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26.7.2017

GOOD LUCK TO SORRENTO IN THE FFA CUP TONIGHT

Sorrento will be flying the flag for West Australian football in the Westfield FFA Cup round of 32, when they host Canberra Olympic at Percy Doyle Reserve tonight (6.30pm). We hope all football fans can get along to the game and support the Gulls, as they try and become the first WA state league club to reach the round of 16.

“It's a good draw for the club. I know the boys had their hearts set on an away trip, but to host a fellow member federation club at Percy Doyle Reserve will be a great occasion, and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell said. “Olympic had a fantastic run last year and we will certainly need to be at our best, but we have our eyes set on the next round and will do everything we can to achieve that.”

Harnwell said they will have to rebound from the disappointing State League Cup Final defeat “It’s a bit of the kick up the backside, it would’ve been nice going in to tonight with a bit of momentum,” he said. “But now I’ve asked the players to remember how it feels and to use that as motivation now going into the FFA Cup.”

Canberra Olympic head coach Frank Cachia has said that his team is ready and raring to go. The club reached last season’s semi-finals before losing 3-0 to Sydney FC, the same team that beat the Gulls in 2015. Cachia said that the travel element could be the biggest factor for this match-up. “I think we’re going into it largely unknown because of the travel factor,” he said when asked about his side’s chances.

“They [Sorrento] will be going in as favourites, they don’t have to move from their own backyard. But we know that we have ability within our squad and we’re confident that we can put in a good performance. And if that performance is anywhere near the level that we can play I think we’ll give a good account of ourselves.

From everyone at Footballwa.net - Good luck to Sorrento FC

Match Details
Sorrento v Canberra Olympic
Wednesday 26 July 2017
Percy Doyle Reserve, Duncraig (WA)
Kick-off: 6.30pm local (8:30pm AEST)

Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Nixon
Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: David Bruce

Broadcast: Streamed LIVE at https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/live-stream
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tags #SORvCOL #FFACup

Squads
Sorrento: 1.James Morgan (gk), 2.Jacob Shore, 4.Shaun Kilkenny, 6.Daryl Platten, 7.Alex Morgan, 8.Ryan Pearson, 9.Sean Canham, 10.Scott Bulloch, 11.Timothy Hill, 12.Joshua Tucker, 13.Steven McDonald, 14.Scott Witschge, 15.Brodie Martin, 16.Jackson Dongray, 17.Reece Vittiglia, 18.Jordan Brown, 19.Daniel Pearce, 20.Brad McDonald, 21.Sammy Byles, 22.Danny Jones, 24.Spiro Dimitriou, 60.Anthony Salpietro (gk), 60.Connor Campbell (gk)

Canberra Olympic: 1.Angelo Konstantinou (gk), 2.Tim Bobolas, 3.Josh Calabria, 4.Daniel Colbertaldo, 5.Phil Yarnold, 6.Jeremy Habtemariam, 7.Adrian Macor, 8.Bernard Rene, 10.Stephen Domenici, 11.Michael Reeve, 12.Rob Cattanach, 13.David Carder, 14.Callum Smith, 15.Tommy McLachlan, 16.Josh Gulevski, 17.Nick Bobolas, 18.Jordan Tskenis, 19.Brad Sawyer, 20.Jack Pettit (gk), 21.Jamie-Lee Guo (gk), 22.Michael John, 23.Nathen Megic, 24.Jackson Clement-McNee, 25.Dimitri Parascos, 99.Victor Yanes

23.7.2017

AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND THIRTEEN – REVIEW

The Footballwa.net – Sunday Amateur Premier League Match of the Week saw North Perth United come home from John Connell Reserve with a hard fought 2-1 win against Leeming Strikers. It was North Perth who controlled the first half, but they couldn’t find the target, but on the stroke of half time Leeming showed them how to do it with the lead. A low cross from Lucas Pickering picked out Andrew Jennings, who slid in at front post to fire home. The visitors levelled early in the second half with Ago Mujic scoring. They scored the winner with Richard Dendle scoring, to keep them in touch of the top two. “It was good result for us against a well organised side,” United Coach Jason Winter said. “We were missing three players but the lads that played this game were quality from start to finish, I felt we controlled the first half but Leeming scored in the last few minutes of the first half against the run of play. But second half the lads responded and scored twice, although we probably a bit fortunate with the winner. But I felt we deserved it, we were the better side on the day with most of the possession, hopefully we bring this momentum into Wednesday Cup Quarter Final against Ellenbrook.”

Wembley Downs maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 7-1 win against Belmont Villa at Gerry Archer Reserve. The visitors were ahead in the first minute, Mark King was brought down in the box, and Ian Cleary converted from the spot. It was 2-0 moments later Gavin Walsh picking out King who finished well. Belmont pulled one back with Patrick Berry cutting the ball back to Darren Gamble to score. But on 22 minutes Belmont were reduced to ten men, after Darrell Gibney was sent off for a tackle on Stephen Geoghegan. Wembley then took control and Walsh and Geoghegan added two more before the break. They continued to dominate after the break and further goals from substitutes Brian Moriarty and Dean Wall wrapped up a comprehensive win. “I’m delighted, it’s hard to say too much about a 7-1 win,” Wembley coach Colm Costello said. “It’s really good to come here and get three points. They (Belmont) are a good side…but once they had their player sent off they were always going to be on the back foot.”

Kingsley bounced back from last week’s loss at Wembley with a 2-0 win against Hamersley Rovers at Chichester Park. David Ashworth headed home the opener in the first half, and Jayden Drummond lobbed the second after the break to seal the win. Kwinana United beat Perth Royals 3-0 at Kelly Park, with Jamie Nugent scoring a brace and Gary Lunt scoring the other. In other games Subiaco edged out Ellenbrook United 1-0 at Rosalie Park, while Southern Spirit beat BB United 4-0 at Watsons Reserve.

22.7.2017

JELENOVIC GIVES KNIGHTS CUP FINAL VICTORY

A goal from striker Adriano Jelenovic was enough as State League Division One side Western Knights beat PS4NPLWA side Sorrento 1-0 in the State League Cup Final at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday afternoon. In a game of very few chances the Knights striker raced clear from a long ball out of defence and fired home from 20 metres much to the delight of the Knights supporters in the big crowd.

“It was hard game to play for many players in my team, it was a first final that they are playing so everyone was a little bit nervous, but we knew we had enough quality in our team to win the game,” Jelenovic explained. “We knew if everyone did what Trim requested us to do, we going to win that game. We followed his instructions and we reduced our mistakes and tried to play simply and directive football and try to finish our chances. That's how we also scored the goal, good direct and precise ball came to me and I found myself a little bit off space to score the winner. After the goal we held out their long balls, and defensively we were amazing. Basically they didn't create any serious chance, and in my opinion we well deserve to win the game.”

It was a great day for football and the crowd were in place for the singing of the National Anthem, and then it was down to the action with both teams testing each other out early. It was a tight affair with clear cut chances few and far between, Reece Vittiglia shot inches over the top after the Knights turned the ball over, but the Knights hit back and Brian Patterson headed just wide. The game was more open now and Daryl Platten headed straight at Sam Stone, before David Murphy’s free kick was cleared off the line. Paul Lloyd then had a snap shot tipped around the post by James Morgan, before Jelenovic headed wide Lloyd’s in-swinging corner, but at the break it was 0-0.

Sorrento went close early in the second half Tim Hill’s header flashed inches over the top, before Ben Coulter’s shot was well saved by James Morgan. But the decisive goal came on 69 minutes, Sorrento played the ball into the Knights’ area, which was cleared up to Jelenovic, who controlled the ball and ran at the Sorrento defence, before firing home from 20 meters, and raced off to celebrate with the Knights fans behind the goal. Sorrento pressed late, the best chance fell to Steven McDonald whose goal bound shot was blocked. But at the final whistle, Knights’ players, coaches and supporters celebrated a fantastic win for the Nash Field club and Ben Coulter was the winner of the Stan Lazaridis medal.

Knights’ Coach Trim Morgan said his team were outstanding. “It was absolutely sensational, we had lots of possession in the first half and a few half-chances, and in the second half we had a cracking goal, and then we defended well,” he said. He also praised the goalscorer and Coulter, who was outstanding. “Benny’s been great all season and we know Adriano can finish,” he said. “He did the business against the last two PS4 NPLWA sides, and what a finish 30 odd yards out today.”

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 7 Alex MORGAN, 11 Tim HILL, 12 Josh TUCKER, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 15 Brodie MARTIN, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES – Subs: RGK Antony SALPIETRO, 2 Jacob SHORE, 9 Sean CANHAM, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 18 Jordan BROWN

Western Knights: GK Sam STONE, 2 Tom SOUTHGATE, 3 David MURPHY, 5 Graham TOUGH, 6 Ben COULTER, 8 Brian PATTERSON, 9 John CHALMERS, 10 Paul LLOYD, 13 Harry HALL, 15 Adriano JELENOVIC, 21 Josh CORTES – Subs: 12 Ryan TUCKER, 17 Delan DE SILVA, 18 James BURNS, 20 Sam HUTCHINGS, 27 Kevin ASHWOOD - Referee: Steven Gregory



The Western Knights win the 2017 State Cup

22.7.2017

COCKERELS SCORE LATE TO WIN RESERVES CUP FINAL

A penalty two minutes into stoppage time from Sam Garces has given Cockburn City a hard fought 3-2 win against Balcatta in Saturday’s State League Reserves Cup Final at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium. Cockburn dominated the first half and an own goal from Giordan Serra and a Julian Teles strike gave them a commanding lead at the break, but Balcatta hit back after the break, with a brace from Kyle Jackson. It looked like going to a dreaded penalty shoot-out, but second half substitute Sam Garces, who was devastated not to be playing from the start, converted from a penalty in normal time to win it for the Cockerels.

Coach Ross Greer said they deserved the win but had a few uneasy moments in the second half, and had a special mention for the player who scored the winner. “I thought we created more than enough chances to win the game, but they made a few changes, and they had too after we totally dominated the first, but it could have gone either way after half time,” Cockburn Coach Ross Greer said. “It was great for Sam to score the winner, he was really disappointed not to be in the side, but I’m really happy he came off the bench and scored the winner, he won’t be disappointed tonight.”

Cockburn dominated early, and Adam Anfuso shot was saved by Luke Hutchinson, before Teles fired into the side netting. Their early dominance was rewarded with the lead on 16 minutes, when a cross from Daniel Santich was saved by Hutchinson, but the ball rebounding off the unfortunate Serra and rolled agonizingly into the net. It was 2-0 sixty seconds later Teles found space on the edge of the penalty area and finished clinically.

Balcatta’s first chance came moments later Brennan Borzecki’s long-range shot was well saved by Ryan Barker, at the second attempt. In fact Balcatta ended the half the better and went close on 35 minutes, Abbas Alshaikh won possession in the middle of the park and slipped a great through ball into the path of Ben Meredith, but Barker stood tall to deny the striker. Cockburn should have added a third in the shadows of half time, Ryan Pratt’s cross picked out the unmarked Daniel Robinson, but he headed over the top from close-range.

Balcatta needed a good start to the second half, and they certainly got one, scoring after only 50 seconds. Borzecki feeding Jackson on the right, his shot was half saved by Barker, but it rolled home and it was game on. It was an open game now, with chances at both ends. Borzecki heading wide for Balcatta, before Pratt’s shot was well saved by Hutchinson, after he was sent one-on-one with the Cockburn custodian. But on 65 minutes Balcatta levelled, Alshaikh’s free kick was headed back across goal by Meredith, and Jackson was at the back post to stab the ball home.

It looked like this one was going to a penalty shoot-out but on 92 minutes, Teles sent Pratt into goal and he was brought down by Gioffre, and referee Anthony Walsh pointed straight to the spot. Garces stepped up and scored from the resulting penalty to give Cockburn the win, and set off wild celebrations at the final whistle.

Cockburn City: GK Ryan BARKER, 2 Ryan SARDI, 3 Mohammed SULAIMAN, 4 Hudson BLISS, 6 David DOS SANTOS (10 Sam GARCES 62’), 7Adam ANFUSO (17 Michael DE BELLIS 80’), 9 Ryan PRATT, 11 Andrew EMSAVANA (8 Losene DULLEH 75’), 13 Chris THACKRAY (C), 14 Julian TELES, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Daniel ROBINSON - Subs not used: RGK Jordan COMBE, 5 Thomas BOURNE

Balcatta: GK Luke HUTCHINSON, 24 Brennan BORZECKI, 25 Kyle JACKSON (28 Luqman ABDIRAHMAN 92’), 26 Abbas ALSHAIKH, 27 Ben MEREDITH, 32 Tyler UGLOW, 33 Antoni DALESSIO, 34 Filippo GIOFFRE, 35 Tim HIGGINS, 36 Giordan SERRA (C), 37 Johnathan BOUHLAS (30 Henri MULWILA 68’) - Subs not used: RGK Skye DOYLE, 29 Oliver FORD, 31 Raed ALANZI - Referee: Anthony Walsh



Cockburn City celebrate winning the Reserves State Cup

22.7.2017

PERTH SC SPOT ON TO WIN THE UNDER 18’S CUP FINAL

Perth SC has won the State League under 18’s Cup Final beating Armadale 4-1 on penalties after the score was 1-1 at normal time. It was a dramatic end to the game, with Armadale’s Daniel Cummings scoring two minutes from time, but with the last kick of stoppage time Khaynan MacCarthy levelled to send the game to the shoot-out. Perth keeper Makek Kuc was the hero, saving two penalties and Perth’s Louis Rossi scored the sealing penalty.

“All credit to Armadale, they absolutely came out and played today and gave us a good game,” Perth Coach Basil Lenzo said. “After we had equalised, I was quietly confident on the penalties and I thought Makek (Kuc) was a standout in goals. Regardless of what age group, a cup final is always going to be a tough and scrappy game but the boys battled all day and put in a great team performance.”

The two sides had met in the league last weekend with Perth running out big winners, but this was a cup final and anything can happen. Armadale had the first real chance on the half hour, Eraste Vyamunga through ball sent Luke Tester into the box, but Kuc was out quick to save. Perth went close to the lead themselves seven minutes later, Shay Donovan stole the ball off a defender, before laying it off to Kristian Santich, who fired his first-time shot over the bar.

It was a typical cup tie with both sides not giving an inch, and it continued after the break. Santich’s shot from the edge of the box on the hour beat Duncan Lennon-Black, but the post came to the rescue of the Armadale custodian. Then on 77 minutes Vyamunga’s free-kick beat Kuc, but the post also came to the keepers rescue, as both sides pushed for the opener.

The break-through finally came two minutes from time, when a through-ball put Cumming one-on-one with Kuc, and the striker finished with aplomb. Perth pressed late pushing men forward and they levelled two minutes in to stoppage time. Armadale had two opportunities to clear their lines put failed, and the final one deflected off MacCarthy and rolled into the net to send the tie to penalties.

In the shoot-out, Darragh Nagel and Abdullahi Osman had their penalties saved by Kuc, and Perth won it with Rossi finishing comfortably making it four out of four from Perth to win it. “In the first-half I thought we created enough chances to score a few goals and in the second the game levelled out, but overall I thought our side played very well,” a disappointed Armadale Coach Joe Pugliese said. “In the end I just put it down to a lucky goal from Perth, but overall it was a great game from the two best teams in the league. “When the game goes to penalties, it goes to penalties and the team that puts it in wins and unfortunately that wasn’t us today.”

Armadale: GK Duncan LENNON BLACK, 7 Alex BOND, 8 Darragh NAGEL, 9 Luke TESTER (3 Conor DUNNE 83’), 10 Eraste VYAMUNGA, 11 Abdullahi OSMAN, 14 Daniel CUMMING (4 Jacob DE SILVA 90’), 18 Charlie SIMPSON, 19 Daniel STONE (5 Brad GREIPL 69’), 20 Connor MACRAE, 22 Jack CAPPENDELL - Subs not used: 2 Anthony LUCY, 32 Conor MCFALL

Perth SC: GK Malek KUC, 3 Nick MESSINA, 5 Lucas ROSSI, 6 Ben PULLELLA, 8 Lennon CRANE, 9 Louis ROSSI, 11 Shay DONOVAN (14 Jackson ELRIDGE 76’), 15 Kristian SANTICH, 16 Khaynan MACCARTHY, 17 Callum MAGEE (20 Sam THORNILEY 59’), 22 Matthew LENZO (C) - Subs not used: RGK Sebastian BELL, 21 Angelo CALASSE - Referee: Jake Friend



Perth SC winning the Under 18's State Cup

22.7.2017

TANEVSKI SCORES LATE TO EARN LIONS A POINT

Striker Alex Tanevski scored a last minute equaliser to give Stirling Lions a 2-2 draw in the week 3 PS4NPLWA catch-up game at the ECU Football Stadium on Sunday. The Lions were ahead early with Darren O’Riordan on target, but the hosts levelled before half time through skipper Jon Higgins. Gordon Smith marked his return to the starting line-up with a goal and it looked like they had won it, but Tanevski had the final word scoring on a quick counter attack to put a damper on the ECU 25th anniversary celebrations.

“I thought we started the game really well, and but a lot of pressure on them, and I thought we were well worth the early lead,” Lions Coach Rob Milevski said. “We should have been two up, but didn’t take our chances, but we gave away silly free kicks in key area and we were level. We changed a few things at half time, and despite going behind we showed good character to hit back and claim a point, which I thought was a fair result, especially with the rain sweeping across the pitch at times.”

The Lions arrived into the game after surprising the league leaders Inglewood last week, and they surprised the hosts in this one, by dominating early, and they were ahead after only eight minutes. A corner from the left wasn’t dealt with by the ECU defence, and O’Riordan’s shot from the edge of the box, flew into the bottom corner of the net. It should have been 2-0 four minutes later, Mathiang found himself one-on-one with Fraser Greenwood after dink over the top by Mike Vujacic, but the defenders weak shot was straight at the ECU custodian.

It was one-way traffic and Tanevski went close again moments later, but his shot on the run was pushed around the post by the alert Greenwood. The hosts started to get into the game, and Gordon Smith shot on the turn was well saved by Perkins, and on 28 minutes they were level, Higgin’s superb curling free kick giving Perkins no chance.

ECU started the brighter after the break, and they thought they had the lead on the hour, a long ball over the top sent Gordon Smith racing clear, and the flag stayed down, and he finished low past Perkins.

The goal was allowed, but after the Lions’ player’s protests, referee Tom Glavovic spoke to his assistant and reversed the decision. The home side went close again on 65 minutes. A long clearance from Greenwood sent Gordon Smith racing down the right, he played Nicol in on goal, his shot was superbly saved by Perkins, the rebound falling to Steven McGarry’s whose header bounced off the top of the crossbar. But two minutes later the home side’s pressure was rewarded with the lead. Higgins’ deep corner picked out Gordon Smith at the back post, and he headed home.

Perkins came to his sides rescue again on 72 minutes, saving Nicol’s low cross, but the keeper injured himself in doing so and was replaced by reserve keeper Lance Alavakis. The Lions weren’t out of this one, and skipper Vujacic’s long-range shot was blocked by Greenwood, and Jack Jones was quickest to react to clear the rebound with Tanevski ready to pounce.

It looked like ECU would celebrate their 25th anniversary with a win but the Lions had other ideas. ECU lost possession cheaply in their third final third and a long ball sent Tanevski racing clear down the left, he eased past his marker and finished clinically past Greenwood. Both sides had late chances to win, the best falling to the home side with the final action of the match. Nicol’s deep cross picked out Gordon Smith at the back post, but he could only find the side netting.

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Rikki SMITH, 5 Graham DORAN, 7 Kevin MOON, 8 Declan HUGHES, 9 Daryl NICOL, 10 Gordon SMITH, 13 Jon HIGGINS (C), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES Subs not used: RGK Jordan YOUNG, 6 Shane PICKERING 11 Keylun POLLARD 15 Ryan MCDARBY, 19 Cian HIRRELL

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS (RGK Lance ALAVAKIS 73’), 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 7 Miki VUJACIC(C) (4 Blamo QUAQUA 81’), 8 Alex SULESKI, 9 Alex TANEVSKI, 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 15 Shane CASSIDY, 16 Mathiang MATHIANG, 17 Darren O’RIORDAN, 18 Moses KALAU, 19 Cameron TEECE (12 Jason RUBIDGE 76’) - Subs not used: 6 Robbie MCNEILL, 13 Adam FALCONE - Yellow Cards: Vujacic 29’, Suleski 52’, Tanevski 71’ - Referee: Tom Glavovic

22.7.2017

MARULANDA AT THE DOUBLE FOR BAYSWATER

Bayswater City recent good form continued, after a 3-1 win against Subiaco in the PS4NPLWa week 2 catch up game on Sunday afternoon, at the Finance 365 Stadium. Youngster Luka Ninkovic gave the hosts the lead early, before Gustavo Giron-Marulanda added a second on the stroke of half time. Marulanda made sure of the points on the hour, while Carlin Feely scored a late consolation goal from the visitors.

“I was really pleased with Gustavo (Marulanda) today, he was very confident in front of goal and he never looked like he was going to miss,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne said. “The title is Inglewood’s to lose, so we have to keep believing that if we do things properly at our end we’ll get that one opportunity that we need. The only thing we can do now is keep grinding out results and then we’ll see where we end up in the next five weeks.”

Both these sides were in good form, both unbeaten in their last four games, but it was Bayswater who opened the brightly and were ahead on 10 minutes, Luka Ninkovic found a pocket of space in the penalty area, and his first-time shot beat Ryan Montgomery. Both sides had half chances, but it was the home side that doubled their lead one minute before the break. A swift counter attack ended with Borbor Sam, who slipped the ball into the path of Marulanda, who finished clinically.

It was more of the same after the break, and on the hour the home side added a third. Ninkovic was the supplier this time, making a darting run into the box, before squaring the ball to Marulanda, who did the rest. Subiaco fought to the end and they were rewarded with a late consolation goal three minutes from time, Feely easing past a couple of Bayswater defenders before firing low past Devon Spence.

