Inglewood United striker Alex Salmon added his 28th goal of the season in the win against Cockburn

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13.8.2017

AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND SIXTEEN – REVIEW

Wembley Downs maintained their lead at the top of the Sunday Amateur Premier League with a hard fought 3-1 win against third placed North Perth United at Butlers Reserve. A big crowd was on hand for this top of the table clash and the home side were ahead on ten minutes. Stephen Geoghegan cross from the left was headed across goal by Jason Trpevski and Mark King poked it home from close-range. Wembley keeper Niall McCarthy saved well to keep their lead, and on the stroke of half time Wembley doubled their lead. Geoghegan free kick on the edge of the box went straight through the North Perth keeper to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

But North Perth hit back in the shadows of half time, with Mehdi Rabei scoring from the penalty spot after a foul by skipper Jay McDonald. North Perth were then reduced to ten men and Wembley took advantage and Anthony Jones made it 3-1. The gloss was taken off the win when Trpevski was sent off late. “A great team performance from the lads, and a classic game for the neutral,” Wembley Coach Colm Costello said. “As I said last week I knew both teams would go for it, but we had to shuffle around a bit with Juri Galba out suspended and lost Brion Moriarty with an injury but the lads were immense across the pitch. We took our chances and Jay and Jonesy kept us rock solid at the back. We move on now to next week and away game at BB and get back to hard work on Tuesday and Thursday.”

Second placed Kingsley also won, with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. It looked like Subiaco were going to surprise Kingsley when they lead 1-0 with Sean Johnson’s goal just after half time, but Kingsley levelled ten minutes from time through Aaron Lickiss, before Joe Joyce scored the winner for Steven Dimitrovich Kingsley. “We had to chase it knowing Wembley was ahead so we went after it and credit to the boys today,” Dimitrovich said. “It keeps the pressure on Wembley and keeps some pressure on ourselves, so who knows what can happen from here on in if we just keep winning and doing our job.”

Kwinana United edged out Belmont Villa 3-2 at Kelly Park. Alan Benson put the home side ahead but Belmont leveled. The home side led again with a great free kick from Craig Dineley, but Belmont hit back to level again. But with 15 minutes remaining the home side won it. Gary Lunt went through one on one with the keeper to score. “We had to work hard for the three point but we got the job done,” Kwinana Coach Kris Donnell said. “I was really pleased with the effort from the side, the boys didn’t stop all day.” In other games Ellenbrook United edged out Southern Spirit 4-3 at Ellenbrook Sports Hub, while BB United are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 3-1 against Perth Royals in the bottom of the table clash at the Cage. In the final game Hamersley Rovers drew 0-0 with Leeming Strikers at Carine Open Space.

12.8.2017

INGLEWOOD CLOSE IN ON THE TITLE

Inglewood United maintained their lead at the top of the PS4 National Premier League WA table after a hard fought 2-0 win against Cockburn City at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Brian Woodall gave the home side thee lead just before half time, before the league’s top goalscorer Alex Salmon made sure of all three points on the hour to maintain their one-point lead at the top with two games remaining.

“This was a big game for us, and I thought we dominated the game and deservedly got the three points,” Salmon said. “It was nice to get a goal and good to see Brian get his, we’ve worked well over the past few weeks and it’s great to see us both on the scoresheet, and we move on to another big game against Balcatta who are struggling at the other end of the table, but we will do what we always have, prepare well this and go again.”

The home side dominated early, but were wary of a Cockburn side who bagged seven last week against Stirling. They carved out a number of good chances, Woodall curling shot whistled over the top, Chok Dau lifted his shot over the top, before Kenny Keogh’s low shot flashed across the face of goal without an Inglewood player getting a touch. Cockburn then went close themselves on 27 minutes, when Calvin Whitney’s strike was saved well by Alex Dunn.

Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich kept his team in the game, first denying Woodall and eight minutes later saving well from Salmon’s close-range header. But the home sides’ pressure was rewarded on the stroke of half time. Keogh won possession and played in Woodall, who finished clinically past Radonich. Both sides had early chances after the break, Julian Teles was picked out in the box, but fired over the top, before Salmon’s effort was saved by Radonich.

But it was Salmon who secured the points finishing well from close-range after being picked out by Keogh’s cutback, making it 28 goals in 23 games for the English striker. Cockburn threatened late, but Inglewood held firm with skipper David Cyrus and Scott Blackmore outstanding. The win keeps Andy Keogh’s side in pole position, and they know two wins in their final two games will see them crowned league winners.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 David CYRUS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Jason BARRERA, (5 Adam TONG 86’) 9 Alex SALMON, 15 Brian FARRELL (6 Victor BRAUNER 74’), 16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 19 Choc DAU (14 Feisal ZAW 66’), 23 Brian WOODALL – Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 18 Jason COLLI

Cockburn City: GK: Luke RADONICH, 2. Joshua KUSER, 5. Keiron STALLARD, 6. Reuben TRISTAO, 7. Calvin WHITNEY (16. Riley VAN DIEKEN 77’), 9. Gian ALBANO, 10. David ARAYA (3. Liam MURRAY 59’), 11. Harry O’BRIEN, 14. Julian TELES, 15. Daniel SANTICH, 17. Jesse LAZZARO (18. Aden DA LUZ 69’) - Subs not used: RGK Ben RADONICH, 8 Cameron EDWARDS - Referee - Tom Dowle

12.8.2017

BAYSWATER KEEP IN TOUCH WITH INGLEWOOD WITH WIN

Bayswater City have won for the seventh straight game after a comfortable 4-1 win against Armadale at Finance 365 Stadium. Andrija Jukic gave the hosts the lead early, before Gustavo Giron-Marulanda doubled their advantage before the break. Jordan Pavett pulled one back for Armadale, but Marulanda added a his second and Borbor Sam added the fourth to give Chris Coyne’s side the points, and keep them only one point behind PS4 NPLWA leaders Inglewood United.

“I’m obviously pleased with the result and the effort, but I thought we had to be a lot more professional and a lot more clinical than we were today,” Coyne said post-match. “We will just keep doing what we are doing and hope that someone slips up; it was Perth’s turn today so we have to keep winning games and hope someone can get a result from Inglewood. We know they (Inglewood) have been a very good team and have been up there all year so credit to them, but that doesn’t mean were not going to keep pushing to win the title. We have a tough game against Mandurah next week, so all we can do is worry about ourselves, work hard and hope the result will come.”

The host hit the front early in this one, when a poor clearance from keeper Michael Craggs went straight to Jukic, and the former Perth Glory midfielder took a touch and fired home from long-range into an empty net. Bayswater were dominating and carved out a number of chances, and it wasn’t a surprise when they doubled their lead on the half hour. Marulanda nipping in front of marker to finish off well from a low cross.

John O’Reilly’s side were back in the game early in the second half, James Atkins ball found Pavett who first time shot beat Devon Spence. But their celebrations were soon cut short when Bayswater regained their two goal advantage moments later. Luka Ninkovic’s shot was parried by Craggs, but Marulanda was quickest to react, firing home the rebound. The points were made safe on 71 minutes when second half substitute Sam raced into the box and curled home a great shot just out of the reach of the outstretched hand of Craggs.

“In the last few weeks I think we have been creating a lot of chances, but the difference between being at the top of the ladder and the bottom comes down to working those opportunities into actual goals,” Armadale Coach John O’Reilly said. “We had a really good run of defensive performances at the start of the year, but unfortunately now we have been hit with some end of the season blues with injuries and suspensions. So I think our defensive woes come down to a lack of depth to finish as strongly as the first-half of the season.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES (17 Borbor SAM 60'), 6 Todd HOWARTH, 8 Paul MCCARTHY, 9 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA, 10 Jason MICRO (18 Brent GRIFFITHS 60'), 11 Devon GIBSON, 13 Trent KAY (C), 19 Luka NINKOVIC (4 Tristian COLLI 66'), 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 23 Andrija JUKIC – Subs not used: RGK Dejan ALEKSIC, 12 David STOKOE

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (C), 7 Charlie KENNA, 8 Jordan PAVETT, 14 David ANNALL, 17 James ATKINS (12 Broden BROWN 65'), 18 Milan OGNJENOVIC, 19 Beau RAHIM (10 Herman ALOGNON 74'), 20 Ali GHOLAMI, 22 Anthony SKORICH (21 Dan CUMMINGS 80') – Subs not used: RGK Alec RADONICH, 6 Alex BOND - Referee: Stuart Muldoon

12.8.2017

PERTH SLIP UP AGAINST JOONDALUP

Perth SC lost ground of the PS4 NPLWA leaders after being held to a scoreless draw by a determined Joondalup United at Dorrien Gardens. The result means Perth will need to win their final two games and hope that results elsewhere for Inglewood United and Bayswater City go their way to claim top spot. “The last two games we were very quick on the ball and penetrated several times. Today we just weren’t clinical enough,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon said. “But credit to Joondalup, because I think they came here with a plan to defend and counter attack, and it worked for them. It’s very disappointing but we just need to react, get up, and try to win the next two games.”

Perth were on top early, but it was the visitors who should have taken the lead on 12 minutes, when keeper Francis Solae brought down Josh Booysen in the box and referee Matthew Southern pointed straight to the spot. Anthony Taylor stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but Soale made emends by denying him with a superb save to his left. Perth went close to the opener nine minutes later, but Lewis Milne’s free kick was superbly saved by James Bosdet, while Andreas Theodosiades lifting the follow-up shot over the top.

It was Perth on the front foot and moments later Harley Orr cross from the right picked out Gustavo Catarcione, but his effort flashed agonisingly wide of the target. Joondalup weren’t without chances of their own, and on the half hour Richard Howles squared to Booysen, with Soale out of position but a last ditch tackle from a Perth defender denied him. Both sides had late chances but at the break it was all-square.

It Perth pressing after the break, but Joondalup sat back and soaked up the pressure and they looked dangerous themselves going forward, and both sides created half chances but the best chance to win it came from the home side in the final minutes. Niccolo Sabatini pounced on an attempted clearance from Bosdet and his first time shot looked like the winner but Bosdet got back superbly to deny him, and earn his side a well-earned point.

“I’m disappointed we haven’t scored, because I felt we were the better team and we created so many opportunities but, yet again, we didn’t take them,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. “We try and win every game we play, we’ve got Floreat at home, we’ll try and win that, and Armadale away. We’ll be looking for two wins and to finish on a high.”

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE (c), 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES (17 Frank FURFARO 63’), 5 Niccolo SABATINI, 7 Aleks JOVIC (10 Nicholas AMBROGIO 86’), 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 15 Harley ORR (21 Paul ZIMARINO 68’), 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Lewis MILNE – Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 13 Rocco PIZZATA

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE (c), 6 Guy MCDONALD, 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES (17 Luke SERRA 91’), 11 Josh BOOYSEN (5 Joe STOCKER 80’), 13 Chris PUGH, 15 Sam WYNNE, 16 Ross EDWARDS, 18 Anthony TAYLOR – Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 2 Joel LEDSHAM, 24 Charlie BREEN - Referee: Matthew Southern

12.8.2017

CANHAM AT THE DOUBLE FOR GULLS

A brace from Sorrento striker Sean Canham has given the Gulls a valuable three points after a hard fought 2-0 win against Floreat Athena at Percy Doyle Reserve. It was a huge win for the home side in their fight for a top four spot, taking them four points clear of Floreat, and within four points of league leaders Inglewood United.

With their historic Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 game against South Melbourne this month the Gulls had to but that to one side and needed a win in this one to take a step closer to the end of season top four finals. It was the visitors who had the first real chance, when Dean Evans found space down the right, and his cross picked out Mark Pritchard whose shot flashed inches past the post.

Floreat were dictating terms and had Sorrento on the back foot, but the home side were hitting well on the counter attack, and Tim Hill’s long range shot was saved by Jason Saldaris. But after dominated possession, Floreat found themselves behind on the half hour, Ryan Pearson’s deep cross was headed home by Canham at the back post.

Sorrento went close to doubling their lead early in the second half, Scott Witschge superb volley beat Jason Saldaris, but the crossbar came to the rescue of the Floreat custodian. Pearson was in again moments later, the defender raced clear, rounded the keeper, but took the ball to wide and his shot from the angle flashed wide of the target. Floreat were still in the game and Sorrento keeper James Morgan kept his side in the game.

