Saldaris saves Floreat's skins

Report by Navrin Secker

Floreat Athena were seconds away from back-to-back league defeats on Saturday after they blew a 2-0 lead against Armadale, before Chris Saldaris' stoppage time goal earned them a 3-3 draw.

In-form Robert Petkov put Athena one up on 14 minutes and the advantage was doubled when Calvin Whitney sruck in first-half stoppage time.

At that stage fans might have feared another heavy loss for Armadale, who were beaten 5-0 at home by Perth Glory in Round Three.

But a double from Adriano Jelenovic, one a penalty, brought John O'Reilly's side on terms and the visitors would have thought they had snatched victory when Joshua Cortes made it 3-2 in the 88th minute.

But Floreat, who suffered their first NPL WA loss in 12 games last week against Inglewood, pulled a point out of the fire thanks to Saldaris' equaliser in the fourth minute of added time.

Star man: Adriano Jelenovic

Floreat Athena: 3 (Petkov 12min, Whitney 45+2, Saldaris 90+4)
Armadale SC: 3 (Jelenovic 49, 58, Cortes 88)
Saturday, April 6, 2019
E&D Litis Stadium
Josh Nixon
Assistant referee:
Troy Malatesta, Vetrivel Ravichandar

Floreat Athena: 1. Jason SALDARIS, 2. Marco SANTALUCIA, 4. Adrian MADASCHI, 6. Jesse FULLER, 8. Jonathon STYNES, 9. Robert PETKOV, 10. Calvin WHITNEY, 11. Dennis GALAN (Ludovic BOI 62), 17. Dean EVANS (5. Thomas JEBB 78), 18. Phillip ARNOLD, 20. Nicholas AMBROGIO (15. Chris SALDARIS 74)
Unused substitutes: 16. Ryan MALTON, 23. Jordan BARBAS
Yellow cards: Galan 16, Arnold 90+3
Red cards: Nil

Armadale SC: 1. Sam HUTCHINGS, 2. Josh KUSER, 5. Ali NAZARY, 6. Joel SANDERSON (8. Michael LAWSON 63), 9. Billy QUINNCROFT, 10. Sam GARCES (19. Harry EVANS 85), 11. Adriano JELENOVIC, 12. Dannie RICHMAN, 13. Blake ADAMS, 14. Connor ATKINSON, 23. Friday ZICO (7. Joshua CORTES 77)
Unused substitutes: 22. Ryan HASLETT 30. Blake HANSHELL
Yellow cards: Jelenovic 34, Quinncroft 44
Red cards: Nil





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