The Western Knights have upset Perth SC to claim a 3-1 victory in round 6 of the WestfieldFFA Cup at Nash Field on Saturday.
The win over last years’ PS4 NPLWA Premiers means the All Flags State League Division 1 side will be among the final four West Australian teams in the competition.
The home side got off to a dream start with a goal in the 8th minute before Perth responded just before half-time.
Two second half goals proved to be the difference between the Knights and their opponents.
Western Knights coach Trim Morgan said his side put in a sensational performance against Perth.
“The boys played out of their skin today,” he said.
“They kept a great shape, passed the ball well and in the end I thought it was a well-deserved win.
“I’ve got faith that the lads can keep going, they work hard and train hard to the system that we play, so bring on the semis of the cup.”
Morgan also praised the performance of his team’s captain, Paul Lloyd.
“I think Lloyd was the man of the match, he epitomises the work rate and the spirit of the club and today he led us to victory.”
After a positive start, the Knights took the lead after a shot from Adriano Jelenovic deflected to Jack Rycroft who found the back of the net.
The home-side could have doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Rycroft squared it to Josh Cortes who was unable to find the empty net but instead blazed his shot over the bar.
The Knights would begin to rue that missed opportunity as Perth’s Gustavo Catarcione was brought down in the box by keeper Sam Stone.
Perth’s Niccolo Sabatini stepped up to take the penalty and showed no sign of nerves as he converted to make it 1-1 in the 41st minute.
Lloyd took it upon himself to restore his side’s lead in the 60th minute as he showed finesse to curl the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Perth had a golden chance to equalise just four minutes later when Jordan De Leo whipped a cross into the box, but Catarcione’s diving header crashed off the post.
Perth’s hopes of a comeback were crushed in the 81st minute as Lloyd made his way into the box.
The captain ran to the by-line and then squared it to Ben Coulter who finished comfortably, much to the delight of the home fans.
Perth coach Ramon Falzon said he is disappointed with his side’s consistency during the match despite some strong performances in recent weeks.
“I don’t think we took them for granted today, they deserved to win because they were simply better than us,” he said.
“After two good away wins against Cockburn and ECU (in the NPLWA), I think we didn’t lift our quality to what it was in the last two weeks.
“The second half of the (NPLWA) season starts on Saturday so we need to bounce back and get back to winning ways immediately.”
Western Knights 3 (Rycroft 8min, Lloyd 60, Coulter 81)
Perth SC 1 (Sabatini 41min)
Saturday May 20, 2017
Referee: Steven Gregory
Assistant referees: Matthew Southern, Anthony Walsh
Western Knights: GK. Sam STONE, 2. Tom SOUTHGATE, 3. David MURPHY, 4. Graham TOUGH, 6. Ben COULTER, 9. John CHALMERS, 10. Paul LLOYD (C) (Ryan HASLETT 80’), 11. Jack RYCROFT (Keny ASHWOOD 89’), 13. Harry HILL, 15. Adriano JELENOVIC, 18. Josh CORTES (Ryan TUCKER 68’)
Substitutes not used: 14. Lee THOELE, 17. Sam HUTCHINGS
Yellow Cards: Murphy 18’
Red Cards: nil
Perth SC: GK. Daniel PASSARELLI, 4. Adrian MADASCHI (C), 5. Niccolo SABATINI, 8. Tom KING, 9. Gustavo CATARCIONE, 10. Nicholas AMBROGIO, 12. Jordan DE LEO, 13. Rocco PIZZATA, 15. Harley ORR, 17. Frank FURFARO, 21. Paul ZIMARINO (11. Matthew MILENKOVIC 75’)
Substitutes not used: RGK. Malek KUC, 2. Alex SILLA, 7. Aleks JOVIC, 19. Roberto DEL BORRELLO
Yellow Cards: Orr 73’, Sabatini 82’
Red Cards: nil