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FFA Cup: Gulls on national trail again

Report by Samuel Hays

Sorrento are one match from a third national FFA Cup advanture in five years after they booked their place in the preliminary semi-finals by defeating Fremantle City 2-0 at Hilton Park on Monday.

Jack Salter nabbed a goal just before the break for the NPL WA side and David Stokoe doubled the advantage after 70 minutes to ensure the State League Division One outfit’s cup run came to an end.

Sorrento had a couple of early sights on goal through some long range efforts, while Freo looked dangerous from corners with Marco Perizzolo acting as a target man.

The home side were containing their NPL counterparts well and it looked as though it would remain scoreless at the break. But Salter had other ideas as he latched onto a great cross from Jordan Brown for the opener after 44 minutes.

The two sides continued to show great fight in the second half despite both playing a league match on Saturday, as Stokoe saw his low and hard free-kick tipped onto the post by Fremantle keeper Yousri Gharsallah.

Stokoe was in the thick of it again, this time defensively. A fine cross forced him to head towards his own goal and the ball was on its way to the top corner before keeper James Morgan produced a great save to spare Stokoe’s blushes.

Angel Andres was then denied a tap-in after a superb clearance from Stokoe, while down the other end Jordan Roberts unleashed a powerful strike that forced a good save from Gharsallah.

The second goal came from the resulting corner after Roberts picked out Stokoe lurking inside the box and his header found the bottom corner.

Star player: David Stokoe (Sorrento)

Fremantle City 0
Sorrento 2 (Salter 44min, Stokoe 70)

Hilton Park
Monday, June 3
Kick-off: 2.30pm
Referee: Michal Jasinski
Assistant referees: Julian Serra and Jatin Lodhia

Fremantle City: 77. Yousri Gharsallah (GK) 3. Carlo Chiellini, 5. Marco Perizzolo, 16. Denzel Tshuma, 8. Adrian Manno, 9. Angel Andres, 10. Nicola Gazzola, 11. Jairo Guzman, 13. Mordecai Appiah (19. Jesse Marchione 85), 14. Sebastian Munoz (15. Josh Selman 63), 17. Christian Miraudo (7. Egioe Ngendakumana 46)
Substitutes not used: 4. Angus Grant, 33. Gianluca De Felice
Yellow cards: Munoz 56
Red cards: Nil

Sorrento: 1. James Morgan (GK), 18. Jordan Brown, 2. David Stokoe, 5. Scott Robertson, 3. Jakub Prajza, 11. Tim Hill, 17. Reece Vittiglia (C), 8. Scott Witschge (30. Jesse Owuor 90), 7. Alex Morgan, 19. Jack Salter (21. Daniel Pearce 87), 10. Jordan Roberts
Substitutes not used: 60. Matt Giudicatti (RGK), 32. Tristan Stevens, 20. Jaxon Temata
Yellow cards: Brown 22
Red cards: Nil