Gulls scrape into fi­nals after Subi loss

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

SOR­RENTO has ad­vanced to the Top Four Cup in un­con­vinc­ing fash­ion after los­ing to eighth­placed Su­bi­aco in the fi­nal round of the NPL WA soc­cer sea­son.

The Gulls scraped through to the fi­nals se­ries on goal dif­fer­ence over fifth-placed Floreat Athena, which drew with ti­tle con­tenders In­gle­wood United to pull level with Sor­rento on points.

Sor­rento lost to the Lions 1-0 at Percy Doyle Re­serve on Satur­day after con­ced­ing a goal in the 89th minute.

It was the Gulls’ second loss in three days, hav­ing been out­classed by South Mel­bourne 4-1 in the FFA Cup Round of 16 clash in Vic­to­ria on Wed­nes­day.

Coach Jamie Harn­well said the Su­bi­aco game was al­ways go­ing to be tough after the side’s big mid-week en­counter.

“We weren’t ruth­less with our chances and un­for­tu­nately Su­bi­aco took their op­por­tu­nity,” he told nplwa.com.au.

“We can’t be dis­ap­pointed with our sea­son – top four and the fi­nal 16 of the FFA Cup.”

The Gulls face third-seeded Perth in the semi-fi­nals.

Perth thrashed ECU Joon­dalup 6-1 on Satur­day at Dor­rien Gar­dens, leav­ing the Jacks with a dis­ap­point­ing end to their 2017 cam­paign in which they fin­ished sixth.

Joon­dalup United’s maiden sea­son in WA’s top com­pe­ti­tion ended with the side in 10th after a 2-1 loss to Ar­madale at Al­fred Skeet Re­serve. United will be pleased to have done enough to qual­ify for a spot in the 2018 NPL WA sea­son.

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