Match Preview: UWA battle Gosnells for spot in Night Series Final

 MORDECAI JUNIOR ON THE RUN AGAINST KINGSWAY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

MORDECAI JUNIOR ON THE RUN AGAINST KINGSWAY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

A semi-final awaits Michael Janssen's side this Saturday night after their 3-1 win over Kingsway saw them claim the top spot in Group D.

Both the head coach and skipper were pleased with yet another promising performance from the lads in what has been a very productive Night Series tournament. 

"We were in good shape from the beginning and controlled the game nicely, especially through the midfield, as we created some good chances," Janssen said.

"The soft penalty didn't cause us problems as we kept our intensity and shape well."

Josh Marocchi was full of praise for the attitude of the group in what was a do or die match.

"We knew the drill, win and we are through, so to see the character of the boys and how up for it we were was awesome," the centre-half noted.

"The Night Series has been a good test for us, with a number of players getting opportunity to test themselves against solid opposition. A number of younger players have got playing time and as a whole, we have gelled quite well," he added.

Uni's next task comes in the shape of a familiar side, the recently relegated Gosnells City.

 ALEX KRETOWICZ PREMATURELY ENDS THE CAREER OF A KINGSWAY DEFENDER AFTER SCORING TWICE IN THE 3-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ALEX KRETOWICZ PREMATURELY ENDS THE CAREER OF A KINGSWAY DEFENDER AFTER SCORING TWICE IN THE 3-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

The Group A winners were relegated to Division 2 via the playoffs at the end of 2017, but have bounced back well.

"Gosnells were wise to keep Alan Dunlop as their coach and give him the opportunity to start the comeback to Division 1 football," Janssen said.

"Winning the group with Phoenix and Mandurah in it is a great achievement for them and I'm expecting a very interesting semi."

Saturday's game, which will be played at Wanneroo from 5PM, is a big occasion for the club, which is certainly not lost on Marocchi.

"This is a good opportunity for the boys to experience a finals-type atmosphere knowing there is a greater prize available if we can win this game."

"We have stuck together throughout the pre-season, and we will need the commitment from everyone again to get over this hurdle. These games provide the avenue for our leaders to shine, so we will be expecting a big performance come Saturday."

In team news, Lloyd Prout and Mark Trevisiol remain sidelined, while Andrew Xydas and Bryce Conway return for the semi-final.

Be sure to get down and support the boys in green as they look to clinch a spot in the Night Series Final.

 

Venue: Wannerroo City Football Club: Players Place, Madeley 6065

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