Swan United has been in Group F of the Football West 2014Night series. The draw was made on Tuesday afternoon at the Football West headquarters in Maylands and United have been drawn in Group F alongside NPL side Inglewood United, fellow First Division side Morley Windmills and Kingsway Olympic from Division Two.
New United Coach Salv Todaro is looking forward to getting his players into pre-season and the Night Series competition. “It is great to be able to get some invaluable match practice in a competitive environment. I'm sure all four teams will be giving all players in their squad an opportunity to get some game time,” said Todaro.
The games will all be played at Wotton Reserve the home of Morley Windmills. First up United take on hosts and Todaro's former club Morley at 8.30pm on Friday 24th January, followed by a game against Kingsway 5pm on Sunday 2nd February. The final game is a clash with NPL side Inglewood United 6pm Saturday 8th February.
Todaro is close to finalising pre-season in his first season at Francis Street, and can’t wait to start. “Although the timing of the Night Series isn't the best, as there is a large break between the competition and the start of our season in April, I believe it needs to be considered in the player's preparation. That being said, everyone at the club is looking forward to getting stuck into it,” he said.
Swan United FC's thoughts are with the family of Peter Johns who lost his battle with cancer on Monday 18-11-2013
Peter, who was the inaugural President following the merger between Swan Districts JSA and Swan IC, was a much valued member, and he worked tirelessly behind the scenes for many years both before during and after the merge to make our club a great place to play football for all ages and ability.
On behalf of the club, its members, players and supporters, our condolences to Julie, Christopher, Mathew and family on your loss.
On TUESDAY 26th November 2013 Swan United FC is holding its AGM at the Swan Italian Club, 9 Francis Street Middle Swan
The AGM will commence at 7.30pm and all members (including the parents of junior members) are requested to attend.
A copy of the current constitution is available on request.
For members wishing to be part of or nominate for the incoming Executive committee please complete the form below and send to
PO BOX 1488 Midland 6936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, by Thursday November 21st 2013
Secretary - Swan United FC
SWAN UNITED FC 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOMINATION FORM
I (your name)___________________________wish to nominate the following person (nominated person’s name) ___________________________
To be elected to the Executive Committee of Swan United FC for the position of (see below) _____________________________________
Nominations close 4pm on Thursday 21ST November 2013
I (nominated person)_______________________________ accept the nomination for the above condition Positions to be elected:
Take a look at the video of Swan United Football Club, who were selected for the Hyundai Goals for Grass roots on Sunday in the Perth Glory game against Melbourne Heart. A $2000 cheque was handed to Damian Scali at the game!!!!
Swan United is pleased to confirm our coaching line up for 2014
First Team Coach - Salv Todaro
Assistant First Team Coach - Willie Herd
Reserves Coach - Matt Debarro
18’s Youth Team Coach - Phil Butler
Head Coach Salv Todaro has obtained his B Licence, while all other Senior Coaches will have or are working towards their C Licence or better.
Any player interested in playing for Swan United, please either email us at email@example.com or telephone 0414 696 807.
Swan United FC Youth Trials
Trials for 15 - 20 year olds will be held on Tuesday 3rd December and Thursday 5th December with the option for December 10th. Times are 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start running for approximately 90 minutes each session. Trials will be conducted by the Head Coach Salv Todaro and his assistants. Venue is Swan Italian Club, Francis Street, Midland. Please ensure you have your boots and shin pads and a water bottle.
Interest can be registered by emailing the club at firstname.lastname@example.org noting your Name, Date of Birth, Email, Address and mobile phone number
Any queries please phone Salv Todaro on 0414696807.
The 2013 Swan United FC presentation awards took place at a packed Swan Italian Club on Friday evening. The First team fairest and best was won by Michael Tronchin (right being presentated his award by Coach Damian Scali).
The midfielder has had an outstanding season and his drive in the middle of the park was second to none. Terry Monastra was the runner up, while Luke Colli won the golden boot.
The full list of winners is as follows -
Fairest and Best - Michael Tronchin
Runner up - Terry Monastra
Golden Boot - Luke Colli
Fairest and Best - Simon Williams
Runner up - Owen Curtis
Golden Boot - Seb DeCotter
Fairest and Best - Blair Kaputin
Runner up - Reegan Borzecki
Golden Boot - joint Callum Burton and Jordan Rossetto
The Rory Mouttet Award - Cory Hugo
The Jimmy Jamison Award - Penny Borzecki
01.10.13 - Swan United appoint Salv Todaro as Senior Coach
After a disappointing 2013, Swan United have appointed experienced Coach Salv Todaro as senior coach for 2014 and beyond.
