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Sorrento edge Gwelup in the FFA Cup. Photo by Peter Simcox

Prajza winner sends Sorrento through

Report by Peter Simcox

A goal from Czech defender Jakub Prajza gave Sorrento a hard-fought 2-1 win against Gwelup Croatia in their Round Five FFA Cup WA tie at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Morgan had given the home side the lead early on, but David Heagney levelled for the State League Division One side after the break.

However a long-range shot from former FC Slovácko defender Prajza was enough to see the Gulls home.

FFA CUP ROUND FIVE RESULTS

Gwelup had knocked out NPL WA side Armadale in the last round, but it was Sorrento who started the better in this one and they were ahead on 17 minutes. There looked little danger when a ball went into the Gwelup penalty area, but a mix-up between keeper and defender let in Morgan and the striker finished well.

The visitors looked for an immediate response and Heagney was sent clear one-on-one with keeper James Morgan three minutes later, but his lob was well over the top. The lively Samuel Wynne saw a shot hit the side netting.

But 11 minutes into the second half Gwelup find the equaliser. Ellis Healings’ corner was flicked on by Bobby Wilson and Heagney found space at the back post to poke the ball home.

Sorrento hit back and Prajza shot hit the side netting, but on 64 minutes they regained the lead. A ball into the penalty area was only cleared to Prajza and the Czech defender’s shot bounced just in front of Riley Stephenson and went over the keeper and into the net.

Gwelup pressed late looking for the equaliser and James Morgan got down well to deny substitute Danny Hodgson, before the Sorrento keeper pushed away the English striker’s shot moments later.

The visitors pressed late and Sparrow’s shot on the turn flashed over the top, before Hodgson’s shot was cleared off the line. Wilson’s header then went over the top and Sorrento hung on to progress to the next round.

Star player: Scott Robertson (Sorrento)

Sorrento 2 (Morgan 17min, Prajza 64)
Gwelup Croatia 1 (Heagney 56)

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Percy Doyle Reserve
Kick-off: 
2.30pm
Referee: Shane Skinner
Assistant Referees: Frank Laval, Jamie West

Sorrento: GK James MORGAN, 2 David STOKOE, 3 Jakub PRAJZA, 4 Shaun KILKELLY, 5 Scott ROBERTSON, 7 Alex MORGAN (8 Scott WITSCHGE 79), 10 Jordan ROBERTS (13 Steven McDONALD 90+5), 11 Tim HILL, 17 Reece VITTIGLIA, 18 Jordan BROWN, 19 Jack SALTER (23 Cameron TEECE 70)
Substitutes not used: RGK Matt GIUDICATTA, 20 Jaxon TEMATA
Yellow cards:  Alex Morgan 60
Red cards: Nil

Gwelup Croatia: GK Riley STEPHENSON, 2 Ciaran SALINGER, 4 Samuel WYNNE, 6 Brodie MARTIN, 7 James SAMMUT, 8 Matthew SPARROW, 9 David HEAGNEY (12 Isaac KOOMSON 79), 11 Blamo QUA-QUA, 14 Lawrence SHURUMA (10 Danny HODGSON 61), 77 Ellis HEALING, 88 Bobby WILSON
Substitutes not used: RGK Connor CAMPBELL, 15 Andrew SCALDAFERRO, 17 Sean CANHAM
Yellow cards: Salinger 81
Red cards: Nil