Knights beat Olympic in Division One showdown

Action from Fremantle's win over Forrestfield. Photo by Cat Bryant Photography

Western Knights defeated Olympic Kingsway 2-0 at Nash Field in the top-of-the-table clash in the Men's State League Division One and are now the only side left with a 100% start.

Knights ended Kingsway's flawless start in the process and pulled level on points with David Tough's side with a game in hand, although still trailing on goal difference.

Dylan White got the hosts off to a flyer inside three minutes when he cut in from the right with his low effort beating David Keenan.

Adam Kostrencic's side went on to wrap up the points 13 minutes from time with White the architect. This time he drove down the right and pulled back for substitute Paul Lloyd to finish as Knights won a fifth straight game this season.

Mandurah City are four points off Knights and Kingsway in third after a 5-2 win at Subiaco gave them a third straight win.

Craig Barker got on the end of a sweeping counter attack to put the Dolphins ahead, but Emmanuel Langoya scored either side of half-time to have Subi 2-1 up with 35 minutes left.

But Mandurah are not unbeaten in five for no reason and they scored four goals to charge clear. Joe O'Brien netted for a fourth straight game for his fifth of the season before Murray Mackintosh chanced his luck from range to complete the turnaround for his side.

Barker then joined O'Brien at the top of scoring charts with five for the season as he netted from close range before Charles Breen netted on debut to cap a fine afternoon.

Fremantle are level on points with Mandurah but are fourth on goal difference after Hamza Hina's late winner gave them a 1-0 win over eight-man Forrestfield United.

Jack Lavis and Oliver Parry both collected two first half yellow cards to leave the visitors with an uphill task at Hilton Park. Oliver La Galia also picked up two bookings as Forrestfield defended for the final 12 minutes with eight men. They nearly held on for a point too. But Hina's excellent header from Hayden Stevens' cross proved the winner with three minutes left as City continued their unbeaten start to the year.

Quinns round out the top six after a 2-0 win over bottom side UWA Nedlands gave them back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

Both goals came at the end of each half. Kieron Craig got on the end of a long throw to hook home the opener on 45 minutes before Ben Hinshelwood's penalty sealed the points late on.

Below them, the bottom six teams are separated by just three points after Rockingham City and Dianella White Eagles got their first wins of the season.

Rockingham responded after parting ways with Lee Taylor during the week as Kieran Shail's follow-in effort and Ross Bett's header gave them a 2-0 lead over Joondalup United at half time.

Gavin Knight pulled one back, but it wouldn't be enough for Nick Jennings' side who are joined on four points by Rockingham.

Dianella are also on four points after their first win since from promotion to Division One, 2-0 at home to MUM FC.

Both goals came in the second half as Daniel Mackenzie rose highest to nod in Kieran Colwell's cross before Sasa Njegic slalomed through several challenges before applying a finishing touch.

Division One results

In Division Two, Carramar Shamrock Rovers suffered their first loss of the season as Southwest Phoenix came north to win for the first time this season.

Two first-half goals from Tom Steele and another for Corey Barclay gave Phoenix a 3-1 lead at the break, despite Jamie Gibson's response.

Ger Fitzgerald pulled one back but Charlie Betts' penalty proved to be the winner, despite Gibson pulling another back with 20 minutes to play for his sixth of the campaign.

Carramar's loss meant unbeaten Kingsley Westside were able to close the gap on Rovers to a point after they hammered Ashfield 7-1.

Cameron Bishop netted twice in the first half to put the home side in the ascendency and he was joined by Josh Waldock and Kieron Salmon in scoring first half goals.

Ben Entwistle pulled one back for Ashfield, but Waldock, Jonathan Hulme and Jamie McLeod also bagged goals to complete an emphatic win.

Curtin went third and three points behind Kingsley after 5-0 win away at Swan with Kieran Witt scoring twice and Simone Sichel, Angus Christie and Theodore Chapota grabbing the others.

They replace Gosnells who dropped to fourth following a 3-1 loss away at Joondalup City as Liam Peacock scored a match-winning brace in the second half.

Jimmy Taban and Ben Wantee scored either side of the break as Balga went fifth in the league following a 2-1 win over Canning City, while Wanneroo & Morley Windmills was postponed due to Covid.

Division Two results

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