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Sorrento Take the Glory

posted 4 May 2014, 22:31 by Ryan Platten

Report by Kerry Slater

PERTH GLORY 2 (Jamie MacLaren 11pen, Riley Woodcock 23) v SORRENTO 3 (Todd Harnwell 48, Reece Vittiglia 58, 64)

HT: 2-0

PERTH GLORY (4-4-2): GK Jack Duncan, 2 Matt Davies, 3 Rocco Pizzato (15 Scott Robertson 34), 4 Brandon O’Neil, 5 Riley Woodcock (9 Joe Knowles 59), 6 Blamo Qua Qua (c), 14 Danny De Silva (11 Jacob Collard 59), 8 Cameron Edwards, 7 Bor Bor Sambindi, 10 Jamie MacLaren, 17 Harry O’Brien. Subs not used:  18 Josh Tucker, 20 Fraser Greenwood. Cautions: Nil . Send Off: Nil.

Sorrento (4-4-2): GK James Morgan, 22 Ryan Pearson (2 Danny Cain 86), 13 Steve McDonald, 4 Shaun Kilkelly, 14 Raz Geloo, 14 Chris Reid (5 Adam Luca 79), 7 James A Morgan (c), 10 Jason Mirco (6 Daryl Platten 73), 8 Brodie Martin, 9 Todd Harnwell, 17 Reece Vittiglia. Subs not used: 20 Jesse Fuller, 21 Michael McGinley. Cautions: James A Morgan 24, 65, Chris Reid 72. Send Off: James A Morgan 65

Referee: Josh Mannella; AR1: Alex Novatsis; AR2: Daniel Cole


The Sorrento Gulls fought back from a two goal first half deficit to take the lead and then hold out with 10 men after Captain James Morgan was sent off in the 8th round of National Premier League on Saturday. The Gulls showed tremendous determination to battle out the win over the star packed Glory team.

A half-time speech from Co-coach, Jamie Harnwell prompted a stirring Sorrento fight back as they turned a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory against a potent Perth Glory side at Intiga Stadium yesterday.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Sorrento were given a rousing address from Harnwell and responded with three goals in 15 minutes. “We are a physical side and if we need to use that to win games, we will do it,” Harnwell said. “They had A-League players in their side and the boys were up for the challenge and it was superb.”

The fight back also came at a cost with captain James Morgan collecting a second yellow card in the 65th minute but Sorrento battled on to claim the win.

23 degrees with no breeze for the 3pm kick off at Inglewood United’s home ground, which is utilized by Perth Glory for their home matches. The pitch surface a little damp, but still good for player’s grip.

Gulls Captain, James A Morgan called correctly the toss of the coin by referee Josh Mannella and asked Perth Glory Captain, Blamo Qua Qua to attack the club house (Eastern) goal. The visitors were without Sean Canham (suspension) and Scott Bulloch (work).

Glory were given a penalty on 11 minutes when Blamo Qua Qua raced into the penalty area and seemed to make the most of the slight touch as Raz Geloo chased and caught up to the Glory Captain. Jamie Maclaren emphatically fired the penalty in at bottom left to give Glory the lead. At 20 minutes the Gulls Reece Vittiglia shot just wide of the right post after a clever one-two with Todd Harnwell. The margin was doubled at 23 minutes when Riley Woodcock’s questionable cross from the left lobbed goalkeeper James Morgan and went in under the bar at top right. “I was trying to give a ball to Jamie (Maclaren) but I shanked it,” Woodcock admitted after the game.

James Morgan picked up his first caution and the first for the match at 24 minutes for a mis-timed tackle. At 29 minutes a Gulls free kick from the right was swung in by Vittiglia to where Brodie Martin’s header was tipped over by Glory’s keeper Jack Duncan. The corner from the right by Vittiglia reached past the far post to Jason Mirco, but he headed over.

Sorrento’s fight-back started just three minutes into the second half when a swift counter attack resulted in Todd Harnwell expertly lobbing the exposed keeper Jack Duncan. Six minutes later Harnwell should have been awarded a penalty when he was unceremoniously clattered in the back as he protected the ball’s exit for a corner.

The Gulls’ barrage did not stop, but continued with ex-Glory player Reece Vittiglia scoring a brace in eight minutes. Harnwell’s shot from outside the area came back of keeper Duncan and Vittiglia was first to the ball and fired truly through the crowd at 58 minutes. At 64 minutes James Morgan’s long throw-in from the right was headed on by Steve McDonald to where Vittiglia adjusted well to volley inside the left post to give the team in sky blue the lead.

Within a minute the Gulls had to adjust their formation as Morgan received his second caution, again for a tackle. On 68 minutes MacLaren was clear and his shot beat the keeper Morgan, but struck the left post and rebounded into the arms of Morgan.

Glory substitutes Joe Knowles and Jacob Collard provided fresh legs, but the Sorrento defence, featuring a superb performance from young defender Razack Geloo, held firm including the six minutes of stoppage time added.



Sorrento’s next league Football West match is away to Stirling Lions in the Cup on Saturday, 10 May at Macedonian Park, Albert Street, Balcatta. Kick off times are 18s at 10am, 20s at 12.15pm and the First Team match of Stirling v Floreat at 3pm.