UWA 4-2 Gosnells

MORDECAI JUNIOR BAGGED ANOTHER GOAL & ASSIST AS HE CONTINUED HIS GREAT FORM - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

MORDECAI JUNIOR BAGGED ANOTHER GOAL & ASSIST AS HE CONTINUED HIS GREAT FORM - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

The uni boys atoned for their early season upset loss to Gosnells at the weekend with an entertaining 4-2 win at The Mac.

The Round 20 clash had it all; from a late sending off for City, to a total of three penalties given with only one scored and an indirect free-kick inside the box spurned by the away side, it was a six-goal classic.

UWA burst out the blocks and were soon ahead after only 10 minutes courtesy of in-form winger Mordecai Junior, as he slotted home into the bottom corner from Alex Kretowicz's perfectly weighted pass following great work from Tim Robertson on the right-hand-side.

Uni swiftly made it 2-0 at the 12-minute mark, with Lloyd Prout's superb corner finding Josh Marocchi, with the skipper rising above the pack to head home at the back post.

With the hosts very much in the ascendancy, City were given a lifeline when Josh Wade converted from the penalty spot following a foul from goalscorer Marocchi with just 15 minutes on the clock. 

Marocchi was again heavily involved 20 minutes later, with the captain judged to have fouled in the box once again, but this time keeper Ranjeet Singh was equal to the task, as he made a fantastic diving save to preserve UWA's lead.

Just before half-time, Robertson restored uni's two-goal advantage, with Mordecai Junior's sublime first-time cross finding the midfielder unmarked in the box as he nodded home from 6-yards to make it 3-1 at the break.

Gosnells hit back yet again sharply after the restart, with a cruel looping deflection off Marocchi flying over the head of Singh into the net with 51 minutes played.

SKIPPER JOSH MAROCCHI CELEBRATES AFTER HEADING UWA TO A 2-0 LEAD - CREDIT: GABRIELE

SKIPPER JOSH MAROCCHI CELEBRATES AFTER HEADING UWA TO A 2-0 LEAD - CREDIT: GABRIELE

UWA limited the away side to very few chances, with Tristan Taylor, Brandon Naude and Max Welton dominant at the back throughout the eventful encounter.

After a few tense moments, including an indirect-free kick blazed over the bar from Gosnells, uni ensured a thoroughly deserved win when Luke Randazzo hit the scoresheet for the third-week running with just under 10 minutes remaining.

City's left-back had just received his second yellow and marching orders for a horror challenge on Junior, and their pain was exacerbated when Randazzo acted quickest after a scramble in the area, with his right-footed shot blasting into the top-left corner.

It ended 4-2 to UWA meaning Janssen's side remain 5th, just three points of South West Phoenix in 4th spot, with head coach Michael Janssen pleased with the result.

"I was very proud of how the boys responded after the penalties and unfortunate deflected goal," Janssen said.

"We now focus on getting six points from the remaining two matches," he added.

UWA travel down to Rockingham next week in the penultimate round of the season.

ANOTHER THREE POINTS SECURED AT HOME FOR MICHAEL JANSSEN'S TROOPS - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

ANOTHER THREE POINTS SECURED AT HOME FOR MICHAEL JANSSEN'S TROOPS - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

 

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