First the WA State keeper saved well to deny Jon Stynes, before making another good save moments later to thwart Ludovic Boi. Floreat were well on top, but pushing men forward looking for the equaliser they left themselves short at the back and ten minutes from time Sorrento scored the decisive second goal. Sorrento won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Canham stepped up and fired the ball past Jason Saldaris to seal a big win.

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shane KILKELLY, 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 8 Ryan PEARSON (5 Scott JOHNSON 67’), 9 Sean CANHAM (3 George HUNTER 90’), 11 Tim HILL (18 Jordan BROWN 85’), 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES – Subs not used: RGK Connor CAMPBELL, 12 Joshua TUCKER

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 2 Juma AWAKA (5 Bobby WILSON 81’), 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO (13 Zelfy NAZARY 59’), 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jon STYNES, 11 Kris GATE, 12 Jackson MORGAN, 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Chris SALDARIS (3 Clayton ARNEZ 45’), 17 Dean EVANS, 33 Mark PRITCHARD – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 18 Phillip ARNOLD – Referee: Adam Fielding

12.8.2017

SMITH AND NICOL GIVE ECU THE POINTS

ECU Joondalup have come home from their long trip to the Securitas Protect Stadium with a hard fought 2-0 win against Mandurah City. A first half goal from the Jacks top goalscorer Daryl Nicol put them ahead at half time, and WA State Captain Gordon Smith made sure of the three points 11 minutes from time. The loss for Mandurah keeps them in the mix for relegation, but with other results on the day going their way they are still in with a fighting chance to avoid the drop. “The conditions out there today were terrible, so we had to adjust our style and system and to be fair it was an ugly win,” Smith said. “We want to end the season on a high, and we have three games left and want to get all nine points.”

Mandurah were up for this one and opened brightly and Lance Louvie went close early, his effort was saved low by Fraser Greenwood at the second attempt. ECU lifted and went close themselves moments later, Smith’s deflected shot was well saved by Mandurah keeper Cyril Sharrock. Jeff Bright then had to be alert to clear Nicol’s cross off the line, before Smith headed straight at Sharrock from a Nicol free kick. Steven McGarry then headed just wide of the target as the Jacks pressed, and they made their pressure count with the lead on 34 minutes. McGarry flicked on a throw in, and Nicol’s first time volley from the edge of the box flew past Sharrock via the post.

After the break Jordan Rhodes’ deflected free kick was well save by Greenwood as Mandurah looked for a response, but they were unable to sustain the pressure as conditions worsened. ECU were dangerous on the break and Declan Hughes shot was saved low by Sharrock, before Nicol’s shot whistled wide of the target. With Kevin Moon, Hughes and McGarry bossing the midfield the Jacks looked dangerous on the counter attack, and they sealed the points on 79 minutes. Nicol raced down the left from inside his own half, before slipping the ball into Smith, who finished clinically past Sharrock.

“It was a difficult game in difficult conditions,” ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said. “We’ve just got to be ugly sometimes and make sure we get the three points. “I thought the first half was 50/50, but we had enough control of that game to deserve the win.” Mandurah’s Doug Hesketh was happy with his side's application in tough conditions. “We played good football in the first half,” he said. “In the second half we tried to be direct with the wind and it just backfired.”

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Mitchell FIRTH, 3. Jeff BRIGHT, 4 Matt STARES, 5 Thomas STRAKER, 6 Lance LOUVIE, 7 Jack EADES, 9 Joseph O’BRIEN (14 Kevin CASTLE 84’), 10 Jordan RHODES, 11 Ryan FRANCIS, 13 Slade RULE (16 Mark MCLAUGHLIN 67’) – Subs not used: 12 Jack WILD, 17 Bailey MULLINS, 21 Kieran SHAIL

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Graham DORAN, 6 Shane PICKERING, 7 Kevin MOON, 8 Declan HUGHES, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 11 Sam POLLARD, 17 Jack JONES – Sub not used: RGK Jordan YOUNG, 12 James OWEN, 14 Ben HINSHELWOOD, 15 Ryan MCDARBY, 16 Tom HOUGH - Referee: Nico Hoyle

12.8.2017

GLORY SLIP CLOSER TO DROP AFTER LOSS TO SUBIACO

Perth Glory’s PS4 NPLWA spot is hanging by a thread after they were beaten by Subiaco at the Ashfield Arena on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco player/coach Ian McMurray gave them the best possible start scoring early, but the Glory hit back just after half time with skipper Daniel Stynes on target. But a goal from David Perich 11 minutes from time was enough to give Subiaco the three points, but leave the Glory off the bottom spot on goal difference only with only two games to go. “We didn’t take our opportunities and we had a lot of chances to win the game,” Glory Coach John Gibson said. “We weren’t ruthless in front of goal. The first goal was early, conceded cheaply and the second was against the run of play so that hurt us.”

Subiaco Coach McMurray on the other hand was happy with the three points. “It was a scrappy game but we came here and got the job done today,” he said. “The last couple of weeks we’ve dropped our game a little bit so it’s good to change that. It wasn’t pretty but I’m glad we got the win.” Both sides took time to get used to the conditions as the rain continued to fall in Perth, but it was the visitors who hit the front on nine minutes. Some poor defending let the big striker in and he made no mistake, firing low past Nick Feely into the bottom corner of the net. The Glory went close to leveling on the quarter hour mark, Stynes did well down the flank, and cut the ball back from the bye-line to Michael Domfeh, but the striker fired wide of the target.

The hosts’ needed a good start to the second half and skipper Stynes delivered four minutes in. Stynes’ cut in from the left and drilled his shot low past Ryan Montgomery. The home side were now in control and it looked like they would go on and take the points, but they couldn’t find a way past Subiaco keeper Montgomery. Stynes thought he had given the Glory the lead, but his close-range effort was superbly saved by the Subiaco custodian. But Subiaco made Glory pay for their profligacy when they took all three points on 79 minutes. A ball into the box was brought down well by McMurray, and he laid it off to Perich, whose half volley flew past Feely, to seal the points, and leave the Glory youngster teetering above the drop zone

Perth Glory: GK Nicholas FEELY, 2 Luca BODNAR, 3 Hayden STEVENS, 4 Cameron MURRAY, 5 Ollie ANNIS (15 Harry QUIGLEY 65’), 6 Callum TIMMINS, 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY (14 Michael MCDOUGALL 70’), 8 Brandon WILSON, 10 Daniel STYNES, 11 Michael DOMFEH, (9 Joe KNOWLES 55’) – Subs not used: RGK Kyle MCDONALD, 13 Jack LEECH

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 4 Alexander RANDELL (15 Robert HARDING 87’), 6 Steve PURTON, 8 Mike LAWSON, 9 Ian MCMURRAY (5 Matt CLARK 91’) 10 Owen COATES, 11 Carlin FEELY, 12 Nathan SMITH, 13 Jordan CANDLISH (16 Asher NELSON 70’), 14 Ross JARMAN, 18 David PERICH – Subs not used: RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 19 Ger FITZGERALD 21 - Referee: Steven Gregory

12.8.2017

LIONS HIT BACK FROM BELTING TO WIN LOCAL DERBY

Stirling Lions have bounced back from their 0-7 loss against Cockburn City last week to beat Balcatta in the local derby at Grindleford Reserve. Alex Tanevski was the star, the former Glory striker netted a brilliant hat-trick, while Justin Onek scored Balcatta’s consolation goal, and the loss was their seventh straight defeat leaving them close to relegation and setting up a huge game in two week against another side in the relegation fight Mandurah.

“It feels very good as Rob (Milevski) showed faith in me during the week,” Tanevski said. “It was a good hard fought win and it was good to bounce back and prove to the fans and the league that we aren’t a side that mucks around. All season long Rob and the coaching staff have been pushing us and always believing in us.” Milevski was delighted with the result and praised Tanevski for his goals. “I thought we started positively, created a lot of chances and could have been up with a few more goals at half time,” he said. “We killed the game off with the second and third goal and Alex was brilliant up top for us today.”

Balcatta had opened the brighter and created a number of good chances, but they had left their finishing boots at home, and Tanevski showed them how to do it on ten minutes. The lively Daniel Micevski’s cross picked out the young striker and he headed home past Domenico Savoldelli. The Balcatta custodian was doing all he could to keep his side in the game making a number of fine saves. Lions’ skipper Miki Vujacic went close to a second on 23 minutes, but a ball across the box was only inches away from him at the back post.

But the Lions doubled their lead seven minutes after half time, with Tanevski superbly lobbing Savoldelli to add his second and but the Lions in total control. He completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes, with a good individual goal. He raced past two Balcatta defenders before firing past Savoldelli. The host found a late consolation goal nine minutes from time, with Onek heading home, but it was too little, too late. “Silly errors have cost us all season, we’ve had our chances,” Balcatta skipper Calum O’Connell said. “We’ve got a very young team, we’re learning every week but in this league you have to put points on the table. We’ve got two more games left, a tough one next week against Inglewood and then Mandurah on the final day. Who knows what could happen.”

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Daniel HEPWORTH, 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Calum O’CONNELL (c), 5 Tom PELLIZZARI, 7 Marco CHADINHA (17 Ismael BANGURA 61’) 8 Brody KENNEDY, 9 Luccas MELLO (18 Ben MEREDITH 81’), 10 Jon CORNESS, 11 Brennan BORZECKI (22 Dejan ANDRIC 45’) 12 Anton DE FRANCESCH – Subs not used: RGK Luke HUTCHINSON, 13 Rudnei NOGUEIRA

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 4 Blamo QUA QUA, 5 David MOLINARI, 6 Dejan SPASESKI, 7 Miki VUJACIC (c) (14 Lukas DE LIMA 71’) 9 Alex TANEVSKI (12 Debaba MTWALE 90’) 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 16 Mathaing MATHAING, 17 Darren O’RIORDAN, 18 Moses KALAU (3 Zane CASELLA 88’) – Subs not used: RGK Lance ALAVAKIS, 13 Nicholas ASHLEY - Referee: Tom Glavovic

12.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVENTEEN – REVIEW

It’s as you were at the top of the All Flags State League Division One with all the top three sides winning in Week 17. Dianella White Eagles maintained their led at the top with a hard fought 2-0 win against Joondalup City at the Iluka Sports Complex. Dianella started out really quickly and their pressure paid off some 4 minutes into the game. Angel Andres intercepted a pass and fed in Francis Wanjuri behind his full back and he slipped in a great cross for Sotiri Theodosiades to expertly side foot the ball into the net from six meters. Both sides had good chances as the half wore on, but Joondalup were finding it tough to get control of the game with Dianella quickly onto any passes that they tried to make, and at the break the visitors led 1-0. Joondalup started well after the break and created some good chances but couldn’t convert, and their task was made harder on 70 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men with Sam Philips sent off, and Dianella added a second two minutes later.

Andres pouncing again on a defensive mistake, to race one-on-one with the keeper and finishing with aplomb. Joondalup pressed late put couldn’t find a way past a well organised Dianella defense, the best chance falling to Jamie Kalaher, whose header was well saved by the Dianella keeper. “I was really happy with the win against a side that were on a winning streak, the lads pressed really high and they were good enough to punish Joondalup’s mistakes at the back,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “I’m sure the Joondalup coaching staff will take a lot from the game as they played well especially when they went a man down, they have done well as a group and look safe from the drop in a league which can be really tough to get results in. Our players now have four games to go and we will be trying our best to finish with more wins and see where we end up.”

South West Phoenix kept in tabs with Dianella with a big 6-2 win against Ashfield at WML Stadium. The visitors were ahead when Dan Corbett scored in a goalmouth scramble, and the Phoenix missed a penalty when Kieran Quinn missed a penalty, and Quinn then saw a free kick crash off the crossbar. Moments later Michael Farmer saw his effort crash off the woodwork, before Ryan Stewart hit the post. But the home side’s pressure was rewarded late in the half with Farmer leveling with a header, and he sent them to the break with a lead with another headed goal. Ashfield levelled just after half time, with Jay Lang’s free kick giving the keeper no chance. But the Phoenix hit back with Stewart scoring and a quick double from Quinn, including another penalty that saw Jodi Thompson sent off put them in control and Lee Stewart rounded off the scoring late to make it 6-2.

