Boi stars in Floreat win
Report by Kelechi Osunwa
Floreat Athena put up clinical 3-0 win away at Cockburn City to reclaim second place in the National Premier League WA.
Floreat started the quicker and took the lead when Jonathan Stynes calmly collected a cross into his path and stroked home.
Cockburn nearly equalised minutes later when Jesse Lazzaro and Hasani Sinclair combined for Sinclair to round keeper Jason Saldaris, but the striker drifted wide and could only dink his shot over bar.
Floreat ramped up the pressure and nearly doubled the lead when Ludovic Boi combined with Stynes to find Dean Evans free in the box but the midfielder could only volley over the bar.
Just as Cockburn were starting to make headway, Boi doubled the lead. The winger swivelled and reacted quickest following a poor clearance in the Cockburn penalty area and fired home.
Cockburn made two changes at the interval and had two quick chances to score but Ryan Pratt and Devon Gibson both powered their efforts over the bar.
Cockburn pushed for a goal but Floreat were able to keep them at arm’s length with Jesse Fuller and Dennis Galan marshalling the midfield and defence resolutely.
With the match petering to a close substitute George Festa rounded up the scoring with a curling effort from outside the penalty area to move Floreat up to second place.
Star player: Ludovic Boi (Floreat Athena)
Cockburn City 0
Floreat Athena 3 (Stynes 7min, Boi 38, Festa 78)
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Referee: Josh Mannella,
Assistant referees: Peter Kaiser, Alexander Wright
Cockburn: 1. Luke RADONICH, 3. Daniel DOLS (7. Ashley ROSINDALE 76’), 5. Julian TELES, 6. Reuben TRISTAO, 14. Hayden STEVENS, 15. Daniel SANTICH (12. Ryan PRATT 45), 16. Daniel ROBINSON, 17. Devon GIBSON, 18. Adam ANFUSO (2. Christopher THACKRAY 45), 19. Hasani SINCLAIR, 21. Jesse LAZZARO
Substitutes not used: 23. Ben RADONICH
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Floreat: 1. Jason SALDARIS, 5. Thomas JEBB 6. Jesse FULLER, 8. Jonathan STYNES, 9. Robert PETKOV, 11. Dennis GALAN, 14. Ludovic BOI (13. George FESTA 73), 17. Dean EVANS, 20 Adam FALCONE (33. Tyler HOLDEN 57), 16. Ryan MALTON (29 Jack PAINTER-ADREWS 81), 15. Christopher SALDARIS
Substitutes not used: (RGK) 23 Jordan BARBAS, 32 Robert HARDING
Yellow cards: Holden 66
Red cards: Nil