First half goals to Moe Atak and an audacious lob from former Perth Glory striker Boima Karpeh had Michael Roki’s side on top, before a defensive blunder gifted Ludovic Boi a goal for the visitors before half time. Former Balcatta defender Spencer Harris levelled just after the hour mark with a powerful header. But Balcatta hit back and were in front again on 74 minutes, David Micevski firing home a 20-yard free kick. It looked like that would be the winner but Jarrad Smith had other ideas scoring a stunning long-range shot to give both sides a share of the spoils. “We really needed the three points from today’s match”, commented Balcatta coach Michael Roki after the game. “I thought we could have pinched it at the end, but after hitting the bar and having the ball cleared off the line both in the last five minutes, it just wasn’t to be”.
The draw means Bayswater go top of the table, after they came from behind to thrash Inglewood United 7-2 at Frank Drago Reserve on Saturday. Gustavo-Giron-Marulanda gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break, but two goals in five minutes from Michael Baczynski and Alex Caniglia put the visitors ahead. But a stunning fight back from Bayswater saw goals to Larry Miller (2), another to Giron-Marulanda, an own goal by United defender Rikki Smith, Damien Catalano and a Thomas Gooding penalty, gave City a stunning victory. “We made a change after they scored their second goal and went to a 3-5-2 and it worked for us,” Bayswater Coach Mauro Marchione said. “It’s a credit to the players as they can change formation at any time, and we look for the formation that works for us on the day, that could be three or four in a game and today it worked which was pleasing,” said Marchione.
Sorrento kept pace with the leaders after a 2-1 win against Armadale at Percy Doyle Reserve. The visitors had taken the lead in first half stoppage-time through Raveshlan Kuppusamy, before Jason Mirco equalised six minutes into the second half. The Gulls then had former Perth Glory defender Jamie Harnwell sent off with twenty minutes remaining, but despite this the ten men won it late when Jason Mirco tapped home a Steve McDonald header.
In other games Western Knights continue to languish on the bottom of the table after they were beaten 3-1 by Bunbury at Payne Park. A brace from Bright Ababio and a single to Jayden Prosser put Bunbury in control of the game. Rory Grant scored the Knights consolation late in the game, leaving them two points adrift at the foot of the table. Joondalup came away from Macedonia Park with a vital point in their relegation fight, after 0-0 draw against Stirling Lions. In the last game Perth SC beat the Football West National Training Centre 3-0 at Dorrien Gardens. Andreas Oliveira opening the scoring for the home side, before a brace from Liam Boland gave Perth the points