Gwelup came away 3-2 victors over their rivals the Western Knights despite finishing the game with 10 men.
Gwelup Croatia Taki Nicolaidis was relieved to come away with the win.
“It’s three points in the big derby as both teams and supporters were keen to get one over the opposition club.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys, going 2-0 up then going down to 10 men and then it got to 2-2, a lot of teams in the comp would’ve just fallen over but the character of the boys and the desire was faultless and could not be more proud.”
“Be a little bit smarter with our play was the message at half time, we had that lead and we knew they were going to take a few risks as they have some quality players in their team that we had to be mindful of and that we have another 45 minutes left.”
Ellis Healing put the visitors 1-0 up in the first half as he put away a sensational freekick that rippled the bottom of the net.
The Western Knights just could not get it in as they managed to hit the crossbar several times throughout the first half as the half time scoreline of 1-0 didn’t tell the whole story.
James Sammut doubled the lead for the visitors in the 61st minute with a simple tap to put Gwelup firmly in the driving seat at 2-0.
Two minutes later, however, it Dean Hurley who handed the hosts a lifeline, pulling it back to 1-2.
Isaac Koomson was sent off just a minute later after the restart for unsportsmanlike behaviour and this allowed the Knights to temporarily take control of the game as 2 minutes later it was Andrija Jukic who levelled the game at 2-2 with a glorious header.
It fell apart very quickly for the home team though as Gwelup hit them with a swift counter-attack and Samuel Wynne made it look like a simple tap in for 3-2, which ended up settling the contest.
Western Knights coach Ivan Zuveta was disappointed with the end result.
“Really disappointing as we were just trying to analyse it but I just thought it was a game where I don’t think we dominated but I think we played really well especially with the chances that we had it was just one of those days where the ball just wouldn’t go in for us.”
“They’re a really good team on the break and on transition and I think their second and third goal was their strength and how they won it.”
“We were 1-0 down but there was a level of internal belief that we have here and we knew we were on top we thought in the first half with the chances we created after they scored a really good free kick.”
“If we were to go down 2-0 we knew we would still come back and we would still score goals and that happened but they just got that goal on the break to make it 3-2 but there was still a lot of belief”.
State League One
Western Knights 2 (Hurley 63min, Jukic 66min)
Gwelup Croatia 3 (Healing 15min, Sammut 61min Wynne 69min)
SATURDAY, April 13th, 2019
Kick-off: 3 pm
Referee: B. Skinner
Assistant Referee 1: T. Malatesta
Assistant Referee 2: L. Mdean
Western Knights: 1 Sam Stone (GK) 2 Andy Cartright, 3 Ryan Cox, 4 Cameron Yorke, 21 Adam Blewett, 18 Andrija Jukic, 8 Alex Randell, 6 Johnny Chalmers, 17 Callum Roberts 9 Dean Hurley, 20 Scott Johnson
Substitutes not used: 10 Brian Patterson, Jack Rycroft, 7 Francisco Jorquena, 5 Graham Tough, 22 Lewis Cook
Yellow cards: Nil
Gwelup Croatia: 1 Riley Stephenson, 2 Ciaran Salinger, 3 Steve Purton,) 4 Sam Wynne, 7 James Sammut (C), 8 Matthew Sparrow, 10 Danny Hodgson, 12 Isaac Koomson, 15 Bobby Wilson, 30 Ellis Healing 58 Andrew Scaldaferro
Substitutes not used: Mitchell Papas (RGK), 9 David Heagney, 14 Lawrence Shuruma, 16 Tyler Uglow, 31 Matej Centrih
Red cards: 12 Isaac Koomson (65th minute)