ANDY Keogh’s first home match as Inglewood United coach proved a memorable one as early goals in each half provided the catalyst for a 3-0 win over National Premier Leagues WA (NPL WA) leaders Floreat Athena on Saturday.
Brian Woodall struck on seven minutes in a half that Inglewood largely controlled, despite a couple of key saves from Alex Dunn to deny the visitors.
Kenny Keogh found the net three minutes after the break to double the lead, before David Cyrus headed in a corner on the hour to seal the win.
The win keeps Inglewood on the fringes of a competitive top four place and Andy Keogh believes the performance has shown his side’s intent looking ahead.
“Today was a big statement. We showed what we’re about and I thought we played and looked like league leaders,” he said.
“It was a great performance today. Everyone did their jobs from the goalkeeper to the strikers and we deserved the three points.”
Keogh also put the result down to improved efficiency at both ends of the pitch and an improved work ethic.
“They were playing well before I arrived. They just weren’t converting their chances and were a little leaky at the back, but hopefully we’ve figured that out and are looking to move forward.
“It’s all about hard work. There’s no excuse for people not doing it and if you don’t work hard, you won’t be playing in my team. It’s as simple as that.”
In other NPL WA action, Sorrento beat Subiaco 2-0 at Rosalie Park, Bayswater City came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory over Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park, Mandurah City registered its first win of the season at home against Balcatta 1-0.
Perth SC got the better of ECU Joondalup winning 3-2 at ECU Joondalup Football Stadium, Perth Glory beat Cockburn City 3-2 at Dalmatinac Park while Joondalup United were too strong at home to Armadale, winning 4-1.
Cockburn City 2 (Whitney 81min, Robinson 85)
Perth Glory 3 (Stynes 36min, Knowles 66, Domfeh 72)
Mandurah City 1 (McLaughlin 8min)
Sorrento 2 (Bulloch 58min, Canham 63)
Stirling Lions 2 (L. De Lima 25min, Sokol 28)
Bayswater City 3 (McCarthy 51min, Marulanda 65, 77)
Inglewood United 3 (Woodall 7min, Keogh 48, Cyrus 60)
Floreat Athena 0
Joondalup United 4 (Maplestone 16min, 45+3, 68, Wild 54)
Armadale 1 (Costello 32min)
ECU Joondalup 2 (Amphlett 48min, Nicol 57)
Perth SC 3 (Sabatini 22min, 85, Catarcione 71)