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Kingsway battle to beat Ashfield
Report by Max Hayden-Evans
The battle near the top of State League Division One saw Olympic Kingsway score either side of half-time to claim a come-from-behind victory against a spirited Ashfield SC on Saturday.
In slippery conditions, Kingsway proved too classy for their opponents and the victory at Kingsway Reserve saw them leapfrog Ashfield on the table.
The scoring was opened by Ashfield’s Paul McCormack after he latched on to a dangerous ball across the face of goal that Kingsway had failed to properly deal with.
Ismael Bangura then had numerous chances to extend Ashfield’s lead but his failure to convert proved costly for his side.
Kingsway’s equaliser came courtesy of their captain Kris Gate, who made no mistake in converting Elliot Tattersall’s sublime through ball on the stroke of half-time.
Kingsway were a much-improved outfit in the second half and snatched the lead through Kyle Murray’s calm finish to a well-hit Jakub Sklenar cross.
A tense final third of the game saw Ashfield press but ultimately fail to break down the resolute Kingsway defence, who took the three points to record their eighth win of the season.
Olympic Kingsway’s win ensured that competition in the top half of the table remains tight. They face fellow high-flyers Western Knights next up in another home game while Ashfield host Fremantle City, another team in contention near the top.
Star player: Kyle Murray
Olympic Kingsway 2 (Gate 45+1min, Murray 64)
Ashfield SC 1 (McCormack 18min)
State League Division One
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Olympic Kingsway: 1. Duncan LENNON BLACK (GK), 4. Alex RANDELL, 5. Luke PALMATEER, 6. Kristopher GATE (C) (3. Jordan POKLER 86.), 7. Brody KENNEDY, 9. Jakub SKLENAR, 10. Kyle MURRAY, 14. Joshua TUCKER, 16. Chris BALAZS, 18. Elliot TATTERSALL, 19. Shaydon PASSAPAQUA (21. Jordan YOUNG 74)
Substitutes not used: 2. Joel PROUT, 12. Christopher RIZIDIS, 13. Charlie BREEN (RGK)
Yellow cards: Gate 86, Pokler 87, Murray 90+2
Red cards: Nil
Ashfield SC: 1. Jacob CAREY (GK), 2. Matt WORTON, 3. Isaac NETHETNYE, 4. Gary HILL, 6. Alan CARROLL, 7. Ray ADOLPHOUS (16. Joshua KOTIO 70.), 8. Pat SARA, 9. Ismael BANGURA, 10. Kevin ASHWOOD (C) (5. Hayden LOWE 86.), 12. Paul McCORMACK, 18. Daniel TAIT
Substitutes not used: 11. Evans MARANGA, 15. Albert AMANKWAA, 56. Chris POTTER (RGK)
Yellow cards: Ashwood 67
Red cards: Nil