A clubs spokesman said. "Swan United Football Club is pleased to announce that they have appointed Salv Todaro as Senior Coach for 2014 and beyond.
"We had a number of quality applications for the position, but the selection panel was impressed by Todaro's presentation, and we believe he is the man to take the club forward. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Damian Scali for taking control as a caretaker Coach last season.”
The former Bayswater City, Balcatta, Morley Windmills and ECU Joondalup Coach is pleased to be on board at Francis Street. “I’m very happy and honoured to have been given the opportunity to coach at Swan United. It is a club with a proud history and tradition, and I will endeavour to add to it,” said Todaro
The Black and Whites had a poor season in the 2013 season, but the club have big ambitions and Todaro will be looking for a big improvement in 2014. “Unfortunately over the last couple of seasons the club has not achieved the goals that it had set itself. In 2014 we will be looking at stabilising the club and playing group and reverse the current trend and start the long hard climb up the ladder,” said Todaro.
“We will be looking at laying the foundations for the future to ensure that we have a genuine pathway for all the players at the club. We will be looking for long term stability, instead of just short term fixes.”
Todaro CV is impressive and he helped Bayswater to promotion to the Premier League in 2003, and also Balcatta in 2009. He believes he will bring a new focus to the club, and is looking forward to the challenge. “I can’t wait to get started and I will be bringing a can do mentality, hard work, professional attitude, analytical and planning capacity and a developmental and winning focus and a sense of fun,” explained Todaro.
The appointment is fantastic for the club, and we wish Todaro all the best at Francis Street.
01.10.13 - Swan United 2013 Senior Presentation Night
The club will be holding its End of Season Senior Presentation Night at The Swan Italian Club, Francis Street on Friday 4th October - 7pm till late.
Tickets for the night are $60 – which includes Dinner, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks (Spirits available at bar prices)
Please contact Cos Coniglio on 0411872247 or Mark Scandrett on 0401896869
21.09.13 - Wanneroo spoils Cory Hugo’s Swan Song
Wanneroo City kept their dreams alive of winning the All Flags First Division after a 2-0 against Swan United at Francis Street.
Goals from Brad McDonald and Ryan West gave The Roos the points, and spoiled somewhat the retirement of Swan’s long-time keeper Cory Hugo.
The 34-year-old bowed out of the game, and on the day the winning Swan IC State League Cup winning side of 2004 and Coach Gary Marocchi, were all there to celebrate the day with him. “Not the end I had planned, but that’s what happens in football. I’ve had fun and really enjoyed my time in the game,” said Hugo.
“I love this club, I bleed black and white. I’ve always wanted to play my football here, and it’s really great to finish my career here, with friends.
“All the old boys came down to say g’day and my family and friends were all here, to watch the old bloke play one more time, I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Wanneroo’s win puts them in the box seat to win the league title after Dianella White Eagles were beaten 2-0 by Western Knights at Nash Field. They take on Canning City, who can also win the league, at Kingsway Reserve on Wednesday evening. Wanneroo require a point to secure the title, while Canning needs all three.
Wanneroo coach David Tough was delighted with the win and is looking forward to Wednesday’s title decider against Canning. “We’ve gone 17 games undefeated, I’m really proud of the lads. We knew today would be a hard game with it being Cory (Hugo) and Damian’s (Scali) final game and it’s always a difficult place to come. So to win and the results going our way elsewhere it sets up a Grand Final on Wednesday against Canning,” said Tough.
“It will be another tight game on Wednesday, Canning coaches Paul and Michael Van Dongen have done a fantastic job at that club, and we know we will have to be at our best to win the league.”
Both sides had early chances in a lively opening. On six minutes Wanneroo striker West sent Scott Bushby racing clear, but his low shot from 10-yards was well saved by Hugo. Moments later Swan threatened, Trent Wood’s cross picked out Owen Curtis whose shot was saved by Clint Davies.
But on 12 minutes the visitors hit the front. Ross Edwards received the ball in the penalty area; he turned his marker and found Brad McDonald who fired low past Hugo from six-yards.
Swan looked to hit back and on the half hour, a one-two with Nicholas Tatasciore sent Trent Wood clear but his long-range shot whistled inches past the post.
There were chances at both ends as the game opened up. West intercepted a poor back pass from Mark Miraudo, but Hugo narrowed the angle well and the striker fired wide.
Then just before the break Swan had two great chances to level. First on 44 minutes, Tatasciore found Curtis, whose shot on the turn was superbly saved low by Davies. From the resulting corner Curtis’ powerful header beat Davies, but Brad McDonald was alert to clear the ball off the line.
Swan had the first opportunity of the second half, Curtis again was denied by Davies after good work from Trent Wood.
But the vital second goal for Wanneroo came on 64 minutes. Bushby’s excellent through ball sent West in on goal. The Swan defence looked for the offside flag, that never came, and he finished with aplomb past Hugo from 12-yards.
The home side still pressed and after good work down the right by substitute Callum Burton, his crossed found an unmarked Curtis, but he headed straight at Davies.
With the news filtering in from Nash Field of Dianella conceding another goal Wanneroo continued to hold out Swan. Another deep cross from Burton found Curtis at the back post, but the big striker was at full stretch and fired wide.
The win was soured in the last minute when Rowdy Yates was given a second yellow card by referee Michael Tolmie for a late tackle and was sent off.
But at the final whistle, Wanneroo celebrated their win, and in honour of the retirement of Hugo formed a guard of honour with the Swan players to applaud the Swan custodian off the pitch for the final time.
All Flags First Division – Round 22
Swan United 0
Wanneroo City 2 (Brad McDonald 12’, West 64’)
Saturday 21st September 2013
Venue – Francis Street, Middle Swan
Referee – Michael Tolmie
Assistants – David Johnson and IIija Prentoski
Swan United – GK Cory HUGO, 2 Terry MONASTRA, 3 Chris MARSHALL, 4 Michael TRONCHIN (14 Warwick BATES 91’), 5 Luke WOOD (13 Callum BURTON 70’), 6 Mark MIRAUDO (12 Niall HUGHES 63’), 7 Thomas BLACK, 8 Mathew BEYER, 9 Trent WOOD, 10 Owen CURTIS, 11 Nicholas TATASCIORE - Subs not used – RGK Conner ANDERSON
Yellow Cards – Wood 66’, Bates 92’
Red Cards - Nil
Wanneroo City – GK Clint DAVIES, 2 Nathan DIAZ, 3 Rowdy YATES, 4 Anthony JONES, 5 Ross EDWARDS, 6 Chris PUGH, 7 Brad McDONALD, 8 Scott BUSHBY, 9 Ryan WEST (85’), 12 Darren BROXTON, 10 Guy McDONALD (11 David CALDER 91’), 18 Glen THOMAS
Subs not used – RGK Reid AHRENS, 13 Craig BOWMAN, 14 Blaine SLATER
Yellow Cards – Yates 66’, 95’, Thomas 76’
Red Cards – Yates 95’
20.09.13 - Swan United v Wanneroo City – Preview
Swan United host Wanneroo City at Francis Street on Saturday (3pm), in the final round of a disappointing season for the Black and Whites.
It is also the final game in the career of long-time Swan keeper Cory Hugo, who is hanging up his gloves, and for caretaker coach Damian Scali. “On Saturday we end, which has been a very frustrating and long season,” said Scali.
“I’ve got to thank to the players for all their efforts during the season. Unfortunately we didn't get as many results as we deserved but that's the way soccer is sometimes when you’re struggling.”
Scali who played a majority of his football alongside Hugo is hoping to send him off with a win, but he knows it will be a tough game. “We get the opportunity to farewell a great of the club in Cory Hugo. I would like to personally congratulate him on his career and thank him for his service to the club and for all the great times we had playing together,” said Scali.
“Hopefully today we can send Cory off with a win. It's going to be extremely difficult as Wanneroo were very good last time we played them and are very much in the title race.”
The Roos arrive at Francis Street sitting in second spot on the table. They are coming off a 2-1 win against Ashfield in midweek, with Chris Pugh and Guy McDonald on target. Captain Anthony Jones resumes his role in the middle of defence alongside Ross Edwards, while across the middle of the park Guy McDonald and Glen Thomas are sure to provide plenty of ammunition for Garin Collins and Scott Bushby.
They arrive at Francis Street sitting in second spot on the table. They are coming off a 2-1 win against Ashfield in midweek, with Chris Pugh and Guy McDonald on target.
