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More silverware for Ramon Falzon, right, and Perth SC, this time the Top Four Cup. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Falzon: We can keep Wolves from the door

Football West News

The finishing prowess of Perth SC could be the deciding factor as the Azzurri bid to become the second team from Western Australia to reach the final of the NPL Finals Series.

Ramon Falzon’s side will match the feat of Bayswater City in 2015 if they get past Wollongong Wolves in NSW on Sunday (kick-off 12.30pm WST).

The NPL WA title-holders are no strangers to high pressure matches. In the past 18 days they have come through three knockout games, all of which were decided in stoppage time or extra time.

This includes last weekend’s 3-2 Elimination Final defeat of Heidelberg United in Melbourne, a result which has given coach Ramon Falzon belief they can go all the way.

“To make the national final, it would be extremely satisfying as that has always been our objective,” Falzon said ahead of the team’s 5am departure to Sydney on Saturday.

“First the champions of Victoria, now the champions of New South Wales. It doesn’t get tougher but winning last week has made the boys super confident.

“The quality of the football last week was really pleasing in the first half but I was even happier in the second half when Heidelberg had a good spell. We made the two substitutions and that got it back in our favour and we were always trying to find a second and a third goal.”

Now the focus is on Albert Butler Park and Wollongong, another team Falzon has plenty of respect for.

“They are a good side with a good coach and very well drilled,” he said.

“I think they are very similar to us in their playing style. They adapt to situations and the opposition and they have the best defensive record in New South Wales. This will be a tougher challenge.”

With Falzon expecting a tight encounter, he will be encouraged by the quality of finishing his players have displayed in recent weeks.

“There are second chances in the league but in these do-or-die clashes you have to be more precise,” he said.

The other semi-final is on Saturday between Maitland FC (NSW) and  Lions FC (QLD).