Perth SC denies Glory for title
PERTH Soccer Club has been crowned 2018 NPL WA champion after a 2-0 win against Joondalup United on Saturday afternoon.
Perth Glory looked set to take the crown for the first time since the NPL WA’s inception, needing only to draw or win to earn the title, but Subiaco was able to eke out a 1-0 win.
With both the Perth SC/Joondalup United and Perth Glory/Subiaco games run at the same time, Perth SC players had to wait five agonising minutes after their match ended to find out they were 2018 champions.
It was Perth SC’s second title in three years, which coach Ramon Falzon said was a “brilliant” feeling.
“The boys worked hard all season; we were always chasing, chasing behind all season but we kept believing and pushing,” he said.
A Football West spokesman said it had been an “extremely competitive and unpredictable” season and predicted good things for 2019.
“The NPL WA will return to 12 teams next season and a leaner competition should result in a stronger competition with even more closely-fought games,” he said.
Glory’s success in this year’s competition will mean an extra financial windfall for those clubs that finished third to fifth on the ladder. The competition’s top four are awarded prize money of $12,000, $4000, $2000 and $1000 respectively, but with Perth Glory unable to win any money due to being a professional club, Football West redistributed the winnings to include the fifthplaced finisher. Jessica Nico