Round 13: Joondalup City 1-1 UWA

 CONWAY AND CARRELLO CELEBRATE THE EQUALISER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CONWAY AND CARRELLO CELEBRATE THE EQUALISER - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

Uni had to settle for a solitary point for the third week in succession after being held by a resolute Joondalup City side away from home.

An early penalty due to a Tom Moroney challenge in the box saw the hosts open the scoring, only for winger Bryce Conway to level the scores on the half-hour mark with a header just inside the area.

It was a disjointed game from start to finish, with both sides unable to maintain controlled possession football in the opening stages.

Uni looked to be on top when City struck from the penalty spot, but the boys responded well with their counter-attacks causing Joondalup plenty of issues.

The visitors were finally were rewarded after some fantastic build-up play in midfield released Sam Carrello down the left wing who then delivered an inch-perfect cross from the byline to Conway, who was able to head home into the bottom corner to level the scores at 1-1 heading into the break.

 MORDECAI JUNIOR ON THE RUN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

MORDECAI JUNIOR ON THE RUN - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

UWA looked more in control in the second-half and created plenty of scoring chances, however, they lacked the final finish when it mattered.

Patrick Morrison was presented with a golden chance with 70 minutes played, Luke Randazzo's surging run into the area and cut-back to the striker was met with a left-footed shot from close-range, but the ball bounced off the post and Joondalup cleared the danger.

Substitute Mordecai Junior also came close late on, with Conway's cross deep inside the box finding the left-winger 10-yards from goal, but his powerful strike on target was bravely blocked on the line by a City defender and somehow spun away out for a corner.

Alex Preece was called into action very late in the piece, with the 'keeper rushing off his line to produce a superb blocking save from Joondalup's swift counter-attack to see the match end 1-1.

Elsewhere, the 18's suffered their first loss of the season in dramatic fashion after almost producing a miraculous comeback in a 4-3 result. The reserves played out a 0-0 draw.

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