Morley Windmills have one foot in the All Flags State League Division One after a 3-1 win against Gosnells City in the first play-off final match on Saturday.
The teams made it to the final stage of the play-offs after knocking out Wanneroo City and Swan United in the first stage.
It was all-square at half time with Oluwasijibomi Adeniyi on target for Morley, before Wade Farmer levelled just before the break.
The visitors took control in the second half and goals from Ben Wantee and Igor Novakovic put John Castrilli’s side in control.
“A great performance today and three away goals puts us in the box seat, but the job is only half done,” Castrilli said.
“It’s finals football and everyone has to step up to the mark.
“We had a few harsh words at half time and, credit to the boys, they were good in the second half.
“We came here looking to get a result and to score three was a bonus, but it’s still half time. We have to get the job done on Thursday.”
Skipper Scott Wrightson is feeling well-prepared for the second match.
“We knew it would be a tough game here, and it was, but we went astray in the first half,” he said.
“We got it together after the break and blew them off the park.
“The coach made his thoughts very clear at half time and we went out and put in a better performance after the break, so we go again Thursday and hopefully play better than we did today.”
It was the home side who were on top early with several chances, as Darren Francis headed over the top, a Jordan Parfitt shot on the run flashed wide and Josh Cook’s curling shot was pushed around the post by Yousri Gharsallah.
Morley hit back and Novakovic threaded the ball through to Aneniyi, but Adriano Dalo stood tall to deny the striker.
But on 32 minutes it was the visitors who took the lead. A slip at the back by Jett Shaw let in Aneniyi, who rounded Adriano Dalo and rolled the ball home, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Gosnells hit back and levelled on the stroke of half time. A ball over the top found Farmer, whose well-timed volley flew into the corner of the net.
The home side pressed after half time and Gharsallah had to be alert to deny Parfitt early, but Morley regained the lead just after the hour.
A strong performance on the right by Yves Mwila ended with a cross into the penalty area and Ben Wantee finished clinically past Dalo.
Morley added a third soon after to put them in total control. Wantee’s cross was laid back by Aneniyi, into the path of Novakovic, who made no mistake from five meters.
It was almost 4-1 when Wantee was sent clear, but his shot on the run crashed off the woodwork.
Gosnells went in search of another goal late, but Farmer fired over the top from close-range, before Parfitt was denied by a superb one-handed save from Gharsallah.
Alan Dunlop’s team has it all to do when the two teams meet again on Thursday evening at Wotton Reserve with a 7pm kick off.
“I thought that we dominated the first half and had three or four good chances, but we gave away a silly goal,” Dunlop said.
“The second half they controlled the game and forced us back, but we switched off for twenty minutes and were punished.
“It’s a massive mountain to climb, but we have to go (to Wotton Reserve) feeling positive. I hope we can take a few of our chances, which we didn’t today.”
Gosnells City 1 (Farmer 43min)
Morley Windmills 3 (Aneniyi 32min, Wantee 63, Novakovic 69)
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Walter Padbury Reserve
Referee: Josh Nixon
Assistants: Arvin Shay and Robert Read
Fourth Official: Stephen Knight
Gosnells City: GK Adriano DALO, 2 Jett SHAW, 6 Salvador CHAVEZ, 7 Wade FARMER, 9 Darren FRANCIS, 10 Jordan PARFITT, 11 Josh COOK (15 Rama KABWE 70’), 14 Jerome WHITE (4 James SHARP 61’), 16 Tony CHANDLER (17 Callum Potton 37’), 18 Tom GIBBINS, 22 Dean APLEGREN
Substitutes not used: RGK Jack ADAMS, 5 Alan DUNLOP
Yellow Cards: Nil