Night Series: UWA 8-2 Swan United

Fans at Kingsway Sporting Complex were treated to a plethora of goal-scoring action as Michael Janssen's men produced a clinical display to get their Night Series off to a flying start.

Exciting prospect Zeke McPherson netted four times in the opening half in what was a dominant display from the University side.

Summer signing Ben Meredith marked his competitive debut for the club with uni's opener after 20 minutes. The attacker rose above the Swan defence to head home from Joe Hayden's pinpoint set-piece.

United responded swiftly, with the Division 2 side equalising five minutes later with a flicked near-post header from a well-placed corner.

UWA didn't allow the short-lived lead to dampen their spirits, as they took complete control of proceedings after the leveller. Tim Robertson and Luke Randazzo began to dictate the tempo from the middle third as McPherson looked to impact the scoresheet.

McPherson's perseverance was rewarded, as the teenager showed excellent strength and finishing to net a first-half hat-trick in the blink of an eye. The young striker capped off an impressive half by volleying home his fourth of the game from Bryce Conway's cross from the right-wing to lead his side to a 5-1 advantage at the break.

Determined to make a statement, UWA picked up where they left off in the second stanza as they pushed to increase Swan's deficit from the outset.

 Tim robertson was outstanding throughout the match from central midfield - credit: gabriele maluga

Tim robertson was outstanding throughout the match from central midfield - credit: gabriele maluga

Randazzo was rewarded for his tireless efforts under 10 minutes from the restart, with Meredith's fizzing cross met by a sharp right-footed first-time shot from the midfielder that nestled into the back of the net after deflecting off the near post.

Swan, despite the 6-1 scoreline, continued to look for a way back into the encounter and made it 6-2 courtesy of John Monterosso who curled a shot past Alex Preece after a loose pass from the uni defence allowed the winger a clean run in on goal.

UWA responded soon after the setback, with some intricate play on the edge of the box from Liam Kessel and Conway eventually resulting in Mordecai Junior being brought down deep inside the area as the substitute looked destined to score. Randazzo's spot-kick was parried, but the midfielder reacted sharply to smash home the rebound.

Mordecai Junior completed the rout in the final 10 minutes with a superb curling left-foot effort from 20-yards, as Janssen's men secured a comprehensive win.

"The most pleasing aspect was the teamwork and the support on the pitch for each player," the head coach noted.

"The new players made a statement, as expected, and performed to a great standard. Ben [Meredith] and Zeke in the attacking department and of course Mark Trevisiol was very strong in the heart of the defence," Janssen added.

Uni take on Dianella this Friday night at Walter Padbury Reserve as they look to build on their strong form.

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