“I thought we had a good chance to get a result today but we just weren’t at our best,” Subiaco Coach Ian McMurray said. “We could have had a couple more goals today but when you’re playing against a quality team like Bayswater who are pushing for the league you’ve got to take your chances and unfortunately for us we didn’t do that today.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 6 Todd HOWARTH, 8 Paul MCCARTHY (16 Giordano COLLI 90’), 9 Gustavo MARULANDA (15 Luke SALMON 81’), 10 Jason MIRCO, 13 Trent KAY (C), 17 Borbor SAM, 19 Luka NINKOVIC (14 Tristan COLLI 71’), 20 Sam MITCHINSON, 23 Andrija JUKIC - Subs not used: RGK Shayden PASLAQUA, 25 Michael COHEN

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY(C), 4 Alex RANDELL (8 Mike LAWSON 71’), 6 Steve PURTON, 7 Nathan DIAZ, 9 Ian MCMURRAY, 11 Carlin FEELY, 13 Jordan CANDLISH, 14 Ross JARMAN, 15 Dylan Andrews (19 Stefan HILL 90’), 17 Alex CASTIELLO, 18 David PERICH (12 Asher Nelson 77’) - Subs not used: RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 10 Adrian Caceres - Referee: Josh Mannella

22.7.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE WRAP

In the All Flags State League Division One Catch up game Dianella White Eagles kept in touch of the league leaders with a come from behind 4-2 win against UWA Nedlands. The home side started brightly and wasted a number of fine chances, but in their first attack Alex Kretowicz opened the scoring for the visitors, tapping home at the back post. But Dianella levelled five minutes later, Sotiris Theodosiades scoring from a free kick. Dianella continued to dictate terms but found themselves behind two minutes from half time, with Kretowicz adding his second.

The home side were level ten minutes into the second half with Francis Wanjiru crossing to new signing Damion, who finished well. Dianella pressed and were ahead on 70 minutes, with Wanjiru heading home at the far post. The pints were made safe three minutes from time, Ibrahim Hamad turned his marker and unleashing an unstoppable shot to make the game safe for Dianella.

“I thought that we were always in control of the game even when we went behind on the two occasions. UWA defended well but our lads really wanted this win and played some really good attacking football which was just too hard for the UWA side to cope with,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “I am very happy for our players and the club after this well-deserved win and I hope it helps give everyone the confidence to carry on with their good brand of football till the end of the season.”

21.7.2017

STATE LEAGUE CUP FINAL - PREVIEW

All roads will lead to the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium in Inglewood on Saturday afternoon, with the 2017 Football West State League Cup Final taking centre stage. It’s an intriguing final, with PS4 NPLWA side Sorrento taking on All Flags State League Division One league leaders Western Knights at 3pm. Sorrento had to work hard to beat another Division One side in the Semi-Final, with Sean Canham scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win against Dianella White Eagles, and Coach Jamie Harnwell said it was a professional performance from his side. “Given the amount riding on the game in terms of qualification for the State Cup Final and the FFA Cup Round of 32, I was thrilled with the resilience that our team showed,” he said. “All credit to Dianella for their showing, but I felt we were deserved winners on the night, the only issue was that we failed to put away our chances and left ourselves with some nervy moments at the death but we dealt with them well.”

The Gulls have a great cup pedigree having won the cup on three occasions (2011, 2012 and 2015), and Harnwell said they have done the work on the pitch but the committee need to take a lot of the kudos off the pitch. “The clubs committee deserve a huge amount of credit for the success that the club has,” he explained. “The backing that the coaching staff and players receive each week win or lose is fantastic, and the professionalism of the clubs operations continues to increase. It’s funny that after having gone so long to win our first cup final, we have been quite successful in recent years and we are hopeful of adding Sorrento FC on to the cup again on Saturday.”

Harnwell knows they will need to prepare well against the Knights, who beaten two of the top team in the NPL on their route to the Final, but his players will be ready for the challenge. “Western Knights are a similar unit to Dianella, and we won’t be underestimating them at all,” he said. “They have a couple of real threats going forward and we need to be careful of how quickly they counter attack. As a team we will continue to play as we have all season and try stretch the Knights as much as possible. I’m not sure that there is too much I can say to the players, so many of them have been in this position before. If anything, it will just be a reminder that you never know what is around the corner in this game and when you’re next chance to win something will be - You don’t want to leave the pitch with any regrets.”

The Western Knights have been the underdog in their last two cup games, but a 3-1 win against NPL Champions Perth SC in the sixth round, and a stunning 2-1 win against Bayswater in the Semi-Final, with Paul Lloyd’s last minute penalty giving them the opportunity on Saturday. Knights’ coach Trim Morgan said they played some great football in both games and worked their socks off. “I thought we showed no fear against Perth and Bayswater, and we were focused on our game and the system that we play,” he said. “The players really worked hard in transition and even when they were down against Bayswater, we continued to play good attacking football.”

The Nash Field club have won the State League Cup on two previous occasions, in 2000 and 2008, and Morgan said they are working hard on and off the pitch to get back to the NPL, and a win on Saturday will give them a huge lift in their title chase. “There is an incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at a football club, and Gordana and her committee and all the volunteers are working hard to ensure that we have the foundations to be successful,” he explained. “It will be an incredible achievement if we beat Sorrento on Saturday, and hopefully it will be the start of a renaissance at the club.”

Morgan said they know a great deal about Sorrento, but stopping them is another problem, but they are looking forward to the challenge. “They (Sorrento) are a fantastic club, who have passionate coaches in Jamie and Steve Neville,” he said. “They are well organised from back to front, but I think the game will be won in the middle of the park, so hopefully the boys can start quickly and settle the nerves. But I’ll back my side, and you don’t play too many Cup Finals in your career, so we will tell the boys to soak up the atmosphere, express themselves and enjoy the occasion.”

In other games on the day, the Under 18’s Cup Final kicks off at 10.00am, where Perth SC takes on Armadale. The sides met last week in the league, with Perth running out big winners, but Joe Pugliese and Kodi Madeley will be hoping to reverse that result on Saturday. Armadale made the final with a 4-2 penalty shoot–out win against Inglewood United, after it was 1-1 at full time, while Perth edged out Cockburn City 2-1 to set up Saturday’s Final. At 12.15pm the Reserves Cup Final sees Cockburn City up against Balcatta. These sides have met twice in the league this season, Cockburn winning at home in round two, while the points were shared in Round 14, after a 0-0 draw at Grindleford Reserve. Balcatta reached the Final after a hard fought 3-1 win against Division One side Forrestfield United, while Cockburn edged out Perth SC, to set up Saturday’s game and this one, like their games this season will be a tight one.

21.7.2017

CUP FINAL CAPTAINS LAST WORD…….

It’s a massive couple of weeks of cup football Sorrento and Western Knights, and after Saturday’s State League Cup Final, they both play in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 games against Canberra United and Gold Coast City respectively. We sat down and spoke to the Captains of both sides, Paul Lloyd and Steve McDonald ahead of the big game, as their clubs push for cup success. The Knights had to do it the hard way to reach Saturday’s Grand Final, a 3-0 win on the road against Kingsway Olympic in round three, before a big win at home in round four against Busselton. That set up a game against Sunday Amateur Premier League leaders Wembley Downs, and they had to work hard to beat them 3-0. In round six they hosted NPL Champions Perth SC, and goals from Jack Rycroft, Lloyd and Ben Coulter gave them a huge upset 3-1 win. They travelled to Bayswater City for the Semi-final, and once again caused the upset, this time in a tight encounter and a late penalty from Lloyd gave them a stunning 2-1 win.

Knights Captain Paul Lloyd said they head into the game well aware of the strengths of Sorrento, but knowing they can beat anyone on their day. “We know when we are at our best we're capable of matching and beating any team as we proved with the Perth and Bayswater games,” he said. “But we no Sorrento will be just as tough, if not tougher in a cup final, so we'll be going into it with the same attitude and taking nothing for granted.” The Knights have big ambitions on and off the park and a spot in the NPL is something they are all aim to achieve. “The league title has been our aim since pre- season and we have used the momentum from that in our cup run, and we want to keep that going, it's only half a job done,” he explained. “The toughest stage starts now staying top and seeing it out till the end and winning the league, but on Saturday anything can happen in a cup final, the lads are all desperate to lift the cup and will give everything, but so will Sorrento, there are match winners in both teams.” The Knights last won the cup in 2008, and Lloyd said it will give everyone at the club a huge lift if they are to take out Saturday’s Final. “We've had a great cup run and played some top teams and come away with big wins, to lift the cup now is the biggest challenge for us,” he said. “It's been too long since the club last won the trophy and I'd love to win it for the lads, the staff and the great people at the club.”

Sorrento eased through the fourth round with a big win against Woodvale, before edging out UWA Nedlands 3-1 in round five. They had a tricky game in round six, with a trip to Wanneroo, but came home with a hard fought 2-0 win, Alex Morgan gave the Gulls the lead early, before Reece Vittiglia wrapped up the tie on the hour mark. In the Semi-Final they hosted Dianella White Eagles, who had beaten ECU Joondalup and Cockburn city in the previous rounds, but a Sean Canham goal gave them a 1-0 win. Sorrento Captain Steve McDonald said the whole club is buzzing on the eve of their two big cup games. “A great couple of weeks for the club, and this is why we play football, to be involved in such games,” he said. “The Knights have been the giant killers of this year’s cup, and they well and truly deserve their place in the final, and we've had a really good season as well, but that will all count for nothing on the day, it's a cup Final and whoever wants it most on the day will win. Trim Morgan has them playing some really good football, and we most certainly won't be taking them lightly, Jamie has us playing a very fast and attacking style of football and we know on our day we can beat anyone.”

McDonald, who missed last week’s league win against ECU Joondalup, but is fit and ready for the Final, said the Knights have some dangerous players, but they have prepared well and are ready for it. “I missed the game on Saturday due to an eye injury that unfortunately happened at work, but nothing serious, and will definitely be fit and ready to go this week,” he explained. “Jamie and Steve have us raring to go, and left no stone unturned in our preparation for what should be a great game. I want to win every time a step out onto that field, and even more so on Saturday, we have a great bunch of lads and a great team spirit, and we'll be throwing everything that we have at the Knights, and hopefully we'll be the ones holding the cup aloft at the end of the game. To lead the club to a fourth cup success would be unbelievable, considering six years ago we had never won it.”

21.7.2017

PS4 NPLWA CATCH-UP ROUND - PREVIEW

With the Cup final on Saturday the PS4 NPLWA takes a break, but on Sunday there are two catch-up games from Week two and three. Both games were organically postponed due to the serve hot weather in the Perth area and the day, and it should be a little bit cooler this time around with rain forecasted on Sunday. First up on at 12.30pm, two of the form teams of league meet, when Bayswater City entertains Subiaco at the Finance 365 Stadium. Bayswater have won their last four games, including a 1-0 win at Floreat Athena last week, likewise Subiaco, who have moved away from the relegation zone with four straight wins, and are coming off a 2-0 win against Balcatta last week. The sides meet in round 15 at Rosalie Park, with Subiaco running out 3-2 winners. Player/Coach Ian McMurray gave the home side the lead, but Bayswater skipper Trent Kay levelled. Jordan Candlish gave Subiaco back the lead. But again Bayswater hit back, with David Heagney scoring. In a frantic finish Alex Randell scored from the spot to give Subiaco the lead, and their keeper Ryan Montgomery made sure of the three points when he saved Heagney’s late penalty.

