2024 Men's State League Night Series: East Perth stay in touch with Sorrento

A second-half double from Ryan McCready helped East Perth to victory over Swan United in the Men’s State League Night Series on Sunday.

The 3-1 win at Percy Doyle Reserve moved the State League newcomers into second spot in Group A and kept them in contention for a quarter-final spot.

Miguel De Oliveira scored East Perth’s first, with Brennan Borzecki equalising early in the second half. Then two goals in four minutes from McCready ultimately settled the matter.

Sorrento v MUM FC
Keegan Chambers (No9) puts Sorrento into the lead against MUM FC. Photo by Cat Bryant Photography

East Perth are two points behind leaders Sorrento FC, whom they play next week. The Gulls beat Murdoch University Melville 3-0 on Sunday. It took them almost an hour to score through Keegan Chambers, but they quickly doubled their lead via an own goal. Hamza Hina bagged the third three minutes from the end.

Joondalup United are top of Group B after they won 4-2 against Ashfield at Paintseal Arena. Tyler Holden, Jamie Gardiner, James Oldroyd and Jay Lang were Joondalup’s scorers, with Ashfield twice equalising via Robert Macdonald and Dean Kezurer.

Joondalup have a three-point cushion over Ashfield, who are second on goal difference from Kingsley Westside. Nicholas Koefler, Chad Samuels and Paul Stewart were Kingsley’s scorers as they beat Forrestfield United 3-1 at Crazy Domain Stadium on Saturday. James Bourne got Forrestfield’s goal from the penalty spot.

Holders Mandurah City lead Group E following their 2-1 defeat of Rockingham City. Jordan Callaghan and a penalty from Leigh Griffiths put Mandurah 2-0 ahead, before Shane Boyle pulled one back for Rockingham. Sadly the game was overshadowed by a serious leg injury suffered by Mandurah’s Alex Grayson near the end.

Also in Group E, Kalamunda City and Canning City shared six goals in a 3-3 draw. Kalamunda led 2-0 through Fernando Albornoz and Antonio Martinez, with Mason Langham scoring twice either side of the break to pull Canning level. Gaston Bazet put Kalamunda back in front, while Thomas Kinane equalised again for Canning.

East Perth v Swan United
East Perth beat Swan United at Percy Doyle Reserve. Photo by Cat Bryant Photography

Quinns FC moved into second spot in Group F on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Gwelup Croatia. They are three points behind UWA Nedlands, who made it two wins from two by beating Curtin University 2-1 on Saturday.

On the same night, Greg Greenwood struck a last-minute for Wanneroo City against Subiaco in Group D. Nicholas Dossena got the Roos’ first while Kaleb Morrison was Subi’s scorer.

With one round to go, Wanneroo sit in third place, a point behind Joondalup City and Dianella White Eagles who drew 1-1. Shane Barnes got Eagles’ goal with Emmanuel Emefiele on the mark for City.

There were two games in Group C at Dalmtinac Park on Friday. Cockburn City went top with a 2-1 win against Gosnells City.  Vladimir Naumovski and Ben Pike were the Cockburn scorers, either side of Joshua Spencer's effort for Gosnells. The other game between Balga and Carramar Shamrock Rovers ended 2-2.  Rovers twice led through Dylan McCann and Jaydan Licastro, while Stefan Poposki and Mark Bauersachs secured a point for Balga.

All fixtures, results and tables can be seen on Squadi: http://tinyurl.com/2v86kfcu