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Swan United beat Murdoch University Melville 2-1 thanks to a brace from Brian Patterson. Photo by Colin Feilen

Swan grab play-off advantage

Football West News

UPDATE: Two goals in the first half from Brian Patterson has put Swan United in the driving seat following the first leg of the State League Inter-Divisional Promotion Play-off final against Murdoch University Melville.

Swan will go into Saturday’s second leg at home holding a 2-1 lead after MUM’s Mark Lucas pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before half-time.

Patterson opened the scoring inside the first minute at Murdoch Synthetic and doubled his side’s advantage before the half-hour.

Lucas’ penalty on 34 minutes has given MUM a lifeline, and they showed in the semi-final that they cannot be written off after overcoming Gosnells City despite losing the first leg 3-1.

But Swan, who finished fourth in Division Two six points behind third place Melville, must be favourites to book their place in the first division for 2020.

The second leg at Swan Italian Club kicks off at 2pm on Saturday and will be livestreamed on the Football West YouTube and Facebook pages.

Star player: Brian Patterson (Swan United)

Murdoch University Melville 1 (Lucas pen 34)
Swan United 2 (Patterson 1 28)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Murdoch Synthetic A
Referee: Brendan Skinner
Assistant referees: Adrien Liechti, Jess Byrd

Murdoch University Melville: 21. Alec RADONICH, 2. Beau RAHIM, 3. Tom PELLIZZARI, 5. Ryan TUCKER (c), 6. Broden BROWN, 7. Adrian CIAMPINI, 8. Mark LUCAS (14. Christian LONG 73), 9. Kai JONES (19. Josip VUJICA 56), 10. Sasa SLAVUJEVIC (13. Grant MOWATT 33), 11. Declan TANNA, 12. Callum MELLOWSHIP
Substitutes not used: 1. Joseph GAN, 15. Godfrey ASIMWE
Yellow cards: Mowatt 66, Ciampini 85
Red cards: Nil

Swan United: 13. Joe SMITH, 7. Alan PATAROV (2. Marco TRIMBOLI 86), 8. Aaron COLLI, 5. Chris MARSHALL, 12. Lucas ALLENDER, 16. Jay LANG, 14. Brennan BORZECKI, 10. Brian Patterson, 6. Liam MERRIGAN, 4. Luke COLLI (9. David FOSTER 66), 11. John MONTEROSSO
Substitutes not used: 17. Thomas BLACK, 18. David PAONE
Yellow cards: Colli 17, Patterson 39
Red cards: Nil