UWA eye the top four

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - Tris­tan Tay­lor

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.

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