pieces and individual brilliance the challenge now for us is to maintain consistency that is required to compete at this level.”

10.2.2019

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - WEEK TWO REVIEW

It was another busy weekend in the State League Night Series and in Group One at Hartfield Park on Sunday evening Dianella White Eagles beat Balga 4-2 in the early game. Josef Tweats gave Dianella the lead, before an own goal and Keylun Pollard strike gave them a 3-0 lead at the break. Kris Spaseski pulled one back for Balga after the break, but Pollard added his second on the counter attack to restore their three-goal lead. Georgie Atha scored a penalty to complete the scoring. “I think we started off well scoring early and getting some confidence and from there we started to control the game, and went into the half time break with a 3-0 lead,” Spiro Nenadicc said. “The second half we probably got a bit comfortable and conceded two goals, it’s practically a brand-new squad only a few players left from last year and we are still gelling and we will only get better with each game.” In the late game UWA-Nedlands beat Subiaco 2-1, with Alex Kretowicz scoring both for UWA.

In Pool Two the games were also played at Hartfield Park on Saturday evening, and in the early game Shamrock Rovers beat Murdoch University Melville 1-0, while in the late game Ashfield and Forrestfield United fought out a 1-1 draw. Albert Luwi gave the hosts the lead but central defender Matt Horton headed home powerfully for the equaliser with three minutes remaining to give both sides a share of the spoils. “I believe we were the better side on the night and deserved all three points, but when you play against top sides like Forrestfield they are always a threat and even with 10 men took the lead albeit a mistake from us,” Ashfield Coach Matt Wardle said. “Credit to our boys to continue to put pressure on and find the equaliser, and there is loads of positives and a great indicator of where we are at as a team.”

In Pool Three the games were at Wanneroo Reserve on Saturday evening and in the early game Joondalup City and Quinns fought out a 2-2 draw, Jamie Stewart and Jake Benson-Cooper on target for Quinns while Jack Lockhart and Sam Rawlings scored for City. In the late game Gwelup Croatia eased past Morley Windmills 5-0. They opened the scoring on four minutes after debutant Morley keeper Louis Gunning spilled a long-range shot and Sam Wynne tapped home from close-range. David Heagney doubled Gwelup’s lead just before half time, finishing well after being picked out by James Sammut. Wynne added his second to make it 3-0 on 77 minutes, before Dino Topcagic long-range strike made it 4-0 six minutes from time. The fifth came from the spot after Topcagic was brought down in the box and Ellis Healing converted the resulting penalty to wrap up the scoring. “I thought we did a professional job from start to finish, controlled the game, kept our shape and discipline and scored five good goals,” midfielder Matty Sparrow said. We also kept a clean sheet which is always a bonus, and it now cements our place in the quarter finals with a game to spare.”

In Pool Four at Wanneroo Reserve on Friday evening Swan United ran out 4-0 winners in the early game against hosts Wanneroo City. It was a tight first half and it was scoreless at the break, but Swan hit the front early in the second half. Jamie Burns’ penalty was saved but Nick Tatasciore scored from the rebound. Monterosso doubled their lead finishing Kye Murray’s cross, and the striker added another to make it 3-0, before Burns made emends for his penalty miss scoring late to make it 4-0. “For only our second game this season was a good solid win,” Monterosso said. “We started well but just couldn’t finish, and we let Wanneroo get into the game late in the first half. But in the second half we came out strong and pressed and put away four goals. It was an encouraging performance but still a lot to work on.” In the late game Joondalup United and Olympic Kingsway drew 1-1. Danny Hodgson gave Olympic the lead, but Ben Wantee levelled for Joondalup. “I was very pleased with the performance from the players, they have reacted well to what Ian and I are trying to implement and I believe lack of fitness cost us the three points in the end,” Olympic Coach Gary Williams said. “There were some very positive signs which is great as we move forward and there will be another tough encounter this week against Swan, but we are confident of securing a positive result.”

In Pool Five at Edinburgh Oval on Saturday evening and in the early game Curtin University beat Canning City 3-2. Dilip Thapa gave Curtin the lead, before Roman Cowley levelled for Canning. Shaq Lali regained the lead for Curtin, but Joe Kelly restored parity for Canning. But it was Curtin who would take the points with Malek Domkoc scoring. In the late game Mandurah City scored a 4-1 win against Fremantle City. Joey O’Brien opened the scoring and he added a second after tapping home a Reece Allen free kick. Fremantle pulled one back but Lee Stewart added a third for Mandurah before a stunning free kick from Michael De Bellis wrapped up the three points.

In Pool Six at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Sunday in the early game Western Knights beat South West Phoenix 5-0. Alec Robinson capitalised on an error to score the opener, before Andrija Jukic added the second finishing well from Jack Rycroft cut back. Dean Hurley added the third from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box, and Hurley added his second and the Knights’ fourth, heading home Chalmers cross. The final goal came late, Bobby Ramic firing low into the bottom corner to wrap up a comprehensive win. “We improved after last week’s game and that’s what we are looking for during pre-season,” Knights Head Coach Ivan Zuvela said. “It was a hot night but we still managed to work hard in the tough conditions. It was a good team performance and it was evident that the boys are started to gel and play for each other and the club.” In the late game Gosnells City beat local rivals Kelmscott Roos 6-2. Feisal Zaw scored a hat-trick for City, with Hanafi Ghazali bagging a brace, with Wade Farmer scoring the other. Kelmscott’s goals came from Alfie Bryant and an own goal.




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