Inglewood United keeper Alex Dunn is expecting a tough game against Sorrento - (Photo courtesy www.inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

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24.2.2017

MCGARRY TO FACE MANCHESTER UNITED FOR DIDGE

ECU Joondalup player/coach Steven McGarry will be rubbing shoulders with football royalty next month when the Manchester United Legends play an historic charity match at nib Stadium. Fans will have the chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Saturday, 25 March when former Manchester United players – including Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Denis Irwin and Teddy Sheringham – face off against the PFA Aussie Legends, an all-star side of former Australian players including McGarry.

The former St Mirren and Perth Glory midfielder is looking forward to the game, and the match will also raise money for DT38 Foundation and the Manchester United Foundation. McGarry is an ambassador for the DT38 Foundation and he said it’s a great chance for the WA public to watch some great players and help the foundation. “First of all I think a big congratulations to Natasha Evans, Tracy Lee Tombides and everyone associated with the DT38 foundation for making this event happen, there has been a lot of work put in over the course of 18 months to make this game come to fruition,” he said.

“It's not every day you get footballing legends from one of the biggest club teams in the world if not the biggest coming to your doorstep, it's definitely exciting times for football fans in WA. The game will be a fantastic event but it's also a great opportunity for the DT38 foundation to spread our mission of raising awareness and to change the stigma associated not only with testicular cancer but all men's health issues.

“Also our vision to inform now and future generations with the necessary knowledge about testicular cancer and about our goals of educating through teaching programs especially the children's book "DIDGE" that's currently being run throughout schools across Australia and the UK. On a personal note I'm delighted not only to be involved with DT38 with the game but also receiving the call from PFA Player Relations Manager Simon Colisomo to play in the PFA Aussie Legends team along with and against so many fantastic footballers from Australia and Worldwide, I'm sure it will be a night to remember.”

It’s the first time the Manchester United Legends have come to Western Australia and the team will be managed by former United and England captain, Bryan Robson. It’s also the first time Professional Footballers Australia has assembled a legends team, which will be coached by former Socceroos coach Frank Farina. This exclusive Western Australian event gets football lovers up close and personal with some of the legends of the game at a ground which put spectators right next to the action. Not only will these two teams be on a mission to play highly entertaining and thrilling football for their West Australian fans. Get in quick – this event will sell fast. Saturday, 25 March 2017 at nib Stadium - Tickets on sale now www.ticketmaster.com.au
- and start from $79 + fees. This event is presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring, Galaxy Football and Mix 94.5

Squads - Manchester United Legends: Bryan Robson (Player Manager), Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, Jesper Blomqvist, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Dion Dublin, Mikael Silvestre, Karel Poborsky, Bojan Djordjic, Keith Gillespie, Russell Beardsmore and Lee Martin

PFA Aussie Legends: Frank Farina (Coach), Simon Colosimo, Archie Thompson, Bobby Despotovski, Jacob Burns, Jamie Harnwell, John McCain, Robbie Gaspar, Matt Thompson, Steve McGarry, Jason Pekovich, Michael Bridges, Dean Heffernan, Lee Martin, Ljubo Milicevic, Nick Carle and Partick Zwaanswijk

24.2.2017

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND TWO PREVIEW

Inglewood United v Sorrento

Sunday – 7.00pm - Inglewood Stadium

Referee: Adam Fielding - (Subject to change)

Footballwa.net Match of the Round takes us to the Inglewood Stadium on Sunday evening, where Inglewood United hosts early league leaders Sorrento. The Gulls put on a five star show last week, coming from behind to beat Balcatta 5-1, and midfielder Scott Bulloch said it was a good way to start the season. “The boys are definitely happy with the way we kicked off the season, we have worked all pre-season on the way we wanted to play,” he explained. “Even after their early goal, we were confident we would get something out of the game. Last year we struggled a little to score, so to take our chances and have five separate scorers, it all points to good signs ahead.” Bulloch believes Inglewood’s squad looks good this season, and he knows they will have to be at their best to bring home the points, but he is hoping for a repeat of their last visit to the ground where they won 2-1. “They (Inglewood) have a good squad and should be challenging come seasons end, but we seem to perform well at Inglewood’s ground and although it will be a battle, we are confident we can get a good run going,” he said. “We have a big squad, with competition for places all over the park which means every player needs to perform to keep their spot.” Sorrento are at full strength for the clash.

Inglewood fought back from two goals down last week to draw 2-2 with Bayswater City and keeper Alex Dunn said it showed the character they have in their squad. “It was a great comeback in the end, and it showed the character we have within our side and the lads dug deep, and we knew all we needed was one goal to get back into the game,” he said. “Both teams had chances to win it, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.” Dunn said they expecting another tough encounter against the Gulls, as they look to kick start their season. “Sorrento are always a tough team and they will be confident coming off a big win last week,” he said. “We have gained a lot of confidence after the weekend and it’s good to see all the new lads and young lads gelling and we are looking to get our first three points of the season. In team news for Taki Nicolaidis’ side, Scott Blackmore and John Migas return to the squad, but David Cyrus will be missing.

ECU Joondalup v Armadale

Sunday – 4.00pm – ECU Football Stadium

Referee: Steve Gregory (Subject to change)

It’s going to a hot one on Saturday, with the temperature rising to close to 40 degrees, and with that in mind ECU Joondalup have changed their home fixture against Armadale at the ECU Football Stadium to Sunday afternoon. Both sides had disappointing results last week, Armadale going down 2-1 at home to Perth Glory, while ECU let two points slip, conceding a late penalty to draw 2-2 with Joondalup United. New signed Ross Millard was outstanding last week and he said it was two points lost. “We were disappointed with the way we played as everyone at the club knows we’ve got so much more to offer,” he said. “We were OK in patches and definitely caused them problems however we didn’t do it for long enough and have to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch.” Millard said Sunday’s opponents have looked good in the Night Series and will be another test for them. “Armadale are always a tough opponent to come up against, they’re a physical side who cause a lot of teams problems,” he explained. “They’re also coming off the back of a disappointing result which means they’ll be chomping at the bit to put things right, just like we are, so we have to be at our best and put in a strong performance.”

