Andy Keogh will be the new coach of Inglewood United (photo courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Don't miss The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM this Saturday at 10am with Sean Kelly and Peter Szkiela. This week's show includes Foxtel Sports presenter Adam Peacock to preview the A-League semi-finals, coach of the FFA cup giant killing Dianella White Eagles Robbie Dunn, Tim Kantor coach of the resurgent State League Division Two side Wanneroo City and Allan Beale who is one of the consultants From People, Planet, Places heading the project of NPL review. Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0417 622 921.

28.4.2017

KEOGH TO COACH INGLEWOOD (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Inglewood United is pleased to confirm one-time Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh as its first team coach for the rest of the 2017 season. Keogh, currently part of Perth Glory’s A-League finals campaign, steps up from an assistant coach role at Inglewood following the departure of Taki Nicolaidis.

Keogh will be supported by assistant coach Andres Oliveira, team manager Saul Contera, goalkeeping coach David Whalley and the existing backroom team across the winter season. The 30-year old will miss tomorrow’s game at Cockburn City as it clashes with Glory’s Semi-Final encounter at Sydney FC.

“We are delighted to appoint Andy Keogh to the role of first team coach,” president Ces Colli said. “Andy has been part of the Inglewood coaching team for close to twelve months and he provides us stability and continuity with the best possible avenue to success. Our goals remain high, which means winning silverware in 2017.”

Dublin-born Keogh played as a teenager with Leeds United but it was during a three-season spell at Scunthorpe United that his career began to take off. His first call-up to the Republic of Ireland national team came in March 2007, only a few months after joining Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The highlight of Keogh’s six seasons with Wolves came in 2010 when he was a central figure in the West Midlands club topping the English Championship. He went on to play for Cardiff City, Bristol City, Leeds, Millwall and Blackpool, while the last of his 30 international outings arrived in August 2013.

After close to 400 senior appearances in England, Keogh headed down under in mid-2014 to join Perth Glory. To date he has played 76 times for the A-League club across three seasons, a period punctuated only by a short stay at Thai club Ratchaburi.

28.4.2017

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FOUR – PREVIEW

It's round four of the State League First Division this weekend, with the match of the round being Forrestfield United against Western Knights. Forrestfield haven't had the start they had hoped this year, but would like to open their new look stadium at Hartfield Park with their first win of the league season. The Knights have had two victories out of three, and after their recent success in making last eight of the FFA Cup mid-week, will be looking to continue their good form in the league. The match starts at 7pm.

In other games, top of the table Rockingham City travel to the Iluka Sports Complex when they take on newly promoted Rockingham City. Dianella White Eagles, who are just behind Rockingham on the table, will need to win at home against Gosnells City. Ashfield and UWA-Nedlands FC will fight it out in a game that could go either way, while South West Phoenix will meet Fremantle City at Hilton Reserve. Canning City have the bye.

28.4.2017

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOUR – PREVIEW

It's top against bottom in the State League Second Division this weekend, when Kingsway Olympic take on Wanneroo City at Kingsway Reserve. Wanneroo battled hard to get a share of the points against Gwelup Croatia last week, and will need to be at their best against a desperate Kingsway Olympic if they want to continue their good run at the top of the table. The green machine were one of the pre-season favourites with Gwelup to take out the competition this year, however after losses against Quinns and Balga, find themselves without a point to their name. The action starts at 3pm.

In other games, Gwelup Croatia will want to keep the pressure on Wanneroo with a win at home to Melville City while Shamrock Rovers can keep their place in the all important top four with victory at Harold Rossiter Reserve against Curtin University. Kelmscott are at home against an improving Balga, while on Sunday, Quinns FC are away from home, but will be confident of beating Swan United.

28.4.2017

BIRIGHITTI HEADS OUT ON DUTCH TRIAL

Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has spent this week trialling with midtable Dutch Eredivisie club Willem II. 26-year old Birighitti, a former Perth SC junior, moved from Newcastle Jets to English Premier League club Swansea City in last year’s off-season but has failed to break into the first team.

According to Dutch reports, Willem II are considering bringing Birighitti, who has another year to run on his Swansea contract, in on a loan deal. Willem II are keen to sign a new goalkeeper, with current number one Kostas Lamprou set to leave the club in the off-season.

Birighitti has been behind Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel in the pecking order at Swansea. The one-time Socceroo was named in the Professional Footballers’ Australia A-League Team of the Season last season when with Newcastle.

27.4.2017

LOWE SET TO STICK WITH SAME ELEVEN

Kenny Lowe has flagged the likelihood of sticking with the same starting line-up for Saturday night’s Semi-Final against minor premiers Sydney FC. Glory produced one of their most complete performances of the season in dumping Melbourne City out of the championship race with a 2-0 away Elimination Final win last Sunday night.

The result, which was Glory’s first finals win in five years, was achieved with a new-look starting eleven to that used for much of this season. Joel Chianese scored his second goal for Glory playing off a wing, while Marc Warren started at left back and Lucian Goian was preferred in central defence.

“Everyone wants to play,” Lowe said. “Everyone wants to be in the eleven. I think everyone was impressive (against Melbourney) ... we’ll just roll into the game with a massive amount of confidence and go and enjoy ourselves. Have a check of the team sheet on Saturday - we’ve got a good chance of playing the same eleven I would imagine.”

Lowe said defender Joseph Mills, who injured his knee in training, would fly east and should be available for selection. “His knee is okay,” Lowe said of Mills. “We’ll take an 18-man squad, so we’ve added Millsy to the squad. We’ll take 18 over there and we’ll pick from the 18.”

Like his Glory players, Lowe has embraced the possibilities presented by a knockout Semi-Final against a dominant side that has achieved a league-record points haul and lost only one game this season. “It’s just two teams,” Lowe said. “They’ve just got two arms, two legs, one head.

“Anything can happen on the day. They want to create history. They’ll be devastated if they don’t. Everyone’s talking about them being the best team ever and rightly so, they’re a super team. But the bottom line is you have to win something.”

25.4.2017

WESTFIELD FFA CUP FIFTH ROUND (WA) – REVIEW (courtesy footballwest.com.au)

There were goals galore in round five of the Westfield FFA Cup preliminary rounds with the final eight teams now confirmed. A ten-man Cockburn City were one of the teams to progress, with a late winner edging out South West Phoenix 3-2 in an absorbing tie at Dalmatinac Park. Cockburn coach Scott Miller said his team is driven by their appearance in the FFA Cup Round of 32 last year. “To experience that Australia-wide stage was really fun last year,” he said. “The boys loved that bit of exposure. We were obviously lucky to get a trip away last year and I’m sure they’d love to have another crack this year. “It’s a very different competition. If I was analysing it like our league games, I’d probably be pulling my hair out, but it’s about winning and getting through and we showed great character to do so.”

