Soccer: WA amateur team returns from Malaysia tour undefeated

Soccer: WA amateur team returns from Malaysia tour undefeated

WA’s Amateur soccer team continued its strong record in Malaysia on its recent tour with victories over NPNG, Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor FC and Kelab Sukan Glenmarie United.

The team has won eight of nine matches over three tours.

Coached by Rob Pagnoni, WA completed its tour with a 4-2 win over Kelab Suka Glenmarie United, following 1-0 wins over Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor and NPNG FC.

The annual tour gives the best players from the Amateur Premier League an opportunity to test themselves against Malaysian opposition.

In the final match of the tour, Felim Rugel bagged a brace and North Perth’s Eamonn Kelly and Hamersley’s Phil Clarke scored one each to wrap up a big win.

Rugel opened the scoring after seven minutes before Kelly found the net from a Juan Cabrera cross.

Just before half time Rugel was brought down inside the box and the Southern Spirit striker made no mistake with the penalty.

Substitute keeper Paul Rainford was tested by the Malaysian side early in the second half but WA hit back through Clarke after he made a dashing run from defence to make it 4-0.

Kelab Suka Glenmarie United hit back with two late goals to restore respectability to the scoreboard.

North Lake’s Aaron Bahadori scored the only goal of the game against Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor, and Rugel scored against NPNG after just two minutes.

Gwelup Croatia skipper Sebastian Munoz was delighted to be named player of the tournament.

“It was a humbling experience for me, going over for my second and final year,” he said.

“Playing with the best players in the state was very enjoyable and humbling at the same time, everybody was playing at extremely high levels and to get MVP was a great way to cap off the three wins.”