Bayswater keeper Devon Spence has just become a dad and is looking to celebrate with a win against Inglewood

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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Don't miss The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM this Saturday at 10am with Penny Tanner and John O'Connell. This week's show includes Perth SC President Gary Marocchi, Melville City FC President Dave Kindness, National Women's Futsal Assistant Coach Greg Farrell and Sydney Morrning Herald's Mike Cockerill. Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0417 622 921.

26.5.2017

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND FOURTEEN PREVIEW

We start the second half of the PS4 National Premier League WA on Saturday, and the Round 14 Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Week’ takes us to Finance 365 Stadium where Bayswater City hosts Inglewood United. The hosts sit in third spot on the table, and are on a nine game unbeaten run in the league, and reached the last four in the WA Preliminary round of the Westfield FFA Cup last week. Inglewood, under new coach Andy Keogh sit in sixth spot, but only two points away from Bayswater, and they are on a seven game unbeaten run, but in those games they have drawn three, which has held them back. The last time the two sides met at the venue Inglewood went home with a 2-0 win. Brian Woodall opened the scoring in the first half, before skipper David Cyrus wrapped up the points after the break.

It’s been a busy time for Bayswater keeper Devon Spence, he has become a dad with the birth of his son last week, that was before helping the Blue and Blacks into the last four of the cup. “It’s been a crazy week; Amy gave birth to our first born Archer during the week, a magic moments for us,” he said. “Then we took on Gwelup in the cup, and we got the right result. It’s always good to score goals, and all six were different scores which is fantastic, but it was an added bonus with the clean sheet.” Spence said Inglewood has a talented squad, with a number of familiar faces in their line up, and he is expecting a tough game. “It’s always a tough game against Inglewood, and Saturday will be no different,” he said. “So we will look to use our home pitch to our advantage and apply a game plan to bring home the three points.” In team news Borbor Sam is suspended for the game, but Sam Mitchinson returns.

Inglewood winger Kenny Keogh has been outstanding bagging five goals and creating a number of assists, and he said the win before the cup bye against Floreat Athena was a great boost for the side. “The team has been playing well, but we haven’t been getting the results, but that all changed last week,” he said. “We are now moving in the right direction, but we need to maintain our form, because we know what we are capable of when things click.” A trip to Bayswater is a tough one, but Keogh said the players are up for the challenge, and with only two points separating the two sides a win is vital. “These are the sort of games we all look forward too, both teams have a lot to gain,” he said. “We all know it will be a tough game but we head their full of confidence, and we know a win will move us above them on the table.” In team news new signing Feisal Zaw comes into the squad after his move from Balcatta, while Adam Tong and Brian Farrell return after missing the win against Floreat. - Saturday (3.00pm) – Bayswater City v Inglewood United – Finance 365 Stadium – Referee Josh Mannella

Sorrento made it to the last four of the FFA Cup and will be looking to build on their last win in the league at Subiaco when they travel to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta. Balcatta were beaten at Mandurah last time out, the loss leaving them close to the drop zone, and will want to get back in the winner’s circle, sooner rather than later. Sorrento defender Ryan Pearson said the win at Subiaco was important, to break their four game run in the league without a win. “It was good to finally get back to winning ways against Subiaco. If we want to be competing at the end of the season for that top spot we needed that win and now hopefully go on another unbeaten run,” he said. “The boys fought hard and although it wasn't the greatest game to watch I think our experience came through at the end to make it look like a comfortable 2-0 win.” Pearson said Balcatta will be desperate for the points as they look to stay out of the relegation battle, so they need to be ready from the first whistle. “Balcatta are always a tough team to play, and they give us a bit of a scare in the first game of the season with an early goal, and on their day can cause an upset so we will have to be at our best to get the three points,” he said. “We'll go into the game on a high though with reaching the semis of the cup and will want to keep putting pressure on the league leaders so I'm confident we'll come away with the win.” In team news Pearson, Brodie Martin and Scott Witschge all return to the squad, while Calum O’Connell is suspended for the home side. – Saturday (3.00pm) – Balcatta v Sorrento – Grindleford Reserve – Referee Stuart Muldoon

League leaders Floreat Athena’s lead at the top was cut to one point after they were beaten at Inglewood, and they will look to bounce back when they take on traditional rivals Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park. The Lions throw a two-goal lead to lose to Bayswater last time in the league, leaving them in ninth, but they will be up for this one, as any game against Floreat is huge. Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris said the loss at Inglewood was a wake-up call to the side. “Our final game of the first round of fixtures was just as disappointing as it was frustrating, and I believe it was a big wake up call for us as a group,” he said. “But saying that it has made us hungrier to have an even better second half of the season.” Saldaris said everyone at the club is looking forward to the game and getting back to winning ways. “Yes it’s a huge game this week we only snatched the points previously against them, and they have been coming to some form even without David Micevski,” he said. “Not only do the supporters love this game, but the boys are determined to get back into the winners circle.” In team news skipper Ludovic Boi is back in the squad, while Mark Pritchard has returned to the club from Inglewood and will also come into the squad. – Saturday (3.00pm) – Stirling Lions v Floreat Athena – Macedonia Park – Referee Steven Gregory

It’s the big Joondalup derby on Saturday, with seventh placed ECU Joondalup hosting fifth placed Joondalup United at the ECU Football Stadium. ECU was beaten at home by Perth SC in the last round, and they will be looking to bounce back in the local derby, with new signings Graham Doran and Jack Iredale in line to make his debut. United beat Perth Glory last week in their third round catch up game, and Coach Nick Jennings said it was a good performance especially from striker Richard Howles who scored all four goals. “The big man upfront will get all the plaudits and rightly so for his 4 goals, but the selflessness of his strike partner Alex Wild was great to see and they are forming a lethal partnership,” he said. “Ritchie hadn't scored for a few games and has basically been trying too hard, at half time today we settled him down and what an amazing 20 minutes spell he had with four great finishes to move him to 12 goals for the season.” Jennings said Saturday’s game is huge in the area, and they will be doing all they can to get the right result. “The boys and I are really looking forward to the fixture it's anything like the first meeting between the 2 teams the game will be a cracker and I'd encourage people to get down and watch,” he said. “I'm sure both teams will be going all out for victory and to claim bragging rights but more importantly the 3 points on offer.” – Saturday (3.00pm) – ECU Joondalup v Joondalup United – ECU Football Stadium – Referee Adam Fielding

Mandurah City won for the first time this season last week, and they will be looking to go back-to-back when they entertain Perth SC at Securitas Protect Stadium. Perth was knocked out of the FFA Cup by Western Knights last week, but has been in good form in the league and will be hoping to get back to winning ways. Mandurah defender Jeff Bright said the win against Balcatta was well-deserved, and it had been coming. “I thought the win against Balcatta was a fair result. We had a lot of injuries and I think we started with six guys under 20 years of age, and they stepped up and I thought they really did well,” he said. “As a group we did well to stop any real opportunities for them which was a positive because we have let in a lot of silly unnecessary goals this year.” Bright said it’s a huge game against last season’s Champions, but he is confident they can get a result. “Perth will be a good test for us, and I know they will be desperate to make up for their cup loss. They have a lot of talented players who can win games for them at any time so we need to be focused for 90 minutes of football and be prepared to roll up the sleeves,” he said. “Hopefully our first win would have brought some confidence to our squad and supporters. We are expecting another good crowd which has been encouraging because as players even though we haven't got the results we have wanted, people are still getting down and supporting the team.” In team news skipper Andy Brown returns from suspension for the Dolphins, while Niccolo Sabatini is suspended for the visitors. – Saturday (3.00pm – Mandurah City v Perth SC - Securitas Protect Stadium – Referee Matthew Southern

Cockburn City has been on the slide in recent weeks, and was knocked out of the cup by Dianella, but they will look to end their five games run in the league without a win when they visit Rosalie Park to take on Subiaco. Defender Kieran Stallard has returned to the club and will play his first game in the league on Saturday and he said the players are working extremely hard to turn things around. “I'm buzzing to be back to be honest, but it wasn't the best of starts against Dianella, who in all fairness are not a bad side at all,” he said. “As Scotty (Miller) reiterated in training this week it was a learning experience for a lot of the younger lads, their needs to be a reaction and hopefully it's a positive one come Saturday.” Stallard said Subiaco have built a good side this season under Ian McMurray, but he said they are looking forward to the game and getting their season back on track. “I'm good mates with big Ian off the field and always enjoy going up against him. It's no surprise to me at all how much Subiaco have improved under him, he's got them trying to play football while working very hard defensively and making them tough to break down,” he explained. “I've only been back at Cockburn for a couple of weeks but there is fantastic quality and a great work ethic in the squad and as long as the lads work as hard as they can and do what the coaches are asking them to do, then I'm sure the results will take care of themselves.” – Saturday (3.00pm) – Subiaco v Cockburn City – Rosalie Park – Referee Tom Glavovic

In the final game Perth Glory and Armadale meet at the Ashfield Arena. The Glory beat Cockburn in the last round, but lost their catch-up game against Joondalup last week. Armadale also lost heavily at Joondalup in their last league game, and Coach John O’Reilly said they had their chances. “The game at Joondalup was even, but we had an off day in front of goal,” he said. “We created some great chances but unfortunately we didn’t take them.” O’Reilly said Saturday’s game will be a tough one, and they have worked hard on the track and are ready for the challenge. “Whenever you play the Glory you know you will always be in for a demanding game,” he said. “They are technically very strong and we will need to be focused and disciplined in our game plan.” The Reds have been busy in the transfer market bringing in Billy Quinncroft from Sorrento, Anthony Skorich from Bayswater City and Ali Gholami from Cockburn City. They also welcome back Charlie Kenna and Dylan White, but lose Jordan Pavett and Josh Tumoe due to suspension, Danny Richman injured and Kyle King who is overseas. – Saturday (3.00pm) – Perth Glory v Armadale – Ashfield Arena – Referee David Bruce

26.5.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVEN – PREVIEW

It’s week seven of the All Flags State League Division One and the Footballwa ‘Match of the week’ takes us to Lark Hill Sportsplex when league leaders Rockingham City host traditional rivals Forrestfield United. The last time the two sides met at the same venue Rockingham ran out 2-1 winner. Sean Brady opened the scoring for the home side, before Liam Merigan levelled. The points were made safe on 75 minutes with Christian Hogge scoring. Rockingham travelled to Fremantle in round six and came home with a 3-1 win and Coach Rob Crerar was happy with the performance. “It was a great win away to Fremantle especially being a man down and trailing 1-0,” he said. “The character shown by the group was tremendous and overall I think we deserved the victory based on our performance.” Crerar said Saturday will be another chapter in their rivalry with Forrestfield. “It’s always a great event when we play Forrestfield, we have developed a healthy rivalry over the last 3-4 years,” he explained. “It's going to be a tough game, Rod is a great coach and his team will be well prepared as they always are. We go into every game with a winning mentality and this week will be no different.” In team news Ryan Kennedy, Monty Grigo, Liam Hurst and Blake Sokolowski are all back training and in contention for selection, but Maxwell Snelson is suspended.

Forrestfield got their season back on track in round six with a win against Gosnells City in the local derby, and Coach Rod Banjac said they had to earn the points. “As expected it was a tough derby game against Gosnells but we played well and got the result,” he said. “It was a game that marked the beginning of a new era in regards to professionalism at Hartfield Park and it was very pleasing to get the points in front of a huge crowd.” Banjac said Saturday’s game is one he always looks forward too. “This is the game we have been looking forward to since beginning of the season, and every time we have locked horns with Rocky football was the winner and appreciated by ever growing crowds that are guaranteed first class entertainment,” he explained. “They have proven to be a tough opponent over the recent years and in particular on home soil. This year we have one over them by beating them in the preseason night series but they are a different team now as reflected in their results while sitting comfortably on top of a very competitive and high quality league. There is a lot of respect between the two ambitious and well- structured clubs that will without a doubt, play major roles in development of football in WA in years to come, but once we cross the white line it will be ‘game on’.” Forrestfield go into the game at full strength.

In other games Western Knights, fresh off their big win in the FFA Cup last week, entertain UWA-Nedlands at Nash Field, while Gosnells City host Ashfield at Walter Padbury Reserve. Its seventh v’s ninth at the Iluka Sports Complex with Joondalup City hosting Fremantle City. Joondalup let two points slip at Dianella in round six, but Coach Gary Kalaher said the performance was great. “Whenever you take a two goal lead and don't come away with the three points there is bound to be some disappointment,” he said. “But a point away to Dianella has to be seen as a massive result for our young players.” Both sides were promoted last season and only one point separates the two sides on the table, and Kalaher said it’s a big game. “Obviously the game against Fremantle, even so early in the season, is an important one,” he explained. “But we are taking things one game at a time and working very hard to improve as we go.” In team news for Joondalup Jake Lester is out injured, while Joe McQuade, Rhys Booth and Marc Campbell will have late fitness tests.

In the final game Canning City will be looking for their first points of the season when they host Dianella White Eagles at Burrendah Reserve. Dianella will be on a high after their FFA Cup win at Cockburn last week, but Canning Coach Pete Lord said signs were good from his young side despite their loss at UWA last week. “Obviously disappointing with the result but I thought second half we played really well, we tried to play to our game plan and we did it well in patches,” he said. “We conceded two deflected goals and a free kick, we could say unlucky but that's what happens when the chips are down and excuses get you know where only the self-awareness to work harder on the points that are letting us down.” Lord said it doesn’t get any easier with Dianella in good form. “When your bottom the league there are no easy games, however under the guidance of Robbie Dunn this Dianella team look strong and have that desire to win, they had a fantastic result in the cup and it's a great advertisement for out state league that we have representatives that can go all the way,” he said. “We know that Dianella will be tough, but we have been working extremely hard in training. If we go in with the mindset the lads have been building, to win games, on top of the football we have been producing then we will get a positive result. For me it's about improving a little bit every session and working on individual things from each game and adding it to our armor.” In team news James Oliver and Liam Wood return to the side, but Vish Kannu is suspended. South West Phoenix has the bye this week.

26.5.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVEN – PREVIEW

We have a top of the table clash as the Footballwa ‘Match of the Week’ in the All Flags State League Division Two in round seven, with unbeaten sides Morley Windmills and Gwelup Croatia meeting at Wotton Reserve. It was a big week for Gwelup last week, with an FFA Cup tie at Bayswater, and although the result didn’t go their way the good cup run has given them confidence going forward. Gwelup Coach Aleks Vrteski said they are looking forward to getting back to league action and build on their 9-1 win against Shamrock Rovers in round six. “It was a really positive performance against Shamrock to keep our good start to the season going,” he said. “The execution was spot on and the boys reaped the rewards on the day.” Vrteski said they have re-focused on their league campaign after the cup defeat and knows Saturday will be a tough game. “It’s a huge game for both sides, a real six pointer,” he said. “The boys will be looking to make amends following the cup performance, and training has been sharp this week and we’re looking forward to the challenge of taking on a good Morley side.” Gwelup will be without the injured Benny Kouakou and Steve Purton.

Morley remained unbeaten this season after a 3-1 win on the road at Quinns in round six, and Coach John Castrilli said they made hard work of it. “It was a game where we had the majority of possession but failed to capitalise on our chances,” he said. “We also started slowly in the game and gave them the lead very early, which didn't help, and we’ve been working hard at training to rectify these issues for the game this week.” Castrilli said both sides are in good form in the league and he is expecting a good game. “Saturday’s game is big for both sides and should be a great game to watch, with two very good teams that both play a decent standard of football,” he said. “Our players along with everyone else in the club are excited and looking forward to taking up the challenge against a very good Gwelup team. At this stage we have a full squad to choose from there are no suspensions or players away as we have had in the past so therefore no excuses. We are hoping for a large crowd which should be entertained by two decent sides.”

In other games Melville City and Swan United meet at John Connell Reserve. Both sides are coming off defeats last time out, and Melville will be looking for their first win of the season. Balga entertain Quinns FC at Princess Road Reserve. Balga are coming off the bye and will desperate to add to their one win for the season to date, likewise Quinns. Kelmscott who sit fourth make the trip to Edinburgh Oval to take on Curtin University. They are coming off a hard fought win against Melville City last week and Coach Chris Bates said it could have gone either way. “Last time out I feel we were lucky to get the result, but we managed it,” he said. “I was really impressed with Melville and I can’t see them at the bottom of the ladder for long.” Bates said games against Curtin are always tight affair and Saturday will be no different. “This is my second year in charge and I have enjoyed our competition against Curtin, they are a good side and we will be looking for the challenge this week,” he explained. “We have a few players that will be going through a fitness test before the game to make sure they are ready, but we won't be rushing players back in until we know they are ready.”

In the final game Kingsway Olympic make the trip to Harold Rossiter Reserve to take on Shamrock Rovers. It wasn’t a good day last week for Rovers, being well beaten by Gwelup, but they will be looking to bounce back this week. Kingsway were held to a 1-1 draw last week by Curtin and Chris Rizidis said the game could have gone either way. “Yes last week’s game was a game of two halves for sure,” he said. “I thought the first half we dominated and should of scored a few more, but fair play to Curtin they came out in the second half and outplayed us to get the draw.” Rizidis said after their heavy defeat last week they need to be wary of Shamrock. “They (Shamrock) will be a physical side and will want to but in a good performance after last week, so it will be a tough match but we need the three points to start climbing up the ladder,” he said, “Our results haven't reflected our performances so far so hopefully we can get the win this week and continue our rise up the table.” In team news for Kingsway, Josh Pereira returns from suspension this week, but they still have Steve Burton and Tyron Pottier still unavailable. Wanneroo City has the bye this week.

26.5.2017

WOODALL LOOKING TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Attacker Brian Woodall believes last weekend’s break brought on by the FFA Cup round will not affect Inglewood United’s momentum as they seek to consolidate a place among the National Premier Leagues leaders. Inglewood, who are sixth on the ladder but sit just five points off top spot, travel to neighbouring Bayswater City on Saturday.

Woodall is confident his team can back-up a season-best performance a fortnight ago, when Inglewood trounced Floreat 3-0, and extend their unbeaten run to five games. “It’s another big game for us,” Woodall said. “We played some good football against Floreat and we’ve had a good week on the training track so we are all ready to go.”

“Our last few games have been very good and we’re starting to get the results our performances deserve. We’ve been creating a lot of chances and scoring goals while defensively we’re working better as a group and have tightened things up. Bayswater have good players and experience in their team so this weekend should be a cracking game.”

Woodall says the recent appointment of Andy Keogh to the head coach role has contributed to Inglewood’s good run of form. “Andy’s got a lot of knowledge and experience in the game, the players listen to and respect him,” said Woodall. “It’s good to have him around and I think he’s enjoying the new role.”

“Andy has been part of the coaching team for about a year so he knows what each player is capable of. He’s made it clear that he wants us to play to our strengths, both individually and as a team. There’s a lot of competition for places throughout the squad and we’ll need that if are to rise up the ladder and challenge for the league title.”

25.5.2017

ROUX CALLED UP FOR CONFEDERATIONS CUP

Central Coast Mariners defender Storm Roux has been recalled to the New Zealand squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup tournament in Russia. All Whites manager Anthony Hudson is pleased to have South Africa-born Roux back in the mix, two years after the 24-year old's last appearance for his country.

"Storm has had a difficult time over the last couple of years," Hudson said, referring to eligibility issues and a horrific leg injury that last year kept Roux on the sidelines. "Unfortunately he had been unable to play, and when he got back after injury he (chose not to come on tour of the USA and) other players came in and did well."

"Storm has come in(to camp) and been the player I know him to be with great character. Physically I wanted to see where he was at and I've been pleased." New Zealand are scheduled to play friendlies against Northern Ireland (June 2) and Belarus (June 12) before Confederations Cup outings with Russia (June 18), Mexico (June 21) and Portugal (June 25).