A win today and a slip up from Dianella White Eagles will give the Roos a chance at winning the title, but Coach David Tough is expecting a tight affair. “We've never had an easy game at Swan and were well beaten in the cup at the start of the season. Our squad is going to be tested with a number of players suspended or injured. With it bring Damian's last game in charge and Cory Hugo's retirement Swan will be up for the game and playing with emotion. This is a very dangerous game for us,” said Tough.
Hugo signs off with The Swans
Swan United keeper Cory Hugo (Photo's by Brett Kluucznik) will hang up the gloves on Saturday, for real this time, and end a magnificent career at Francis Street. “Yes this is the real thing this time, there will be no more John Farnham one last time tours,” joked Hugo.
“I still want to be involved somehow in football time permitting, so we will see what happens in the future. I am sure if the black and whites came calling in the future I would try and help where I could, but I won't be playing on a permanent basis.”
The 34-year-old has had a successful career at Francis Street, and many highlights, but two stands out. “My two favourite highlights would be definitely the cup final wins in 2003 and 2004. The 2003 win in particular was amazing, we were rank underdogs and it was our first trophy. Playing against such a strong Perth side made it really sweet and I played alright that day too which was good,” explained Hugo.
“The other highlights are wrapped up in memories of the team, watching Justin, my brother, get booked for time wasting was hilarious as was him getting sent off for handball in his last game. Anything to do with a Bunbury player’s trip was also very memorable.”
The keeper has played alongside some quality players at Swan, and when asked to name his best, he had it think about it. “There have been many players at Swan that have been great and many for different reasons. I think the best thing about our teams from the past in particular is that we were always hard to beat,” said Hugo.
“We may not have won as much as we should but we were never an easy beat. We played until the last minute and always gave everything we had and we played for each other. We were genuinely good mates and this helped us on the pitch.
“The best player I played with would probably be between the Scali boys, Carlo and Damien and Elton Holmes. They could all change the game in an instant and play pretty much wherever they were needed and still be amongst the best on the ground.”
He’s had a number of coaches that have helped in his career and two in particular. “Eric Williams, who was the coach in 2000, always instilled great preparation and getting the most out of yourself,” said Hugo.
“On a goalkeeping front it would have to be Willy McNally. He was an influence on me from when I was 12, right through until now. I don't see him all that often but I still remember everything he taught me which is everything about the game and how to be a goalkeeper. He always instilled doing the basics well and that is what I always tried to pride myself on.”
The Black and whites have had some characters in their side over the years, and the end of season trips were another highlight for Hugo. “Every trip away with the boys at the end of a hard season was memorable and it’s hard to single out any one particular moment. I always thought it was important to get together with boys at the end of the year and celebrate everything we did throughout the year,” explained Hugo.
“That made the trips fun and I will have lots of things to look back on from those trips. We had everything, all male spa's for hours with tomato sauce, 3am BBQ's, late night boxing matches with Louis Lepresti, getting hit with cuttle fish, hangovers, hanging upside down on the tennis fencing by one leg, getting thrown out of venues and lots of other amazing memories.”
So the end is here so what’s next for Cory Hugo? “In terms of what's next in football I don't know. I will continue my teaching career and spend a lot more time with the family on weekends. Probably the best bit will not be waking up sore every Sunday to Wednesday from the weekend games,” said Hugo.
Saturday is another day for the supporters to help out, and Cory along with Swan, will be shaking the tins for PMH in appreciation to them for the great work they did for his son James and for all kids in WA. Hugo has been heartened by the support of the football family across the state. “James is doing really well now. We are in the monitoring phase now where we have to have 3 monthly MRI's to make sure the tumour does not return. We will be doing that for the next 10 years before they say we have cured the cancer,” said Hugo.
“I would like to thank all of the football public and the people at Swan for their support over the last few months for me and my family. We raised just over $2100 dollars the other night at the fundraiser and I hope we can continue to raise more funds over the coming years to find a cure for childhood brain cancers.”
From everyone at Swan United, thanks Cory for everything you have achieved at the club and we all wish you, James and your family all the best in the years to come.
14.09.13 - Voting opens in the Footballwa.net player of the year!
With the State League season drawing to a close voting has commenced in the footballwa.net 2013 Player of the Year awards. As was the case last year, there are three awards up for grabs – the Premier League Player of the Year, the Division One Player of the Year and the Division Two Player of the Year – with footballwa.net readers invited to vote in any, or all, of the categories.
