NPL WA: late goals get Armadale 2-0 victory over Stirling Lions

NPL WA: late goals get Armadale 2-0 victory over Stirling Lions

A BILLY Quinncroft brace helped Armadale defeat Stirling Lions 2-0 in round 19 of the National Premier Leagues WA at Alfred Skeet Reserve.

The match was goalless until 15 minutes to go when Quinncroft scored the opener, before sealing the game with a long-range effort in injury time.

It was Armadale’s second home win of the season and it extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

Coach John O’Reilly said his side’s discipline was key in their win.

“At this level you can’t afford to switch off for two minutes, otherwise you’ll get punished by the opposition,” he said.

“But we had the discipline to focus for the full 90 minutes and that’s what got us the three points in the end.”

In a tight opening half, Armadale had a chance to score on the half-hour mark when Quinncroft cut in from the wing, but Stirling goalkeeper John Perkins saved the striker’s effort.

Stirling nearly took the lead in the shadows of half time when Daniel Micevski was fouled outside the area and the resulting free kick from Cameron Teece deflected to Shane Cassidy, but Armadale goalkeeper Michael Craggs was equal to his effort.

Craggs made another good block on 52 minutes when he saved from Alex Tanevski after the striker went one-on-one.

The home side finally broke the deadlock through Quinncroft after he headed home substitute Jordan Pavett’s well-weighted cross.

Teece then curled a potential equaliser wide, before through on goal, but his curled effort was just wide of the post.

With time running out, Quinncroft sealed the win when he caught Perkins off his line and lobbed him from distance.

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