McMurray said last week’s win was important, to keep their good run of form going. “Last week’s win against Balcatta was hard fought, but to be honest it was a scrappy win in tough conditions,” he said. “But the boys knew the importance of the match, to continue our four game unbeaten run, and they got the job done.” Subiaco heads into the game on a good run of form, and McMurray said they are full of confidence after beating them last time around. “We’re under no illusions Sunday is a tough match, against A Bayswater team who are also on a good run of form, and are undefeated since we played them last time,” he said. “It’s another challenge for us, which I know the lads are looking forward to. They (Bayswater) are one of the best teams in the competition, but we know if we can continue to play as we have, we can mix it with the best.”

Bayswater assistant Coach Stewart Moses said last week’s win wasn’t pretty, but the lads got the job done. “It was a hard fought win last week, although it wasn’t the prettiest games to watch,” he said. “But I thought we controlled the game for large periods, and the three points closed the gap on the top four, and if we win our game in hand on Sunday we will be in the top four and only one point behind the league leaders. So it’s still all to play for and many wouldn’t have thought that a few weeks ago.” Moses said they probably took them lightly in the first meeting, but he said that won’t happen on Sunday. “The last game at their place was two days before the Cup game, and we thought we would just go there and collect the three points, but Subiaco came out and got stuck in and rolled us,” he explained. “We’ve reminded the players this week the importance of the game, not only the position on the table, but to get some revenge for that defeat. The lads are pumped for this one and we’re determined to get the three points and keep our unbeaten run going with a trip to ECU Joondalup next week.” In team news Andrija Jukic returns from suspension, but they lose Brent Griffiths due to suspension.

The other game on Sunday is the round three, catch-up game, with ECU Joondalup hosting Stirling Lions at the ECU Football Stadium. The pair met at Macedonia Park in round 16 where it ended 2-2. ECU raced to a 2-0 lead at half time, with Jack Iredale and top goalscorer Daryl Nicol on target, but the Lions hit back with second half goals from Michael De Lima and Cameroon Teece, and should have gone on and won it, but had to settle for a point. The Lions stunned the league last week with a big win at league leaders Inglewood United, who they seem to have the wood on in recent seasons, excuse the pun, and keeper John Perkins said it was their best performance of the season and a great 90 minutes from the whole side. “It seemed last week we finally played to our potential and showed glimpses of our quality as a team for 90 minutes,” he said. “Inglewood has dangerous and experienced players and are a physical side, but I thought we won the 50-50’s and were first to the second ball throughout and it was a deserved win.” The Irish keeper said games against Sunday’s opposition are always tight and if history repeats itself, there will be plenty of goals. “The games against ECU always seem to produce lots of goals, and the last encounter was typical of the saying ‘a game of two halves’,” Perkins explained. “They (ECU) dominated in the first half and were 2-0 up and we dominated second half and ended 2-2. I think both teams would have seen a draw as a fair result but both think they should have won also. We head there in good space, but we know Sunday won’t be any different form previous games against them, with both teams looking for the three points.” In team news youngster Nicholas Ashley will miss the trip due to suspension.

It’s a big day at the campus with the Jacks celebrating their 25th anniversary, with former players and coaches being invited to celebrate on the day, and Dale McCulloch’s side will be hoping to put on a good performance, something they didn’t last week at Sorrento. The loss at Percy Doyle Reserve almost put an end to their top four hopes, but striker Gordon Smith said they need to be better. “Everyone was disappointed with the result against Sorrento, we just didn't get going at all and we can have no complaints about the score line,” he said. “Dale has had stern words since, so we will be looking to bounce back on Saturday.” Smith returned after missing a month with a knee injury and he said it was to get back playing again. “Yes it was great to be back on the field and the knee is feeling good,” he explained. “It's been frustrating watching on from the sides, but all you can do is be positive and do the correct things to make sure you’re ready to help the team. Sunday can't come quick enough for me.” The Scottish striker said they will be looking for three points on Sunday, and keep their hopes of finals football alive. “Sunday is pretty much a must win - we are under no illusions points will be dropped by other clubs from now to the end of the season, and although the Top four is out of our hands, we must stay on top of our game because you just never know,” he said. “Being the clubs 25th anniversary we want to make it a special day for everyone who has put their time and effort into this club, and three points will help that.” In team news Kevin Moon returns to the squad, while Smith will be pushing for a starting role after coming off the bench last week.

21.7.2017

AMATEUR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION, ROUND THIRTEEN – PREVIEW

It’s week 13 of the Sunday Amateur Premier League and this week’s Footballwa – ‘Match of the Week’ takes us to the John Connell Reserve where fourth placed Leeming Strikers, entertains third placed North Perth United. United go into this one on the back of a surprise home defeat against Southern Spirit, and coach Jason Winter said it was a bad day at the office. “It was a very disappointing loss, we never got going,” he said. “Also that defeat looks to have ended or league hopes unfortunately, but we move on to another important game against Leeming.” Winter said they will go into the game as underdogs as Leeming are on a good run of form. “They (Leeming) are a very good side, and I think when we beat them in round two they had four of their players missing,” he said. “Leeming are favourites to win on Sunday and with the form they are in, it should be good game.” After Sunday’s game United will play Ellenbrook United in the Quarter Finals of the Amateur Cup, and Winter said he will have a few selection headaches. “We are missing three strikers from last week, which is unfortunately, but that’s football,” he explained. “It’s an opportunity for three lads to step up and show there quality. This is a big week for us, and could make or break our season with the Cup game on Wednesday.”

Leeming Coach David Palin said last week’s win was hard fought and keeps their good form going. “We were pleased with the win against the Royals, they gave us a tough game first time around, and they also had come off a good result the week earlier,” he said. “It was important that we applied ourselves in the right manner, and the boys did that and got the right result on the day.” Palin said they head into the game full of confidence and relishing the opportunity to keep their good form going. “Form our end we are really looking forward to the challenge, and we’ve lost once in the last 11 league and cup games, so we’re looking to extend that this week,” he explained. “They (North Perth) had a setback last week, but are a very good side and a lot of peoples favourite to win the league. They have threats all over the park and Jason always has them well organised. It should be a cracking game and with third place up for grabs I’m sure my guys will be really up for the challenge.” Like North Perth Leeming are in cup action in midweek, when they take on Division Two side Cracovia White Eagles and Palin hopes to have a few players back from injury. “We still have a question mark over Ben Greaves and Will Kirkpatrick, who both missed last week,” he explained. “Apart from that we are all ready to go, which is great especially with the Cup game on Wednesday.”

In other games league leaders Wembley Downs make the trip to the Gerry Archer Sports Complex to take on Belmont Villa, while second placed Kingsley entertain Hamersley Rovers at Chichester Park. BB United continue to look for their first win of the season and this week they travel to Southern Spirit at Watsons Reserve, Subiaco host Ellenbrook United at Rosalie Park while Kwinana United host Perth Royals at Kelly Park. Wednesday’s other Amateur Cup quarter finals fixtures are, Kwinana United v Peel United Division 3 at the Gerry Archer Sports Complex, while Southern Spirit v Joondalup United Division 1, at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium – All games kick off at 8.15pm.

19.7.2017

STATE LEAGUE CATCH UP GAMES

There are also four games this week as the State League clubs catch up with postponed and abandoned games from Week 12, and it kick off on Wednesday evening in the State League Division One with Gosnells City beating Canning City 4-1 and lift the inaugural ‘Frank Longstaff Trophy’ The visitors led 1-0 at the break with Joshua Wade on target after a well-worked corner. They added two more after half time, with Dean Apelgren finishing well, and Wade Farmer adding another. Canning striker Callum Roberts was then sent off, and Farmer scored his second to make it 4-0, before Joe Kelly scored Canning’s late consolation goal. The other Division One game is on Saturday afternoon (3pm) when Dianella White Eagles entertain UWA-Nedlands at Dianella Reserve. A win for the home side will push them into joint second place with Forrestfield United and South West Phoenix, but a win for UWA will take them above Dianella, as the top of the table tightens up. “We are looking to this game to try and get our season back on track,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “Injuries and suspensions continue to hamper the squad but the players are a resilient lot and they will give it their best. Angel’s suspension is a big loss as he is without doubt the best striker in the league, his continued close attention from defenders, some definitely questionable, has finally taken its toll on him and now he will have to sit out the next two weeks. We will work around this and tinker with the formation a little and hopefully come up with a line up which can get the points against a very good UWA side.”

UWA Coach Michael Janssen said they are looking forward to the challenge. “After the earlier cancellation of the game we are looking forward to the challenge in this one,” he said. “The first match of the season was a hard fought draw, and Dianella will try to close the gap to the Knights and Forrie on Saturday. We are in a good form and the team performance will be the key to a success on Saturday. We know what we will expect and we are prepared for a battle till the final whistle. With ten players out with injuries before the Forrie game the depth of our squad has been tested. Each player is sharp and has the desire to start, so training is intense and each week the competition in the squad is on a high level. If we play to our best we are good to get a result, and Dianella are under pressure to win, and that makes it sometimes difficult for teams.”

In the State League Division Two Curtin University host Wanneroo City at Edinburgh Oval on Thursday evening, while Kelmscott Roos entertain Swan United at Frye Park. Swan Coach Matt Debarro said it’s a big game for the Black and Whites. “It's make or break for us now, a draw or loss does nothing for our cause. We have been inconsistent and it has cost us in regards to the ladder position,” he said. “My players have been put on notice, it's time to step up or I will be making drastic personnel changes. We are more than capable of winning this game with ease, but we need to be more ruthless and committed to defending otherwise we will find ourselves on the chopping block against a strong Kelmscott team and missing out on the top 4 play offs at the end of the year. There's no excuses to not win it comes down to the players executing for 90 minutes.”

18.7.2017

INGLEWOOD TAKE THE GLORY IN FRIENDLY

Perth Glory have started their friendly games in preparation for their clash against Heidelberg in the Westfield FFA Cup, and their 2017-18 Hyundai A-League season with a 3-1 defeat against PS4 National Premier League WA leaders Inglewood United at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Tuesday evening. Kenny Keogh gave the home side the lead at the break, before Alex Salmon and former Glory Youth player Chok Dau added two more after half time. The Glory scored their consolation goal late with youngster Jacob Italiano on target.

It was a young Glory line-up, with a number of their NPL players in the squad, while off-season signings Scott Neville, Mitch Nichols and Jacob Poscoliero all started, before Lowe opted to make ten outfield changes at half time. He also had a look at trialist James Fletcher, the Canberra youngster, who was selected in the FFA Centre of Excellence last season as a 15-year-old.

“It was a good hit-out against a very good Inglewood side that are top of the table,” Glory Coach Kenny Lowe said. “It was great to get 45 minutes into the players that we had out there. We didn’t pick up any injuries, which is another positive and we’ll now look to get some game time into the players that didn’t play when we take on Perth SC next week. The focus for us at the moment is getting that game time into our players so that we hit the ground running when we play Heidelberg in the Westfield FFA Cup."

The Glory made a bright start, and Rostyn Griffiths fired over the top early, but chances at either end were few and far between until the hosts took the lead on 22 minutes. Salmon picked out Kenny Keogh just inside the box and he turned neatly before finding the bottom corner of the net. The Glory hit back with Andy Keogh creating two chances for Adam Taggart whose shot and subsequent header failed to find the target.