Miller was also pleased his side bounced back quickly after the weekend’s defeat to Stirling. “As a coach you normally have a week to think about things, but to have a game three days later was good,” he said. “We switched the boys onto this game quickly and it was good to get the late winner tonight, which is always nice.”

Cockburn made a quick start to things with a goal inside four minutes as Harry O’Brien crossed in from the right and Daniel Robinson got across his marker to poke the ball home. They remained in control in the opening half hour, though they could have doubled their lead when Kieran Quinn denied Robinson on the line. Phoenix struck against the tide as Jayden Prosser latched onto a long punt from Adam Guthridge and kept his cool to equalise. Goalkeeper Guthridge then made a superb double save, firstly touching Jesse Lazzaro’s shot onto the post, before beating away Calvin Whitney’s drive from range. Lazzaro had another chance in the second half when he blazed over the bar and it only got worse for the winger when he went off moments later with an injury.

The hosts regained the lead with a nice set piece routine as Kenel Mouithys flicked on Cameron Edwards’ corner and O’Brien stooped to head in. It was level again seven minutes later as Bright Ababio overlapped down the left and drove across goal where Ryan Stewart was at the back post to squeeze it past Luke Radonich. When Whitney saw red with 15 minutes to go, momentum shifted to the Phoenix who had several chances to win it but it would be Cockburn to strike late. Edwards carved out a through ball in heavy traffic and unmarked Reuben Tristao to slide his finish beyond Guthridge.

In other ANZAC Day Westfield FFA Cup action, State League Division One side Dianella White Eagles upset NPLWA club ECU Joondalup 3-1, while State League Division Two side Gwelup Croatia side put five past NPLWA side Mandurah City winning 5-1. Bayswater City put five past Armadale with no reply, and Sorrento made hard work of their 3-1 against UWA-Nedlands FC. Wembley Downs from the Amateur Premier Division shocked Stirling Lions in the previous round, however this time they could not match it with Division One club Western Knights, losing 3-0. Perth were 2-0 winners at Joondalup United, while Wanneroo City advanced after Boulder City had to forfeit.

The final eight teams in Round six of the Westfield FFA Cup preliminary rounds will be made of four NPLWA teams, two State League Division One teams and two State League Division Two teams.

25.4.2017

NEVILLE WANTS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN BEFORE RETURNING FOR GLORY

Scott Neville hopes to erase his A-League pain with strong Asian Champions League performances before he leaves Western Sydney Wanderers to embark on a renaissance with Perth Glory. Neville confirmed he's signed a three-year deal with former club Glory after two positive seasons with Western Sydney, with whom he's went agonisingly close to winning last season's title.

Neville’s desire for a shot at a second successive Grand Final was scuppered last Friday, when Brisbane Roar beat Western Sydney in a penalty shoot-out in their Elimination Final. Now the 28-year old defender wants nothing more than to go out on a high in Western Sydney's last two ACL group games, against Urawa Red Diamonds and Shanghai SIPG.

"I've signed with Perth for the next three years, that's why I was even more emotional after losing to Brisbane," said Neville, who has made 58 appearances for Western Sydney. "Not only did I want to play in another Grand Final, but go one better and finish my journey here with a victory. That's why I want to finish the last two games in the ACL as positively as possible."

Western Sydney must win big against Urawa and Shanghai to even be in with a shot of progressing to the knockout stage as one of the top two in Group F. Even then, other results must go their way to continue their continental campaign. It's a task made more difficult after their sudden-death loss to Brisbane has left the players mentally drained and physically exhausted.

Neville is confident his team's hectic A-League schedule has conditioned them well for the ACL. "We could easily come over here and say 'our season's over', but all the boys are motivated to put in a strong performance and finish off the season well," Neville said. "We just need to try and pick up maximum points in the next two games, hopefully that can be enough."

If it is, Neville can extend his Western Sydney career a little longer before he heads west, and Glory right-back Josh Risdon heads in the opposite direction. "I love the Wanderers, it's been a great club for me ... I've grown not only as a player, but a person as well," Neville said. "Popa is the best coach I've ever had, I've got such respect for him … it's definitely the best A-League club in my opinion."

25.4.2017

GLORY VOW TO HIT SYDNEY WITH PHYSICAL EDGE

Perth Glory are vowing to maintain their physical edge as they attempt to pull off the improbable by beating Sydney FC in Saturday night's Semi Final at Allianz Stadium. Glory defied the odds by beating Melbourne City 2-0 in last week's Elimination Final, when opposition coach Michael Valkanis labelled the West Australian side predictable and physical prior to the game.

Perth midfielder Joel Chianese said it was imperative for his side to maintain their physical approach against the Sky Blues. "Football's a physical game. You need to get stuck in," Chianese said. "If you don't, you're going to get beat to the ball, you're going to lose that tackle, you're going to lose that challenge, and the other team gets on top. We started really well the other night and set a platform for the rest of the game."

Sydney are the hot title favourites after losing just one game during the regular season and setting a new record for the amount of points tallied (66). "We definitely go in as underdogs, and we prefer that - sort of flying under the radar," Chianese said. "Sydney's been the best team all year. We know what to expect."

Chianese and Diego Castro were the heroes against Melbourne, with the duo scoring a goal each in the opening half. But it was the clean sheet - just Glory's fourth this season - that the team also took great pride in. "It was probably one of our best games of the season. We fought hard for each other," Chianese said. "Every clean sheet we get we celebrate. We haven't really had that many this season."

25.4.2017

GLORY WON’T USE THEIR TRAVEL BURDEN AS AN EXCUSE

Perth Glory won’t use their travel burden as an excuse after choosing to fly home ahead of their A-League Semi Final against minor premiers Sydney FC this weekend. After defeating Melbourne City in the Elimination Final, Glory officials explored the option of staying in Victoria this week to give an in-form squad the best preparation for its shot at reaching the final.

That option was discarded, with the club choosing to fly the players back to Perth for three days after not finding a suitable training venue. Glory will train at UWA Sports Park this week before heading east again on Thursday as they attempt to keep the squad primed for its biggest challenge of the year.

Chief executive Peter Filopoulos confirmed Glory had considered using a temporary base in Melbourne this week. “We explored our options, but we couldn’t identify an appropriate training venue that would ideally meet our requirements and suit our normal training routine and we therefore felt it was best to return home,” Filopoulos said.

