Balcatta down Academy First Team, but 18s and 20s continue to shine

The PGFC Academy First Team were unable to secure an NPL WA double over Balcatta Etna on Saturday as the northern suburbs side ran out 3-1 winners at Lark Hill.

The first goal arrived shortly before half-time when Ben Ford slotted home from close range and on the hour-mark they doubled their advantage as Kotarto Yamamoto’s low shot eluded Luca Iovene in the Glory goal.

The hosts pushed hard to claw their way back into the game in the final quarter, only to be dealt another blow nine minutes from time when Ben Hinshelwood’s shot deflected off the luckless Lucas Cook and looped into the net.

John Walmsley’s side did at least manage a consolation effort in stoppage-time, Aiki Tsukamoto staking his claim for Goal of the Week by arrowing a superb strike into the roof of the net from outside the box.

PGFC Academy First Team Line-Up: 1.Luca IOVENE (GK), 2.Danny DOUGLAS (16.Aston MONTGOMERY 85′), 3.Judd MACDOUGALL, 4.Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI (C), 6.Laat MATHIANG, 7.James OVERY, 8.Jaylan PEARMAN (11.Louis HEWINGS 85′), 9.Joel ANASMO (17.Khoa NGO 79′), 10.Matthew GEORGE (5.Aiki TSUKAMOTO 63′), 15.Josh ANASMO (18.Royie RAHAMIM 63′), 20.Lucas COOK

Substitutes not used: 12.Gert PRINSLOO, 50.Liam COYNE (GK)

Ahead of the First Team game, both the Under-18s and Under-20s continued their impressive run of form with comprehensive victories.

Maxim Uvarov (2), Tinomuonga Mutema and Ziyan Lan shared the goals for the Under-18s in their 4-1 win, before the Under 20s eased home 7-1 with Seb Despotovski (2), Daniel Adesina, Samuel Barry, Abdulla Dofash, Santiago Flores and Damon Karasavidis all finding the net.

Those results saw the Under-18s maintain their lead at the top of the table and the Under-20s replace Perth SC at the summit of their ladder on goal difference.

All three teams are in NPL WA action away at Armadale SC next Saturday (17th June), with the Under-18s getting things underway at Alfred Skeet Reserve at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.