PS4 NPL WA Review: Round 1

A four goal haul and a five goal thriller headlined the opening round of the PlayStation 4 NPL Western Australia season.

Perth edge past ECU in season opener

Reece Vittiglia’s header midway through the second half got Perth’s PS4 National Premier Leagues WA season up and running as they defeated ECU Joondalup 1-0 at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.

The visitors could have led before the break, with Danny Dixon involved in two good opportunities for ECU, the latter being a disallowed goal ruled out for offside.

But Perth gained control as the game wore on and they eventually got their goal as Vittiglia nodded in at the back post from Ash Rosindale’s cross.

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Balcatta strike lucky in the final minutes

Balcatta coach Ramon Falzon said he is hopeful for the rest of the season after his side came from behind to beat 10-man Stirling Lions 3-2 in Round One of PS4 National Premier Leagues WA at Macedonia Park on Saturday. 

After an uneventful first half, Balcatta trailed by two goals, but scored three in the final ten minutes to defeat Stirling on their homeground.

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Four goal haul for Cockburn’s Patterson

Rory Patterson scored four goals in the opening game of the PS4 National Premier Leagues season to lead Cockburn City to a 5 -1 thrashing of Inglewood United at Inglewood Stadium on Saturday.

It only took until the 11th minute for Patterson to open the scoring with a header, before being played through by Conor Kavanagh on the edge of the box for his second in the 14th minute. 

Patterson completed his hat trick in the 56th minute, and then sealed the deal for Cockburn with his fourth in the 75th minute, after a through ball by Harry O’Brien.

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Gulls get off to a flyer

Sorrento ran out 4-0 victors to get their PS4 National Premier League WA campaign off to a blistering start, but they were made to work harder than the score-line suggests, as Armadale's new-look side showed glimpses of promise at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday.

But in the end the Gulls cruised home with three of their four goals arriving in the last 20 minutes, and Army were thankful to goalkeeper Luke Radonich for pulling off a string of fine saves to restrict the visitors' tally.

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Bayswater open title defence with stuttering win

Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne, although happy with the three points, said he was disappointed with the way his players defended in the second half after a 3-1 win against Subiaco AFC opened their defence of the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA title.

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