Perth Glory v Floreat Athena

Saturday - 6.00pm - E&D Litis Stadium

Referee: Nico Hoyle (Subject to change)

At the present time there is still four more games on Saturday, and the first see’s Perth Glory host Floreat Athena at Ashfield Reserve (4.30pm). Both sides won their opening games, Floreat edging out Stirling Lions, while the Glory youngsters beat Armadale. Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris said it was perfect first game first up, and they had to fight to win it. “It was a tough first round draw for us especially with the lack of games played for both sides, but I thought it was a good game and chances at both ends,” he said. “It was massive to pick up the three points in your opening game, and especially against our rivals, so there were a lot of positives coming from the squad going forward.” The keeper, who performance was rewarded with a place in the Footballwa.net – ‘Team of the Week’ –, said the Glory are always difficult to play against, and they need to be at their best. “Playing Perth Glory is a tough game, especially on the road,” he explained. “Gibbo has got a well drilled team, and last season they pinched three points from us with a loaded side, but hopefully this week will be different and we can keep our unbeaten start going.”

Bayswater City v Subiaco

POSTPONED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT

Stirling Lions v Perth SC

Sunday – 4.30pm – Macedonia Park

Referee: Tom Glavovic (Subject to change)

The final Saturday game is at Macedonia Park, where League Champions Perth SC takes on Stirling Lions. The Lions were beaten at Floreat last week and will be without Blamo Quo Quo, who was sent off last week, while Perth beat newly-promoted Mandurah City. Gustavo Catarcione bagged a brace in the 3-1 win, while Harley Orr was one of the best on the park. He said Mandurah had looked impressive in the Night Series and they knew they would have to work hard for the win. “We knew Mandurah we're going to be a tough task considering they reached the night series final,” he said. “I thought we took a while to get going but once Gustavo got us off the mark we started to play really well and that showed as we went 2-0 up, we definitely dominated most of the game and it was a positive first game and important to get the three points.” Orr said any trip to Macedonia Park is tough and he’s expecting more of the same on Saturday. “Stirling have always been a tough game when they are at home so it will be no easy task, but I think if we go out there and play to our full abilities we should be able to get the job done,” he explained. “They (Stirling) lost a good player last week from a red card so that will help us, but we have to on our game because they have a number of quality players in their side.”

Cockburn City v Balcatta

Saturday – 8.00pm – Dalmatinac Park

Referee: David Bruce (Subject to change)

The final Saturday game is an evening kick off with Cockburn City hosting Balcatta at Dalmatinac Park (7.00pm) Balcatta started brightly last week opening the scoring, but it went downhill after that and they were well beaten at Sorrento. Cockburn on the other hand produced a great first half against Subiaco and ran out easy winners, and midfielder Cameron Edwards said it was a positive start to the new season. “It was a solid performance first up for us, it’s always your aim to win your opening game,” he said. “I thought we created a number of chances and we were strong defensively so all in all a good day for us.” The former Perth Glory midfielder said Saturday’s opponents will want to bounce back after their heavy loss last week, so they will have to be well prepared. “It will be a tough game against Balcatta, who will look to bounce back under their new coaches after their first game loss,” he said. “Like any other NPL game we will need to play well to get the three points, but we’re confident we can.”

Joondalup United v Mandurah City

Sunday – 7.00pm – Percy Doyle Reserve

Referee: Michal Jasinski (Subject to change)

In the final game of the round the two newly-promoted sides meet at Percy Doyle Reserve. Joondalup showed great character to fight back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against ECU Joondalup, in the Joondalup Derby, while Mandurah’s opening NPL game ended in defeat at Perth SC. Skipper Andy Brown led the way in a man of the match performance, while teenager central defender Mitch Firth was close behind. The 17-year-old said despite the loss there were good signs to come out of the match. “Even though it is always disappointing to lose, no matter the result every game is a chance to learn and improve, especially when playing such a good and experienced team like Perth,” he said. “Despite losing to the favourites, we proved that we are ready for the step up to the NPL and are capable of challenging the big teams.” Firth, who has returned to the club this season, said he’s learning a great deal playing with the experienced players at the club and they will be looking to kick start their season against Joondalup. “The positives to take from the game against Perth is the way we continued to play good football until the final whistle despite the result. We continued to play as a team right until the whistle with everyone giving 100%, and we’ll do the same on Sunday,” he explained. “Playing with such experienced players that can adapt to changes in tactics and remain so disciplined is a privilege. With the change in tactics, this gave me the opportunity to advanced forward and use the width of the pitch. The encouragement from my team members and coaches allowed me to capitalise on using the width and my ability, which has helped by game improve.” I believe Sunday’s game will be an exciting game of football but also demanding, especially after their draw, last week against ECU. Unfortunately we have a few injuries at the moment but with the depth in the squad, we will be able to continue the good quality football and competitiveness that we showed in the opening round.”

24.2.2017

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - WEEK THREE PREVIEW

It’s week three of the State League Night Series and it starts on Friday evening in Group A. First up at Wanneroo Reserve Shamrock Rovers meet Joondalup City (6.30pm) Both sides lost last week, Rovers going down to Wanneroo, while City were edged out by Ashfield, and both will be looking to get their campaign back on track. In the elate game hosts Wanneroo City takes on Swan United. The Roos started the competition with a bang with a big win against Shamrock, while Swan had the bye. Swan Coach Matt Debarro, whose side lost their opening game against Joondalup, said there were a lot of positives to come out of the game. “We looked good going forward and scored two goals with the opportunity to score plenty more being created,” he said. “But we need to look at our performance when defending, scoring two goals should win you a win or at very worst a draw, we need to address that.” Debarro, who coach Wanneroo in 2015, said they will be buoyed after their first up win. “It will be a challenge, Wanneroo always seem to step it up against us last year, but for us it’s just another pre-season game to work on our structures and fitness in preparation for the league season,” he said. “Who we play is irrelevant to us, and they had a good start last week and well done to Tim Kantor and his boys. We will be without several boys who are not quite ready to play competitive games, but that allows us to give the younger boys a run and look at some new faces to test our depth, which is important to have for a successful campaign, and that’s something we didn’t have last year being a new squad.” – Ashfield has the bye this week.

