Report by Peter Simcox
Beretovac was happy with the win, but never celebrated any of his goals, as he has a lot of good memories from his time at Fremantle.
“They were the first club I’d ever played for, and I’m a Freo boy, so you can’t celebrate against your own team,” Beretovac said.
“It was important for us to get the points today and I thought we deserved the win. The two new Korean lads in the middle of the park worked really hard today.
“They never stopped running and gave us some good passes to run onto, and at the back we were tight, it was a good performance from the whole side which is pleasing.”
Only one point separated the teams at kick-off and Fremantle had the first real chance on eight minutes, but Jerome Cador’s long-range free kick was saved at the second attempt by Gwelup keeper Danijel Markovic.
But three minutes later the home side opened the scoring. A long clearance from Markovic sent Beretovac clear and he finished clinically from the edge of the penalty area.
Markovic then produced a stunning save to deny a Leandro Fernandes free kick, and moments later it was 2-0 to the home side. Jamie Mitsopoulas curled a superb free kick from wide on the left into the top corner of the net, giving Fremantle keeper Robert Pedri no chance.
The visitors were back in the game just before the break. A corner from the right was only cleared as far as Bozo Ramic, and his volley flew into the net, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.
The home side regained their two goal advantage 10 minutes into the second half. Korean midfielder Daejin Kim played the ball in to Beretovac, who round the keeper and fired home into an empty net.
Fremantle looked to respond, but Marin Sestan saw his shot from 16 yards flash wide of the target, but on 67 minutes it was 4-1 to Gwelup.
A corner from the right fell to Adrian Kim, his shot was blocked the rebound fell kindly to Nikola Kalic who fired home from close range, with the Fremantle defence looking for the offside flag that never came.
The game looked in the bag for Gwelup but Fremantle pressed forward, and three minutes later Daniel Francis’ shot was cleared off the line by Daniel Raso. Then moments later Bozo Ramic’s shot crashed off the post.
But the points were wrapped up when Gwelup added a fifth in the 80th minute. Adrian Kim caught Peter Borovina in possession and pulled the ball back to Beretovac who fired home to complete his hat-trick.
Fremantle scored a late consolation goal on 83 minutes, Borovina firing home through a crowded penalty area, but the points went to Gwelup and coach Dejan Vilic was delighted with his team’s performance.
“It was tough game as all derbies are, and both clubs were looking for points, but today our boys performed really well,” Vilic said.
The coach praised the hat-trick hero, and is also looking forward to next week’s game.
“It was great for Stjepan today, two years ago he was playing for Fremantle, and today he took his goals really well. It was a good all-round team performance today, and the win sets up a good game next week at Southern Spirit, who are level with us on the table.”
Gwelup Croatia 5 (Beretovac 11’, 55’, 80’, Mitsopoulas 26’, Kalic 66’)
Fremantle Croatia 2 (Ramic 44’, Borovina 83’)
Sunday 2nd June 2013
Venue – Croatian Sporting Complex, Gwelup
Attendance – 100 (Approx)
Referee – Matt Southern
Assistants – Rob Veroni and Mathew Cheeseman
Gwelup Croatia – GK Danijel MARKOVIC, 4 Joey SIMPKINS, 6 Ian O’SULLIVAN, 10 Daniel RASO, 19 Stjepan BERETOVAC (23 Jordan COSTANZO 89’), 24 Nikola KALIC (36 Carlo COELHO 71’), 25 Jamie MITSOPOULAS (69 Andrew CATALANO 75’), 32 Matthew CATALANO, 47 Adrian KIM, 48 Daejin KIM, 94 Leon DI BENEDETTO
Subs not used – RGK Brendan CATALANO, 13 Anthony MIHALJ
Yellow Cards - Nil
Fremantle Croatia – GK Robert PEDRI, 5 Adam KOSTRENCIC, 6 Peter BOROVINA, 9 Joe LIGUAN (38 Daniel SILLIS 75’), 14 Jerome CADOR, 15 Leandro FERNANDES (20 Kevin CLARY-ANGELES 62’), 27 Bozo RAMIC, 30 Daniel FRANCIS, 32 Alen KARASELIMOVIC, 34 Marin SESTAN, 40 Blazen ZORIC
Subs not used – RGK Ante RAMIC, 17 Troy SILLIS
Yellow Cards – Karaselimovic 22’, Kostrencic 39’, Sestan 78’, Cador 87’, Troy Sillis 88’, Daniel Sillis 92’