Magnificent seven for UWA over Gosnells
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.