A dominating display of attacking football saw UWA ease past Gosnells City FC and move into fifth place in the All Flags State League Division One ladder.
UWA came into the game looking for their third consecutive home victory, whilst Gosnell’s had struggled in recent weeks, only taking one point from their previous four games.
UWA couldn’t have started any better, taking the lead within the first minute courtesy of Lloyd Prout. Alex Kretowicz was played through down the left and his square ball across the goal was poked home by Prout from close range to give UWA the perfect start.
Gosnells were still recovering from the first when UWA captain Joshua Marocchi made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season. Marocchi was the quickest to react from a high ball into the box and volleyed into the bottom corner from close range.
Bryce Conway added himself to the scoresheet with a world-class finish from distance. Conway picked up the ball 30 yards out and had his first attempt blocked; however, Conway was quick to react and smoked a first time volley into the top corner to make it 3-0 to the home side within the first 20 minutes.
Conway very nearly bagged a brace moments later. The midfielder waltzed his way through the Gosnells defence and curled an effort towards the bottom corner. His shot beat the keeper, but couldn’t beat the post as Gosnell’s were bailed out by the woodwork.
Gosnells finally started to test UWA shot-stopper Alex Preece with a few slick movements going forward, but they couldn’t do anything to stop UWA from adding a fourth through Kretowicz. The forward was played through from a delightful diagonal pass from Marocchi, before cutting in to beat his man and finishing at the near post to make it 4-0 at half time.
UWA began the second half in similar fashion with Tristan Taylor adding a fifth from distance. The fullback’s ball into the box was mishit and caught the Gosnell’s keeper off-guard, flying into the top corner.
Despite the result already looking destined, Gosnell’s were able to fight back and reduce the deficit. Gosnell’s had UWA camped in their box and a shot from the edge of the area was blocked by UWA captain Marocchi; however, the referee pointed to the spot claiming he had used his hand in the process. Jason Pottier stepped up and calmly slotted the spot kick.
Gosnell’s took the momentum and were able to add a second shortly afterwards. A deep cross came into the box from the right wing and left Taylor outnumbered at the back post. The second ball fell kindly to Caleb Aquino who gave Preece no chance and picked out the top corner from 12 yards to make it 5-2.
Gosnell’s attempts to salvage anything from the game left them exposed at the back, and Kretowicz made them pay. Midfielder Andrew Xydas was able to play the forward in on goal with a delightful through ball and Kretowicz finished the one on one with ease.
UWA had time for one more goal and it came from set piece specialist Michael Vlasich. The centre back produced another stunning free kick from the edge of the box to snag his fourth goal of the season.
The only sour note, on what was almost a perfect day, was a nasty foot injury to club custodian Robbie Black
Victory sees UWA move up into fifth spot and Jansen’s men will be looking to push into the top four when they face Canning City SC away from home next weekend. Gosnell’s stay stationary in 7th place and will attempt to to get their season back on track when they host Western Knights SC in Round 9.
UWA Nedlands FC – 7 (Kretowicz 2, Prout, Marocchi, Conway, Taylor, Vlasich)
Gosnells City FC – 2 (Pottier, Aquino)
The reserves got back to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 victory. Kamando Sikazwe gave UWA the lead with a thunderbolt of a strike from just inside the box. Goals to Geordie Papathanassiou and Sam Holden after the break sealed the deal for Beech and Stopper's side. The 18s just fell short of a deserved point, losing 4-2; however, great improvement was shown in Viny Kapur's side as they lost 10-0 to the same side only two months prior.