A remarkable second half has seen UWA claim a massive come from behind victory in the 4th Round of the FFA Cup over local rivals Subiaco at Rosalie Park.
As expected, it was a high intensity and high-pressure encounter with clear chances at a premium in the opening stages.
Subiaco opened the scoring on 14 minutes with the NPL side capitalizing on UWA's inability to clear the danger.
Uni responded swiftly, with Lloyd Prout slotting home one-on-one after Andrew Xydas's defence-splitting through ball.
Subi regained the lead shortly after, with Rory Feely heading over a rushing Alex Preece in goals. Uni's momentum from the equaliser faded sharply, with Subiaco adding another just over 10 minutes before the interval, with a simple tap-in to an empty net after a defensive mishap inside the area.
Alex Kretowicz got the hearts racing on the hour mark, as the striker latched onto Conor Devlin's deft through ball to strike past the keeper to make it 3-2 and set up a tense final half hour with Kai Jie pulling the strings in the centre of the park.
It was Kretowicz at it again to level the scores with another composed finish after substitute Luke Randazzo released the goalscorer with just under 20 remaining. That man again gave UWA lead with 10 to go after a first class finish on the volley into the top bin and it was absolute scenes amongst the Uni supporters.
The inspiring comeback was complete with just over 10 minutes remaining with Kretowicz sealing a hat-trick and progression into the 5th Round after a world class touch and finish on the volley into the top corner.
The final whistle sent the considerable UWA support crew into raptures with a truly pulsating Western Suburbs Derby win.
Coach Michael Janssen highlighted the character of his squad as crucial to the result.
"The belief was outstanding, I'm so proud," the German said after the match.