Glory will need to overcome a six-day break in attempting to pull off the upset of the season. Sydney have put together a remarkable campaign, amassing the greatest points tally in A-League history in losing just one game. They have scored 11 goals and conceded just two in comfortably defeating Glory in their three previous meetings this season.

25.4.2017

WILLIAMS LOOKING BEYOND BARNSLEY TO BOOST SOCCEROOS PROSPECTS

Ryan Williams is edging towards an exit from Championship side Barnsley, in pursuit of the regular match action he hopes will enhance his Socceroos prospects. After just four starts this season - 15 appearances overall for the Yorkshire club - the 23-year old is determined to turbo-charge a career which was stalled for the best part of two seasons by injury.

When finally fit this season, Williams has only been a bit-part performer under Tykes coach Paul Heckingbottom. The soon-to-be out-of-contract attacker - who brothers Rhys and Aryn are with Perth Glory - has all but ruled out a return home as he assesses his next career step, whether he should leave Barnsley.

"The key thing for me (is) I want to be playing week in week out," Williams said. "I haven't done that in a long time. If I am playing every week, I am going to be confident and hopefully scoring goals. I think there is a lot more to come from me ... I feel I gave a good account of myself in the games I played but things just didn't go the way I'd hoped."

Mid-table Barnsley have put on hold any contract extension talks until the end of the season. "The have an option to keep me and if they decide to activate that then I will stay," Williams said. "To be fair, that would be what I want ... I'd back myself if I were to have a full pre-season, which hasn't been the case for a couple of years. Whatever happens, I don't just want to be sent off the bench – it's the last thing I want."

24.4.2017

WESTFIELD FFA CUP FIFTH ROUND (WA) – PREVIEW

It’s Westfield FFA Cup 5th round today on Anzac Day with eight ties across the metro area. The fourth round giant-killers Wembley Down hit the road with a trip to Nash Field to take on Western Knights (2.30pm). Wembley stunned NPL side Stirling Lions in the last road, while the Knights thrashed Bussleton 14-0. Wembley Coach Colm Costello said they are looking forward to the challenge. “We’re all looking forward to testing ourselves against top opposition again this week. Western Knights have been a top state Division One side for last couple seasons so we’ll need to be all at our best,” he said. “It is cup football, and on the day it's whoever wants it more. I’m sure both teams will go for it and it should be a great game, but whatever happens I’m delighted with how we have done in this competition so far.”

Gwelup Croatia beat NPL opposition in the last round, with a 2-1 win against Balcatta, and they entertain another NPL side today, with Mandurah City visiting the Croatian Sporting Centre (2.30pm). Gwelup Coach Aleks Vrteski said it’s another challenge for his side. “The boys got over the line with a huge effort against Balcatta last round and today will be no different as I expect Mandurah to be a side of very high quality,” he said. “We are coming off a hard fought 1-1 draw in the league at Wanneroo City on Friday evening and we are relishing the opportunity to make the next round.”

UWA Nedlands also beat an NPL team in the last round, a hard fought 4-3 come-from-behind win against Subiaco, and this round they travel to Percy Doyle Reserve to take on NPL league leaders Sorrento (2.30pm). “We are looking forward to this encounter, facing the top team in the NPL,” UWA Coach Michael Janssen said. “We know that it will be a very tough match but we will be ready for this even, even if we have to make a few changes. Cup has its own rules and we are not just going to Percy Doyle Reserve to congratulate them for making it to the next round.”

There are two all NPL games, with Armadale hosting Bayswater City at Alfred Skeet Reserve (3.15pm), while Joondalup United host Perth SC at Percy Doyle Reserve in the late game at 5.00pm. “We really believe on our day we are a match for anyone, whilst we will be missing 3/4 players for the game we'll have a real go,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. “We are looking to propel our tiny club onto a national level what a dream JUFC live on Foxtel.”

In other games South West Phoenix travel to Dalmatinac Park to take on Cockburn City at 5.30pm, while Division One leaders Dianella White Eagles will be looking for a repeat when they visit the ECU Football Stadium to take on ECU Joondalup also 5.30pm. The Eagles won at the same venue last season and Robbie Dunn said it will be a good challenge for his side. “Drawing ECU is probably as tough as it gets. They are on fire right now and are the form team in the NPL. They are very strong all over the park and are scoring goals for fun against some very good NPL opponents,” he said. “Our guys will go out and give it their best for the club their team mates and themselves and I have no doubt that they will make life very tough for ECU. This game will show our players where they stand against a very good NPL side and all I want the players to do is enjoy themselves and see what happens.”

Unfortunately one tie has been forfeited, with Wanneroo City moving through after Boulder City pulled out. Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said it’s a great shame. “It’s great to have regional teams in the competition, but its poor fixturing, to expect a team to travel 800km each way for a midweek game,” he explained. “To put it into perspective Melbourne Victory travel 876km to play Sydney FC in the A League. Boulder have progressed to the 5th round without having played a game. That's not the spirit or magic of the FFA Cup.”

24.4.2017

JONES NEARING DUTCH TITLE

West Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones is within touching distance of winning the Dutch top-flight title with Feyenoord, the club's first in 18 years. Jones kept his 17th clean sheet in 30 appearance to help the Eredivisie heavyweights to a comfortable 2-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.

That result, coupled with Ajax's 1-0 loss to defending champions PSV Eindhoven later that day, has lifted Feyenoord four points clear with two games to play. Should they beat lower-table side Excelsior in their next match on 7th May 7, Feyenoord will become champions for the first time since 1999.

24.4.2017

LOWE SHOCKED BY FORMATION CHANGE

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says the way his side forced Melbourne City to change their style in the 2-0 away Elimination Final victory is a compliment to his team. Glory were dubbed predictable by Melbourne coach Michael Valkanis on Saturday but the visitors were able to carry out their counter-attacking threat with the game sealed at the half hour mark.

Lowe said he felt confident when he saw City’s starting eleven leave Luke Brattan on the bench. “I was glad to see Brattan not there and (Osama) Malik there, no disrespect to Malik but Brattan gets on the ball, he causes problems, got craft and guile so that was an interesting situation,” Lowe said.

“Timmy (Cahill) is not a natural midfielder and he’s finding himself in that situation quite a lot, so really you’ve only got to take care of (Neil) Kilkenny from a creative perspective to a certain extent. The crazy thing is they changed their shape which was a massive compliment to us to counter our strength which is counter-attack, but we got two counter-goals.”

