An entertaining encounter between the WA State Amateur team and travelling Malaysian opposition NPNG FC was abandoned midway through the second half due to weather conditions at Kingsway Sporting Complex on Friday night.
WA started promisingly and nearly went ahead on seven minutes when Mehdi Raberi-Gholami stabbed one past the goalkeeper but was flagged offside.
Just five minutes later WA took the lead as NPNG player Rohan headed the ball into his own net in trying to clear the ball from the corner kick.
WA coach Rob Pagnoni was happy with the way his team played under the circumstances.
“Conditions were atrocious, but for the boys that are going to go away with us to Malaysia, its exactly what you’re going to get every game. In that sense, it was a good run for us.” he said.
One goal down, NPNG started taking control of the game. Lokman was allowed time and space and dominated the midfield and almost equalized from a free-kick.
Mehdi Raberi-Gholami was unlucky not to score in the 36th minute when he twisted and turned but was denied by the woodwork.
NPNG FC coach Michael Poloni was pleased with his sides performance but rued the weather conditions.
“I think we had a good game, the opening was good but my players were slightly affected by the rain.
“We are happy to come back in one or two years because we are happy with how everything was organised and it was a good experience for us.”
Coach Poloni was also quick to praise Lokman, his star player.
“He is our main player, he is quite skillful and I think he did a very good job today,” Poloni said.
The early stages of the second half was controlled by NPNG who dominated possession and frustrated the home side however play was abandoned in the 70th minute due to heavy downfall of rain.
WA State Amateur team 1 (OG 12min)
NPNG FC 0
Friday, August 18th, 2017
Kingsway Sporting Complex
WA State Amateur team: 1. Jordan JONES GK, 3. Phil CLARK, 4. Matt BENNION, 5. Billy WRIGHT, 6. Eamon KELLY, 2. Alpha SHERRIFF, 17. Alex JONES, 19. Michael DALE, 9. Felim RUGEL, 15. Brad NORTH, 10. Mehdi Raberi -Gholami, 12. Tom GRANT, 8. James McDAID, 16. Dave MORRIS, 7. Paul MCCORMACK, 13. Sean CARROLL, 11. James FAY, 21. Sean CARROL
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil
NPNG FC: 1. ZAIDI GK., 2. SYAZWAR, 24. DASHILA, 4. WAN HAMINI, 15. IHSAN, 7. SIVA, 6. ZULFIFLI, 22. LOKMAN, 19. ROHAN, 20. ISMAIL, 3. RADZI, 18. QUYYUM, 21. SOUFI, 8. BADRUL, 9. GANESON, 13. FAIZAL, 10. SUHAIMI, 5. JIHAD
Yellow Cards: SYAZWAR
Red Cards: Nil