For­rest­field gear up for home clash


Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Sim­cox

FOR­REST­FIELD United is look­ing for­ward to its next game against Ar­madale af­ter draw­ing with ti­tle favourites Floreat Athena in its open­ing Na­tional Premier Leagues WA (NPLWA) match on Fe­bru­ary 23.

A goal 10 min­utes from time from Floreat Athena’s new sign­ing Hamza Hina earned it a 1-1 draw and spoiled For­rest­field United’s his­toric first NPLWA game at the Wildlife Sa­fari Sta­dium at Hart­field Park.

In front of a packed grand­stand, the home team took it to Floreat and had the bet­ter of the first half.

It was re­warded with the lead five min­utes into the sec­ond half, with Hansani Sin­clair fin­ish­ing clin­i­cally.

United had chances to in­crease their lead but failed to con­vert and Floreat hit back, with Hina fin­ish­ing af­ter For­rest­field failed to clear a cross.

Floreat de­fender Chris Sal­daris was sent off two min­utes later af­ter he re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card from ref­eree Stu­art Mul­doon, but it hung on for a point de­spite For­rest­field press­ing for the win­ner.

For­rest­field de­fender Scott Barker said the side was dis­ap­pointed to have let its lead slip late, but took a great deal of pos­i­tives from its per­for­mance.

“(We’re) dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t hold on to the end for the three points, but the boys showed they are up for the fight in the NPL and there is pos­i­tive signs go­ing for­ward,” he said.

“The pre-sea­son games haven’t re­ally gone to plan, but we spoke be­fore the game about hit­ting the ground run­ning and I thought we did.”

Head coach Rod Ban­jac said his play­ers had demon­strated they were ready to play in the NPLWA.

“Dis­ap­pointed (in) the way we con­ceded the goal, but over­all we are sat­is­fied (with) the way we went about it, our first game in the NPL, against a qual­ity team,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the boys went about it. “Their at­ti­tude was great, we cre­ated some good chances and I was con­vinced we had a penalty for hand­ball, but some days you get those de­ci­sions, some you don’t. This per­for­mance shows the boys can match it with the best in this league and we now move on to Satur­day’s home game against Ar­madale.”

For­rest­field United play­ers in ac­tion against Floreat Athena.

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