Match Preview: UWA take on high-flying White Eagles

ALEX KRETOWICZ SCORED A LATE EQUALISER BACK ON OPENING DAY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ALEX KRETOWICZ SCORED A LATE EQUALISER BACK ON OPENING DAY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

UWA will be looking to build on last week's 2-1 win over Joondalup City when they take on third-placed Dianella at Dianella Reserve this Saturday.

It was a much-needed victory for Michael Janssen's men who have endured a difficult month, with the head coach and his skipper Josh Marocchi pleased with the effort from their injury-ravaged side, as Luke Randazzo capped off a Man-of-the-Match performance with an 84th-minute winner.

"I am very pleased with the performance overall, even if we didn't play to our limit," Janssen said.

"It was absolutely vital for us to get the 3 points and get back some of the belief that had gone missing after a string of poor results," Marocchi explained.

"To do so with a number of injuries and youngsters in the squad stepping up was even more impressive as we keep touch with the top four," the captain added.

Uni face another stern test as they enter the second-half of the season with a trip to a resurgent Dianella side, with Janssen relishing another big away clash.

"Dianella is one of the top sides this year and they've come back from a disastrous season last year," he said.

MORDECAI LAUNCHES AN ATTACK IN ROUND 1 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

MORDECAI LAUNCHES AN ATTACK IN ROUND 1 - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

It will be a great challenge for us and another chance to lift and stand up to a strong team for our young squad," the German added.

Alex Kretowicz rescued a point for UWA back on the opening day of the season against the White Eagles, as his stoppage-time equaliser saw the shares spoiled in an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Mac.

Marocchi has been impressed with the recent form of this week's hosts but is confident the lads can get another positive result at Dianella Reserve.

"We will need 90 minutes of concentration and determination to beat them, but they are beatable," the centre-half stated.

"The key for us will be to play or game, we know they possess Angel Andreas up top who is a remarkable player, but last time we focused too much on them and not enough on us,
 
"I predict some goals on the weekend, with Patrick Morrison likely to cause their defence havoc," he added.

in team news, Kretowicz is already three weeks into his recovery from a broken shoulder, Robbie Black has returned to full fitness after missing last week's match with a calf problem and Max Welton (ankle) is expected to return to training next Tuesday.

Andrew Xydas will undergo a fitness test before the Dianella game after succumbing to a hamstring injury last week, while powerful defender Marco Wamrt-Murray will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL injury sustained against Rockingham City.

MATCH DETAILS:

Saturday, 1st July, 2017
Dianella White Eagles  v UWA
Dianella Reserve

First Team: 3 PM
Reserves: 1 PM
18's: 11 AM

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