NPL Latest: Armadale prove too strong for Academy First Team

The PGFC Academy First Team endured a tough afternoon at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday, eventually going down 4-0 to Armadale SC.

John Walmsley’s side found themselves trailing inside the opening three minutes as George Ballah burst into the box and picked out the bottom corner and the hosts soon doubled their lead courtesy of a close-range header from Chris Jackson.

Just short of the hour-mark, Jackson took advantage of a defensive error to slam home his second and Armadale’s third and he went on to complete his hat-trick 15 minutes from time, this time converting a low cross from substitute Emerson Alexis.

PGFC Academy First Team: 1.Robert COOK (GK), 2.Shade STEWART, 3.Judd MACDOUGALL, 4.Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI, 6.Danny DOUGLAS, 8.Royie RAHAMIM (7.James OVERY 66′), 9.Jayden GORMAN, 10.Aiki TSUKAMOTO (5.Jaylan PEARMAN 66′), 15.Josh ANASMO (11.Joel ANASMO 66′), 17.Khoa NGO (14.Matthew GEORGE 65′), 21.Lucas COOK

Substitutes not used: 16.Manolo VENERACION, 18.Gert PRINSLOO, 30.Luca IOVENE (GK)

The Under-18s, meanwhile, enjoyed better fortunes as they stormed to an 8-0 win which maintained their one-point lead over Sorrento FC at the top of the table.

Beckham Baker and Santiago Flores led the way by bagging a brace apiece, with Ziyan Lan, Alfie Knight, Chulu Johnson and Alexander Bolton also getting on the scoresheet.

The Under-20s also claimed three points, despite losing Aston Montgomery to a 21st-minute red card.

Abdulla Dofash had already struck twice to put Glory in control by that time and although the hosts pulled one back almost immediately, a towering header from Damon Karasavidis and Seb Despotovski’s penalty eased the youngsters to a 4-1 win.

Ivan Zuvela’s side will reclaim top spot from Perth SC if they win their game in hand and they will also be looking to book a place in the State League Reserves Cup Final when they take on Perth SC this Wednesday evening at UWA Sports Park (McGillivray Oval).

Kick-off is at 8pm.

All three teams will then return to NPL WA action on Saturday when Bayswater City will provide the opposition at Lark Hill.

The Under-18s get underway at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.

(picture courtesy of Tom McCarthy)