Mandurah City’s never say die attitude proved the all important ingredient at Hyundai Stadium on Friday evening as they overcame a 2-1 deficit to record their fifth straight victory in the Football West 2015 Night Series with a 4-2 win over Gosnells City.
City, with only fullback Paul Jackson missing through injury, started well and opened the scoring after 15 minutes when skipper Andy Brown’s spectacular bicycle kick found the back of the net. But two defensive errors saw the visitors take a 2-1 lead before striker Abe Tcuono’s superb right-foot drive levelled the scores five minutes before the half-time break.
“It woke us up,” winger Johnny Brooks said after the game. “We had to come from behind and that was a great learning curve for us.” Coach Doug Hesketh agreed.
“Against a well organised opponent we rectified our mistakes and I’m delighted with result,” he said. “Gosnells tested us and we came through a tough challenge successfully.”
Brooks was a constant threat down the left with runs and crosses into the box to keep the Gosnells keeper busy, one superb second-half drive rebounding off the crossbar.
Reduced to ten men, through a disputable high challenge, Gosnells put men behind the ball and made it extremely difficult for the home side to break them down.
But on the hour young Zimbabwean striker Tcuono scored his sixth of the campaign to restore the lead – and the confidence – as City’s quick passing, possession game began to take control. With 33 strikes on goal, Mandurah certainly create chances, from all quarters, as Brown again showed his versatility by getting involved in a superb passing move from the back that saw him crack home his second of the game.
City have scored 23 goals so far in this Night series, conceding just four and will be a threat in the semi-final showdown with Western Knights on Sunday evening at Morley Windmills’ Wootton Reserve.