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State U15s start tournament with victory

Football West News

Goals from Nathan Frith and Hamish Van Dieken ensured the Gold Fields State Under 15 Boys Team won their first match of the Bali International Football Championships on Monday night.

The WA side beat Malaysian outfit Felda United 2-1 to take immediate control of Group D before their second match against Korean team Chang Nyeong on Tuesday.

It was a deserved victory, with Daniel Faichney and Jamie Swan going close to adding further goals.

Goalscorers Hamish Van Dieken and Nathan Frith

Frith opened the scoring when he got on the end of Dejan Lewis’ free kick, only for the Felda to capitalise on some WA uncertainty to level against the run of play before the break.

But the Gold Fields State side got their reward in the second half as Van Dieken headed in another Lewis free kick to make it 2-1.

The Malaysian team at times frustrated the West Australians by staying down after being tackled and head coach Brad Hassell and assistant Sean D’Arcy were happy with how their players handled the situation.

“We’ve got a good determination about ourselves and the boys didn’t let the oppositon get away with anything,” said Hassell.

Squad

Carl

Dias

Bayswater

Daniel

Faichney

Sorrento

Nathan

Frith

Sorrento

Jude

Gauntlett

Sorrento

Sebastian

Gomez

ECU

Luca

Levy

Sorrento

Déjan

Lewis

Sorrento

Oliver

Makin

ECU

Kane

McEwan

ECU

Roy

McKain (GK)

Inglewood United

Freeman

Nyatsambo

Bayswater

Jonty

Pearson

Perth SC

Callum

Piper

ECU

Samuel

Reilly (GK)

ECU

Jake

Shaked

Sorrento

Jamie

Swan

Sorrento

Hamish

Van Dieken

Perth Glory

Head Coach: Brad Hassell

Team Manager: Sean D’Arcy

Team Physio: Simon Trinca