NPL WA: Armadale cruises to 4-1 win over Balcatta thanks to Bealey

NPL WA: Armadale cruises to 4-1 win over Balcatta thanks to Bealey

A JACKSON Bealey-inspired Armadale cruised to a 4-1 victory over Balcatta in Round 16 of the PS4 NPLWA at Grindleford Reserve.

The midfielder scored twice and assisted another to help his side gain a much-needed three points as they edge away from the foot of the table.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly praised Bealey, who has had an unlucky run with injuries.

“We’ve been unfortunate with Jackson because he’s been injured sporadically throughout the season,” he said.

“But today he showed that he’s a fantastic player and it’s good to have him on the park.”

Armadale took the lead at 10 minutes when Bealey’s free kick took a deflection and found the back of the net.

The visitors’ joy was short-lived however, as Balcatta found an equaliser just six minutes later through Ben Meredith after Michael Craggs had saved Brennan Borzecki’s initial shot.

Both sides had chances to score before the break as Bealey’s volley was cleared off the line, before Craggs saved well from Jonathan Corness.

Armadale restored their lead six minutes into the second half when James Atkins headed Bealey’s free-kick into the back of the net.

Bealey was at it again on the hour mark, scoring his second when he curled home from outside the box.

The away side made it 4-1 on 72 minutes when Anthony Skorich got on the end of a cross and powerfully headed home to put the result beyond doubt.

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