State League Div1. UWANFC vs Ashfield, UWA Sports Park, 27 July 2019

Another unfortunate result after a hard-fought battle saw UWAN lose 1-0 at home to Ashfield after a spirited performance from the boys. However, there were some positives to take from the game, with the likes of Karl Maluga, Farruh Mavlonov and Asher Nelson all making their debut for the Boys in Green.

Uni kicked off the game, yet it was Ashfield who started the better of the two teams with some early pressure. Tom White had the first clear chance of the game in the 12th minute as his shot from close range was scrambled away by the Ashfield keeper. 

From then on it was all UWAN with Sam Carrello having his half volley just miss wide of the post in the 15th minute after a corner from the right-hand side.

Not a lot to cheer about in the remainder of the first half saw both teams go into halftime with everything to play for in the second half.

It was Ashfield once again who came out fighting at the start of the second half, but Uni absorbed the pressure well and created some chances of their own.

In the 66th minute, a questionable decision from the referee saw Sam Carrello receive his 2nd yellow card of the game and put the Uni Boys down to 10 men with just over 20 minutes to play.

The one-man advantage for Ashfield proved costly for Uni as, in the 79th minute, a ball played over the top found their number 9, who slotted the ball past Luke Stonebridge in goal and put Ashfield 1-0 up with about 10 minutes left on the clock.  

Despite some urgency from the Uni Boys, the score stayed the same and saw Ashfield take all three points at the Mac. Next week’s fixture against Fremantle is becoming a much-needed win to try and escape the relegation zone.

The 18s remained on top of the table after an unfortunate 2-2 draw whilst the reserves played out a thrilling 0-0 draw.

Match report written by Cameron Holley.