A fiery clash between Wembley Downs and Perth Royals ended in a 1-1 draw at Edinburgh Oval on Friday night in round 18 of the Amateur Premier League.
Wembley coach Colm Costello felt his team deserved all three points.
“In the end, we did everything but score,” he said.
“That’s football. That’s the Royals, they worked hard and they got the point in the end.
“That’s disappointing for us but we are still top of the league and still all to play for. We just have to bounce back from this, we have a home game next week and looking forward to it.”
It only took Banin Hashim 8 minutes to put the home team ahead after some suspect defending from the visitors.
Hashim was allowed time and space and he made the most of it by rounding the goalkeeper and smashing into an empty net.
Hashim should have scored his second in the 33rd minute after another defensive mix-up, but he was denied by goalkeeper Carlos Santos from 6 yards out.
Perth Royals’ best and only chance in the first half also came after a defensive error. Nick Calkin thought he had scored when the ball rebounded off him from outside the box, but was denied by the woodwork.
The second half saw the home side dominate but they were unlucky to be further ahead after missing a flurry of chances.
Wembley had Stephen Geoghegan become more involved in the second half.
Seven minutes after the restart, he managed to dribble past his marker and force a great save from Santos, who was in fine form all evening.
Mark King, Hashim and Gary McCarthy were all denied by the goalkeeper in the first 20 minutes and were issued a warning from the visitors down the other end when Chris Redman hit the side netting from a difficult angle after he found himself one on one with the goalkeeper.
The Royals did equalize in the 69th minute through Redman when they caught Wembley cold on a swift counterattack directly from a corner.
Wembley had chances to win it in the dying minutes but the visitors stood firm and came away with a solid point.
Perth Royals coach Willie Devun was happy with the point.
“I thought our team performance was great,” he said.
“We were probably the better side in the first half. We never allowed Wembley to come into the game in the second half.
“They probably dominated the second half, created more chances than us but overall being second bottom against top and getting a point, we’re delighted.”
This result leaves Wembley five points clear at the top.
Wembley Downs (Banin Hashim 8min)
Perth Royals (Redman 69min)
Friday, August 25th, 2017
Referee: Walter Ciotti
Assistant Referees: Tom Klaver, Alex Wright
Wembley Downs: 1. Tom PRAGNALL, 17. Mark KING, 40. Marty MALTY, 26. Scott URUQUNT, (71. Gary MCCARTHY 36min) 4. Blaine SLATER, (95. Matt DEVEREAK 81min) 25. Jay MCDONALD, 15. Gavin WALSH, 7. Stephen GEOGHEGAN, 10. Banin HASHIM, 2. Anthony JONES, ,97. Felipe SIMEOS, 8. Barry O’CALLAGHAN, 40. Conor FAGAN
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil
Perth Royals: 1. Carlos SANTOS, 6. Brian LANLER, (2. Brandon WEST 90min) 13. Trent ARMOUR, 10. Alex HOAREAN, 8. Eamon GLYNN, 5. Sam WOODHEAD, 14. Shane SHELLY, 9. Alan FAY, 7. Dunny O’DONOVAN, 3. Nick CALKIN, 4. Chris REDMAN, 11. Ridlan RIPOLI, 15. Matt BARNES,
Yellow Cards: Alan Fay, Brian Lanler, Shane Shelly
Red Cards: Nil