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Agony as injury-time penalty downs West Aussies

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It’s a case of wait and see for the Gold Fields State Under 15 Boys after fate dealt a cruel blow at the Bali International Football Championships on Tuesday.

The WA side went down 1-0 to an injury-time penalty against Korean outfit Chang Nyeong in a high-quality game which neither team deserved to lose.

Now they are relying on Malaysians Felda United, whom they beat on Monday, to defeat Chang Nyeong in the final Group D clash on Wednesday to give them a chance of advancing to the semi final.

“It’s hard to take but at the same time we can’t take anything away from the performance, which was again outstanding,” said head coach Brad Hassell.

“Hopefully the other team in the group can give us a helping hand.”

Both sides had their opportunites, with Daniel Faichney and Nathan Frith bringing a smart double save from the Korean keeper, while WA stopper Sam Reilly made a couple of excellent stops, including a brilliant effort low down from a late free kick.

But just as it looked as though the points would be shared, the Koreans were awarded that late penalty which Reilly was unable to keep out.

It was a hard one to take for the WA boys, for whom Oli Makin, Seb Gomez and Reilly shone.

But on a night when play was held up for 10 minutes after floodlight failure plunged the stadium into darkness, the Gold Felds State side must wait to see if it’s also lights out on their chances of winning the tournament.

The WA players on the pich after the lights failed

Squad

Carl

Dias

Bayswater

Daniel

Faichney

Sorrento

Nathan

Frith

Sorrento

Jude

Gauntlett

Sorrento

Sebastian

Gomez

ECU

Luca

Levy

Sorrento

Déjan

Lewis

Sorrento

Oliver

Makin

ECU

Kane

McEwan

ECU

Roy

McKain (GK)

Inglewood United

Freeman

Nyatsambo

Bayswater

Jonty

Pearson

Perth SC

Callum

Piper

ECU

Samuel

Reilly (GK)

ECU

Jake

Shaked

Sorrento

Jamie

Swan

Sorrento

Hamish

Van Dieken

Perth Glory

Head Coach: Brad Hassell

Team Manager: Sean D’Arcy

Team Physio: Simon Trinca