UWA grabs win from lad­der lead­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place - Tris­tan Tay­lor

A HUN­GRY UWANFC out­fit were able to snap their los­ing streak and cause a ma­jor up­set in the All Flags State League Di­vi­sion One by de­feat­ing lad­der lead­ers Man­durah City FC 4-2.

Tris­tan Tay­lor had the first chance of the game, but he was un­able to keep his ef­fort down af­ter a great de­liv­ery into the box from Alex Kre­tow­icz.

UWA took the lead af­ter a quar­ter of an hour cour­tesy of a Bryce Con­way header from Rob­bie Black’s corner at the near post and glanced his ef­fort past the keeper to give his team a one­goal lead.

The away side dou­bled their lead five min­utes later thanks to an outstanding long-range ef­fort from Thomas Moroney.

UWA switched the play quickly down the right hand side be­fore Tay­lor played the ball back to Moroney, who sat 25 yards out from goal. The mid­fielder was given far too much space and made Man­durah pay, ri­fling his stun­ning ef­fort into the top left hand corner.

Re­turn­ing vice-cap­tains Marc Zagami and Conor Devlin were dic­tat­ing play su­perbly from the mid­dle of the park and mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for Man­durah go­ing for­ward.

Man­durah were strug­gling to keep up with UWA’s vi­brant style of play and were an­other goal down when Con­way added his sec­ond.

Man­durah’s Jor­dan Rhodes stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly slot­ted it home to pull one back for the home side.

Man­durah knew they had to lift in the sec­ond half if they were to come out of the match with any­thing and through the lead­er­ship of Rhodes and Andy Brown they were able to mount pres­sure on the UWA de­fence.

Even­tu­ally Man­durah were able to peg one back through the head of Oriol Fer­nan­dez as he was free in the box and made no mis­take af­ter a bril­liant de­liv­ery from the right flank.

Man­durah pressed num­bers for­ward in search of an equaliser but it left them ex­posed at the back.

Man­durah’s right back was care­less in po­si­tion and Kre­tow­icz was able to steal the ball be­fore weav­ing through the de­fence and squar­ing it to An­drew Xy­das, who steered it home from the edge of the area to make it 4-2.

UWA head coach Michael Jansen said he was proud of his young side and it was a nice re­ward for weeks of hard work at train­ing.

“It makes me proud to see how this young team ex­e­cutes the ad­vice on the park,” he said.

“Each player from one to 16 is com­mit­ted and will­ing to per­form like we want to play.”

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