Kingsley kept the pressure on the top of the table with a 5-1 win against UWA-Nedlands in the Belt Up Amateur Premier Division at UWA Sports Park on Sunday.
Sean Johnson and Lee Thomas got Kingsley off to a good start but Y Pollen pulled one back for the home side just before half-time.
But it was all Kingsley in the second-half as goals to David Ashworth, Jesse Higgins and Luke Armstrong put the game beyond doubt.
Despite the positive result Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovichwas only “reasonably happy” with the performance.
“First-half wasn’t our typical standard we’ve been playing the last couple of weeks so we addressed it at half-time,” Dimitrovich said.
“Our passages of play weren’t the best, what we’ve been working on, our passing was underhit or overhit and instead of playing the ball in front we’re hitting it behind so it just stops the momentum.
“The pitch was really slippery today under foot so the boys had that in the back of their mind and were scared to make a turn or play a ball and scared of putting in a challenge in case they slipped and got through.
“But second half we thought we did really well and controlled the game again.
The win sees Kingsley remain in third position after both Leeming Strikers and North Perth United won their matches and Dimitrovich knows it’s going to be a big finish to the season.
“We’ve got the cup quarter-final coming up in a couple of weeks, we’ve got a big game against Leeming next week, so we’ve just got to maintain momentum and keep going and keep working hard and you just don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the year. The pressure’s on North Perth to keep winning games and if they slip up we’re there to pounce.”
Jayden Drummond looked to bag his 14th goal of the season but couldn’t find the back of the net as he got in behind the UWA defence and saw his shot saved by D Lissiman.
But they didn’t have to wait long for the first goal to come as Johnson headed home a Thomas corner after only nine minutes.
From there Kingsley peppered the UWA goal with Thomas, Johnson and Drummond all having shots from distance but they were unable to test Lissiman.
But in the 37th minute Kingsley did grab the second goal when Thomas got on the end of a long throw into the box and made no mistake with the header as he was left unmarked in a crucial area.
However, UWA did pull a goal back two minutes before half-time as Pollen found space on the edge of the box and shot over Kingsley keeper Paul Rainford who was off his line.
It wasn’t long after the restart before Kingsley restored their two-goal buffer when in the 47th minute Johnson played a through-ball to Ashworth who lobbed Lissiman to finish well.
UWA were unable to find any inroads into the Kingsley goal as the visitors played a compact game, minimising any space for UWA.
Drummond continued to have a positive influence on the match with some great build-up play before squaring to Luke Coltman whose shot was deflected wide.
Higgins got himself on the scoresheet in the 85th minute as he bundled the ball across the line following a corner.
And Armstrong rounded out the scoring when the ball rebounded of Lissiman straight into the path of Armstrong who tapped home.
UWA coach Art Hiemstra felt it was a “well-deserved win” for Kingsley but said his side could have done better.
“I think the first half was alright for my side and the second-half we just gave it away pretty much,” Hiemstra said.
“They were much more organised; their set-pieces were quality and we didn’t have an answer to that.
“It’s the first season we’re in this league so it’s a season of adaptation and it’s really good playing this team this week and Wembley last week, so we just know that there’s quite a few areas that we need to work on.
“Every week we try to take something away and there were plenty of takeaways today.”
UWA now have a tough match against Jaguar FC while it’s a hugely important match for Kingsley when they face Leeming Strikers.
UWA-Nedlands 1 (Pollen 43min)
Kingsley 5 (Johnson 9, Thomas 37, Ashworth 47, Higgins 85, Coltman 89)
Sunday, July 8
UWA Sports Park
Referee: Walter Ciotti
Assistant referees: Tom Klaver, Aaron Block
UWA-Nedlands: 1. D. Lissiman, 3. Y. Pollen, 18. C. Heath, 16. N. Jothnen, 15. F. Chiln, 7. Y. Pollen, 13. T. Olasanoye, 10. B. Hanning, 11. S. White, 8. S. Sichel, 14. S. Hayuhaws(2. L. Pilgrim 45), (12. G. Sarin), (6. K. Smith 61)
Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow cards: Olasanoye 65, Sarin 83
Red cards: Nil
Kingsley: 1. Paul Rainford, 15. Cathal Quinn, 16. Jesse Higgins, 4. Aaron Lickiss, 6. Luke Coltman, 11. Luke Armstrong, 13. Lee Thomas, 14. David Ashowrth, 10. Jayden Drummond, 9. Sean Johnson, 8. Josh Waldock, (3. Bailey Salmon 67), (5. Sam Church 79), (12. Oliver Valentine 85)
Substitutes not used: 7. Stuart Montgomery, 31. Mark Woolley
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil