Gulls in tight spot af­ter loss

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

SORRENTO needs vic­tory in the fi­nal round of the NPL WA sea­son to en­sure its place in the Top Four Cup af­ter a loss to Stir­ling on Satur­day.

Coach Jamie Harn­well ro­tated his squad for the match to keep the play­ers fresh for their FFA Cup clash against South Mel­bourne to­mor­row.

The Lions quickly took ad­van­tage of the Gulls’ cau­tious ap­proach, with Blamo Qua Qua scor­ing in the first five min­utes on the way to a 2-1 win for the hosts at Mace­do­nia Park.

The vis­i­tors’ Reece Vit­tiglia lev­elled scores three min­utes later, but sev­enth-placed Stir­ling had the fi­nal say with Moses Kalau’s match­win­ning strike at 61 min­utes.

The Gulls (4th) are just one point in front of Floreat Athena (5th), so must win in the fi­nal round against Su­bi­aco (8th) to con­firm a top-four fin­ish.

Athena de­feated Joon­dalup United 3-1 at Percy Doyle Re­serve on Satur­day to keep its sea­son alive.

United coach Nick Jen­nings told nplwa.com.au his side lacked heart in the loss.

“The boys didn’t lis­ten to the in­struc­tions and we lost our struc­ture. I think we got what we de­served,” he said.

At ECU Joon­dalup Foot­ball Sta­dium, for­mer ECU player Joe Knowles came back to haunt his for­mer side with an equal­is­ing late goal for the Perth Glory youth in a 1-1 draw on Satur­day.

The point was vi­tal for Glory, who are try­ing to avoid bot­tom two rel­e­ga­tion to Foot­ball West Divi­sion One.

ECU Joon­dalup (sixth) faces Perth (third) this week­end, while Joon­dalup United (10th) chal­lenges Ar­madale (11th).

Coach Jamie Harn­well.

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