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Villa do enough to beat North Perth

Report by Damian Piek

Belmont Villa had just enough to hold off a strong-finishing North Perth United in a lively match in the Belt Up Amateur Premier Division on Sunday.

Goals from Paul McCormack and James Fay either side of the interval gave Belmont a 2-0 lead with half-an-hour remaining.

And though William Pender pulled one back on 80 minutes, North Perth fell short in their search for an equaliser.

“It was a hard-fought game, two good teams. To be fair, they’re a much more physical team than us but I think we did well,” Belmont Villa coach Kevin Mulgrew said.

“We have still so many things to improve on and players to come back fighting for starting spots, so there is still a lot of work to be done.”

When asked about his team’s strong start to the second half, Mulgrew added: “We started really poor in the first half and I said to the boys, ‘we’ve got the one-goal advantage, lets push for that second goal’.”

As Mulgrew indicated, North Perth had most of the possession in the first half and piled on the pressure but just couldn’t break through Belmont’s defence.

Their lack of cutting edge cost them dear in the 29th minute when McCormack capitalised on a chance to score the first goal of the match.

The momentum of the half remained the same after the goal with North Perth having the majority of possession but doing little damage.

Mulgrew’s half-time talk brought a more aggressive approach from Villa and they went further ahead in the 60th minute when forward Ammed Azzaidani chased a loose ball and crossed for Fay to smash home.

The visitors finally got a foothold into the match 10 minutes from the end when Pender netted but that was as good as it got.

North Perth coach Alex Carter was disappointed with the loss but said: “If the boys didn’t have the character and we weren’t creating chances then there would be bigger issues and bigger things to look at, but that’s not the case.

“It might have been one of those days where the ball didn’t fall our way when it needed to.

“We just didn’t take the chances when they presented … if we did we could have walked into a 2-1, 3-1 lead at half time.”

Belmont Villa 2 (McCormack 29min, Fay 60)
North Perth United 1 (Pender 80)
Sunday, April 22
Gerry Archer Centre
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Ammar Timor
Assistant referee: Alex Wright

Belmont Villa: 1. Kadir Kalkan, 3. Emmet Colhoun 4. Warwick Bates, 5. Darrel Gibney 6. Dean Armstrong, Paul McCormack 8. James Mcdaid 9. Ammed Azzaidani 10. Naser Mussein 11. James Fay 12. Aran Dutton 13. Patrick Barry 14. Mohamed Hirsi
Unused substitutes: 15 Kevin Mulgrew, 16 Hassein Al Zayadi
Yellow cards: Colhoun 37, Hirsi 76
Red Cards: Nil

North Perth United: 3. Chris Wylie, 4 Sam Nico, 5. Daryl Gregory, 6. Paul Gabel, 7. Dan Conway, 8. Richard Dendle, 9. Sean Lahert, 10. Emmon Kelly, 11. Connor Engelbrecht, 12. William Pender, 13. Keith Mullins, 15. Gavin Brad
Unused substitutes: 16. Ago Mujrc
Yellow cards: Daryl Gibson 86
Red cards: Nil