Curtin too classy for Port in first ever FFA Cup game
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.