In other games Rockingham City hit back late to draw 1-1 with Fremantle City at Lark Hill. Alex Robinson profited from a defensive error to give Fremantle the lead on the half hour, but ten minutes from time Hilario Nunes levelled for the home side. UWA-Nedlands came home from Canning City with a 3-1 win, moving them to fifth place. Luke Randazzo opened the scoring for UWA on the half hour, racing clear from Alex Kretowicz through ball. Canning hit back but UWA keeper Ranjeet Singh produced a good save to deny Joe Kelly. But the home side doubled their lead with Harry Hosking sending Randazzo clear, and he rounded the keeper and slid the ball home. Canning pulled one back from the spot, after Kelly was brought down by Patrick Morrison, and Kelly scored the resulting penalty. But UWA secured the points with Morrison heading home Kretowicz’s cross. “It was so important for us to continue our form and get the win here today,” UWA coach Michael Janssen said. “No matter where they are on the table, Canning are always a tricky side to beat at home and I’m very pleased with how the boys navigated the conditions and finished strongly.”

In the final game Forrestfield United also kept in touch of the top two with a hard fought 2-0 win against Gosnells City in the local derby at Walter Padbury Reserve. The hosts created some good chances early, but it was the visitors who were ahead on 13 minutes Trevor Laure eased past two Gosnells defenders before cutting the ball back to Rhys Loxley who made no mistake from close-range. Hasani Sinclair was forced off with injury and his replacement Ben Rogers doubled Forrestfield’s lead on 52 minutes. Laure was the supplier again this time racing down the right and cutting the ball back to Rogers to score. “I can’t express how proud I am of the players and the club,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “We’ve had three tough weeks and the boys have been subjected to a lot of grief, as we all have, but we stuck together and today we performed well against quality opposition and I’m really proud of how the players conducted themselves today.” Gosnells coach Alan Dunlop said he was disappointed with the result, given his side were right in the game. “I’m extremely disappointed, I thought the boys put in a good game today in front of a good crowd, created some good chances and could’ve got one ourselves,” he said. “That would’ve changed the complexion of the game a little bit but the second goal got us.” – Western Knights had the bye this week.

12.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVENTEEN – REVIEW

Gwelup Croatia moved eight points clear at the top of the All Flags State League Division Two table with a comprehensive 8-1 win against Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve. The visitors were ahead on 16 minutes, Jake Verini curling home, and David Martins headed a second after a flowing team move on the half hour. James Sammut then produced a contender of the ‘Goal of the Season’ with a stunning 20 meter volley to send Gwelup to the break 3-0. Gwelup added a fourth on the hour with a shamrock defender turning the ball home, and Verini added a fifth moments later. Noah Shamaki added a sixth on 72 minutes, before Shamrock pulled one back from the penalty spot sixty seconds later. But normal service was resumed with Teeboy Kamara added the seventh. The icing was put on the cake when Sammut punished some poor defending to add the eighth to seal a huge win for the leaders. "Shamrock have some good players in their team but unfortunately for them we were just playing good football," Gwelup skipper Sebastian Munoz said. "James Sammut and Jake verini were on fire scoring some brilliant goals, with a special mention to David Martin's and Noah Shamaki with some nice finishing. We went out on a windy wet day, against a physical team and managed to play very well. Good momentum heading into this week's game."

Morley-Windmills lost ground on the leaders after a 3-3 draw against Quinns FC at Wotton Reserve. Quinns went ahead early, when Adam Buckley's low shot from the edge of the box hit the net. Quinns doubled their lead eight minutes from the break, a superb shot by Jonny Mckeown from 30 metres gave the keeper no chance. Morley-Windmills tried desperately to get back into the game, however it was Quinns that had the early running in the second half. Windmills got one back in the 73rd minute, a pass to Dion Bermon found him racing towards goal on an angle, and he beat Adam Bowers low to his right. The home side equalised in the 78th minute, Scotty Wrightson's free kick went around the wall and found it's target near the inside of the post. Windmills went 3-2 ahead just five minutes later, a corner kick found Ryan Treacey who headed home. Quinns did not give up, and in the 86th minute Gareth Hamilton shot from outside the box found its way to the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-3.

Melville City eased past Kelmscott Roos with a 5-1 at John O’Connell Reserve. Mark Lucas gave them the lead from the penalty spot, and Dean Thurston, Grant Mowatt, Amel Dzaferovic and another Lucas goal from a free kick gave them a comprehensive win. “It was a very good performance and it was great to get back on the winning track,” Melville Coach Gavin Brown said. “It’s been really disappointed with a lack of consistency this season, but we can only look forward and hope that we finish the season strongly.”

In Sunday’s game Curtin University and Kingsway Olympic played out a scoreless draw, while in the final game Swan United moved to fourth with a hard fought 1-0 win against Wanneroo City. The only goal of the came from a free kick whipped in by James Shamim from the right, and John Monterosso headed back across goal, and in the goal mouth scramble the ball bounced up to Tommy Black who headed home. “To be honest I felt for Wanneroo they had the breeze in the first and could have put us away early with some chances some great keeping and last ditch defending kept them at bay,” Swan Coach Matt Debarro said. “I felt they were better for the most but we again managed a clean sheet and found the goal we needed. I must commend Tim and his players, they are a great team and I hope they are there in the top four with us at seasons end - I wish them all the best.” – Balga had the bye this weekend.

11.8.2017

SORRENTO TO TAKE ON SOUTH MELBOURNE IN FFA CUP

Sorrento will head east to take on NPL Victoria’s South Melbourne FC in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16. The Gulls are the first Member Federation club from WA to reach the Round of 16, after beating last year’s semi-finalists Canberra Olympic 1-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve in the Round of 32. Sean Canham’s 7th-minute winner became the 300th goal scored in the Westfield FFA Cup final rounds.

Gulls Coach Jamie Harnwell said it’s a huge challenge. “South Melbourne are arguably the biggest club outside of the A-League teams and have a fantastic stadium out at Lakeside so it will be a great occasion for the club,” he said. “They are a very good side and we will have to ensure we prepare right and are at 100% on the day to give ourselves a chance of winning and progressing to the next round.”

South Melbourne defeated three-time FFA Cup Round of 32 entrants Edgeworth Eagles 1-0 to make the Round of 16. The Round of 16 draw was conducted on Wednesday night following the final four matches of the Round of 32. Inaugural Cup holders Adelaide United will host 2015 champions Melbourne Victory in the last 16, while last year’s finalists Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC were drawn against Member Federation clubs Hakoah Sydney City East and Bankstown Berries respectively.

2014 semi-finalists Bentleigh Greens will host Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Moreton Bay United and Gold Coast City will play-off in a Queensland derby, APIA Leichhardt and Blacktown City meet in an all-NSW showdown and Sydney United 58 FC was drawn to host Heidelberg United. The Round of 16 will comprise two match nights with four matches per night. FOX SPORTS will broadcast one match live and exclusive in full on both match days in the Round of 16, with LIVE streaming and updates of the other matches.

The specific match details in regards to dates, venues and kick-off times will be announced at a later date. Full Draw - Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory, South Melbourne v Sorrento, Moreton Bay United v Gold Coast City, Sydney United 58v Heidelberg United, Blacktown City v Apia Leichhardt, Bentleigh Greens v Western Sydney, Hakoah Sydney v Melbourne City, Bankstown Berries v Sydney FC

11.8.2017

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND TWENTY-FOUR PREVIEW

The title, top four and the relegation battles continue in week 24 of the PS4 National Premier League WA this weekend. The Footballwa – Match of the Round takes us to Percy Doyle Reserve where fourth placed Sorrento host fifth placed Floreat Athena. Only one point separates the two on the table. Floreat lost round with a scoreless draw against Mandurah last week, while Sorrento edged out Joondalup United to leapfrog Floreat, so this one is vital for both side top four aspirations. The last time the two side met at the venue was in round 13 last season, when Floreat came home with a 3-0 win. Ludovic Boi opened the scoring early, and the points were wrapped up with late goals from Andrew Scaldaferro and Jon Stynes.

Floreat skipper Ludovic Boi said last week’s result was disappointing, but he said you have to give credit to Mandurah, who defended for their lives. “Yes last week was a disappointing result, we needed the three points to stay in the mix and give ourselves a chance to win the league,” he said. “But credit to Mandurah they defended well, and we struggle to break them down and the quality just wasn’t there from us. The conditions were not great but that’s no excuse, we just need to take the next few games as they come and concrete our place in that top four.” In last week’s draw Bobby Wilson returned to the squad, and Boi said his experience will be vital in their run to the end of the season. “Bobby has had a knee injury for a while now but it’s always good to have him around and using his experience on and off the field,” he said. “We have been lacking players this year with injuries including myself but he is slowly getting back on the field and using him for his aerial threat. Hopefully he will be back at 100% next year after a pre-season.” Boi said a trip to Sorrento is never easy, and he’s expecting Saturday’s game to be the same. “Sorrento is always hard to play against, but both teams will be going at 100% to keep up with the leaders and stay in the top four so it should be a good game for the fans,” he said. “Both teams know the strength and weakness of their opponents, this game will be won depending on which team decide to turn up on the day.”

The narrow win against Joondalup pleased Coach Jamie Harnwell, but he said they made it hard for them. “I was really pleased with the performance on Saturday, and we knew we had to match their effort and intensity first, which we did well and then we had a couple of moments of real quality,” he explained. “The only disappointing part was that we didn’t kill off the game when we had the chance to, and so had to endure those nervy moments late on.” It’s been a huge week for Sorrento, the Gulls drawing South Melbourne in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16, and Coach Jamie Harnwell said they have to put that to the back of their minds and focus on three points on Saturday. “It’s a great draw for us and we’re looking forward to the challenge, but we’ve more urgent commitments on Saturday against Floreat,” he said. “It’s a must win game for both clubs, not only for those faint title chances but certainly for the top four. Floreat will be disappointed with their result last week and I’m sure will want to make amends, but we are on a good little run and want to keep that momentum going for the rest of the season. We will have to turn up with the same attitude and desire as last week to win the game.” In team news for the Gulls Alex Morgan and Scott Bulloch are unavailable, while Brodie Martin and Scott Johnston could come into the squad.

League leaders Inglewood United return home this weekend when they entertain Cockburn City at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Cockburn are coming off a stunning 7-0 thrashing of Stirling last week, and Scott Miller will be looking for more of the same on Saturday. Inglewood came home from Armadale with a big win, with striker Alex Salmon continuing his good form in front of goal with a hat-trick. The striker said with the other teams around them winning it was vital they got the job done at Armadale. “It was a good win, at a tough ground to go, as I found that out last season,” he said. “It was nice to see a few familiar faces, but more important to get the win and my hat trick capped it off.” Salmon was dragged by Coach Andy Keogh after his third, but he said he was told it was going to happen. “Andy said to me at half time he was giving me till 60 minutes to get my hat trick or I was coming off,” he explained. “It was all about man management from Andy, because of the WA State games in the week, he wanted to rest me for another big game Saturday so I’ve got no complaints, and it worked as I scored a hat-trick for the state team on Tuesday against Singapore.” The sides drew in the first meeting of the season and Salmon said it will be another close game this weekend. “That result was certainly a statement, they are a good side they were good in the game at the start of the year,” he said. “The game ended 2-2, but as long as we do what we have been doing with our squad, we should be going into every game expecting to take the three points that won't change on Saturday.” In team news for Inglewood Hamza Hina will miss the game through suspension, while Cockburn will be without Blake Adams who broke his leg in last week’s win.

Perth SC continued to match Inglewood after coming from behind to beat Subiaco last week, and on Saturday they host Joondalup United at Dorrien Gardens. Joondalup pushed Sorrento all the way in the local derby, but fell short, but Nick Jennings’ side have shown all season they are no pushovers and he will have his side ready for the challenge on Saturday. Perth defender Alex Silla said the 3-1 win at Subiaco was well-deserved and it was vital in their push for the title. “It was disappointing to fall behind so early in the game after we set out to achieve our fourth consecutive clean sheet, but I thought we responded really well to go on and score the next three goals in the first half,” he said. “Coming from behind hasn't been something we've done a lot from this season so the character of the boys to do that in such an important time of the season was really great.” Silla’s good season saw him selected in the WA State side for the Tri-series games, and he said it was a nice surprise. “It was a really great honour for me, an injury in the back line meant I got the call up from Ramon the night before the game, which was really unexpected,” he explained. “I feel as though I've worked hard this year and I hope I can use this state team experience to keep putting in good performances for my team and club.” Silla said they can’t take Joondalup lightly, and he believes the title race will go down to the wire. “Joondalup United have proven that they can take points off anyone in the league this season so the weekends game will be a very tough one for us,” he said. “We slipped up last time against them going up 2-0 and then conceding three very soft goals. We can't afford to let that happen again on our home turf this weekend at such a critical part of the season, so I'm sure all the boys will be ready to fight for 90 minutes for the three points and keep putting pressure on the teams in the title race.” In team news Frank Furfaro will miss for Perth, while Rowdy Yates is suspended for Joondalup.

The relegation battle continues this week, and Balcatta will be looking to end a horror run of form when they host Stirling Lions at Grindleford Reserve in the local derby. The Lions were thrashed at Cockburn last week, a result that Coach Rob Milevski and the WA football public weren’t expecting, and the coach will be looking for a response this week. Balcatta were beaten at ECU last week, a game keeper Domenico Savoldelli said they had chances to take something from it. “I think it was a tough result for us, we worked hard throughout and wanted to come away with a positive result,” he said. “But a lack of focus at important moments cost us and we came home empty handed.” Savoldelli has been in great form this season, but he is well aware they need to start picking up wins, sooner rather than later, and he will hoping for a repeat of the last time they played the Lions when they came home with all three points. “Despite it being a rough season for us, I still aim to give my best efforts every week for my team, and we want to finish positively and keep moving forward next season,” he explained. “Saturday is a vital game for us, it’s a local derby, but we need the points to move away from the bottom of the table and it’s why we are all hungry for all three points in this one.”

Mandurah City have home ground advantage when they host ECU Joondalup at Securitas Protect Stadium. Mandurah came home from Floreat with a hard-earned point and will be looking for all three in this one, while ECU got back in the winner’s circle with a big win against Balcatta. Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said it was a backs to the wall point at Floreat. “I thought we matched Floreat in the first half and did really well,” he said. “But in the second they dictated for sure and we dug deep, and got a great point and a deserved one over the 90 minutes I thought. We played a lot of young lads and they are doing well and are getting an opportunity now. Mitch Morin, Slade Rule, Joey Obrien, Mitch Firth, Zak Byrne and Josh Warren all very good potential players for Mandurah in the future.” Hesketh said it’s getting close on the table and he said they are looking forward to the challenge against a good ECU side. “This week we start again, I thought we played great up at ECU and despite a loss the performance was a good one,” he said. “They picked a good win last week, but again I am confident in our squad and fancy us again this week in a tough game.” In team news Ollie McGee is suspended, while Rikki Smith and Fraser Greenwood are in line for a return to the ECU squad.

Perth Glory throw away a two goal lead to lose to Bayswater last week, but they will be looking to bounce back on Saturday when they Entertain Subiaco at Ashfield Arena. Subiaco also gave away a lead, losing 3-1 to Perth after taking the lead early, but they are clear of the relegation, so the pressure is off, but it’s defiantly not off the Glory who still precariously close to the drop zone. Midfielder Jack Leech said last week’s loss was hard to take after playing so well in the first half. “Yes it was a great first half performance from us, I thought we played some great football and capitalised on our chances which has been something we have been struggling to do this season so it was a great effort and great to see,” he explained. “The second half performance was not so good, we let the lead slip and we lacked the desire to finish the game off and as a result we were left very disappointed as it was a game we should have followed through with and won the three points.” Leech said three points against Subiaco are vital on Saturday, and they will be doing all they can to get them. “We haven’t had much luck during the season which is unfortunate and it doesn't help but we can't blame that on the dropped points and poor performance throughout the season, we have to take responsibility of how we play, leave no excuses and earn the points we deserve,” he said. “Saturday is a massive game, we will been fully focused and ready for the challenge like we are every week, if we can repeat the first half performance this week but execute it for the full 90 minutes I am very confidence we will be able to take out the vital three points.”

In the final game takes us to Finance 365 Stadium where Bayswater City takes on Armadale. A ten man Armadale were well beaten by Inglewood last week, but the sending off early really changed the game, but John O’Reilly’s side have had a good season and are well clear of relegation, and go into the game with nothing to lose, while Bayswater have everything to lose. Young striker Luka Ninkovic was on target last week as Bayswater fought back to beat the Glory, and he said it was a great comeback. “It was a hard fought win, we started the second half with a much higher intensity and showed much more desire than the first half,” he explained. “We needed the three points and I’m really proud of how we played as a team to achieve the final rest.” Ninkovic has enjoyed working with Columbian striker Gustavo Giron-Marulanda and he said he’s helped him in becoming a better player. “Gustavo is an amazing player and I love playing alongside him, he's always positive and a great finisher,” he said. “I’m always asking him questions, and try to learn as much off him as I can, to help me become a better player.” On Saturday Ninkovic said they need to stay switched on for the whole game, as Armadale have been good this season away from home. “It's another tough game, and they have had a good away record this season, so we know it will be another tough test for us,” he said. “We have prepared well for this week in order to get another three points and stay in the title race.”

11.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SEVENTEEN – PREVIEW

If the NPL is tight at the top the All Flags State League Division One is just as close, with only two points separating the top four sides. This week’s Footballwa – Match of the Week is the clash between South West Phoenix and Ashfield at WML Stadium. The Phoenix came home from Forrestfield with a point last week, while Ashfield beat top of the table Western Knights, the win moved them up to fifth on the table, only five points off top spot. The last time these teams meet in Bunbury was in round five last season when they produced a six goal thriller with a 3-3 draw. Lee Stewart opened the scoring, and Sam Guthridge added a second. Steve Kirk and Brett Maguire levelled for Ashfield and it looked like they had won it when Alex Stamatiadis scored, but a stoppage time equaliser from Michael Farmer gave both sides a point. Phoenix Coach Mauro Marchione said it was a tough game last week, and a tough day for him and his side at Forrestfield, with the club mourning the loss of Marko Banjac. “Yes it was a sad day. Ratko is a very good friend of mine and I felt very emotional the day before the game and during the game on Saturday as well. The loss of a son is unbearable and there is nothing anyone can say or do to alleviate suffering,” he said. “Both sides played an entertaining game and that's what Ratko asked me before the game. The boys on the pitch, the supporters and everyone involved in the game have honoured the memory of Marko and that is what counts the most.

“In regard to the game, I think we played a solid match, scoring two goals and missing another few chances in front of Luke Martino, who in the first half made one incredible save from Jayden Prosser when we were already leading 1-0. If we scored that goal the game was virtually closed. Then they equalized in evident off side and then we went one goal up before the break. They drew the game on penalty with 15 minutes to go. Until that moment we didn't have any problem to keep them quite. So I am surprised to read Liam's comments on the game saying that we parked the bus. We allowed them to have the possession as we had too many key players missing and others not at 100% of their form but that doesn't mean that we only defended. We had a very composed tactical shape and we worked well with it. In fact, pressing a team like Forrestfield if you have not a full team available and not all the players highly fit is a suicide as they come out from the back very easily and can exploit the space between the lines if you fail with your pressing. We avoided that adapting to their game and hit in counter attack. It was working until their penalty...

“At the end of the day, everyone is entitled of his opinion however the story of the game says that we scored two great goals and created at least another 4 clear chances to score the third, if this means parking the bus then I am in the wrong job. Besides, if you have 80% of the possession and you only shoot on goal three times in the whole game (including the penalty) you have to ask yourself questions rather that find excuses. Our keeper made one great save at the very end but very little during the whole game and we had several chances to score the third as well so, yes, I think Liam watched another game. Probably he forgot what happened in the last two times the two teams met.

“In saying that, Forrestfield is by far the team that plays better football in this league along with us and I think they will be the one to get promoted this year. They have everything to go up and I would be very happy for Ratko and everyone at Forrestfield if it will happen. We certainly will fight to the end however, as I previously said, it doesn't depend on us only but on the results the other teams will do. WK and Dianella are ahead of us on goal difference and Forrestfield has a game in hand if they keep winning there is no chance for us. In fact, at this stage of the season for us to get promoted is almost impossible.”

Marchione said Saturday’s game will be another tough game, but they will be looking for the three points to keep their title challenge on track. “Ashfield have always been a good team and it will be another difficult game to play Saturday. Matt and Marco are doing a great job there and I think Matt, in a five year period of time, will be one of the best coaches in NPL,” he said. “He has ideas and in his first year he is doing very well considering that this year Division One is most probably the best competition at this level of the last 20 years. We will play to win, like always but they can be dangerous and we need to take this into account.”

Forrestfield United hit the road this weekend when they travel to Walter Padbury Reserve to take on Gosnells City in the local derby. Gosnells were beaten by Fremantle City last week, while Forrestfield drew at home with the Phoenix. Gosnells Coach Alan Dunlop said the loss at Fremantle was really disappointing. “Last week I was very disappointed with the team’s performance, we started poorly and let Fremantle grow in confidence, and we made some silly mistakes and Fremantle punished them,” he explained. “All credit goes to Fremantle they had a game plan and executed it well, and our young team couldn't handle Fremantle's physicality.”

Dunlop said they are looking forward to the derby, and he’s looking for a response from the players. “We’re all really looking forward to this game, after the disappointing loss last week the boys are looking to bounce back, and what better way than the local derby,” he said. “Forrestfield are a great side and play some nice stuff, they are also pushing for the title, so we are well aware this will be an extremely difficult game. But it’s our last home game of the season and we will be looking to get a win for the fans that have been terrific this season.” In team news Gosnells’ Jacob Collard returns to the side and others!!!!

Dianella White Eagles also hit the road this week when they travel to the Iluka Sports Complex to take on Joondalup United. Dianella returned to the winner’ circle last week with a big win against Rockingham, while Joondalup, made it three straight wins after a big win against Canning City. Joondalup Coach Gary Kalaher said last win was important to back up their big win at Rockingham. “The players talked all week about the win at Rockingham being worthless unless we backed it up with three points against Canning,” he explained. “Although, at this stage it is all about the points as coaches we were delighted with the way we played.” Joondalup drew at Dianella in their first game this season, and Kalaher said they are looking forward to the challenge. “We are under no illusions that the task we face this weekend will be a stern one,” he said. “But we are playing well and hopefully we can carry this good form into the weekend in what is an important game for both clubs.”

In other games on Saturday Rockingham City entertain Fremantle City at the Lark Hill Sportsplex. Rockingham were beaten at Dianella last week, which continued their six game run without a win, and Rob Crerar will be looking to change that on Saturday. Fremantle beat Gosnells last week, and are only one point behind Saturday’s opponents, and new coach Marc Anthony will be looking to continue their good form under his tutelage. In the final Canning City host UWA-Nedlands at Burrendah Reserve. Canning have been left adrift at the bottom of the table, and need to start picking up wins sooner rather than later, but UWA, who are coming off the bye, are still in the mix for a top four spot and will be looking for three points to maintain that.” – Western Knights have the bye this week.

11.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SEVENTEEN – PREVIEW

Its round 17 of the All Flags State League Division Two and the Footballwa – Match of the Week takes us to Wanneroo Reserve where fourth placed Wanneroo City entertain firth placed Swan United. With only six points separating the two sides, this is a huge game with a top four spot up for grabs. Wanneroo came home from Kelmscott with a big win, while Swan beat Balga at home. The last time these two teams met at the venue was in round 10 last season, when Wanneroo ran out 1-0 winners, with the only goal of the game coming on the half hour through, Jon McGahern.

Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said it was a good win at Kelmscott, and thought they dominated before they had three players sent off. “Again in the first half I thought we dominated, and had three or four really good chances, but the most pleasing thing was that we played probably our best 45 minutes this season,” he explained. “The goal difference which eventuated in the second half was nice to get given our top four aspirations, but I do feel for Kelmscott and the ongoing impact of the three red cards in games to come.” Kantor said Swan will be desperate to close the gap on them on the table, and is expecting a tough game. “It’s a huge game against Swan this week. We are six points ahead of them, but they have two games in hand so a win on Saturday is very important for us,” he said. “If we can take Saturday’s first half performance into the Swan game I'm confident that we will make a good account of ourselves. The goal is to make the play offs and beyond, so a win Saturday is crucial.” In team news for Wanneroo, they lose Dom Elliot through work commitments but other than that everyone is fit and ready to go.

Swan Coach Matt Debarro said last week’s win was well-deserved and he was delighted with the defensive display. “Last week was a very good performance from the team, we controlled the game start to finish and never felt under pressure,” he said. “I was happy for the boys to get a clean sheet as well, as they have been working really hard at training.” Debarro, who coached at Wanneroo in 2015, said it is a huge game for both teams, but he’s happy to see them doing well, but on Saturday it’s all about the black and whites. “It’s a massive game for both teams, and a win is very important for us,” he said. “I’m glad to see Wanneroo back as a top four side, and Tim (Kantor) has done a great job there, but on Saturday we’ll be doing all we can to get the three points, but we’re under no illusions they will be very difficult to beat at their place.” The Swans go into the game with a number of players missing but Debarro said it’s been like that for a few weeks. “Jordan Rosetto is still out with an ankle injury, Julien Cassagne is out with a knee, Dom Ando also misses out, and Steve Shore is not 100%,” he explained. “So we have some significant outs but we’ve had to battle with that for the last seven games, so we’ll go there and give it a good go.”

League leaders Gwelup Croatia make the trip to Harold Rossiter Reserve to take on bottom of the table Shamrock Rovers. Gwelup maintained their six point lead at the top of the table with a win against Curtin, while Shamrock were edged out in a five goal thriller against Morley, leaving them four points adrift at the foot of the table. Gwelup defender Danny Cain said Curtin were hard to break down but got the job done in the end. “Last week was a decent performance, they (Curtin) set up very defensively, and we needed to be patient and move the ball quicker to break them down,” he explained. “Once we got the first, we were confident we would be able to get more, and we did to run out comfortable winners.” Top v bottom games around the world have a history of upsets, and Cain they need to go there and be switched on from the first whistle. “It will be a tough game this week, Shamrock seemed to have turned it around,” he said. “We are expecting a physical game, but the lads are up for it.”

In other games second placed Morley Windmills host Quinns FC at Wotton Reserve. Morley kept in touch with Gwelup with a hard fought win at Shamrock, while Quinns are coming off the bye, and will be desperate for points, at the foot of the table, being only three points ahead of bottom of the table Shamrock. In the final game Melville City host fourth placed Kelmscott Roos at John Connell Reserve. Melville are coming off a heavy loss at Kingsway, while Kelmscott also lost heavily at home against Wanneroo, and had three players sent off, who all miss this week. – Balga have the bye this week

11.8.2017

AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND SIXTEEN – PREVIEW

With only seven rounds to go in the Amateur Premier League, Wembley Downs maintain their five point lead at the top of the table, but they are involved in the Footballwa – Match of the Round, when they host third placed North Perth United at Butlers Reserve. North Perth are the only team to beat Wembley this season – a 4-3 win in round five - are coming off a big win against BB United, while Wembley were pushed all the way by Leeming, before coming home with the win. North Perth Coach Jason Winter said it was a good win, and it boosted their goal difference, but it’s the point’s gap that is the concern for him. “Yes it was a good win but against a team struggling at the moment,” he said. “Yes it was good for goal difference, but I don't think goal difference matters anymore the six point gap is what we need to close.”

Winter said Sunday is the biggest challenge of the season for them, playing the leaders and Champions elect but they’ll go there and give it a good go. “We will be up against it on Sunday, they (Wembley) are unbeatable at the moment and in great form and have home advantage,” he explained. “I think Wembley have more or less the league won, I don't see them slipping up there good side and scoring a lot of goals. We have a full squad going into Sunday game, and all I want from my players is to play the best, and give Wembley a good game.”

Wembley Coach Colm Costello said the title race is far from over, but if his side show the spirit and determination they showed at Leeming last week, they can win it. “It was a great away win down at Leeming, it’s a difficult place to get a result and their home record is very good,” he said. “Although we were not great performance wise, we worked hard and showed great team spirit, and Gaygo getting that crucial goal late on, so we were delighted with three points.”

Costello said North Perth is a good team and the last result shows that, but he said the players are looking forward to the tough game. “A huge game at our place this weekend and it should be a cracker,” he said. “A last minute goal beat us at their place last time, which was hard to take, but they are a quality side and we know what's coming, so we will be well up for the challenge. It’s another cup final for us, and that's the way it's been the last few weeks and the lads have won every game since that defeat at North Perth, so I don't think they’ll need much motivation for this one. I think both teams will go for it and we won't be sitting back, so two attacking sides, it should be a great game.’ In team news Wembley regain the services of experienced utility player Anthony Jones, while Felipe Simeos should shake off his calf injury.

In other games Kwinana United entertains Belmont Villa at Kelly Park, while Hamersley Rovers host Leeming Strikers at Carine Open Space. Southern Spirit make the trip Ellenbrook Sports Hub to take on Ellenbrook United, while the bottom two sides BB United and Perth Royals meet at the Bosnian Recreation Centre. In the final game second placed Kingsley travel to Rosalie Park to take on fourth placed Subiaco. Subiaco Coach Les Cavill said they have been good in recent weeks and will need to be at their best on Sunday against a good Kingsley side. “We have been competitive over the last few weeks, and are looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “It will be tough as we’ve had as many as six regular first team players missing with long and medium term injuries, so we’ll see if any return this week.”

9.8.2017

MANAGER SAYS THERE IS 'MORE TO COME' FROM EDWARDS

Socceroos hopeful Ryan Edwards has plenty more to offer according to his manager Alan Archibald. Edwards scored a stunning goal yesterday as Partick Thistle advanced to the next round of the Scottish League Cup against St. Johnstone.

The 23-year old midfielder went under the radar last season but had a solid campaign with the Scottish club, making 38 appearances across all competitions - more than any other player. And with the potential of the Socceroos making it to next year's FIFA World Cup, Edwards is looking to up his game and become a potential bolter for the squad.

Edwards has started off in the perfect way, scoring a goal of the year contender just a few games into the season. “It was a great strike from Ryan Edwards," Patrick manager Archibald said. “I thought he made the difference tonight.”

“He tries his luck from distance and he hit the bar against Rangers last season with a similar one. But it was a terrific goal tonight. Ryan played the most minutes out of the whole squad last season so he is a big player but I think there is still more to come from him.”

“I'm delighted for Ryan Edwards. He didn't have the best of pre-seasons but he certainly made a difference to the team tonight. Hopefully we can kick on in the league now. We've got a tough one next with Celtic but thankfully we're in the next round.”

9.8.2017

CASTRO LURES FORMER ROOMMATE GUERAO TO GLORY

Perth Glory import Diego Castro has been given the chance to rekindle an old partnership after convincing the club to sign midfielder Andreu Guerao on a one-year deal. Castro and Guerao played together at Spanish clubs Malaga and Sporting Gijon, before they went their separate ways.

Castro, who re-signed with Glory in May, is believed to have played a key role in bringing Guerao to Glory for the coming season. "He has great technical ability and composure on the ball, along with a superb range of passing that will enable him to link the team from back to front," Glory coach Kenny Lowe said.

"In addition to having played with Diego in Spain, he was also a teammate of Liam Reddy, Scott Neville and Mitch Nichols at Western Sydney, and they have all spoken very highly of him not only as a very good footballer, but also as a top guy."

"I am sure he will be fantastic for us as a leader. We don’t have too many guys over 30 in the squad, so his experience and know-how will be invaluable. Having so many familiar faces around, along with his knowledge of the A-League and ability to speak the language, will help him settle in quickly and gel with the rest of the squad."

Guerao came up through Barcelona's La Masia academy, where he played alongside Lionel Messi in the club's 'B' and 'C' teams. He teamed up with Castro at Malaga then Sporting Gijon before moving to Polish club Polonia Warsaw.

Spells at Auckland City (New Zealand), Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) and Lechia Gdansk (Poland) were followed by a three-season stay at Spanish side Racing de Santander. He spent 2015/16 with Western Sydney Wanderers and most recently turned out for Greek club Aris.

8.8.2017

SALMON’S HAT-TRICK GIVES WA A BIG WIN

The WA State Team has ended the Tri-Series 2017 with a 5-3 win against the Singapore Youth side on a wet and wild Tuesday night at Dorrien Gardens. WA skipper Gordon Smith opened the scoring early, before Niccolo Sabatini added a second from the penalty spot. Singapore pulled one back just before half time with a penalty from Muhammad Hami Syahin Bin Said. Alex Salmon came off the bench at half time and bagged a hat-trick to seal the win for Ramon Falzon’s side, while Mohamad Taufik Bin Suparno and Muhammad Shahrin Bin Saberin scored for the visitors.

“The pitch was very difficult, but the boys did really well,” WA Coach Ramon Falzon told the Football West website. “We were disappointed how we finished the game last week, but we adjusted things slightly in our defensive set-up and to retain the ball longer, and it worked we scored five goals. I thought we linked really well tonight, and although we only had limited preparation the boys showed great quality, just a pity we conceded some soft goals. “I’ve been in WA seven years and I’ve seen the talent we have in our league, and for them to get the opportunity to play international football, and to come away with a convincing win, I’m really proud of the boys.”

WA dominated early and after a poor clearance from Singapore keeper Muhammad Zharfan Bin Rohaizad, Daryl Nicol’s shot flashed wide. But their dominance was rewarded with the lead on six minutes. Jon Stynes sent Sabatini down the left, his cross picked out Smith at the back post, and the skipper headed home. Moments later Stynes slipped a through ball into the path of Gustavo Catarcione, but with just the keeper to beat the striker fired wide of the target. Smith had another chance on the quarter hour, again Sabatini’s cross picked out the Scotsman, but he headed wide of the target.

Nicol and Sabatini was causing the Singapore defence all sorts of problems, and Sabatini sent Ross Millard down the left who picked out Catarcione, whose shot on the turn was saved by the keeper. Sabatini went close again on 21 minutes, but his curling free kick flew over the top. Singapore created their first real chance two minutes later. Haiqal Pashia Anugrah raced clear, his shot beat keeper Francis Soale, but Gian Albano got back superbly to clear the ball off the line.

But three minutes later it was WA who increased their lead. Sabatini was brought down in the box by Teh Ting Wei Darren, and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Sabatini picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty. Singapore ended the half well and they were rewarded in stoppage time, when Hami Syahin Bin Said scored from the penalty spot, after being brought down by Albano, and at the break it was WA leading 2-1.

WA made a number of changes at the break and they soon added a third, Dean Evans’ corner headed home by Salmon. The visitors pulled one back on the hour, Taufik Bin Suparno robbed Adrian Madaschi, raced into the box, and finished low past James Morgan. But WA regained their two goal advantage on 71 minutes. Evans’ corner wasn’t dealt with by the Singapore defence and Salmon pounced and fired home from six meters.

Singapore was back in the game four minutes from time, with Shahrin Bin Saberin heading home at the back post. But the icing was put on the cake in stoppage time when WA added a fifth and Salmon his hat trick to seal the win. A quick break ended with a great diagonal ball by Borbor Sam to Salmon, and the PS4 NPLWA top scorer finished clinically.

Western Australia: GK Francis SOALE, (RGK James MORGAN 46’), 2 Rocco PIZZATA, 3 Ross MILLARD (21 Kieran COLWELL 56’) 6 Calvin WHITNEY (6 Matt NTOUMENOPOULOS 56’), 7 Gian ALBANO (22 Alex SILLA 56’), 8 Niccolo SABATINI (18 Richard HOWLES 46’), 9 Gordon SMITH (C) (12 Jason BARRERA 56’) 10 Gustavo CATARCIONE (15 Alex SALMON 46’), 11Jon STYNES (5 Dean EVANS 46’), 13 Jesse FULLER (4 Adrian MADASCHI 56’), 20 Daryl NICOL (17 Borbor SAM 46’)

Singapore Youth: GK Muhammad ZHARFAN BIN ROHAIZAD, 2 Haiqal PASHIA ANUGRAH (21 Ammirul EMMRAN BIN MAZLAN 65’), 3 Muhammad AMIRUL BIN AZMI (4 Muhammad SHAHRIN BIN SABERIN 73’), 5 Teh TING WEI DARREN, 7 Muhammad MUHAIMIN BIN SUHAIMI (11 Muhammad AMIR BIN ZALANI 65’), 8 Joshua BERNARD PEREIRA (10 Mohamad HANAFI BIN MOHD AKBAR 65’), 15 Irfan FANDI AHMAD (C), 20 Ikhsan FANDI AHMAD, 22 Muhammad SYAHRUL BIN SAZALI, (19 MOHAMAD TAUFIK BIN SUPARNO 46’) 26 Lee SI QIN ILLYAS (28 Muhammad MUHELMY BIN SUHAIMI 65’), 29 Muhammad HAMI SYAHIN BIN SAID (13 Muhamad ZULQARNAEN BIN SUZLIMAN 73’) - Subs not used: RGK Hairul SYIRHAN BIN MARDAN, 6 Armin MAIER BIN RAFI, 16 Tan HAN WEI LIONEL, 18 Mohammad FASHAR ISKANDAR BIN S ROSEDIN - Referee: David Bruce

8.8.2017

EDWARDS HOPING TO STEP UP FOR PARTICK

Ryan Edwards is hoping to be the man to chip in with goals for Partick Thistle in the absence of top scorer Kris Doolan. The West Australian midfielder, who was suspended for Saturday’s league opener against Hibernians, is in contention to start against St Johnstone this evening.

