NPL WA: Rain hampers Inglewood and Stirling as sides play out scoreless stalemate

NPL WA: Rain hampers Inglewood and Stirling as sides play out scoreless stalemate

HEAVY downpours and pitch saturation at Macedonia Park on Saturday marred the highly anticipated Stirling Lions and Inglewood United clash.

The teams came away with a point each after a scoreless encounter, the tough conditions clearly hampering each side’s football.

Inglewood dominated the early minutes, with Adam Tong firing a powerful long-range effort in the 11th minute to force a diving save from John Perkins.

The visiting attack was forced to reshuffle when Brian Woodall left the field in the 18th minute with a tweaked hamstring, replaced by Tim Robertson.

Kenny Keogh had a number of shots and headers on target but Perkins was in fine form to constantly deny him.

Stirling’s chances in the first half were limited with strong headwinds denying it the opportunity to play the long ball.

Robertson had several chances to put the visitors ahead early in the second half including a classy flick-on from an Ash Rosindale free kick on the hour mark.

In the 77th minute Stirling substitute Jamie Gibson produced a moment of brilliance and opportunism that very nearly gave his side the lead.

Gibson intercepted a defensive header from Josh Pereira, took the ball on his chest and fired a powerful volley that looped over Dunn and very narrowly over the crossbar.

In the final 10 minutes, it was Stirling who began to look more confident as they pushed for the win.

Stirling nearly claimed the points in injury time when Kamara broke free on the right and drew Dunn out of his area.

Kamara squared it to David Micevski who has found the net 15 times this year but uncharacteristically he fired it just over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Inglewood and Stirling maintain their positions on the league table at first and fourth respectively.