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21.7.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND THIRTEEN REVIEW

Kingsley have one hand on the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division title after a 3-1 win in week 13 against Hamersley Rovers at Carine Open Space. Goals from Bailey Salmon, Jayden Drummond and Joel Gillespie gave Steven Dimitrovich’s side the points, and despite a late goal from Callum Wells-Murphy, the win and North Perth again dropping points, gave them an eight-point lead at the summit. “It was another good win from the boys, we really controlled today’s game which was good,” Drummond said. “But we took our foot off after we scored which we addressed at half time and got back to playing some nice football. We could’ve been a few more, but their keeper had a great game.” Kingsley were ahead, when Bailey Salmon scored a screamer from long-range, and it should have been 2-0 moments later but Rovers keeper Drew Jenke produced a great save to deny Gillespie from the penalty spot. The Rovers keeper was having a great game and he wasn’t beaten again and at the break it was 1-0 to the visitors.

But Kingsley added a second early in the second half, Josh Waldock cross from the right was dummied by Simone Sichel and Drummond gave Jenke no chance. They added a third when great work from Adam O’Neill ended with Gillespie, whose shot deflected past Jenke. Rovers pulled one back late, Wells-Murphy cut in from the left leaving two defenders behind him, before coolly slotting the ball in the bottom corner past the keeper, but it was too little too late. “The lads worked really hard and the work rate and effort was excellent,” Hamersley assistant Coach Sam Ellis said. “Kingsley are the benchmark for the league this season but we matched them for large parts of the game, and if we play that way every game for the rest of the season, we will soon be climbing the table.”

North Perth United last ground on the leaders after being held to a 3-3 draw by Belmont Villa at Woodville Reserve. “It was a very disappointing result, especially after being up 3-0,” North Perth assistant Coach Kevin Flavin said. “Because we just completely switched off thinking the game was over, and you can’t do that in this league.” The home side seemed to be cruising in this one after racing to a 3-0 lead in the first half, with a brace from Paddy ‘Rattlesnake’ Monty, and a stunning individual goal from Sean Lahart. He received the ball and rounded three players before getting into the box and dinking the ball over the keeper from a tight angle. But Belmont weren’t finished and they pulled on back just before half time from David Musa and it was game on.

Belmont added another just after half time with Luqman Abdirahman on target, and Abdirahman levelled to earn Tom Moderval’s side a point. “In the first half hour I thought NPU were going to blow us away with their movement and passing but we pulled one back just before half time that gave us a lifeline and the boys grabbed it with both hands in the second half,” Moderval explained. “We pulled another one back early and then got the equaliser with a scuffed shot through the mud that seemed to take forever to cross the line, but it was a fair reward for an excellent all-round team performance. I have to add that our supporters were also terrific again. They have been right behind the team all year through some very challenging circumstances and I was pleased that we were able to repay their support for us with a good result today.”

Wembley maintained third place after a comfortable 5-0 win against UWA Nedlands at the UWA Sports Park. The visitors were ahead on 15 minutes Juaraj Galba getting on the end of a set piece, controlling the ball in the box and smashing into the roof of the net. Then Stephen Geoghegan added the second, when he was sent one-on-one with the keeper, who saved his first effort but fired home the rebound to double their lead. It was 3-0 at half time, after Will Fishleigh’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by the UWA keeper and Dean Wall fired home the rebound.

Mike Ford’s side added a fourth after the break, Paddy Begley getting on the end of a cut back from the touch line and he finished clinically. Wall added his second and Wembley’s fifth late, finishing well from 18-meters to seal a comprehensive win. It was a great win for us after we had drawn with them at home earlier in the season,” defender Jay McDonald said. “I thought we were on top all game creating plenty of chances with some really good passages of play throughout. On another day UWA could have had one or two and it would have been a bit tighter, but I think we were good value for the result overall.”

Quinns maintained fourth spot on the table after coming out on top of a nine-goal thriller against Kwinana United at Gumblossom Park. The hosts were ahead after a ball into the box picked out Liam McManus, and he had time to take a touch and put it past the keeper. The visitors were then reduced to ten-men after Blake Sokolwski was given a straight red card and sent off. It was 2-0 after Liam McManus was brought down in the box by Brad Titherington, and Wayne Carter converted the resulting penalty. Kwinana hit back and Shane Boyle reduced the margin, but before the break Carter curled home superbly into the top corner to send Quinns into the break with a 3-1 lead. The ten-man Kwinana hit back and John Araya made it 3-2, but Liam Hunt added Quinns fourth. Kwinana weren’t done and Shane Nunez scored to make it 4-3, but the extra man took effect late and Hunt bagged another two to complete his hat-trick and give the home side a 6-3 win.

Jaguar kept the pressure on the top four after a 5-1 win against bottom of the table Ellenbrook United at Herb Graham Recreation Centre. The hosts were ahead early when Akech Deng sent Kuol Raik through, and his shot was turned into his own net by an Ellenbrook defender. They added a second when a through ball from Gojam Nyuon sent Paul Sopp clear, and he took it around the keeper to finish into an open net. It was 3-0 just before half time, Juma Wade played Sopp in, who raced past his marker and lobbed the keeper. The visitors pulled one back with Joseph Deng scoring, but Laurance Gama restored the Jags three goal advantage, and Sopp was the supplier this time, cutting the ball back to Gama to score. The icing was put on the cake late when Jags hit a fifth, a quick counter attack from Akuei Guot saw him ease past his marker and he found David Kai who tapped home into an empty net.

In the final game Joondalup United jumped to seventh on the table after a hard fought 1-0 win against Leeming Strikers at Beldon Park. Joondalup Coach Ben Williams was delighted with the win. “The game was 70-30 in Leeming’s favour, but really lacked the quality in the final third from both sides,” he explained. “Our keeper was injured on the hour mark and stand in keeper Neil Sherwin was excellent dealing with a lot of in swinging corners we defended very well. The only goal came five minutes from time when we won a freekick on edge of the penalty area and Chris Boyle fired into middle of goal, as the Leeming keeper had committed himself. We managed to hold out in the five minutes of stoppage time to seal the win. We’re very happy to get the three points, but we have definitely played better this year and taken nothing out of the game.”

20.7.2019

ATHENA HIT BACK TO WIN BELT-UP CUP

Floreat Athena have won their seventh State League Cup after a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Bayswater City in the 2019 Belt-Up Cup Final at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon. After a cagey first half where both sides failed to trouble the scoreboard, it was Bayswater who opened the scoring when Daryl Nicol converted a penalty early in the second half. But Dennis Galan converted a penalty for Floreat to level, before Phil Arnold scored the winner nine minutes from time, to set off wild scenes in the big crowd.

It's a massive week for both clubs as they are in action in the FFA Cup round of 32 on Wednesday evening interstate, but first they needed to take care of business on home soil first, and it was Floreat who had the first sight on goal, but Robert Petkov' long-range shot was wide of the target. Bayswater keeper Devon Spence then got down well to save Ludovic Bio’s shot, before Bayswater went close on 23 minutes. Ryan Pearson played Nicol down the right, and his cross into the penalty area was turned behind by Floreat defender Adrian Madaschi, with City striker Gordon Smith ready to pounce.

Both sides had chances late in the half as the game opened up. First Boi and Petkov combined on the edge of the penalty area, and Petkov's shot on the turn was inches past the post, before Jesse Fuller's run and shot drifted wide. But it was Chris Coyne’s side that finished the half the better and Pearson made ground down the right and found Jason Mirco in the box, but his shot was deflected wide by some desperate Floreat defending, before Nicol’s shot on the run flashed over the top, but at the break it was scoreless.

It was a perfect start for Bayswater after half time, and on 51 minutes they opened the scoring. Nicol raced down the right and cut inside the box and he was brought down by Madaschi and referee Josh Mannella had no hesitation and pointed straight to the spot. There weren't too many complaints from the Floreat defenders, and Nicol picked himself and scored from the resulting penalty, despite Jason Saldaris going the right way. Floreat looked for an immediate response and Dean Evans' powerful shot stung the palms of Spence, but Nicol was a constant threat down the right and he was in again moments later, and this time he picked out Mirco, but he couldn’t keep his close-range header down.

But on 71 minutes Floreat were level after the referee picked out a foul by Millard and Boi. It looked a little harsh and it was a decision that didn’t please the Bayswater bench, but Galan stepped up finished with a Panenka down the middle of goal to bring them level. It was now game on, and Petkov’s shot on the run was saved low by Spenc and Brent Griffiths long-range shot was way over the top. But on 81 minutes Floreat scored the vital second goal. Evans’ corner was only cleared to Boi on the left of the penalty area, his cross back into the box found Arnold, who lost his marker to head home from six meters.