23.5.2017

JONES EXTENDS STAY AT FEYENOORD

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has been rewarded for a breakout season with a new two-year deal with Eredivisie champions Feyenoord. While continually being overlooked for selection by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, Jones rose to be the club's first choice gloveman and the Dutch top flight's best-performing 'keeper in 2016/17.

Feyenoord director Martin van Geel said Jones' retention would be important for the club's European Champions League campaign next season. "We are very pleased that we have kept Brad at Feyenoord," van Geel said. "He has had a very strong season with a lot of clean sheets and has thus played an important part in the championship."

Jones signed for Feyenoord following an injury to first-choice Kenneth Vermeer mid-last year, just month after being a reserve for English third tier side Bradford City. The 35-year old's 17 cleansheets were the best in the Eredivisie this season as Feyenoord broke an 18-year league title drought.

22.5.2017

HERD RELEASED BY GILLINGHAM

Fringe Socceroo Chris Herd is a free agent after he was released by English League One club Gillingham. Capped twice by Australia, Herd joined Gillingham in October after terminating his contract with Perth Glory for family reasons.

Herd, 28, made 14 appearances in all competitions this season for the Gills, with injury problems hindering his first team chances. He previously spent time at Aston Villa and Chesterfield, with loan spells at Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers, Lincoln City, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

21.5.2017

RUTHLESS BAYSWATER END GWELUP’S CUP RUN

Bayswater City has put in a ruthless performance in the Westfield FFA Cup Round Seven WA Preliminary Round tie at Finance 635 Stadium, ending the giant killing run of All Flags State League Division Two side Gwelup Croatia with a 6-0 win, on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon. The home side dominated early and Jack Allen gave them the lead at half time, before they overran a gallant Gwelup after the break with Jason Mirco, Andrija Jukic, David Stokoe, Borbor Sam and David Heagney scoring.

“We had five or six players who were outstanding today, Gustavo was probably our best player and could have scored four, but his work rate was fantastic,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne said. “I thought Todd Howarth was outstanding at left back, he doesn’t play there a lot but I’ve played with him at the Glory and I know he can play in that position, he read the game so well and nothing got past him. We could have got into double figures today, and that’s no disrespect to Gwelup, who have some good players that can hurt you, but we never let them.”

Gwelup went into the game with wins against NPL sides Balcatta and Mandurah City in the previous rounds, but they were on the back foot early, and the home side went close early. Gustavo Giron-Marulanda and Stokoe both missing the target, while at the other end new dad Devon Spence (Congratulations mate!!!) had to be alert saving low to deny Teeboy Kamara.

But Bayswater’s good start was rewarded with the lead on the quarter-hour. Mirco pulling the ball back to Allen who finished low past Tom Dixon. They should have led by more put missed some good chances, Allen was denied a second with a good save from Dixon, before Giron-Marulanda fired wide when well placed, but at the break they led only by one and Gwelup were still in it.

Gwelup opened brightly after the break, and created a couple of half chances, but didn’t take them and they found themselves 2-0 down on 48 minutes. Sam’s shot from the right of the penalty area was only parried by Dixon, and Mirco was jogging on the spot to fire home the rebound. Gwelup needed a lift and they brought on Gavin Knight, and he soon tested Spence, who saved low, before the strikers’ header was deflected inches over the top.

Bayswater still looked dangerous going forward, and it wasn’t a surprise when they added a third 12 minutes from time. Substitute Jukic was sent down the right channel and finished low past Dixon. Gwelup went to three at the back to chase the game but were ripped apart with Stokoe poking home Todd Howarth’s cross, before Sam raced clear down the left and finished clinically past Dixon for the fifth.

The wingers’ celebrations (lifting his shirt over his head) was deemed to be unsporting behave and was shown a second yellow card by referee Adam Fielding and sent off. The decision was a little harsh, but those are the rules, but it didn’t affect Bayswater who added a sixth in the final minute, Declan Hargreaves’ through ball sending Heagney clear and he finished well past Dixon.

“It was a good cup run and up to this point we’ve been playing really well, but today tactically we got it wrong today, but there were also too many mistakes that hurt us,” Gwelup Coach Aleks Vrteski said. “It was a big learning curve for the players, they don’t play against players at this level week in and week out to understand to be consistent at this level. But today we played a side in form and they punished us for our mistakes.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 3 Jack ALLEN (21 David HEAGNEY 60’), 6 Todd HOWARTH, 8 Paul MCCARTHY, 9 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA (23 Andrija JUKIC 70’), 10 Jason MIRCO (19 Luka NINKOVIC 72’), 11 Devon GIBSON, 12 David STOKOE, 13 Trent KAY (c) 17 Borbor SAM - Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 20 Sam MITCHINSON - Yellow cards: Sam 75, 84 - Red cards: Sam 84

Gwelup Croatia: GK Tom DIXON, 3 David MARTINS, 4 Zoran VRTESKI, 7 James SAMMUT (c), 8 Jake VERNI (22 Vincent LONGO 46), 9 Dejan ANDRIC, 11 Isaac KOOMSON (27 Kris SPASESKI 77), 14 Teeboy KAMARA, 24 Cameron YORKE, 25 Noah SHAMAKI (10 Gavin KNIGHT 70), 88 David SESAY - Subs not used: RGK Jordan HOWELL, 6 Ian O’SULLIVAN - Yellow Cards: Martins 18, Sesay 21, Vrteski 43 - Referee: Adam Fielding

21.5.2017

POSCOLIERO BOOSTS GLORY DEFENCE

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has added experienced defender Jacob Poscoliero to his squad for the 2017/18 A-League season. Poscoliero, who can operate across the back as well as in midfield, has played in Italy’s lower leagues and spent the past three seasons with Central Coast Mariners, where he gained 47 appearances.

