Curtin pres­sure prevails in end

KELM­SCOTT GOALIE KEEPS THEM IN IT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

ROBERT Kee­gan was the star of the week­end’s show as Curtin Uni­ver­sity Foot­ball Club de­feated Kelm­scott Roos 2-1 on Satur­day at Frye Park.

Curtin dom­i­nated the chances and pos­ses­sion but were made to do it tough by a stub­born Kelm­scott side who were kept in the game on many oc­ca­sions by goal­keeper Sam Cogle.

Dilip Thapa and Nathan Smith both got on the score sheet as Curtin saw the re­turn of last year’s player of the sea­son Carlo Chiellini and full­back Mark Matkovic. In the open­ing 10 min­utes both Smith and Thapa had chances but were well shut down by Cogle.

The game started to set­tle and 17 min­utes in, Curtin’s Rory Bin­nie had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled off­side. Five min­utes later the mag­i­cal Kee­gan slot­ted in Thapa, who made no mis­take from 20 yards.

The sec­ond half started much like the first, with Curtin pep­per­ing the Kelm­scott goal but the Roos still had some hop in them as Jon In­gram scored on the coun­ter­at­tack for the home club to bring the sides level.

When Chiellini struck the wood­work with a penalty, it seemed the Roos might find a way to gain a point.

It wasn’t to be how­ever for the home side, as Smith pounced on a mix-up at the back to slot into the empty net.

David Can­toni

Al­bert Bucchino was in­stru­men­tal for Curtin.

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