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The captains exchange gifts before the Gold Fields State U15 v Persebaya U19 match at Walter Padbury Park on Monday night. Photos by FotoEnzo

Slick Persebaya entertain in the rain

Football West News

The touring Persebaya Under 19 side turned on the style at a rain-lashed Walter Padbury Park on Monday night as they ran out comfortable winners against a game Gold Fields State Under 15 outfit.

The WA XI, playing together for the first time, stuck to their task and will be all the better for the experience at Gosnells City FC.

But ultimately the Indonesian team was too strong, slick and pacy as they thrilled a healthy Monday night crowd with some sparkling interplay and clinical finishing

Football West State Coaches Brad Hassell and Garry Church said their young side could take plenty from the run-out as they prepare to name a squad for an Under 15 competition in China in August.

The crowd included WA Minister for Asian Engagement Bill Johnston, Sports Minister Mick Murray, Gold Fields Unit Manager: Stakeholder Relations Eddie Sheppard, Indonesian Consul-General for WA Dewi Gustina Tobing and Football West CEO James Curtis.

Gold Fields Vice President Sustainable Development Philip Woodhouse addressed the WA players before the match.

The Persebaya side, who played Lynwood Senior High School last Friday, play their final match against Cockburn City Under 18s tonight at Dalmatinac Park (6.30pm). They are well worth watching.