Bayswater changed formation as they chased the game, but with Fuller, Madaschi and Galan all outstanding for the Floreat they kept them at bay and it was Floreat who almost added a third late. Fuller, who won the ‘Stan Lazaridis Medal’ as man of the match, played a great through ball to Boi, but his shot was well saved by Spence. There were four minutes of stoppage time, but Bayswater couldn’t find the equaliser and at the final whistle it was Floreat players, coaches and supporters celebrating the win.

Bayswater City: GK Deon SPENCE, 10 Jason MIRCO (24Jake SARDELIC 76’), 11 Ryan PEARSON, 12 Steve HESKETH, 13 Trent KAY, 17 Daryl NICOL, 18 Brent GRIFFITHS, 19 Gordon SMITH (9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA 78’), 20 Giordano COLLI, 27 Ross MILLARD, 30 Adam TONG (6 Todd HOWARTH 85’) - Subs not used: RGK Sam REILLY, 22 Logan RINDELL - Yellow Cards: Smith 41’

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 4 Adrian MADASCHI, 6 Jesse FULLER, 9 Robert PETKOV, 10 Nick AMBROGIO, 11 Dennis GALAN, 13 Chris SALDARIS, 14 Ludovic BOI (32 Robert HARDING 90’), 16 Ryan MALTON (5 Thomas JEBB 80’), 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD (29 Jack PAINTER-ANDREWS 84’) - Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 13 George FESTA - Yellow Cards: Malton 42’, Galan 90+3’ - Referee: Josh Mannella

20.7.2019

MURRAY’S TRIPLE THREAT WINS IT FOR GLORY

Perth Glory has won the Belt-Up State League Reserves Cup after a Liam Murray inspired hat-trick gave them a 3-1 win against Cockburn City in the Final at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon. The win made it back-to-back successes for the youngsters, and it was Murray who gave Richard Garcia’s side the lead just after the half hour, and they dominated the opening period and deservedly led at the break. But Cockburn City levelled ten minutes into the second half with David Da Silva on target, and Joe Pereira’s side looked like going on with it. Glory settled and Murray added his second eleven minutes from time and he sealed the win and his hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage time.

It was a lively opening to the game and it was Cockburn who went close to the opener after only three minutes. Dos Santos was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area and his shot beat Nick Speca, but the woodwork came to the rescue of the Glory custodian. But after that let off the Glory started to get on top and after a great run by Alessandro Circati saw the big defender slip the ball into Jaiden Selden, but his shot shot flew over the top. Glory were in again after great combination play in the middle of the park ended with Jayden Leader, but his shot flashed wide, before Liam Murray eased past two Cockburn defenders but could only fire into the side netting.

Then on 20 minutes Liam Murray’s ball into the box picked out Circati, whose header was cleared off the line, before Ciaran Bramwell cut the ball back to Charlie Leech, but he fired wide. But it wasn’t a surprise when Glory opened the scoring on 33 minutes. A corner from Liam Murray was only cleared back to him on the left, and his curling effort flew into the top corner of the net giving Cockburn keeper Ben Radonich no chance. Glory should have added to their lead late, with Liam Murray and Ciaran Bramwell both failing to capitalize on good chances, before a lung busting run from Cameron Murray saw him cut into the box but his shot failed to find the target.

Cockburn were convinced they had a penalty early in the second half for a handball in the Glory penalty area but referee Arvin Shanmuganathan was well placed to wave away their protests. But it was Glory who were creating the better chances and Cameron Murray run and pass found Bramwell on the edge of the box, but his shot was deflected just wide, but from the resulting corner Glory doubled their advantage. Liam Murray’s in-swinging corner found Circati, whose downward header looked destined for the back of the net, but somehow Cockburn keeper Ben Radonich produced a stunning save to thwart the big defender.

But on 55 minutes, and somewhat against the run of play, Cockburn equalised. There looked little danger when a ball was played into the penalty area, but Speca was caught out as Sebastian Da Silva nipped in, beat the keeper to the ball and fired home into an empty net. Cockburn went close to the lead on the hour, a sweeping counter attack saw Jethro Yumange on the right and he cut inside the penalty area, but the Glory keeper stood tall to deny the winger. Glory continued to press, and Cockburn defenders were working overtime, but when Leader found Liam Murray on edge of the box, it looked like he would regain the lead but his shot was superbly saved by Radonich at full stretch.

Radonich then got down well to deny Bramwell, but there was little the keeper could do when Glory regained the lead on 79 minutes. Selden was sent down the right, and he raced past his marker and his low cross was finished well by Liam Murray from close-range. Glory pressed forward late and Murray and Glory added a third in the third minute of stoappge time to seal the win. Second half substitute Sasa Ngejic sent the big striker in on goal and he made no mistake to complete the win and his hat-trick.

Perth Glory: GK Nick SPECA, 2 Christian JANKULOVSKI, 3 Cameron MURRAY, 4 Mason TATAFU, 5 Alessandro CIRCATI (15 Albert FULLARD 59’), 6 Jayden LEADER, 7 Jaiden SELDEN (16 Aiki TSUKAMOTO 89’), 8 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 9 Ciaran BRAMWELL, 10 Liam MURRAY, 11 Charlie LEECH (19 Sasa NGEJIC 59’) - Subs not used: RGK Jacob RANGE - Yellow Cards: Nil

Cockburn City: GK Ben RADONICH, 26 Michael LOWRY (42 Taylor STARKEY 88’), 28 Alessandro BASTO, 29 Julian ANFUSO, 31 Jethro YUMANGE (41 Izaak KOBILANSK 80’), 34 Hudson BLISS, 35 David DOS SANTOS, 36 Dane MEERALLY, 37 Breckan BAKER, 39 Jacob DA SILVA, 40 Sebastian DA SILVA - Subs not used: 32 Callan BAKER - Yellow Cards: Meerally 89’ - Referee: Arvin Shanmuganathan

Perth Glory take the honours in the Reserves State Cup.

20.7.2019

BAYSWATER TAKE OUT THE 18’S CUP

Bayswater City have held their nerve to win the 2019 Belt-Up State League Under 18’s Cup Final in a dramatic 4-3 penalty shoot-out against Sorrento at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday morning. The game in normal time was outstanding, with chances at both ends, which had the big crowd on the edge of their seats. Bayswater opened the scoring early though Daniel McKenzie, son of former Glory midfielder Alan. But Sorrento hit back with Jamie Swan scoring either side of half time to take the lead, but McKenzie restored parity 18 minutes from time and the sides couldn’t be separated and Bayswater prevailed in the shoot-out.

“It may have been a good game for the neutral but as a coach it had its moments of frustration,” Bayswater assistant coach Paul Lincoln said. “Full credit to the boys after being challenged by a determined Sorrento team, they fought back and finished the game better. I have to say it’s been a big week for me with my daughter Ella scoring five goals at the nationals and winning today its topped of the week for me.”

It was Sorrento who had the first opportunity in the game when Kai Matthews picked out Swan, but the striker fired inches wide. But it was Bayswater who opened the scoring in their first attack. A ball into the box from the right was flicked on by Ismail Hajimohamed to McKenzie, who brought the ball down well and finished low past Anthony Jackson. Bayswater were on top and Hajimohamed fired inches wide moments later, before he played in George Norton, who rounded Jackson but fired wide of the mark from a tight angle.

Sorrento got a foot hold into the game and Matthews fired straight at Sam Reilly, before the lively Matthews raced down the left and cut the ball back to Swan who couldn’t keep his shot down from the edge of the box. Then on 37 minutes Jake Shaked's free kick picked out Theo Gilsenan, whose header was saved on the line by the alert Bayswater keeper Reilly. But two minutes before half time the Gulls found their deserved equaliser. Daniel Faichney played a defence-splitting through ball to Swan, who kept his composure and finished clinically past Reilly. Bayswater almost regained the lead in stoppage time, but Alex Evangilista's header flew over the top, but at the break it was all to play for.

Sorrento were out of the blocks after half time and they were rewarded with the lead three minutes in. A ball over the top sent Swan clear, and with the Bayswater players looking for the offside flag, that never came, the striker finished well past Reilly, much to the displeasure of the Bayswater coaches and players. After going behind Bayswater coach Chris Barbas made some changes and it worked, as Bayswater lifted. First on 53 minutes Sebastian Hooshangian free kick found McKenzie headed over the top, before Hajimohamed was sent clear by Evangilista, but his shot was saved low by Jackson.

Moments later McKenzie was sent in goal, but Gilsenan back with a last-ditch tackle to deny him. But their pressure was rewarded with the equaliser on 72 minutes. Sorrento turned the ball over in the middle of the park and McKenzie looked up and finished superbly from long-range. Bayswater were on top and Sorrento were hanging on, and Hajimohamed long-range shot flashed wide, before a great cross from George Norton picked out McKenzie, but with the goal at his mercy the Bayswater striker fired wide. Then in stoppage time a great through ball sent Hajimohamed in on goal and he won the challenge with the keeper and rolled the ball into an empty net but referee Adam Hicks disallowed the goal for a handball in the build-up.

So, it was off to the shoot-out, and Shaked scored for Sorrento, with Raeez Pandor doing likewise for Bayswater. But Dayan Bhudia saw his penalty saved by Reilly to give Bayswater the advantage, before Jackson saved McKenzie's to level things up. Sorrento scored the next two through Daniel Faichney and Lauritis Christophersen, and Norton and Hajimohamed scored for Bayswater to lock it up at 3-3. But Reilly guessed the right way to save Ethan Quartermaine's fifth penalty, and it gave Hooshangian the opportunity to win it and he duly obliged.

Bayswater City: GK Sam REILLY, 2 Lewis COLLIER (14 Yared NADEW 68’), 4 Jordan ACARO, 7 Tarek ATTA (3 Adam TILMIZ 84’), 9 Daniel MCKENZIE, 10 Sebastian HOOSHANGIAN, 13 George NORTON, 15 Alex EVANGILISTA (11 Raeez PANDOR 51’), 18 Ismail HAJIMOHAMED, 20 Nathan WEBSTER, 21 Michael LINO - Subs not used: 19 Mustafa AMI - Yellow Cards: Hajimohamed 88’

Sorrento: GK Anthony JACKSON, 35 Corey BINGHAM, 36 Lauritis CHRISTOPHERSEN, 37 Theo GILSENAN, 40 Daniel FAICHNEY, 41 Dayan BHUDIA, 42 Ethan QUARTERMAINE, 44 Kai MATTHEWS, 47 Khairulanwar AFANDI, 51 Jake SHAKED, 52 Jamie SWAN (48 Nathan FRITH 83’) - Subs not used: 43 Cristian SAYERS, 46 Wes CASIMIR-BROWN, 53 Jude GAUNTLETT - Yellow Cards: Shaked 70’ - Referee: Adam Hicks

Bayswater City with the Under 18's State Cup.

19.7.2019

BELT-UP STATE CUP - FINAL – PREVIEW

The league goes into hiatus this weekend with the Belt-Up State League Cup Final takes centre stage on Saturday, as Bayswater City and Floreat Athena battle it out at Dorrien Gardens. Bayswater won through to the final after a hard fought 1-0 win against Rockingham City at Frank Drago Reserve, with Gordon Smith scoring the only goal in a tight contest. Floreat edged through to Saturday's showpiece after a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win against Sorrento at E&D Litis Stadium, with Jesse Fuller scoring the winning spot kick.

The two sides have met twice in the league this season with Bayswater coming out on top. In round two the pair fought out a 2-2 draw at Bayswater. It was the first NPL game under lights at Frank Drago, but Floreat striker Robert Petkov gave the visitors the lead at the break. Daryl Nicol levelled on the hour, and gave Bayswater the lead late, but a goal an own goal in stoppage time by Adam Tong gave Floreat a share of the spoils. But in round 13 Bayswater visited Floreat and came home with a comprehensive 4-1 win. Goals from Tong, Nicol and an own goal from keeper Jason Saldaris gave the visitors the lead at the break, and although Nick Ambrogio pulled one back for Floreat midway through the second half Nicol added his second to seal the win.

Bayswater midfield Giordano Colli has burst on to the scene at the club this season and was a standout in the win against Rockingham, and he said it was a typical cup Semi-final and they were delighted to get through. "I thought that is was a very tough game, and both teams had their chances in the game, as every semi-final it was going to be a test a lot of credit to Rockingham to make it,” he said. “They play some very good football and work very hard as a team, but we pulled through in the end with a fabulous strike by Goggsy to win the match, and I also could have got myself one at the end but Cyril (Sharrock) made a great save.”

The 19-year-old has worked his way through the club’s youth system, after joining from Perth SC, and he said all his hard work is now being rewarded, and he hopes to help the club lift the trophy on Saturday. "At the start of the season I was a surprised with the tempo of the game, but as the season has progressed, I have adapted and feeling more comfortable as each week goes by,” Colli explained. “It’s always a tough challenge to keep my spot as I know the quality of the players we have in our squad, so I have to make sure I’m doing my part each and every session and game, and I’ll be doing all I can to help the club to success on Saturday.”

Bayswater have won the State League Cup on two occasions and Colli said they are determined to add another one on Saturday, but he is well aware Floreat are a talented side. “It is going to be a very tough match, as we found in the Night Series Final, and we’ve played them a number of times this season so far,” he said. “The last time was in the league at their place and we had a good win, but we are under no illusion that that will count for nothing come Saturday. We have prepared well this week and will be expecting to face a very motivated Floreat side. I’m sure it will be a mouth-watering game with some great players on display, but hopefully we can come away with the win and add other trophy to the club’s cabinet.”

Skipper Trent Kay has had success in the cup at both Perth and Bayswater, and held aloft the trophy in 2014 when City beat Stirling Lions in the final, and he said they will do doing all they can to do it again on Saturday, but is expecting a tough game against Floreat. "Me personally I have been very privileged to have been involved in winning Cup Finals over my career, but I have been in losing ones to," he said. "I love the cup competition, all the lead up games are like finals, being they are a must win. I also believe that these days the games are extra special because of the FFA Cup qualification, which is great for the exposure for clubs and players on a national level."

Kay said it's great to be back in the Cup Final, as the club have had a lean spell in the competition, but he said the players are determined to bring the cup home for their loyal supporters. "We are delighted to have made the Cup Final against Floreat, as over the past couple of seasons we have missed out, so to be in the final is great for the club, and we are ready to bring the trophy back to Frank Drago for our supporters," he explained. "We know it will be hard fought game between two teams with plenty of experience. They won the Night Series against us, so it should be a great game, but we want to return the favour on Saturday."

Floreat defender Dennis Galan has played a huge role in the clubs’ success this season, and he said the semi-final win was a real nail biter, but they got the job done in the end. "Sorrento are never easy to beat in cup games, they are very physical and difficult to break down," he said. "We were unlucky to miss a penalty in the early stages of the game, which would have eased a bit of the pressure off. However, we kept fighting but unfortunately, neither teams could get a result at the end of 120 minutes. We felt very confident in the penalties and have a lot of faith in Jason Saldaris, and credit to the boys we kept our nerve and Jason ended up saving two to see us home."

Galan, who won the cup with Stirling Lions in 2010, with Floreat in 2016, said the final against Bayswater is going to be tough game, but a great occasion for players and supporters alike. "The last game we played against them was one to forget, it was just one of those games where we didn’t turn up on the day, and they capitalized on that, so it's lesson learnt," the defender explained. "But we have played them twice in the Night Series and beat them in the first game and beat them in the final. However, those games are done and dusted and will not matter in a Cup Final. There is plenty to play for, we play Saturday and then leave for Adelaide on Tuesday for the FFA cup, so everyone is fighting for spots and there is a great buzz around the club at the moment. Garrett has been working on various tactics and kept us motivated to concentrate on a game at a time, and I’m sure Saturday is going to be a spectacle as it always is when we play Bayswater and hopefully there is a good turn out."

Floreat skipper Dean Evans has been a rock in the middle of the park and has also popped up with some crucial goals along the way. Evans has also had his ups and downs in the Cup Final. He won it with Stirling Lions in 2017 as a 17-year-old in his debut season, and was part of the squad at Floreat that won the cup in 2016, but he was on the losing side in his time at Perth, losing 0-2 to Sorrento in 2015. Floreat sit second on the NPLWA table, but Evans believes they haven't quite hit top form yet in the league which is a scary prospect. "To be honest, I think knowing the playing group and our standards although winning the night series and now making the cup final we think in the league we've not really hit our straps," he explained. "We've had a decent run of games where we've won but also let ourselves down in terms of staying closer to Perth at the top of the league where we've dropped points. It’s been good to win back to the back games with clean sheets so we are definitely going into the game against a really strong Bayswater in the right vein of form and I know the boys can't wait to get out their come Saturday afternoon."

