A KYLE King hat-trick steered Armadale to a 4-2 win over fellow cellar dwellers Mandurah City in round 7 of the National Premier Leagues WA at Peelwood Oval.
The striker scored twice in the first half and added his third in stoppage time after David Annall had given Armadale a late lead.
Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was pleased with the result, even if its long ball tactics had not been the prettiest.
“Obviously as a coach you want to watch pretty football and I wish all those passes were along the ground, but considering who we were playing against today, the tactics we used were pretty effective,” he said.
With both sides sitting deep, Mandurah broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when some nice build-up ended in Jordan Rhodes slotting home.
The visitors hit back soon after, when King turned home Dannie Richman’s cross from close range.
Rhodes almost re-took the lead for Mandurah when his header hit the crossbar, before King scored just before half time to give Armadale the lead.
The hosts equalised soon after the restart when Oriol Fernandez took advantage of some sloppy defending to fire past Michael Craggs in goal.
With the game on a knife’s edge with 15 minutes to play, Annall popped up at a corner to re-take the lead for Armadale.
With Mandurah pressing for a late equaliser, a clever pass from substitute Joshua Tumoe found King in space deep into injury time, and he rounded the keeper to seal his hat-trick and the win.
The result lifts Armadale to 10th spot, four spots and five points clear of bottom-placed Mandurah.