UWA Nedlands FC 1 - 1 South West Phoenix FC

Geordie Papathanassiou on the ball for UWANFC - Photo Courtesy of Gabriele Maluga 

Geordie Papathanassiou on the ball for UWANFC - Photo Courtesy of Gabriele Maluga 

UWA were looking to string together back to back wins for the first time since the first half of the season and started brightly with an early period of offensive territory and corners. However, Phoenix was able to ride the storm and looked dangerous on the counter attack led by striker Lee Stewart.

UWA were unfortunate not to go ahead when Alex Kretowicz found himself in the middle of a goal-line scramble, but Phoenix’s keeper made himself big and was able to quell any danger.

At the other end, Phoenix had plenty of chances of their own with Stewart being unable to convert on some good build-up play courtesy of Phoenix captain Ryan Francis.

Michael Janssen was forced to make an early substitution when fullback Tristan Taylor succumbed to an ankle injury and substitute Brandon Naude filled the void well being involved in a strong string of possession from UWA.

However, it would be Phoenix who opened the scoring against the run of play. A loose ball wasn’t dealt with properly by the UWA defence and it proved costly as Phoenix captain Ryan Francis was able to cut a dangerous ball back to Carlo Chielleni on the edge of the area. The midfielder drove his effort through a crowded box and found the bottom corner to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead heading into half time.

The second half took a complete turn, with Phoenix enjoying the majority of the ball and having UWA on the back-foot for most of the half.

Phoenix could’ve doubled their lead ten minutes in when striker Lee Stewart broke clear of the UWA defence, but the striker’s near post effort smashed into the post.

Phoenix continued to have a string of great chances, the best opportunity coming from a dangerous ball in from the right flank. Phoenix’s midfielder found himself alone at the back post and struck an effort on goal, but couldn’t pick out the net, as Naude stood tall to block his effort and keep UWA in the game.

The introduction of Robbie Black and Geordie Papathanassiou injected some vigour into the UWA side and shortly afterwards the home side drew level. A brilliant through ball from Mordecai Appiah split apart the Phoenix centre halves and midfielder Lloyd Prout finished superbly past the oncoming keeper to make it 1-1.

Both sides had chances to steal the three points late on, with UWA having the pick of the bunch. Papathanassiou came close when he drove into the box, but the forward couldn’t apply the finishing touch and the Phoenix keeper cleared the resultant goal-line scramble to safety.

The draw means UWANFC avoids the drop zone with four games to play in 2016, whilst Phoenix need to collect a win in their next four fixtures to ensure safety.

MATCH STATS
UWA Nedlands FC – 1 (Prout)
South West Phoenix FC – 1 (Chiellini)

The Reserve's fixture played a similar tune, with both sides being unable to find a decisive goal in a tight 0-0 draw. The UWANFC 18s continued their great second half of the season with a superb 4-2 win.