Forrestfield United vs Joondalup City MATCH REPORT
June 2, 2017
Forrie too good for Joondalup
Forrestfield United continued their improvement with a 5-1 win against Joondalup City at Hartfield Park. “I thought we played really well throughout the match, things weren’t going our way to begin with, but we remained patient and eventually we got the rewards we deserved. It was good to see us score a couple of goals too,” Rhys Loxley said.
“We are really starting to gel and play to our full potential. We haven’t really played badly (apart from the Ashfield game), and we have picked up some momentum with big wins against Rockingham and Western knights and are hopeful of continuing that good form going into next weekend’s big clash with Dianella.”
They had to come from behind to do it, with City’s Nathan Hibbert heading the visitors ahead after only eight minutes. The home side piled on the pressure, and Mark Barnett headed inches over the top, before Ben Rogers’ shot clipped the crossbar moments later. Mitch Crocker then delivered a pin-point cross to Scott Barker, but his header failed to find the target.
But in the shadows of half time the home sides’ pressure was rewarded with the equaliser. Jordan Hart made space down the line and cut the ball back to Trevor Laure, who shot on the turn flew past Andy Williamson, to send the teams into the break on level terms.
But eight minutes into the second half Forrestfield hit the front. Luke Martino’s long clearance sent Loxley clear, and he cut inside his marker and finished clinically past Williamson. On the hour the visitors were reduced to ten men, when Alex Robinson was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and the home side took advantage with a short corner catching City napping and San Sinclair firing home.
Williamson then produced a good save to deny skipper Liam Merigan, but there was little the City custodian could do when Forrestfield added a fourth, with Laure turning home Loxley’s cross. Williamson was having a great game and he produced a stunning save to deny Laure’s free kick, but in the final minute Sinclair added the fifth, finishing well from Loxley’s cross.
Forrestfield United: GK Luke MARTINO, 6 Matt HAROLD (5 Kaan KARACAN 78’) 7 Trevor LAURE, 8 Mitch CROCKER 10 Jordan HART (12 Sani SINCLAIR 57’) 11 Liam MERIGAN 13 Scott BARKER 14 Ben ROGERS (15 Jimmy DUNCAN 63’), 21 Will TSHABANGU, 23 Rhys LOXLEY – Subs not used: RGK Ben PARRY
Joondalup City: GK Andy WILLIAMSON, 2 Alex ROBERTSON, 3 James WUOR, 5 Marc CAMPBELL, 8 Luke WILSON, 10 Erick LOPEZ, 11 Sean KALAHER (12 Samuel DOHERTY 65’), 13 Nathan HIBBERT (9 Sam PHILLIPS 48’), 15 Mark TENNEY (7 Sam RAWLINGS 75’) 16 Jamie KALAHER, 19 Thomas ALLRICH – Subs not used: 6 Charlie THOBURN – Red card: ROBERTSON 60’ – Referee Alex Best
FINAL SCORE: FUSC 5 – 1 JCFC
Massive win against Rockingham last week.
Momentum is building.
Three points off the top spot, with a game in hand.
You could be decorating, gardening, cooking the dinner, getting the kids stuff ready for school next week, shopping………….or watching the game.
Why wouldn’t you want to come along?
Forrestfield United take on Joondalup City in what is turning out to be the toughest, and closest State Division 1 title race ever. The standard has risen significantly, even since last season, every team in this league is making a real effort to finish first, and with it, the prize of NPL. Joondalup City are new to the division, but not new to us, as we know them very well from our days in State Div2. Along with Fremantle City, they have brought drive and passion into the league.
Tough opponents, tough game…….Come on the Forrie.