Hamersley Rovers opened their 2018 Belt Up Amateur Premier League campaign with a win away to North Perth United at Woodville Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors scored twice quickly before the break, before adding another early in the second half to see off North Perth.
Hamersley’s bright start to the season was only marred by a horror injury to John Mcelwee who was rushed to hospital after a clash with the goal post early in the match.
The freak injury occurred after Mcelwee had bravely slid in to clear the ball off the line after United’s Dan Conway had rounded the keeper and rolled a shot towards the open goal.
Following a lengthy delay, the first-half action resumed as North Perth almost snatched the lead following a number of attempts to break down a resilient Hamersley defence.
Hamersley’s resilience was rewarded with a pair of quick strikes late in the first-half that stunned North Perth heading into the break.
Dave Morris scored the first, latching on to a clever through ball to finish calmly past United goalkeeper Jamie Serra.
Moments later, Hamersley capitalised on Serra’s failure to punch the ball clear as powered the ball home from close range.
In the second half, Dave Morris’ tireless efforts up-front were again rewarded as he curled the ball into the back of the North Perth net from inside the box.
North Perth pulled a goal back courtesy of Sean Lahert’s headed effort – however, it would be too little too late for the home side.
United coach Alex Carter was seen to be frustrated throughout the game and blamed a lack of communication for his side’s disappointing performance.
North Perth United 1 (Lahert 60min)
Hamersley Rovers 3 (Morris 29min, 50, Gibbons 31)
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Referee: Walter Gotti
Assistant referee: Rob Newbury
North Perth United: 2. Thierry BERARD, 4. Sam NICOL, 5. Chris WYLIE, 6. Keith MULLINS, 7. Dan CONWAY, 8. William PENDER (15. Patrick MONTGOMERY 50.), 9. Sean LAHERT, 10. Emmon KELLY (C), 14. Dinko AHMETANOVIC, 16. Ago MUJIC (12. Michael ENGLISH 70.), 50. Jamie SERRA (GK)
Substitutes not used: 13. Rich LYTH, 19. Liam REID (RGK)
Yellow cards: Nicol 89
Red cards: Nil
Hamersley Rovers: 1. Ash COOPER (GK), 2. Joe WOODS (15. Joel KEEN 74.), 5. Billy WRIGHT, 6. Steve MULHAIR, 7. Dec PETERS, 9. Shaun GIBBONS, 11. Dave MORRIS, 12. John MCELWEE (4. Phil CLARKE 7.), 13. Ali HAMBLI (10. Kelechi NMENI 65.), 14. Tom CLARKE, 16. Matty EMERY
Substitutes not used: 21. Carl DIGGINS
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil