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WA Masters finish on a high
Report by Nathan Chapman
The WA State Masters team finished third at the 2017 Seniors World Cup in Phitsanulok, Thailand, with a 2-1 win over Scotland in a play-off match.
After losing 6-1 to England in the semi-final, the WA team rallied to score a memorable victory.
England went on to win the Cup with a 2-0 win over Iran.
Australia had finished second in their group with two wins and a draw and were thrilled with the prospect of taking on a star-studded England side.
The English team, consisting of players such as Peter Beagrie, Barry Hayles and Lee Trundle, was packed with the experience of a combined 8,000 league appearances. Ex- Celtic, Perth Glory and current WA Masters player-coach Marc Anthony had predicted the WA side were in for a tough test.
WA beat host-nation Thailand in their opening match 1-0 thanks to a second half, long-range winner from Damien Todorovic.
In their second match against heavyweights Iran, WA went 1-0 down before being reduced to 10 men after Dusan Macara received his second yellow card.
Eugene Dadi salvaged a point with an extraordinary bicycle kick with the game finishing 1-1.
WA’s final match of the group stage finished with a 2-1 win over Taiwan.
Andrew Banks (GK) – AFC Joondalup
Chris McCrone (GK) – Bayswater City
Bobby Strickland – North Beach
Kevin Hickman – North Beach
Nathan Chapman – FC Shoalwater
Damien Todorovic – Bassendean Caledonian
Marc Anthony – Morley-Windmills
Justin Hugo – Inglewood United
Dusan Macara – Western Borders
James Goodman – AFC Joondalup
Gary Lee – Sorrento
Paul Lincoln – Bayswater City
Carlo Scialli – Bassendean Caledonian
Rob Markovski – Bayswater City
Eugene Dadi – Unattached
Trevor Hatton – Bayswater City
Peter Vukmirovic – Maddington
Michael Casey – Quinns
Frank Houston – Perth Saints
Darron Morris – AFC Joondalup
Stephen Worton – Bassendean Caledonian
Veselin Zmukic – Dianella White Eagles
Paul Farmer – Ellenbrook United
Dave Evans – Fremantle City