NPL WA: clinical Balcatta put Glory to the sword

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A FIRST half goal blitz, with braces apiece from Hanafi Ghazali and Luccas Mello, gave Balcatta a convincing 4-0 win over Perth Glory at Ashfield Arena on Saturday in round four of the PS4 NPLWA.

Balcatta coach Salv Todaro, while delighted his side produced a clinical display in front of goal, was equally as pleased with his defenders, who sealed a third successive clean sheet on the road.

“It was a good first half. We took advantage of the opportunities we created. We were pretty clinical up top and we were reasonably at the back,” he said.

“I’m very happy with where we are at the minute.

“A few weeks ago we were a bit all over the place, but the boys that have come in are working really hard, taking to our game plan and structure really well.”

Things couldn’t have started any better for Balcatta, who took the lead in only the fourth minute when Ghazali’s searching ball into the box from around 40 yards was swept goalwards by the wind, catching Stef King off his line before dropping under the bar for a somewhat fortuitous and eye-catching opener.

While Glory rallied after that setback with a couple of testing attacks, they were soon put to the sword with three quick goals.

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Mello struck next with a sweetly rifled effort from the right corner of the box on 21 minutes that left King clutching at thin air as it flew into his far side-netting. Ghazali was on the score-sheet again on 30 minutes after winning and converting a penalty at the second attempt, following a retake after King was adjudged to have come off his line.

Mello completed the scoring when he finished from close range after good work from Paddy Quinn and Feisal Zaw on the right.

Despite their best efforts in the second half, Glory could find no comeback as Balcatta held on comfortably to see the game out and seal the points.

The Stirling Lions also claimed their first win of the season, beating Mandurah City 3-2 at Macedonia Park.