Evans said Saturday should be a great game, and he knows the quality Bayswater have in their squad, but they are ready for the challenge. "Bayswater are a fantastic side and well led by Coyney, we know the capabilities they have with match winners all over the park so we are wary but also excited for the challenge ahead," he said. "Both sets of players respect each other which makes for a good fiery contest. We've played them already 4 times this year and each game has been different in its own way. I think the game will be similar to our earlier night series final against them, both teams giving it their all, let's hope both teams can put on a good show for the crowd that rocks up on Saturday and obviously for our fans that we bring back the cup to Athena."

19.7.2019

BELT-UP STATE CUP RESERVES - FINAL – PREVIEW

It's the Belt-Up State League Reserves Cup Final on Saturday, with Perth Glory and Cockburn City meeting at Dorrien Gardens. (12.45pm) Cockburn moved into the final after a 2-0 win against Division One league leaders Gwelup Croatia, while Glory eased past Armadale 7-2 to reach the final for second consecutive year. The two sides have met once this season when they fought out a 1-1 draw at Dalmatinac Park in round nine, and Saturday's encounter is going to be another tight affair.

In the semi-final Glory striker Jayden Gorman scored a hat trick with other goals to Ciaran Bramwell, Christian Belladonna, Liam Murray and Jaidon Selden, and Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia said the performance was impressive from his young side. "The boys were determined to reach the final again, after winning it last season against Sorrento," he told the Perth Glory website. "Even though it's a new group of players this season, they started the competition wanting to go back-to-back, and the win against Armadale showed just that, it was a great performance. They (Armadale) had thrashed ECU Joondalup in the quarter-finals, so for the group to play so well shows the determination we have in the squad."

Garcia said Cockburn are a good footballing side and Saturday's final should be a tight game. "Cockburn sit third on the NPLWA table and Steven McGarry and I know the quality they have, so we will need to be at our best on Saturday," he said. "But as every game we play it's all about us and what we can do. If we get that right and we play our game we will get the win. But we've explained to the boys this is a cup final, it's who wants it the most on the day, and from the first whistle they need to on their game and I'm confident they will."

Cockburn City Head Coach Joe Pereira said the semi-final win was a good team performance and they were in control of the game throughout. "Gwelup obviously did well to reach the semi-finals and it was a wet, greasy day and the longer the game went on without us scoring allowed them to stay in the game," he explained. "They never really threatened in open play but set pieces were where they could have got some joy. But a goal straight after half time from Jacob da Silva was important, and we finished the game with another with Isaac Kobolanski scoring with the last kick of the game, but overall I always thought we were in control of the game."

Pereira said he is hoping their recent form can turn around in Saturday's final and he is confident it will. "We have been a bit down on form leading into Saturdays game due to injuries and personal change, but I'm over the moon to make the final, but for me it is just another step in the progress our players in their development as possible first team players for our club," he said. "The last game against Glory was defiantly hard fought, but Glory train and practice their systems and skills a lot more often than we are able to. So, on Saturday we just have to match them in effort and hope we can put some things in place that we can cause them some problems."

19.7.2019

BELT-UP STATE CUP UNDER 18'S - FINAL – PREVIEW

The Belt-Up State League Under 18's Cup Final on Saturday morning sees Sorrento taking on Bayswater City at Dorrien Gardens. (10.00am) Sorrento overcame Balcatta 3-1 in the semi-finals at E&D Litis Stadium, with Laurits Christophersen and Jamie Swan scoring in the first half with Ethan Quartermaine getting that third goal early in the second half, while Balcatta scored a penalty late on. Bayswater and Perth SC fought out the other semi-final in a tight contest, but it was Bayswater who ran out 1-0 winners at Frank Drago Reserve. The two sides have met once this season in the league in round four with Bayswater running out 2-1 winners in a tight game.

Sorrento head coach Stuart Banks said the win against Balcatta in the Semi-Final was a good performance and he will be looking for more of the same on Saturday. "I thought we played well against Balcatta and thoroughly deserved the win. We scored twice in the first half and had control of the game and we knew Balcatta would have a reaction at the start of the second half so that first period of the second half was vital for both teams," he explained. "We ended up scoring a third goal just minutes into the second half and Balcatta had a player sent off not long after that and the game just seem to peter out then. Balcatta got a penalty late on but the game was essentially done by then. I was proud of my lad’s performance and focus in that game and hope to get the same again on Saturday."

Banks is expecting another close encounter on Saturday, but knows Bayswater will punish you if you make mistakes, and he said if it's anything like their league encounter it should be a great game. "Bayswater are a solid team and we know the final will be a tough game. They will go into it as favourites but we played well against them in the league and see no reason why we can’t win the game if we play well again," he said. "In our previous meeting this year we gifted them one of their goals and we also missed a penalty late on so we were disappointed not to get anything from the game. Bayswater are a team that will punish you if you do make mistakes so we have to keep our concentration levels high for the entire game. I’ve been happy with our preparation so far and I know the lads are up for it and can’t wait to get out there on Saturday."

It's a big day for Bayswater, with both the first team and 18's in the Cup Final, and 18's Head Coach Chris Barbas said their semi-final win showed the great character they have in their team, and they now have a chance to go back-to-back in the final. "The win against Perth was a really good team performance, we played a very disciplined and structured game plan and all of the team contributed it was so pleasing to get the 1-0 result," he said. "We managed to take the lead 20 minutes from time with our Captain George Norton on target, and the lads stood firm in the late stages of the game after we had a player sent off, so we were delighted to reach the final again and hope to go back-to-back after our win against Perth SC last season."

Barbas said Saturday's opponents play good football and he is expecting another tough game like there only meeting this season in the league. "Our first-round game was a game of two half’s we dominated the first, and Sorrento dominated the second, and a late penalty safe from keeper Sam Reilly gave us the points," he explained. "Sorrento play a very good brand of soccer and the coaching staff aren’t afraid to change things if it’s not working for them. It’s a cup final and both teams have nothing to lose I expect a tough and physical encounter, fingers crossed we are up for the challenge and can celebrate after 90 minutes."

19.7.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND THIRTEEN PREVIEW

It’s week 13 of the Belt-Up Sunday Amateur Division and this week’s Footballwa.net ‘Match of the Round’ takes us to Beldon Park where Joondalup United entertain Leeming Strikers. United produced a good performance last week at Wembley but were beaten 1-0, while Leeming also lost by the odd goal, going down 2-3 to Jaguar. Joondalup Coach Ben Williams said the loss at Wembley was disappointing but the performance was good and they had their chances to take all three. “We were punished for missing to many chances which has been the story of our season,” he explained. “In this league teams only need one chance and they take them. We knew Wembley strengths from set pieces and discussed their danger man but unfortunately Jay (McDonald) got the chance and buried his header.

“Overall I was happy with team’s performance and if we were better in final third things could of been different.” Williams said Leeming will be another stern test, and he knows they will have to be their best to take the points. “Leeming will again be a very hard game, they are a great side well organized physical and have a couple of very good players,” he said. “We will need to be at our best to get a result, but I’m looking forward to a good game.”

Leeming coach David Palin said his ten men gave it everything last week, and with a little luck could have taken something from the game. “Playing the game for 55 minutes with 10 men, I couldn't have asked for more from the players. We've played a lot worse this year and won games, so the level of effort and performance was very good but unfortunately on the day we just didn't get the luck sometimes required to win a tight match,” he said. “Big moments in the game didn't go our way, the sending off was a poor one and the third goal you just want the linesman to be up with play but unfortunately that wasn't the case and it cost us in the end but that's football and somethings are out of your control so we have to move on and try get a win this week.”

Palin is expecting another tough encounter on Sunday as they look to keep the pressure on the top four. “Last time we played Joondalup it was a very tough game, and we were happy for the win that day and were expecting another tough game this week,” he said. “Joondalup find themselves in a bit of a relegation battle at the moment so that will only make them more determined for a result and we have to be mindful of that Sunday. From our perspective we just want to make sure the level of performance is one we can be happy with and if we get that were confident, we'll win more games than we lose in the back half of season. We're looking forward to going to Joondalup this week and trying to get a win to push us closer to the top three again.”

League leaders Kingsley head to Carine Open Space to take on Hamersley Rovers. The home side are coming off a 4-2 win against Ellenbrook United while Kingsley won the top of the table clash with North Perth 2-0. Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich said it was good to finally get a win at their nearest rivals. “It was a very good win on the weekend against a team that’s held the ascendancy over us the last couple of seasons and was good to finally get the monkey off our back and take three points away with us from Woodville,” he said.