Glory will now face Sydney FC on Saturday and Lowe said they could be camping in Melbourne as they anticipated a clash with Victory in the semi-final.

Lowe, whose team will face Sydney FC in Saturday’ Semi-Final, had nothing but praise for his players. “I think it shows how good we were,” he said. “For them not to have a shot ... it wasn’t because they weren’t trying or anything like that, it was because of our quality defensively.”

“We didn’t allow them to turn up, they’re getting on the ball, looking for a pass, there wasn’t a pass and they were playing sharing balls. They had a lot of long balls that didn’t quite get there. They didn’t have that crafting guile that they’d normally have in the middle of the park.”

24.4.2017

WILLIAMS SET TO WALK OUT ON GLORY AT SEASON’S END

Perth Glory appear set to lose Rhys Williams after the finals, with the defender in advanced negotiations to leave the A-League club after one season. As many as five rival A-League clubs have sounded out Williams with title challengers Melbourne Victory leading the chase for his signature.

It is understood Williams’ manager Tony Rallis is in advanced negotiations for him to join one of those clubs and continue his domestic career in the Eastern States. A deal is likely to be signed within seven days. Rallis said Glory had not yet made the defender a formal offer to stay for a second season.

Perth have put off negotiations with Dino Djulbic, Richard Garcia, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Marc Warren and brothers Rhys and Aryn Williams - who are all coming out of contract until after the finals. The club would need to fast-track an attractive counter offer to have any hope of hanging on to Williams.

Williams has experienced a chequered season at Glory. He found himself at loggerheads with club officials mid-season and was dropped for seven weeks before returning to Glory’s senior line-up and being called up for Socceroos duties. Williams has played 15 games and is a key to holding City’s attack at bay.

23.4.2017

GLORY HERO DJULBIC REFLECTS ON DEFENSIVE MASTERCLASS

Inspirational Perth Glory hard-man Dino Djulbic says a tightened defence set the platform for his side’s unexpected Elimination Final win over Melbourne City. After conceding four at home to the same opponent last week, Glory looked a different side in Melbourne as they secured a highly efficient 2-0 victory to move into the A-League's last four.

“We knew they had firepower up front and we knew if we kept them out we were eventually going to score,” Djulbic told Fox Sports. “(Defence) was a big focus. With the four at the back and the two in front of us we work as a team. I thought we were excellent and they barely had a shot. We know what we are capable of doing and we want to take it all the way now.”

Djulbic was immense in helping the visitors to a rare clean sheet, even putting his head on the line to block a late Michael Jakobsen thunderbolt. “I saw it coming,” the rugged stopper laughed. “I was like ‘should I duck or not?’ I will always put my head where other people wouldn’t. It paid off at the end.”

23.4.2017

MILESTONE MAN LOWE DREAMS OF GLORY SUCCESS

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is urging his team to dream of title success, saying his own journey to 100 A-League games is proof that anything can happen. No team in A-League history have won the title from outside the top two and Glory will have a tough time trying to buck that trend after finishing the regular season fifth - thrusting them in to an away elimination final against Melbourne City on Sunday.

The game will mark Lowe's 100th game in charge of the Glory - a feat no one expected him to reach when he took over as caretaker coach from the sacked Alistair Edwards in December 2013. "Everyone's got a dream, especially in this game," Lowe said. "I've had a 100-game dream. No one in a million years would have said I'd be doing this when I was doing the NTC (National Training Centre). But hey, anything can happen."

Lowe posted just four wins, four draws, and nine losses before surprisingly being appointed the club's full-time coach. The 55-year old has thrived since then and played a key role in rebuilding the squad. "If someone had said that (I'd reach 100 games) off the back end of that very first season, I would have laughed at them," Lowe said. "I think the club has been very brave to take someone like me on. Hopefully I'll repay them."

Lowe believes his talent-laden squad have the potential to defy expectations by making a charge at this season's title. And with an experienced group - boasting the likes of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro, Rhys Williams, Josh Risdon and Rostyn Griffiths - Lowe says they could play a crucial role in helping them pull off an upset win in enemy territory.

But Lowe knows Melbourne City also possess plenty of hardened match-winners. "Everyone can say 'We're going to break history, we're going to change it'. But at the end of the day it's only words," Lowe said. "It's about actions. If we want to do that, we've got to put some action behind those words to create history."

Rhys Williams missed last weekend's 5-4 win over Melbourne with a hip injury but trained this week and is expected to be fit to return to the starting eleven. Lowe says the intensity at training had lifted. "It's quite vibrant, quite feisty. Two or three fights. Everyone's very focused," Lowe said.

22.4.2017

JOONDALUP WIN BATTLE OF THE TENENTS

Joondalup United returned to winning ways, with a stunning 2-1 win against league leaders and co-tenants Sorrento in the local derby at Percy Doyle Reserve. The win also ended the home sides’ unbeaten start to the season, and a brace from striker Richard Howles put Nick Jennings side on their way, before Rowdy Yates was sent off and substitute Reece Vittiglia pulled on back for the Gulls. But they couldn’t find the equaliser and had striker Billy Quinncroft sent off late.

“We got on the front foot early, the plan was to really get after them physically, and the lads executed the plan well,” Joondalup Coach Nick Jennings said. Sorrento Coach Jamie Harnwell was left disappointed. "We didn’t play well in the first half, we defended poorly and passed poorly,” he said. “On the day they were better than us, they deserved the three points.”

It was a lively start to the game, with referee Nico Hoyle showing two early yellow cards, and on 13 minutes the visitors hit the front. They won the ball in the middle park and a ball over the top sent Howles clear, he held off his marker before finishing low past James Morgan. The big striker was in again on the half hour, again he was sent in with a clever ball over the top and despite being hemmed in on the side of the box he eased past two defender before finished clinically.

Sorrento need a lift after the break, but they found Joondalup keeper James Bosdet in outstanding form, the best a stunning reaction save to deny Quinncroft. The game took another twist on 73 minutes when Yates was shown a second yellow card and sent off and Sorrento were back in the game two minutes later. A ball into the box was dealt with and Vittiglia made them paying firing home. The home side were pushing everything forward looking for the equaliser, but they couldn’t find a way past Man of the Match Bosdet. It went from bad to worse for Jamie Harnwell’s side when Quinncroft was also shown a second yellow card and sent off in stoppage time.

Sorrento FC: GK James MORGAN, 2 Jacob SHORE, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 5 Billy QUINNCROFT, 7 Alex MORGAN, 10 Scott BULLOCH, 13 Steven MCDONALD, 14 Scott WITSCHGE, 18 Jordan BROWN, 20 Brad MCDONALD, 21 Sam BYLES – Subs: RGK Anthony SALPIETRO, 6 Daryl PLATTEN, 9 Sean CANHAM, 11 Tim HILL, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA - Red cards: Quinncroft 90+1’

Joondalup United: GK James BOSDET, 3 Rowdy YATES, 5 Joe STOCKER, 7 Matthew SPARROW, 8 Josh WHITMORE, 9 Richard HOWLES, 10 Alex WILD, 17 Luke SERRA, 18 Anthony TAYLOR, 23 Jay MARSDEN, 24 Lee JONES – Subs: RGK Conal POWER, 6 Guy MCDONALD, 19 Mike KENNY, 21 Chris PUGH, 25 Greg PELLOW - Red cards: Yates 73’ - Referee: Nico Hoyle

22.4.2017

SALMON SWOOPS FOR INGLEWOOD

Inglewood United began life without Coach Taki Nicolaidis with a hard fought 2-0 win against Armadale at the Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The club parted company with Nicolaidis in the week, but their English striker Alex Salmon was the star bagging a brace has the home side consolidated their spot in the top five.

Interim Inglewood coach Andres Oliveira was pleased with his team’s performance, despite the release of former coach Nicolaidis during the week. “It’s been a difficult week, the boys responded fantastically,” he told the NPL website. “We wanted to move on, we prepared well this week and got the result.” Despite the loss, Armadale coach John O’Reilly was pleased with his side’s performance. “Defensively the first half we were solid, we had opportunities but we didn’t take them,” he said. "I’m happy with our defensive performance, but we couldn’t perform in the key areas and got caught offside too often.”

Armadale were coming off their biggest win of the season, a 3-0 win against second placed Floreat Athena last week, but they were lucky to still be level on 17 minutes, Salmon’s headed crashing off the crossbar. Inglewood keeper Alex Dunn then saved well to deny Jake Sardelic’s shot as the visitors lifted. Both sides had half chances but at the break it was all-square.

But four minutes into the second half the home side hit the front, Salmon was brought down in the penalty area and referee Matthew Southern pointed straight to the spot. Salmon picked himself up and sent keeper Michael Craggs the wrong way with the resulting penalty to open the scoring.

Despite conceding Armadale lifted and started to take control of the game but they found Inglewood keeper Dunn in outstanding form, the custodian making a number of fine saves. With time running out and Armadale pushing men forward looking for the equaliser they were caught out on a counter attack two minutes into stoppage time. Salmon found space in the box and kept his composure to fire past Craggs to seal victory.

Inglewood United: GK Alex DUNN, 3 David CYRUS (C), 4 Scott BLACKMORE, 7 Kenny KEOGH (19 Cuok DAU 67), 8 Jason BARRERA, 9 Alex SALMON, 10 Ash ROSINDALE (14 Mark PRITCHARD 73), 11 John MINGAS, 16 Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS, 18 Jason COLLI, 23 Brian WOODALL (5 Adam TONG 79) - Subs not used: RGK Riley STEPHENSON, 2 Alex ISHIDA-LIVINGS

Armadale: GK Michael CRAGGS, 3 Jake SARDELIC, 4 Nathan COSTELLO, 5 Sam LOVELESS (19 Beau RAHIM 62), 7 Charlie KENNA, 8 Jordan PAVETT, 9 Kyle KING (15 Jackson BEALEY 70), 10 Papa KPATAR, 11 Dannie RICHMAN (18 Milan OGNJENOVI 75), 14 David ANNALL, 17 Jake ATKINS Subs not used: RGK Alec RADONICH, 20 Kade McNAMARA - Referee: Matthew Southern

22.4.2017

PERTH LEAVE IT VERY LATE FOR THE POINTS

A goal in the 93rd minutes from Harley Orr has given Perth SC a hard fought 2-1 win against Subiaco at Dorrien Gardens. Niccolo Sabatini had given the home side the lead, but Carlin Feely levelled just before half time. It looked like the points would be shared but Orr popped up late to seal the win and move them to fourth on the PS4 NPLWA table. “In the first-half we were a bit shaky on the ball and Subiaco exploited our errors,” Perth Coach Ramon Falzon told the NPL website. “But in the second-half we were the dominant team and created four or five clear chances. It doesn’t matter if the goals come early or in the last minute like today, we’ll take the win because three points are three points.”

Subiaco have shown in recent weeks they are a team on the rise and they took the game to the home side, and the first half was a real arm-wrestle, but six minutes from the break Perth went in front. Sabatini lost his marker in the penalty area and his diving header beat Ryan Montgomery. They went close to doubling their lead four minutes later, Frank Furfaro’s shot on the run smacked the crossbar and away to safety. But moments later Subiaco levelled. A long diagonal ball picked out Carlin Feely at the back post and he slid home past Francis Soale to send the sides in level at the break.

Perth went close to regaining their lead early in the second half, when Orr was sent clear, one-on-one with Montgomery, but the Subiaco keeper stood tall to deny him. Both sides were pressing for the winner, Rory Feely was picked out by a free kick but the striker’s header flashed wide of the target. But in the third minute of injury time Perth won it. Andreas Theodosiades played Orr in on goal and this time the forward made no mistake, finishing past Montgomery to seal a valuable victory. “I thought we played well enough for a point and I thought maybe we could have even snuck a winner in the end,” Subiaco player-coach Ian McMurray told the NPL website. “In the last 10 minutes it was quite an even contest, they had a few chances but we got in behind them a couple of times as well. So I’m disappointed to lose the game especially after the performance we put in, but credit to Perth, they kept at it and took their chance when they got it.”

Perth SC: GK Francis SOALE, 3 Andreas THEODOSIADES, 4 Adrian MADASCHI (C), 5 Niccolo SABATINI (11 Matthew MILENKOVIC 79’), 8 Tom KING (16 Kieran COLWELL 44’), 10 Nicholas AMBROGIO, 12 Jordan DE LEO, 13 Rocco PIZZATA, 15 Harley ORR, 17 Frank FURFARO, 21 Paul ZIMARINO - Subs not used: RGK Daniel PASSARELLI, 2 Alex SILLA, 14 Cameron TEECE

Subiaco: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY, 5 Dylan ANDREWS, 6 Jonas DORLING, 8 Mike LAWSON (18 Andy LESTER 85’), 9 Rory FEELY, 10 Owen COATES (15 Henock BUTSHIRE 88’), 11 Carlin FEELY (7 Robert HARDING 68’), 12 Nathan SMITH, 13 Jordan CANDISH, 17 Alex CASTIELLO, 19 Stefan HILL - Subs not used: RGK Hamish ST GEORGE, 16 Ian MCMURRAY - Referee: Tom Glavovic

22.4.2017

ATHENA BOUNCE BACK TO DOWN THE DOLPHINS

Floreat Athena bounced back from last week’s loss at Armadale with a 2-0 win against Mandurah City at the Securitas Protect Stadium on Saturday. After a tight first half Dean Evans gave the visitors the lead on the hour, before Jon Stynes made sure of the points late. “It’s always going to be a tough game when you come down here, they’re a good side and they made us work for our points today,” Floreat Coach Glenn Grostate told the NPL website.

