UWA 0 Mandurah City 4
Mandurah City’s push for the WA State League championship took another positive step at UWA Nedlands on Saturday as they reached the 100 milestone for goals in their 4-0 win over their hosts.
City have now scored 102 goals in all competitions this season but had to wait until the second half before they hit the back of the net as UWA kept the game scoreless until halftime thanks to some brave stops from the home keeper.
Ged Burke was denied after just three minutes in a one-on-one before UWA moved swiftly up the other end to hit City’s post.
Then after 31 minutes the Irish winger was blocked again in a one-on-one situation and when Abi Tcuono was put clear he also found the home keeper in fine form to deny him a goal.
Nine clear-cut chances on goal in the first half but nothing to show for it saw the Dolphins come out for the second period fired up.
Within six minutes of the restart a vicious inswinging corner from Jordan Rhodes was met with a bullet header from skipper Andy Brown, who saw his effort hit one post, then other before ending up in the back of the net.
Nine minutes later the lead was doubled with Burke this time beating the keeper in a one-on-one duel.
Returning striker Craig Tone replaced Tcuono at halftime and his presence was a danger as UWA battled bravely to stay in the game.
Midfielder Lance Louvie, who was outstanding alongside Rhodes in the middle, beat the offside trap for Tone to race through, keep his head and make it three in the 68th minute.
By now it was all one-way traffic as City peppered the home side’s goal and a fourth came courtesy of another defence splitting pass from the right to find substitute John Brooks in the clear, who raced in to score.
City now need 10 points from five games to wrap up the championship and face another battle at Hyundai Stadium on Saturday when they host Dianella White Eagles.
The rewerves battled for a well-deserved 1-01 draw thanks to a fine goals from Mark McLaughlin. The under-18s game was called off because of sickness and injuries to City’s squad left with with only six fit players.