Curtin too classy for Port in first ever FFA Cup game

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - David Can­toni

CURTIN Uni­ver­sity Foot­ball Club ac­counted for Port Kennedy Soc­cer Club on Satur­day, com­ing from be­hind to take a 4-1 victory in their first ever Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Australia (FFA) Cup match.

The FFA Cup is a na­tion­wide knock-out com­pe­ti­tion for am­a­teur, semi-pro­fes­sional and Aleague clubs.

Goals to Jon Krawec, Nathan Smith and Khaled Sal­hah, as well as an own goal, were enough to get the job done for the home side.

Port Kennedy bat­tled hard all day with a phys­i­cal style of play but the gulf in class be­tween the two sides showed through, with Ed­die Tikoft and Rory Bin­nie par­tic­u­lar stand­outs for the home side.

Port Kennedy got off to a great start when a free kick de­flected off Krawec, leav­ing Curtin cus­to­dian Mackenzie Furguson wrong-footed, to give the vis­i­tors a shock early lead.

From here Curtin grew into the game and it seemed only a mat­ter of time un­til they would bounce back. Smith had a good chance, fol­lowed by the tire­less Bin­nie and then young­ster Rob Kee­gan volleyed just over.

The break­through fi­nally came when Peter James turned Kye Mid­dle­ton’s cross into his own net, and the home side then took the lead as Krawec fired in from the edge of the box just min­utes be­fore the break.

Curtin then turned the screws and both Sal­hah and Krawec had ef­forts well saved be­fore Smith was able to con­vert at the far post from a cor­ner to make it 3-1.

It was more of the same for the re­main­der of the half and with Port Kennedy fa­tigu­ing, Sal­hah took his chance and volleyed home from a Bin­nie nod-down.

Clock­wise from top: Khaled Sal­hah beats Port Kennedy’s Peter James with some mas­ter­ful foot­skills. Dilip Thapa for Curtin. Ed­die Tikoft in ac­tion on Satur­day. John Krawec scor­ing Curtin’s win­ning goal.

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