UWA 5-1 South West Phoenix

TOM MORONEY CELEBRATES SCORING HIS FIRST OF THE SEASON - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TOM MORONEY CELEBRATES SCORING HIS FIRST OF THE SEASON - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Uni ensured The Mac remains a fortress in season 2017 with a resounding 5-1 victory over high-flying South West Phoenix on a sunny afternoon that saw Alex Kretowicz bag yet another brace.

It was a fast-paced start, with UWA again starting the encounter with real purpose dictating the play.

The positive start was rewarded within 10 minutes, as Kretowicz took full advantage of a Phoenix mix-up at the back from Michael Vlasich's lofted through ball. The striker deftly volleyed over the top of an on-rushing goalkeeper to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Fantastic work out wide from Tim Robertson consistently caused headaches for the visitors, with Michael Vlasich making a run in behind the defence, but his ball across the box was desperately cleared, as Phoenix responded well to the early setback to work their way back into the match.

Uni doubled their lead swiftly after the restart, with goal scorer Kretowicz turning provider, as his run into the box allowed him to play a simple ball across to Patrick Morrison who poked home into an empty net to open his account for the season.

Michael Janssen's men continued to press the Phoenix defence with a penalty waved away just moments after Morrison's goal.

TIM ROBERTSON OPENED HIS UWA ACCOUNT WITH A FINE HEADER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

TIM ROBERTSON OPENED HIS UWA ACCOUNT WITH A FINE HEADER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Robertson made it 3-0 following a super period of possession that characterised Uni's dominance on the day, with the winger's first goal for the club a strong header that flew into the net from substitute Lloyd Prout's cross in the 77th minute.

The day kept getting better for UWA, as a piercing run into the box and eventual pass along the penalty area from Luke Randazzo found Kretowicz, who made no mistake from close range to make it 4-0.

It was 5-0 in the dying stages as Tom Moroney put the icing on the cake with a simple finish from a tasty cross along the box from Conor Devlin that left the goalkeeper with no chance.

Midfielder Devlin, unfortunately, turned the ball into his own net with almost the final play of the game, which proved the only blemish on an almost perfect day for Uni.

It was an inspired performance against the third-placed Bunbury side, with a commanding display from promoted keeper Alex Preece and his centre-half pairing of Vlasich and skipper Josh Marocchi complimenting Janssen's tactics seamlessly and setting the basis for a massive three points.

IT WAS A MASSIVE WIN FOR THE YOUNG SIDE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

IT WAS A MASSIVE WIN FOR THE YOUNG SIDE - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

In other results, the 18's suffered a 3-1 loss, while the reserves enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win with Sam Holden finding the back of the net again.

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