Match Preview: UWA to battle Gosnells City

UWA dominated in the 5-1 win over Phoenix - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

UWA dominated in the 5-1 win over Phoenix - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Uni have it all to play for this week when they travel to Walter Padbury Reserve to take on a Gosnells side desperate to bag their second win of the season.

UWA enjoyed an emphatic 5-1 victory over South West Phoenix last week, with skipper Josh Marocchi praising the boys efforts.

"With South West Phoenix sitting equal first on the ladder and us 5 points off the pace, it was imperative we responded to the Western Knights loss well," he explained.

"To really take the game to SWP and take advantage of our opportunities in front of goal, we showed how dangerous we can be, and at the same time gave ourselves belief that we can beat anyone."

A tactical change in formation for Uni proved telling in the fixture, with Patrick Morrison earning his first start of the season in what was to be an inspired decision.

"We needed the strength and the bodies in the centre of the pitch to make it hard for Phoenix to use their strength, passing it through these passages," Janssen explained.

"With Brandon in the back Jie in midfield and Paddy up top, I always have the options that offer me a few important twists," he added.

With the top four sides coming up against each other this weekend, head coach Michael Janssen has stressed the importance of the Round 9 fixture against Gosnells City, as maximum points could prove vital in the context of the season.

"The points we collected against Phoenix will be worth half as much if we are not able to keep up our performance on the same level and get the best result against Gosnells," the German said.

"We need to develop a winning mentality in this young squad to climb up the ladder or at least maintain our spot,

Luke Randazzo bursts forward - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Luke Randazzo bursts forward - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

"This is a big challenge which we are all desperate to win."

Walter Padbury has been a fruitful ground for the boys in green in recent years, with the clashes between the two sides typically a hard-fought battle full of goals.

In 2015, UWA triumphed in a 5-goal classic, and last year a Lloyd Prout goal on the counter attack and an absolute rocket of a volley from Alex Kretowicz (2016 Goal of the Year) proved enough in a 2-0 win.

Despite the home side sitting second-last on the league table with just four points, Janssen and Marocchi are not taking this match-up lightly.

"Playing at Gosnells is always tough as they will look to get numbers forward and are always strong from set pieces,"

"Having only won one game, they will be hungry to get the win, so that in itself poses a threat to us," Marocchi stated.

In team news, Junior makes his long-awaited return to the matchday squad, the winger is joined by Joe Hayden, who has been promoted to the first team squad after a run of superb form in Gerhard Janssen's reserves side. Full-back Max Welton has succumbed to another setback and will be out for an additional 1-2 weeks.

MATCH DETAILS:

Saturday, June 10th
UWA v Gosnells City
Walter Padbury Reserve


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