Da Luz Shoots Azzurri To Next Round

MIDFIELDER Aden Da Luz continued his stellar weekend of football, scoring the winning goal in Monday�s FFA Cup WA quarter-final against Subiaco AFC.

Perth SC progressed into the semi finals of the WA section following the 1-0 win at Dorrien Gardens and are now just one win away from making the FFA Cup’s nationwide round of 32.

The winning shot came in the 82nd minute following a corner from Mark Pritchard, where Da Luz was able to strike and put the Azzurri on the board.

Perth SC dominated the match and had multiple opportunities, but found the vital goal elusive until deep into the match.

Dean Evans had the first opportunity in the eight minutes, volleying over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

Nick Ambrogio also fired over the bar on the half-hour mark after getting on the end of Josh Wilkins’ cross.

Scoreless at the half-time break, Perth SC continued the pressure in the second half, with Da Luz shooting just wide.

Substitute Carlo Coelho came on for the Azzurri with 20 minutes remaining and had an immediate impact, his shot well saved by Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery before captain Clark Keltie blasted the rebound over the bar.

Fellow substitute Harley Orr broke free in the 81st minute, and his strike brought out a strong save from Montgomery, winning an important corner.

Subiaco failed to clear the resulting corner from Pritchard and were duly punished by Da Luz’s strike.

Coach Taki Nicolaidis said the boys knew how important it was to win.

�There was a lot at stake,� he said.

�For our guys, we want to make it to the next round and make it into the last 32.

�We let ourselves down in the first half, not finishing in front of goal, so we sent a message at half time telling the boys to take a bit more time and concentrate on the ball.

�The second half gave us more chances and we took them, Aden had a great finish in the end.�

Nicolaidis said moving into the next round was exciting.

�We were knocked out of the cup in the first round last year,� he said.

�We want to make sure we get into the finals, from the club’s point of view, and be amongst the top few in the league, and that�s what the boys are working towards.

�I�m so pleased with our win and also for Aden who is on top of the world right now, scoring a winning goal in the quarter final to take the team into the semi final – which is technically a grand final for us, so yes it�s extremely exciting and we can�t wait for the next round.�

Perth SC will wait to draw Gwelup CSC, Sorrento FC or Bayswater City in the semi finals on Saturday June 20.