Soccer: Armadale bounce back with 4-1 win over Stirling

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ARMADALE has bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss with a resounding 4-1 win against Stirling Lions.

They got off to a disastrous start after giving away a free kick near the halfway line just minutes into the match.

The resulting kick fell in front of Stirling’s Dean Cummings, who nudged the ball past the keeper to send the visitors up 1-0 after just eight minutes.

But from that point on it was all Armadale.

Just three minutes after the opening goal Armadale was given a free kick of its own.

Ali Gholami crossed the ball to Chris Jackson, who headed it home to draw the match 1-1.

By half-time it was 2-1 after Michael Rizidis played some one-on-one magic against the Stirling keeper to score in the 31st minute.

Rizidis made it 3-1 and earned himself a brace when he again found the back of the net in the 49th minute, while Brad Gripl headed in the final goal in the 90th minute.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly said he was happy with his side’s finishing and defending but was less impressed with their overall game.

“In the last two weeks we have played pretty and lost and today we played ugly and won,” he said.

“I wasn’t entirely happy with the performance today but I can’t complain about the finishing and the result.

The win has shot Armadale up into the top half of the NPLWA ladder, sitting seventh after 17 rounds.

Armadale play fifth-placed Inglewood United from 3pm June 23 in Inglewood.

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