Morley Windmills gave their promotion chances a boost with a 1-0 win over Wanneroo City in the first leg of an All Flags State League Division One play-off at Wotton Reserve on Saturday.
Ben Wantee’s winner on the stroke of half-time ensured his side gained a one goal advantage ahead of the return fixture on Tuesday.
Morley coach John Castrilli was pleased with how his side performed.
“I think the boys played very well today,” he said.
“We probably had 80 percent of the possession so it’s unfortunate for us that we didn’t turn that into more goals and bury the result earlier on.”
“We always seem to have to create more chances than our opponents, but we know as long as we create those chances, the result will come.
“We will go into Tuesday night with confidence knowing that they’ll have to score at least two win.”
After dominating much of the possession, Morley almost found the opener in the 40th minute when Wantee received the ball at the edge of the box.
Wantee showed a nice piece of skill to cut inside before unleashing a powerful shot, however his effort thundered off the bar.
The striker did not have to wait long for a second chance though, as he showed composure to convert a penalty after a team-mate was fouled in the box.
The Morley forward was involved in yet another chance in the second-half when he played a through-ball to team-mate Yves Mwila.
Mwila made his way into the box and was subsequently awarded a penalty after a late challenge by Wanneroo keeper Joey Smith.
Wantee again stepped up to take the penalty, but Smith produced a fine save to redeem himself and to keep the score at 1-0.
Wanneroo had an opportunity to score an equaliser and all-important away goal in the 85th minute when Adam O’Niell played an over-the-top ball to substitute Flynn Nolan.
The substitute found himself one-on-one, however he couldn’t guide the ball past the onrushing keeper, with the game ending at 1-0.
Wanneroo coach Tim Kantor was disappointed his side couldn’t find a goal.
“I think at the end of the day they were the better side,” he said.
“Especially in the first-half we were lucky just to hang on. However we created some chances in the second-half, so we certainly could have gotten something out of this game.
“We have nothing to lose come Tuesday so we’re going to go out, try and score some goals and it should be an entertaining game.”
Morley-Windmills 1 (Wantee 43min)
Wanneroo City 0
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Referee: T. Taran
Assistant Referees: A Liechti, T. Malatejta
Morley-Windmills: 2. Ricky BERELOWITZ (6. Deng MAWIEN 83′), 3. Oluwasijibomi ANENIYI, 4. Ryan TREACEY, 5. Scott WRIGHTSON (C), 7. Yves MWILA (17. Paul GRABIC 72′), 8. Boas MTWALE, 9. Ben WANTEE, 10. Igor NOUAKOVIC, 12. Faustin MACHOCHI, 16. Jan UREGELA, 20. Yousri GHARSALLAH
Substitutes not used: 1. Timothy SMITH, 13. Christian MIROUDO, 14. Brandon RECTOR
Yellow Cards: Mtwale 47, Aneniyi 85, Uregela 87
Red Cards: Nil
Wanneroo City: 5. Stuart SIDDALL (C), 8. Kye DOUGLAS, 12. Chris WILLIAMS (11. Nathan SCULLY 76′), 14. Matt AUSTIN (35. Flynn NOLAN 61′), 15. Liam MOONEY, 16. Adam O’NIELL, 23. Joel GILLESDIE (22. Josh CHIVELL 71′), 25. Matt FRANKEN, 34. Nathan GROSTATE, 36. Godfrey ASIMWE, 43. Joey SMITH
Substitutes not used: 1. Josiah GODFREY, 6. Josh GOMEZ
Yellow Cards: O’Niell 42, Austin 55, Smith 58, Grostate 71
Red Cards: Nil