Wollongong-born Poscoliero, 27, was a teenager when he moved to Italy where he played for Serie D side Sandon Jesolo and Serie C outfit Bassano Virtus. On returning to Australia he joined New South Wales club Blacktown City, who he helped win the 2014 National Premier Leagues title and Waratah Cup.

Poscoliero’s impressive form for Blacktown earned the versatile defender a professional deal with Central Coast. With injuries to Shane Lowry and Alex Grant plaguing the Glory defence last season, Poscoliero will be a welcome addition as Lowe assembles looks to build on the success of the recent summer.

20.5.2017

GULLS SWOOP THE ROOS

Sorrento moved into the final four of the Westfield FFA Cup WA Preliminary round with a hard fought 2-0 win against Wanneroo City at Wanneroo Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Alex Morgan gave the Gulls the lead early, before Reece Vittiglia wrapped up the tie on the hour mark.

“We got off to a good start and let Wanneroo back into the game, but credit to them they had a red hot go and were probably unlucky not to be level,” Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell told the Football West website. “The early goal will always alter the way a team plays. We thought they would sit back and be hard to break down, so to score that goal meant at some stage they’d have to open up to get back into it.”

A big crowd was on hand at kick off in this northern derby, but it was the visitors who made the perfect start and hit the front after only four minutes. Vittiglia made space down the flank, and his cross picked out Alex Morgan at the back post, and he made no mistake, firing past Joey Smith. The Gulls were in full flight and Alex Morgan went close to a second, moments later but he fired wide, before Vittiglia failed to find the target.

Wanneroo, who are sitting second on the All Flags State League Division Two, starting to get into the game, and went close to the equaliser. Jack Hailstones broke down the right, cut inside his marker, but his shot went the wrong side of the upright. It was a hard fought game, with both sides creating half chances, but at the break it was Sorrento with the slender lead.

The hosts continued to take the game to their NPL opponents improved further after the break and had a shout for a penalty when the ball seemingly struck the arm of Steve McDonald in the area, but referee David Brice waved away the Wanneroo protests. Then on the hour it looked like the home side had levelled, Stuart Siddall rising highest to head home Joel Gillespie’s set piece. But the Roos celebrations were cut short when the referee spotted a push in the box and disallowed the goal.

Things went from bad to worse for Wanneroo, as Sorrento headed down the other end and doubled their lead. A ball into the box was controlled well by Vittiglia, and his shot on the turn flew into the top of the net, via the crossbar to make it 2-0. Wanneroo continued to press and James Morgan had to be alert to push Matt Franken’s before Hailstones stung the Sorrento custodian’s palms, but they couldn’t find a goal.

“We started slowly and a couple of lapses in concentration cost us dearly,” Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said. “But to the boys credit they settled and were very competitive. In cup ties you need a bit of luck, and we sadly didn’t have any on Saturday, but fair play to Sorrento they made the most of their opportunities and came away with the result, but I’m extremely proud of our young squad for their effort.”

Wanneroo City: GK Joey SMITH, 2 Scott JOHNSTONE, 4 Liam MOONEY, 5 Stuart SIDDELL, 6 Miteku AYENE (11 Flynn NOLAN 76’), 7 Jack HAILSTONES, 8 Nathan GROSTATE (23 Josh CHIVELL 64’), 9 Joel GILLESPIE (10 John MCNEIL 76’), 12 Brett CUTTING, 14 Matt FRANKEN, 18 Kye DOUGLAS - Subs not used: 13 Jordan BEIL, 3 Jesse BRIDGEMAN - Yellow Cards: Johnstone 48’, Franken 86’

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 2 Jacob SHORE (12 Josh TUCKER 87’), 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 7 Alex MORGAN, 9 Sean CANHAM, 10 Scott BULLOCH (6 Darryl PLATTEN 76’), 11 Tim HILL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES - Subs not used: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO, 5 Billy QUINNCROFT, 18 Jordan BROWN - Yellow Cards: Steve McDonald 48’, Brad McDonald 79’ - Referee: David Bruce

20.5.2017

KNIGHTS CHECKMATE PERTH

Western Knights have turned back the clocks, to beat Perth SC 3-1 at Nash Field to reach Round Seven of the Westfield FFA Cup WA Preliminary Round. The teams were great rivals in the early 2000’s, but on Saturday the Knights won out. Jack Rycroft gave them the lead early, before Niccolo leveled for Perth before the break, but second half goals from Paul Lloyd Ben Coulter gave them an upset win.

