Draw fol­lows last minute goal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

CURTIN Uni­ver­sity Foot­ball Club drew 1-1 with Joon­dalup City on Satur­day af­ter­noon in their Foot­ball West State League Di­vi­sion two clash.

Nathan Smith’s first half strike was can­celled out by a 93rd minute equaliser from City sub­sti­tute Rhys Booth.

Mark Matkovic was a rock in the Uni de­fence, win­ning ev­ery­thing in the air for the home side while Ed­die Tikoft was also out­stand­ing.

Curtin dom­i­nated early pro­ceed­ings and were re­warded when Smith scored his sec­ond goal for the sea­son to give the home side a 1-0 lead which they took into the break.

Both teams probed for much of the sec­ond half in a bid to ei­ther kill off the game or find a way back in.

It was City who found the break­through late in the game as they scored the equaliser in the third minute of added time with Booth putting the ball into Curtin cus­to­dian Ran­jeet Sekhon’s net from a set piece.

Curtin coaches Kevin Bur­ton and Camp­bell Bal­lan­tyne will have some de­ci­sions to make be­fore next week’s clash away to Balga.

Khaled Sal­hah, Rob­bie Ni­choll and Rory Pat­ter­son as well as keeper Mackenzie Fer­gu­son are all per­form­ing well for the re­serves and have all put their hand up for a first team callup.

David Can­toni

Young­ster Rob Kee­gan skips past Joon­dalup City's Mark Thorn­ton. LEAGUE coach Earl Spald­ing told his play­ers he was sick of hon­ourable losses af­ter Perth went down by 24 points in the last quar­ter to East Fre­man­tle on Sun­day – 14-8 (92) to East’s 17-14 (116).

Spald­ing said although he was pleased with the team’s ef­fort, he had mixed emo­tions about the re­sult. He blamed Perth's slow start, which al­lowed the Sharks to have a 10 goal first term, as a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the re­sult.

In per­fect con­di­tions at East Fre­man­tle Oval, Mitchell Morton cel­e­brated his re­turn af­ter in­jury by snap­ping a goal in the first minute of play.

But the Sharks dom­i­nated most of the quar­ter, re­peat­edly win­ning cen­tre clear­ances. Perth stead­ied with Morton kick­ing a 50 me­tre goal, fol­lowed by an­other long ma­jor from Kur­tis Ch­ester in his sixth league game.

Perth added four goals in an im­proved sec­ond quar­ter, get­ting strong drive in the mid field from Ai­dan Tropi­ano and Brett Wolfenden, who booted

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