In Group B it’s off to Kingsway Reserve on Sunday with three games, and first up the two unbeaten side’s meet, when Western Knights take on UWA Nedlands (3pm). The Knights beat traditional rivals Dianella last week, while UWA overcame Balga, so the winners of this game will be in pole position to top the table. UWA Coach Michael Janhsen said his players have started well. “The Night Series start has been good for the boys and the club this year. It is an opportunity to test different things we prepare in our training sessions. I am delighted by the squad’s performances so far and it is good to see the competition with the new players which are already well integrated in the team,” he said. “We are happy about the actual situation and the way we develop. Still long time till the season starts and it is essential for us to be ready in April. The competition is good and we enjoy the atmosphere of this tournament.” Janhsen said Sunday’s game will be tough against a good side. “Playing Western Knights is always special, but unfortunately we picked a few long term injuries over the last two weeks, but the depth of the squad is good to compensate this,” he explained. “We like these kind of matches and it will be a good challenge for both teams to see where we are at this stage of pre-season. I am expecting a close game. The winner will make a big step forward to get through to the Semi-Finals.” The next game is Dianella White Eagles taking on hosts Kingsway Olympic (5pm), who won their first game of the competition last week against Quinns. In the final game of the night Balga and Quinns go in search of their first point of the tournament. Balga assistant coach Gary Shorto said, "It is a little disappointing not to have started the night series in better fashion. Having said that, we came up against two Division One sides and for periods, I feel we competed well." Shorto said he expects a strong Quinns FC side this Sunday. "Quinns, as always will be a very tough opponent. We are sure that Quinns will be looking to get a result against us".

In Group C on Friday evening Forrestfield United take on Morley Windmills at the Inglewood Stadium (7.pm). After losing their opening game, Morley had the bye last week, while United entered the competition with a local derby win against Gosnells City. Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac was reall pleased with the win. “Three goals, clean sheet, no injuries and no cards, needless to say we are very happy with the outcome,” he said, “But we had to work hard from beginning to the final whistle against a rejuvenated Gosnells side, and it was just what we needed at this point of our pre-season preparations.” Banjac said Morley will be another tough test for his young side, “We will approach the game against Morley in exactly the same way but with an introduction of new players as we are looking to add some depth to the squad, and The Night Series provides us with a perfect opportunity to experiment,” he explained. “Morley is a very ambitious club, looking to get back into Division One, and there is no doubt that they will play their part in what should be a good game of football.” The other game in the group is on Sunday at the E&D Litis Stadium with Rockingham City taking on Gosnells City (6.30pm) Rockingham top the group on goal difference and are coming off a hard fought draw with Gwelup Croatia, who are also unbeaten in the group, this likes being the tightest group in the Night Series. This week Gwelup Croatia has the bye.

There are also three games in Group D at Ashfield Reserve on Sunday. The first game sees the unbeaten Canning City take on Fremantle City (2pm). New Coach Paul McCue has made a perfect start to his tenure at City, and they are coming off a tight 2-1 win against Melville last week. Fremantle bounced back from their opening game loss by thumping Kelmscott last week, and a win will keep Freo in touch with the group leaders. At 4.00pm Group leaders South West Phoenix take on Kelmscott Roos. The Phoenix under the tutelage of Mauro Marchione have won both games, scoring ten goals in the process, while Kelmscott are still searching for their first point in the competition. In the final game at 6.00pm, Curtin University takes on Melville City. Both sides lost last week, but both will be looking for a response this week, as both prepare for the new league season.

24.2.2017

TOP FOUR IN GLORY’S SIGHTS IN MUST WIN GAME

Perth Glory has home comforts again this weekend when they host Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday at nib Stadium (7.00pm) The Glory’s draw last week against Brisbane Roar allowed the Wanderers to close the gap to four points on the table after they beat league leaders Sydney FC, so Saturday’s game is a vital clash for both sides top four aspirations.

The Wanderers were however thrashed in their opening ACL game on Tuesday by Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds, and Glory Coach Kenny Lowe said he hopes they got the wining out of their system before heading west. “It’s good that they’ve won, so they don’t need to win next week, that’s the way I look at it,” he joked. “They are very well-coached, have some super players and they do play a lovely brand of football, they will bring their own challenges.”

The sides have played twice this season, both ending in draws. The last time the two sides meet at nib Stadium it ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 13,290 fans. Alex Grant, who will miss again due to injury, equalised on the night after Nicolas Martinez had given the visitors the lead in the first minute. Keogh gave the Glory the lead just after half time, but Brendan Santalub gave both sides a share of the spoils. Then they draw 1-1 at ANZ Stadium. Adam Taggart opened the scoring for the Glory but Jaushua Sottirio levelled on the hour.

Shane Lowry was back in the squad last week, but Lowe is sweating on the fitness of Irish striker Andy Keogh, who missed the Roar game, and Serbian midfielder Nebojsa Marinkovic, who injured himself against the Roar. “We are hoping it’s only one week,” Lowe said of Keogh. “He’s so passionate that he wanted to play last week, but I didn’t want to take the risk. We could have played him possibly but because it’s an actual tear it could have compounded it. Obviously it would have been nice to have him on the park, but you have to make those calls sometimes. Nebo has tweaked his groin, but hopefully it’s not a bad one. He stuck his hand up to come off, but fingers crossed it’s OK.”

Keogh was missed last week, and Taggart’s goal made it ten for the season for the Young Socceroos striker, one ahead of Keogh, but he said he doesn’t matter who scored the goals, if it meant the Glory could push for a finals spot. “We just want to keep winning and we’re all scoring, and we’re all creeping up the goal scoring ladder,” he said. “It’s good we have more than just one person scoring. It’s more enjoyable when you know you’re going to get more chances and wait for that to come. We’ve been attacking quiet fluidly, it’s been enjoyable. It’s always the best to score a goal, it’s the hardest thing in football.”

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REEDY, GK Nick FEELY, 3 Marc WARREN, 4 Shane LOWRY 5 Rhys WILLIAMS, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9 Andy KEOGH, 10 Nebo MARINKOVIC, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Joe MILLS, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Josh RISDON, 20 Aryn WILLIAMS, 22 Adam TAGGART, 28 Joe KNOWLES - *two to be omitted* - Ins: WARREN (promoted), KEOGH (returns from injury) - Outs: Nil

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: GK Vedran JANJETOVIC, GK Jerrad TYSON, 2 Shannon COLE, 3 Jack CLISBY, 5 Brendan HAMILL, 6 Mitch NICHOLS (c), 7 Steven LUSTICA, 8 DIMAS, 10 Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 11 Brendon SANTALAB, 12 Scott NEVILLE, 13 Bruno PIÑATARES, 14 Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 16 Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18 Robert CORNTHWAITE, 22 Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 24 Terry ANTONIS, 29 Ryan GRIFFITHS - *two to be omitted* - Ins: COLE (promoted), LUSTICA (promoted), DIMAS (returns from suspension) - Outs: 15.Kearyn BACCUS (suspended – one match)

23.2.2017

DE VANNA SUSPENDED FOR W-LEAGUE ATTACK

Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna has been slapped with a one-game suspension for an incident in a W-League semi-final earlier this month. The Canberra United forward was cited by Football Federation Australia nine days after charging into the back of Melbourne City's Jess Fishlock in an off-the-ball attack that was missed by the match officials. De Vanna pleaded guilty to the charge of "Serious Unsporting Conduct" and issued a mandatory one-game suspension.

