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Western Knights kicked off the Men’s State League Division One second phase with a 4-0 win over Mandurah City at Nash Field.

City were the only team to inflict defeat on the 2017 State Cup winners during the first phase but had a tougher afternoon on Saturday as Jack Rycroft opened the scoring on 22 minutes.

It was 1-0 at the break but Dean Hurley struck four minutes after the restart and Golden Boot leader Alex Kretowicz scored goal No.12 of the season to put the hosts into a commanding position.

Ciaran Byrne added a fourth goal late on as Knights asserted their authority with a big win in the upper tier.

Olympic Kingsway joined the Knights on three points as the phase one runners-up recorded a 5-2 win over Forrestfield United at Hartfield Park.

Mitch Crocker’s own goal set the visitors on their way before Asher Nelson doubled the lead with a spot-kick four minutes before half-time.

Kingsway ended the first phase as leading scorers and they had multiple contributors again on Saturday as Antoine Levy and Keylun Pollard netted before the hour mark.

Top scorer Ajak Riak made it 5-0 with his ninth of the campaign before Rhys Loxley and Tarek Atta added late respectability to the result for Forrestfield.

The final result in the upper half saw Joondalup United and Fremantle City share the points following a 2-2 draw at Forrest Park.

Riley Van Dieken moved into double figures for the season with the opening goal for City.

Callum Speed levelled the scores as he found the net in consecutive home games, but Alfie Brincat’s own goal restored Fremantle City’s advantage six minutes before the interval.

Joondalup rescued a point 16 minutes from time as Liam Mooney scored for the first time this season, moments after James Harmer saw red for a second yellow card.

In the lower half of the split, UWA Nedlands were the big winners of the day as they hammered Swan United 6-1 on the road.

Samuel Moffatt netted in consecutive appearances after playing his first game of 2020 last week, before Godfrey Asimwe’s brace and an own goal put the visitors 4-0 up at the break.

Luwaya David’s first of the season for Swan gave them early hope in the second half, but late goals from Bryce Conway and Derrick Data ensured UWA won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Stirling Lions also continued their upturn in form as they kicked off the second phase with a 2-1 win at Ashfield.

Boas Mtwale and Gavin Knight scored first half goals as the 2014 FFA Cup Round of 32 representatives won a fourth straight came and kept back-to-back clean sheets.

Sakou Sylla’s seventh of the season reduced the arrears on the hour mark but the hosts couldn’t find an equaliser as their winning run ended at two.

The final game in Division One saw Subiaco hold Quinns FC to a goalless draw at Gumblossom Reserve.

Both teams cancelled out each other in a clash between two out of form sides that featured eight yellow cards.

Quinns have now dropped points in five of their last six games, falling out of the top six on the final day of the first phase, while Subiaco have won only one of their last 10 matches.

Division One Upper results

Division One Lower results

MUM FC keeper Nicholas Speca clears his lines in the 1-0 loss to Carramar Shamrock Rovers

In Division Two, Carramar Shamrock Rovers ended Murdoch University Melville’s six-game winning run with a 1-0 win at Grandis Park.

The hosts needed a win over Kingsley Westside on the final day of the first phase to confirm their top six place and built on that through Jack Bardsley’s 13th-minute free-kick which proved decisive on Saturday.

The league’s in-form team were unable to force an equaliser and will now host Dianella White Eagles on Tuesday night in a clash between the top two sides after 11 games.

Dianella White Eagles started their second phase well as a goal in each half helped them secure a 2-1 home win over Gosnells City.

Milorad Vujacic netted for a third straight game when he opened the scoring after quarter of an hour before Chris Rizidis doubled the advantage with 20 minutes to play, as the hosts won a fifth game in six matches.

Gosnells had put together a six game unbeaten stretch to make the top six, but that run ended despite Scott Pereira’s fifth goal of the campaign late on.

Wanneroo City put in a very impressive display as they won 3-0 at Joondalup City thanks to two goals from Flynn Nolan and one from James Burns.

The game of the day in the bottom half of the split came at Burrendah Reserve as Canning City and Kingsley Westside played out a 2-2 draw.

Rowan Steed opened the scoring on 14 minutes with his second goal of 2020 but Jayden Drummond squared the ledger soon after.

The visitors’ top scorer Drummond netted his eighth of the season from the penalty spot early in the second half, but it was Canning’s turn to hit back promptly as their leading marksman Emmanuel Langoya netted to earn a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere in the Division Two’s lower tier, Amos Doegolia Junior scored a brace to take his tally to eight for the season as Kelmscott Roos won 3-0 at Balga, while Morley Windmills also enjoyed a 3-0 victory against Curtin University.

Division Two Upper results

Division Two Lower results