Balcatta’s gain results in Armadale’s pain

Armadale’s Jake Sardelic.
Armadale’s Jake Sardelic.

BALCATTA ended a run of three successive defeats to finish the season in style with a 4-1 rout at Armadale in the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA's final round.

But this defeat for Armadale condemned them to the wooden spoon and continued their tough home form, losing all 11 league games at Alfred Skeet Reserve for the year.

The hosts’ last home success was back in round 2 of 2014 when they had a 2-1 win over a 10-man Subiaco. And despite a promising opening to this game, once they fell behind in the 34th minute Armadale never looked likely to reward their long-suffering home support with a points return.

Armadale coach Paul Price has guided Armadale to some good results on the road and hauled them within touching distance of the clubs immediately above them, despite an injury-|ravaged squad.

“We’ve had to change everything around again. Mitch Castrilli has been out for five weeks with a hamstring injury so wasn’t match-fit, but we couldn’t defend today,” he said.

“That’s the worst we’ve defended since I’ve been here. We gave away two stupid goals, got ourselves back in it and gave another silly goal away within minutes.”

Looking ahead to next season, Price said he and his coaching staff were currently in discussions with the club committee about remaining in charge.

The only goal from Armadale came courtesy of Jesse Fuller when he glanced home a long throw on 53 minutes. Blamo QuaQua, Zelfy Nazary, Zelfy Nazary and Gustavo Catarcione all scored.