23.2.2017

KEOGH TO RETURN FOR WESTERN SYDNEY CLASH

Striker Andy Keogh insists there is no on-field rivalry to be Perth Glory’s top goal scorer. But he will want to get back on the scoresheet after watching strike partner Adam Taggart move to ten goals, one more than the Republic of Ireland international, with his tap-in against Brisbane Roar last weekend.

Keogh is fit for Glory’s crucial home clash with Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night after missing the draw with Brisbane with a hamstring strain. He was injured five minutes into the previous game against Adelaide United, but played on for another 45 minutes.

Keogh and Taggart have scored half of Glory’s 38 goals between them, with Diego Castro on eight and Nebojsa Marinkovic on five. But Keogh said he didn’t mind who scored if it meant Glory could push for a finals spot. “We just want to keep winning and we’re all scoring. We’re all creeping up the ladder,” he said.

“It’s good we have more than just one person scoring. Its more enjoyable when you know you’re going to get more chances and wait for that time to come. We’ve been attacking quiet fluidly, it’s been enjoyable. It’s always the best to score a goal. It’s the hardest thing in football.”

Glory are the third-highest scorers in the A-League and face a Western Sydney side buoyed by their win over previously unbeaten Sydney FC last weekend. “If we can stop conceding goals a lot of teams will take a lot more notice of us,” Keogh said. “We have to stop them building up from the back. They keep the ball well. They move it very quickly and they are good at the 1-2’s and getting behind.”

Defender Shane Lowry will challenge Rhys Williams and Dino Djulbic for a starting spot after recovering from a quad injury. “It’s always hard coming on as a defender when the game is perfectly balanced at two-all,” said Lowry, who replaced Williams late in the Brisbane game. “I thought I slotted in all right.”

22.2.2017

MILLARD IMPRESSES ON ECU DEBUT (courtesy of ECU Joondalup)

New signing Ross Millard showed why he was in demand, after he departed Perth Glory at the end of the National Youth League, with a Man of the Match performance against Joondalup United last weekend. The 19-year-old, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday, returned home in the pre-season and he said after talking to the club and seeing their plans he jumped at the chance to return. “I’ve settled in really well, and both the coaches and players have welcomed me with open arms and I’m really enjoying my football at the moment,” Millard said.

“There were other clubs interested in signing me soon as I left Glory, but there was a small amount of time in which I had to make a decision due to the season only being two weeks away. “At the time it was just a matter of me choosing the right club where I thought I could get the best out of myself. I saw the squad and culture that was being built at ECU and I really wanted to be a part of it. There’s definitely a feel at the club that we’re on the verge of achieving something great.”

Football has sent the talented defender from ECU to West Ham United and to Stevenage FC and then Perth Glory, and he said it’s been a roller-coaster ride. “Your right there, It’s been a roller-coaster ride so far, so many ups and downs but I certainly have no regrets as I really enjoyed my time and experience over in England and at Glory,” he said. “It didn’t work out the way I planned it to over in the UK, due to things happening that were out of my hands, but its defiantly something I can look back on and be proud of.”

The decision to leave the A-League club was one Millard thought long and hard about, but having had a glimpse of professional football he still wants to follow his dream. “Yes it was a difficult one for me, the boys were great with me when I first arrived back from England and really helped me settle back into Australian football,” he explained. “I made some good mates and memories along the way and really enjoyed my time there, but towards the end of my tenure I just felt like I needed a change of environment which led me to pursue other opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to experience a glimpse of both A-League and the Football League over in England in which I’m really grateful for. My ambition to play professional football is still there - I just felt that I needed to go into an environment where I can enjoy my football again.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said the youngster has a huge career in the game ahead of him. “Ross has been outstanding since joining us and he is a born leader, and after only a few training sessions you could see that, and that’s why we elevated him to the leaders group at the club,” he said. “He reads the game so well and is good on the floor and in the air, and his work rate and attitude is second to none. We are delighted he chose to come back to the club, because there were offers elsewhere, but I personally believe he can make that next step in the game.”

Millard said last week’s draw was two points lost and they are hoping to turn it around against Armadale on Sunday. “We were disappointed with the way we played as everyone at the club knows we’ve got so much more to offer,” he said. “We were OK in patches and definitely caused them problems however we didn’t do it for long enough and have to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch. Armadale are always a tough opponent to come up against, they’re a physical side who cause a lot of teams problems, and they’re also coming off the back of a disappointing result which means they’ll be chomping at the bit to put things right, just like we are, so we have to be at our best and put in a strong performance.”

20.2.2017

FOOTBALLWA.NET – PS4NPLWA TEAM OF THE WEEK

This season we will be choosing the PS4NPLWA 'Team of the Week' each Monday evening and adding it to the site. We have people at every game and they will choose a striker, 2 x midfielder, 2 x defenders and keeper each week to be up for selection in the side.

19.2.2017

GLORY LOOK TO CRUCIAL DATE WITH WESTERN SYDNEY

Perth Glory find themselves under pressure to hold fifth position after a 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar, however, coach Kenny Lowe expects to welcome back striker Andy Keogh next week. Glory twice came from behind at home to Brisbane on Saturday night through goals to Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adam Taggart to claim a share of the points.

Glory are four points ahead of Western Sydney (6th), who they host on Saturday. "It's good that they've won, so they don't need to win next week that's the way I look at it," he said. "They are very well-coached, have some super players and they play a lovely brand of football. They will bring their own challenges."

Lowe is confident Keogh will return after missing the Brisbane game with a hamstring tear. "We are hoping it's only one week. He is so passionate that he wanted to play (on the weekend), but I didn't want to take the risk. We could have played him possibly but because it's an actual tear it could have compounded it," Lowe said.

It's likely Keogh will come into the line-up as a straight swap for goalscorer Marinkovic. "Nebo has tweaked his groin. Hopefully it's not a bad one," Lowe commented. "He stuck his hand up to come off but fingers crossed that's okay." The weekend draw keeps Glory two points behind third-placed Melbourne City and fourth-placed Brisbane.

