Brave Ar­madale in ag­o­nis­ing loss

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Sport -

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.

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