UWA Nedlands FC got back to winning ways and moved to within a point of the top four with a dominant attacking performance against Dianella White Eagles , coming out 5-3 victors in gusty conditions at UWA Sports Park.
The home side started the stronger , dominating possession from the first whistle but gusty conditions proved difficult to master and it was unable to convert its dominance.
UWA finally broke clear 20 minutes in when Conor Devlin was able to play through Alex Kretowicz , who slid the ball into the bottom corner to give UWA the lead.
Despite dominating proceedings, UWA found itself on level terms after some scrappy defending on the edge of the area allowed Dianella forward Chris Rizidis to turn and fire low and hard past UWA keeper Alex Preece to make it 1-1.
Dianella started playing with some newfound intensity and found itself 2-1 up when Matt Izzo’s free kick beat Preece from a tight angle.
UWA begun searching for an equaliser and it came from the feet of centre back Michael Vlasich.
UWA received a free kick on the edge of the area and Vlasich made use of the wet conditions to perfection, curling his effort into the bottom corner leaving the Dianella keeper with no chance and putting the game back on level terms at half time.
The second half picked up exactly where the first left off.
Midfielder Bryce Conway was fouled on the edge of the area and dead ball specialist Vlasich stepped up to take the free kick.
The six-man wall was not enough to stop the centre back, as he superbly picked out the top corner and restored UWA’s lead.
It only took moments for UWA to add more misery to Dianella.
Devlin picked the ball up in midfield and slotted it through Kretowicz who timed his run excellently.
The forward smashed it past the Dianella keeper to make it 4-2.
UWA was playing with confidence and displaying some of its best football to date; crafty passing passages from the midfield opening Dianella up with ease and on 75 minutes UWA scored their fifth.
Dianella was able to pull one back in the final minutes as Aleks Miladinovic was poorly marked on the edge of the area and fired a great shot past Preece into the bottom corner.
However, it turned out to be no more than a consolation goal as UWA finished 5-3 victors.
UWA coach Michael Janssen was pleased with the performance and the team’s ability to close out the game.
“I’m happy for the team that we kept the three points at the Mack,” he said.
“Just switching off for about 10 minutes in the first half cost us our lead.
“Sticking to our football and not dropping it down brought us upfront and we deserved the clear win.
“The way we scored showed our varieties and quality to execute our build-up.
“For the moment we are happy, but we need to continue and work hard over the coming weeks.”
The win moves Janssen’s men to within one point of third place, while Dianella remains on the bottom of the ladder after a fifth successive loss.
UWA will look to push into the top four next week when it faces a tough trip to Bunbury to take on South West Phoenix.