Daniel Stynes was next to threaten, his half-volley was well saved by Inglewood custodian Alex Dunn. Then on the stroke of half time the Glory went close to the equaliser, when Griffiths pounced on a defensive mix-up, but his header crashed off the post and Dunn was quickest to react to save the rebound, with Taggart ready to pounce.

It was a youthful Glory side that began the second half, however they soon found themselves 2-0 down. A corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Salmon’s first time shot took a slight deflection and flew past Liam Reddy into the roof of the net. Inglewood continued to threaten, and the Glory had Reddy to thank for keeping the scoreline down, the veteran producing a number of good saves.

The Glory had their chances too, Callum Timmins’ shot whistled over the top, before a powerful shot from Fletcher flashed narrowly wide. United added a third nine minutes from time when Jack Leech brought down Dau in the box, and the youngster picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty. The Glory scored their consolation goal in stoppage time, with Italiano scoring from close-range. The Glory continue their pre-season at Dorrien Gardens next Tuesday when they take on Perth SC.

INGLEWOOD UNITED 3 (Keogh 22', Salmon 51', Dau 82') PERTH GLORY 1 (Italiano, 90')

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Adam TONG, 6 Victor BRAUNER, 7 Kenny KEOGH, 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 15 Brian FARRRELL, 19 Chok DAU – Subs: 3 Shubham MOKALA, 10 Ashley ROSINDALE, 11 Kristian DESPOTOVSKI, 18 Jason COLLI, 23 Scott NEWLAND

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 23 Scott NEVILLE (12 Cam O'DOHERTY 46'), 3 Walter SCOTT (16 Harry QUIGLEY 46'), 2 Alex GRANT (4 Luke BODNAR 46'), 5 Jacob POSCOLIERO (15 Cam MURRAY 46'), 7 Joel CHIANESE (25 Bayley MONTGOMERY-BROWN 46', 19 James FLETCHER 70') 8 Rostyn GRFFITHS (17 Jack LEACH 46'), 6 Mitch NICHOLS (21 Jacob ITALIANO 46'), 10 Daniel STYNES (11 Yacoub MUSTAFA 46', 26 Ethan BROOKES 80'), 9 Andy KEOGH (18 Callum TIMMINS 46'), 22 Adam TAGGART (24 Michael DOMFEH 46', 27 Abias BUKUKI 80')

18.7.2017

FFA PROBE DE SILVA ROMA DEAL

Football Federation Australia have stepped in to probe Danny De Silva’s contract wrangles and try to unravel them before the start of the A-League season. De Silva, 20, signed a three-year deal with Central Coast Mariners earlier this month after he left Perth Glory following an 18-month loan spell with Roda JC in the Eredivisie.

But his contract details are mired in secrecy which could reveal he is at the centre of either an outlawed co-ownership or third party ownership agreement with Italian giants, Roma. And until the controversy is cleared up, FFA can't register him with Central Coastfor next season.

Two years ago De Silva was said to have signed a transfer deal with Roma, but despite training with the Serie A team in Melbourne in 2015, the deal apparently fell through. Roma are said to have abandoned the move after they ran out of foreign player signing spots for their squad.

Glory, however, insist they at no stage had been in talks with Roma over a bid for De Silva, never mind agreed on a transfer fee. Instead, a hastily arranged loan to Dutch side Roda was put in place, with a staggering €1m fee paid to Glory. Football insiders believe that fee was actually bankrolled by Roma via Roda to maintain their interest in De Silva.

After just 16 appearances in 18 months for Roda, De Silva was released from his Eredivisie loan deal in January and returned to Australia. Although he was not re-registered by Glory for last season’s A-League squad, he was treated by club physios for months for an osteitis pubis injury while talks on his future continued.

Glory are understood to have been keen to keep the youngster for the 2017/18 season but De Silva’s family were eager for Danny to rejoin his former Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon at Central Coast. As the season ended and De Silva’s Glory contract expired, De Silva should have been a free agent and able to join the Mariners directly.

But instead, permission had to be sought by Central Coast from Roma for the move – and now the FFA want to know why. De Silva has never been on Roma’s books and has been a contracted Glory player since turning professional until his contract expired last month.

“De Silva is still connected to Roma, hence the reason we have negotiated with both Roma and Daniel De Silva,” Central Coast admitted to fourfourtwo.com.au. “The way he is connected to Roma is something that can’t be explained as it is protected by ‘Commercial in confidence’.”

There is now speculation Roma have tried to do a co-ownership contract with Central Coast over De Silva – where they share the player’s future with another club. Co-ownership was once common in Italy - and saw Brazil star Adriano owned by both Inter and Parma – until it was banned from Serie A in 2015, although it is still reportedly used in South America.

Alternatively he may have privately entered into a side agreement with Roma giving them an option on him in the future…but that could be perilously close to a third-party ownership arrangement banned by FIFA.

When he was first linked with Roma, De Silva insisted his future would be with the club in Italy, but admitted: “It’s not completely finalised. It’s a little hard to say… I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what’s going to happen yet...”

This month a Central Coast spokesman added “Daniel De Silva has signed a three year contract with the Mariners and isn’t on loan. How his deal works with Roma and why we had to negotiate with Roma is Daniel (and his representatives) business that we cannot comment on.”

Now FFA have stepped in to try to resolve the issue before it escalates further. Under the current contract though, it is believed De Silva cannot be registered with Central Coast for the coming season. FFA are understood to be confident it can be fixed, but admit it is an ongoing issue.

18.7.2017

WILLIAMS FIT TO FIRE AT ROTHERHAM

Midfielder Ryan Williams says he is back to full fitness and ready to put his injury problems behind him at new club Rotherham United – but admits forcing his way into the Socceroos set-up this season is not his main goal. Williams is coming off a difficult two years at Championship side Barnsley, who he joiuned in 2015 from Fulham.

A series of pelvis and groin injuries have limited the 23-year old to just 23 appearances in the past two seasons. On being released by Barnsley last month, Williams signed a two-year deal with League One side Rotherham. And the former Australian youth international is keen to make up for lost time.

“As far as personal goals go my aim is just to play every week and focus on each game rather then looking too far ahead,” he said. “I feel you can get to caught up with where you want to be and forget to just play football and enjoy it. Clearly the aim for the club is to get back to the Championship and that's mine too.”

Williams is keen to repay the faith shown in him by Rotherham boss Paul Warne, who's side finished last in the 24-team Championship last season. “The attraction of the club was the manager, after having spoken with him about how he wants the team to play and how I fit into that team really made me want to be a part of it,” Williams said.

“It's a great opportunity for me to show what I'm about and for me to play regularly which will then allow people to look past my injury history. The gaffer said to me as long as I work hard for the team, which he has already identified I do, then with my ability the rest will fall into place ... I need momentum and he's given me an opportunity to do so.”

“Leaving Barnsley wasn't as disappointing as I thought it would be, the reason being I was injured and didn't enjoy not playing, which is something you need to be doing. I still have a lot of friends at the club and will remain friends with them for a long time, there’s definitely no hard feelings there.”

Williams has been in England for the past seven years, having joined Portsmouth as a 17-year old from ECU Joondalup. The winger signed for Fulham in 2012 and spent time on loan at Gillingham and Oxford United before moving to Barnsley. Along the way he's represented Australia at Under-20 and 23 levels.

Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has previously selected players performing well in League One for Australia, including Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Bailey Wright (Bristol City) and James Meredith (Millwall). But Williams admits breaking into the national team is not on his radar right now.

“To be honest I just want to concentrate on playing games and playing well in those games,” he said. “If in that period I get noticed by Ange then great, if not I'll just be happy I'm out there playing football again and work even harder. Taking football for granted is definitely something that I don't do these days.”

17.7.2017

EDWARDS: NEW SIGNINGS WILL KEEP THISTLE COMPETITIVE

Ryan Edwards is hoping the cavalry is coming over the hill to help Partick Thistle in their time of need. The Firhill side were without five first-team regulars due to injury for Saturday’s Betfred Cup tie against Livingston, who claimed victory via a penalty shoot-out.

Edwards is keeping his fingers crossed his teammates will be back soon, and hopes there might be a new faces added to the squad before the transfer window closes. “We could definitely do with a few extra bodies,” Edwards commented. “We saw towards the end of last season that we had a good squad where the starting eleven was really strong, and so was the bench.”

“But it’s encouraging right now that we have boys coming back, and they’re running so they shouldn’t be too far off. Obviously one or two are long-term so we are looking to strengthen the squad with one or two signings as well. We need more competitiveness within the team because it drives everyone forward.”

Although Thistle lost to Livingston - missing three of their four penalties - there was enough in their first-half play that would have pleased “manager Alan Archibald, including Chris Erskine’s fine strike that gave them the lead. Keaghan Jacobs cancelled that out early in the second half but Edwards wasn’t too despondent.

“We started really well in the first 20-25 minutes and we got the goal, and could have got a couple more if we’d taken our chances,” he said. “When the crowd started to get on the ref’s back, it turned the momentum in Livingston’s favour. Credit to them, they probably deserved it for the rest of the game. They won the battle and had better chances.”

Thistle now have a week to prepare for the visit of Championship title challengers St Mirren. Edwards feels the squad’s fitness is building day after day, especially through playing competitive matches rather than just friendlies. “We came back (to training) earlier this year to try and get to match fitness and sharpness,” he said.

“There’s nothing better than playing competitive games. Friendly games are mundane and boring and you just want to get back into the big stuff … We want to win every game. The most important thing to us is the league. We’re obviously disappointed we didn’t start well but there are more games to come in this competition.”

17.7.2017

STATE’S NEW FOOTBALL CHIEFS HAVE A CLEAR GOAL IN MIND

Football West is chasing promotion. Having plucked former management consultant James Curtis out of left field as its new chief executive, State football’s governing body is further broadening its board expertise as it steps up the chase for a new home it sees as crucial to the game’s future.

New directors in RAC chief of corporate affairs Will Golsby, Jackson McDonald commercial lawyer Liz Tylich and HBF executive Andrea Hoskins refresh a board that already includes Liam Twigger (PCF Capital), Sherif Andrawes (BDO WA) and Lui Giuliani (Aspire Capital).

The changing shape of the board — it is rounded out by retail executive Henry Atturo, former Socceroos goalkeeper Jason Petkovic and another lawyer in Anna Liscia— is about both raising the profile of the sport and adding the skills football needs to keep up in an increasingly competitive sporting landscape.

“Everyone involved with the board and the management over time has added value,” Twigger, Football West’s chairman, said. “But we are on this journey to make ourselves one of the premier sports in WA and we need a management team and a board that can deliver,” he said.

At the centre of Football West’s ambitions is its proposed State Football Centre, a multi-purpose, administrative and training complex. The centre will not only promote the game locally, support myriad development programs and generate revenues through stronger commercial partnerships, but also enable football to attract more international teams and keep them in Perth longer.

Even as it prepares to lure football games to the new stadium, WA lacks the top-class training facilities demanded by top-flight visiting teams. “The State Football Centre is crucial to us,” Curtis says, as he sips a coffee around the corner from Football West’s cramped offices on Lord Street in East Perth.

Football retains the highest participation in WA sports, with 177,300 adults and children playing the game last year, ahead of second-placed basketball on 143,200, according to the AusPlay survey. Yet, Curtis says, “we are the only major sport in WA that doesn’t have its own training and administrative facilities”.

