UWA-Nedlands left it late to defeat Hamersley Rovers 4-2 in a dramatic Belt Up Amateur Premier Division clash at Carine Open Space on Sunday.
Level at 2-2 entering the final stages of the game, UWA forward Mitch Barrington bagged two goals in the final three minutes to complete a hat-trick and hand his side victory.
What made the result all the more remarkable was that UWA found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Hamersley’s Ali Loi and Jon Greenwood.
In a game which pitted ninth against 10th on the table, it was Hamersley who jumped out of the blocks as a wonder strike by Loi put the hosts up after just two minutes.
Hamersley’s dream start got even better six minutes later as Greenwood found the back of the net to give his side a 2-0 lead.
Despite their slow start, UWA weren’t going to die wondering and they soon had the opportunity to hit back when C Papallig was brought down in the box after dispossessing Loi in midfield.
Striker Barrington stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by a flying Drew Jente in the Hamersley goal.
Trailing at 2-0 at the break, UWA wasted no time getting themselves back in the contest after half-time as Jake Retallach nodded past Drew just 60 seconds after the restart.
Buoyed by the goal, UWA soon found themselves level as Barrington atoned for his earlier penalty miss by beating the offside trap to tuck home.
With the game seemingly destined for a draw, Barrington grabbed his second and third goals of the game in the dying stages as UWA escaped with a valuable three points.
Star Player: Mitch Barrington (UWA Nedlands)
Hamersley Rovers 2 (Loi 2min, Greenwood 8)
UWA-Nedlands 4 (Retallach 47, Barrington 57 89 90)
Carine Open Space
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Referee: A Begt
Assistant referees: H Bradley, supplied
Hamersley Rovers: 1. Drew JENKE (GK), 2. Pete MCCARTHY (14. Mark HUNT 69), 3. Ben JAMES, 4. Jo WOODS, 5. Baily WRIGHT, 6. Justin MULHAIR, 7. Ali LOI, 9. Jon GREENWOOD, 10. Cosimo FIGLIOMENI (12. Andy NICHOLSON 85), 11. Jarred MCCONNELL, 15. Callum MURPHY
Substitutes not used: 00. Toseph ALESO, 13. Steve MULHAIR
Yellow cards: (Wright 78)
Red Cards: Nil
UWA-Nedlands: 1. D LISSIMAN, 4. J POLLEN, 5. D HE, 7. C PAPALLIG (2. U ISHASANOR 80), 8. A OBOH, 9. M BARRINGTON, 10. B HARDING (3. K SIHAZWE 85), 11. J RATALLACH, 13 G FATOUROS, 15. A ISHASANOR (6. O SALEH 30), 16. L HEATH
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil