The Sorrento Gull’s grinded out a determined victory over the Subiaco Lions 2-0 at Rosalie Park on Saturday. The win means Sorrento retain second position and now only 1 point behind leaders Floreat Athena who lost 3-0 to Inglewood.
Cloud cover and a smoke haze at 19 degrees with no breeze, but a little cool for supporters for the 3pm kick off at Rosalie Park. The surface looked good, but players took to slipping once play had started.
Subiaco Captain and keeper, Ryan Montgomery called incorrectly the toss of the coin by referee Stephen Gregory and Sorrento Captain, Steve McDonald choose to attack the cricket field (western) end goal.
Both teams had their chances to score in the first half, although a large majority of the battle was fought in the midfield with both sides finding it tough to break the deadlock. Sorrento looked like they had scored in the 33rd minute as a loose ball was bundled over the goal line, however the referee ruled a foul on Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery in the process.
Subiaco weren’t without chances of their own as Rory Feely hit the upright just before half-time.
At the break, both coaches approached the Referee about the seemingly high pressure within the match balls. Coaches proved correct and the footballs were adjusted.
Sorrento came out the dominant side after the break with a second half surge which as Scott Bulloch headed home at the far left post to a Sean Canham high cross from deep on the right in the 58th minute. Just five minutes later Canham turned from provider to goal scorer getting on the score sheet himself. He headed a outswing corner from the right downward and pass Montgomery.
Despite a late push by Subiaco, the team in sky blue went on to see out the game comfortably with 3 minutes added for stoppage time.
Sorrento manager Jamie Harnwell was pleased with his side’s performance, in particular the way they responded after half-time. “I thought it was a professional performance today, we’ve dropped a lot of points lately. It was nice to come here, keep a clean sheet and walk away with three points”. “We thought they (Subiaco) would expend a lot of energy in the first half, trying to counter us and they’d tire… (in the second half) we started to create more chances and space, and a couple of really good goals,” he said.
Subiaco player-manager, Ian McMurray pointed to momentary lapses in concentration as the primary cause of his team’s disappointing performance. “I’m disappointed, I thought we played well in parts… again there are moments we’re switching off and you’ll get punished by teams”. “We’ve got to keep going, we’re getting better but maybe five percent of the time we’re not there and we’re getting punished for it,” he said.