Colin Barnett raised hopes during the State election by pledging $37 million to the project, which envisages flood-lit playing fields, a grandstand for up to 4000 spectators, a gym and offices. However, getting funds from a new Government that is slashing State spending could prove tougher.

“Obviously, there are Budget pressures,” Curtis concedes. “But we are having discussions with the State Government about how we can structure the model. That’s what’s key to us, it needs to be done. We build the SFC, it enables the sport to be sustainable, making us less reliant on government support.”

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray noted the “productive” discussions with Football West on the project, notwithstanding that “the very poor condition of the State Budget must be taken into account on future funding decisions”. Twigger says the need to open doors in government to advance the project was a key factor in the organisation going outside football for a chief executive last year.

Curtis joined Football West after four years with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in various roles, including executive director community development. He sees football in WA as “probably the best business model for achieving social change”, citing the AusPlay statistics and a growing number of first-generation players.

According to a Football West survey instigated by Curtis to gauge the thoughts of those in the sport, the game is widely enjoyed. “We have been able to get the games on the park and we have a lot of highly satisfied people out there, but we haven’t necessarily lifted it to the level where we need to take it,” Curtis says. “We are going to have to get the sport the respect and support it needs.”

16.7.2017

WEMBLEY WIN IT FOR CLEARY (courtesy www.footballwest.com.au)

Wembley Downs have moved five points clear at the top of the Amateur League Premier Division table after a 3-0 win in the top of the table clash against Kingsley FC at Butlers Reserve on Sunday afternoon, in skipper Ian Cleary’s final home game for the club. Anthony Jones missed an early penalty for the home side, but Stephen Geoghegan scored either side of half time, before Jason Trveski headed home the third to wrap up the points, as Wembley celebrated the last home game for the skipper, who heads back to Ireland in two weeks’ time.

“I thought we dominated the first half, and I thought the early penalty miss would come back to haunt us, but we rebounded and I thought that was the best performance since I’ve been at the club,” Wembley Coach Colm Costello said. “They (Kingsley) are a good side and we knew we would have to fight for the win and we did, and I was really pleased for Ian (Cleary), it was one of his best performance in a red shirt. I thought we won the midfield battle, which was very important, and we’re really happy to send Ian off with a win in his final game at Butlers Reserve. But there is still a long way to go in the season, there is no trophy given out after 12 games we need to stay focused and it all starts at Belmont next week.”

Only two points separated the sides at kick off, and the home side made the perfect start, when Luke Armstrong brought down Geoghegan, and referee Avi Cohen pointed straight to the spot. Anthony Jones stepped to take the resulting penalty, but Kingsley keeper Paul Rainford guessed the right way to save down to his left. The game was tight, with Wembley dominating possession, but Kingsley were dangerous on the counter-attack. Mark King’s shot on the turn was saved by Kingsley keeper Rainford, before Jayden Drummond’s long-range free kick was tipped over by Wembley custodian Niall McCarthy. But two minutes from half time the home side’s possession was rewarded with the lead. A long clearance was flicked on by King, sending Geoghegan clear. The speedy winger was sent wide by the defender, but he cut back inside and fired home, despite Rainford getting a hand to it.

Kingsley lifted after the break and Drummond’s shot on the run was well saved by McCarthy, and the rebound was scrambled clear by Wembley. It was the best period of the game for the visitors, and Drummond shot on the run flashed wide moments later. But Wembley still looked dangerous going forward with Cleary, Trveski and Gavin Walsh running the show in the middle of the park. Then on the hour the home side doubled their advantage. They won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Geoghegan curled home the free kick superbly, into the top corner of the net giving Rainford no chance. It was 3-0 eight minutes later, Geoghegan’s free kick picked out Trveski at the back post, who headed home powerfully from four meters. Kingsley pressed late and David Ashworth’s shot was well saved by McCarthy, before substitute Stuart Montgomery chip was tipped over by the Wembley custodian. The visitors went close to a consolation goal in stoppage time, but David Morris’ free kick crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.

In other results on the day North Perth lost ground on the leaders after a surprise 3-1 defeat against Southern Spirit at Woodville Reserve, while Leeming strikers came home from JA Lee Reserve with 2-0 win against Perth Royals. Ellenbrook United beat Kwinana United 4-2 at the Ellenbrook Sports Hub, Subiaco beat Hamersley Rovers 5-3 at Carine Open Space, while Belmont Villa beat bottom of the table BB United 3-1 at the Bosnian Recreation Centre.

15.7.2017

SORRENTO WIN THE LOCAL DERBY

Sorrento bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat at Perth SC with a convincing 2-0 win against ECU Joondalup in the Northern Derby at Percy Doyle Reserve. Scott Witschge scored a goal in each half to seal victory and give them bragging rights over their local rivals. “We asked for a reaction from the players before the game, and we certainly got it from the first minute,” Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell told the NPL website. “We were compact at the back and when we got the ball out wide we looked very dangerous. I thought Reece (Vittiglia) was outstanding and Scott (Witschge) showcased his pace out wide and pulled the trigger at the right time.”

Heavy showers welcomed the players on to the pitch, and both sides took a while to get used to the slippery conditions, but Sorrento were the first to go close on 12 minutes. Tim Hill lost his marker on the edge of the penalty area, and his shot was well saved by Fraser Greenwood. The rebound fell to Witschge, whose shot was blocked by Rikki Smith, and Sorrento was convinced it was handball, but referee Michal Jasinski waved away the players’ strong penalty claims.

ECU were struggling in the final third, but they did go close on 24 minutes, Steven McGarry heading Ross Millard’s cross just wide of the target. But home side looked more threatening going forward and they were rewarded on 37 minutes with the lead. Witschge was sent down the right, and cut inside his marker, and finished superbly across Greenwood and into the corner of the net.

Sorrento were in again three minutes before half time, a defence splitting pass from Hill sent Recce Vittiglia clear, but a superb last ditch tackle from Rikki Smith denied him. ECU went close to an equaliser on the stroke of half time. James Owen found space just outside the area, and his shot on the turn was low by James Morgan, but at the break Sorrento were in control.

The home side continued to dominate after half time, and Witschge shot on the run flashed wide early, before Alex Morgan’s effort was saved low by Greenwood. Vittiglia and Witschge were real handful in the attacking third, while skipper Daryl Platten and Shaun Kilkelly were outstanding at the back, and Sorrento’s early pressure was rewarded with a second on the hour.

Witschge eased past Jon Higgins on the right, and his curling shot took a slight deflection off a defender before nestling in the back of the net. ECU were struggling to get a foot hold in the game, and it was Sorrento who almost added a third late, Alex Morgan’s shot well saved by Greenwood, before Vittiglia pulled his shot wide of the target. But at the final whistle it was the Gulls celebrating, and they will go into next week’s Cool Ridge Cup Final against Western Knights at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, full of confidence.

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 6 Darryl PLATTEN (C), 7 Alex MORGAN (2 Jacob SHORE 74’), 11 Tim HILL, 12 Josh TUCKER, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 15 Brodie MARTIN, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA (3 Daniel PEARCE 91’), 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES - Subs not used: RGK: Connor CAMPBELL, 13 Steve MCDONALD, 18 Jordan BROWN

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING (11 Keylun POLLARD 72’), 5 Graham DORAN, 6 Rikki SMITH, 7 Jon HIGGINS (C), 8 Declan HUGHES, 9 Daryl NICOL, 12 James OWEN (10 Gordon SMITH 59’), 14 Steven MCGARRY, 17 Jack JONES - Subs not used: RGK Jordan YOUNG, 15 Ryan MCDARBY, 19 Cian HIRRELL - Referee: Michal Jasinski

15.7.2017

SAM IS AT IT AGAIN FOR BAYSWATER

Bayswater City’s recent good form continued with a hard fought 1-0 win against Floreat Athena at the E&D Litis Stadium. Speedy winger Borbor Sam scored the only goal of the game, the win moving Chris Coyne’s side to within four points of league leaders Inglewood United. “We’ve got a very good team, there’s no hiding from that and we have underperformed this year,” Coyne told the NPL website. “I said to the team at half time that I’m not going to accept mediocrity and our second half performance was magnificent. We’re getting to the pointy end now and we have sort of gone under the radar, but it’s working well for us and hopefully that continues as we’re really relishing this challenge going forward.”

The home side were looking to bounce back from last week’s shock lose against Subiaco, and they were out of the blocks early in this one, Phil Arnold fired wide against his former club, before Jon Stynes lost his marker on the edge of the box, but his shot was well saved by Devon Spence. Bayswater were struggling in the final third, and lacked the usual cutting edge, and at the half time whistle Coyne wasn’t happy.

But after a stern word at the break Coyne’s side were out brightly, and they hit the front four minutes into the second half. Sam, whose pace had caused problems all afternoon, was sent down the flank by Gustavo Giron-Marulanda, and he cut inside his marker and finished clinically past Jason Saldaris. Stynes went close to an equaliser for the hosts, after he was sent clear, but Spence stood tall to deny him.

It was end to end football now with both sides having good chances. First on 75 minutes, the lively Marulanda found a pocket of space, and his long-range shot crashed off the crossbar. But the best chance late went to the home side. Dean Evan’s free kick picked out Jackson Morgan, but the former Perth Glory youth midfielder headed over the top when well placed.

Floreat Athena: GK Jason SALDARIS, 3 Clayton ARNEZ (20 Joe TWEATS 87’), 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jon STYNES, 12 Jackson MORGAN, 13 Zelfy NAZARY (16 Juma AWAKA 81’), 14 Ludovic BOI, 15 Chris SALDARIS, 17 Dean EVANS, 18 Phil ARNOLD (11 Liam HUDSON 75’), 33 Mark PRITCHARD - Subs not used: RGK Aidan HOLLOWAY, 2 Zoran VRTESKI

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 8 Paul MCCARTHY, 9 Gustavo MARULANDA, 10 Jason MIRCO, 12 David STOKOE, 13 Trent KAY, (14 Jamie MURPHY 20’) (4 Tristan COLLI 68’), 17 Borbor SAM, 18 Brent GRIFFITHS, 19 Luka NINKOVIC, 20 Sam MITCHINSON - Subs not used: RGK Shayden PASLAQUA, 16 Giordano COLLI - Referee: David Bruce

15.7.2017

A FIVE STAR SHOW FROM GLORY BOYS

Perth Glory won for the first time in eight weeks and boosted their chances of survival in the PS4 NPLWA after a 5-0 win against Mandurah City at the Ashfield Arena on Saturday afternoon. Walter Scott opened the scoring early, before skipper Daniel Stynes scored a hat-trick to put the Glory youngsters in control, before Callum Timmins put the icing on the cake with a fifth late.

“It was one of our most mature performances in a long time and we took our opportunities really well,” a delighted Glory Coach John Gibson told the NPL website. “But it shouldn’t take an apparent big game for us to want to do this, so we’ll keep driving forward and the boys will get some confidence for the rest of the season. But we’re very demanding of our group and we need to do more in the rest of season.”

The home side went close to the opener in the first minute. Stynes’ free kick flashing just wide of the upright, before Mandurah went close moments later, but Shane Boyle’s long-range shot was off target. Bayley Brown-Montgomery then went close, after his shot on the turn whistled inches past the post. But on 25 minutes the home side hit the front, Scott wasn’t closed down outside the penalty area and his low shot flew into bottom corner of the net giving Mandurah keeper Cyril Sharrock no chance.

