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Olympic Kingsway went top of the Men’s State League Division One top six on goal difference after they defeated Joondalup United 3-0 at Kingsway Reserve.
The hosts are making their move at the business end of the season as they extended their unbeaten run to five games overall with three second half goals.
Antoine Levy scored for a third straight game before Luke Palmateer doubled the advantage just after the hour mark.
Ajak Riak moved to double figures for 2020 when he made it 3-0 late on, as Kingsway now look forward to facing Western Knights this weekend in what could be a decisive game for the title race.
Knights joined Kingsway on six points at the summit of the upper tier as they recorded a 2-0 win at Fremantle City.
Callum Roberts opened his tally for the season with two goals in seven minutes at the start of the second period, as the visitors continue their ominous form having only lost once this season.
Fremantle’s modest run now stretches to just one win in eight games.
In the final top six meeting, Forrestfield returned from Mandurah with a 3-2 win which gives them a first league victory since August 15.
Stephen O’Leary’s first of the season got the visitors rolling before former Perth SC junior Josh Pereira made it two, five minutes before the interval.
Mitch Crocker added a third for United midway through the second period as they broke their four-game winless run, despite consolations in the final five minutes for Shane Boyle and Jordan Rhodes.
In the bottom six, UWA Nedlands look to be timing their run towards the end of season nicely as they won 4-1 at home to Ashfield to lead their pool.
Godfrey Asimwe opened the scoring with his third goal in two games before a 23rd minute own goal by Kaelan Majeks put the hosts in a commanding position.
Danyel Dos Santos De Souza hit back two minutes later with his first goal of the season, but UWA steadied with a quick response of their own thanks to Pascal Sedgewick.
Sedgewick added his second on the night and fourth of the season after the break as UWA netted for a 10th time in two games.
Quinns returned to winning ways and breathed life into their second phase campaign as they recorded a confidence boosting 7-0 win at home to Swan United.
Jamie Stewart opened the scoring on 19 minutes before Matthew Blake’s goal on half an hour, his first of the campaign, gave the hosts a handy break.
Stewart and Sam Wynne both added second half goals before substitute Sam Rawlings came off the bench to score a seven minute hat-trick and add gloss to scoreline inside the final 12 minutes.
The Stirling Lions v Subiaco match has been rescheduled for later this month.
In State League Division Two action, Carramar Shamrock Rovers lead the upper tier with six points from two games following a 2-1 win at Wanneroo City.
Alan Reidy’s first of the season inside three minutes gave the visitors an early lead but they were pegged back by James Burns’ eighth of the season from the penalty spot.
The winning goal came with 17 minutes to play as Jack Bardsley scored the winner for the second time in four days.
Joondalup City, beaten by Wanneroo last Saturday, looked in more trouble when they slipped two goals behind at Gosnells City before rallying to clinch a 4-3 win.
Gosnells went into this game as the league’s highest scorers and they hit the ground running with goals from Wade Farmer and Brice Rae inside the first four minutes.
But City hit back before the break as Luke Doyle reduced the arrears before Liam McGurk and leading scorer Liam Peacock struck in the space of four minutes to put them 3-2 up.
It was then the hosts’ turn to answer when Jordan Parfitt scored his third of the season with 15 minutes remaining.
Gosnells were the one of the form teams at the end of phase one as they went unbeaten in their last six. But they have now lost consecutive games in phase two after James Sharp’s own goal 12 minutes from time consigned them to defeat.
On Tuesday night, there was a meeting between the top two sides after phase one as Murdoch University Melville and Dianella White Eagles drew 0-0.
The game of the night in Division Two came in the lower half of the split as Kingsley Westside and Kelmscott Roos drew 4-4.
Jayden Drummond’s early goal was cancelled out by Lemeo Wordu before Ramiro Vilar’s fourth goal of 2020 restored the home side’s lead.
Kingsley Westside have not won since an August 1 win over Balga, but Vilar’s second goal on 48 minutes had the hosts believing that run would be broken.
But Amos Doegolia Junior had other ideas as he fired home a 13-minute hat-trick in the second half to move to 11 for the season and complete a stunning Roos turnaround.
The hosts had the final say through Jesse Higgins who made it 4-4, as Kingsley Westside moved to two points, while Kelmscott went to the summit of the bottom half with that point.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Langoya’s eighth of the season gave Canning City a 1-0 win over Morley Windmills, which drew them level with Kelmscott at the top of the lower tier, while Curtin University and Balga SC played out a goalless draw on Tuesday.