“We know we are undermanned, and we are just going to have to keep digging in. I keep saying week in, week out, if we can keep scraping out a result and stay up close to the top, when the turn of the season comes, we can bring in four or five players who have been injured, and give it a good shake on the way down the hill.”

Mandurah, who are still looking for their first win of the season, started brightly, and Mitchell Morrin’s shot early flashed over the top. Then moments later, Evans curling effort was saved by Mandurah custodian Brad Eiffe. Both sides were having plenty of the ball as they battled it out and Morrin went close again on the half hour. Jeff Bright’s teasing cross picked him out, but he failed to find the target. Eiffe then came to his sides’ rescue with a good save to deny Evans on the stroke of half time but at the break it was even.

The visitors opened the second half well and Kris Gate’s curling shot was well saved by Eiffe, but on the hour the visitors hit the front. Evans’ through ball sent Zelfy Nazary clear, and he was brought down by Eiffe and referee Josh Mannella pointed straight to the spot. Evans stepped up a scored the resulting penalty to give the visitors the lead. Eiffe then made a great save to thwart Evans’ volley. Evans was having a great game and the former Perth Glory midfielder was the provider as Floreat sealed the points nine minutes from time, his cross picking out Stynes who made no mistake.

Mandurah City: GK Bradley EIFFE, 2 Oliver MCGEE, 3 Jeff BRIGHT, 4 Matt STARES, 5 Thomas STRAKER, 6 Oscar THOMPSON, 7 Jack EADES, 9 Craig TONE, 11 Joseph O’BRIEN 12 Mitch MORRIN, (13 Mitch FIRTH 13), 17 Oriol FERNANDEZ (16 Slade RULE 70) - Subs not used: RGK Cyril SHARROCK, 10 Jordan RHODES, 14 Lance LOUVIE

Floreat Athena: GK Jordan BARBAS, 2 Shaun TIMMINS, 4 Andrew SCALDAFERRO (20 Joe TWEATS 88), 6 Jesse FULLER, 8 Jonathon STYNES, 10 Kris GATE, 12 Jackson MORGAN, 13 Zelfy NAZARY, 16 Ryan MALTON, 17 Dean EVANS - Subs not used: RGK Aidan HOLLOWAY, 3 Patiente ILAHAMBAYE, 11 Juma AWAKA, 33 Ali NAZARY - Referee: Josh Mannella

22.4.2017

SKIPPER LEADS LIONS TO VICTORY

Stirling Lions bounced back their disappointing FFA Cup exit at Wembley Downs with a 2-0 win against Cockburn City at Macedonia Park on Saturday afternoon. Skipper Miki Vujacic led the way opening the scoring in the first half and the points were wrapped up in stoppage time at the end of the game with substitute Steve Sokol scoring. “It was another disciplined team performance from the boys,” Stirling Coach Rob Milevski told the NPL website.

“We focused on the defensive side after our poor start and the shape of our back four. We were probably lucky not to concede as they had a really good period on us, but we managed to catch them on the counter at the end and I’m very proud of the boys. It’s good to get the win but it’s a longer season this time and we just want to keep the consistency and momentum going. The boys are confident and we have a real belief in this group. We probably need to find a little more polish in the final third even though it’s a good sign we’re creating plenty of chances.”

The visitors made the brighter start but couldn’t turn their dominance into goals, with Harry O’Brien and Cameron Edwards a constant threat. The home side settled and went close themselves, Moses Kalau finding space and crossing to Daniel Micevski whose shot was saved by Luke Radonich at the far post. But on 22 minutes the home side took the lead, Vujacic found space in the box and finished low past Radonich. Cockburn went close to the equaliser moments later, Kenel Mouithys went one-on-one with John Perkins, the Lions custodian saved bravely at the strikers’ feet, and the rebound fell kindly to Reuben Tristoe, but his shot was cleared by the alert Shane Cassidy. Kalau continued to cause Cockburn problems and his shot on the run just before half time was well saved by Radonich.

The Lions started the second half well and Radonich had to be alert to deny Micevski early, before the Cockburn custodian denied Micevski again moments later. Mathaing then saw his shot crash off the crossbar as the home side searched for the second. Cockburn pushed men forward looking for the equaliser and Daniel Robinson’s shot was scrambled away, before O’Brien’s header was saved by Perkins. Cockburn were on top, but couldn’t find a way past a resolute Lions defence, and in stoppage time the home side won the points. Sokol intercepted a stray back pass, rounded Radonich and slotted home much to the delight of the home faithful.

Stirling Lions: GK John PERKINS, 3 Alex SULESKI, 4 Blamo QUA QUA, 6 Dejan SPASESKI, 7 Miki VUJACIC, 9 Alex TANEVSKI, 10 Daniel MICEVSKI, 14 Lukas DE LIMA (8 Steve SOKOL 63’), 15 Shane CASSIDY, 16 Mathaing MATHAING, 18 Moses KALAU - Subs not used: RGK Lance ALAVAKIS, 5 Graham DORAN, 12 Jason RUBIDGE, 17 Darren O’RIORDAN

Cockburn City: GK Luke RADONICH, 4 Euen GRANT, 5 Chris THACKARAY (13 Blake ADAMS 67’), 6 Reuben TRISTAO, 7 Ali GHOLAMI, 8 Cameron EDWARDS, 9 Daniel ROBINSON, 11 Harry O’BRIEN, 12 Kenel MOUITHYS (14 Julian TELES 67’), 16 Calvin WHITNEY, 17 Jesse LAZZARO - Sub not used: RGK Ryan BARKER, 3 Daniel DOLS - Referee: Adam Fielding

22.4.2017

BAYSWATER EDGE OUT GLORY YOUNGSTERS

Bayswater City kept the pressure on the top sides after a hard fought 2-1 win against Perth Glory at the Finance 365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Big defender David Stokoe gave the home side the lead early, before a stunning strike from Kosta Petratos levelled things up at half time. But a goal from Jason Mirco early in the second half gave the home side the points. “Pleased with the win but not too pleased with the performance,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne told the NPL website. “But considering we’ve not hit top form and have a game in hand I’ve got to be happy with where we’re at but we haven’t hit top gear.”

Both sides had early chances, Jack Allen was denied by a strong block from Luka Bodnar, before Glory striker Joe Knowles cross found Daniel Stynes, who couldn’t get his shot away. Moments later Knowles tried his luck from long-range, but Bayswater keeper Devon Spence tipped it around the post. But on 17 minutes the home side opened the scoring. Declan Hargreaves corner picked out Stokoe, who rose above his marker and headed past Jordan Thurtell.

The home side were now on top but some stout Glory defending kept them at bay. Their best chance came from Colombian striker Gustavo Giron-Marulanda, whose header flashed inches over the top. Knowles, Petratos and Jamel Reiners were a constant threat and on 38 minutes the Glory levelled with a stunner. Petratos found a pocket of space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot on the turn flew into the net giving Spence no chance.

Bayswater were on the front foot early, and Hargreaves long-range shot flew over the top, before Devon Gibson shot hit the outside of the post. Their early pressure was rewarded with the lead on 55 minutes. A ball over the top sent Mirco clear and the speedy winger finished clinically past Thurtell. Again the Glory were straight back at the home side and Stynes’ snap-shot whistled over the top, before Knowles raced clear one-on-one with Spence, but he was adjudged offside, but it was a tight one.

Thurtell then produced a stunning save to deny substitute Todd Howarth’s free kick on the hour. With the Glory pressing for the equaliser they were almost caught out again on 68 minutes, Mirco’s cross shot was well saved by Thurtell. Moments Luka Ninkovic shot nicked the post before former Glory Youth winger BorBor Sam cut in from the right, but his goal bound shot was well saved by Thurtell.

“Very happy with our performance today, two lapses defensively and fluency in the front third were the main points from today's game.” Glory Coach John Gibson told the Glory website. “We thought we dominated for large periods, and to do that against a strong Bayswater side is a huge effort - we are constantly evolving and growing as a group which is pleasing.”

Bayswater City: GK Devon SPENCE, 2 Declan HARGREAVES, 3 Jack ALLEN (6 Todd HOWARTH 28’), 9 Gustavo GIRON MARULANDA, 10 Jason MICRO, 11 Devon GIBSON, 12 David STOKOE (23 Andrija JUKIC 50’), 13 Trent KAY (C), 17 BorBor SAM, 19 Luka NINKOVIC (16 Giordano COLLI 88’), 20 Sam MITCHINSON - Subs not used: RGK Michael COHEN, 15 Ayden DRAGUN

Perth Glory: GK Jordan THURTELL, 2 Riley WARLAND, 3 Luca BODNAR, 4 Jack IREDALE, 5 Cam MURRAY, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Jamal REINERS (12 Michael MCDOUGALL 61’), 8 Sam RIAK (13 Bayley MONTGOMERY-BROWN 77’), 9 Joe KNOWLES, 10 Daniel STYNES (C) (14 Callum TIMMINS 58’), 11 Kosta PETRATOS - Subs not used: RGK Stef KING, 15 Gomo DUKULY - Referee: Stuart Muldoon

22.4.2017

FIVE STAR SHOW FROM THE JACKS

ECU Joondalup kept in touch with the top five of the PS4 NPLWA after a 5-2 win against Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve on Saturday afternoon. A stunning strike from midfielder Sam Pollard opened the scoring for the visitors before skipper Gordon Smith bagged a brace before the break. Second half goals to Daryl Nicol and Tommy Amphlett put ECU in total control, but late strikes from Luccas Mello and Ben Meredith gave the scoreline some respectability for Balcatta.

“I thought we were very comfortable for the whole game and yes, we conceded two goals late, but we made three quick substitutions which upset us a little, and we have to learn from that going forward,” ECU Coach Dale McCulloch told the NPL website. “We took our chances well and killed the game off early in the second half. We could have scored a few more to be fair, but a good win on the road and we move on to Tuesday in the FFA Cup against Dianella.”

It was the visitors who opened the brighter and their early pressure was rewarded on 23 minutes with the lead. Smith and Nicol combined to set up Pollard, and the former Perth Glory youngster hit an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box. It got better for the visitors two minutes later when they doubled their lead. Nicol burst down the left, his shot was well saved by Savoldelli, but Smith was the quickest to react to the rebound and the Scottish striker fired home from close-range.

Balcatta were shell-shocked but went close themselves on the half hour. Jon Corness’ cross wasn’t dealt with and Patrick Sara’s shot flashed over the top. There was action at both ends with ECU keeper Fraser Greenwood tipping over Mello’s snap shot six minutes later, before Nicol’s’ curling shot flashed wide of the far post. Two minutes before half time the visitors added a third. Nicol found space down the right and squared the ball across the box to Smith, who lost his marker and fired home.

The visitors continued their barrage after the break and just before the hour they added a fourth. A superb ball over the top from Ross Millard found Nicol on the left, he cut inside at pace and raced past four Balcatta before finishing clinically past Savoldelli. It was 5-0 on 65 minutes, Nicol was the supplier this time sending Amphlett in on goal and he finished with aplomb.

To Balcatta’s credit they continued to press forward and they were rewarded four minutes later, with Mello rounded Greenwood to score from a tight angle. Balcatta added their second late.

Hanafi Ghazali made space down the left and crossed to Meredith who headed home from close-range but it was too little too late for the home side.

Balcatta: GK Domenico SAVOLDELLI, 3 Justin ONEK, 4 Calum O’CONNELL, 6 Jonathan CORNESS, 8 Patrick SARA, 9 Luccas MELLO, 11 Feisal ZAW (14 Brennan BORZECKI 65), 15 Cameron GIUFFRE, 18 Ben MEREDITH, 12 Kurt KOUAKOU, 20 Paddy QUINN (C) (2 Hanafi GHAZALI 75) - Subs not used: RGK Luke HUTCHINSON, 16 Nathan SCULLY, 22 Antoni D’ALESIO

ECU Joondalup: GK Fraser GREENWOOD, 3 Ross MILLARD, 4 Shane PICKERING, 5 Logan MCISAAC (2 Ben JOHNS 38), 7 Kevin MOON (8 Declan HUGHES 61), 9 Daryl NICOL (15 James OWEN 65), 10 Gordon SMITH (C), 11 Sam POLLARD, 13 Tommy AMPHLETT, 14 Steven MCGARRY, 18 Cian HIRRELL Sub not used: RGK Ryan MCDARBY, 12 Fraser GARNETT - Referee: Michal Jasinski

22.4.2017

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

Dianella White Eagles maintained their unbeaten start to the State League Division One with a 3-0 win against South West Phoenix at the WML Stadium. The visitors produced the better chances in a tight first half, but it was scoreless at the break. But on the hour the visitors hit the front, after a mix up at the back, which allowed Camilo to slot the ball home from some 15 meters. They doubled their lead ten minutes later, Mwansa eased past three Phoenix players before clipping in a great cross to Angel Andres, who volleyed home from the edge of the penalty area. The points were made safe when Andres raced clear and finished expertly past Adam Guthridge.

“The lads were fantastic again today, they just keep plugging away and grinding sides down,” Dianella Coach Robbie Dunn said. “The players are coaching themselves on the park and they are all on the same page which shows. The back four and keeper have been rock solid as well as starting many attacks for us, while our midfield run nonstop and give our forwards plenty of the ball which they are relishing. Bunbury tried hard but our lads wanted the win and it showed.”

Rockingham City came away from Burrendah Reserve with the points after a come-from-behind 4-1 win against Canning City. Mark Trevisiol had given the host the lead early, but Rockingham levelled just before half time, a great solo effort from Jason Pottier. The hit the front on the hour, with a volley from James Harmer, and added a third ten minutes later, Harmer adding a second from the penalty spot after Christian Hogge was brought down. The points were wrapped up on 75 minutes, with Pottier racing past two Canning defenders before scoring. “Delighted with the win and the response from the group,” Rockingham Coach Rob Crerar said. “We didn't play well first half and challenged the lads to do better, credit to them second half we dominated and won comfortably in the end.”

Western Knights bounced back from last week’s loss against Dianella with a hard fought 2-0 win against Fremantle City at Nash Field in the Footballwa.net Match of the Round. The home side opened the scoring after Brian Patterson was brought down in the box and Paul Lloyd scored from the resulting penalty. The points were sealed when Lloyd crossed to the back post and Ryan Tucker volleyed home. Joondalup City won their first game of the season after a 2-0 win against Gosnells City at Walter Padbury Reserve. It was 0-0 at half time, and the home side had the bulk of the possession, but ten minutes into second half Joondalup opened the scoring. Jake Cherrie escaped his marker before chipping to the far post where Sean Kalaher headed home. Luke Wilson then doubled the lead when he chipped the keeper from outside the penalty area. “I am delighted for our young side to collect their first points of the season,” a delighted Joondalup Coach Gary Kalaher said.

In the final game UWA Nedlands and Forrestfield United drew 1-1 at the UWA Sports Park. UWA went close early, Conor Devlin's through ball finding Marc Zagami, whose shot was well saved by the legs of United’s keeper Luke Martino. But on 18 minutes the visitors opened the scoring, Hasan El Yassiri slotting home at the near post after the UWA defence failed to clear. But the home side levelled moments later, Kai Jie's through ball sent Alex Kretowicz clear and he finished well past Martino. Both sides had chances to win it in the second half, first Liam Merigan spooning a guilt-edged one-on-one chance over the bar, before Kretowicz was denied by Martino late. – Ashfield had the bye this weekend.

22.4.2017

STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND THREE – REVIEW

The round started on Friday evening, and it was a 1-1 draw in the top of the table clash between Wanneroo City and Gwelup Croatia at Wanneroo Reserve. The visitors were ahead on four minutes, James Sammut finishing clinically after good build up play and captain Sebastian Munoz's through ball. Wanneroo hit back and dominated and had a number of chances but they failed to convert them. But ten minutes from time the home side levelled. Matt Hatton slipped a perfect pass through to Scott Johnston, who kept a cool head rounding Tom Dixon and slotting home. Both sides pressed late looking for the winner but it ended 1-1.

“We knew tonight was going to be a great measure of where our young squad is at,” Wanneroo Coach Tim Kantor said. “We started slowly again and I think we gave the opposition a little too much respect and we went a goal down early, but we managed to level and to be fair it could have been 6 all at the end, but a draw was a great result for us.”

In other games Morley Windmills beat Curtin University 2-0 at Wotton Reserve, with Ben Wantee scoring both, while Kelmscott Roos beat Quins 2-1 at Gumblossom Reserve, with Asa Sippits and Daren Kingston on target for the visitors. Meanwhile Melville City and Shamrock Rovers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at John Connell Reserve.

In the final game Balga won for the first time this season after a 2-0 win against Kingsway Olympic at Princess Road Reserve. The home side were ahead after Liam Hunt beat the offside trap, and rounded the keeper and calmly firing home into an empty net. Anton DeFrancesch made it 2-0, after a darting run in midfield, and his shot from outside the box, took a wicked deflection off a defender and lobbed over the keeper. – Swan United had the bye this weekend.

21.4.2017

HAROLD COMPLETES EXAMS, READY FOR FINALS TEST

Perth Glory winger Chris Harold has had an unusual build-up to their A-League elimination final against Melbourne City on Sunday. There have been the usual daily training runs, gym and yoga sessions and team meetings as the side prepares for the sudden-death match.

But Harold, 24, also had to sit an exam yesterday and finish an assignment before boarding the plane as he juggles his soccer career with studying for a law degree. “It’s a busy period in my life, but I know how to find a good balance,” Harold said.

“I know what works for me. I know what to do in order for it not to affect my football because that’s the priority at this point in my life. I have a lot of other things going on that make me a happy person. My life outside football is in a good space.”

“That side of my life has helped my football because it’s given me an avenue outside of the game. When things are not going how you would like, which is inevitable in football with its ups and downs, it brings a good balance.”

Sunday’s game is unlikely to be another 5-4 shootout like last weekend, even though 20 goals have been scored by the sides in their three meetings this season. “Finals football can be tighter, but the way both teams have been playing this year I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s an open, attacking, entertaining game,” Harold said.

Harold, who has been eased back from a calf injury in the past two matches, is happy for Glory to be underdogs. “We’ve got nothing to lose,” he said. “They are the team under pressure, they are playing at home, they finished higher than us. They are the big club with a lot of expectation hanging over them.”

“I think that will work in our favour. We tend to do well when we are underdogs. We won’t change our preparation. When you overthink a situation, try to over-analyse things, it can be to your detriment. You take it as another game. You don’t want to beat it up too much or you can crumble.”




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