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The WA State team celebrate their win over the Singapore National Youth team. Photo: Fotoenzo

Golden night for WA football

Report by Peter Simcox

The WA State Team has celebrated a 5-3 victory over the Singapore National Youth team in the final match of the Tri Series at Dorrien Gardens.

WA skipper Gordon Smith opened the scoring early, before Niccolo Sabatini added a second from the penalty spot. Singapore pulled one back just before half time with a penalty from Muhammad Hami Syahin Bin Said.

Alex Salmon then bagged a second half hat-trick to seal the win for Ramon Falzon’s side, while Mohamad Taufik Bin Suparno and Muhammad Shahrin Bin Saberin scored for the visitors.

Falzon said it was a good performance from his side, despite the very wet conditions.

“The pitch was very difficult, but the boys did really well,” he said.

“We were disappointed with how we finished the game last week, but we adjusted things slightly in our defensive set-up and tried to retain the ball longer, and it worked as we scored five goals.

“I thought we linked really well tonight, and although we only had limited preparation the boys showed great quality, it was just a pity we conceded some soft goals.

“I’ve been in WA seven years and I’ve seen the talent we have in our league, and for them to get the opportunity to play international football, and to come away with a convincing win makes me really proud of the boys.”

Smith said the WA side applied themselves well and deserved the win.

“I thought we got the ball down well and played some good football,” he said.

“We wasted a few chances in the first half, but we got five and the win.

“We’ve only had three sessions but Ramon has had a good chat with us on how he wanted us to play and the structure, and as a team we applied the instruction he wanted well, despite the wet conditions, and thoroughly deserved the win.”

WA dominated early and they were ahead on six minutes. Jon Stynes sent Sabatini down the left, his cross picked out Smith at the back post who headed home.

Smith headed wide moments later before Gustavo Catarcione fired wide after being sent clear by Stynes.

Singapore went close to the equaliser on 22 minutes, Haiqal Pashia Anugrah raced clear, his shot beat keeper Francis Soale, but Gian Albano got back superbly to clear the ball off the line.

Three minutes later it was WA who increased their lead. Sabatini was brought down in the box and he picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

Singapore ended the half well and they were rewarded in stoppage time, when Hami Syahin Bin Said scored from the penalty spot, and at the break WA led 2-1.

WA made a number of changes at the break and they soon added a third, with Dean Evans’ corner headed home by Salmon.

The visitors pulled one back on the hour, as Taufik Bin Suparno robbed Adrian Madaschi,  raced into the box, and finished low past James Morgan.

But WA regained their two goal advantage on 71 minutes. Evans’ corner wasn’t dealt with by the Singapore defence and Salmon pounced and fired home from six meters.

Singapore was back in the game four minutes from time, with Shahrin Bin Saberin heading home at the back post.

But the icing was put on the cake in stoppage time when WA added a fifth and Salmon completed his hat trick to seal the win.

A quick break ended with a great diagonal ball by Borbor Sam to Salmon, and the PS4 NPLWA top scorer finished clinically.

Tri-Series 2017 – Game 3

Western Australia 5 (Smith 6’, Sabatini 25’ pen, Salmon 50’, 71’, 92’)

Singapore Youth 3 (Hami Syahin Bin Said 45+1’ pen, Taufik Bin Suparno 60’, Sahrin Bin Saberin 86’

Tuesday August 8, 2017

Dorrien Gardens

Kick-off: 7:00pm

Referee: David Bruce

Assistants: Josh Nixon, Shane Skinner

Fourth Official: Nico Hoyle

Western Australia: GK Francis SOALE, (RGK James MORGAN 46’), 2 Rocco PIZZATA, 3 Ross MILLARD (21 Kieran COLWELL 56’) 6 Calvin WHITNEY (6 Matt NTOUMENOPOULOS 56’), 7 Gian ALBANO (22 Alex SILLA 56’), 8 Niccolo SABATINI (18 Richard HOWLES 46’), 9 Gordon SMITH (C) (12 Jason BARRERA 56’) 10 Gustavo CATARCIONE (15 Alex SALMON 46’), 11Jon STYNES (5 Dean EVANS 46’), 13 Jesse FULLER (4 Adrian MADASCHI 56’), 20 Daryl NICOL (17 Borbor SAM 46’)

Singapore Youth: GK Muhammad ZHARFAN BIN ROHAIZAD, 2 Haiqal PASHIA ANUGRAH (21 Ammirul EMMRAN BIN MAZLAN 65’), 3 Muhammad AMIRUL BIN AZMI (4 Muhammad SHAHRIN BIN SABERIN 73’), 5 Teh TING WEI DARREN, 7 Muhammad MUHAIMIN BIN SUHAIMI (11 Muhammad AMIR BIN ZALANI 65’), 8 Joshua BERNARD PEREIRA (10 Mohamad HANAFI BIN MOHD AKBAR 65’), 15 Irfan FANDI AHMAD (C), 20 Ikhsan FANDI AHMAD, 22 Muhammad SYAHRUL BIN SAZALI, (19 MOHAMAD TAUFIK BIN SUPARNO 46’) 26 Lee SI QIN ILLYAS (28 Muhammad MUHELMY BIN SUHAIMI 65’), 29 Muhammad HAMI SYAHIN BIN SAID (13 Muhamad ZULQARNAEN BIN SUZLIMAN 73’)

Substitutes not used:  RGK Hairul SYIRHAN BIN MARDAN, 6 Armin MAIER BIN RAFI, 16 Tan HAN WEI LIONEL, 18 Mohammad FASHAR ISKANDAR BIN S ROSEDIN