UWA eye the top four
UWA Nedlands FC got back to their winning ways and moved to within a point of the top four with a dominant attacking performance against Dianella White Eagles SC, coming out 5-3 victors in gusty conditions at UWA Sports Park.
UWA were looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Forrestfield United last round, but in their way stood a Dianella outfit hungry to taste victory for the first time this season.
The home side started the stronger, dominating possession from the first whistle, but gusty conditions proved difficult and they were unable to convert their dominance into clear-cut chances.
UWA finally broke clear 20 minutes in when Conor Devlin was able to play through Alex Kretowicz into space.
The forward slid the ball into the bottom corner to give UWA the lead.
Despite dominating proceedings, UWA found themselves on level terms after some scrappy defending on the edge of the area allowed Dianella forward Chris Rizidis to turn and fire low and hard past UWA keeper Alex Preece to make it 1-1.
Dianella started playing with some newfound intensity and they found themselves 2-1 up when Matt Izzo’s free kick beat Preece from a tight angle.
UWA coach Michael Janssen was pleased with the performance and the team’s ability to close out the game.
“I’m happy for the team that we kept the three points at the Mack,” he said.
“Just switching off for about 10 minutes in the first half cost us our lead.
“Sticking to our football and not dropping it down brought us upfront and we deserved the clear win.
“The way we scored showed our varieties and quality to execute our build-up.”
The win moves Janssen’s men to within one point of third place and Dianella remain on the bottom of the ladder after their fifth successive loss.
UWA will look to push into the top four next week as they face a tough trip down to Bunbury to take on South West Phoenix FC.