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Gwelup take derby honours over Eagles

Report by Dennis Gedling

Gwelup Croatia recovered from going an early goal down to thrash Dianella White Eagles 4-1 in the second round of the State League Division One on Saturday.

Dianella took the lead at Wishart Street after only five minutes when former Cockburn striker Angel Andres lashed in a lovely finish from the edge of the area with the game still in its infancy Being such a fierce derby, though, the early strike set the trend and Gwelup replied just four minutes later when Kwangmook Lim equalised for Gwelup.

From here the game settled down, with the exception of a couple of early bookings, as both sides looked for a break. Dianella came close twice with goalmouth scrambles but the resolute Gwelup defence held firm.

And that proved pivotal nine minutes before half-time when a cross from the lively Noah Shamaui, who had missed a sitter moments before, was misjudged by Dianella keeper Joel Driscoll and David Heagney tapped home a simple goal at the far post.

In the second half Dianella poked and prodded in search of an equaliser but lacked the final ball. And Gwelup put the game to bed with two goals in the space of two minutes. The first came on 64 minutes when Bobby Wilson headed down a corner to Heagney, who in turn set up Jay Lang to tap in from close range.

The next goal was lovely play from Gwleup, who launched an attack down the left with Shamaui again putting in a pinpoint cross to Heagney, who finished well for his brace to make it 4-1.

Gwelup coach Taki Nikolaidis was unsurprisingly happy with his side’s efforts, saying that “over the 90 minutes only one team was in it” and that his side had “stuck to the game plan very well”.

White Eagles coach Robbie Dunn was philosophical about the result, especially following their 6-0 defeat of Western Knights in Round One. “They had it more than us,” he said, adding that Gwelup had had a great game plan which frustrated his side.

Gwelup Croatia 4 (Lim 9min, Heagney 36, 66 Lang 64)
Dianella White Eagles 1 (Andres 5)
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Gwelup Croatia Sporting Club
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: N/A
Assistant referees: N/A

Gwelup Croatia: 1. Connor CAMPBELL 2. Michael PUGLIESE (12. Benjamin KOUAKOU 56) 4. Cameron YORKE 5. Bobby WILSON 6. Brodie MARTIN (11. Isaac KOOMSON 85) 8. Jay LANG 9. David HEAGNEY 14. Victor BRAUNER 16. Stephen O’LEARY 25. Noah SHAMAUI (17. Sebastian MUNOZ 75) 28. Kwangmook LIM
Substitutes not used: 99 Aidan HOLLOWAY 10. Gavin KNIGHT
Yellow cards: Martin 10, Yorke 20
Red cards: Nil

Dianella White Eagles: 1. Joel DRISCOLL 14. Bojan RADINOVIC 2. Sotied THEODOJIADES (Jojam MUWOWO 72) 11. Friday ZIKO 12. Kauel HOVITHYS (12. Joshua TUMOE 56) 9. Angel ANDRES 4. Agid GARDAUD 10. Jose ZUNINGA 8. Ibrahum HAMAD 3. Mordacai APPIAH 16. Emmanuel KALPEYENG
Substitutes not used: 23. Mackenzie FERGUSON 15. Spiro NEWADIC
Yellow cards: Appiah 44
Red cards: Nil