A clinical fifteen minutes was enough for Western Knights to defeat UWA-Nedlands 3-0 in a tense meeting at Nash Field in their All Flags State League Division One match on Saturday.
Two goals right after half-time ensured the Knights would be taking all three points, despite UWA-Nedlands having the better of them first half.
UWA should have gone ahead in the first minute of play, with Graham Tough blocking a shot bound for the back of the net.
The resulting corner forced the best out of Sam Stone, tipping the ball over the bar from close range.
UWA continued to pile on the pressure with Robbie Black forcing another great save from Stone in the fourth minute.
Despite all the early pressure, UWA weren’t able to capitalise with the scores locked at the break.
Just three minutes into the second half, Adriano Jelenovic beat his marker and whipped in a cross right onto the boot of Jack Rycroft, who placed the ball into the bottom corner from close range.
With UWA struggling to adjust to the Knights blistering start from half-time, Tom Southgate struck for the Knights second.
The Knights continued to press their advantage and were rewarded with their third goal of the match with a one on one through Jelenovic.
Western Knights coach Trim Morgan was pleased with his sides performance.
“Good performance second half after being slow in the first, should have had more goals” he said.
“I told the lads to get their legs in the second half, and we scored early and that set us on the road.”
UWA coach Michael Janssen, was happy with his sides first half performance, but disappointed at the result.
“In the first half we should have decided the game, we had a couple of good chances” he said.
“The second half we took a nap for the first ten minutes and that cost us the game”
Western Knights 3 (Rycroft 48min, Southgate 60, Jelenovic 81)
Saturday May 27, 2017
Referee: Shane Skinner
Assistant referees: Stuart Reeves, Percy La Tore
Western Knights: 1. Sam STONE (GK), 2. Tom SOUTHGATE, 4. Graham TOUGH, 6. Ben COULTER (16. Kevin ASHWOOD 56’), 8. David MURPHY, 9. John CHALMERS, 10. Paul LLOYD (C)), 11. Jack RYCROFT, 13. Harry HILL, 15. Adriano JELENOVIC, 18. Josh CORTES (12. Ryan TUCKER 73’)
Substitutes not used: 14. Lee THOELE, 15. Sam HUTCHINGSON
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil
UWA-Nedlands: 22. Carlos FERNANDA (GK), 3. Robbie BLACK (15. Max WELTON 78’), 4. Lloyd PROUT, 5. Joshua MAROCCHI, 6. Luke RANDAZZO (17. Paddy MORRISON 67’), 7. Tim ROBERTSON, 8. Michael VLASICH (12. Thomas MORONEY 70’), 9. Mark ZAGAMI, 10. Alexander KRETOWICZ, 11. Alexander XYDAS, 13. Conor DEVLIN
Substitutes not used: 2. Jie KONG, 14 Brandon NAUDE
Yellow Cards: Prout 50, Devlin 78
Red Cards: nil