LATE STRIKE SEALS VICTORY FOR KWINANA.
Kwinana United Sealed its first win of the season at home to Queens Park after a spirited 2-1 victory.
The game couldn’t have started much worse with a penalty conceded very early on in the match, with Queens Park slotting the ball past Kwinana keeper Chad Freund. Against the run of play, Queens Park had the advantage with Kwinana now having all the work to do to get back into the match.
Kwinana continued to control the game with Glen Smith brining wingers Jacob Englesman and Clint Brown into the match, causing trouble time and time again for Queens Park defenders. Run down the wings didn’t result in many chances in front of goal, however Kwinana controlled much of the ball giving confidence to those both on the pitch and coaching staff on the sidelines. It wasn’t long before Kwinana scored the equaliser with Glen Smith finding the corner of the net after a well placed cross from Andrew Morton.
With the game now level Kwinana had all the momentum going into half time however both teams found a gear with good chances at both ends lacking that final touch. At the break it stayed 1-1 with both teams needing to find something extra in the second half.
The second half was much the same as the first, with both teams enjoying periods of good football, however struggling to find the back of the net. Defensively Kwinana were solid with good performances from Neil Evans and Daniel Willars giving confidence at the back and limiting attacks from Queens Park. In the middle of the park Glen Smith and Jamie Went continued to play well, driving the chances for Kwinana whilst Francisco Massu kept the opposition in check. Late into the second half Kwinana welcomed Lee Bates and Shane Nunes off the bench both injecting a bit of spark into the game with Kwinana pressing Queens Park looking for the win. It wasn’t long before Paul O’Brien’s changes worked with Shane Nunes Scoring a wonder Free Kick from around 25 Yards out, an unbelievable strike which rocketed past the Queens Park keeper. With only a few minutes remaining Kwinana held onto victory with 3 much needed points.
Earlier in the day, Kwinana Reserves also enjoyed a hard fought 1-0 win. Similar to the first team, Kwinana conceded a penalty early on with Max Englesman bringing down the Queens Park attack on the edge of the box giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Queens Park was unable to capitalise with Kwinana keeper Luke Higgins saving the penalty with a good save down low to his right. With a young inexperienced team, Kwinana’s more senior players had to take control with Nathan Smith having a solid start in the centre of the park. Inexperience showed at times with the quick Queens Park attackers getting in behind the Kwinana defence and various occasions in the first half only to be denied by keeper Luke Higgins, who pulled off a string of good saves in the first half.
Under a lot of pressure at the back Kwinana were also unable to take advantage of its attacks up front with a few quality attacks going to waste late on in the first half. At the break it stayed 0-0 with both teams having had chances to take the lead.
The second half was again a tough battle with both teams unable to find the net and the game more and more looking like finishing 0-0. A late free kick from Elliott Egan proved to be the unlikely break to the deadlock with his long ball played in taking a knock from a Queens Park head and finding its way past the keeper. Against the run of play Kwinana had the lead and looked to hang on to the 3 points with about 10 minutes to go. Late on Queens Park missed a golden opportunity to level the game with the Kwinana Keeper again saving from point blank range to deny Queens Park any points and assuring Kwinana the victory.
Kwinana Socials also enjoyed a fantastic 7-1 victory, while Kwinana Masters went down 6-1.
Written By Luke Higgins – AKA the Chalk Hill Spy