Round 2: UWA 3-1 Joondalup City

 THE SKIPPER CELEBRATES PUTTING THE LADS 2-1 UP IN THE FIRST-HalF - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

THE SKIPPER CELEBRATES PUTTING THE LADS 2-1 UP IN THE FIRST-HalF - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

The uni boys claimed their first win of the season with a comprehensive 3-1 result over Joondalup City at The Mac.

An action-packed first-half saw all four goals scored, with the scores locked at 1-1 after just five minutes of play in a frantic opening period.

A Lloyd Prout brace and another signature finish from a set-piece by skipper Josh Marocchi helped seal a comfortable victory for the hosts in perfect footballing conditions.

Joondalup shocked the home side in the opening minute, with a cheap turnover in midfield allowing City to counter swiftly and eventually tap the ball home from close-range following a pin-point cutback.

UWA didn’t allow the early setback to phase them as they pressed hard directly from the kick-off to restore parity. They did just that moments later, with Andrew Xydas and Luke Randazzo combining in midfield to allow the later to run deep into the penalty area where his eventual shot was blocked but buried home on the rebound by an outstretched leg from Prout.

The boys wanted more and were soon 2-1 ahead inside the opening 20 minutes. In an almost carbon-copy of last week’s goal for the captain, Bryce Conway’s corner found Marocchi in the centre of the box as he volleyed home in traffic to take the lead.

 PROUT CELEBRATES SCORING THE EQUALISER WITH KRETOWICZ - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

PROUT CELEBRATES SCORING THE EQUALISER WITH KRETOWICZ - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

 

The relentless attacking pressure didn’t stop there, with Tim Robertson and Xydas’ tireless running from midfield allowing Alex Kretowicz, Randazzo, Conway and Prout to pepper the City defence.

Uni made it 3-1 before the break in stunning fashion through Prout. The winger showed great poise with a first-touch finish from 8-yarrds past an onrushing Joondalup keeper following Kretowicz’s outrageous no-look volley over the top.

Joondalup burst out of the sheds after half-time as they looked to work their way back into the contest. Despite dominating the early stages of the second stanza, the UWA defence remained resolute and limited City to half-chances.

Uni regained control of the match after some prolonged pressure from City and searched for a sealer. That almost came in the 76th-minute with Randazzo’s barnstorming run, turn and shot forcing the keeper into a great save with Conway following up on the rebound, but his shot thundered off the post and out to safety.

It ended 3-1 to UWA as the squad responded to their opening round loss in fine fashion. The lads travel to Dianella next week in what promises to be another grueling battle against the White Eagles.

In other results, it was a great day for the club as the 18’s claimed an impressive 3-0 win thanks to a brace from Zeke McPherson and a well-taken opener from Tom White. The reserves were moments away from back-to-back wins, but a late equaliser from City ensured the spoils would be shared with the scores locked at 2-2.

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