Perth SC booked a spot in the regional quarter-finals of the FFA Cup with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Balga at Princess Wallington.
The Azzuri were made to work hard for the first 30 mintues, with Daniel Cain marshalling the Balga defence and Vincent Longo busy in the midfield.
But once the visitors went ahead it was one-way traffic for the NPL WA league leaders.
FFA CUP ROUND FIVE RESULTS
The opening goal came when Perth punished a Balga mistake for Michael Domfeh to slot home.
Balga, who upset Inglewood United in the last round, pushed for an equaliser when Herman Michaele’s cross wasn’t dealt with and Dejan Aleksic needed to be on his toes to make a goalline clearance.
That was as good as it got for Balga, who were undone again when Matthew Milenkovic latched onto a long ball only to be brought down in the box. Midfielder Kristian Santich stepped up and calmly slotted into the bottom corner.
Balga started the second half the better, with Michaele proving to be an outlet but they failed to create any sustained pressure.
The home side were then hit with a sucker punch when Paul Zimarino rocketed a volley flush on into the top corner outside the penalty area. A goal of the season contender for sure.
Frank Furfaro got in on the scoring next, with his first contribution off the bench. The winger collected the ball deep in his half, powered into the Balga box and thundered an effort in off the crossbar to make it 4-0.
Things went from bad to worse for Balga when substitute Zoran Vrteski was sent off from two bookable offensives just 14 minutes after entering the game.
Alekis Jovic made it 5-0 after Domfeh dragged two players out of position and laid it on a plate to Jovic to tap home.
With the game petering to a close Balga hit the bar through Longo before Santich claimed his second penalty to make it 6-0 and Zimarino grabbed his second with the last kick off the game.
Star man: Paul Zimarino
Perth SC 7 (Domfeh 32min, Santich 14 78, Zimarino 56 92, Furfaro 63, Jovic 68)
Saturday, March 18
Princess Wallington Reserve
Kick off: 3pm
Referee: Joshua Nixon
Assistant referees: Harry Bolan, John Tarran
Balga: 1. Lance ALANAKIS, 2. Bojan NINKOVIC, 3. Daniel CAIN, 30. Christopher COLTTEN (4. Zoran VRTESKI 50), 19. David MARTINS, 6. Jason STEPONOVSKI, 7. Jake VERINI, 31. Thiak KVEL (11. Dejan ANDRIC 53), 17. Kris SPASESKI (9. Tyron TORRE 74), 16. Herman MICHAELE, 5. Vincent LONGO
Substitues not used: 10. Joshua CONTI, 15. Giulian ZACCONI
Yellow cards: Ninkovic 34, Martins 37, Vrteski 60, Steponovski 70, Longo 78, Verini 84
Red card: Vrteski 64
Perth SC: 23. Dejan ALEKSIC, 3. Andreas THEODOSIADES, 15. Thomas SOUTHGATE, 7. Aleks JOVIC, 11. Matthew MILENKOVIC (17. Frank FURFARO 61), 12. Jordan DE LEO, 14. Kristian SANTICH, 16. Kieran COLWELL, 18. Michael DOMFEH (10. Luke GARAS 74), 19. Bojan RADIONOVIC, 20. Paul ZIMARINO
Substitutes not used: 9. Gustavo CATARCIONE, 1. Frances SOALE, 13. Rocco PIZZATA
Yellow cards: De Leo 31, Furfaro 85
Red cards: Nil