Soccer: One man down, Armadale SC get crushed 6-2 by Inglewood

Armadale SC, struggling with only 10 men on the team, were crushed 6-2 by Inglewood.
Armadale SC, struggling with only 10 men on the team, were crushed 6-2 by Inglewood.

INGLEWOOD United handed a 10-man Armadale SC a crushing 6-2 loss in their NPLWA encounter at Alfred Skeet Reserve.

The league leaders proved their class to maintain their title challenge, making short work of an Armadale side which was reduced to 10 men early after Jackson Bealey’s red card.

Armadale assistant coach Jonathan Lupolo-Chan said the final result was not a fair reflection of the game, but admitted he was disappointed with how his side performed in the first half.

“The sending off in the first 10 minutes didn’t help us, but I think it was a game of two halves today,” he said.

“In the first half we just could not get our heads around it, but we regrouped at half-time and it showed because in the second half the boys showed they have the heart to play competitively against a big side like Inglewood.”

Inglewood capitalised on its one man advantage after 20 minutes when the league’s top scorer Alex Salmon added to his tally with a fine strike.

Kenny Keogh doubled his side’s lead in the 36th minute with a powerful shot on the turn which found the bottom corner.

A miscommunication between a defender and goalkeeper Michael Craggs handed Salmon his second when both players hesitated over a long ball and Salmon tapped the ball into an empty net.

Salmon claimed his hat-trick when he converted from the spot after being fouled by Milan Ognjenovic just after half time.

Captain David Cyrus made it 5-0 soon after with a fine volley before Armadale pulled one back through a Jordan Pavett free kick.

Pavett doubled his tally for the day when he turned home Ognjejovic’s free kick, before Inglewood put the icing on the cake through Hamza Hina’s late goal.