GOSNELLS City opened its Sate League Division 1 season with a 3-2 win over rivals Canning City at Walter Padbury Reserve on Saturday.
The victory saw the club gain an edge in the inaugural Frank Longstaff Cup, which the two clubs will contest this season in honour of the WA football icon.
The late Longstaff coached both sides to league success and the pair decided to honour his legacy by playing for the cup every year.
The club who scores the most goals through first team, reserves and under-18’s over the two league games between the pair this year will win the trophy.
Canning took an early lead after Callum Roberts pounced on a loose ball following a collision involving Gosnells keeper Jack Adams.
However, the home side pulled a goal back in first half stoppage time when Scott Pereira found the net.
Gosnells skipper Dean Apelgren curled home a delightful free kick after half time to put it ahead, only for Canning to pull one back after a mistimed offside trap from the Gosnells defenders.
With 15 minutes to go, a goalmouth scramble saw Josh Metzger slam the ball home and despite some desperate Canning attacks, the hosts were able to secure all three points.
Earlier, Gosnells’ reserves claimed a 4-0 win over Canning, while the under-18’s fell to a 1-0 loss.