19.2.2017

STATE LEAGUE NIGHT SERIES - WEEK TWO REVIEW

It was week two of the State League Night Series, with ten games across the weekend. In Group ‘A’ Wanneroo City, who had the bye last week, opened their campaign with a 4-1 win against Shamrock Rovers at Wanneroo Reserve. On target for Wanneroo were Nathan Grostate, Endalk Balcha and a brace to Joel Gillespie. New coach Tim Kantor said it was a good first up performance. “It’s very early days in our preparation for the season with a new young squad but the early signs are very good,” he said. “Shamrock were certainly a tough opponent but I thought that we controlled large parts of the game and I was really pleased with the number of chances that we created. It was certainly a great start to our campaign and we will look to build on that against a very competitive Swan United on Friday night.”

In the late game Ashfield made it back-to-back wins with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Joondalup City Brett McGuire gave them the lead on the half hour heading home Ashley Corker’s free kick, but City hit back with Jamie Kalaher scoring from Joe McQuade free kick. But City switched off and Ashfield regained the lead immediately through Greg Haliday. Ashfield assistant Coach Marco Schisano came up against his former club and he said they had to work hard for the win but were well worthy winners. “It was a great match for us as Joondalup City made us work very hard for the full 90 minutes. With all the changes we have had this season, it is very pleasing to see the players adapting to the style of play Matt (Wardle) and I are looking to implement this year,” he said. “We have made a lot of changes to the squad in the first two matches and we are making tactical changes to the side during both matches so far. The players have been excellent in adjusting to every situation they have faced and we are very happy with the atmosphere at the club. We will continue to provide opportunities to different players in the next few matches in order to be ready for the start of the season.”

In Group ‘B’ also on Friday night Western Knights won 4-2 against traditional rivals Dianella White Eagles at Ashfield Reserve. Jamie Burns, Paul Lloyd, Tom Southgate and Ryan Haslet were on target for the Knights and striker Adriano Jelenovic said it was a good performance. “I thought we dominated almost whole game, and we created a lot of chances and kept the ball well. Also we played as a team, we have been very compact and didn't let them play,” he explained. “Only the last 10 minutes of first half we lost our possession and then they scored one of their two goals but might have been a reason because of the preseason process as we are training so hard and we are not 100% yet. Second half after they scored their equalising goal we made a few substitutions and again lifted up intensity and scored two winning goals.” On Sunday Kingsway Olympic bounced back from defeat last week to beat Quinns FC 4-1 in the early game at Kingsway Reserve. Justin Caratozzolo scored brace, with others to Jarrad McNally and Nicolas Chick. In the late game UWA Nedlands beat Balga 3-0.

In Group ‘C’ on Friday night Forrestfield United made their first appearance in the tournament and ran out 3-0 winners against neighbours Gosnells City at the Inglewood Stadium. Forrestfield were ahead after only five minutes, Mark Barnett switched play to find Jordan Hart on the wing, who crossed to Mitch Crocker to finish. It was 2-0 just after the break, Matt Harold won possession off a cheap turn over by Gosnells and slotted superbly across the keeper bottom left corner. The third came late when Gosnells failed to deal with a corner and Andy Harold finished with an acrobatic bicycle kick. “The boys played well for the solid 90 minutes. With the interchange rule the lads each got a good hit out all over the park,” Barnett said. “We dominated possession throughout the game and on a better day we would've had quite easily half a dozen goals. A few slips ups early on in defence were corrected and the boys put in solid shift. I am delighted we kept a clean sheet and we will build on this in the coming weeks.” In the late game Rockingham City and Gwelup Croatia fought out a 1-1 draw. Lydon Hodgkiss gave Rockingham the lead with a stunning 20 meter free kick on 16 minutes, but Gwelup levelled just after half time through Noah Shamaki.

In group ‘D’ on Saturday night South West Phoenix ran out convincing 6-1 winners against Curtin University at Edinburgh Oval. Kieran Quinn scored a double, with Lee Stewart, Ryan Stewart Corey Barclay, and Jayden Prosser also on target. On Sunday at Ashfield Reserve Fremantle City bounced back from last week’s loss to thrash Kelmscott Roos 6-0. Alec Robinson was the star, bagging four goals, while Rhys Plucknett and Lawrence Lewis scored the other goals. “A game that was particularly hard due to the weather conditions that saw both sides struggle with the heat,” explained Fremantle Coach Steve Plucknett. “It was pleasing that we learnt from our mistakes last week, and we also took our chances well and probably should have had a few more. Ollie Rigler saved a penalty before there was any score, and I think this woke us up and we then got on with it and stepped up with some good finishes.” In the last game of the group Canning City made it back-to-back wins after a hard fought 2-1 win against Melville City. Gavin Brown’s side led at the break, after good lead up play between Brodie Harrison and Charlie Bush set up Mark Lucas who was brought down in the box on 24 minutes. Lucas picked himself up to score from the penalty. But Canning hit back late with Callum Roberts scoring both goals. His first came on 67 minutes, after he timed his run perfectly to get on the end a ball over the top, before slotting home. Then five minutes later he scored the winner, finishing off a neat build up and finishing well.

19.2.2017

SPARROW EARNS JOONDALUP A POINT IN THE DERBY

English import Matthew Sparrow started life at Joondalup United in dramatic style, converting a last minutes penalty to earn the newly-promoted side to a 2-2 draw against ECU Joondalup in the local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve on Sunday evening. It was the first ever meeting between the two clubs in the top flight and Ross Millard gave ECU the lead early. Richard Howles levelled before the break, but it looked like Tommy Amphlett had won it for the visitors but Sparrow popped up late to earn United a point. “It was a good result, and a result we deserved,” Joondalup keeper James Bosdet said. “On another day we could have won but we are not complaining with the point. It’s a good point against one of the teams tipped to challenge for the title. It's a good start to NPL life and we are looking ahead to next week now which is another big game.”

It was a typical derby early with some tasty tackles, with both sides looking to get the opener, and that went to the visitors on the quarter hour. Daryl Nicol’s free kick was saved low by James Bosdet, but the rebound fell to Millard, and new defender made mistake at the back post. Joondalup lifted and went in search of the equaliser, with Arran Maplestone a constant threat, and their hard work was rewarded on 35 minutes with the equaliser. ECU were a man down, with midfielder Kevin Moon receiving treatment for an ankle injury, but a long throw from Joel Ledsham was flicked on to Howles, and the big striker finished with aplomb, to score the first ever NPL goal for the club. United were on top late in the half, Josh Booysen saw his shot flash wide, before Maplestone crossed to Joe Stocker, who headed over the top.

