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Downs get up at Joondalup
Report by Edward Nixon
Wembley Downs got their 2019 Belt Up Amateur Premier Division season off to a winning start, defeating newly-promoted Joondalup United 2-0 at Beldon Park on Sunday.
Stephen Geoghegan’s penalty and Zac Robinson’s looping header either side of half-time gave the visitors all three points in the first game of the season.
In blustery conditions, it was the hosts who started the brighter – forward Kyall Osbourne going close on a pair of occasions, while Ryan Williams also threatened.
As the game progressed, Wembley grew into the contest and almost found themselves in the lead as Jay McDonald’s header forced a point-blank save from Joondalup goalkeeper Luke Green just past the half-hour mark.
Wembley wouldn’t have to wait long to get off the mark for the new season, however, as Geoghegan coolly slotted home his spot kick after Liam Ryan was adjudged to have fouled Gary McCarthy inside the box.
The visitors continued to force the tempo after the break and found themselves 2-0 up when Robinson’s looping header found its way into net just over 10 minutes from time to seal the win for his side.
Wembley will now turn their focus towards next weekend when they host UWA Nedlands FC, while Joondalup travel to take on the Night Series winners Leeming Strikers, who crashed 6-0 at Jaguar FC on Sunday.
Star Player: Stephen Geoghegan (Wembley Downs)
Joondalup United FC 0
Wembley Downs SC 2 (Geoghegan pen 41, Robinson 79)
Sunday, 7 April 2019
Referee: S Chen
Assistant referees: M. McDonald
Joondalup United FC: 1. Luke GREEN (GK), 2. Liam RYAN, 3. Adam TAYLOR (16. Josh KENNEDY-EDWARDS 60), 4. Ryan WILLIAMS, 5. Mark WALSH, 7. Blaine SLATER, 8. Dane WATSON, 10. Adam GIANASSI, 12. Kyall OSBOURNE (11. Taylor COOPER 60), 13. Drew KIRKPATRICK, 14. Curtis WREGIESWORTH (6. James GREEN 82)
Substitutes not used: 21. Neil SHERWIN
Yellow cards: Ryan 78
Red cards: Nil
Wembley Downs: 2. Michael O’CONNOR, 4. Jay MCDONALD, 7. Ahren GRAY (10. David MORRIS 89), 8. Gary MCCARTHY, 11. Stephen GEOGHEGAN (27. Matthew DEVEREUX 80), 15. David PRESCOTT (33. Zac ROBINSON 65), 18. Craig HEBENTON, 19. Juraj GALBA, 44. Dylan BROWNE, 45. Steven ROCHE, 88. Jeff CORNEZ (GK)
Substitutes not used: 28. Darragh WRIGHT, 35. Daragh LINDSA
Yellow cards: Gray 70
Red cards: Nil