United’s unbeaten run comes to an end at Canning

Forrestfield United’s unbeaten run has come to an end after they were beaten 4-3 by Canning City at Burrendah Reserve. Defender Mark Barnett said it was a disappointing defeat. “It was a classic example of ‘dominating’ play, yet conceding goals at the same time, which pretty much cancels each other out,” he explained. “I feel we had chances to win the game, however a few slip up’s from us defenders, myself included, also two soft penalties, and it proved too costly.”

Canning, who beat United in the opening game of the season raced to a 2-0 lead. Firstly Callum Roberts latched on to a ball over the top and coolly slotted between the on rushing Luke Martino’s legs. It was 2-0 on the quarter hour, a corner wasn’t cleared, and the ball spilled to the edge of the box and Tom Gibbins drilled home into the bottom corner.

But Forrestfield hit back and Jimmy Duncan pulled on back with a volley from a Mitch Crocker corner. Forry were on top now and went close to the equaliser on 21 minutes, Sani Sinclair and Rhys Loxley combined to find Jordan Hart, but his shot flashed inches past the post. But on the half hour they did find the leveler.  Will Tshabangu sent Hart racing clear, his great cross picked out Sinclair who headed home smartly. They went close to the lead just before half time, Crocker’s cross found Sinclair whose header crashed off the crossbar.

Forrestfield then hit the front early in the second half Loxley played a superb through ball to release Hart who went one-on-one with the keeper and he finished well. But Canning had the chance to level on 74 minutes after the referee spotted a push by Tshabangu but Joshua Wade saw his penalty well saved by Martino. That was forgotten seven minutes later when Canning were awarded another penalty, when Crocker brought down the striker in the box, and Simon Elton-Bott sent Martino the wrong way to level. Both sides pressed late, but two minutes from time Canning won it, Roberts racing clear, rounding Martino to score via the post.