The footballwa.net Player of the Year is the longest running award voted for by the players, coaches, administrators and supporters of the local game. Nick Ward, Jamie Coyne, Antonio Naglieri, David Micevski and Gustavo Giron-Maraulanda are among those to receive the Premier League award, Division One winners include include Scott Bulloch, Ashley Rosindale and United’s John Monterosso while last year’s inaugural third tier prize went to James Plowman.
On a 3-2-1 basis – where three is your preferred player of the season – we invite all our readers to submit their votes in any of the categories as soon as possible. These will be tallied off-line with the winner and minor place getters revealed on Friday 27th September. Don't miss out on having your voice heard – send your votes as soon as possible to email@example.com
07.09.13 - Ashfield leaves Francis Street with the points
Ashfield consolidated sixth place with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Swan United at Francis Street. Ryan Frisina and an own goal had Ashfield in the driving seat at half-time but it wasn’t until the closing stages that Aaron Colli sealed Ashfield the points. ”We executed out game plan – Swan is a hard place to go and play – so we’re pleased with the outcome,” said winning coach Matt Carruthers. “It wasn’t pretty at times but we worked hard as a team, had the better chances and could have had a few more (goals) if we’d been more clinical.”
The game was given a crackerjack start with two goals in rapid succession. Frisina drove into the net after latching onto Steve O’Mahoney’s ball over the top of the defence with just 4 minutes on the clock. Swan returned fire immediately, Luke Colli getting down the left and delivering the far post where John Monterosso headed in.
Ashfield edged back in front just before the break when an attempted clearance crashed off Jay Lang and ricocheted past the home goalkeeper. With eleven minutes go play substitute Karl O’Reilly beat two opponents and found Aaron Colli, who made no mistake at the near post.
06.09.13 - Swan United v Ashfield SC - Preview
Swan United return to Francis Street on Saturday, when they take on Ashfield in round 20 of the All Flags First Division (3pm)
United coach Damian Scali is happy to be back at home and is looking forward to ending the season on a high. “After a very disappointing couple of weeks on the road we return to home to try and turn our form around,” said Scali.
“Our effort had been down a little over the last two weeks unfortunately, which is very disappointing since we had a decent run of form before that. We have got ourselves into a bit of a hole but I am confident we can come out of it.
“There have been a few changes to the team so hopefully the new players can step up and provide the necessary impetus for us to win. We have had two very tough losses to Ashfield this season and know today will be even harder.”
Ashfield have a strong team, in goal Irish keeper John Perkins has been outstanding this season, while at the back Nic Davies, Stephen O’Mahony, Karl O’Reilly and Matt Wardle have formed a good understanding.
In the middle of park they have former United’s Aaron Colli, Jay Lang, Tom Kennedy Reuben Tristao and Alex Stamatiadis, while up front Branimir Mikulic, Jamie Burns, Ryan Frisina and Graham Tough are their avenue to goal.
Ashfield arrive at Francis Street sitting in sixth spot on the table. They are coming off a 1-1 draw against league leaders Canning City last week, with Karl O’Reilly on target.
Their cup run somewhat hindered their league form and they have only won two games on the road this season.
Ashfield defender Matt Wardle misses tomorrow’s game through suspension, but he knows it will be a tough game. “Ashfield and Swan are always tough games especially at their home ground. We have had two close games already this year notably the cup semi-final,” said Wardle.
“Although there is nothing really to play for I know at Ashfield we want to finish as high up the table as possible and will be gunning for all three points this weekend.”
05.09.13 - Scali hands over the top job at Swan
Swan United coach caretaker coach Damian Scali will not apply for the job for next season. The club legend told the club when he took over after the departure of Mike Skowron early in the year, he would only coach the one season due to work and family commitments, and with only three games to go the club are on the search for a senior coach for 2014.
“When the club approached me to take over as head coach, I told them then I would only do it for the season, as I’ve got commitments elsewhere,” said Scali.
“The future is bright at the club with the juniors impressing this season, and the 18’s showing signs of improvement, while the senior side has performed well, despite a large turnover of players. It’s only been in small patches of the games that we have been overrun, which will need to be address, but whoever comes in to take control will have a good squad to start from.”