Joondalup continued to press early in the second half, but were undone by a quick ECU counter attack nine minutes in. Skipper Gordon Smith sent Nicol in on goal, he rounded Bosdet, but his shot was offline, but Amphlett picked up the crumbs and fired home from a tight angle. Despite going behind Joondalup continued to push forward Howles crossed to second half substitute Mike Kenny, but Jack Jones got back with a superb last-ditch tackle to deny him.

With Joondalup pushing men forward looking for the equaliser, ECU started picking them off and should have added a third. First Smith fired inches wide after great work by Nicol, before Bosdet produced a stunning save to deny Smith again moments later. The Scottish striker cut inside two Joondalup defenders but his shot was superbly saved by the Joondalup custodian. That save became more important as Joondalup levelled two minutes into injury time. A long ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and Howles fell under the challenge of Fraser Greenwood and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Sparrow kept his nerve and sent Greenwood the wrong way from the resulting penalty to give both sides a share of the spoils.

19.2.2017

SALMON SWOOPS TO SCORE AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB

Former Bayswater City striker Alex Salmon came back to haunt his former club after scoring a late equaliser to give Inglewood United a 2-2 draw at the Inglewood Stadium on Sunday evening. It looked like Bayswater would continue their Night Series winning form, racing to a two goal lead at half time, with goals from Todd Howarth and Andrija Jukic. But a second half reveal from the home side with Luke Randazzo pulling one back and Salmon had the final say with six minutes remaining. “I enjoyed the game I thought we were going to nick it at the end, but coming back from 2-0 down, we’re always going to be happy with a point,” Salmon said. “Both sides had chances in the game and it was an entertaining game. It's always nice to score, but I don't put too much thought into the fact it's my old club, I just want to score goals.”

Last season’s beaten Grand Finalists were out of the blocks early, and Bayswater keeper Devon Spence was called upon to make a couple of smart saves. But Bayswater steadied and got their game together and they hit the front on 35 minutes. David Heagney picked out Howarth, who was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot flew past Alex Dunn for the lead. They doubled their advantage five minutes later, Jukic found space on the edge of the box, and he lifted the ball up over Dunn to send Bayswater into the sheds in complete control.

It was much of the same after the break Jason Mirco shot flashed just wide, and some desperate defending from the home side, including a couple cleared off the line, kept them in the game. Inglewood, who had lost Kenny Keogh early due to injury, found a lifeline on 78 minutes from his replacement. A corner wasn’t dealt with by Bayswater and the ball fell to Randazzo who volleyed home superbly. It was a perfect boost to the player, after returning back to the club after a year out of the game. The goal lifted Inglewood and Bayswater started to show cracks, and six minutes from time the comeback was complete. A cross from the left hand side found Salmon at the far post, and his header beat Spence much to the delight of the home crowd, to give both sides a point hitting the back of the net.

It was a great return to football for Randazzo and he said things are looking good. “There was a good buzz in the squad going into the game, and round one is always exciting and we really wanted to hit the ground running. We didn't quite do that in the first half but the boys showed plenty of character in the second half to level the scores and take something away from the match,” he said. “I didn’t play last season due to work commitments but a year off certainly makes you miss football and makes you very hungry to get back into. Really enjoying being back into it and wrapped to get back on the scoreboard last night in my first game back. Just looking at personally improving each week and playing my role for the team, in whatever capacity that is.”

18.2.2017

GLORY LET TWO POINTS SLIP AGAINST THE ROAR

Perth Glory remain in contention for the top four spot after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Saturday night. The visitors led twice in the first half with Jamie Maclaren and teenager defender Dane Ingham on target for John Aloisi’s side, only for Glory to claim a point courtesy of goals from Nebojsa Marinkovic and a superb team goal finished off by Adam Taggart, his tenth goal of the season.

“We were up and down in patches, we played some really good football but at the same time we need to tighten up defensively and also going forward,” Taggart said post-match. “We had some half chances, our final balls probably could have been a little better and we could have gone away with three points. It’s always easy to talk about spots and places (on the ladder) but Brisbane are a great side, of course we want to win, we’re at home...but there’s a lot of positives to take out of it. They (Roar) were very well organised. We came up against a very good side, at the end of the day it’s probably a fair result.”

Glory Coach Kenny Lowe was forced into one change to the side that beat Adelaide United 5-0 last week, with Nebojsa Marinkovic replacing Andy Keogh, who didn’t recover from a hamstring injury, while Shane Lowry was back in the squad, but had to do with a pace on the bench. Former Glory striker Maclaren went close to the opener on 16 minutes, Tommy Oar’s cross was met by the striker but his header hit the post. Rostyn Griffiths tried his luck from long-range, which didn’t trouble Michael Theo. But on the half hour the Roar hit the front, Thomas Broich crossed to Maclaren, who beat Rhys Williams to the ball to easily, and fired low past Liam Reddy.

There lead only lasted seven minutes, but the equaliser was controversial. Diego Castro took on two Roar defenders on the left and whipped in a cross, but it looked like the ball had gone out of play and TV replays showed the ball was clearly out, but Marinkovic wasn’t to know and he picked up Luke DeVere’s poor clearance and his curling effort from the edge of the penalty area deflected into the top corner of the net. The Glory faithful were still settling back in their seats when the Roar regained the lead two minutes later. Brandan Borrello and Broich combined down the right, before Broich found Ingham who drilled his shot low past Reddy.

The Glory opened the second half well and Taggart was inches away from converting Marinkovic’s cross early, but they were level on 48 minutes. Chris Harold was picked out by a superb back heel from Castro and he played the ball across the goal for Taggart to poke home, in one of the best team goal of the season. But the Roar should have gone ahead again eight minutes later, Maclaren racing clear of a static Glory defence, but Reddy stood tall to save. Taggart almost won it for the home side but Theo produced a great save to deny him, before substitute Joe Knowles fired into the side netting in stoppage time.

18.2.2017

GLORY SPOT ON IN NPL SEASON OPENER

Perth Glory has come-from-behind to beat Armadale 2-1 in the opening game of the PS4NPLWA season at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday evening. While the Glory A-League side were drawing at home to Brisbane Roar, the Glory youngsters fell behind to Nathan Costello’s header, but went into the break with the lead after goals from skipper Daniel Stynes and a penalty from Kosta Petratos. Both sides had chances in the second half but the Glory held on for the points.

“A great start to the season for us against Armadale a team who are in some very good form,” Glory striker Brown-Montgomery said. “I thought we started well and had them on the back foot from kick off but they managed to score early. We are the youngest team in the league and I think it showed real character and guts to come back from 1-0 down, and it showed that even though we are a young team we can grind results and we can also play good football.”

