Match Preview: UWA host Fremantle as second half of the season commences

 TOM MORONEY ON THE BALL AGAINST MORLEY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TOM MORONEY ON THE BALL AGAINST MORLEY - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Uni will be looking to atone for their opening day loss this Saturday when they play host to Fremantle City in Round 12.

The fixture ends a three-match stretch of home games for the side following last week's dramatic 3-3 draw with Morley.

City (5th) remain three points ahead of UWA (8th) after suffering a 2-1 home loss to Rockingham City last weekend, which means it's another massive game for both sides with the league still so evenly poised.

This is the third time the two teams have met this year following the Night Series Cup Final and Round 1, both of which City were triumphant. Despite the recent record, Conor Devlin is confident the boys can return the favour this Saturday after showing great fight last week.

"We can certainly take a lot of positives out of the game and I think we showed a lot of character to come back from a goal down on three occasions and grab a point.

"Ultimately, it was a frustrating result because I thought we played really well for a majority of the game. We played the ball around nicely and had plenty of opportunities, but our downfall was our focus in key moments as we conceded cheap goals."

Devlin, who scored a well-taken brace against Morley, believes the squad is poised to enjoy a more fruitful period in the coming months and that all begins with a win this weekend. 

 DEVLIN SCORED A BRACE AGAINST MORELY IN LAST WEEK'S 3-3 DRAW - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

DEVLIN SCORED A BRACE AGAINST MORELY IN LAST WEEK'S 3-3 DRAW - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

"I think we'd have liked and even expected to be higher up the ladder at this stage, but a slow start and some quite unlucky results mean we have plenty of work to do, but I'm confident we can make amends.

"We've only lost one of our last fives games and the general feeling around the squad is really positive and everyone's enjoying their football, which is the most important thing.

"Our first round loss left a really bitter taste in our mouths after coming so close to the win and I think we'll be using that as our motivation for the weekend. I'd be expecting a pretty fierce battle with a lot of feeling, but if we stick to our game and focus on our strengths I think we can come out on top."

His sentiment was echoed by Tom Moroney, who has enjoyed some great form in the heart of the defence.

"Amends are going to be made this weekend as we are a more settles side than at the start of the year with.

"We are feeling confident in our setup and belief amongst the squad that good performances are to come is high. With it all to play for we need to take any opportunities that come our way to win matches."

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