North Perth United collected their seventh win in a row after defeating Jaguar FC 4-2 at Woodville Reserve on Sunday in the Belt up. Amateur Premier Division.
Michael Wantee opened the scoring for Jaguar before Patrick Montgomery ensured the teams were level at the break.
Jaguar regained the lead through George Duku but two penalties from Ago Mujic and a late strike from substitute Emmon Kelly ensured North Perth remained at the top of the table after 10 rounds.
“It was a proper football game. It pretty much had everything in there with both teams at it 100 miles an hour,” North Perth coach Alex Carter said.
“I said to the boys at half-time that it’s a flip of a coin which way this game goes and as long as we keep our discipline and keep our shape that we’ve been practising at training, we’ll put things in our favour.
“Fair credit to Jaguar, they’re a good little outfit there.
“The thing for us as well is we sort of set ourselves a goal because we’ve got next week off because we’re not in the cup and we sort of said to ourselves that we don’t want to go having our gut stirring for two weeks with the wrongs of today.”
Jaguar took the lead in the 26th minute through Wantee, who made North Perth pay after they failed to clear their lines following a corner.
But parity was restored for the home side 10 minutes later when Jaguar keeper Makuei Mapooth could only parry a shot straight into the path of Montgomery who blasted the ball home.
North Perth looked threatening after the break as Raido Rensalu played a great ball into Nalic, who skewed his shot wide.
But it was the Jaguar who regained the lead in the 55th minute after Duku beat the offside trap to run clean through on goal and slot the ball into the back of the net.
Two minutes later North Perth were level after Nalic was brought down in the box and Mujic converted from the penalty spot.
Rensalu went close as he chipped a shot over the head of Mapooth but onto the crossbar.
North Perth’s pressure would eventually pay off in the 78th minute when Mujic won his side another penalty after he was sandwiched in between two defenders and sent to the ground. Mujic then sent Mapooth the wrong way to score his second goal from the spot.
It got worse for Jaguar when Akuei Guct was shown a straight red card following a reckless challenge on the keeper.
Kelly then made sure of the three points for North Perth when he found space inside the box after Jaguar had committed men forward and showed great composure to finish through the legs of Mapooth.
Jaguar assistant coach Friday Zico said: “I think our mistakes got the better of us. We don’t come here to just play and lose. The boys tried their best but the conditions and the size of the pitch gave us a big problem but it’s part of the game and hopefully we recover next week.
“(At the beginning of the season) our main target was to obviously try and play good football and stay safe from relegation but obviously, we’ve succeeded expectations and now we’re getting confidence going into every game and we look like we can compete with the guys in this league.”
Jaguar will now face fellow Premier Division side Belmont Villa in the Amateur Cup while North Perth will have the weekend off after being knocked out earlier in the competition.
North Perth United 4 (Montgomery 36min, Mujic 57 pen, 78 pen, Kelly 93)
Jaguar FC 2 (Wantee 26, Duku 55)
Sunday, June 17
Referee: S Gregory
Assistant referee: T Cosinson
North Perth: 26. Jamie Serra, 15. Thierry Berard, 12. Niall Murray, 13. Keith Mullins, 11. Chris Wylie, 8. Ago Mujic, 20. Edin Nalic, 9. Sean Lahert, 3. James Steedman, 18. Raido Rensalu, 4. Patrick Montgomery, (16. William Pender 66), (17. Paul Gabel 74), (10. Emmon Kelly 84)
Substitutes not used: 14. Sam Nicol, Liam Reid
Yellow cards: Murray 23, Serra 25, Berard 67, Nalic 70, Pender 87
Red cards: Nil
Jaguar: 3. Deng Akel, 5. Martin Akuei Gorong, 15. Emmanuel Aniyego, 7. George Duku, 11. Laurance Gama, 9. Akuei Guct, 14. Zacharia Makeny, 8. Lok Mamal, 1. Makuei Mapooth, 10. Usjam Nyuon, 18. Michael Wantee, (17. Juma Wade 71), (6. Mamadou Ndiaye 82)
Substitutes not used: 12. Cisse Djibril
Yellow cards: Mamal 18, Wade 69
Red cards: Guct 84