The Glory had opened brightly and was on the front foot early, but against the run of play Armadale hit the front on 24 minutes. Former Swindon Town midfielder Jordan Pavett’s free-kick picked out Costello, and former Glory defender lost his marker and his faint header beat Jordan Thurtell. But Armadale’s joy was short lived and eight minutes later the Glory youngsters levelled. A quick counter attack involving striker Bayley Brown-Montgomery and Stynes, sent the striker in on goal, Armadale keeper Michael Craggs stood tall and got a hand to his shot, and the ball was cleared off the line, but Stynes was alert to fire home the rebound.

Some good approach work from the Glory had Armadale defending in numbers, but they continued to find holes in the Armadale defence, and it was only a matter of time before they hit the front, and it came five minutes later. Brown-Montgomery was held back in the box by Costello and referee Tom Dowle pointed straight to the spot. Petratos stepped up and made no mistake from the resulting penalty to send the Glory to the break with the lead.

After the break the Glory continued to hit on the counter attack and went close to a third. Walter Scott picked out the speedy Brown-Montgomery in space, but his shot crashed off the woodwork and away to safety. Armadale pressed late and were dangerous from set-pieces, but the Glory back four were working overtime to hold them at bay. The home side almost snatched a late point. Pavett’s corner found Dannie Richman at the back post, and he crossed to Costello who headed over the top.

18.2.2017

CATARCIONE BACK AND SCORING

Perth SC striker has started the new NPL season like he left off last season, bagging a brace in the their 3-1 win against newly-promoted Mandurah City at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. The Brazilian striker, who won the Gold Boot last season, opened his account for 2017 with a goal either side of half time. Mandurah hit back and Oscar Thompson pulled one back, but the points were wrapped up 14 minutes from time with Nicolas Ambrogio adding the third. “Obviously delighted to get the win in the competition on our opening game,” Catarcione said. “It’s always good to win the opening game of the season, and for myself as a striker scoring two goals in the first game is even better.”

The visitors, who were back in the top level for the first time since 2011, started brightly and went close to the opener when skipper Andy Brown raced into the penalty area, but Francis Soale stood tall and saved with his foot. Perth got into the game and went close themselves on the half hour. A great through ball from Harley Orr sent Niccolo Sabatini clear on goal, but Brad Eiffe was out bravely to deny the winger. But in first half stoppage time the home side scored the opener, with a contender for ‘Goal of the Season’. There looked little danger when he received the ball 25 meters from goal, but his curling shot flew past Eiffe and into the top corner of the net.

The striker double his and Perth’s tally eight minutes into the second half. A ball over the top sent him clear, with the Mandurah defence looking for the offside flag that never came, and Catarcione rounded Eiffe and rolled the ball home. But any team coached by Doug Hesketh were not going to lie down without a fight and Mandurah almost pulled one back moments later. Ryan Francis’ ball over the top sent Daniel Dyson into the box, but his shot crashed off the post and away to safety.

Then Craig Tone was picked out by Brown, but with the goal at his mercy he dragged his shot wide. But their pressure was rewarded just after the hour, when they reduced the margin. Brown was having a superb game and he played the ball into Thompson, and the defender finished clinically over the top of Soale. It was game on but Perth weren’t going to let this one slip and on 76 minutes they scored the decisive third. Catarcione turned provider this time, heading the ball across the face of goal, and Ambrogio made no mistake.

City manager Doug Hesketh was really happy with the commitment of his players and believes it building a platform for the year ahead. “We’ve been playing good football for two years in a league that’s tough to get out of but they’re a top team and you make a little mistake you get punished” he told the PS4NPLWA website. “We have to focus on the positives though. I think we’ve got a few surprises for the other teams and I think we can shake it up a bit.”

18.2.2017

ALBANO AT THE DOUBLE FOR COCKBURN

Cockburn City new midfielder Gian Albano bagged a double as the Cockerels beat Subiaco 3-0 at Dalmatinac Park on Saturday evening. The game was over as a contest before half time, with Albano capping off a dominant performance for his new side with goals either side of Jesse Lazzaro effort. Cockburn Coach Scott Miller was delighted with his team’s performance throughout the game. “Really happy with the first half, thought we really ran over the top of them with our speed” he told the PS4NPLWA website. “The second half we controlled the game to make sure we didn’t give any opportunities away.”

Cockburn dominated early and Rueben Tristao fired wide after only two minutes, but their pressure was rewarded with a goal on 13 minutes. A poor goal kick from Ryan Montgomery went straight to Albano, and the former Perth Glory midfielder made no mistake. They doubled their lead eight minutes later, Lazzaro superbly curling the ball around the wall and into corner of the net. Despite conceding two quick goals Subiaco continued to press, and Owen Coates’ header beat Luke Radonich, but the crossbar came to the Cockburn keepers’ rescue.

But ten minutes before half time Cockburn added a third. A long ball over the top caught the Subiaco defence out, and sent Albano one-on-one with Montgomery, and despite the keeper getting a hand to the shot he couldn’t stop it rolling into the net. Subiaco went close again after the break forcing good saves from Radonich, but neither side creating any clear cut chances in the remainder of the half. But the damaged had already been done, and Cockburn held tight to claim the three points.

17.2.2017

GULLS RUFFLE A FEW FEATHERS IN OPENER

Sorrento made the perfect start to the new PS4 NPLWA season with a stunning 5-1 win against Balcatta at Percy Doyle Reserve on Friday evening. But they had to come from behind after Nathan Scully scored for Balcatta, but Reece Vittiglia and Billy Quinncroft gave the home side the lead at the break, before Shaun Kilkelly, Jack Salter and Sean Canham scored after half time to seal a comprehensive win. “It was a massive statement for the first game of the season, we have shown we’re not messing around this season and we are up for it,” Quinncroft said. “We have a big squad where everyone can play first team football, so we are looking strong and need to carry it on.”

Gulls coach Jamie Harnwell said they were good down the flanks and finished well. “We’ve got really effective (wide) players and obviously a few really tall players in the middle there who can score goals, and in that second half, we were superb,” he told the PS4NPLWA website. ““Balcatta made it difficult, they became compact, so we had to play wider, but it worked.” The visitors made the perfect stat under new coach Salv Todaro and were ahead after only five minutes. Scully found space on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot beat James Morgan. But Sorrento hit back nine minutes later. Scott Bulloch and Ryan Pearson combined down the left and Pearson’s cross picked out Vittiglia to head past Domenico Savoldelli. The Gulls hit the front on the half hour, when Scott Witschge raced down the right and whipped in a low cross which was turned home by Quinncroft.

