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Fremantle four-midable in Night Series Final

Report by Jayden Lihou

Fremantle City are the new State League Night Series champions after they beat UWA Nedlands 4-1 on Saturday.

The champions took the lead just before half-time at Perth Plasterboard Stadium through Sabin Shrestha, before strikes from Wade Farmer and John Hunter put the game almost out of sight.

Mordecai Kuma managed to pull a goal back to give UWA a lifeline but another goal from Shrestha in the 76th minute settled it once and for all.

City coach Marc Anthony was ecstatic with the result and hoped it was a preview of what his side can achieve in the upcoming season.

“Four goals against any side is always good and but to score four against an excellent UWA team was absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“We want to be competitive this season and we think we have a good enough squad to be competitive, so hopefully this victory will be a springboard for us this year.

“The boys should have a lot of belief in themselves after winning this tournament, so hopefully we can finish as high as possible.”

Fremantle hit the front in first-half injury time when Shrestha was allowed time on the ball before unleashing a shot that found the back of the net despite keeper Carlos Bervenotti getting a touch.

City continued the second half as they ended the first and when Farmer received a through ball at the edge of the box, he finished with a driven shot across goal.

It wasn’t looking good for UWA and it got worse as substitute John Hunter got on the end of a corner for Fremantle’s third.

Kuma gave UWA an outside chance of a fightback two minutes later when he threaded the ball past City keeper Tom Chudy from close range.

However it was not to be as Shrestha made it 4-1 when he curled the ball into the top corner from distance to secure the first silverware of the season.

UWA coach Michael Janssen acknowledged there was room for improvement before the start of the State League season.

“I think the reason why we lost today was because we didn’t show up and play as well as we usually do,” Janssen said.

“This is the first time in the history of the club that we’ve made it to a final so I’m not completely disappointed in my players; we just had a bad day today and will come back stronger.

“Credit to Fremantle though for winning 4-1, they deserved to win today. But we will see them again on the seventh of April and try to turn things around.”

UWA Nedlands 1 (Kuma 66min)
Fremantle City 4 (Shrestha 45+1 min, 76, Farmer 55, Hunter 64)
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium
Kick-off: 7.15pm

UWA Nedlands: GK. Carlos Bervenotti, 2. Mordecai KUMA, 3. Sam CARELLO (12. Rory DEVLIN 77), 4. Brandon NAUDE (8. Bryce CONWAY 66), 5. Joshua MAROCCHI, 6. Tim ROBERTSON, 9. Luke RANDAZZO, 10. Alex KRETOWICZ, 11. Ezekiel MCPHERSON, 14. Tristan TAYLOR, 22. Conor DEVLIN (13. Andrew XYDAS 68)
Substitutes not used: 7. Liam KESSEL, 15. Joe HAYDON
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Fremantle City: GK. Tom CHUDY, 3. Sheldon NOGEIRA, 4. Aaron COSLANI, 5. Trent BLEWETT (9. John HUNTER 23), 6. Adam BLEWETT, 8. Sabin SHRESTHA (19. Adrian CIAMPINI 85), 10. Alec ROBINSON, 11. Ben REYNOLDS (13. Tommy MILLS 79), 14. Wade FARMER, 15. Anthony LOMMA, 16. Rory KIELY
Substitutes not used: 2. Struan HERD
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil