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Healing saves day for Gwelup against Ashfield
Report by Max Hayden-Evans
Two late penalties were not enough to split Gwelup Croatia and Ashfield SC as the State League Division One high-fliers finished all square at 2-2 on Saturday.
Both sides started strongly at the Croatian Sporting Complex with Ashfield almost scoring inside the first minute, Pat Quinn’s shot just narrowly missing the goal.
Instead it was Gwelup’s Danny Hodgson who opened the scoring when the former Olympic Kinsway striker tapped home a fantastic cross to give his side the lead.
However Ashfield responded through a diving header from midfielder Daniel Tait on the stroke of half-time.
Gwelup brought on new signing Clark Keltie early in the second half, the former Football West Gold Medal winner having signed from Bayswater City.
But neither side was able to take control of the game before Ashfield were awarded a penalty with less than 10 minutes remaining. Rob Spelman stepped up to convert and the league leaders seemed destined for a stirring come-from-behind win.
Their hopes were dashed in the last minute of normal time, however, when Gwelup were given a penalty of their own following a shove. Ellis Healing kept his nerve to equalise to ensure that points were shared, although Gwelup have now slipped to third behind Ashfield and Fremantle City.
Star player: Ellis Healing (Gwelup Croatia)
Gwelup Croatia 2 (Hodgson 31min, Healing 90)
Ashfield SC 2 (Tait 45+2, Spelman 83)
Saturday, May 25
Croatian Sporting Complex
Gwelup Croatia: 2. Ciaran SALINGER, 4. Samuel WYNNE, 5. Clark KELTIE, 7. James SAMMUT (C), 8. Matthew SPARROW, 9. David HEAGNEY, 15. Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 20. Danny HODGSON (12. Isaac KOOMSON 61.), 77. Ellis HEALING, 88. Bobby WILSON, 98. Riley STEPHENSON (GK)
Substitutes not used: 1. Connor CAMPBELL (RGK), 6. Brodie MARTIN, 16. Tyler UGLOW, 25. Ali GHOLAMI
Yellow cards: Salinger 45+2, Keltie 53, Koomson 66
Red cards: Nil
Ashfield SC: 1. Paul RAINFORD (GK), 2. Matt WORTON, 3. Isaac NEHEMIE, 4. Gary HILL (14. Joshua KOTIO 78.), 5. Jay LOVELL, 6. Alan CARROLL, 8. Pat SARA, 9. Ismael BANGIRA (12. Paul McCORMACK 87.), 10. Kevin ASHWOLD (C), 17. Pat QUINN (15. Rob SPELMAN 60.), 18. Daniel TAIT
Substitutes not used: 56. Tim SMITH (RGK), 11. Evans SHAKEBO
Yellow cards: Lovell 11, Carroll 36, Kotio 88
Red cards: Nil