And Edwards reckons that the extra work he has been doing in training can help him become more of a goal threat for the Jags. “I feel I’ve got goals in me and want to improve in that area,” Edwards said. “I just need to take my chances. We haven’t relied too much on Kris at the start of the season - Stevie Lawless, Chris Erskine and Blair Spittal have chipped in and we have defenders who are a threat at set pieces.”

“I don’t want to lose anything from my unselfish nature but in the back of my mind I want to start scoring more. It’s disappointing to lose Kris because he’s massive for us on and off the pitch. We’ve got other players who might not be natural strikers but can play in that position. Hopefully we can bring someone in because we need to strengthen in that area but in the meantime others will step up.”

Edwards can’t wait to get out on the pitch after enduring a watching brief as Thistle went down at Easter Road. “It was frustrating being suspended on Saturday and it was the first game I haven’t been available since coming to the club,” he said.

“I would hate to think how it must feel to be injured for a long time. I had it for one game and didn’t like it. I remember the booking that ruled me out and it was probably the worst game of my career so far. I had to switch to an unfamiliar right back role and I didn’t even tackle Jonny Hayes. I just fell over and got the yellow card!”

Edwards is hoping to go a step further than Thistle managed in cup competitions last season by seeing off St Johnstone on their way to a trip to Hampden. “We made the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup last season and want to progress,” he said. “St Johnstone are a team we can beat but they’re very good and we’ve had some good battles.”

8.8.2017

GLORY WOMEN PICK UP BOLGER

Perth Glory Women have signalled their Championship intentions with the signing of Nicola Bolger. The versatile midfielder brings title-winning experience to Bobby Despotovski's Glory team following several seasons at Sydney FC.

Bolger admitted the decision to leave her hometown of Sydney was a difficult one, but says she's excited for the opportunity ahead. I am a big believer that opportunities will come and go and sometimes it’s worth taking a risk and venturing down a different path,” Bolger said.

“I am forever grateful for my time and experiences with Sydney FC. But it was always a goal of mine to venture interstate in the W-League whenever the timing allowed it and I’m fortunate to be in a situation off the field that allows me to pursue this opportunity.”

“I’m lucky enough to have the full support of family, friends and loved ones that has allowed me to head to Perth. It’s a new team, a new state and a new opportunity with a club that has proven to be very competitive and successful in the past few seasons and I’m very eager and excited for what’s ahead.”

Bolger, 24, is looking forward to getting to know her new teammates. “Glory have fielded some really great international players in the past few seasons, and I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity to combine with them,” she said.

“In terms of who I’m particularly looking forward to playing with, I don't think you can go far past Sam (Kerr). I have always loved playing with her through the national teams and previous Sydney FC seasons together, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting out on the field with her again.”

7.8.2017

BABALJ DEAL DONE

Czech club Mlada Boleslav have confirmed the signing of Australian striker Eli Babalj. The 25-year old striker has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Mlada Boleslav, currently home to ex-Melbourne Heart teammate Golgol Mebrahtu, following a two-week trial with the Czech First League club.

6.8.2017

JONES THE HERO IN FEYENOORD’S DUTCH CUP TRIUMPH

Goalkeeper Brad Jones was the hero as Feyenoord prevailed in a penalty shootout over Vitesse to win the Johan Cruijff Shield (Dutch Super Cup), the traditional opener ahead of the new Eredivisie season. Jones saved two penalties in the shootout to help Feyenoord win 4-2 on spot-kicks.

Jones was in sublime form for Feyenoord, carrying on from last season where he was superb as the club won their first Eredivisie title in almost two decades years. Jens Toornstra opened the scoring for Feyenoord inside 10 minutes before Vitesse equalised just after the break via Alexander Büttner.

6.8.2017

AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND FIFTEEN – REVIEW

League leaders Wembley Downs had to fight all the way, before eventually beating Leeming Strikers 3-1 at John Connell Reserve, to maintain their five point lead at the top of the table. The visitors were ahead on the stroke of half time, Banin Hashem cross from the right was deflected into his own net by a Leeming defender. They doubled their lead on the hour mark, with Mark King scoring from the penalty spot. Leeming weren’t out of it and they pulled one back when a corner into the box wasn’t dealt with and Kudzi Chigwanda scored. But they made sure of the points with the goal of the match with ten minutes remaining. Stephen Geoghegan picked the ball on the half way line and raced past two defenders before unleashing a shot into the corner of the net.

“As expected it was a tough game for us against well organised Leeming side,” Wembley Coach Colm Costello said. “So we are very pleased with the three points in a tricky away fixture. The lads all worked really hard especially in middle of park, so a huge win for us and vital 3 points with Kingsley and North Perth both winning comfortable and still breathing down our necks.”

Kingsley maintained the pressure on Wembley with a 5-0 win against Kwinana United at Chichester Park. Jayden Drummond opened the scoring early, after volleying home from Jesse Higgins’ through ball. Nick Lowe doubled their lead after good lead up play from David Morris, before Drummond added the third, after a good one two with David Ashworth. Morris added the fourth after a good ball from Ashworth, before Morris added his second and Kingsley’s fifth after good ball from Joe Joyce.

In other games North Perth United thrashed bottom of the table BB United 10-0 at Woodville Reserve, while Subiaco leapfrogged Leeming with a hard fought 3-2 win against Perth Royals at JA Lee Reserve. Hamersley Rovers came home from Watsons Reserve with a 2-1 win against Southern Spirit, and in the final game Belmont Villa beat Ellenbrook United 4-2 at Ellenbrook Sports Hub.

6.8.2017

BAYSWATER COME FROM BEHIND TO TAKE THE GLORY

Bayswater City came from 0-2 down at half time to overrun Perth Glory to run out 3-2 winners at the Ashfield Reserve on Sunday afternoon. The Glory dominated in the first half with goals from Brandon Wilson and Michael Domfeh, but Bayswater hit back in the second half, Luka Ninkovic pulled one back early, and a deflected free kick from Todd Howarth levelled things up, before skipper Trent Kay won it four minutes from time.

“The first half we didn’t turn up and we gave them two easy goals, but we had a spray from the coaches at half time and everyone step up to the challenge and scored three, thanks for coming,” Kay said. “We knew we had to come out all guns blazing, as a loss would have probably ended our title aspirations, but we’ve kept the pressure on Inglewood and we’ll be fighting to the end don’t you worry about that.”

The Glory took it right up to Bayswater and they were ahead on 18 minutes. Wilson received the ball in the middle of the park, but he was given far too much space, and his clever lob flew into the net, giving keeper Devon Spence no chance. They doubled their lead just before the half hour, Luca Bodnar sent Stynes down the right, and his cross from the bye-line found Domfeh, whose low shot found the bottom corner of the net.

It was a different Bayswater side after the break and they were back in the game nine minutes into the second half, Marulanda’s cross was turned home by Ninkovic at the near post. The visitors were now starting to get on top and they levelled on 68 minutes. Howarth’s free kick took a deflection off the wall, wrong footing Feely and ended in the net. Nick Feely then produced a stunning save low at his near post to deny Ninkovic, before Paul McCarthy header was cleared off the line by Callum Timmins.

Glory went close to regaining the lead on 84 minutes, Bayley Brown-Montgomery raced clear, but was denied by a great last ditch tackle from substitute Shayden Pasalqua. But two minutes later Bayswater scored the winner. Howarth’s cross from the left was met by an unmarked Kay, who hammered the ball past Feely from four meters. Glory had one last chance to earn a draw, Stynes’ late free kick deflected off the wall, but luck wasn’t on their side, the ball just going past the post.

Perth Glory: GK Nick FEELY, 2 Luca BODNAR, 3 Hayden STEVENS, 4 Cameron MURRAY, 5 Riley WARLAND, 6 Jack LEECH (15 Sam RIAK 79), 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, 8 Brandon WILSON (12 Callum TIMMINS 61), 9 Michael DOMFEH (13 Gomo DUKULY 61), 10 Daniel STYNES, 11 Yacoub MUSTAFA - Subs not used: RGK Kyle MCDONALD, 14 Ollie ANNIS

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES (14 Shayden PASALAQUA 61'), 6 Todd HOWARTH, 8 Paul MCCARTHY, 9 Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA, 11 Devon GIBSON (15 Tristan COLLI 92'), 13 Trent KAY, 17 Borbor SAM (10 Jason MICRO 46'), 19 Luka NINKOVIC, 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 23 Andrija JUKIC - Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 16 Jordan - Referee: Josh Mannella

5.8.2017

DE VANNA RE-WRITES MATILDAS' RECORD BOOKS

Lisa De Vanna admits chasing the Matildas all-time goalscoring record has been stressful. It's played on her mind and even stopped her from scoring. But now the record is hers, she's looking into the distance and wondering how many more goals there might be.

The 32-year-old striker scored twice in Australia's 6-1 romp over Brazil as the Matildas claimed the Tournament of Nations. It was enough to draw level and then surpass forward Kate Gill to claim the goalscoring record. It was also long time coming.

Australia's most reliable source of goals had dried up - these were De Vanna's first goals for the national team for a year. "To be honest, it's a monkey off my back," De Vanna told AAP. "When I went onto the field it was my main concern, to score two more goals. It affected me."

"Today was the first time I didn't think about it, just played my game and the opportunity came. Scoring those goals is everything to me because I've given so much to the game. An achievement like that, it's fantastic."

After netting her 42nd goal in a Matildas shirt, how many might she end up with? With the 2018 Asian Cup, 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics on the horizon, De Vanna - who has struggled with lower leg problems in recent years - said she'd be listening to her body.

"I have this argument with Staj (coach Alen Stajcic) every time I have my little emotional moments," said De Vanna, who has played 124 games for Australia since debuting in 2004. "He says 'you can play until you're 40' and I'm like 'I'm not going to be here until I'm 58'."

"Today at half-time I said to him I've only got another 10 minutes left in my tank and he said that's fine. I've done my days where I play 90 minutes and push my body to the limits. Now it's about making sure I'm in a good environment and my head is right emotionally, and physically. If I can have that I can have a long career."

5.8.2017

MURRAY INSPIRED THE MATILDAS TO VICTORY REVEALS DE VANNA

Matildas record-breaker Lisa De Vanna has revealed late Australian football legend Les Murray was an inspiration behind their 6-1 rout of Brazil. The Australian women's soccer team claimed a first trophy in seven years by winning the Tournament of Nations in Carson, United States, and they did so with black armbands on their sleeve for Murray.

Murray died on Monday after a battle with illness. He will be honoured by the New South Wales government with a state funeral, but yesterday the Matildas paid a stunning tribute of their own. De Vanna aaid the Matildas ran out with Murray in their hearts after a pre-match rallying call from coach Alen Stajcic.

"Today was emotional," De Vanna said. "Staj usually puts different things in team meetings and today it was all about Les. You could tell in Staj's voice how much he and (fellow SBS commentator) Johnny Warren meant to him and the game. For obviously Polks (Clare Polkinghorne) and Lydia (Williams) who are senior players, we obviously knew all about his legacy and what this man fought for."

"Just like we are fighting to be the best team, to be recognised and to lift the game and the women's game in Australia. Les was a pioneer. Staj laid out how he was like us women, fighting to show what we can do. A lot of the girls took that advice onto the field and it showed. To go out and score six goals, it was a bit of a dedication to Les."

