Swan United are on the cusp of promotion to State League Division One after a convincing 3-0 second leg win over Dianella White Eagles which secured a 6-2 aggregate victory in their Promotion & Relegation Play Off Semi Final.
A spectacular brace from Jay Lang and an opportunistic finish from Brennan Borzecki saw United into the Play Off Final against Mandurah City as they brushed aside a blunt Eagles outfit at Dianella Reserve.
Despite losing last Saturday’s first leg 3-2, Dianella had cause for optimism having scored two very late goals at Swan Italian Club to haul themselves back into the tie.
And they initially had a lot of possession on Wednesday, while a pacy Swan side looked dangerous on the break.
But on 11 minutes Swan regained their tight grip on proceedings when Lang brilliantly smashed home a powerful volley from outside the area after a poor clearance. This was especially sweet for the Swan man after he suffered a broken leg at the same venue a couple of years ago.
PLAY OFF FINAL DATES
First Leg: Sunday, September 30 – Swan United v Mandurah City (Swan Italian Club, 3pm)
Second Leg: Wednesday, October 3 – Mandurah City v Swan United (Securitas Protect Stadium, 7.30pm)
End to end football followed in a frenetic game that saw both sides have chances. Kyle Jackson hit the side netting for Dianella while John Monterosso curled a lovely shot just past keeper Mackenzie Ferguson’s right hand post.
As the second half wore on Dianella tired and lacked ideas in the final third. On the counter Swan were always dangerous and two mazy runs by Luke Colli and Borzecki almost resulted in goals. On the hour Swan had what looked like a decent penalty claim rejected but it wouldn’t matter as on 64 minutes they made it 2-0.
After dancing around the edge of the area, a shot from Gavin Knight was parried by Ferguson. With the keeper and Dianella defence scrambling, Borzecki and Monterosso both went to strike the loose ball from a tight angle with the former getting the connection to put it just over the line.
With eight minutes remaining Radinovic, who had earlier escaped a booking for a high boot, did have his name taken for a foul. From the free kick Lang curled home a low and vicious shot that beat the diving Ferguson to seal the win.
With the game long gone Dianella finally had a shot in anger as they forced Joe Smith to make a fingertip save deep in to injury time. Other than that it was a comprehensive win for Swan.
United coach Paul Dundo had full credit for his players after taking a narrow lead in to the game.
“We wanted a goal in the first 10 minutes and Jay stepped up a tremendous strike,” he said.
“The players did well but needed to be reminded they still haven’t won nothing and have a tough game against an experienced Mandurah City who won’t want to get relegated.”
Dianella coach Graham Normanton, in only his second game in charge, was downcast after the loss. “There wasn’t a great deal of difference but one team is on the up and one team on the down. That’s the way it is and we couldn’t finish it off,” he said.
Swan United now have their two-legged play-off against Mandurah City for a place in Division One to look forward to, with the first leg on Sunday.
Meanwhile Dianella will play in Division Two next season, the first time the White Eagles have been in the third level of football in WA in almost 30 years.
Dianella White Eagles 0
Swan United 3 (Lang 11, 83 Borzecki 64)
Swan United win 6-2 on aggregate
Wednesday, September 26
Referee: Stephen Knight
Assistant referees: Martin Hicks. Liviv Katona
Dianella White Eagles: 1. Mackenzie FERGUSON, 5. Spiro NENADIC 14. Bojan RADINOVIC 4. Reece FRANK 11. Isaac NEHEMIE 6. Dhamion KALAMARIS (12. Jimmy TABAN 75) 16. Ibrahim HAMAD 10. Jose ZUNIGA 7. Yves MWILLA 15. James OWEN (9. Scott NEWLAND 70) 8. KYLE JACKSON (2.Sotiris THEODOSIADES 61)
Substitutes not used: 13. Filip MINIC 23. Skye DOYLE
Yellow cards: RADINOVIC 82
Red cards: Nil
Swan United: 13. Joey SMITH 15. Rory MOUTTET 17. Tom BLACK (3. Dom ANDO 82) 12. Luke COLLI 5. Chris MARSHALL 4. Brennan BORZECKI 8. Aaron COLLI (14. Josum MUWOWO 88) 16. Jay LANG 11. John MONTEROSSO 10. Gavin KNIGHT (20. James Burns 86) 6. Nicolas TATTSICIORE
Substitutes not used: 1. Cory HUGO 18. David DAONE
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil