Status: International Tri-Series
Date: 2 August 2017
Venue: Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, Inglewood, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Devon SPENCE, (RGK James MORGAN 46’), 4 Ross MILLARD (20 Alex SILLA 58’), 6 Matt NTOUMENOPOULOS (18 Niccolo SABATINI 58’), 7 Gian ALBANO (13 Jon STYNES 63’), 9 Gordon SMITH (C) (8 Calvin WHITNEY 58’), 10 Alex SALMON (11 Gustavo CATARCIONE 63’), 14 Richard HOWLES (17 Borbor SAM 46’), 15 Daryl NICOL (21 Ryan FRANCIS 63’), 16 Tom KING (2 Sam MITCHINSON 58’), 19 Jason BARRERA (5 Dean EVANS 63’), 22 Jesse FULLER (3 Rocco PIZZATA 63’)
Young Soccroos: (first half) GK Duro DRAGICEVIC, 4 Walter SCOTT, 8 Joshua CAVALLO, 9 Giordano MARAFIOTI, 10 Sebastian PASQUALI, 11 Christian THEOHAROUS, 13 Dyan PIERIAS, 19 Alex GOLLAN, 20 Joel KING, 22 Callum TIMMINS, 24 Jacob ITALIANO
Young Soccroos: (second half) GK Isaac RICHARDS, 2 Tate RUSSELL, 5 Mathieu CODIER, 6 Marc TOKICH, 15 Aaron REARDON, 16 Moudi NAJJAR, 17 Nicholas SETTE, 21 Mohamed ADAM, 23 Fabian MONGE, 25 Oliver PUFLETT 26 Gianni STENSNESS - Referee: Steve Gregory
A clinical second half performance from the Young Socceroos has seen them run out 3-0 winners against West Australian in the opening Tri-Series 2017 game at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on a chilly Wednesday evening. The WA side had the better of the first half, creating a number of good chances, but after half time the Young Socceroos took control with goals from Western Sydney Wanderers’ duo Moudi Najjer and Oliver Puflett, and Melbourne Victory’s Nicholas Sette.
Young Socceroos Coach Ufuk Talay thanked Football West for putting on the tournament, and said it was a good work out for his squad, ahead of their upcoming AFC under 19 Championship Qualifiers. “It was a good second half and a good work out for us, and I’d like to thank Football West for hosting us here, and so far it’s been fantastic,” he said. “We change the side at half time to have a look at some players to give everyone a run and we’ve identified a few players ahead of our qualifiers. At the end of the day the result doesn’t matter, it more about the performance, and it was a good opportunity for players to get some game time.”
WA coach Ramon Falzon said after a bright first half it was a disappointing result, but he was really impressed with the young opposition. “I thought in the first half we played quite well and created a couple of good chances, which we didn’t take, but the second half was tough,” he explained. “But credit to them, they are a very good side, and they got in behind us in the second half and caused as all sorts of problems. But we realise they are a national side and we wish them luck in the up-coming qualifiers, and we move on to Singapore next Tuesday.”
WA were on the front foot early and skipper Gordon Smith was denied by Sydney FC keeper Duro Dragicevic after only two minutes, before Daryl Nicol’s glancing header was saved by Dragicevic. The PS4NPLWA’s top goalscorer Alex Salmon then saw his curling shot flash wide, before Cian Albano shot on the run drifted over the top. The Young Socceroos settled and Sebastian Pasquali’s long-range shot fizzed wide, before Giordano Marafioti wriggled into the box, but his shot flashed inches wide of the post.
It was completely new Young Socceroos line up in the second half, and they started to get on top, and WA keeper James Morgan produced a finger-tip save to deny them early. Morgan was working overtime, and he was in the action again moments later when Sette’s cross picked out Puflett, whose effort was saved low by the WA custodian. Their pressure was rewarded with the opener on 67 minute. A great through-ball from Sette sent Najjer clear, and he finished clinically past Morgan.
They added a second nine minutes later, Sette burst clear and finished with aplomb past Morgan. The Young Socceroos were playing some outstanding football, and it was only a matter of time before they added a third, with Najjer crossing to Puflett who made no mistake from five meters. The Tri-Series 2017 continues on Friday evening at Hartfield Park Forrestfield, when the Young Socceroos take on the Singapore under 20’s – Kick off 7.00pm
Status: International Tri-Series
Date: 8 August 2017
Venue: Dorrien Gardens, West Perth, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Francis SOALE, (RGK James MORGAN 46’), 2 Rocco PIZZATA, 3 Ross MILLARD (21 Kieran COLWELL 56’) 6 Calvin WHITNEY (6 Matt NTOUMENOPOULOS 56’), 7 Gian ALBANO (22 Alex SILLA 56’), 8 Niccolo SABATINI (18 Richard HOWLES 46’), 9 Gordon SMITH (C) (12 Jason BARRERA 56’) 10 Gustavo CATARCIONE (15 Alex SALMON 46’), 11Jon STYNES (5 Dean EVANS 46’), 13 Jesse FULLER (4 Adrian MADASCHI 56’), 20 Daryl NICOL (17 Borbor SAM 46’)
Singapore Youth: GK Muhammad ZHARFAN BIN ROHAIZAD, 2 Haiqal PASHIA ANUGRAH (21 Ammirul EMMRAN BIN MAZLAN 65’), 3 Muhammad AMIRUL BIN AZMI (4 Muhammad SHAHRIN BIN SABERIN 73’), 5 Teh TING WEI DARREN, 7 Muhammad MUHAIMIN BIN SUHAIMI (11 Muhammad AMIR BIN ZALANI 65’), 8 Joshua BERNARD PEREIRA (10 Mohamad HANAFI BIN MOHD AKBAR 65’), 15 Irfan FANDI AHMAD (C), 20 Ikhsan FANDI AHMAD, 22 Muhammad SYAHRUL BIN SAZALI, (19 MOHAMAD TAUFIK BIN SUPARNO 46’) 26 Lee SI QIN ILLYAS (28 Muhammad MUHELMY BIN SUHAIMI 65’), 29 Muhammad HAMI SYAHIN BIN SAID (13 Muhamad ZULQARNAEN BIN SUZLIMAN 73’) - Subs not used: RGK Hairul SYIRHAN BIN MARDAN, 6 Armin MAIER BIN RAFI, 16 Tan HAN WEI LIONEL, 18 Mohammad FASHAR ISKANDAR BIN S ROSEDIN
The WA State Team has ended the Tri-Series 2017 with a 5-3 win against the Singapore Youth side on a wet and wild Tuesday night at Dorrien Gardens. WA skipper Gordon Smith opened the scoring early, before Niccolo Sabatini added a second from the penalty spot. Singapore pulled one back just before half time with a penalty from Muhammad Hami Syahin Bin Said. Alex Salmon came off the bench at half time and bagged a hat-trick to seal the win for Ramon Falzon’s side, while Mohamad Taufik Bin Suparno and Muhammad Shahrin Bin Saberin scored for the visitors.
“The pitch was very difficult, but the boys did really well,” WA Coach Ramon Falzon told the Football West website. “We were disappointed how we finished the game last week, but we adjusted things slightly in our defensive set-up and to retain the ball longer, and it worked we scored five goals. I thought we linked really well tonight, and although we only had limited preparation the boys showed great quality, just a pity we conceded some soft goals. “I’ve been in WA seven years and I’ve seen the talent we have in our league, and for them to get the opportunity to play international football, and to come away with a convincing win, I’m really proud of the boys.”
WA dominated early and after a poor clearance from Singapore keeper Muhammad Zharfan Bin Rohaizad, Daryl Nicol’s shot flashed wide. But their dominance was rewarded with the lead on six minutes. Jon Stynes sent Sabatini down the left, his cross picked out Smith at the back post, and the skipper headed home. Moments later Stynes slipped a through ball into the path of Gustavo Catarcione, but with just the keeper to beat the striker fired wide of the target. Smith had another chance on the quarter hour, again Sabatini’s cross picked out the Scotsman, but he headed wide of the target.
Nicol and Sabatini was causing the Singapore defence all sorts of problems, and Sabatini sent Ross Millard down the left who picked out Catarcione, whose shot on the turn was saved by the keeper. Sabatini went close again on 21 minutes, but his curling free kick flew over the top. Singapore created their first real chance two minutes later. Haiqal Pashia Anugrah raced clear, his shot beat keeper Francis Soale, but Gian Albano got back superbly to clear the ball off the line.
But three minutes later it was WA who increased their lead. Sabatini was brought down in the box by Teh Ting Wei Darren, and referee David Bruce pointed straight to the spot. Sabatini picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way from the resulting penalty. Singapore ended the half well and they were rewarded in stoppage time, when Hami Syahin Bin Said scored from the penalty spot, after being brought down by Albano, and at the break it was WA leading 2-1.
WA made a number of changes at the break and they soon added a third, Dean Evans’ corner headed home by Salmon. The visitors pulled one back on the hour, Taufik Bin Suparno robbed Adrian Madaschi, raced into the box, and finished low past James Morgan. But WA regained their two goal advantage on 71 minutes. Evans’ corner wasn’t dealt with by the Singapore defence and Salmon pounced and fired home from six meters.
Singapore was back in the game four minutes from time, with Shahrin Bin Saberin heading home at the back post. But the icing was put on the cake in stoppage time when WA added a fifth and Salmon his hat trick to seal the win. A quick break ended with a great diagonal ball by Borbor Sam to Salmon, and the PS4 NPLWA top scorer finished clinically.
Date: 13 September 2017
Venue: Hartfield Park, Forrestfield United, Western Australia
Western Australia: GK Ryan MONTGOMERY (RGK Jason SALDARIS 46’), 2 Nathan SMITH (5 Steve PURTON 69’), 3 Chris SALDARIS, 6 Matt NTOUMENOPOULOS (19 Tim HILL 69’), 12 Alex CASTIELLO (4 Jesse FULLER 60’), 13 Nathan COSTELLO, 14 Paul LLOYD, 15 Angel ANDRES (9 Richard HOWLES 60’), 17 Rhys LOXLEY (7 Scott WITSCHGE 46’), 18 David PERICH (11 Scott BULLOCH 60’), 20 Daryl NICOL (C)
Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 3 Marc WARREN, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Luka BODNAR, 6 Mitch NICHOLS, 7 Joel CHIANESE (26 Jacob ITALIANO 82’), 9 Andy KEOGH (C), 22 Adam TAGGART, 23 Scott NEVILLE, 24 Callum TIMMINS, 25 Daniel STYNES (19 Joe KNOWLES 71’)
The Hartfield Park grandstand was full at kick off and Glory almost opened the scoring in the first minute. Joel Chianese sent Taggart clear, but his shot was well saved by Ryan Montgomery. Taggart was in again moments later, but this time his effort flashed wide of the target. WA settled and went close themselves on the quarter hour. Forrestfield United winger Rhys Loxley’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was pushed around the post by the alert Liam Reedy. Nicol was then sent clear ten minutes later, but his shot whistled the wrong side of the upright. It was a good spell of pressure from WA and they were rewarded with the lead on 28 minutes. A mix up at the back saw WA rob the Glory on the edge of the penalty area, and it ended with Andres finishing clinically into the bottom corner of the net. Chris Saldaris then headed just wide, and David Perich’s long-range shot flew over the top, but against the run of play Glory levelled. A defence splitting pass from Chianese sent Taggart in on goal, and the striker finished with composure past Montgomery.
After the break, Andy Keogh was denied by half time substitute keeper Jason Saldaris, and Nicol fired over the top after being picked out by Scott Witschge. Moments later Shane Lowry’s header crashed off the crossbar, and Keogh was denied by a superb last ditch tackle from Alex Castiello, as Glory turned the screw. Jason Saldaris then produced a great one-handed save to thwart Daniel Stynes’ snap shot, then at the other end Reedy saved low from Richard Howles’ effort. Both sides continued their chances to win it, with Taggart stinging the palms of Jason Saldaris on 75 minutes and Keogh firing straight at the WA custodian but it ended all square with WA holding back the Glory. Glory fans will have to wait a little longer to see their three Spanish signings in action together as Diego Castro, Xavi Torres and Andreu did not feature in the match.
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