Hamersley Rovers secured Belt Up Amateur Premier Division football for another season after a 2-0 win over Subiaco at Rosalie Park on Sunday.
Goals from Ricky Andrews and Matty Emery handed Hamersley victory, while Subiaco – with one game to play – look set for the drop. They sit three points behind Kwinana United after they drew 3-3 with Leeming Strikers.
Subiaco will now have to beat champions North Perth United by at least six goals next week and rely on Kwinana losing to Hamersley to have any chance of staying up.
Hamersley coach Terence Stupple was pleased with the way his team executed the game plan to claim victory.
“We had a plan, it wasn’t pretty. We knew we had some big players and that Subiaco are a much smaller team than us,” Stupple said.
“Occasionally, you need to put it in the mixer to get the results you need. Today, that was the game plan and we’ve walked away with the win so super happy with that.
“If you have a look at the positions Subiaco were in before, out of the five teams that could go down we were in the pole position with extra points and probably a slightly easier fixture list.
“So, it’s nice not to have it sitting on our shoulders for the last game and we can enjoy Kwinana’s visit and maybe have a couple of beers with them.”
Hamersley have been struggling with missing players recently and Stupple added: “We did alright, we had a few more come back this week.
“A couple of the lads came back from their travels so it was good to have them on the park and makes us a little bit more solid throughout the spine of the team.
“We’ve picked up a couple of good young lads that are starting to find their feet now within the squad and cause some problems, which was nice.”
Calum Murphy almost opened the scoring for Hamersley when he tried an audacious bicycle kick but sent it just wide.
Hamersley had a great chance after 33 minutes when Murphy was through on goal but Subiaco keeper Jeff Cornezz was quick off his line to smother the shot.
But the goal came four minutes later when Andrews finished well after he was left unmarked at the back post.
Subiaco had a golden opportunity to equalise just after half-time when Morgan had a free header on the edge of the six-yard box but was off target.
The visitors were again through on goal this time through Tom Clarke but his first touch let him down and allowed the defender to recover.
It got even harder for Subiaco as they were forced to finish the game with ten men after Paul Sopp received a second yellow card following a late challenge.
And Hamersley made the most of their advantage when an Andrews free-kick caught the Subiaco defence napping as he slid the ball into the path of Emery who made no mistake from close range.
“Hamersley deserved the win to be honest,” Subiaco coach Keegan Roos said.
“We didn’t press them hard enough and high enough and they just had too much stamina and capitalised on their chances.
“Same thing as every week. We don’t start right and concede early goals. There were too many changes in between the team.
“We were missing about three players that just pulled out this morning so we had to shuffle a lot.”
On the relegation battle Roos added: “It’s up to us and Kwinana so if everything goes well Hamersley win against Kwinana next week and we beat North Perth.”
Subiaco AFC 0
Hamersley Rovers 2 (Andrews 37min, Emery 79)
Sunday, September 9
Assistant referee: Goulding
Subiaco: 1. J Cornezz, 5. A Ha, 9. J Chrusinski, 15. J Clarke, 3. D Grose, 10. D Browne, 11. N D’ignazio (2. D Johnson 41), 13. R Taylor, 7. P Sopp, 12. T Mudzamba, 14. L Morgan
Substitutes not used: 18. B Raine
Yellow cards: Sopp 62, 68
Red cards: Sopp 68
Hamersley: 21. Carl Diggins, 3. Ricky Andrews, 4. Phil Clarke, 7. Tom Clarke, 5. Billy Wright, 15. John McElwee, 14. Matty Emery, 8. Dec Peters, 10. Yeta Mullugetta, 12. Mike Howard (2. Joe Woods 84), 9. Calum Murphy (11. Dave Morris 81)
Substitutes not used: 6. Steve Mulhair, 13. Adam Gill, 16. Mike Garcia
Yellow cards: T Clarke 40
Red cards: Nil