De Vanna scored twice in the 6-1 win to overtake Kate Gill as the Matildas all-time leading goalscorer. "Everyone knows how much playing for my country means to me," she said. "Scoring those two goals was everything because I've given so much to the game. To have something like this to look back on is fantastic."

5.8.2017

NICOL HAS BALCATTA IN A SPIN

ECU Joondalup returned to the winners circle with a 5-2 win against Balcatta at the ECU Football Stadium, with speedy winger Daryl Nicol scoring a hat-trick. He opened the scoring from the penalty spot early, before Steven McGarry doubled their lead. Justin Onek pulled one back for the visitors before the break, but Nicol added another penalty on the hour, but still Balcatta hit back and skipper Calum O’Connell reduced the margin, but Sam Pollard added the fourth for ECU before Nicol completed his hat trick nine minutes from time.

“It was a good performance today, but to be fair it could have been double figures with the chances we missed but we played well both halves which is important going forward,” Nicol told the NPL website. “It was a good morale boost as well, after a bad run of results, so to get a good win under our belt is important as we look to finish the season off well.” The home side dominated early and were ahead on six minutes, Nicol was brought down by Onek and referee Matthew Southern pointed straight to the spot. Nicol picked himself up to send Domenico Savoldelli the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

It was 2-0 on 13 minutes. A corner from Sam Pollard was headed onto the crossbar by Gordon Smith, the rebound falling to Steven McGarry who finished well at the back post. Balcatta then came to life, and ECU keeper Jordan Young produced stunning low save to deny Tom Pellizzari on 22 minutes. But from the resulting corner they pulled one back. Onek rising highest to head powerfully home from close-range. The home side went close to a third on the stroke of half time, and after a goal mouth scramble Nicol’s snap shot crashed off the post.

Both sides had chances early in the second half, Jon Corness’ volley from the edge of the box was saved by Young, before Pollard shot from a tight angle rattled the post. But it was the home side who added a third on 55 minutes, Smith was brought down by Savoldelli and the referee pointed to the spot, and Nicol converted the penalty. It looked like ECU would run away with it, but on 70 minutes Balcatta were back in the game. Luccas Mello’s corner was headed home by skipper Calum O’Connell.

It was end to end football and Pollard’s shot on the run crashed off the post for the hosts again moments, before Mello’s shot flashed inches wide of the post for the visitors. But the home side restored control with a fourth goal on 77 minutes. Jack Jones’ corner wasn’t dealt with by the Balcatta defence and Pollard pounced to fire home. It soon became 5-2, a clever through ball from Smith sent Nicol racing clear and he finished clinically, to give ECU a comprehensive win.

ECU Joondalup: GK Jordan YOUNG, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Steven MCGARRY, 5 Graham DORAN, 6 Shane PICKERING, 7 Kevin MOON, 8 Declan HUGHES (16 Tom HOUGH 86’), 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH (c) (15 Ben HINSHELWOOD 88’), 11 Sam POLLARD, 17 Jack JONES - Subs not used: RGK Will PARKES, 11 Keylun POLLARD, 18 Ryan MCDARBY

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 2 Daniel HEPWORTH, 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Calum O’CONNELL (c), 5 Tom PELLIZZARI, 7 Marco CHADINHA, 8 Brody KENNEDY, 9 Luccas MELLO, 10 Jon CORNESS, 12 Brennan BORZECKI (21 Ben MEREDITH 52’), 13 Dejan ANDRIC (18 Ismael BANGURA 68’) – Subs not used: RGK Luke HUTCHINSON, 14 Rudnei NOGUEIRA - Referee: Matthew Southern

5.8.2017

COCKERELS STUN THE LIONS

A stunning first half by Cockburn City has helped them to a stunning 7-0 win against Stirling Lions at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday afternoon. They led by six at the break, with Julian Teles bagging a hat-trick, Gian Albano a brace, and another from Kieron Stallard, while Albano completed his hat trick ten minutes into the second half. “Seven goals is out of this world for us, the performance was brilliant,” Cockburn City Coach Scott Miller told the NPL website. “Every time we went forward we were frightening and we took our chances well.”

The hosts made a perfect start and they were ahead after only two minutes. Harry O’Brien’s low cross wasn’t dealt with by Lions keeper Lance Alavakis and Teles tapped home from close-range. Albano doubled Cockburn’s advantage on 17 minutes, finishing clinically, before adding his second four minutes later, when he reacted quickest to fire home after Alavakis’ initial save. It was 4-0 on the half hour, Teles was found unmarked in the box, and he made no mistake.

It was a shell-shocked Lions side, but they did go close moments later Cameron Teece’s shot was well saved by Luke Radonich. But there was no rest bite for the Lions and it was 5-0 when Stallard headed home Jesse Lazzaro’s cross, before Teles completed his hat-trick two minutes from half time to make it a staggering 6-0 at the break.

The Lions looked to steady the ship after the break and Teece went close early, but on 55 minutes it was Cockburn on the scoresheet again. Albano was brought down in the box and referee Michal Jasinski pointed to the spot. Albano picked himself up to fire home the resulting penalty to complete his hat-trck and seal a memorable win for the Cockerels. “We lacked concentration and defended poorly and they punished us,” Lions Coach Rob Milevski told the NPL website. “We got what we deserved in that first half.”

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 5 Keiron STALLARD, 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Calvin WHITNEY, 9 Gian ALBANO (18 Aden DA LUZ 63’), 10 David ARAYA (8 Liam MURRAY 45’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 13 Blake ADAMS, 14 Julian TELES (12 Riley VAN DIEKEN), 15 Daniel SANTICH, 17 Jesse LAZZARO – Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 2 Joshua KUSER,

Stirling Lions: GK Lance ALEVAKIS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 3 Nicholas ASHLEY, 4 Blamo QUAQUA, 5 David MOLINARI, 7 Miki VUJACIC, 9 Alex TANEVSKI, 10 Daniel MICEVSKI (17 Darren O’RIORDAN 77’), 16 Mathaing MATHAING, 18 Moses KALAU, 19 Cameron TEECE (12Robbie MCNEILL 84’) - Subs not used: RGK Lachlan MCALINDON, 6 Dejan SPASESKI, 14 Lukas DE LIMA – Referee Michal Jasinski

5.8.2017

PERTH KEEP THE PRESSURE ON LEADERS

Perth SC kept in touch of Inglewood and Bayswater at the top of the table after a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Subiaco at Rosalie Park. Asher Nelson put the home side in front early, but goals from Lewis Milne, Aleks Jovic and Niccolo Sabatini gave Perth a convincing victory in the end. Alex Randell missed a late penalty for Subiaco but the damage had been done earlier. “I thought we played very well, our backline only made one mistake,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon. “We expected them to come out and press us and give space behind especially on the flanks.”

It was a frantic start to the game, with both sides creating good opportunities but it was the home side who opened the scoring on eight minutes. Player/coach Ian McMurray flicked the ball onto Nelson whose volley flew into the top corner of the net giving Francis Soale no chance. But the visitors levelled on 24 minutes, Scottish import Milne found space in the box to score past Ryan Montgomery. They continued to dictate terms and they hit the front two minutes later, Jovic beat the offside to finish low past Montgomery. Perth took a strangle hold of the game in the shadows of half time when they added a third, Sabatini sweeping home after a swift counter attack.

It was a tight second half with chances few and far between, but Subiaco had a lifeline with five minutes remaining when referee Tom Glavovic spotted a handball and awarded a penalty. Randell stepped up but saw his spot kick crash off upright and away to safety. It went from bad to worse for Subiaco when defender Alex Castiello was sent off after a foul on Gustavo Catarcione. “We got a bit lazy, they came into the game and we couldn’t stop them,” McMurray told the NPL website. “The difference is the final third - the final delivery was better for them and they took their chances.”

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 4 Alex RANDELL, 6 Steve PURTON, 7 Owen COATES, 9 Ian MCMURRAY (10 Adrian CACERES 88’), 12 Jordan CANDLISH, 13 Nathan SMITH (11 Carlin FEELY 81’), 14 Ross JARMAN (8 Mike LAWSON 85’), 16 Asher NELSON, 17 Alex CASTIELLO, 18 David PERICH – Subs not used: 19 Andy LESTER, 21 Hamish ST GEORGE - Red Cards: Castiello 88

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 2 Alex SILLA, 3 Andreas THEODOSLADES (10 Nicholas AMBROGIO 61’), 5 Niccolo SABATINI (20 Elliot TATTERSAC 85’), 7 Aleks JOVIC (21 Paul ZIMARINO 83’), 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 15 Harley ORR, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 18 Lewis MILNE - Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 13 Rocco PIZZATA - Referee: Tom Glavovic

5.8.2017

GULLS WIN THE TENANTS’ DERBY

Sorrento moved to within four points of the league leaders, and into the top four, after a hard fought 2-1 win against co-tenants’ Joondalup United at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Sean Canham gave the Gulls the lead on the half hour, and it looked like Scott Witschge had won it mid-way through the second half, but Ross Edwards pulled one back for Joondalup, and they pressed late but couldn’t find the equaliser with WA State keeper James Morgan making a number of fine saves.

“They (Joondalup) bullied us last time and got the result, so we knew we had to match them for effort and intensity,” Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell told the NPL web site. “We did that and had two pieces of real quality which told. We made it a little bit harder for ourselves than we should have but the boys really stood up and were counted. It’s all about momentum now, and we just want to keep going on with that until the end of the season. It’s good to have it (Top Four) in our hands, obviously we’d like to look a little higher but another Inglewood win today makes that tough.”

It was a tight first half with chances few and far between, but on the half hour English striker Canham sent the Gulls to the break with the lead. He made space for himself, turned his marker before finishing clinically past James Bosdet with a curling shot into the top corner of the net. It was his 13th goal of the season and capped off a great month for him after scoring the winner in the FFA Cup win against Canberra Olympic.

The tight football continued after the break, and Canham had a chance of another goal early, but he headed over when well placed. But it didn’t matter to much as the Gulls added a second on 68 minutes. Ryan Pearson raced past a couple of Joondalup defenders before feeding Witschge whose shot on the run flew into the corner of the net giving Bosdet no chance.

It looked game over but Joondalup showed their fighting spirit and pulled one back three minutes later, Edwards losing his marker at the back post to finish past James Morgan.

It was game on and James Morgan was having to earn his pay packet. First he saved well to deny Joondalup top goalscorer Richard Howles, before the Sorrento custodian saved low to thwart the lively Matt Sparrow. Joondalup were leaving holes at the back as they chased the equaliser, and Canham almost added a third late, but his header was superbly saved by Bosdet. Joondalup had one last chance to grab a point, and James Morgan was at it again saving superbly to palm away substitute Luke Serra’s shot, which secured the points for the Gulls.

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE, 6 Guy MCDONALD (22 Robert TARPEY 88’), 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES, 11 Josh BOOYSEN (17 Luke SERRA 65’), 13 Chris PUGH, 16 Ross EDWARDS, 18 Anthony TAYLOR (5 Joe STOCKER 72’) – Subs not used: RGK Jack NUNN, 15 Sam WYNNE

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 6 Darryl PLATTEN, 8 Ryan PEARSON (7 Alex MORGAN 69’), 9 Sean CANHAM (3 George HUNTER 87’), 11 Tim HILL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES – Subs not used: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO, 2 Jacob SHORE, 16 Jackson DONGRAY – Referee: Tom Dowle

5.8.2017

DOLPHINS STAY AFLOAT IN RELEGATION FIGHT

Mandurah City earned a valuable point in their relegation fight after they held Floreat Athena to a 0-0 draw at E&D Litis Stadium. Both sides struggled in the final third and clear cut chances were few and far between, but Mandurah coach Doug Hesketh thanked his travelling supporters for helping them get a point.

“It’s all done in good spirits and they are desperate for us to stay up too,” he said. “This will be my last season as head coach, so we are really determined to keep the club in the NPL. We had a 17 year old up front, we had a 17 year old in the back four, we brought two 18 year olds on and honestly I’m delighted. If we can come to an outfit like this with players like they had on the field today and keep a clean sheet with some of our youngsters, I think we are in good shape.”

Going into this game both sides had everything to play for at both ends of the table, with Floreat needing a win to keep their title and top four hopes alive, while Mandurah needed the points to move away from the relegation zone. It was the home side were dominate early and had Mandurah on the back foot, but they suffered a blow on 25 minutes when influential midfielder Kris Gate limped off. Mandurah almost took the lead two minutes later when Jack Eades’ free kick from the edge of the penalty area was saved by Jason Saldaris.

