Cockburn City 2 Sorrento FC 2
Prajza magic earns a point for Gulls
A piece of Jakob Prajza magic earned the Gulls a 2-2 draw against Cockburn City in the Round 5 match on Saturday.
It turned out to be a game of 2 halves at Dalmatinac Park in which Cockburn City led 2-0 at the break but a fantastic recovery from the Gulls saw them draw level and almost grab a winner with the last kick of the game.
The Gulls were weakened by the late withdrawal of top scorer Cameron Teece through illness although he did make the bench together with Clark Keltie, returning from suspension and Tim Hill and Tristan Colli who both returned from minor injuries.
Cockburn took the lead on 28 minutes. A long pass from Julian Teles found Ash Rosindale back to goal. He laid it off to Fanuel Dawit who found Ryan Pratt. Pratt moved the ball left to Jesse Lazarro who struck the ball first time from 20 yards out into the bottom corner.
Cockburn doubled their lead just before half time following a training ground free-kick, which caught the Sorrento defence cold. Lazarro played it short to an unmarked Kristian Santich, whose brilliant movement before the free-kick saw him unmarked. He fired a shot towards goal which Matt Guidicatti could only parry into the path of Teles who side-footed it past the keeper.
Gulls boss Jamie Harnwell made changes at half time bringing on Hill and Keltie and changing the formation to a 3-5-2. Sorrento then committed more bodies forward in search of a comeback.
On 48 minutes Prajza was close from a free-kick firing the ball just over the bar,
On 54 minutes, a long throw from Jordan Brown found Daniel Faichney 12 yards out in a crowded penalty area and his left-footed shot unluckily hit the angle of bar and post. You felt a goal was coming.
On 56 minutes it duly arrived. Ollie Annis started and finished the move. He went past 2 players and played the ball to Jakob Prajza. Prazja crossed to Morgan who laid it back to Annis and he side-footed the ball past Luke Radonich.
The Gulls then started turning the screw. On 57 minutes the Gulls almost equalized. Prajza played the ball to Faichney on the left. His cross found Jordan Brown who found Scott Witchge and his shot was heading for the top corner when a great save from Radonich tipped it over the bar.
Then on 64 minutes, Sorrento equalized. Prajza dispossessed Cameron Edwards on the edge of the box and his sublime chip dinked over Radonich into the top corner. Brilliant and now game on!
On 83 minutes, the Gulls threw on Teece in search of a winner. They still had time for 3 more chances. Faichney got his head to the ball on 83 minutes but his header was blocked by Teles. Witschge then fired over the bar on 84 minutes.
Teece almost found the winner in stoppage time. Annis played a delicate chip into the box, Teece took it high, let it bounce but his shot went just over the bar.
It was a great recovery from the Gulls against a good side who after Round 5 sit in 4th place.
The Gulls remain in 7th, equal on points with Bayswater City and Perth Glory but with an inferior goal difference.
Next week, the Gulls face Inglewood United in Round 6 at Percy Doyle Reserve. Please come down and support the lads as they look to push towards the top 4.
- Matt Giudicatti
- Jordan Brown
- Daniel Faichney
- Shaun Kilkelly (captain)
- Ryan McLaughlin
- Zdenek Bezdek
- Alex Morgan
- Scott Witschge
- Amir Ajan
- Ollie Annis
- Jakob Prajza
- Patrick Hughes 13. Clark Keltie 14 Tim Hill 15. Tristan Colli 16. Cameron Teece
The Sorrento 18s lost 2-0 and the 20s lost 2-0 to their respective Cockburn City City teams.