Brave Armadale in agonising loss
ARMADALE SC fell to an agonising 1-0 loss to high-flying Perth SC in the National Premier League WA at Alfred Skeet Reserve.
Despite a hard-working performance from the hosts, a deflected Aleks Jovic shot proved the difference between the two sides.
Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was proud of his players despite the defeat and praised goalkeeper Michael Craggs.
“We played very good football out there today; the players really gave it to Perth,” he said.
“Michael (Craggs) is a very important part of the team. He has consistently put in good performances over the year and today was no exception.”
Perth Soccer Club has leapfrogged Floreat Athena to move into second place on the NPLWA ladder after a 1-0 win over Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday.
Armadale had a chance to open the scoring in the 17th minute when Billy Quinncroft laid the ball off to James Atkins inside the box, but Francis Soale made a fine stop.
Gustavo Catarcione came close to scoring soon after when Craggs recovered to clear off the line, following a deflection off the goalkeeper.
The home side could have led at the break, but Soale denied Atkins again from a volley after a probing Nathan Costello pass.
Perth began the second half positively and almost found the breakthrough when Catarcione flicked a back-heel to Niccolo Sabbatini, but Craggs stood tall again.
However, soon after Jovic was played through on goal and his strike took a touch off Jordan Parvett and wrong-footed Craggs.
Craggs kept his side in it late when he denied Sabbatini’s chip with a fingertip save over the bar, but his side was unable to fashion an equaliser and Perth went on to record an important win.