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Knights lose top spot with Subi draw
Report by Navrin Secker
Subiaco secured an unlikely draw with promotion hopefuls Western Knights at Rosalie Park on Saturday.
Andrew Cartwright gave Subiaco the lead with an own goal inside a minute, before Noah Shamaki levelled for Western Knights.
Subiaco retook the lead before the interval through Benjamin Campbell but Knights came back again and Paul Lloyd snatched a point for the visitors five minutes from time.
Following last week’s 2-0 victory over title rivals Gwelup Croatia, Western Knights would have gone into this match hoping to extend their stay at the top of the State League Division One table.
However, Cartwright’s first-minute own goal handed Subiaco the lead and meant they were fighting an uphill battle early on.
The visitors adopted a very attacking approach to try to get themselves back into the match, while Subiaco were happy to soak up pressure before quickly counter-attacking.
A quick one-two with Scott Johnston played Shamaki through on goal, and the winger blasted home to equalise for Western Knights.
Campbell restored Subiaco’s lead against the run of play with a curling effort from long range. Goalkeeper Sam Stone’s bizarre decision to rush out of the box made the goal possible, as Stone was unable to clear the danger and allowed Campbell to score into a relatively open goal.
Veteran central midfielders Domenico De Felico and Antonio Naglieri, both formerly of Perth SC, were superb throughout the match, expertly cut off passing lanes and progressing the ball for Subiaco.
Western Knights continued to attack in the second half and came close to scoring from a corner but were denied by De Felico’s goalline clearance.
Subiaco were clearly struggling to defend at corners, with both Naglieri and goalkeeper Theophile Brown making last ditch clearances from successive corners to maintain their slender lead.
Western Knights supporters thought their side had equalised when Johnston sent a header towards goal, but his effort was just over the crossbar.
But it was Lloyd who finally made it all square for the visitors, capitalising on Brown’s spill to ensure the spoils were shared.
The Round 15 results mean Gwelup, who have two games in hand, are now top on goal difference from Western Knights and Fremantle City, with Ashfield SC just two points further back.
Star player: Antonio Naglieri (Subiaco)
Subiaco 2 (Cartwright og 1min, Campbell 42)
Western Knights 2 (Shamaki 33, Lloyd 85)
Saturday, July 13
Subiaco: 1. Theophile BROWN, 6. Benjamin PULLELLA, 8. Domenico DE FELICE, 9. Adam CARLINO (7. Ignacio DOMINGUEZ 83), 10. Benjamin CAMPBELL (18. James FANELLI 90+3), 11. Shay DONOVAN, 13. Jackson DONGRAY, 14. Matthew LENZO, 15. Antonio NAGLIERI, 17. Vlad NAUMOVSKI, 22. Dean APELGREN
Unused substitutes: 12. Oliver CHEVERALLS, 19. Ayden DRAGUN, 23. Sean McCRACKEN
Yellow cards: Donovan 27, Apelgren 90+3
Red cards: Nil
Western Knights: 1. Sam STONE, 2. Andrew CARTWRIGHT (8. Luka JUKIC 87), 3. Ryan COX, 6. John CHALMERS, 10. Paul LLOYD, 12. Tom KENNEDY, 14. Dom SARDI (15. Joshua KAMASZ 70), 18. Andrija JUKIC, 19. David MURPHY, 20. Scott JOHNSTON, 21. Noah SHAMAKI (16. Ryan SARDI 70)
Unused substitutes: 9. Dean HURLEY, 22. Jordan HOWELL
Yellow cards: Cox 87, A Jukic 90+1
Red cards: Nil