Mandurah hit back late in the half, and Jeff Bright’s shot on the run flashed just wide of the target on the half hour, before Nick Feely had to be alert to tip over Ollie McGee’s cross shot. It was end to end football with both sides having late chances. First Boyle’s volley went wide of the target, before Sharrock produced a great save to deny Gomo Dukuly, after good work by Stynes.

The Glory made the perfect start to the second half and they doubled their lead four minutes in. Yacoub Mustafa raced down the left and picked out Stynes on the edge of the penalty area and he curled home superbly. The Glory added a third just after the hour mark, Stynes nipping in after some hesitation in the Mandurah defence.

The visitors were reduced to ten men when Straker received a second year card from Josh Mannella and sent off on 75 minutes after a poor challenge on substitute Michael Domfeh. It was 4-0 five minutes later, when Timmins sent Stynes one-on-one with Sharrock, and the skipper finished with aplomb to complete his hat-trick. They added a fifth two minutes from time, Timmins scoring to cap of a great all-round team performance from the Glory.

Perth Glory: GK Nick FEELY, 2 Harry QUIGLEY, 3 Luca BODNAR, 4 Cameron MURRAY, 5 Walter SCOTT, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Bayley BROWN-MONTGOMERY, (12 Michael MCDOUGALL 81’), 8 Callum TIMMINS, 9 Gomo DUKULY (13 Michael DOMFEH 56’), 10 Daniel STYNES (C), 11 Yacoub MUSTAFA - Subs not used: RGK Kyle MCDONALD, 14 Sasa NJEGIC, 15 Jaxon TRIMATA

Mandurah City: GK Cyril SHARROCK, 2 Ollie MCGEE, 3 Jeff BRIGHT, 4 Matt STARES (12 Daniel DAVIES 69’), 5 Mitchell FIRTH, 6 Thomas STRAKER, 7 Lance LOUVIE (14 Slade RULE 83’) 8 Andy BROWN (C), 9 Sean TROUP 10 Joe O’BRIEN, (16 Mitchell MORRIN 54’) 11 Shane BOYLE – Subs not used: 15 Kevin CASTLE, 21 Kieran SHALL - Red cards: Straker 75’ - Referee: Josh Mannella

15.7.2017

SUBIACO CONTINUE GOOD FORM

Subiaco made it four straight wins in the PS4 NPLWA after a 2-0 win against Balcatta at Rosalie Park. The win moved Ian McMurray’s side 12 points clear of the drop zone, and continued their good form. Alex Castiello gave the home side the lead in the first half before McMurray sealed victory just after the hour. “A fantastic win again for us we really have some good momentum and are confident for the Bayswater game on Sunday lots of players are in form,” Castiello said. “Both experienced and younger played and the team chemistry is great we are all really enjoying this part of the season and are confident for the challenges ahead.”

Subiaco were on top early, but found Balcatta keeper Domenico Savoldelli in good form, making a number of fine saves to keep them at bay. But there was little the Balcatta custodian could do when the home side took the lead on 27 minutes. David Perich’s cross picked out Castiello, who rose highest to head home. Balcatta were struggling in the final third, and their best chances came from long-range effort’s which didn’t trouble Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery.

Subiaco should have doubled their lead just before half time, but Savoldelli came to Balcatta’s rescue, pushing Nathan Diaz’s shot onto the post. Both sides created half chances after the break, but both sets of defences were on top, but on 68 minutes Subiaco scored the sealer. Jordan Candlish wasn’t closed down and his long-range shot was only parried by Savoldelli, and McMurray was on hand to score from close range.

McMurray was relieved to come away with the three points after a scrappy game and was happy to keep a clean sheet in tough conditions. “We’ll look to keep winning and keep climbing up the table until the end of the season,” he told the NPL website. Balcatta coach Salv Todaro said he was pleased with his side’s second half performance, but their finishing had let them down. “I’m really disappointed,” he told the NPL website. “I thought my boys were in the game, created a number of half chances and didn’t put them away, while the other team had a couple of chances and capitalised on them.”

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY(C), 4 Alex RANDELL, 7 Nathan DIAZ, 11 Carlin FEELY (12 Asher NELSON 80’), 6 Steve PURTON, 13 Jordan CANDLISH, 14 Ross JARMAN, 9 Ian MCMURRAY (10 Adrian CACERES 86’), 17 Alex CASTIELLO, 18 David PERICH (8 Mike LAWSON 73’), 19 Stefan HILL – Subs not used: 15 Dylan ANDREWS, 21 Nic SPECA

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Calum O’CONNELL (C), 9 Luccas MELLO, 10 Jonathan CORNESS, 12 Anton DE FRANCESCH 14 Brody KENNEDY 15 Camelo GIUFFRE, 16 Marco CHADINHA 18 Ben MEREDITH, 22 Dejan ANDRIC (8 Brennan BORZECKI 81’) - Subs not used: 5 Antoni D’ALESSIO, 19 Endalk ACHAMYELEH, 21 Luke HUTCHINSON - Referee: Daniel Cole

15.7.2017

LIONS STUN LEAGUE LEADERS

Stirling Lions continued their dominance over Inglewood United, coming away from PS4 NPLWA league leaders with a 3-1 win. Daniel Micevski opened the scoring early, before second half goals from youngsters Nicholas Ashley and Cameron Teece secured the win, and Alex Salmon’s late penalty was the only a consolation goal for the hosts. “We knew we had to start fast and set a high tempo to upset Inglewood, who have been scoring for fun lately,” Lions defender Shane Cassidy said. “Rob had us working hard during the week on our shape and also on blocking the passing lanes into the Inglewood forwards which I thought our midfield and forwards did all game. We knew if we kept our defensive shape that we could catch them on the break which we did, and we owed the manager a result after a run of poor results so hopefully we have turned the corner and can continue it on to next week at ECU.”

The Lions had beaten Inglewood on the last two occasions and they made a perfect start and were ahead on six minutes, Micevski firing home after the Inglewood defence failed to clear their lines from a corner. Inglewood keeper Alex Dunn had to be alert two minutes later to prevent a second, standing tall to smoother Moses Kalau’s effort.

Both sides were forced into changes midway through the half, with Inglewood’s John Migas and Stirling’s Alex Suleski both forced off with injury. Inglewood pressed late in the half, with Scott Blackmore headed over when well placed, before Lions keeper John Perkins denied Salmon and Ashley Rosindale, but at the break the visitors led.

Inglewood needed a good start after half time, but it was the visitors who doubled their lead ten minutes in. Miki Vujacic’s corner picked out Ashley, who rose highest to head past Dunn. A major shock was on the cards, with Inglewood 14 game unbeaten run in threat, and then got worse when the Lions added a third on 64 minutes.

Teece was sent clear, and the Inglewood defence stood waiting for the offside flag, that never came, and the striker finished past Dunn. Inglewood pressed to get back into the game and Adam Tong fired wide, before Salmon dragged his shot wide of the target, but they did get themselves a consolation goal three minutes from time, Salmon scoring from the penalty spot, his 24th goal of the season, but it was too little too late, as the leaders fell to a first home defeat of the season.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 5 Adam TONG, 8 Jason BARRERA (15 Brian FARRELL 46’), 9 Alex SALMON, 10 Ashley ROSINDALE (7 Kenny KEOGH 56’), 11 John MIGAS (3 David CYRUS 26’), 16 Matthew NTUEMENOPOLOUS, 18 Jason COLLI, 19 Choc DAU, 23 Brian WOODALL (C) – Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 6 Victor BRAUNER

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 2 Michael PUGLIESE, 5 Nicholas ASHLEY (6 Robbie MCNEILL 77’), 7 Miki VUJACIC (C), 8 Alex SULESKI (16 Mathaing MATHIANG 37’), 9 Alex TANEVSKI, 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 15 Shane CASSIDY, 17 Darren O’RIORDAN, 18 Moses KALAU (13 Adam FALCONE 87’) 19 Cameron TEECE – Subs not used: RGK Lance ALAVAKIS, 12 Jason RUBIDGE - Referee: Anthony Walsh

15.7.2017

PERTH JUMP TO SECOND AFTER WIN AT ARMADALE

2016 League Champions Perth SC have kept their chances of a repeat on track, after a hard fought 1-0 win against Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve. Aleks Jovic’s early second half deflected goal was all that separated the two sides, the win moving Perth into second spot only one point behind leaders Inglewood. “For us it was all about the result today, so this is a very important win, especially since Armadale are a hard side to beat,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon told the NPL website. “We created a lot of good chances today, kept it safe at the back and didn’t make any mistakes. The players know if we want to go back-to-back we need to have one of the best defensive records in the league, so it was crucial that we got a clean sheet today.”

The home side were undefeated in their last five games, and they went close to the opener on 17 minutes. Billy Quinncroft threaded a pass into James Atkins, but Perth keeper Francis Soale was out quickly to deny him. The visitors went close themselves 10 minutes later, when Gustavo Catarcione shot was half blocked by Armadale custodian Michael Craggs, who managed to get back to clear the ball off the line. Just before half time the home side almost opened the scoring, Nathan Costello’s ball picked out Atkins, whose first time shot was well saved by Soale.

Perth opened brightly after the break, seven minutes in Catarcione’s clever back-heel sent Niccolo Sabatini in on goal, but again Craggs was out quick to save. But on 57 minutes Perth hit the front. Jovic found space and his shot took a deflection off Jordan Pavett, which wrong footed Craggs, who did get a hand to it, but couldn’t stop it rolling into the net. Armadale pressed for the equaliser, but they couldn’t find a way past Soale, while the Armadale custodian produced a stunning save to deny Perth a second nine minutes from time, he managed to get back to tip the ball over the top at full stretch.

Despite the loss, Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was happy with how his players performed and picked out keeper Michael Craggs for special praise. “We played very good football out there today, the players really gave it to Perth and put in a hard-fought battle,” he told the NPL website. “Michael (Craggs) is a very important part of the team, he has consistently put in good performances over the year and today was no exception. I said to the boys today if Perth were going to take points from us today they would have to wrench them from our hands, and unfortunately they just got over the line today and we didn’t.”

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 2 Dylan WHITE, 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO (C), 8 Jordan PAVETT, 14 David ANNALL, 16 Billy QUINNCROFT, 17 James ATKINS, 19 Beau RAHIM, 20 Ali GHOLAMI, 25 Anthony SKORICH (9 Kyle KING 41’) – Subs not used: RGK Alex RADONICH, 10 Ryan JAMES, 21 Charlie SIMPSON

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 2 Alex SILLA, 5 Niccolo SABATINI, 7 Aleks JOVIC (3 Andreas THEODOSIADES 66’), 8 Tom KING, 9 Gustavo CATARCIONE, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 15 Harley ORR, 16 Kieran COLWELL, 17 Fran FURFARO, 18 Lewis MILNE – Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSASRELLI, , 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 19 Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 20 Elliot TATTERSALL – Referee Tom Dowle

15.7.2017

CONTROVERSAL PENALTY GIVES COCKBURN A POINT

A controversial late penalty from Cockburn City’s Harry O’Brien has given his side a 1-1 draw against Joondalup United at Dalmatinac Park. Joondalup had led with an Arran Maplestone penalty in the first half and it looked like they had won it, until the late drama. Joondalup coach Nick Jennings was not happy about the decision. “I thought it was a great tackle,” he told the NPL website. “I’m sure when you watch the highlights, then you’ll see it’s a brilliantly timed tackle with great execution.” But Cockburn Coach had another take on it. “I thought we controlled the second half quite easily, they were quite strong in the first half,” he told the NPL website. “They will say it wasn’t a penalty, we’ll say that the first one wasn’t a penalty though.”

