Prajza gives Gulls win over Balcatta
Report by Max Hayden-Evans
A goal from Jakub Prajza just before half-time was enough to see Sorrento run out 1-0 winners against a Balcatta outfit that refused to be shaken off by the home side.
Chances proved to be few and far between for the two mid-table sides vying for their chance to climb the NPL WA ladder.
Both teams started brightly but neither was able to establish any sort of stranglehold on the match before Prajza struck late in the first-half for the game’s only goal.
Sorrento hit the right goalpost and the ball rebounded kindly to Prajza who made no mistake in firing home to earn his side a valuable three points.
The introduction of Balcatta veteran Gavin Knight in the second-half nearly inspired an equaliser but Sorrento stood tall to keep a hard-earned clean sheet.
Sorrento goalkeeper James Morgan was called into action late on in the match but he responded well as he pulled off two crucial saves to deny Balcatta and ensure his side would go on to victory.
Both sides have FFA Cup Round Five action to look forward to next weekend with Sorrento hosting giant-killers Gwelup Croatia and Balcatta at home to Canning City.
Star player: Jakub Prajza
Sorrento 1 (Prajza 42min)
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Percy Doyle Reserve
Referee: Julian Serra
Assistant referees: Troy Malatesta, Adam Hicks
Sorrento: 1. James MORGAN (GK), 2. David STOKOE, 3. Jakub PRAJZA, 4. Shaun KILKELLY, 5. Scott ROBERTSON, 7. Alex MORGAN, 8. Scott WITSCHGE (18. Jordan BROWN 83.), 10. Jordan ROBERTS (21. Elliot TATTERSALL 89), 11. Tim HILL, 17. Reece VITTIGLIA (C), 19. Jack SALTER (22. Danny JONES 76)
Substitutes not used: 13. Steven McDONALD, 60. Matt GIUDICATTA (RGK)
Yellow cards: Tattersall 90+2
Red cards: Nil
Balcatta: 2. Joseph MARINO, 3. John KEARNEY, 4. Calum O’CONNELL (C), 5. Shubham MOKALA, 10. Jonathan CORNESS, 12. Roberto DEL BORRELLO, 16. Alex CASTIELLO, 20. Anthony TOPINI (7. Alex WILD 55.), 22. Ben PELLIZZARI (9. Gavin KNIGHT 65.), 23. Adam ZIMARINO (21. Nicholas CHALLOT 58.), 25. David KEENAN
Substitutes not used: 1. Yousri GHARSALLAH (RGK), 19. Michael ZAMARINO
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil