Western Knights SC 2 - 1 UWA Nedlands FC

Andrew Xydas in possession for UWA - Photo courtesy of Chris Beech

Andrew Xydas in possession for UWA - Photo courtesy of Chris Beech

Western Knights SC claimed local bragging rights as they came from behind to defeat UWA Nedlands FC 2-1 in gusty conditions at Nash Field.

Heavy rainfall in the opening minutes made it difficult for both teams to implement their style of play and it led to a number of rash challenges and early yellows for both sides.

UWA midfielder Conor Devlin attempted to make use of the conditions by firing some long-range efforts on Knights’ keeper Sam Stone’s goal; however, Stone was on guard to deal with the danger.

At the other end, the Knights were restricted to limited opportunities by a stern UWA defence. Knight’s captain Paul Lloyd had their best opportunities of the opening half hour, but he fluffed his lines and UWA keeper Alex Preece was able to comfortably deal with his efforts.

The breakthrough was finally found on the half hour mark courtesy of UWA’s Alex Kretowicz. The forward put pressure on Knights’ keeper Sam Stone and was able to deflect Stone’s kick sky-bound. UWA midfielder Andrew Xydas was then quickest to react and touched it through for Kretowicz who smashed it past Stone to make it 1-0.

Knights had a great chance to hit level when captain Paul Lloyd’s shot from the edge of the area was hit goal-ward. Alex Preece had difficulty seeing the ball through traffic but was able to get his body behind it before Josh Marocchi was on hand to clear of any danger and send UWA into half time with a narrow lead.

The half time break did a world of good for Western Knights, as they emerged revitalised and determined to change the course of the game. Knights put pressure on the UWA goal straight from kick off and had chances from a string of corners and free kicks.

The introduction of substitute Kevin Ashwood for Western Knights proved to be decisive as the winger found himself free at the back post from a corner and made no mistake from close range to equalise for the home side.

UWA were quick to look for a response and were extremely unfortunate to not go ahead when Alex Kretowicz found himself in on goal. The forward turned his man and struck an effort on goal from the edge of the box, but Stone applied enough pressure and his shot missed the target.

Minutes later Kretowicz had another opportunity from an acute angle, yet again Stone was quick to put pressure on the forward and he was unable to properly connect with his shot.

Knights thought they had found the winner when a free kick was headed home from the back post; however, the linesmen judged the Knights player to have been offside and the goal was disallowed.

It wasn’t to change the outcome of the game as Knights found the winner shortly afterwards. Substitute Adriano Jelenovic was played through by a fantastic through ball and the forward kept his composure to poke the ball past Alex Preece and put the Knights 2-1 up.

The win puts Western Knights into third place, whilst UWA slip down to seventh. However, with many games abandoned due to poor weather these positions are subject to movement.

Western Knights SC – 2 (Ashwood, Jelenovic)
UWA Nedlands FC – 1 (Kretowicz)

It was a mixed day for UWANFC, the 18’s produced a fantastic performance to seal a 2-0 victory. However, the Reserves were unable to complete their comeback and were defeated 2-1 with Sam Holden scoring the goal for UWANFC.