Big win for full-strength Phoenix

South Western Times - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

THE South West Phoenix’s sea­son could be back on track af­ter they de­feated Mor­ley-Wind­mills 3-0 at WML Sta­dium on Satur­day.

It was the Phoenix’s first win since May 5, when they claimed a 2-0 win over Ash­field.

The vic­tory lifted them off the bot­tom of the Foot­ball West State League Divi­sion One lad­der, ahead of Satur­day’s clash against Man­durah City at the Se­cu­ri­tas Pro­tect Sta­dium.

Goals to Jay­den Prosser, Lee Ste­wart and Jack Eades gave the Phoenix just their third vic­tory from 10 games.

Phoenix coach Tony Novello said the team got its just re­wards for a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance.

“We could have won 6-0,” he said.

“It is the first time all year that I have had all my play­ers avail­able.

“We missed a penalty and had a num­ber of other chances.”

The Phoenix had a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to score in the first half, but it took a strike from Prosser to give the home side their first goal.

Eades then dou­bled the ad­van­tage when he put a penalty into the back of the net.

The Phoenix were awarded an­other penalty, which they missed, be­fore Ste­wart slot­ted the South West team’s fi­nal goal, when he fin­ished a nice build up from the mid­field.

Novello said his team could not take Man­durah lightly.

“If we go with the at­ti­tude that we won last week now ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be easy, we can for­get about it,” he said.

“We need to carry on from where we left off. We need to work hard and take it one game at a time.”

The South West Fire­birds were handed a 3-0 win af­ter the Perth Soc­cer Club for­feited their match on Satur­day. The un­de­feated Fire­birds are still on top of the Women’s State League Divi­sion lad­der and face the fifth-placed North­ern Red­backs this Sunday at WML Sta­dium.

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