La Fiamma dig deep to get key win on the road over Northern City

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
La Fiamma's Armani Liswaniso dribbles with the ball against Northern City,
Camera IconLa Fiamma's Armani Liswaniso dribbles with the ball against Northern City, Credit: Russell Schneider/RegionalHUB

It was an important win both in terms of abating relegation fears and just lifting the mood after Ugle Fabrications La Fiamma got three points on the road against Northern City.

The Reds were sitting in tenth in division three of the Amateur Premier League after gathering just three points since the end of May and a season that began with hopes of promotion has required a reassessment.

With several key players still missing from their line-up, a situation that is not going to improve anytime soon, the Reds had to find something on the road and thanks to Hayden Boffey they got full points with a 1-0 win.

City came into the match in last place but had better form with two wins in their past three matches, but the Reds put in one of the better performances of the season.

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Boffey, who is one of the Reds’ Perth-based players, has been a stand-out in what has been an underwhelming season and grabbed his fifth goal of the season to move La Fiamma away from the drop.

But even in victory there was still frustration for the Reds, who have had not had the rub of the green this season. Lachlan Gray believed they deserved a more convincing result.

“The 1-0 flatters City a bit I feel; we had two goals waved off ... and in truth we dominated the contest,” he said.

“But it was a hugely important result and getting points away from home is never easy.

“We have not had the season we wanted so far thanks to some bad luck and also just struggling for numbers but we have to regather and be brave in the final third of this season and just pick up as many points as we can and take that momentum into next year.”

In a rare double triumph, the reserves side snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-0 win thanks to doubles from Bradley Davis and Damian Scali.

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