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Super sub Rosindale takes Inglewood one step closer
Report by Tommy Doleman
Inglewood United came from a goal down to defeat Balcatta 2-1 on Saturday and stay top of the PS4 NPLWA with one game remaining.
The hosts trailed midway through the first half when Dejan Andric netted the first goal, but it proved an adequate wake-up call as Inglewood’s Kenny Keogh scored before half time.
Ash Rosindale came off the bench to bag the winner as Inglewood took control of their own destiny, despite a couple of late scares.
Inglewood coach Andy Keogh is confident in his side finishing the job next week when they take on fifth-placed Floreat Athena.
“It’s important that we go on and win the league to prove that we’ve been the best team over the 26 games and the course of the season,” he said.
Keogh also paid tribute to Jason Colli, who announced his retirement at season’s end after more than a decade at Inglewood.
“Jason has been great in the changeroom and was a big part of the team when we went unbeaten earlier this season,” he said.
“He’s part of a solid defence, he works hard, stays in good condition and once again he’s been great for us today.”
Balcatta took the lead on 20 minutes when Inglewood’s defence didn’t deal with a cross and Andric stuck a leg out to score at the back post.
Inglewood responded well with most of the pressure coming down the left through the pace and skill of Hamza Hina.
Inglewood hit back when Hina burst past his marker and squared for Kenny Keogh to slide home.
In the second half Balcatta’s goalkeeper made a couple of fine saves but an Inglewood corner wasn’t dealt with, leaving Rosindale to sweep home the winner.
The result leaves Inglewood in control of the title race going into the last round of the season, one point clear of second placed Bayswater City.
In other results, Bayswater City beat struggling Mandurah City 1-0 on Sunday, Perth SC’s late winner secured a 4-3 victory against Cockburn City and Floreat Athena took all three points away to Joondalup United.
Stirling Lions got the better of a rotated Sorrento outfit winning 2-1, Subiaco beat nine-man Armadale 2-1, and ECU Joondalup played out a 1-1 draw at home to Perth Glory.