“The boys played out of their skin today, they kept a great shape, passed the ball well and in the end I thought it was a well-deserved win,” Knights Coach Trim Morgan told the Football West website. “I’ve got faith that the lads can keep going, they work hard and train hard to the system that we play, so bring on the semis of the cup.”

The Mosman Park venue was rocking at kick off and the Knights were out of the blocks early and opening the scoring after only eight minutes. Adriano Jelenovic’s shot was deflected into the path of Rycroft, who finished low past Daniel Passarelli. The Knights fans were on their feet again on the half hour, Rycroft raced past his marker and crossed to Josh Cortes, but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over the top.

That miss came back to haunt the Knights and four minutes before the break Perth were level. Gustavo Catarcione was played into the box, and he was brought down in the area by Knights keeper Sam Stone, and referee Steven Gregory had no hesitation and pointed straight to the spot. Sabatini kept his nerve from the resulting penalty, to send the teams in all-square at the break.

It was an even start to the second half with both sides creating half chances, but it was the hosts who regained the lead on the hour. Lloyd was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area and he superbly curled the ball home, much to the delight of the home faithful. Perth should have levelled moments later, Jordan De Leo’s cross picked out Catarcione, whose diving header beat Stone, but the post came to the Knights custodian’s rescue.

It was a typical cup-tie, with both sides going for it, and they knew the next goal would be vital, and it went to the Knights nine minutes from time. Knights skipper Lloyd, who was outstanding all game, raced down the flank, got to the bye-line and cut the ball back to Coulter who finished low past Passarelli, and raced off to celebrate with the home supporters.

“I don’t think we took them for granted today, they deserved to win because they were simply better than us,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon told the Football West website. “After two good away wins against Cockburn and ECU (in the NPLWA), I think we didn’t lift our quality to what it was in the last two weeks.”

Western Knights: GK Sam STONE, 2 Tom SOUTHGATE, 3 David MURPHY, 4 Graham TOUGH, 6 Ben COULTER, 9 John CHALMERS, 10 Paul LLOYD (C) (8 Ryan HASLETT 80’), 11 Jack RYCROFT (12 Kenny ASHWOOD 89’), 13 Harry HILL, 15 Adriano JELENOVIC, 18 Josh CORTES (5 Ryan TUCKER 68’) - Subs not used: RGK Sam HUTCHINGS 14 Lee THOELE - Yellow Cards: Murphy 18’

Perth SC: GK Daniel PASSARELLI, 4 Adrian MADASCHI (C), 5 Niccolo SABATINI, 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Harley ORR, 17 Frank FURFARO, 21 Paul ZIMARINO (11 Matthew MILENKOVIC 75’) - Subs not used: RGK Malek KUC, 2 Alex SILLA, 7 Aleks JOVIC, 19 Roberto DEL BORRELLO - Yellow Cards: Orr 73’, Sabatini 82’ - Referee: Steven Gregory

20.5.2017

ANDRES BACK TO HAUNT THE COCKERELS

Dianella White Eagles Spanish striker Angel Andres has come back to haunt his former club Cockburn City, bagging a hat-trick and give the All Flag State League Division One side a 3-0 win against Cockburn city at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a good win for the team, yes I scored the goals, but we made the win together, and who’s next,” the Spanish striker told the Football West website. “It’s a great day for the club, and we are in a good position on the table, but today is good we will celebrate, and who ever we play next we are ready for them. It’s really special to score a hat-trick whoever it is against, I left Cockburn not for football reasons, but my own reasons, but today I play for Dianella and I’m really happy to help them into the next round.”

Andres had a good spell at Cockburn last season, and they knew his quality in and around the box, but they left him alone on seven minutes and he made them pay, heading home Jason Stepanovski corner. Andres was at it again eight minutes later. A long ball over the top sent him one-on-one with Euen Grant, he held the Cockburn skipper, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Cockburn were struggled to get past a Dianella defence well marshalled by skipper Bojan Radinovic, while they looked dangerous going forward and Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich had to be alert to tip over Yann Castric’s cross shot on the half hour. It was more of the same after half time Stepanovski’s free kick was punched clear by Radonich, and Mwansa Musonda fired the rebound just wide of the upright.

Musonda was causing the Cockburn defence all sorts of problems down the left, and he raced clear moments later and crossed to Stepanovski, who blazed over from 10 meters. The home side came to life, and started to create chances. Second half substitute Harry O’Brien’s headed straight at keeper Nas Farasalas, before the Dianella custodian got down well to save Gian Albano shot on the run. Cockburn were almost given a helping hand back in the game on 78 minutes.

Cameron Edwards’ corner was misjudged by Farasalas, but at the last minute the big keeper stuck out a hand and pushed the ball onto the crossbar and it was cleared. Dianella were soaking up the Cockburn pressure, and in the final minute they hit on a swift counter attack to seal the game. Francis Wanjiru raced down the right before picking out Andres, who eased past two defenders before finishing with aplomb past Radonich, and put them in the hat for the next round.

