Mag­nif­i­cent seven for UWA over Gos­nells

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

A DOM­I­NAT­ING dis­play of at­tack­ing foot­ball saw UWA ease past Gos­nells City FC 7-2 and move into fifth place on the All Flags State League Divi­sion One lad­der.

UWA came into the game look­ing for their third con­sec­u­tive home vic­tory, while Gos­nells had strug­gled in re­cent weeks.

UWA couldn’t have started any bet­ter, tak­ing the lead within the first minute courtesy of Lloyd Prout.

Alex Kre­tow­icz was played through down the left and his square ball across the goal was poked home by Prout from close range to give UWA the per­fect start.

Gos­nells was still re­cov­er­ing from the first when UWA cap­tain Joshua Maroc­chi made it 2-0 with his first goal of the sea­son.

Maroc­chi was the quick­est to re­act from a high ball into the box and volleyed into the bot­tom corner from close range.

Bryce Con­way added to the score­sheet with a world-class fin­ish from dis­tance.

Con­way picked up the ball 30 yards out and had his first at­tempt blocked, but Con­way was quick to re­act and smoked a first-time vol­ley into the top corner to make it 3-0 to the home side within the first 20 min­utes.

Gos­nells fi­nally started to test UWA shot-stop­per Alex Preece with a few slick move­ments go­ing for­ward, but they couldn’t do any­thing to stop UWA from adding a fourth through Kre­tow­icz.

The for­ward was played through from a de­light­ful di­ag­o­nal pass from Maroc­chi, be­fore cut­ting in to beat his man and fin­ish­ing at the near post to make it 4-0 at half-time.

UWA be­gan the sec­ond half in sim­i­lar fash­ion, with Tris­tan Tay­lor adding a fifth from dis­tance.

The full-back’s ball into the box was mis-hit and caught the Gos­nells keeper off-guard, fly­ing into the top corner.

De­spite the re­sult al­ready look­ing des­tined, Gos­nells was able to fight back and re­duce the deficit.

Gos­nells had UWA camped in the box and a shot from the edge of the area was blocked by UWA cap­tain Maroc­chi but the ref­eree pointed to the spot, claim­ing he had used his hand in the process.

Ja­son Pot­tier stepped up and calmly slot­ted the spot kick.

Gos­nells added a sec­ond shortly af­ter­wards. Caleb Aquino gave Preece no chance and picked out the top corner from 12 yards to make it 5-2.

Gos­nells’ at­tempts to sal­vage any­thing from the game left them ex­posed at the back and Kre­tow­icz made them pay with a de­light­ful through ball from mid­fielder An­drew Xy­das.

UWA had time for one more goal and it came from set-piece specialist Michael Vla­sich. The cen­tre back pro­duced an­other stunning free kick from the edge of the box to snag his fourth goal of the sea­son.

The only sour note, on what was al­most a per­fect day, was a nasty foot in­jury to club cus­to­dian Rob­bie Black.

Vic­tory sees UWA move up into fifth spot and Jansen’s men will be look­ing to push into the top four when they face Can­ning City SC away from home next week­end.

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