Round 7: Mandurah City 0-3 UWA

 Kretowicz and Taylor celebrate the second goal of the day - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Kretowicz and Taylor celebrate the second goal of the day - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

The boys in green returned to winning ways in Round 7 with a comprehensive away win over Mandurah City thanks to an Alex Kretowicz hat-trick.

UWA produced a classy display in trying conditions from the outset in a huge 'six-pointer', with Kretowicz opening the scoring within 30 seconds.

Tim Robertson's long-ball from deep in the defensive half led to the diminutive striker using his body to win the ball down and coolly lob over the top of the on-rushing keeper into the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Uni were in complete control in the opening stanza, with Lloyd Prout and Tristan Taylor causing plenty of headaches down the right-hand side, with the latter playing a key role in Kretowicz's second. The fullback's curling cross evaded the City centre-half allowing the simplest of headed finished from just six-yards midway through the first-half.

Michael Janssen's side refused to ease the pressure in the second 45, with Josh Marocchi and Tom Moroney resolute in defence as Mandurah struggle to penetrate in the final-third.

 Kretowicz returned to scoring form in emphatic fashion - Gabriele Maluga

Kretowicz returned to scoring form in emphatic fashion - Gabriele Maluga

However, UWA were lacking the final pass in the attacking front and couldn't quite kill the game off completely.

This all changed in rather fortuitous fashion on 75 minutes, as Kretowicz's free-kick from 20-yards received a deflection en route to the goal and flew into the centre of the goal to make it 3-0.

Uni were able to see the game out comfortably from there, with the side unlucky not to have added another few strikes in the final stages, as Andrew Xydas' diving header hit the post and Robertson had a stunning long-range strike cleared off the line.

It was a significant win for the lads who climb off the foot of the table into 9th place with a game in hand.

Elsewhere, the 18's and Reserves collected a point on the road following 2-2 and 1-1 results respectively.

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