Wembley Downs maintain their lead at the top of the Amateur Premier League with a 5-1 win against Subiaco at Butlers Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Two red cards and an own goal from the away side meant it was always going to be an uphill battle against first placed Wembley.
Wembley Coach Colm Costello said the two red cards changed the game, and said it was a tight game until then.
“I thought it was an even game before they got the lads sent off, their front two gave us problems, but we knew it would be tight, they are fourth and playing well,” he said.
“So a 5-1 win is pleasing especially with Kingsley coming here next week. The only thing which was disappointing is we never took our chances, we could have scored ten, but to score five against the fourth place side, I’ll take that any day.”
Geoghegan said they are well placed on the table, and the three points keeps them ahead of next week’s opponents Kingsley, but he said Subiaco made it hard for them.
“We knew they (Subiaco) were a good side, and win here would have put them back in the title race, so we knew nothing more than three points would do for us and we managed to get them,” he said.
“It sets up a cracker next week against Kingsley, and we go in on a high after today’s result, were really looking forward to it. We beat them in the first game of the season with a last minute goal, and I’m sure it will be another close game on Sunday.”
Subiaco were only six points off top spot at kick-off and started well but was Wembley who took the early lead.
Gavin Walsh sent Geoghegan down the left, he eased past his marker and crossed low to Simeos who made no mistake from close-range.
Simeos should have doubled their lead on 20 minutes, again Geoghegan cut in from the left and picked out Simeos, but with the goal at his mercy he fired wide of the target.
Subiaco were looking dangerous going forward and it wasn’t a surprise when they levelled three minutes later. Ryan Fish played Johnson in on goal, and his shot rolled into the net, despite keeper Niall McCarthy getting a hand to it.
Wembley then regained the lead before half-time with goalkeeper Thom Baker making a great save from an initial Geoghegan shot but the ball rebounded off a defender and into the goal.
It wasn’t the start to the second half Subiaco coach Les Cavill was looking for, and in the first 60 seconds David Grose was sent off by referee Anthony Walsh, the defender bringing down King on route to goal.
Things went from bad to worse from the resulting free-kick, with Geoghegan firing home from the edge of the penalty area to make it 3-1.
Subiaco went down to nine when Halil Russo was sent for a second yellow, and Wembley made them pay. King adding a fourth on 71 minutes, and then another six minutes from time.
The win sets up a top of the table showdown next weekend, with Wembley hosting second placed Kingsley.
In other results on Sunday Kingsley kept the pressure on Wembley with a 6-0 win against BB United, while third placed North Perth United beat Belmont Villa 4-0.
Leeming Striker edged out Southern Spirit 3-2, Kwinana United beat Hamersley Rovers 1-0, while Perth Royals beat Ellenbrook United 2-0.
Wembley Downs 5 (Simeos 8min, OG 35, Geoghegan 47, King 71, 84)
Subiaco 1 (Johnson 23min)
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Referee: Anthony Walsh
Assistant Referees: Louis Delaney, Rob Read
Wembley Downs: GK Niall MCCARTHY, 2 Anthony JONES, 4 Blaine SLATER, 6 Ian CLEARY (22 Martyn KELLY 67’), 7 Stephen GEOGHEGAN, 15 Gavin WALSH, 17 Mark KING, 20 Jay MCDONALD, 32 Jason TRVESKI, 71Gary MCCARTHY (96 Nicolas NOCALO 85’), 97 Felipe SIMEOS (26 Scott URQUHART 71’)
Substitutes not used: 40 Tom PRAGNALL
Yellow Cards: Cleary 63, Slater 72, Trveski 83, Walsh 86, Jones 87
Red Cards: Nil
Subiaco: GK Thom BAKER, 2 Dan RAINE (33 Keither WYLIE 79’), 4 Kevin PUNSELIE, 7 Tim PUGH, 11 Sean JOHNSON, 18 Jakub CHRISINSKI, 22 Paddy BEGLEY, 28 Halil RUSSO, 29 David GROSE, 30 Nick RICHARDS (27 Ian MCCOLLUM 53’), 38 Ryan FISH (25 Chris NOEHRING 69’)
Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow Cards: Russo 17, 53, Punselie 40
Red Cards: Grose 46, Russo 53