“I do believe the score line flattered North Perth as their keeper Jamie Serra made some telling saves and kept the score line at 2-0 and was also good to finally have our strongest team out on the park for which we had the bare numbers in the 4 weeks prior to playing last weekend. Dimitrovich said Sunday’s game at Hamersley is another tough challenge, like all the games are in this league, but he is hoping to keep their momentum going. “This week doesn’t get any easier for my boys as we travel to Hamersley and if the first-round encounter was a guide we will be in for a tough game,” he said. “They have some pace going forward so we will need to be aware of that danger but I know if we play our style, we are always a chance of taking home the three points.”

In other games Quinns entertain Kwinana United at Gumblossom Park, the home side looking to maintain their five-game unbeaten run, while Kwinana will be looking to build on last weeks big win against UWA. Jaguar return to Herb Graham Recreation Centre to take on Ellenbrook United, while third placed Wembley Downs travel to the UWA Sports Park to meet UWA Nedlands. In the final game North Perth United will be looking to bounce back from defeat last week when they host Belmont Villa at Woodville Reserve.

North Perth assistant coach Kevin Flavin said the loss to Kingsley hurt, but there is along way to go in the season. “Yes, we were very disappointed over last week’s result but there is still a long season there and we will not give up fighting till the final game of the season,” he explained. “There is no doubting that Kingsley we’re the better side on Sunday and deserved there win but now all the pressure is on them to see if they can keep this form going with a lot of tough games in the coming months.” Flavin said they have regrouped and are determined to bounce back on Sunday. “This week we host Belmont and all that matters to us is that we bounce back with three points,” he said. Training this week has been one of the best we have had this season so hopefully we can carry that into Sunday.”

14.7.2019

BELT UP AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION - ROUND TWELVE REVIEW

The top of the table clash in the Belt-Up Amateur Premier Division between North Perth United and Kingsley didn’t disappoint, but it was Kingsley running out 2-0 winners at Woodville Reserve to move six-points clear at the top of the table. It was a tight affair early, but it was the visitors who took the lead on 24 minutes. A great cross from the left by Bailey Salmon picked out Simon Sichel, who got in between two defenders to head home. They doubled their advantage four minutes before half time, a ball over the top from Kingsley keeper Ryan Moss found Josh Waldock who brought the ball down superbly, and finished clinically past James Serra. The North Perth keeper Serra was in great form after the break, producing an umber of fine saves, the best to deny Sichel and Jayden Drummond.

They could have added a third nine minutes from time after Drummond was brought down in the box and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Drummond stepped up but Serra guessed the right way to produce another great save. But at the final whistle it was the travelling supporters celebrating the three points. “It was a really good performance from the boys and a big win in the scheme of things we asked the boys for a reaction after a couple of flat weeks and they delivered big time,” assistant coach Stuart Montgomery said. “To be honest if it wasn’t for their keeper (Jamie Serra) who was man of the match, it could have been four or five, but we will take a 2-0 win at a place we have struggled before.”

Wembley Downs maintained third place on the table after a hard fought 1-0 win against Joondalup United at Butlers Reserve. The only goal in a tight game came ten minutes into the second half. Stephen Geoghegan whipped in a free kick from about 40 yards out and Jay McDonald lost his marker and scoring with a diving header. “The game could have gone either way and they (Joondalup) will feel they were unlucky not to get something out of the game,” McDonald explained. “Our keeper Jeff Cornez had a man of the match performance with three or four top class saves. We didn’t create as many chances as we have been lately which was down to their strong defence, but we managed to battle through the match and get the three points.”

Jaguar moved to fourth, leap frogging Leeming Strikers after a 3-2 win at John Connell Reserve. The visitors hit the front on the half hour mark, a shot from Lok Mamal was handled in the box by Tom Grant and Ibrahim Hamad made no mistake from the spot. Five minutes later Grant was sent off after being deemed the last man. But the ten-men hit back after the break, Ayden Evans capitalizing after Jags failed to clear their lines, and he finished into the roof of the net from close-range. But on the hour the Jags regained their lead, a through ball sent Gojam Nyuon one-one one with the Leeming keeper, who did well to save but the rebound fell to James Wuor who tapped home. But Leeming restored parity ten minutes from time, Evans cut the ball back, to Ben Greaves at the back post who controlled and curled in top corner across the keeper from 15 meters. It looked like the ten men would earn a hard-fought point, but five minutes later Jags won it. Akech Dend found space out wide, and his cross was headed home at the back post by Akuei Guot.

In other games Hamersley Rovers beat Ellenbrook United 4-2 at Jack Mann Oval, while the game between Belmont Villa and Quinns at Gerry Archer Sports Complex was abandoned at half time after the referee was allegedly threatened by the home supporters. Wayne Carter had given Lee Garnish’s side the lead, but the home side had levelled just before half time, but it will be interesting to see what Football West do after the referee’s report is put in. In the final game Kwinana United moved to eighth after a 6-3 win against UWA Nedlands at Kelly Park. Lee Bates scored a hat-trick for the home side, with other goals from John Araya, Shane Boyle and Brad Titherington, while Mitch Barrington scored all three goals for UWA. “I’m absolutely delighted for the lads today with the result, we have a squad here capable of great things and maybe this year we have left it late but the football we played today was as good as I’ve seen this season,” Kwinana coach Kris Donnell said. “We know we aren’t flawless, but the lads will keep working hard and the goal has been set for the second half of the season.”

13.7.2019

SORRENTO TOO STRONG FOR GLORY

Sorrento have moved to within three points of the top four after a 3-2 win against Perth Glory at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Alex Morgan gave the hosts the lead on 25 minutes, but Alessandro Cicarti levelled for Glory two minutes later. Cameron Teece gave Sorrento the lead early in second half before Jordan Roberts made it 3-1. But the Glory youngsters weren’t finished and Jaidon Selden reduced the margin, but they couldn’t find the winner despite pressing late. The Glory youngsters thought they had an early penalty on seven minutes, a great through ball from Abais Bakura sent Luke Salmon in on goal, and as he cut past Sorrento defender Scott Robinson, he looked like he was brought down, but referee Shane Skinner waved away the penalty protests. "I thought it was a tough match but we controlled the game in large parts and managed to defend well as a team and get the win," Sorrento defender David Stokoe said. "It's good to get a couple of wins in a row now and hopefully push up the table."

Sorrento went close themselves on 20 minutes, a corner wasn’t cleared and Jack Salter’s shot on the turn flashed inches wide of the post. Moments later Jackson Lee saved well to deny David Stokoe’s header, but from the resulting corner the hosts hit the front. Jordan Roberts’ low set-piece picked out Alex Morgan, who swept the ball home from six meters. Salter was in again as the host looked for a second, but he couldn’t keep his effort down. But on 28 minutes it was the Glory who levelled. Jordan Abrahams corner found Circati, who lost his marker and finished clinically via the post.

Glory had the worst possible start to the second half with Sorrento regaining the lead in the opening minute. A long ball from Jesse Owuour was misjudged by Jacob Muir, Teece nipped in and lobbed the on-coming Lee to score. Glory continued to press and went close to the equaliser on 68 minutes. Jack Leech sent Salmon down the right and his ball into the box fell to Seldon, whose effort drifted just over the top. It was the best spell of the game for the Glory and moments later a long-range strike from Jordan Abrahams crashed off the crossbar, before Salmon’s shot flashed inches wide of the target. But on 75 minutes, and against the run of play, Sorrento added a third. Teece sent Roberts racing down the left and his shot on the run beat Lee, bounced off the crossbar, and was adjudged by the assistant to have crossed the line.

Glory weren’t finished and they reduced the margin five minutes later, second half substitute Jayden Leader playing in Seldon on the left of the penalty area and his shot flew past James Morgan. It was game on, and Leech long-range shot was saved by the Sorrento custodian, before Ciran Bramwell raced into the penalty area but his shot was blocked and claimed by James Morgan, but despite the late pressure they were unable to find the equaliser.

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 2 David STOKOE, 3 Jakub PRAJZA (12 Sam FAULKNER 80’), 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 5 Scott ROBERTSON, 7 Alex MORGAN, 10 Jordan ROBERTS, 19 Jack SALTER, 23 Cameron TEECE (16 Daniel PEARCE 79’), 30 Jesse OWUOUR, 32 Tristian STEVENS - Subs not used: RGK Matthew GIUDICATTI, 14 Reece ABRAMS 17 Reece VITTIGLIA

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Zayd FARAH (18 Jayden LEADER 58’), 3 Abais BAKURA (12 Cameron MURRAY 17’), 4 Jacob MUIR, 5 Alessandro CICARTI, 6 Josh SAMSON, 7 Jaidon SELDON, 8 Jack LEECH, 9 Luke SALMON, 10 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 11 Gomo DUKULY (21 Ciran BRAMWELL 58’) - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA - Referee: Shane Skinner

13.7.2019

STYNES GIVE FLOREAT THE POINTS

Floreat Athena gained ground on league leaders Perth SC following a hard-fought 1-0 win against Balcatta at E&D Litis Stadium in Saturday's week 16 NPLWA. The only goal of the game came on 53 minutes with Jon Stynes on target. Both sides failed to take their chances in an end-to-end first half that saw Floreat's Robert Petkov have his tame penalty smothered by Lewis Italiano.

Shubham Mokala had a great opportunity to score for Balcatta when he raced through but with the goal at his mercy the winger opted for power and blazed his effort over. Balcatta elder statesman Gavin Knight was unlucky on two occasions when he forced a fine save from Jason Saldaris and had a shot cleared off the line after rounding the Floreat keeper.

Balcatta were made to rue those chances early in the second half when Stynes claimed his second in two weeks with a drilled effort to beat Italiano. Balcatta pushed forward in search of an equaliser but the home side kept them at bay and were unlucky not to add to their lead when Ludovic Boi saw his effort cleared off the line.

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 5 Thomas JEBB, 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jonathan STYNES (29 Jack PAINTER-ANDREWS 77’), 9 Robert PETKOV, 11 Dennis GALAN, 14 Ludovic BOI, 17 Dean EVANS (c), 10 Nick AMBROGIO (18 Phillip ARNOLD 66’), 16 Ryan MALTON, 15 Chris SALDARIS (4 Adrian MADASCHI 74’) - Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 13 George FESTA

Balcatta: GK Lewis ITALIANO, 2 Joe MARINO, 4 Callum O’CONNELL (c), 5 Shubham MOKALA (19 Nicholas CHALLOT 71’), 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 12 Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 13 Carmelo GIUFFRE, 16 Alex CASTIELLO, 21 Michael ZIMARINO (7 Ben PELLIZZARI 78’), 20 Anthony TOPINI (3 John KEARNEY 85’), 9 Gavin KNIGHT - Subs not used: RGK David KEENANM, 15 Callum STOCKS - Referee: Julian Serra,

13.7.2019

COCKBURN AND LIONS SHARE THE SPOILS

Cockburn City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Stirling Lions in week 16 of the NPLWA at Macedonia Park on Saturday afternoon. Danny Jones gave the hosts the lead in the first half, before Ryan Pratt levelled on the hour. Yagoub Mustafa put the Lions back in front 12 minutes later, but Hasani Sinclair restored parity to seal a point. "We are missing seven or eight players with injury and had three players battling through cramp at the end there trying to get the winner," Miller said. "It just shows the character of my boys."

It was a slow start to the game with clear cut chances were few and far between, but as the half progressed the chances started to come. First on 24 minutes Mustafa’s shot was well saved by Luke Radonich, before winger Jesse Lazzaro shot flashed wide of the target, but on 37 minutes the host hit the front. Jones was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area, and he was found by defender Mile Petrovski’s and his volley flew past Radonich.

The second half was end-to-end with both sides pressing, and it was Scott Miller’s side who levelled things up on 60 minutes. Pratt broke down the right, and cut inside his marker and finishing with aplomb past Ryan Montgomery. The hosts should have restored their lead three minutes later, when Dhhors Chol headed wide from close-range. But the miss was forgotten on 72 minutes, as the Lions hit the front again. Cockburn defender Julian Teles lost possession to Renee Kisesa on the left, and he cut inside and crossed to Mustafa who made no mistake.

But Cockburn weren’t finished and they found another equaliser six minutes later. Kisesa clearance only found Daniel Dols, who crossed Sinclair, and the American striker headed home. The Cockerels pushed for a winner and they almost found it on 85 minutes, but Sinclair's goal was disallowed for offside. "We had two clear headers on the back stick (post) and a lad through on goal early on in the second half, but we just didn't make the most of those opportunities," Lions Coach Antony Benetti said. "To their credit they were super-efficient going other way."

Stirling Lions: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2 Mile PETROVSKI, 4 David MOLINARI (70 Renee KISESA 70’), 5 Steven McDONALD, 6 Dhhors CHOL, 7 Yagoub MUSTAFA, 8 Dean CUMMINGS, 9 Zdenek BEZDEK (11 Michael WANTEE 68’), 10 Danny JONES, 12 Jackson MORGAN (14 Ajak RIAK 78’), 13 Andrew MARANTA - Subs not used: 3 Darren O'RIORDAN, 20 Damian DAMAJANOVSKI

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 2 Chris THACKRAY (7 Ash ROSINADALE 78’), 3 Daniel DOLS (25 David DOS SANTOS 78’), 5 Julian TELES, 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 12 Ryan PRATT (9 Anthony SKORICH 85’), 14 Hayden STEVENS, 15 Daniel Santich, 18 Adam ANFUSO, 19 Hasani SINCLAIR, 21 Jesse LAZZARO - Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH - Referee: Adam Fielding

13.7.2019

TONG EARNS BAYSWATER A POINT

Perth Soccer Club and Bayswater City have fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Week 16 of the NPLWA at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday afternoon. Both goals came in stoppage time at the end of the game, Gustavo Catarcione thought he had won it for the home side in the first minute, but on 93 minutes Adam Tong salvaged a point for Bayswater. “I thought the game was really good even though it took 91 minutes for the first goal to come, it was a real arm wrestle and a draw was a fair result,” Tong said. “Defensively we looked good as a team, and on the day the attacking side we weren’t as fluent as we normally are, but we will move into to next week and prepare for the final against another good opposition in Floreat.”

It was a surprisingly cagey opening from two sides who had notched 70 goals between them after the opening 15 rounds. The best chance fell to Perth leading scorer Michael Domfeh, who had a sight of goal, but decided to pass the ball off and the chance was gone. Bayswater’s best chance fell to Columbian striker Gustavo Giron-Marulanda, whose shot stung the palms of Perth custodian Francis Soale.

It was a lively start to the second half and an altercation between Ross Millard and Catarcione sparked fiery scenes, with both players booked along with Bojan Radinovic by referee Michal Jasinski. Catarcione went close to the winner in normal time against his former club, but his shot on the turn was saved by Devon Spence, while at the other Brent Griffiths blazed over after a great run and assist from Daryl Nicol.

It looked it would stay scoreless, but in the first minute of stoppage time the home side scored. Catarcione eased his way from his marker on the halfway line, before playing a neat one-two with second half substitute Frank Furfaro, before coolly slotting the ball under Spence. The home faithful thought the points were safe, but Chris Coyne’s side had other ideas. First substitute Ryan Pearson shot was deflected just past the post, and from the resulting corner Griffiths headed back across the box and Tong was on hand to fire home from close-range to seal the draw.

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES (7 Aleks JOVIC 71’) 4 Tom SOUTHGATE, 6 Harley ORR, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 11 Matt MILENKOVIC, 14 Kristian SANTICH, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Michael DOMFEH (17 Frank FURFARO 86), 19 Bojan RADINOVIC - Subs not used: RGK Dejan ALEKSIC, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 20 Paul ZIMARINO -

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 9 Gustavo MARULANDA (14 Sean MCMANUS 61) 10 Jason MIRCO (11 Ryan PEARSON 66’), 12 Steve HESKETH, 13 Trent KAY, 17 Daryl NICOL, 18 Brent GRIFFITHS, 19 Gordon SMITH (24 Jake SARDELIC 83’), 20 Giordano COLLI, 27 Ross MILLARD, 30 Adam TONG - Subs not used: 5 Adam HARRIS, 6 Todd HOWARTH - Referee: Michal Jasinski

13.7.2019

INGLEWOOD HIT BACK TO BEAT THE REDS

Inglewood United have climbed to third place in the NPLWA table after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Armadale at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday. The visitors were ahead after only six minutes through Ciaran Byrne, but the hosts hit back before the break with Chok Dau and Harry Evans scoring before half-time with proved to be the winners.

The visitors were out of the blocks early and hit the front when Uriel Macias whipped in a low cross from the left and Byrne lost his marker and finished from close range. The hosts lifted and were level on 34 minutes, the lively Dau skipped his way past two Armadale defenders, and played a neat one-two with Evans before finishing with aplomb from the edge of the box. Then five minutes later Inglewood hit the front, Dau found Brian Woodall who brought the ball down well before playing in Evans, curled the ball low past the on-coming Sam Hutchings to send Inglewood into the break with the lead.