Sorrento took control after the break and added a third on the hour. A corner picked out an unmarked Kilkenny who made mistake. It was four on 76 minutes, and it was an immediate impact for substitute Slater. The New Zealander had only been on the pitch for two minutes, when a corner wasn’t cleared and he fired home from the edge of the penalty area with his first touch of the game. The icing was put on the cake four minutes from time, when Slater raced down the left and squared the ball to another substitute Canham, to finish and give the Gulls a convincing win.

17.2.2017

SALDARIS SCORES LATE TO SEAL VICTORY

A goal deep into second half injury time from Floreat Athena defender Chris Saldaris has given them a hard fought 3-2 win against their traditional rivals Stirling at the E&D Litis Stadium on Friday evening. David Micevski had given Stirling the lead early, before Lewis McMahon levelled. Micevski added his second to put Stirling back in charge, but they then had Blamo Qua Qua sent off. Floreat made their numerical numbers count and Kris Gate again levelled for the hosts, and Saldaris had the final word.

“The game was a strange game we started well and put them on the back foot early,” Gate said. “For me personally coming back from a knee operation I started on the bench and watching is always frustrating. They took the lead but we responded well with Lewy scoring a good strikers goal. It was positive for me to come on just after half time and get involved and great to see us responding after going behind again and it was good for me to score a good goal, Chris Saldaris got us a well-deserved winner I thought and it's always a nice way to win a local derby.”

The visitors opened brightly and they opened the scoring on 13 minutes. A ball over the top from skipper Miki Vujacic caught the Floreat defence flat footed and David Micevski nipped in and finished well past Jason Saldaris. But their lead only lasted for five minutes. Good work from new signing Zelfy Nazary ended with McMahon and the English striker made no mistake. It was a cracking opening game of the season with both sides pressing forward and it was the visitors who went close to regaining the lead before the break, Lukas De Lima shot was well saved by Jason Saldaris.

Floreat looked for an early breakthrough after the break, but they were struggling in the final third, and couldn’t find a way past a Stirling defence well led by Alex Suleski and Dejan Spaseski. It was a tight affair with half chances at both ends, but it was Stirling who took their chance on 73 minutes. David Micevski found a pocket of space, and showed why he won the Football West Gold Medal last season, superbly chipping Jason Saldaris from the edge of the box. The game took another twist three minutes later, when Qua Qua was shown a second yellow card by Steve Gregory and sent off.

Floreat went in for the kill and they equalised two minutes later. Phil Arnold made space down the flank and played in an inch-perfect cross and Gate side-footed home past John Perkins. It was a thrilling end to the game with Floreat pressing and Stirling hitting on the counter attack and Alex Tanevski went close to regaining the lead for Stirling, after being sent one-on-one with Jason Saldaris, but the Floreat custodian saved. But in the 93rd minute Floreat won it, Chris Saldaris was in the right place at the right time to stab home from close-range.

17.2.2017

THIRD SPOT UP FOR GRABS FOR GLORY

After last week’s five start show in Adelaide, Perth Glory return home this weekend when they host Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Saturday evening (7.00pm) The Roar sits only two points ahead of Kenny Lowe’s side, so a win on Saturday will take them above them on the Hyundai A-League table. Lowe brings back Marc Warren and Kosta Petratos and regains the services of Shane Lowry from injury.

The Glory have started to hit their straps and have scored eight goals in the last three games, with Diego Castro, Adam Taggart and Andy Keogh are bagging them in for fun. Keogh may be in doubt for the game, the Irish striker came off with a leg injury against Adelaide, but he will be doing all he can to take his spot in the starting eleven. Taggart said they capable of breaking down any opposition back line. “It’s taken a while to really click, but especially the last few games we’re probably starting to fulfil our potential together. It’s been really enjoyable, especially going forward. It’s been an absolute joy,” he said.

“I think we’re all starting to understand each other’s qualities and even defensively from the front, we’ve started to work it out exactly how we’re going to stop their defenders and holding mid’s from playing out. We’ve shown that we can break down any defence so far. It’s a big game for us…. We’ve got to go out all guns blazing.”

Will Lowe change a winning side, Lowry is available but Dino Djulbic and Rhys Williams were both outstanding last week at the heart of the back four. Djulbic said they know the important of a win on Saturday. “Third spot is available, and it’s a real six pointer,” he said. “We are playing at home and hopefully its three points for us.”

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REEDY, GK Nick FEELY, 3 Marc WARREN, 4 Shane LOWRY 5 Rhys WILLIAMS, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9 Andy KEOGH, 10 Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Joe MILLS, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Josh RISDON, 20 Aryn WILLIAMS, 22 Adam TAGGART, 23 Kosta PETRATOS - *two to be omitted* - Ins: WARREN (promoted), LOWRY (returns from injury), PETRATOS (promoted)

Brisbane Roar squad: GK Michael THEO, GK Tomislav BILIC, 3 Luke DEVERE, 7 Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8 Jacob PEPPER, 9 Jamie MACLAREN, 10 Brett HOLMAN, 11 Tommy OAR, 13 Jade NORTH, 15 ARANA, 17 Matt MCKAY (c), 22 Thomas BROICH, 24 Connor O’TOOLE, 26 Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28 Brandon BORRELLO, 29 Joe CALETTI, 46 Cameron CRESTANI, 50 Dane INGHAM - *two to be omitted* - Ins: NORTH (returns from suspension), BROICH (promoted), O’TOOLE (promoted), CALETTI (promoted)

17.2.2017

INTO THE LOOKING GLASS: THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON-WA PREVIEW

The NPL-WA season kicks off this weekend, with the league strengthened to fourteen teams. Reigning State champions Perth SC are looking to make it back to back titles, however they will be strongly challenged by Bayswater City, who will be looking to regain the trophy after a disappointing season last year. A host of clubs will be waiting in the wings if Perth or Bayswater slip up, with Inglewood United, ECU Joondalup and Floreat Athena looking good to challenge for the title.

The battle at the other end of the table is likely to be just as tight, and it is expected that Subiaco AFC and Perth Glory will be fighting it out to avoid bottom spot and possible relegation.

The team which finishes top of the regular season table will once again be champions and represent Western Australia in the national NPL play-off series. . This week the footballwa.net team takes a look at the twelve clubs, and are joined by author of "Paddocks to Pitches", Richard Kreider and Eamon Duffy, host of "Let's talk Football", in offering their thoughts on how season 2017 will pan out...




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