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 3 Daniel DOLS, 4 Euen GRANT (C), 5 Keiron STALLARD, 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Calvin WHITNEY, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Gian ALBANO, 13 Blake ADAMS, 15 Ryan PRATT (11 Harry O’BRIEN 46), 18 Daniel ROBINSON (14 Julian TELES 81) - Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 2 Joshua KUSER, 12 Losene DULLEN

Dianella White Eagles: GK Nas FARASALAS, 2 Sotiris THEODOSIADES (12 Francis WANJIRU 70), 3 Ernest HAILE, 4 Agid GARDOUD, 5 Yann CASTRIC, 7 Mwansa MUSONDA, 9 Angel ANDRES, 10 Jason STEPANOVSKI (8 Ibrahim HAMAD 57), 13 Loic ANGA, 14 Bojan RADINOVIC (6 Josam MUWOWO 58), 16 Emmanuel KANKPEYENG - Subs not used: RGK Milos BAJIC, 11 Phil ANGOLO - Referee: Michal Jasinski

20.5.2017

HOWLES BAGS FOUR TO TAKE ALL THE GLORY

Joondalup United moved to fifth on the PS4NPLWA table after a 4-2 win against Perth Glory in their Round three catch up game at Ashfield Arena. United striker Richard Howles was the star scoring all four goals after the break, while Daniel Stynes and Joe Knowles were on target late for the Glory.

“A very pleasing performance, from the first minute we were up and about and controlled the game, and once again the quality of our football was top notch and it was another well-deserved three points,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. “The big man upfront will get all the plaudits and rightly so for his four goals, but the selflessness of his strike partner Alex Wild was great to see and they are forming a lethal partnership. Ritchie hadn't scored for a few games and has basically been trying too hard, at half time today we settled him down and what an amazing 20 minutes spell he had with 4 great finishes to move him to 12 goals for the season.”

The visitors were on the front foot early and Howles shot was well saved by Jackson Lee, before the Glory custodian was alert to deny him again moments later after he got on the end of a Matt Sparrow free kick. The Glory went close on 10 minutes, Knowles playing in Stynes, who shot flashed inches wide of the upright. Knowles was in goal moments later, but his shot was well saved by Joondalup keeper James Bosdet saved.

It was a tight game and chances continued at both ends. Jay Marsden headed straight at Lee, after being picked out by Sparrow’s free kick on 20 minutes, before Knowles’ long-range shot was deflected wide. The Glory went close to the opener in the shadows of half time. Knowles was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Stynes stepped up to take the resulting free kick, but it is well saved by Bosdet.

The Glory had the perfect opportunity to take the lead on 52 minutes, Stynes played a perfect through ball to send Bayley Brown-Montgomery one-on-one with Bosdet, but the Joondalup keeper stood tall to deny him. But two minutes later the visitors opened the scoring. Rowdy Yates’ free kick from the right picked out Howles who lost his marker and headed past Lee.

United started to take control and they doubled their lead on 68 minutes, Cameron Murray left his back pass short, and Howles nipped in, rounded Lee and rolled the ball into an empty net from a tight angle. Two minutes later it was 3-0, Arran Maplestone’s shot was parried by Lee, but Howles was quickest to react to pounce on the rebound and complete his hat-trick. Howles added his, and Joondalup fourth on 78 minutes, rising highest to head home substitute Joe Stocker’s cross.

To the Glory youngsters credit they continued to play their football and were rewarded with a goal on 84 minutes. Knowles found room on the edge of the penalty area and finished well. The Glory ended the game well and added a second in the final minute. Knowles’ long-range shot beat Bosdet, but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Joondalup custodian, but Stynes was quickest to react scoring from close-range, but it was too little too late.

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Walter SCOTT (15 Joseph MARINO 76’), 3 Luca BODNAR, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Cameron MURRAY, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (12 Yacoub MUSTAFA 66’), 8 Callum TIMMINS, 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Daniel STYNES (C), 11 Michael MCDOUGALL – Subs not used: RGK Kyle MCDONALD, 13 Daniel WALSH

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2 Joel LEDSHAM, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE (C), 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES, 10 Alex WILD (19 Mike KENNY 74’), 16 Ross EDWARDS, 18 Anthony TAYLOR (5 Joe STOCKER 42’), 23 Jay MARSDEN (6 Guy MCDONALD 77’) – Subs not used: RGK Jack DUNN, 14 Jess COMPTON - Referee: Stuart Holden

20.5.2017

HISTORY BECKONS FOR PAHANG LEADER DAVIES

Pahang captain Matthew Davies could well make history if his side lift Singapore’s FA Cup today. Should Pahang win, Perth-born Davies will become the youngest captain to lift the prestigious trophy up at the age of 22 years and 102 days. But Davies does not want the spotlight to be on him when the Elephants take on Kedah at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Davies, who has been with Pahang since 2015, said he would draw from his experience with the national team as he seeks to guide the Elephants to victory. “I may be the youngest captain in the M-League but I have experience ... having played with the national senior team,” Davies said at yesterday’s pre-match press conference.

“I’m a bit nervous about the final, but that’s normal before any big game. I’ll be all right when the game starts. If we win, I will be creating history ... but I don't want to steal the spotlight. Last season, we struggled with relegation. This time, we’ve had a change of fortune and are just a step away from Cup glory. I really hope we can go all the way and win it.”




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