Joondalup City 1-2 UWA

An injury-hit UWA secured a much-needed 2-1 win at Iluka Sporting Complex, with Luke Randazzo's late winner sealing a come-from-behind victory over Joondalup City.

It was a crucial win for Michael Janssen's men, with the three points ensuring the side stays within touching distance of the top 4, with Josh Marocchi very pleased with the performance.

"I feel the team showed great character and found that never say die attitude,

"Getting the win after a difficult month was vital and after the game you could see how much it meant to the players," the skipper explained.

The home side started the brighter of the two sides, with City firing a few shots at promoted keeper Ranjeet Singh, who was one of a number of reserves players making the step up to first-team football.

UWA found their feet after 10 minutes, with Patrick Morrison lively in the box and seeing a fizzing shot sail just over the crossbar with 13 played.

Uni almost broke the deadlock after 38 uneventful minutes, with Morrison's close-range header superbly tipped over the bar by the City keeper. 

Randazzo's elusive footwork on the right-hand side opened up the opportunity with the wingers cross pinpoint to the striker and unlucky not to score.

However, it was Joondalup who opened the scoring with a fantastic volley from outside the area, as an outstretched Singh was unable to reach the shot that nestled into the bottom left corner.

Uni responded strongly early in the second half, with Mordecai's surging run into the box and shot finding Morrison, who deflected home into an empty net to leave the scores level with just under an hour played.

Morrison's goal served to inspire the squad, with the boys in green pressing relentlessly for another, as Conor Devlin continuing to dictate play from central midfield.

TOM MORONEY WAS RESOLUTE IN THE HEART OF THE DEFENCE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TOM MORONEY WAS RESOLUTE IN THE HEART OF THE DEFENCE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Despite the momentum firmly with Uni, Joondalup should've regained the lead from a long throw-in with 15 to go, as a free strike on goal from 10 yards sprayed high and wide.

Harry Hosking and Anthony Terpkos were injected into the attack for the final 10 minutes, as the promoted players looked comfortable and lively during a number of pivotal moments.

UWA eventually made City pay, with Randazzo's mazy run into the area opening up a simple finish past the keeper, with the left-footed shot hitting the post and in to give the visitors the lead with 5 to play.

Uni weathered the late flurry of set-piece chances to hold on to a valuable three points, with match-winner Randazzo over the moon to finally open his account for the club.

"Really happy to score my first goal for the club and more importantly contribute to getting the points,

"It's been a tough few weeks having battled hard but not quite getting the results we were after, so to get an away win will certainly help instil some belief back into the squad," the winger said.

Marocchi was full of praise for his side, with the centre-half encouraged by the efforts of the reserves players making the most of their opportunity.

"With a number of long term injuries in recent weeks, it was exciting to see so many young players get a chance to shine,

"The result was a team effort as we had to defend with numbers at times and repel many free kicks in dangerous areas," he added.

In other results, the 18's suffered a 4-1 loss while the reserves showed great character to come back from three goals down to grab a dramatic point after going down to 10 men following Rory Devlin's dismissal.

LLOYD PROUT CELEBRATES THE WIN WITH GERHARD JANSSEN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

LLOYD PROUT CELEBRATES THE WIN WITH GERHARD JANSSEN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

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