South West Phoenix produced a second-half display of quality to beat Fremantle City 4-1 in the State League Division One at Hilton Reserve on Saturday.
After a goalless first half of little excitement, Phoenix wasted no time in edging ahead when Jayden Prosser put them in front a minute after the restart following a pass from Andrew Maranta.
And they went 2-0 ahead on 58 minutes thanks to Jack Eades’ free-kick.
Fremantle were rocked and things went from bad top worse for Marc Anthony’s team when James McLeary added a third for Phoenix after he had left Sheldon Nogueria and Sean Browne in his wake.
Fremantle pulled a goal back on 82 minutes through a well-placed header by Alec Robinson, but it was Phoenix who completed the scoring after Michael Evans and Prosser combined for the former to convert.
South West coach Tony Novello said: “The boys did a great job, I think all of them worked very hard … we were the better team; that’s the way football is.”
In contrast, Fremantle coach Anthony was harsh about his team’s performance.
“We were terrible. You’ve got to work hard to get results and we never worked hard enough. Credit to Phoenix, they thoroughly deserved their win … although we did not put them under much pressure,” he said.
Next Saturday in Round Four, Fremantle City take on Mandurah City while South West Phoenix will battle it out with Dianella White Eagles.
Fremantle City 1 (Robinson 82)
Southwest Phoenix 4 (Prosser 46, Eades 58, McLeary 76, Evans 85)
Saturday, April 21
Referee: Peter Kaiser
Assistant referee: Sean Ferguson
Fremantle City: 2. Josh WADE (16. Rory KIELY 58) 4. Aaron COSLANI, 6. Adam BLEWETT, 7. Chris HOLLAND, 8. Alan CARROLL, 9. Callum ROBERTS (3. Sheldon NOGUEIRA 79), 10. Alec ROBINSON 14. Wade FARMER, 15. Anthony LOMMA (19. Adrian CIAMPINI 58), 18. Sean BROWNE, 20. Struan HERD
Substitutes not used: 1. Tom CHUDY, 13. Tommy MILLS
Yellow cards: Coslani 32, Farmer 38, Robinson 90+1
Red cards: Nil
South West Phoenix: 1. Jamie OAKEY, 4. Bright ABABIO, 5. Jarrad MORT, 7. Jayden PROSSER, 14. Michael FARMER 9. Lee STEWART (15. Charlie BETTS 83), 11. James MCLEARY, 8. Jack EADES, 20. Andrew MARANTA (6. Kieran QUINN 89) 21. Michael EVANS (13. Thomas SIMPSON 90), 47. Andrew Henson
Substitutes not used: 3. Rueben THEW
Yellow cards: Maranta 72, Quinn 90
Red cards: Nil