REIGNING champions Perth SC maintained its perfect start to the National Premier Leagues WA season on Saturday night at Dorrien Gardens when they defeated one of their title challengers, Floreat Athena, 3-1.
Gustavo Catarcione netted his fourth goal in three games in the first half, before further strikes from Andreas Theodosiades and Niccolo Sabatini either side of Athena’s goal from Kristopher Gate sent Ramon Falzon’s men clear at the top of the ladder.
Falzon was more than happy with the result.
“Three wins in three games is a really good start,” he said.
“The boys stuck to the plan from the start and I think we hit them on the counter really well.
“But on the other hand, we can’t get away from that goal we are conceding in every game. We need to get back to work because we haven’t had a clean sheet yet.”
In other matches, Cockburn City defeated Bayswater City 2-1 at Dalmatinac Park, Inglewood United beat Subiaco 3-1 at Inglewood Stadium and Balcatta scored a 1-0 win over Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve.
Sorrento dominated Mandurah City 5-0 at Percy Doyle Reserve, lifting them to second on the NPL WA ladder.
The Joondalup United v Perth Glory and ECU Joondalup v Stirling matches were postponed until further notice due to the weekend’s heat.
NPL WA Round 3 Results
Saturday, March 4
Cockburn City 2 (Albano 14min, Kuser 89)
Bayswater City 1 (Sam 65min)
Sorrento FC 5 (Salter 45min, OG 66, Morgan 69, Canham 89, 90 + 4)
Mandurah City 0
Inglewood United 3 (Ishida-Livings 50min, Salmon 55 & 56)
Subiaco 1 (Feely 75min)
Balcatta 1 (Mello 90min)
Perth SC 3 (Catarcione 8min, Theodosiades 53, Sabatini 70)
Floreat Athena 1 (Gate 59min)