Perth claim points in wet conditions
Report by Adrian Klein
Subiaco showed signs of improvement after a heavy round one defeat, despite a 2-0 loss to Perth SC at a wet Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.
Thumped 7-1 by Stirling on the opening weekend, Subiaco were far more resilient against Perth but goals from Reece Vittiglia and Matt Milenkovic were enough to settle the contest in the home side's favour.
Perth assistant coach Marc Wingell said poor weather conditions had made for a tight game.
“Eventually our quality on the ball, especially up front took its toll and we got the win,” he said.
“When we needed to react and create a couple of goals we did.”
Perth goalkeeper Francis Soale was called upon in the 14th minute to make a great diving save from Carlin Feely's free-kick from just outside the box.
Subiaco had another attempt in the 25th minute with a good low cross from Daniel Milne but Subiaco striker Ian McMurray could not get anything on it.
A breakthrough came in the 32nd minute with Vittiglia getting on the end of a through-ball that came through the middle of Subiaco’s defence.
It took just 10 minutes after the restart for Perth to find the back of the net with Vittiglia’s shot being parried into the path of Milenkovic, who headed it in.
Tensions were high with promising signs for a Subiaco come-back in the second half with Soale working hard to keep a clean sheet.
Subiaco captain Nathan Diaz said that his side battled hard but didn’t get the result they wanted.
“A few mistakes cost us a lot,” he said.
“We were in the game the entire time, we had enough chances but we just weren’t clinical enough.”
A late challenge in stoppage time on Perth’s Rocco Pizzata sparked some controversy, resulting in a yellow card to Subiaco’s George Tchami and Ryan Montgomery.
Perth’s Wingell said that it was a perfect result for his side today putting down to a great team performance.
Perth SC 2 (Vittiglia 32 mins, Milenkovic 42)
Subiaco AFC 0
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Referee: Tom Dowle
Assistants: Josh Mannella, Peter Kaiser.
Fourth official: Stephen Muldoon
Subiaco: 1. Ryan MONTGOMERY, 2. Nathan DIAZ (c), 3. Ger Fitzgerald (12. Zach Edwards 83), 4. Jackson DONGRAY, 6. Daniel MILNE, 9. Ian MCMURRAY (8.Kevin White 66), 10. Rory FEELY, 11.Blanchard (18. Dylan Andrews 59), 14. Carlin FEELY, 15. Hamish BLANCHARD, 16. Zachary HARDISTY
Substitutes not used: 13. George Tchami, 21. Hamish ST GEORGE,
Yellow cards: Diaz 44’, Blanchard 51’, Fitzgerald 63’, Milne 73’, Andrews 90’, Montgomery 90’
Red cards: nil
Perth SC: 1. Francis SOALE, 3. Marco SANTALUCIA, 4. Adrian MADASCHI, 5. Dean EVANS, 6. Clark Keltie, 8. Tom KING (2. David Filippou 79), 9. Gustavo CATACIONE, 12. Jordan DE LEO (10. Nick Ambrogio 71), 13. Rocco PIZZATA, 17. Reece VITTIGLIA (14. Dino Topcagic 81), 20. Matt MILENKOVIC
Substitutes not used: 16. Thomas JEBB, 23. Daniel PASSARELLI
Yellow cards: Pizzata 90’
Red cards: nil