Both sides pressed after the break, but the best early effort fell to the visitors on 57 minutes. Michael Lawson has been in great form in front of goal, and his long-range free kick almost caught Alex Dunn out, but the Inglewood custodian got back to claim the high ball. With Armadale pushing forward they were almost caught out again late, Evans’ glancing header drifted just wide of the post. Armadale couldn’t find the equaliser and the defeat left John O’Reilly’s side only three points off the drop zone, while the win continued the good run of Andres Oliveira’s side.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 David CYRUS, 5 Samuel RIAK, 6 Miki VUJACIC, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Chok DAU (7 Hamza HINA 87’), 10 ANTHONY BAFOBUSHA (15 Brian FARRELL 71’), 11 Harry EVANS (14 Steve SOKOL 71’), 17 Mark BARNETT, 23 Brian WOODALL - Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 12 Brendan ITALIANO, 21.

Armadale: GK Sam HUTCHINGS, 2 Josh KUSER, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 5 Ali NAZARY, 6 Ciaran BYRNE, 8 Michael LAWSON, 9 Uriel MACIAS (11 Chad NILSON 57’), 10 Sam GARCES (7 Joshua CORTES 46’), 12 Dannie RICHMAN, 13 Blake ADAMS, 21 Abdul OSMAN - Substitutes not used: RGK Blake HENSHALL, 3 Bradley GREIPL, 16 Geoffrey NDIMUKAMA - Referee: Steven Gregory

13.7.2019

HARMER SCORES LATE TO EARN TEN-MEN ROCKINGHAM A POINT

A goal three minutes from time from Rockingham City skipper James Harmer has given them a 2-2 draw against ECU Joondalup at SafeRad Stadium, at Lark Hill on Saturday afternoon. The visitors were ahead early when Shane Cassidy converted from the penalty spot, and they doubled their lead with a stunning long-range shot from Joe Knowles just after the half hour. Riley van Dieken pulled one back in first half stoppage time, but they then had Mitch Firth sent off sent off and it looked like ECU would leave with the points, until Harmer had the final word.

The home side had the first chance in this one on three minutes, James Millard’s shot on the turn was saved by Johnny Perkins. But three minutes later it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Knowles was picked out by Henry Durr, and despite losing possession his tenacity to get it back saw him brought down by Harry Collins, and referee Tom Glavovic pointed straight to the spot. Knowles, who was in his first game back after injury, received treatment, before Cassidy fired home the spot kick.

Moments later Rockingham went close to the leveller, Harmer sent clear down the right, his shot flashed inches past the far post. But it was the Jacks who doubled their lead on 38 minutes, a long ball from Nick Koefler found Knowles on the edge of the penalty area, he held off his marker before firing into the top corner on the volley. Rockingham had a chance to pull on back on when they received a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Lydon Hodgkiss’ free kick clipped the top of the bar as it flew over the top. But in stoppage time Rockingham did pull one back, Millard’s cross wasn’t cleared by Ryan McDarby and Van Dieken pounced to fire home.

The home side had their tails up after the break and Rob Galvin’s corner found Harmer, whose shot was tipped onto the bar by the alert Perkins, then from the resulting corner Hodgkiss headed inches wide. But on the hour the game took another twist when Rockingham were reduced to ten-men. A ball over the top from Charlie Kenna looked like sending Knowles in on goal, but Firth stretch out his arm and handled the ball and referee Tom Glavovic had no other decision but to send the defender off.

Moments later the Jacks should have added a third, Andy Higgins’ corner wasn’t deal with and Knowles’ shot on the turn beat everyone in the box and drifted just wide of the far post. Knowles then hit the post as the Jacks looked to put the game to bed, but those missed chances came back to haunt them, as Rockingham levelled on 88 minutes. A long ball from Hodgkiss sent Harmer racing clear, and he held off his marker and finished low past Perkins. The visitors pressed late and Knowles’ shot was saved low by Michell Farmer, and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Rockingham City: GK Michael FARMER, 5 Harry COLLINS, 6 Rob GALVIN, 7 James MILLARD, 8 Jason POTTIER (14 Ryan KENNEDY 45), 9 Sam MCKEARN (2 Dylan ROGERS, 81), 10 James HARMER (c), 12 Lydon HODGKISS, 13 Jarred MORT, 15 Shaz RAMLEE, 20 Mitch FIRTH - Subs not used: RGK James GREHAN, 3 Justis BRADLEY, 4 Luke HOBSON - Red cards: Mitch FIRTH 71’

ECU Joondalup: GK Johnny PERKINS, 3 Nick KOEFLER, 4 Henry DURR, 5 Shane CASSIDY, 6 Oliver Annis, 7 Joe KNOWLES , 8 Josh WHITMORE, 10 Andy HIGGINS 12 Ryan MCDARBY, 13 Charlie KENNA (11 Lucas DE LIMA 82’), 14 Ewan FAWCETT - Subs not used: RGK George JACKSON, 2 Harry EDWARDS, 9 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 15 Ben HINTERWOOD - Referee: Tom Glavovic

13.7.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FIFTEEN – REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia moved back to the top of the State League Division One table after a 2-0 win against Joondalup United at Wishart Street. "Delighted to get back to winning ways, and I felt that we controlled the bulk of the game," Gwelup Head Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. "So overall pleased with the three points and pleased with the clean sheet as well." The home side made a perfect start an were ahead after only six minutes. David Heagney got the ball out wide and beat his full back and got to the bye-line, before cutting the ball back for Sam Wynne to score. The points were made safe just before the hour mark, Joondalup could only clear the ball to Clark Keltie on the edge of the penalty area and his lofted cross picked out Danny Hodgson who volleyed home superbly. “Great win and nice to get back to winning ways after the loss against the Knights,” Hodgson said, “With the other results going our way we are now top with two games in hand. But we’re taking one game at a time, but if we continue to put in good performances there’s no reason why we can hold on to the top spot.”

Western Knights are just behind Gwelup on goal difference after they were held to a 2-2 draw against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. "They scored early and sat back, but in saying that still caused a bit of trouble on the counter attack," Knights midfielder Andrija Jukic said. "I thought we were unlucky not to pinch it in the second half with a few chances blocked off the line. But there were chances for either side, and some desperate defending." The hosts made the perfect start in the first minute, when a cross was turned into his own net by Knights defender Andrew Cartwright.

But the Knights were level when good build up play ended with Noah Shamaki to fire home. But Subiaco hit back and regained the lead just before half time when a poor clearance from Knights' keeper Sam Stone fell to Ben Campbell and he looked up and saw the keeper well off his line and his long-range lob beat him. The Knights pressed late in the game and eight minutes from time they levelled again. A lob in the box looked like going out but Paul Lloyd did well to keep the ball in and finished well from a tight angle. Both sides had further chances but the points were shared. "A 2-2 draw was probably a fair result in the end," Subiaco's Adam Carlino said. "Given that we missed four or five good chances in the first half and they missed a few in the second half, the game could’ve gone either way."

Ashfield also missed the chance to go top after being held to a 2-2 draw by Mandurah City at Ashfield Reserve. But it could have been worse for Matt Wardle's side after they found themselves two goal down after 15 minutes. “I thought Mandurah started really well and we couldn’t live with them in the first 20 minutes, with their long direct style,” Ashfield’s Kevin Ashwood said. “But midway through the half I felt we grew into the game and controlled it from then on. We had good chances to win it after getting back to 2-2. But as with recent weeks our finishing has let us down. But I can’t fault the boys for the performance and character we continue to show. However, at this level we can’t keep giving teams one or two goal head starts, as ultimately, it’s the draws that are killing us. But credit to Mandurah they play to their strengths and it’s always a tough game against them and they will probably feel after their start they deserved at least a point from the game.”

The visitors where ahead on five minutes Joe O'Brien found space on the left and his cross found Jeff Bright, whose header crashed off the crossbar, but he managed to put the rebound away. It was 2-0 when Bright's flick found O'Brien on the edge of the penalty area, and he took a good first touch and buried it into the bottom corner of the net. But the home side were back in the game on the stroke of half time when Pat Sara scored from the penalty spot. They were level early in the second half when Jordan Clark met a corner and headed home. "I thought they were lucky to get the penalty before half time, and they scored early in the second half," Mandurah's Jeff Bright said. "I think we both had a couple of chances to get the winner late in the game, but were a little disappointed as a team to go 2-0 up and not hold the lead as our standards are becoming higher each week."

