Sorrento Gulls and southern neighbours, Stirling Lions produced a thrilling goal feast with the Gulls winning 5-3 match in the Football West National Premier League match at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday. Sorrento extended their winning streak to three
22 degrees, cloud cover and a strong breeze from very unusual direction of east at “Windy Hill”.
Lions Captain, David Micevski called correctly the toss of the coin by Referee, Josh Mannella and asked Gulls Captain, Daryl Platten to attack the car park (northern) goal.
Two-goal Jordan Roberts led the way for the Gulls, who are now just two points off the top of the National Premier Leagues WA ladder following the Round Five losses suffered by Bayswater City and Perth Glory.
Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell was full of praise for Roberts and Scott Witschge and was in no doubt they deserved the win.
“For the spectators this would’ve been fantastic, but not so much for the coaches. I thought we deserved to win. I thought we were the better side,” Harnwell said.
“We created enough chances but we’ve still got to get better defensively, unfortunately.” “I thought Jordan was excellent today; Scotty Witschge on the other side was as well. We wanted to make sure we got the ball out to them earlier and quickly because they are so dangerous.”
For most of the first half the hosts were happy to soak up the pressure and counter.
And it proved to be an effective approach when Stirling fell victim to a 27th-minute screamer from Timothy Hill, who did well to get past his marker before unleashing a left-foot strike from 35 yards into the top corner agains t his former club.
The visitors pushed hard to equalise, but were caught cold from another break just before half-time. This time Roberts took off from his own half and with no one near him, he calmly slotted past Lions keeper Lance Alavakis to make it 2-0.
And just six minutes after the restart Sorrento extended their lead further when Alavakis gave the ball away to Roberts, who chipped the ball over him for his second of the game.
But Stirling weren’t going down without a fight and they got back into the match through a penalty, which David Micevski scored.
And 3-1 soon became 3-2 when Dhhors Chol fired in a screamer from 30 yards out, much to the delight of the Stirling supporters.
Sorrento then went up the other end and after the Lions failed to clear a corner, and Gulls striker, Alex Morgan made it 4-2 when he got on the end of a great cross to head the ball home via the crossbar.
The visitors were not finished, though, and Dean Cummings made it 4-3. Keeper James Morgan did well to keep out the first shot, but could do little to prevent Cummings following up to score.
Incredibly Stirling then almost levelled, but Micevski’s shot went agonisingly wide in the last few seconds of the game.
And to rub salt in the wound, Sorrento finally snuffed out Stirling’s hopes of an unlikely point when Witschge’s deflected shot went into the top corner to make it 5-3.
20NPL: SORRENTO 1 v STIRLING 5
18NPL: SORRENTO 1 v STIRLING 1
MATCH REPORT: FOOTBALL WEST. SATURDAY, 6 MAY 2017
SORRENTO 5 (Tim Hill 29, Jordan Roberts 45, 52, Alex Morgan 64, Scott Witschge 90) v STIRLING 3 (David Micevski 54, Dhhors Chol 61, Dean Cummings 78)
Sorrento: GK. James MORGAN, 7. Alex MORGAN, 6. Darryl PLATTEN (C), 19. Jack SALTER, 10. Jordan ROBERTS, 17. Reece VITTIGLIA, 14. Scott WITSCHGE, 4. Shaun KILKELLY, 13. Steve McDONALD, 11. Timothy HILL, 28. Joel PROUT. Subs: RGK 60. Anastasis FARSALEAS (RGK), 20. Brad McDONALD, 23. Cameron TEECE, 21. Godwin DARKWA, 18. Jordan BROWN
Cautions: Kilkelly 45. Send Offs: Nil
Stirling Lions: GK. Lance ALAVAKIS, 4. Alex SULESKI, 11. Alex TANEVSKI, 2. David MOLINARI, 10. David MICEVSKI, 7. Dean Cummings(C), 8. Dejan Spaseski, 5.Liam HENDERSON, 9. Robert PETKOV, 6. Dhhors CHOL, 16. Steve SOKOL, 20. Pasquale GIOFFRE Subs: RGK, 17. Zane CASELLA, 12. Matthew CHERRIE 72, 13. Joey PERKINS, 15. David TRAJKOSKI. Cautions: Henderson 63, Cummings 65. Send Offs: Nil
Referee: Josh Mannella, AR1: Darren Quinlan, AR2: Callum Haddow.