MATCH REPORT: SATURDAY, 3 MARCH 2018
PERTH 2 (Kristian Santich 25, Paul Zimarino 90) v SORRENTO 1 (Shaun Kilkelly 63)
Perth substitute, Paul Zimarino scored in the 90th minute to edge out the Sorrento Gulls 2-1 at Dorrien Gardens in Round 2 of the Football West Premier League.
A cool evening at 20 degrees with only a whiff of breeze occasionally from the west on a good surface for the 7pm kick off. Okay for supporters and good for the footballers. Gulls Captain, Daryl Platten called correctly the toss of the coin by Referee, Adam Fielding and Perth Captain, Francis Soale was asked to attack the northern end goal.
Sorrento started brightly and had three big chances to open the scoring before Perth took advantage of their opposition’s profligacy. The Gulls could have led early as the 13th minute when Jack Salter nipped in ahead of Pizzata and from an acute angel on the right his shot flashed across the face of goal. Then straight after Reece Vittigilia beat his marker on the left, but saw his shot cannon off the legs of Francis Soale for a corner which Brad McDonald took from the left. The deep cross reached Jordan Brown but he headed downwards wide of the right post.
Perth woke up as they had a succession of opportunities themselves.
On 16 minutes Gulls keeper had brought down Gustavo Catarcione and everyone agreed it was a penalty to Perth. However, form Gulls player Niccolo Sabbatini was wasteful from the penalty spot when he shot over from 12 yards, but the home side didn’t have to wait much longer to make the Gulls pay.
At 25 minutes Kristian Santich struck against the run as Perth led after a topsy-turvy first half. Gustavo Catarcione sublime flick to the on rushing Santich was right into his path and he expertly lobbed over the advancing Morgan. Perth should have doubled their lead five minutes before the break when Richard Howles headed over from close range after Catarcione linked up with Sabbatini.
In the final minutes the Gulls should have been level. Scott Witschge produced some magic on the right by-line to cut the ball back to Alex Morgan, but his powerful header from dead in front was over the cross bar.
The home side continued their momentum early as 4 minutes in the second half as Morgan blocked at the near post from Howles’s bullet. Then from the corner by Sabbatini from the right, Howles’s header was blocked by Morgan. Sorrento with Assistant Coach, Michael Johhson standing in on the side line for the ill Jamie Harnwell made a change with two substitutions at 62 minutes. Visa Players Jordan Roberts and Godwin Darkwa entered the competition. The Gulls immediately looked more dangerous and levelled within a minute.
Jordan Roberts’ free-kick from the left clipped the wall and went through several bodies in the area to where Kilkelly was on the spot to fire in from close range.
Chances were traded after that as Morgan denied Howles once again with a stunning fingertip save before Salter curled over from the edge of the penalty area.
Perth had a golden chance with eight minutes to go as substitutes Frank Furfaro and Zimarino combined with the latter volleying over from close range.
A winner would come, though, as Zimarino made amends. He got across his marker to the right post to a low cross from the right by Rocco Pizzata, to glance inside the left post to give the hosts their first win of the 2018 season after four minutes of stoppage time..
With goals coming from two of Perth’s younger players, match winner Zimarino praised the club’s coaching set-up for giving him an opportunity in the first team. “It’s always good (to come off the bench and make an impact), but the most important thing is the three points,” he said. “The club always back you in and over the years you can see the youth coming through as most of our squad have been there. “You just know that if you work hard and take your chance, there’s a chance to play the following week and it just show what can happen when there’s faith in the youth players.”
Perth coach Ramon Falzon was pleased with his team’s response after their surprising loss to Perth Glory last week. “It feels good to get the late winner. The boys showed plenty of character and it was important for us to get going,” he said. “We’ve managed to sneak that (late) goal several times in the last couple of years, so I was confident we could win it late on. “We got back to basics, reinforced our playing style, focused on the good things and the boys went out and delivered the result. “It’s always pleasing to see two young players work hard, score and get their reward, it’s a massive satisfaction for the club.”
Perth SC: GK: Francis Soale (c), 4 Adrian Madaschi, 5 Niccolo Sabbatini (17 Frank Furfaro 56), 7 Aleksander Jovic (10 Nicholas Ambrogio 71), 9 Gustavo Catarcione, 12 Jordan De Leo, 6 Harley Oorr, 16 Kieran Colwell, 13 Rocco Pizzata, 14 Kristian Santich, 18 Richard Howles (20 Paul Zimarino 79). Subs not used: RGK: Daniel Passarelli, 2 Alex Silla. Cautions: Sabbatini 37, Jovic 63, De Leo 74, Orr 79. Send Offs: Nil.
Sorrento FC: GK. James Morgan, 6 Daryl Platten (c), 18 Jordan Brown, 4 Shaun Kilkelly, 8. Ryan Pearson, 11 Tim Hill (21 Godwin Darkwa 62), 20 Brad McDonald, 19 Jack Salter, 14 Scott Witschge, 7 Alex Morgan (10 Jordan Roberts 62), 17. Reece Vittiglia. Subs not used: RGK: Anastasis Farsaleas, 22 Danny Jones, 3 Jaxon Temata. Cautions: Pearson 76, Roberts 76. Send Offs: Nil
Referee: Adam Fielding