Round 6: Gwelup 3-2 UWA

 CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

An inspired second-half revival wasn't enough at the weekend as UWA fell to top of the table side Gwelup away from home 3-2.

The uni boys were unlucky not to gain at least a point from the contest following a dominant second stanza after trailing 3-0 at the break, but there were plenty of positives to take away.

Gwelup took full advantage as UWA couldn't manage to capitalise on their promising opening 20 minutes, with David Heagney opening the scoring with a half-volley from the edge of the area.

The hosts then took control of the game and doubled their advantage at the 27-minute mark with skipper Munoz finishing off into the bottom corner from 10-yards after uni failed to clear their lines.

It was 3-0 five minutes later with Heagney converting from the spot after Brandon Naude had been judged to have fouled the attacker.

 RANDAZZO ON THE BALL - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

RANDAZZO ON THE BALL - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Despite the deficit, Michael Janssen's men came out of the sheds full of belief that they could get themselves back in the contest as Bryce Conway entered the fray in place of Patrick Morrison.

It was clear from the restart that UWA were looking to shift the momentum and it took until the 63rd-minute for them to get on the scoresheet via the penalty spot.

Some patient build-up from Conor Devlin and Luke Randazzo in midfield allowed Kretowicz space to wriggle past a number of defenders and send the keeper the wrong way and was eventually brought down. Kretowicz slotted the spot-kick home into the bottom right-corner to give the visitors hope.

Uni continued to press hard for another and with 23 minutes still left to play, Kretowicz won another penalty. This time Devlin stepped up and buried home the follow up after his strike was initially saved.

In spite of their second-half display, the comeback wasn't to be as Gwelup held out for a 3-2 win to extend their unbeaten run.

UWA have the weekend off this week with the Cup Round being played and return to action on the 26th of May when they travel to take on Mandurah.

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