It was more of the same after the break with Oliver McGee and Chris Saldaris both marshalling their back four superbly. But it was the home side that were looking dangerous, with Mandurah content to sit back and hit on the counter attack, and it was the home side that had the best chance to win it two minutes from time. Second half substitute Bobby Wilson lost his marker in the box, but his header hit the woodwork and was cleared.

“It’s frustrating because I’ve been out for 12 or 13 weeks, so coming on it would have been nice to score a goal and obviously win it for the boys,” Floreat defender/striker Bobby Wilson said. “Our quality wasn’t good enough and I think it showed on the pitch, we just couldn’t get it in the back of the net. I think we’ve probably let the league go now, I think today was probably the difference for us going and nicking the league, so now it is just a matter of battling every week to try and get into the top four.”

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 3 Clayton ARNEZ (16 Juma AWAKA 90’), 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jon STYNES, 11 Kris GATE (18 Phillip ARNOLD 25’), 13 Zelfy NAZARY (5 Bobby WILSON 61’), 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS (c), 33 Mark PRITCHARD – Subs not used: RGK Jordan BARBAS, 2 Brayden FRANKER

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Oliver MCGEE, 3 Jeff BRIGHT (c), 4 Matt STARES, 5 Mitchell FIRTH, 6 Lance LOUVIE, 7 Jack EADES, 10 Mitchell MORRIN (17 Mark MCLAUGHLIN 65’), 11 Ryan FRANCIS (16 Joshua WARREN 90’), 12 Joseph O’BRIEN (15 Kevin CASTLE 73’), 14 Slade RULE – Subs not used: 9 Zach BRYNE, 21 Kieran SHAIL - Referee: Steven Gregory

5.8.2017

INGLEWOOD GIVE ARMADALE SIX OF THE BEST

Inglewood United has maintained their lead at the top of the PS4 NPLWA with a comprehensive 6-2 win against a 10 man Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve. The home side lost Jackson Bealey after only 12 minutes, and it was all downhill from there for John O’Reilly’s side, and former Armadale striker and the league’s top goal scorer Alex Salmon scored a hat-trick to take his tally to 27, while Kenny Keogh, skipper David Cyrus and Hamza Hina were also on target. A brace from English midfielder Jordan Pavett, were the consolation goals for Armadale.

“The game got a bit upsidaisy in the second half, but the lads stuck together and we got the win which is what counts at this stage of the season,” Cyrus told the NPL website. “This result puts the pressure on Bayswater (City) who play tomorrow and Perth (SC) keep piling the pressure on us, but we are in pole position and it’s ours to lose. It’s close at the top but we just have to keep plodding on, it doesn’t matter how the results come as long as they keep coming.”

It wasn’t the start the Army supporters were looking for when Bealey was shown a straight red card by referee David Bruce after a poor tackle on young Inglewood defender Alex Ishida-Livings. The visitor made their numerical numbers count with the lead eight minutes later, Salmon easing his way past the last defender before finishing low past Michael Craggs. It was 2-0 on 36 minutes, when Keogh’s shot on the turn nestled in the back of the net.

It was one-way traffic and it wasn’t a surprise when the visitors added a third three minutes later. The lively Matthew Ntoumenopoulos’ ball over the top caused panic at the back and a mix up between defender and keeper let Salmon nip in and punish them, but to the displeasure of the Army supporters, and send Inglewood into the sheds with a 3-0 lead, and giving Armadale a mountain to climb.

That mountain became higher three minutes into the second half, when Salmon was brought down in the box by Milan Ognjenovic and the referee pointed straight to the spot, and Salmon picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty to complete his hat-trick. It was 5-0 when Cyrus volleyed home, but Armadale continued to battle and they reduced the margin on 68 minutes, with Pavett scoring from a free kick on the edge of the box, and he added another nine minutes later finishing well from Ognjenovic’s free kick.

But it was Inglewood who had the final say, Keogh making space down the flank and crossing to Hina who made no mistake. “The sending off in the first 10 minutes didn’t help us, but I think it was a game of two halves today,” Armadale assistant coach Jonathan Lupolo-Chan told the NPL website. “In the first-half we just couldn’t get our heads around it, but we regrouped at half-time and it showed because in the second half the boys showed they have the heart to play competitively against a big side like Inglewood.”

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 2 Dylan WHITE (17 James ATKINS 68’), 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (C) (22 Broden BROWN 86’), 7 Charlie KENNA, 8 Jordan PAVETT, 14 David ANNALL, 15 Jackson BEALEY, 16 Billy QUINNCROFT, 18 Milan OGNJENOVIC (10 Herman ALOGNON 86’), 19 Beau RAHIM - Subs not used: RGK Alec RADONICH, 21 Daniel CUMMING - Red Cards: Bealey 12

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 3 David CYRUS (C), 5 Adam TONG, 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Jason BARRERA (10 Ashley ROSINDALE 58’), 9 Alex SALMON (6 Victor BRAUNER 48’), 15 Brian FARRELL, 16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS (18 Jason COLLI 65’), 17 Hamza HINA, 19 Choc DAU - Subs not used: RGK Ryan STEPHENSON, 4 Scott BLACKMORE - Referee: David Bruce

5.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND SIXTEEN – REVIEW

It’s as you were at the top of the All Flags State League Division One after Forrestfield United and South West Phoenix fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Hartfield Park. Phoenix Coach Mauro Marchione was pleased with his side sticking to the game plan, despite having a number of players missing. “We played to our plan very well on the counter and we surprised them early,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but I think we matched them in every department.”

It’s been a somber week at Forrestfield and they said farewell to Marko Banjac, son of Coach Rod in a touching ceremony before kick-off, with both sides standing in a minute’s silence. It was the visitors who opened the scoring on 17 minutes, Corey Barclay lost his marker in the penalty area to steer the ball past Luke Martino. But the home side were level just after the half hour, Sani Sinclair heading home. But in the final minute of the half Phoenix regained the lead, Michael Farmer getting to the ball before Martino to head bravely home.

The home side dominated after the break and they were rewarded with the equaliser on 72 minutes, when referee Julian Serra spotted a foul in the box, and Sinclair beat Adam Guthridge from the resulting penalty. Forrestfield had good chances to take all three points, but Guthridge denied Sinclair and Liam Merigan, but Phoenix managed to hold on and get a share of the points.

“It was a good contest, and I’m pleased that we could break down their defence despite them parking the bus,” Forrestfield skipper Merigan told the Football West website. “I thought we had scored but somehow their keeper pulled off that unbelievable save. It’s been a sad week for the club, the news of Marko’s death hit the club very hard, but it shows the character of the club for everyone to come out and pay tribute like they did.”

Dianella White Eagles moved level with the league leaders after a 4-1 win against Rockingham City at Dianella Reserve. The home side dominated early and had Rockingham on the back foot and they were ahead on ten minutes, Francis Wanjuru chipping Rockingham keeper Alfie Brincat. It was 2-0 ten minutes later, Ibraham Hammad volleyed home off the post from ten meters. It was 3-0 on the half hour, Angel Andres heading home a superb Hammad corner.

The second half was much the same, but the host had to wait until 80 minutes to add a fourth, Andres was put through by Komando, he held off two defenders before slamming home an unstoppable shot into the far left side of the net. Rockingham got a last minute consolation goal when Jason Pottier scored from the penalty spot. “I was very happy with the win but more so by the complete performance by all the lads who pressed Rockingham from the outset and then kept the ball well and moved it around when we had it giving our opposition very little opportunity of getting into the game at all,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “We could have and should have scored more and hopefully this performance will show the lads just how good they can be when they do the simple things well.”

In other games Fremantle City beat Gosnells City 4-2 at Hilton Reserve, while Joondalup City beat Canning City 4-0 at Iluka Sports Complex. Joondalup dominated possession for the first 20 minutes but squandered some very good chances, before Mark Tenney raced through to score. Joe McQuade made it 2-0 scoring direct from a corner for the second time this season. Canning started brightly after the break but Tenney made it 3-0 on the hour. Substitute Sam Phillips returning from injury burst through on the left before squaring to Devon Rindel who finished into the roof of the net to make it 4-0.

In the final game league leaders Western Knights were beaten 1-0 by Ashfield at Ashfield Arena. The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot with Jamie Stewart stepping up and scored. “It was a great win for us against a very strong, well organised Western Knights,” Ashfield Coach Matt Wardle said. “We knew they would be a difficult task to overcome and they showed why they have done so well this year by playing some neat football early on. But we took our chance when it came and from then on Knights didn't look like scoring against us, we were very determined to not concede and the boys protected Brad Effie very well. For Ashfield it is now about finding some consistency which has been hard to come by for us this year.” - UWA-Nedlands had the bye this week

5.8.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND SIXTEEN – REVIEW

All Flags state league Division Two league leaders Gwelup Croatia maintained their lead six point lead at the top of the table after a 4-1 win against Curtin University at Wishart Street. Danny Cain opened the scoring on 24 minutes, getting on the end of a James Sammut corner. It was 2-0 on the half hour mark, a stunning volley off an Isaac Koomson cross. It was 3-0 just before half time Teeboy Kamara firing home from the edge of the box. Curtin pulled one back after the break, but Koomson added Gwelup’s fourth to seal the win.

“It wasn't a great game, Curtin were very defensive and didn't trouble us much, but we were disappointed to concede as we switched off a bit in the second half, but the game was over by then,” Gwelup defender Cameron Yorke said. “But the main thing is we got three points and keep the gap between us and Morley in tack.”

Wanneroo maintained their third spot with a big 7-0 win against Kelmscott Roos at Frye Park. The visitors dominated from the outset and Kye Douglas finished well from a set-piece. It was bizarre end to the half when Jack Hailstones converted a retaken penalty to double their lead, and Kelmscott had three players sent off. Wanneroo took control of the game and added five more goals to end up with a comprehensive win.

“Saturday was crunch time for us after a mid-season slump, and it’s only fair to comment on the first half which I thought we dominated from the first whistle, and we had numerous chances early,” Wanneroo Tim Kantor said. “It's not fair on Kelmscott to comment on what happened in the second half. I will say this though, the remaining eight players on the park worked their back sides off and full credit to them. From our perspective we will take a lot out of the 1st half as it was probably the best 45 we've played all season. We now turn our attention to Swan which is a mini cup final.”

Swan United moved closer to the top four after a 2-0 win against Balga at Francis Street. The home side’s first goal was a penalty scored by James Shamim after Marco Trimboli was pushed in the box after fifteen minutes. Swan doubled their lead second when John Monterosso headed home ten minutes after. Balga dominated the second half in their attempt to get back into the game, but could not get past the tight Swan defence. Against the run of play, Swan had the chance to go three up, but John Monterosso's shot from the penalty spot went flying over the bar. “It was a great team display, we focused more on what we were doing defensively which paid off with a clean sheet and majority of Balga’s possession in their own back third. Our keeper was never really tested other than the odd cross which we defended easily,” Swan Coach Matt Debarro said. “I was very happy with the display as we've needed to tighten up all year hopefully we can carry this into next week in a very important fixture against a strong and well coached Wanneroo side.”

In other games Morley Windmills kept tabs on Gwelup, but had to work hard for a 3-2 win against Shamrock Rovers at Harold Rossiter Reserve. Kingsway Olympic continued their good form with a 4-0 win against Melville City. Jake Cherrie and Frederico Achilli gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break, before Nathan Thorp added a third. Cherrie added his second to give Graham Normanton’s side a comfortable win. - Quinns FC had the bye this week.

4.8.2017

KERR LEADS MATILDAS TO TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS GLORY

The Matildas have blitzed their way to Tournament of Nations glory by defeating Brazil 6-1 to claim the inaugural four-team competition in stunning style. Doubles from record-breaker Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Foord helped Australia overturn an early deficit with Katrina Gorry and Sam Kerr also adding their names to the scoresheet.

Kerr was irrepressible, winning a first half penalty to earn an equaliser before providing two assists and icing the match with Australia's sixth goal. The comprehensive win was the Matildas' third in a week and delivered their first piece of silverware since the 2010 Asian Cup. A first ever win over world champions the United States and victories over highly-ranked Japan and Brazil make it arguably the Matildas' greatest success.




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