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Mad four it! North Perth stun City with late rally

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The Belt Up Amateur Premier Division began with a bang on Sunday with North Perth United producing an extraordinary comeback to defeat Maddington White City 4-3.

Trailing 3-0 with 12 minutes remaining, the 2018 champions stunned the Premier Division newcomers to run out 4-3 winners at Woodville Reserve.

Kelechi Osunwa threw North Perth a lifeline with a 78th minute penalty and five minutes later Jean Stephan Foolchund had them chasing a point.

That became a reality when North Perth scored a third goal in eight minutes through Javier Pineres Mestre on 86 minutes.

However, it didn’t end there and deep into stoppage time, with Maddington now down to 10 men, new recruit Jack Lavis popped up with the winner to cap an incredible finale.

Samuel Morrow and Chris Sparks (2) had earlier put White City in the driving seat, all three goals coming in the opening 12 minutes.

Leeming Strikers dished out a 6-0 pasting to another promoted side, Queens Park, at John Connell Reserve.

The game was in the bag by half-time as Strikers led 4-0 thanks to goals from Leandro Fernandes, Lucas Pickering (2) and captain Ben Greaves. Player-coach David Palin added two more after the interval.

Declan Hudson scored twice as Hamersley Rovers defeated South West Phoenix 6-2. Brandon Rector, Robert Klenkoski, Cosimo Figliomeni and Gabriel Vieira Soares were also on target for Rovers, while Phoenix’s goals came from Craig Aldridge and Sam Bateman.

A double from Adam Buckley helped Joondalup United to a 3-1 win against neighbours Quinns FC, while late goals from captain Juraj Galba and Matt Devereux gave 10-man Wembley Downs an unlikely 2-2 draw away at Kwinana United, who had led 2-0 at half-time through Dominic Sumner and David Clark.

In the opening day’s other game Jaguar FC and UWA Nedlands drew 1-1.