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Floreat hit top spot with win over Perth

Report by Peter Simcox

Floreat Athena have moved back to top of the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA ladder with a 3-2 victory over Perth SC at E&D Litis Stadium.

The win also earned Floreat the City of Vincent Cup, a new prize created by the clubs in recognition of their local rivalry.

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Floreat led at half-time with an Adrian Madaschi own goal, but Perth hit back with Niccolo Sabatini and Frank Furfaro on target.

The Azzurri couldn’t hold on as goals to Floreat’s Kris Gate and Dean Evans in the last 10 minutes of play undid the away side.

Floreat coach Glen Grostate praised his team’s efforts.

“I thought we were good in the first half, we moved the ball well and did everything right,” he said.

“We came out in the second half but we looked hesitant, and then they hit back.

“But from then on the character of this side shone. I love these guys, they hate to lose and the changing rooms have been buzzing all week.”

Evans, who was playing against his former club, said it was a hard-fought, come-from-behind win.

“We’ve been in that position before this season, but it was great character from the boys and a great result for the club,” he said.

“We never stopped fighting, we knew the chances would come and they did thankfully and I was happy to score the winner today.”

In other round 16 results, Inglewood United crushed Subiaco 4-0 at Rosalie Park, Joondalup United fought back to beat Perth Glory 4-1 at Percy Doyle Reserve, while Sorrento won a tight contest 1-0 away to Mandurah City at Securitas Protect Stadium.

Armadale disposed of Balcatta 4-1 at Grindleford Reserve, Bayswater City got back to winning ways with a narrow 2-1 win at home to Cockburn City and Stirling Lions played out a 2-2 draw against ECU Joondalup at Macedonia Park.

 

Results:

Subiaco 0-4 Inglewood United

Joondalup United 4-1 Perth Glory

Balcatta 1-4 Armadale

Bayswater City 2-1 Cockburn City

Mandurah City 0-1 Sorrento

Stirling Lions 2-2 ECU Joondalup

Floreat Athena 3-2 Perth SC