Hamersley Rovers caused an upset in the Belt up. Amateur Premier Division on Sunday as they beat Kingsley 2-0 at Carine Open Space.
A strong defensive showing coupled with goals from Shaun Gibbons and substitute Steve Kruit helped Hamersley to their fourth win of the season.
“Ecstatic with that performance,” Hamersley coach Brad Brooks said.
“We’ve been on an indifferent run but it all came together today, solid at the back and semi-dangerous going forward. I thought we probably just slightly edged it overall.
“You’ve got to turn up on the day and if you don’t turn up teams will run over you and today we happened to turn up.
“But they’re a good team, it’s a good win for us to move forward for the rest of the season.”
Kingsley had the majority of the possession throughout the match but were unable to convert it into chances.
Matt Emery could have put the Hammers ahead in the 36th minute when he received the ball at the back post from a free-kick. However, he couldn’t generate enough power from the header to test Kingsley keeper Paul Rainford.
Kingsley almost went into the interval 1-0 up after some great build-up play from Bailey Salmon led to a chance for Jon Maghern but Rovers keeper Carl Diggins smothered the ball away.
Rovers came out after the break firing as Emery created space for himself on the edge of the box but couldn’t find the target.
But the pressure paid off in the 51st minute when the ball was crossed to Gibbons who headed home from close range.
And they nearly made it two seven minutes later following a goalmouth scramble but some resolute defending saw the ball cleared off the line.
Dave Morris, the league’s leading goal scorer, almost had his ninth of the season as he beat two defenders but saw his shot blocked.
With Kingsley chasing the game, Luke Coultman and Nick Lowe tried to spark some life into their attack but both failed to find the net with their strikes from distance.
Morris might have sealed it for the Hammers when he was sent through on goal but Rainford came off his line well to smother the shot.
But Hamersley did make it two after Kingsley committed men forward in the 90th minute. Kruit was found at the back post following a swift counter-attack and he blasted his shot into the back of the net.
Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich was frustrated after his side’s inability to convert their possession into chances led to their third loss of the season.
“I thought we probably had 90% possession of the ball to be fair and it’s all well and good having possession but if you’re not going to create chances then it’s not going to get you much,” Dimitrovich said.
“Then you get hit from a near-post header and the second goal obviously we’ve thrown numbers forward to try and get the equaliser and they manage to get the second one. But credit to them, they defended well and had a game plan and it worked.
“The season’s not over by any stretch of the imagination, there’s a long way to go and I know the boys have got the fight in them to push all the way.”
Hamersley will look to build on this win when they travel Jaguar FC next Sunday, while Kingsley will want to get back to winning ways with victory over North Perth United at home.
Hamersley Rovers 2 (Gibbons 51min, Kruit 90)
Sunday, June 3
Carine Open Space
Referee: Tom Glavovic
Assistant referees: Taz Parazhevaz, Barry Marshall
Hamersley Rovers: 1. Carl Diggins, 13. Matt Emery, 5. Billy Wright, 15. Ian Wright, 2. Joe Woods, 7. Ricky Andrews, 8. Declan Peters, 10. Shaun Gibbons, 9. Tom Clarke, 12. Mickey Howard, 11. Dave Morris, (14. Steve Kruit 69), (6. Kelichi Nmeni 79)
Substitutes not used: 3. John McElwee
Yellow cards: Andrews 63
Red cards: Nil
Kingsley SC: 1. Paul Rainford, 5. Jamie Kane, 4. Aaron Lickiss, 16. Jesse Higgins, 3. Bailey Salmon, 13. Lee Thomas, 14. Nick Lowe, 9. Jon Maghern, 8. Cameron Bishop, 7. Mark King, 6. Luke Coultman, (10. Jayden Drummond 58), (11. Josh Waldock 79)
Substitutes not used: 15. Cathal Quinn, 12. Jason Murray, 31. Mark Woolley
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil