CANNING City headed north on Saturday to face a Joondalup City Football side which has been steadily improving as the season has worn on.
Canning knew that a positive result had to be recorded to keep their slim hopes of survival alive but despite a gallant effort, lost 4-0.
The game started with both sides looking to impose themselves on the other but neither being able to do so.
It was Joondalup which created the game’s first meaningful chance when a cross from the right was blazed over from the Joondalup striker.
Canning had a couple of chances back to back to put them in front. Firstly Ante Jukic had his shot blocked after a mazy run and then Joe Kelly’s persistence down the left got him in behind but the keeper saved well with his feet.
Joondalup found the opener right after half-an-hour.
A long ball over the top evaded the Canning defence and the striker gave Canning keeper Luke Stonebridge no chance.
Joondalup started to get on top and were asking more and more questions of Canning but the away side were staying resilient knowing that not to concede another before half time would give them every chance after the break. This wasn’t meant to be as on the cusp of half-time Joondalup got their second.
A Joondalup corner was misjudged by Canning defender Nathan Hubbard at the front post and the corner kick found its way directly into the Canning net.
At half-time the score was 2-0 for Joondalup City 2-0.
Canning changed formation in the second half, knowing they had no choice but to throw caution to the wind to salvage something. Initially it looked as it may have paid off as the away side piled on the pressure with Kelly and substitute Ash Vasist causing problems for the home defence, and forcing the goalkeeper into a couple of great saves.
However, the all-out attack was always going to leave Canning susceptible to the counter attack and this proved to be the case.
Liam Wood mis-timed a challenge on the half way line which allowed Joondalup to get in behind.
The winger raced clear and squared the ball to the striker who finished easily.
The writing was on the wall five minutes later as Oliver Parry was outpaced on the right and the Joondalup forward finished high into the Canning net.
Canning’s young team kept their heads high and continued to try and make the scoreline more respectable but they couldn’t create the chances perhaps their efforts deserved.
Earlier in the day Canning City’s under 18 side continued their march to the title as they came away 2-0 victors to cement their place at the top of the table. They are now five points clear with a game in hand.
Canning City’s Reserves went down fighting as they lost the game 3-1.