Late revival hands UWA its first win
A LATE revival from UWA gave them their first win of the season (5-4) against Shamrock Rovers FC after their 3- 0 half- time lead was quickly overturned by Rovers early in the second half.
UWA started the stronger side and barely five minutes had passed when Michael Vlasich put the home side 1-0 up.
The defender’s shot was nothing short of unstoppable as the ball riffled into the top corner.
Shortly afterwards, UWA doubled their lead through Lloyd Prout.
Rovers were careless in possession, playing it out from the back, and Prout was on his toes to capitalise on a poor pass from the Rovers centre-back to make it 2-0.
But Andrew Xydas failed to finish off a smooth passage of passing play, his effort going straight to the keeper from inside the box.
Tristan Taylor also had a great chance from a Robbie Black corner, but the fullback steered his effort wide.
UWA extended their lead just before half-time, courtesy of Alex Kretowicz.
John O’Reilly had his boys fired up after the interval and they responded almost instantaneously.
A free kick on the right wing was met by a closerange header, leaving goalkeeper Ranjeet Sekhon with no chance and bringing Rovers back into the game.
UWA were still recovering from the goal when Rovers hit them again to reduce the gap to one goal.
Matthew Steffenson failed to deal with a dangerous cross in from the left wing and the Rovers forward pinched it off his toes and buried it home.
The away side were playing with newfound confidence and their comeback was almost complete when they drew level moments later.
A brisk counter-attack down the right wing left UWA short at the back and Rovers capitalised.
A cross was met by a towering header from the Shamrock midfielder whose late run into the box was left unmarked by the UWA defence.
With the scores tied at 3-3, Shamrock were looking likely to complete their comeback, and surely enough they did.
A free kick on halfway was played to the corner flag, which was chased down superbly by the Rovers winger.
A dangerous ball into the box wasn’t held onto by Sekhon and the Shamrock forward was quick to capitalise on the keeper’s spill and make it 4-3 to the away side.
With his side struggling for answers, Janssen used all his substitutions and brought on the midfield trio of Richard Olsen, Marc Zagami and Bryce Conway to bring a bit of vigour into the middle of the park.
Prout almost found an equaliser after he found himself on the end of a through ball from Xydas, but Rovers keeper Yousri Gharsallah was equal to the task.
With 10 minutes to go, UWA’s pressure was finally rewarded with an equaliser.
Both sides were hungry for a win, but it was UWA who stole the three points in the final minutes of the game.
Kretowicz finished Rovers off after a touch and finish from a superb cross- field pass from Black.