UWA Nedlands FC 1 - 0 Canning City SC

Alex Kretowicz scores the opener for UWANFC from close range - Photo Courtesy of Gabriele Maluga

Alex Kretowicz scores the opener for UWANFC from close range - Photo Courtesy of Gabriele Maluga

UWANFC struck revenge on Canning City SC for this seasons' reverse fixture as they held onto a slender lead for the majority of the game to come out 1-0 victors in Round 20 of the All Flags State League Division One.

Both sides came into the fixture with aspirations for a top half finish, but a loss for either side would seriously dent their chances heading into the penultimate round.

UWA started the fresher of the two and tested the Canning keeper early courtesy of a riffling effort from midfielder Marc Zagami.

Zagami was to be involved again shortly afterwards exchanging a neat one two with midfield companion Conor Devlin before threading Lloyd Prout through down the right flank. Prout's resulting cross was put into a perilous area but Canning were able to clear their lines and avoid any danger.

UWA were dominant throughout and found the opener after 15 minutes of play. Fullback Robbie Black's well placed corner found Alex Kretowicz sniffing within the 6 yard box, Kretowicz was able to control and finish from close range to give the home side the lead.

UWA were comfortable in possession and were remaining a constant threat, particularly through Prout down the right flank. The winger was unfortunate not to give Kretowicz his second after he brilliantly turned his man before riffling in a low cross; however, Canning's keeper was on his toes to stop Kretowicz from getting his desired touch.

Canning thought they had found an equaliser when a quick break resulted in an intelligent finish from their centre forward, lobbing the oncoming Ranjeet Sekhon from the edge of the area with his head. Canning's celebrations were short-lived, as the far side assistant's flag was raised and for the second game in a row UWA's opposition saw an equaliser disallowed for offside.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half was rather stale, with Canning coming out with a higher intensity and UWA not quite being able to dominate as they did in the first period.

However, with time UWA begun to slowly get back on top. Highlighted by Lloyd Prout causing havoc for Canning down the right hand side, which saw the midfielder have a string of opportunities miss by the finest of margins.

Despite maintaining the majority of the ball, UWA were still susceptible on the break and Sekhon had to be on his toes to cut out the danger on various occasions.

Canning came closest when a pacy delivery from the right wing came across the face of goal, UWA fullback Brandon Naude was on hand to clear, albeit only marginally missing his own net.

UWA were unfortunate to not put the game to bed, with opportunities squandered in the closing minutes as the game opened up. The home side was very nearly made to pay as goalkeeper Ranjeet Sekhon came close to handling the ball outside of his area in the concluding seconds; however, the assistant was in a good position to wave away the Canning faithful's pleas.

The victory maintains UWA's aspirations of a top 4 finish, with two tough fixtures against Joondalup and Ashfield to be played in the final two weeks.

MATCH STATS
UWA Nedlands FC – 1 (Kretowicz)
Canning City SC - 0

In the Reserves fixture, Kamando Sikazwe took his tally against Canning to 8 goals in 2 games; however, this time it wasn't enough to ensure all 3 points for his side as scores finished 4-4 in a drama filled encounter.