North Lake SC 0 -1 UWA Nedlands FC

A first half header from in-form striker Alex Kretowicz has seen UWA shut out a physical North Lake side to progress to the 5th round of the Westfield FFA Cup.

UWA started strong and had their first effort on goal in the opening minute when Llyod Prout’s volley was deflecting wide for a corner after great work down the right-hand side from Tristan Taylor and Ben Reynolds.

The next half hour saw no real clear-cut opportunities for either team. UWA dominated possession and territory but North Lake were solid defensively and the quick feet of Kretowicz and Reynolds were unable to break the last line.

The majority of UWA’s chances came from set piece deliveries off the foot of Marc Zagami. Zagami was able to find Taylor, Reynolds and Marocchi on separate occasions; however, the lads in green struggled to put his deliveries into the back of the net.

At the other end of the ground Ranjeet Singh didn’t have much to do in the first half until the UWA defence was caught napping from a long ball. The North Lake striker was gifted a one on one after the UWA back four played him onside. Fortunately the striker was unable to finish, handing Singh the easiest of saves.

Just before the half time whistle UWA were able to deservedly break the deadlock. A set piece from Richard Olsen was headed clear, but fell back to the feet of Olsen who delivered the ball back into the box. The North Lake defence was unable to re-organise their marking and Alex Kretowicz was found free at the back of the box to head home for UWA.

The second half proved to be a slugfest. UWA were unable to stamp their brand of football onto the game and the course of the game started to suit the home side. Despite this, the UWA back four was resilient and able to reduce North Lake to no clear-cut opportunities. The biggest scare of the half came when a through ball almost forced a one on one for the North Lake striker; however, goalkeeper Ranjeet Singh was quick off his line to clear the ball out for a corner.

In conjunction with defending hard, UWA were still able to threaten the North Lake goal. The best chance of the half came when Conor Devlin’s curling effort appeared to have crossed the line; however, the linesmen ruled that an offside Ben Reynolds had interfered with the goalkeeper’s attempt to clear the ball and thus it was deemed offside and no goal.

The concluding minutes of the half saw the North Lake players express their frustration through rash challenges. Half a dozen North Lake players picked up yellow cards and Janssen substituted both Ben Reynolds and Conor Devlin (both on yellow cards) to avoid any suspensions.

The win sees Janssen’s side progress to the 5th round of the Westfield FFA Cup where they will play NPL side Floreat Athena away from home on the 25th of April.

In other news, the State League Reserves side had a last minute 2-1 win against Gosnells City FC thanks to Mordecai Appiah’s brace. Meanwhile, the 18’s went down 8-0 to a hardened Gosnells side.