NPL WA: Armadale shares spoils with Mandurah City

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ARMADALE SC battled to a 1-1 draw with Mandurah City at Alfred Skeet Reserve in round 20 of the National Premier Leagues WA on Saturday.

Anthony Skorich gave Armadale the lead just before half time, but Mandurah responded through Joseph O’Brien moments later.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was disappointed his side found it difficult to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.

“Mandurah set up very defensively and they were very hard to break down,” he said.

“But credit to them because they came here looking to grind out a result and that’s exactly what they did.

“It’s hard to say that we deserved to win, so unfortunately for us a draw was a fair result in the end.”

Mandurah created the first clear-cut opportunity deep in the first half when Mitchell Firth squared the ball for O’Brien at the back post and he forced Michael Craggs into a diving save.

Armadale punished Mandurah minutes later when Cyril Sharrock spilled Billy Quinncroft’s effort and Skorich was on hand to tap into the back of the net.

However, their joy was short-lived as Ryan Francis drilled a low cross to O’Brien, who made no mistake.

The hosts had a chance to retake the lead on 53 minutes when Skorich stole the ball from a retreating defender, but Sharrock was equal to his effort.

Mandurah had a flurry of set pieces in the closing stages, but were unable to capitalise and both sides settled for a draw.

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