Wanneroo City kept alive their State League Division Two title hopes with a last-gasp 1-0 win over northern rivals Quinns at Gumblossom Park on Saturday night.
Despite Quinns dominating throughout the match, the visitors secured three points courtesy of an injury-time strike from substitute Jack Hailstones.
The win keeps Wanneroo City’s hopes of automatic promotion alive, remaining five points behind top of the table Olympic Kingsway – 2-1 winners at Murdoch University Melville – with a game in hand.
Wanneroo coach Tim Kantor praised the opposition’s performance but was pleased that his side got the win.
“It was tough, it’s always tough coming up to Gumblossom to try and get a result,” he said.
“To be fair to Quinns, they were outstanding tonight and we are fortunate to get that goal, I think it was our only shot on target all night.
“I think we’ve almost secured play-offs, but we’re trying to win the league.”
The opening exchanges saw Wanneroo looking in control of the match but they couldn’t threaten the home side’s goal.
Quinns had the first clear-cut chance after 30 minutes, when Brent Quick beat Wanneroo goalkeeper Andy Williamson to a bouncing ball on the edge of the box. Quick’s header, however, was straight at the onrushing keeper and the ball was cleared.
Quinns had a chance soon after when a great pass put Brandon Buchanan through on goal, but his effort was saved by Williamson.
The home side were dominant as the half drew to a close and had three attempts blocked by the Wanneroo defence, ensuring the score remained 0-0 at half time.
The second half began as the first ended, with Quinns dominating the play against the much-fancied Wanneroo City.
Jess Compton had a great opportunity to open the scoring for the home side after receiving the ball from Quick, but his shot was blocked by the City defence.
Quick was causing headaches for the visitors and whipped a great cross into Buchanan at the back post, but despite being unmarked his shot was off target from close range.
Despite all their pressure, Quinns could not put the ball in the back of the net as Wanneroo hung on.
And the home side’s wastefulness cost them as Hailstones put Wanneroo ahead with a great finish in stoppage time.
Quinns were unable to equalise in the final minutes as Wanneroo ran out 1-0 winners.
Quinns coach Chris McCrone was proud of his side’s performance.
“Excellent performance, you can’t fault the boys; the desire, the work rate, their effort, you can’t fault them at all,” he said.
Wanneroo City 1 (Jack Hailstones 90+2min)
Saturday, September 1
Referee: Jazin Lodhia
Assistant referees: Josh Waldock, G Marcello
Quinns: 1. Ellis COMPTON, 2. Alex SALLERY, 3. Josh RIDEOUT, 4. Chris TATE, 5. Jess COMPTON, 6. Josh REID, 7. Joe MCQUADE, 8. Chris WILLIAMS, 10. Luke BOYLE, 11. Brandon BUCHANAN (9. Craig TOOLEY 77), 13. Brent QUICK
Unused substitutes: 12. Joe MIDDLETON, 14. Callum LACK, 26. Jamie MCCLOUGH
Yellow cards: McQuade 75, Sallery 90+1
Red cards: Nil
Wanneroo City: 1. Andy WILLIAMSON, 2. Godfrey ASIMWE, 3. Dave WHILLIANS, 4. Adam O’NEILL, 5. Stuart SIDDALL, 6. Gareth LLOYD (39. Flynn NOLAN 77), 8. Ash CORKER, 9. Scott JOHNSON, 10. Jamie STEWART, 14. Matt FRANKEN (11. Joe ALLSOP 73), 19. Nathan SCULLY (7. Jack HAILSTONES 53)
Unused substitutes: 17. Elliot BANKS, 24. Ryan BROWN
Yellow cards: Corker 31, Nolan 79, Hailstones 90+3
Red cards: Nil