CANNING City Soccer Club headed to Ashfield Reserve to take on Ashfield SC trying to get a result to push them up the table after last week’s fixture was postponed.
The early exchanges were evenly matched as both teams seemed focussed on not conceding rather than troubling the opposing goalkeeper.
It was Canning that settled into their rhythm first and skipper Callum Roberts put the visitors in front after latching onto a through ball and finishing well beyond the Ashfield number 1.
Canning had the opportunity to extend their lead soon after but Matt Allen’s header went narrowly wide.
It was a miss that was punished on the 35 minute mark as Jordan Clark equalised for the hosts shooting low into Canning keeper Luke Stonebridge’s goal.
Canning barely had time to regroup and found themselves behind.
Ashfield now very much on top and found the front after Clark scored his second after a neat team move. Both sides had chances as the half came to a close but the hosts went into the break with a narrow lead.
At half time the score was Ashfield 2-1 Canning City
Canning came out in the second half like they meant business and in the 47th minute found a goal that drew them level.
A long ball over the top from Canning defender Nathan Hubbard found the feet of Joe Kelly who calmly slotted it past the goalkeeper making it 2-2.
Canning, like in the first half, were pegged back yet again when in the 52nd minute Jordan Clark completed his hat trick as he was found unmarked at the back post and beat Stonebridge at his near post to give the home side back their lead.
Canning had a chance to equalise after Hubbard won a free kick on the edge of the box.
Matthew Allen stepped up but put the ball over the crossbar.
In the 67th minute Kelly found some space on the right and put Roberts in behind the Ashfield defence, from just inside the box his powerful shot clattered back off the crossbar.
Canning were getting desperate and their frustrations were plain to see as Vish Kannu and Ante Jukic both picked up yellow cards.
The game was getting away from Canning and as the minutes ticked away the visitors were finding genuine opportunities hard to come by.
Deep into stoppage time Canning thought they had finally found the goal that was to earn them a hard earned away point.
In the 93rd minute Roberts found the back of the net with his head from a pin point cross from James Oliver only for the linesman to flag for offside. There was barely time to re start as the referee brought the game to an end.
Full time score was Ashfield 3-2 Canning City.