Ashfield 1-3 UWA

CONOR DEVLIN LOOKS TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK IN THE 3-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CONOR DEVLIN LOOKS TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK IN THE 3-1 WIN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

It was an inspired come-from-behind effort from Uni, with a pair of coolly converted spot kicks from the ever present Alex Kretowicz and yet another well-taken header from skipper Josh Marocchi ensuring a historic first win away to Ashfield in the State League.

On a hot afternoon in Ashfield, UWA again started brightly with Robbie Black's well-placed free-kick forcing the keeper to tip the powerful strike from the Scotsman over the bar.

Against the run of play, Ashfield opened the scoring with Jay Lang rifling a speculative shot into the top left corner from at least 30 yards with just 15 minutes played.

Uni responded swiftly and restored parity just seven minutes later through Marocchi. Black's pinpoint corner found the centre-half who guided it home with a strong header.

The boys were ahead just moments later as Alex Kretowicz converted calmly from the penalty after being brought down in the area following a slalom run through the home side's box.

Michael Janssen's troops continued to surge with Tim Robertson's runs down the right-hand side causing havoc for the host's defence.

It was a cagey start to the second half with the next goal vital for both sides.

THE PROLIFIC JOSH MAROCCHI CELEBRATES HIS EQUALISER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

THE PROLIFIC JOSH MAROCCHI CELEBRATES HIS EQUALISER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Uni were desperately unlucky to not double their advantage after superb running and persistence from Lloyd Prout. The winger's ball across the box was intercepted at the last moment preventing Kretowicz from making it 3-1.

UWA continued to press for a sealer with Kretowicz's one-one-chance going just inches wide.

The finally put the game to bed with another spot kick in the 90th minute to ensure the club's first league win of the season.

It was a comfortable victory for Uni, who now enjoy a bye round next week before taking on Canning City away on the 13th of May.

In other results, the 18's succumbed to a narrow 2-1 loss, while Sam Holden's clinical hat-trick secured all three points for Gerhard Janssen's reserves side who also enjoyed a 3-1 win.

SCORES:

1st Team: Ashfield 1-3 UWANFC
Reserves: Ashfield 1-3 UWANFC
18's: Ashfield 2-1 UWANFC

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