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Olympic Kingsway one win from Division Two title

Report by Max Hayden-Evans

A stoppage-time equaliser from Swan United’s John Monterosso put Olympic Kingsway’s promotion drive on hold and capped an entertaining encounter in State League Division Two on Saturday afternoon.

Monterosso’s goal ensured that his side shared the spoils with the leaders Olympic Kingsway, who at least remain unbeaten in the league with just one match to play.

The 2-2 draw means a win against Curtin University next Saturday will ensure Kingsway win the league in their 65th year and secure promotion to Division One.

Any slip-up could let in near neighbours Wanneroo City, however. The Roos, 2-1 winners over Balga on Saturday, are three points behind with a game in hand. But Kingsway’s 12-goal advantage in goal difference could be the deciding factor.

Kingsway coach Graham Normanton was optimistic despite the late equaliser.

He said: “It was a tough game. In the first 45 minutes we didn’t carry out what we wanted to but in the second half we did.

“We probably should have won the game and there were a few chances we should have taken. On the second half performance we probably deserved to win it, but we didn’t shut up shop and it cost us.

“But fate is in our hands. If we win the game (next week), we win the league – it’s as simple as that.”

In a fiery encounter at Kingsway Reserve, Gavin Knight opened the scoring for Swan from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged a foul had been committed as a corner was swung in. The goal was enough to give Swan the advantage going into the break after Kingsway put two close-range headers narrowly over the bar.

It was a different Kingsway that would emerge after half-time however, and their tremendous pressure was rewarded when skipper Luke Palmateer headed home from a corner.

As the match headed towards its finale, it seemed Kingsway were going to have to settle for a point. Then, with a minute of regulation time remaining, Dan Corbett scrambled the ball in from a set-piece to a raucous reception from the many Kingsway faithful in attendance.

Swan were in no mood to lie down, however, and Monterosso forced the ball home at the death to secure a valuable point for his side, who are now in the play-offs.

Swan coach Paul Dondo praised his side’s resolve.

“Credit to Kingsway they’re a good side, but at the end of the day we didn’t get beat. I’m proud of my boys just to stick it out,” he said.

“It was concerning to concede two goals from set pieces and there’s still some things for us to work on as we head into the play-offs.

“But, the main thing is that we’ve secured that play-off spot. To see the club get back to where it once was, that’s my intention. The boys have done well to get us into the position to do that.”

Olympic Kingsway SC 2 (Palmateer 62min, Corbett 89)
Swan United FC (Knight 25, Monterosso 90+4)
Saturday, September 8
Kingsway Reserve
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: A Walsh
Assistant referees: F Laval, S Lozic

Olympic Kingsway SC: 1. Todd HOYLE (GK), 2. Razacu GELOO, 3. Travis PRESTON, 5. Marc SCORIOGU (19. Dan CORBETT 28.), 7. Danny HODGSON, 8. Josh PEREIRA (10. Nathan THORP 90+1.) 9. Amos DOECOLIA (4. Ben FAIRBAIRN 40.), 12. Chris RIZIOU, 16. Ryan FRANCIS, 17. Luke PALMATEER (C), 18. Luke SERRA
Substitutes not used: 15. James GORDON, 21. Gary CROSS (RGK)
Yellow cards: Corbett 53
Red cards: Nil

Swan United FC: 4. Brennan BORZECKI (12. Jordan ROSSETTO 82.), 6. Nicholas TATASCIOLE, 8. Aaron COLLI (C), 9. James SHAMIM (20. James BURNS 68.), 10. Gavin KNIGHT, 11. John MONTEROSSO, 13. Joe SMITH (GK), 15. Rory MOOTLET 16. Jay LANG, 17. Thomas BLACK (3. DOMENICO ANDO 85.)
Substitutes not used: 1. Elhoossaine ETEKHIS (RGK), 2. Marco TRIMBOLI
Yellow cards: Colli 3, Black 55, Mootlet 77
Red cards: Nil