Fremantle City also missed the chance to go top after they drew 3-3 against Forrestfield United at Hilton Park. “This draw slows down our race in first place, but increases our unbeaten run to 11 games,” Fremantle striker Nicola Gazzola said. “Now we rest this week, we recover our energy and we will prepare a difficult away game to Mandurah where we cannot lose points.” The hosts were ahead early when Nicola Gazzola fired home a free kick, but Forrestfield levelled from the penalty spot after Steve O’Leary was brought down in the box and Dan Corbett sent the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty. Then just before half time Fremantle were reduced to ten men.

The visitors made their numerical advantage count and hit the front early in the second half, Jordan Hart won possession inside his own half and raced at the Fremantle defence, before cutting inside and finishing clinically. But the ten men hit back and levelled with Angel Andres scoring from the spot, and Forrestfield were reduced to ten men with O’Leary given his marching orders. Fremantle then hit the front, with Andres scoring another spot kick after Gazzola was brought down and Nick Tatasciore was sent off. But the nine-man Forrestfield found a leveller late, after Jamie Street was bundled down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot again, and Corbett kept his nerve and fired it down the middle to earn a point. “From our first half performance, we should have been home and dry before they equalised,” Forrestfield midfielder Mitch Crocker said. “We need to manage games better when we're in front, so its definitely a case of two points lost.”

In the final game Olympic Kingsway beat UWA Nedlands 4-1 at Kingsway Reserve. The home side were ahead on 25 minutes, Kris Gate was found on the right of the penalty area and he crossed to Jakub Sklenar, who held off his marker and his shot on the turn best the keeper. Sklenar added his second ten minutes later, the Czech striker getting on the end of Gate's free kick to head home. It was 3-0 after the break, Gates cross finding Elliott Tattersall to score at the back post. UWA pulled one back after the break with Mark Trevisiol on target, but the home side made it 4-1 eight minutes from time, Sklenar feeding Tattersall on the edge of the penalty area and he finished low past the keeper. "I was very pleased with the performance," Olympic Coach Gary Williams said. "UWA started well but from about 20 minute we controlled the match. The application and attitude of the players was excellent and the win has put us in touch with the leaders after some kind results." - Morley Windmills had the bye this week.

13.7.2019

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOURTEEN – PREVIEW

Quinns maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the State League Division Two ladder after a hard fought 3-2 win against Swan United at Gumblossom Park. The host were ahead at the break, when they capitalized on a defensive error, and Richard Howles raced clear one-on-one with Joey Smith and finished well. But Swan were level on the hour, John Monterosso through ball sent Brennan Borzecki clear and he finished well past James Bosdet. But Quinns response was instant, after they were awarded a penalty. Josh Booysen stepped up and saw his penalty saved by Smith, but Booysen fired home the rebound. Paul Dundo's side weren't going down without a fight and they levelled again when Bosdet's clearance only fell to Jay Lang, who lobbed the keeper to make it 2-2 and it was game on.

But the leaders secured all three points on 70 minutes, when a quick throw by Bosdet from a Swan corner sent Jamie Stewart down the flank, his superb diagonal pass found Booysen, who finished clinically from the edge of the penalty area. "That was a big win for us," Bosdet said. "The result doesn’t reflect the game, as we could of and should have been out of sight with plenty of wasted chances. But three points is what we need and we keep going and take each game as they come." Swan striker Monterosso said they gifted them all three goals. "It was a disappointing result for us as we were our worst enemy gifting them three goals off our own mistakes," he said. "But to be fair they punished us each time, which is a sign of a winning side."

Gosnells City kept up the challenge on Quinns after a 3-0 win against Canning City in the 'Frank Longstaff Trophy' game at Burrendah Reserve. Canning City. The visitors made the better start and were ahead with a cool finish by Wade Farmer. Marc Anthony's side doubled their lead when Feisal Zaw won possession off a Canning defender and finished well. Canning pushed after the break but Gosnells held firm and thy added a third late in the game, Zaw adding his second to give them the points. "It was a good win for us, and I was very pleased with the clean sheet," Anthony explained. "We now have the free week which has come at the right time as we have a lot of players nursing injuries, and after that we regroup and focus on the run in."

Murdoch University Melville kept the pressure on the top two after a 4-2 win against Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve. The visitors were ahead when Mark Lucas finished well from a set-piece, before Scott Campbell doubled their lead at the break. Rovers hit back after half time, a corner was flicked on and Ger Fitzgerald scored at the back post. But MUM hit back and added a third, a high press was rewarded with possession and Declan Tanna fond the net. Rovers weren't finished and pulled another one back, with Seamus Edwards on target. But their revival was cut down when MUM add a fourth, with second half substitute Anthony Lomma scoring to wrap up the points. “We were pleased with the win as Shamrock is never an easy place to go to and get three points,” MUM’s Broden Brown said. “We obviously knew that their strength was their physicality and they showed that in their set pieces. Despite that we managed to match their physicality while playing our game which allowed us to get four past them and gain another important three points.”

In other games Kelmscott Roos and Curtin University drew 2-2 at Frye Park, with Dilip Thapa and Dom Jakszuk scoring for the visitors, while Aden Hoddy and Juan scored for the hosts. Meanwhile Balga and Joondalup City drew 1-1 at Princess Road Reserve. David Martins gave the home side the lead but Joondalup levelled before the break. Joondalup City had the early chances after half-time, however, Balga got back into the game and started to dominate the match, but the Joondalup keeper made some vital saves in the last fifteen minutes to keep them at bay. In the final game it was a first win for new Wanneroo City coach Jesse Bridgeman after a 3-2 win against Dianella White Eagles. The host found themselves behind, against the run of play after a mix-up at the back let in Charlie White to score. Wanneroo levelled after a neat one-two on the edge of the box and Chris Williams raced into the box, rounded the keeper to score. The home side hit the front in the shadows of half time, when Dianella failed to clear their lines and Jody Thomson fired home in the goal mouth scramble. But Dianella restored parity just after half time, a quick break ended with White, who bagged his second of the game, giving keeper Jakeb Seppings no chance. Then 10 minutes from time Wanneroo found the winner. Alec Robinson burst into the penalty area, his shot crashed off the post, but Jack Hailstones was quickest to react to score from the rebound. “I’m very pleased with the desire the boys showed after going a goal down to fight their way in front,” Bridgeman said. “Then after being pegged back again, to then keep fighting until the end and get a massive result and the win keeps us in touch with the top four.”

13.7.2019

PERTH LOOK FOR GLORY AGAINST UNITED

Perth Glory will go into Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United with nothing to lose, and everything to gain, as they take on one of the world’s glamour clubs. The old cliché of David v Goliath has been bandied about, but United do have 19 full internationals in their tour squad, but Glory coach Tony Popovic insists his team is not just there to make up the numbers against their talented opponents.

“You are playing against players that average 40-50 games at the highest level regularly and may have five to 10 years of that under their belt,” he said. “Regardless of how hard they are training, their levels, even without training, would be higher than ours. We are in the process of getting players fit. We have to remember our league is in October. In terms of our preparation the game comes too early but it’s a game you can’t knock back or look at the negatives. For us it’s a positive. There’s nothing negative playing Man United for Perth Glory, and we are embracing the opportunity.”

Glory midfielder Neil Kilkenny has already beaten Manchester United once before, and he hopes to experience it again. Kilkenny was part of the Leeds United team that dumped Manchester United out of the 2010 FA Cup in the third round with a shock 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Kilkenny played the entire match against a United side featuring the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs, a day he won’t forget and he is hoping for more success with the Glory on Saturday night at a packed Optus Stadium.

“It was a fantastic day. We made a lot of Leeds fans happy that day,” he said. “It’s a big club, but at the end of the day it’s still a football match and on Saturday night you need to try to enjoy it and try to show you’re a good player. I’m looking forward to the game, playing in front of a big crowd gives you another opportunity to show other people that Australian football is growing and getting better. When I’ve played big clubs before, if you go in with the mindset that you want to draw or avoid a big loss, you’re going to lose. Every game you have to go in with a mindset of winning.”

United Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he cannot wait to see his Manchester United side run out to face Perth Glory, as they prepare for their EPL opener against Chelsea. “I can’t wait to have the first game against Perth Glory,” Solskjaer said. “I think that’s the first time we’ll see the new players in the shirt, in the kit, and it means something. “We’ve got some great games coming up as preparation. So, by 11 August, there’s a hungry, fit and a squad coming out on that pitch. We can’t wait to see the fans. We can’t wait to get started on this journey to become the real Man United we know we can be.”




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