UWA 3-1 Joondalup City

 HAT-TRICK HERO ALEX KRETOWICZ - CREDIT: GRABIELE MALUGA

HAT-TRICK HERO ALEX KRETOWICZ - CREDIT: GRABIELE MALUGA

A hat-trick from none other than Alex Kretowicz ensured it was a positive end to the season for UWA as the hosts enjoyed a 3-1 win over Joondalup City.

It was a day of celebration at The Mac, with the first team walking out with the U12 league winners before taking on City to secure fifth spot.

It was to be a slow opening to proceedings, with uni unable to penetrate the City defence despite a majority of possession. Joondalup's wingers were causing uni a number of issues, with the long-ball over the top providing a few nervy moments.

Uni almost hit the lead inside 20 minutes when Bryce Conway's ball into the area found Mordecai Junior, but his cut-back from the byline was scrambled away. The home side were then punished with 29 minutes played, as Joondalup pounced on a loose ball in the box following a corner.

UWA were unable to deal with the original set-piece and Joondalup reacted quickest as it landed on the penalty spot allowing them to slot home.

Parity was restored in the blink of an eye, as Mordecai's pin-point cross found Kretowicz at the back stick with the forward able to nod home under heavy pressure from both the keeper and defender.

Almost immediately after his equaliser, Kretowicz was at it again as he put UWA 2-1 up with 30 minutes played.

 BRYCE CONWAY ON THE BALL - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

BRYCE CONWAY ON THE BALL - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

An attempted pass back from a City defender was intercepted by the number 10 who then rounded the keeper and placed home into an empty net.

The home side continued to pepper the City goal, but were unable to add to their lead with a number of offside calls hindering their attempts as the half ended with UWA in the ascendancy. 

Uni picked up where they left off in the second stanza, with Michael Janssen's men pressing hard for a third to kill the game off.

They were eventually rewarded on the hour mark with Kretowicz completing a sublime hat-trick as he coolly slotted his third in a one-on-one situation courtesy of a Luke Randazzo through ball.

The win sees UWA finish fifth for the second consecutive season, with a club record-equalling points tally of 32 points from two fewer games than last season.

It was a perfect day final day for the club, with the 18's claiming a 2-1 win and Gerhard Janssen's reserves defeating the league champions 1-0.

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