Soccer: resilient Armadale earns scoreless draw at Perth SC

ARMADALE claimed a brave point against reigning champions Perth SC in a scoreless draw at Dorrien Gardens in round 6 of the National Premier Leagues WA.

Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and chances, Perth could not convert against a stubborn Armadale.

Armadale coach John O’Reilly said his side showed great character and he hoped the result would provide a springboard for the rest of the season.

“What we do need to do though is polish up our game,” he said.

“We can’t base the season on blood and guts, there has got to be an element of clinical and tidy play.”

A spate of early opportunities fell the way of the hosts, with Andreas Theodosiades forcing a good stop from goalkeeper Michael Craggs.

Craggs then saved one-on-one from Gustavo Catarcione, before Kyle King missed a great chance for the visitors from a free kick on the edge of the area.

The game’s biggest talking point came moments after the restart, when Tom King’s long-range piledriver found the net.

However, the linesman ruled an offside; Catarcione had touched the ball on its way towards goal and the scores remained level to Perth’s anger.

Jordan Pavett’s low free kick was the closest Armadale came to taking all three points, but it survived Perth’s late onslaught to earn a draw.

Despite the point, Armadale slipped to third bottom, while Perth now trail new league leaders Sorrento by a point.