Balcatta and Sorrento share points

Report by Ryan Langley

Balcatta put themselves on the board after a 1-1 draw with a 10-man Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday.

It was an even contest from both sides, with looks for both teams early on, but it was Sorrento who opened the scoring in the 31st minute through a Niccollo Sabatini free-kick.

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said it is unfortunate that his team couldn’t secure the three points and a win at home.

“First half we dominated, but we weren’t ruthless enough and haven’t taken our chances and haven’t been hitting the target enough,” Harnwell said.

“When we went down to ten men, we dug in and battled and got a good point out of it at the end.”

Balcatta came out strong after halftime aiming to put themselves on the scorecard and it was young star Cameron Teece answering the call and scoring the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

The 16-year-old striker is the youngest player in the Balcatta first team and Marc Anthony believes he has a big future ahead of him.

“Young Cameron is one of the brightest prospects in WA, he is only 16 so he really showed what he can do at a young age,” he said.

“He probably could have gotten three or four goals but I work with him several times a week and can see he is a natural goal scorer.”

Sorrento found themselves a man down in the 66th minute after Sabatini was red carded and ejected from the match.

Balcatta had a dominant performance for the remainder of the second half, but were unable to capitalise on their one-man advantage.

Teece aimed to put the nail in the coffin in the final minutes of the match but Sorrento keeper James Morgan kept his team afloat with a great save to end the game.

Sorrento FC 1 (Niccollo 31mins)
Balcatta FC 1 (Teece 52mins)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Percy Doyle Reserve
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Sorrento: Sorrento: GK. James MORGAN, 4. Shaun KILKELLY (18. Jordan Brown 29), 5. Billy QUINNCROFT (9. Sean Canham 62), 6. Daryl PLATTEN, 8. Ryan PEARSON, 11. Tim HILL, 13. Steven MCDONALD, 15. Alex MORGAN, 16. Niccolo SABATINI, 20. Brad MCDONALD, 21. Jordan DODD (10. Scott Bulloch 70)
Substitutes not used: 25. Todd Harnwell, 60. Sam HERBISON (RGK)
Yellow cards: Pearson 49min, Sabatini 59min, Bulloch 82min, Canham 82min
Red cards: Sabatini 66min

Balcatta: 19. Akan CARROL (15. Anthony BARABUSHA 71), 13. Cameron TEECE, 1. Clint DAVIES (GK), 5. Connor CAVANAGH, 12. Eamon MCNELIS, 9. Hassan EL YASSIRI (14. Parvis SHIRZADI 74), 6. John CORNESS, 17. Keiran COLWELL, 3. Keiron STALLARD, 20. Steve SOKOL (2. Hanafi GHAZALI 87), 10. Zelfy NAZARY
Yellow cards: Nazary 18min, Teece 39min, Yassiri 57min
Red cards: nil


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