An inspired all-round performance saw a resolute UWA-Nedlands FC outfit outclass Fremantle City 3-0 at MacGillvray Oval on Sunday.
A second half brace by Lloyd Prout and a slick opener by Tim Robertson saw the home side bag an impressive three-goal victory. Goalkeeper Ranjit Sekhon was brilliant throughout the match, saving numerous one-on-one opportunities, while striker Patrick Morrison and Joe Hayden also impressed with a rugged performance at left-back.
The first half was full of chances for both sides, with both sides threatening from inside and outside the box. Lloyd Prout was particularly dynamic for University and was unlucky to score on two occasions. The speedy winger hit the side netting in the 10th minute from a barnstorming run, and 24 minutes later missed a golden chance after a beautifully timed ball from Harry Hosking. Patrick Morrison also found the net in the 14th minute but was correctly ruled offside.
Fremantle City weren’t without their opportunities too and were often thwarted by the sharp reflexes of goalkeeper Ranjit Sekhon. Twenty minutes into proceedings, a low cross into the box found City’s captain Alec Robertson, who struck a fierce shot down to Sekhon’s left, but the big goalkeeper was lightning quick to get down and push the shot away with his left hand. Sekhon went on to save another one-on-one at point-blank range five minutes later and again just moments after that, pushing an acute shot from Freo’s #4 onto the post for Josh Marocchi to clear off the line in the knick of time.
Both teams defences settled for 10 minutes until Uni struck late in the first half. Morrison cut the ball back to an open Robertson on the penalty dot to slot home across the keeper for the opener. The score would stand at 1-0 as Uni headed into the change rooms with momentum over the visitors.
The second stanza would begin in a similar style to which the first ended; both sides holding even possession and territory, with Morrison a big part of Uni’s productive attacking play. Eight minutes in, Morrison latched onto a through ball to square for Prout, who made no mistake from 7 yards out, powering his shot over the flailing City keeper to double Uni’s advantage.
Uni would threaten again just six minutes later, as a cutback to Conor Devlin saw his powerful near post-strike saved onto the post and the subsequent corner saw Robertson’s attempt saved. City would counter-attack up the other end for another one-on-one opportunity, but a sprawling Sekhon shutout the visitors once again.
A number of half-chances fell each teams’ way before a golden chance went begging in the 67th minute. Prout was found alone in the visitors’ 18-yard-box, rounding City’s custodian before an unfortunate slip saw his shot bobble wide of the near post.
Despite the setback, less than 40 seconds later, Prout would respond in perfect fashion. The winger’s smart run to latch onto a through ball saw the winger make immediate amends, slotting his one-on-one opportunity expertly past the keeper to bag his second of the match.
Ranjit Sekhon was brilliant in goals throughout the match, but succumbed to injury with 15 minutes to go, after a heavy fall minutes earlier. Alex Preece would come on in his place after a superb showing from Uni’s big shot-stopper.
Morrison would go on another barnstorming run down the left and find Mordecai (Junior) in the middle, but the winger on the other side couldn’t control his first touch and shot to extend Uni’s advantage. Prout would also get an opportunity to score his hat-trick in the latter stages of the game, but his low shot was blocked on the six-yard-line.
Overall, it was a clinical performance for Uni, showing their class after last week’s fixture at Dianella was cancelled. The win sees UWANFC jump to 17 points, just five points behind next week’s opponents Forrestfield United. That fixture kicks off at 3pm at Forrestfield’s Hartfield Park.
Goals: Tim Robertson (45+1’), Lloyd Prout (53’, 68’)
Reserves: UWANFC 1-0 Fremantle City
18s: UWANFC 1-1 Fremantle City