Round 18: UWA 1-3 Mandurah

 CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

It was a disappointing day at The Mac for UWA, as they fell 3-1 to a clinical Mandurah City side in Round 18.

Heading into the match severely undermanned in midfield, uni began the game on top and should've found themselves two goals to the good if not for some resilient defending and top class goalkeeping from the visitors. 

Alex Kretowicz had a golden chance expertly saved from close-range following Lloyd Prout's pinpoint cross to the back stick from the right-wing and Patrick Morrison was causing plenty of issues with his aerial prowess and hold-up play from up front.

However, it was the hosts who found themselves behind as a breakdown in communication at the back led to a simple tap-in for Mandurah on the counter-attack.

 CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

City doubled their lead shortly after through another ball over the top of the uni defence, as the first half ended 2-0 to the visitors.

Michael Janssen made two substitutions at the break, with winger Mordecai Junior coming onto the left wing and Tristan Taylor was employed at right-back to mark his return from overseas.

Despite the changes, it was soon 3-0 for City. A corner from UWA was cleared away and the breakaway caught the defence out with Mandurah again taking full advantage.

Plenty of chances came and went, but it was just not to be uni's day despite Mordecai Junior's superb late consolation strike from 25-yards.

Elsewhere, the 18's were held 2-2 and still remain top with a game in hand, while the reserves suffered a 3-2 loss.

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