Floreat show char­ac­ter to go back to top

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - Peter Sim­cox

FLOREAT Athena have moved back to top of the Na­tional Premier Leagues WA lad­der with a 3-2 vic­tory over Perth SC at E&D Li­tis Sta­dium last week­end.

The win also earned Floreat the City of Vin­cent Cup, a new prize cre­ated by the clubs in recog­ni­tion of their lo­cal ri­valry.

Floreat led at half-time with an Adrian Madaschi own goal, but Perth hit back, with Nic­colo Sa­ba­tini and Frank Fur­faro on tar­get.

The Az­zurri couldn’t hold on, as goals to Floreat’s Kris Gate and Dean Evans in the last 10 min­utes of play un­did the away side.

Floreat coach Glen Grostate praised his team’s ef­forts.

“I thought we were good in the first half; we moved the ball well and did ev­ery­thing right,” he said. “We came out in the sec­ond half but we looked hes­i­tant, and then they hit back.”

Evans, who was play­ing against his for­mer club, said it was a hard-fought, come­from-be­hind win.

“We’ve been in that po­si­tion be­fore this sea­son but it was great char­ac­ter from the boys and a great re­sult for the club,” he said.

In other round 16 re­sults, In­gle­wood United crushed Su­bi­aco 4-0 at Ros­alie Park and Joon­dalup United fought back to beat Perth Glory 4-1 at Percy Doyle Re­serve. Ar­madale dis­posed of Bal­catta 4-1 at Grindle­ford Re­serve and Bayswa­ter City had a nar­row 2-1 win at home to Cock­burn City.

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