Round 9: South West Phoenix 0-2 UWA

 The boys celebrate Alex Kretowicz's opener - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

The boys celebrate Alex Kretowicz's opener - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

UWA have made it three wins in a row following a composed performance in a 2-0 win against South West Phoenix in tough conditions at WML Stadium.

A strong start to the match set the tone for the encounter as uni peppered the Phoenix goal throughout the opening stages.

UWA looked to hit the lead within 10 minutes from the penalty spot after Luke Randazzo was brought down inside the area, but Jamie Oakley was able to save Alex Kretowicz's strike from 12-yards.

The prolific marksman wasn't to be denied a second time however, as Kretowicz put the visitors ahead with 20 minutes played with a simple finish. A fortuitous header from Andrew Xydas halted a Phoenix counter as the ball fell into the path of Randazzo, who then played Lloyd Prout through to deliver a perfect cutback across the box for the striker to slot home.

Phoenix looked to make a swift response as they were rewarded a penalty following Josh Marocchi's challenge near the six-yard box. However, after arguments ensued over who was to take the spot-kick, the eventual taker dragged his shot wide of the goal as UWA took a 1-0 lead into half-time.

After the break is was one-way traffic with Michael Janssen's side keen to double their lead. The second almost came in the 51st-minute when Bryce Conway intercepted deep in Phoenix's defensive half and fired a strike from 25-yards, but 'keeper Oakley was on hand to deny the winger with a fantastic outstretched save to tip over the crossbar for a corner.

 UWA's resurgence continued with their third consecutive clean sheet - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

UWA's resurgence continued with their third consecutive clean sheet - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

With the rain and wind pelting down, chances became more scarce in the second stanza for both sides.

UWA finally put the game to bed in the final quarter of an hour as Kretowicz added his second of the day. An inch-perfect through ball from Conor Devlin allowed him to surge through the box, round the keeper and bury into the roof of the net.

The win sees UWA climb to within one point of fourth place and three points from second with three successive home games to come.

Head Coach Janssen was delighted with the performance.

“The boys picked up early and we dominated the play for most of the game," he said.

"We missed some chances to gain a better result but overall we are happy with the result. Now we have to focus on next week’s match against Ashfield and be up for the challenge again.”

 The U18's secured another three points in a 3-1 win - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

The U18's secured another three points in a 3-1 win - Credit: Gabriele Maluga

Earlier in the day, the U18's ensured they remain six points clear at the top of the league with a 3-1 win, while the Reserves played out another hard-fought 2-2 draw.

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