A hard-fought performance was still not enough for the Uni Boys as they fell to yet another defeat away from home against a strong Fremantle outfit at Hilton Reserve. Despite some positive periods in the game, a 1-0 win for our opponents through a second-half penalty was enough to see the game through.
It was UWAN who started better in the first 20 minutes, with some positive attacking play coming from Riaz Kelly, Ivwa Simbile and Lloyd Prout. However, none of the chances were able to be converted.
The precedent for the game was set after a dangerous tackle from the Fremantle number 16 in the 8th minute saw yellow. This was followed by yellow cards for both Ivwa Simbile and Asher Nelson after a couple of late challenges. The fiery affair continued.
With a large spell of possession for both teams and a lack of chances on target, it meant that both teams would go into halftime at 0-0 and the game all to play for in the second half.
Once again, it was Uni who started brighter in the second half with a brilliant chance to open the scoring in the 51st minute as a corner from the left went directly across the face of the goal and the scores stayed level.
The Boys in Green were made to pay for their missed chances as, in the 58th minute, the Fremantle number 10 was brought down inside the box and a penalty was awarded. Their number 9 stepped up and slotted it to the left side of Luke Stonebridge in goal and put our opponents 1-0 up with 30 minutes left to play.
Despite being 1-0 down, it was UWA who started taking control of the game as a brilliant breakaway run from Max Welton opened up the Fremantle defence. Unfortunately, another shot from Lloyd Prout couldn’t be converted.
In the 80th minute, a chance for Uni to grab a leveller was turned away by the referee after a clear handball inside the Fremantle box was waved away and our opponents kept their one goal advantage.
With not long left to play, a ball played over the top found the run of the Fremantle number 13. He was brought down inside the box, giving Fremantle another penalty and a chance to kill the game off. The shot from the number 9 was saved by the feet of Luke Stonebridge and the game finished 1-0 to our opponents.
Another loss meant that Uni would keep their place in the bottom two and need to win their upcoming games in order to keep their place in the league. The 18s continued their fine form with a 4-0 battering of their opponents and a late penalty for the Reserves saw them clinch a point in a 1-1 draw.
Match report by Cameron Holley.