FORRESTFIELD United’s unbeaten start to the NPLWA season has come to an end, after they was edged out 4-3 by Sorrento in a seven goal thriller at Percy Doyle Reserve.
The home side raced to a two goal lead early, with Alex Morgan and Jack Salter on target, but Forrestfield hit back as Rhys Loxley and Sani Sinclair levelled before half time.
But two goals in as many minutes after the break from Jordan Roberts put Sorrento back in charge, before Sinclair added his second on the hour to give Forrestfield hope.
Despite pressing late the home side held on to take the points.
Forrestfield head coach Rod Banjac said his young side never took a backward step.
“A great game of attacking football, but I’m really disappointed we didn’t take anything from the game where we created a number of chances,” he said.
“I’m really proud of my team; we were 2-0 down against one of the best teams in the league, but we showed great character to hit back and go in at half time all square.
“But a couple of lapses in concentration in the first couple of minutes of the second half killed us, but once again the boys stepped up and we got it back to 4-3, and we created a number of chances but just couldn’t put them away late.
“We are finding our feet in this league now, but we are still the new kids on the block and are relishing next week’s home game against Perth Glory.”
Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell said he thought it was going to be an exciting game “and that’s how it proved”.
“We’ve still got to get better. It’s great to get the three points and get off the mark,” he said.
“Defensively we weren’t good enough today but thankfully we scored enough goals and didn’t concede enough. It’s three points and we’ll move on.”
Forrestfield midfielder Tom Jebb said United would take a lot of positives from the game.
“It was tough going down without a share of the points at least, and we felt hard done by with the result as we played some very good football,” he said.
“Unfortunately we switched off in the first five minutes of both halves which cost us.”
Next Forrestfield will take on Perth Glory at home on Saturday, March 17 at 7pm.