Mandurah City opened their 2015 WA State League campaign with an awesome display to beat Swan United 6-1 at the Swan Italian Club on Saturday.
Led by a man of the match display from Craig Young, City raced to 4-0 halftime lead before two second half goals from midfield dynamo Jordan Rhodes saw off a late Swan challenge.
Young was everywhere in his midfield holding role, breaking up opposition play and helping to set up a wave of attacks as City carried on their great pre-season form with another scintillating display.
“If Barcelona can afford his bar bill, we’ll be getting a phone call, this week from them,” joked coach Doug Hesketh of Young’s performance.
“He was awesome.”
Defender Tom Straker scored the opener after 17 minutes, connecting to a cross from the right from the ever dangerous Abi Tcuona .
Six minutes later it was two after a John Brookes shot was blocked only to see Matt Stares crack home a superb half-voley from just outside the penalty area.
Tcuono added a third on 35 minutes with a stunning shot from nothing 18 yards out and on halftime Brookes finished a well worked team move that saw five players involved to drive home from edge of the box.
Swan never gave up and scored a consolation goal in the 65th minute but it was Mandurah’s day as Rhodes, dominant in midfield, followed up a Tcuono blocked shot to make it five and then ten minutes from time scored the sixth with a near post head after corner.
Hesketh was full of praise for his team, including youngsters Michael Flemming and Jamie Willman, who came on late for their State League debuts.
“Swan set up well and we knew we had to put in a special performance and we did,” Hesketh said.
“We played a counter attacking game early on and it worked. Once we got clear we played some football – people really do need to come and watch this in action, its poetry.”
It was a great day all-round as Nathan Chapman scored a superb hat trick as the reserves won their opening game 4-0.