Both sides had early half chances, with Cockburn striker Gian Albano, and Joondalup’s Richard causing both sets of defenders a few headaches. But the deadlock was broken on 34 minutes, when referee Nico Hoyle spotted a handball and pointed to the spot. Maplestone stepped up and kept his nerve to fire past Luke Radonich to give Joondalup the lead. Albano continued to be a handful, and the former Perth Glory player saw his low shot well saved by James Bosdet.

Cockburn opened up brightly in the second half and they went close to the leveler early, O’Brien found space in the box, but he was closed down and the chance was lost. It looked like Joondalup would be leaving with all three points, but in stoppage time referee Hoyle pointed to the spot again after substitute Jesse Lazzaro fell under a sliding tackle in the penalty area. Despite the protests from the Joondalup players, Obrien stepped up and scored to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT, 5 Kieron STALLARD, 7 Rueben TRISTAO (2 Joshua KUSER 82’), 7 Calvin WHITNEY, 9 Gian ALBANO (17 Jesse LAZARRO 55’), 10 David ARAYA (16 Daniel ROBINSON 66’), 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 13 Blake ADAMS, 14 Julian TELES, 15 Daniel SANTICH – Subs not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 3 Daniel DOLS.

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 2 Joel LEDSHAM, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Arran MAPLESTONE, 5 Joe STOCKER, 7 Matthew SPARROW, 9 Richard HOWLES (25 Luke DOYLE 90’), 11 Josh BOOYSEN (6 Guy MCDONALD 72’), 17 Luke SERRA (10 Alex WILD 64), 18 Anthony TAYLOR, 23 Jay MARSDEN – Subs not used: 99 Conal Power, 22 Sam WYNNE – Referee Nico Hoyle

15.7.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FOURTEEN – REVIEW

It’s as you were at the top of the All Flags State League Division table, after week 14 results. League leaders Western Knights were beaten for only the third time for the season after Fremantle City came from behind to win 2-1 at Hilton Reserve. The Knights were in front on 25 minutes, Kevin Ashwood finishing from the angle. Fremantle, who’s Coach Steve Plucknett, resigned in midweek, hit back twenty minutes from time. Ben Reynolds got to the bye line and pulled the ball back for Rory Kiely who finished cleverly from six meters. It was game on with both sides have chances to win it but it was the home side who sealed the three points five minutes from time. Sean Browne raced into the box and was brought down and the referee pointed straight to the spot, and Alec Robinson kept his nerve to win it. Fremantle new Coach Marc Anthony was in the crowd to watch, and he and Cathal Lennon will take over the reins on Tuesday night.

Forrestfield United missed a perfect opportunity to close the gap on the Knights when they were held to a scoreless draw by UWA-Nedlands at Hartfield Park. “Our boys produced another quality performance, but unfortunately with so many clear cut chances created not a single one ended up where it was intended,” Forrestfield Coach Rod Banjac said. “There is no one more disappointed than our talented players, and we will be working hard to rectify that throughout the following week.” South West Phoenix drew level with Forrestfield with a last minute winner in a 2-1 win against Dianella White Eagles at Dianella Reserve. It was a tight first half but all the action after the break. The visitors hit the front five minutes into the second half, Ryan Stewart’s corner was turned into his own net by Goran Radinovic. It looked like it wasn’t going to be Dianella’s day when striker Angel Andreas was sent off, but five minutes from time they found an equaliser, with Ibrahim Hamid’s effort deflecting off a Dianella defender. It looked like the points would be shared but in the final minutes the Phoenix won it. A poor goal kick was collected by Corey Barclay, who laid the ball into the path of James McCleary, who played in Patrick Quinn who slide the ball under Nas Farsalas to win it.

“It wasn't a great game, there was too much at stake for both teams. However, on our end we played a solid game defensively speaking and looked much more organised and dangerous than Dianella up front “In actual fact they were very quiet and all in all they played a very average game - I thought better of them. They are still the favourites to win this league along with Forrestfield and the Knights, but they must lift their game if they want to go all the way,” Phoenix Coach Mauro Marchione said. “Perhaps the difference between the two teams on the day was in the preparation. They thought they won the game before playing it; big mistake. Instead we prepared the game in all its aspects and there were no surprises: we knew exactly what they were going to do and we closed all the lines of passing for the wings and for Angel plus play well with quick combinations when in possession. At the end of the game our keeper didn't dirt his gloves and came out immaculate from a raining day; it says it all. This win doesn't change our plans. Dianella has a game in hand as well as Forrestfield and both have a much better goal difference. Even if we win every game left there will be little possibilities to finish on top for us. Truth is that we are preparing ourselves to win eventually next year. In the meantime we are enjoying our football and make experience with a very young squad. That is all we need for now but, all considered, what a great satisfaction to beat Dianella on their ground! At the end of the game there was a surreal silence... A win like this is worth a whole season, believe me.”

In other games Joondalup City beat Gosnells City 1-0 at the Iluka Sports Complex. The only goal of the game came on the hour, when new German import Emrah Bingol fired home after Mark Tenney’s shot had been parried by the Gosnells keeper. “The three points allowed us to leapfrog Gosnells but there is still a lot of football to be played,” Joondalup coach Gary Kalaher said. “It was an excellent performance by our boys who produced similar performances in our previous two home games only to lose by the odd goal to both Western Knights and UWA.” In the final game, Canning City and Rockingham City have fought out a 1-1 draw at the Lark Hill Sportsplex. Canning were ahead on the hour, when good work from Joe Kelly, who beat the full back and cut it back to Callum Roberts, who laid it off to Ante Jukic who finished into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. But the home side levelled five minutes from full time, when Hilario Nunes’ headed home Jonny Araya cross.

“Saturday's performance was for me a fantastic display of disciplined football from our lads. For a team at the bottom of the table we are playing some great football at times but as we are leaking goals at the moment we approached this game against Rockingham with caution,” Canning Coach Pete Lord said. “Our focus was on keeping a clean sheet, however a fair chunk of our goals this season have either been through a bad pass or decision from us or an unlucky bounce or a tackle when we have a lot of bodies in the box. It was the same with their goal this week, with a bit of head tennis the ball fell to their player to head home with 17 men in the box. With five minutes to go it's a real bitter pill to swallow, but again we must stay positive because the football we are playing doesn't represent our league position and nearly every team we have played am sure will say the same.

“This league is very inconsistent with any team taking the chocolates each week and we are just staying focused and waiting for it to be our turn to get the rub of the green. We were on top against a good Rockingham side for the majority of the game and we kept them to a couple of half chances aside from the goal. This felt like a loss to the lads but as we explained that when the luck is against you the only thing you can do is persevere, knowing we are doing the right things as a group and believing that the luck will turn. Having an average age of 20 for our squad it's tough at times for them all to understand, but this situation we are going through will benefit the younger lads in the long run. We have two of the biggest games coming up in Gosnells on Wednesday with our catch-up game and Joondalup after our bye who are both really strong teams that we need to be focused for if we want to gain maximum points.” - Ashfield had the bye this weekend.

15.7.2017

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOURTEEN – REVIEW

All Flags State League Division Two leaders Gwelup Croatia increased their lead at the top of the table to three points after a 7-1 win against Wanneroo City at the Croatian Sporting Complex. It was the visitors who should have gone ahead after only seven minutes, when Referee Brendan Skinner pointed to the spot after a foul from Gwelup defender Jake Verini. Jack Hailstones stepped up to take the resulting penalty but he blazed over the top. After that let off Gwelup opened the scoring four minutes later, James Sammut tapping home at the back post. It was 2-0 on 21 minutes, Gavin Knight’s shot going in via the post. Then six minutes later Gwelup won themselves a penalty, but Noah Shamaki’s penalty crashed off the crossbar. But four minutes before half time Wanneroo pulled one back, from another penalty, after Kurt Kouakou’s handball and Hailstones converted this time, despite Tom Dixon getting a hand to it. But Gwelup regained their two goal lead in first half stoppage time, with another penalty. Wanneroo defender dragged Knight down in the box and was sent off, and Knight picked himself up to convert from the spot. Gwelup ran away with it after the break, Shamaki firing home from a tight angle on 55 minutes, and he added another seven minutes later. It was 6-1 when Sammut scored another penalty. Shamaki completed his hat-trick ten minutes from time to make it 7-1, to wrap up a comprehensive win.

“The 7-1 win was a very important win for the club, as in the first round Wanneroo held us to a 1-1 draw and more importantly the win now makes a 9 point gap between first and third, making it very hard for Wanneroo to continue to challenge for top spot,” Gwelup Coach Paul Dundo said. “I was very happy with the way the boys played, followed instructions and went about their business. The work rate of the whole side was fantastic and to score seven goals against the third placed team was also very pleasing. The Football we played with the quick movement of the ball, possession and the goal scoring opportunities we created was a joy to watch, it left me thinking that I was glad I wasn’t playing as an opposition defender. Full credit to Wanneroo, who went a man down late in the first half, as they didn’t stop working all day and continued to fight right to the final whistle. We now have to remain grounded, continue to work hard at training and look to prepare for our next fixture against Melville in a fortnights time, as there will be no easy games in the weeks ahead. Hopefully the break this weekend due to the Cup Final gives us a chance to re-group and also allow those players with niggles to overcome them and be ready for our next fixture.”

In other games Morley Windmills lost ground on Gwelup after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Curtin University at Edinburgh Oval, while Kelmscott Roos new Coach Aaron Beatty celebrated his first game in charge with a 4-2 win against Quinns FC at Frye Park. The home side were ahead on 20 minutes, Michael Schalk free kick crashed off the crossbar, and Asa Sippits was quickest to react to score from the rebound. They doubled their lead ten minutes later, another free kick whipped into the box by Schalk and a glancing header by Hayden Innes found the net. Quinns started the second half well and Adam Buckley pulled one back, and moments later Gareth Hamilton levelled. Quinns were on top, and looking very dangerous, but against the run of play Kelmscott regained their lead. Sippits picked the ball up on the wing just over the halfway line and ran down the right, cut inside two players and finished clinically into the bottom corner to make it 3-2. Then five minutes later they sealed the three points, a long clearance from keeper Kristian Usedo found Sippits, who controlled it first time and volleyed it over the keepers head to make it 4-2 and complete his hat trick. “We're really happy with the result and our performance,” Sippits said. “We played some great football at times, but most importantly showed the heart and fight to win the game after losing our 2-0 lead. A great team performance and for the coach, fans and everyone involved at Kelmscott.”

Meanwhile Shamrock Rovers’ improvement under new coach Gerry McEwan continued with a 2-0 win against Melville City at Harold Rossiter Reserve, with goals from Declan Murphy and Colm Holden. In the final game Kingsway Olympic drew 1-1 with Balga. The home side were ahead just after half time, but Balga salvaged a draw with the equaliser 15 minutes from time. Nahom Michael was given the ball in middle of the park, and his powerful shot from 30 meters found the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance. – Swan United had the bye this weekend.




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