It’s been a difficult season for the Francis Street club; the only highlight was a good cup run that saw them reach the Cool Ridge Cup Semi-Final, where they were edged out by Ashfield 3-2. But Scali believes the club will attract a quality coach, and he will still be involved behind the scenes at the club he has played and been associated with for over 30 years.
“I’ve just got married and I’m changing jobs so I wouldn’t be able to commit to the full time role next season. I’ve enjoyed the highs and the lows and wish the new coach all the best,” added Scali.
“I’ll still be in the background, as the club moves forward, and whoever comes in, I will be around to have a chat and give them my views on the players we have.”
The club are seeking expressions of interest for the head coaching role for 2014. Please contact club secretary Sonia Tuxworth at - firstname.lastname@example.org – for an application form which will need to be submitted by close of business Monday 16th September. Applicants will then be contacted by the club to arrange an interview.
04.09.13 - Glory and Lions fundraiser for PMH
Swan United keeper and former Perth Glory triallist Cory Hugo, played in the Glory game against Stirling Lions on Wednesday night. The pre-season friendly for the A-League side at Macedonia Park, was a fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital, where Hugo’s 2-year-old son James has been receiving treatment for a brain tumour, and a farewell to Hugo who will retiring at the end of the season.
"James had been sick since August or September of last year," he explained, "and then in April of this year he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
"Once we found out that he had the tumour we went to PMH where the neurosurgeon, Sharon Lee, performed the operation to take it out.
"We spent three weeks at the hospital having the operation and the follow-up treatment and then he got an infection so we were there for another couple of weeks, making five all up.
"The neuro team were on call 24-7 for whatever we needed.
"We were on Ward 5A which is the neuro ward and the staff was just amazing.
"Because James was so little and had a drain in his head, he wasn't allowed to move so he had to have someone with him all the time.
"That was me most of the time, but whenever I needed to go to the toilet, or to have a shower or something to eat or whatever, one of the staff would sit with him and make sure he was ok."
Fortunately, James is now well on the road to recovery and Hugo is hopeful that the brave youngster will be able to attend Wednesday night's game.
"We are doing three-month MRI scans at the moment," he said, "and we've just had the first all-clear to show that the cancer's not coming back.
"We've got to keep those going now for the next few years, but at the moment he's just being a regular 2-year-old boy, eating everything and running amuck!
"I think $1000 has already been raised by the club and its sponsors and I've organised a walk-around collection at the game for the PMH Foundation."
And while Hugo is keen to focus attention upon the fund-raising aspect of the friendly clash, it will also serve as something of a farewell tribute night for the 40-year-old who represented the Lions and Swan with distinction and also trained extensively with Glory during the days of the old NSL.
"I'm playing one more game for Swan in the First Division," he said, "and then I'm hanging up my boots.
"I've already retired twice, but I'm just helping Swan out at the moment because their regular 'keeper is injured.
"I played for Stirling for a couple of years and I was doing pre-season with them earlier this year when my son was crook.
The game ended in a 4-0 win to Perth Glory, with Ljubo Milicevic and Ryan Edwards on-target within minutes of each other in the first half with Jamie Maclaren and Adrian Zahra completing the scoreline late in the second period.
Best of luck James and Cory from everyone at Francis Street!!!!
31.08.13 - Gosnells beat United late (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
Gosnells captain Alan Carroll popped up with just minutes to spare to grab Gosnells City a valuable 3-2 victory over Swan United on a blustery afternoon at Walter Padbury Reserve.
The three points, which came courtesy of earlier finishes by Tony Ton and Sean Taylor, moved Gosnells away from the foot of Division One with only three rounds to play. “The change rooms where electric after the game, the team song was a great moment in what has been a tough season,” said Gosnells coach Alan Dunlop. “We have been playing well and picking up points and today the performance was brilliant. It was a very even game but my boys wanted it more.”
Gosnells adapted to the windy conditions well and would have gone a goal up through Ton had the youngster not lifted over the crossbar from a good position. However, Ton atoned for that miss in the 12th minute with a composed finish past veteran goalkeeper Cory Hugo after being played in behind the defence by Wade Farmer.
Swan rallied and four minutes later levelled, Black converting beyond the reach of Struan Herd from a Mark Miraudo free-kick awarded for a foul on Monterosso. Both sets of players worked tirelessly to fashion another goal before the break but Herd and Hugo stood their ground to ensure there was no addition to the scoreline.
The second half followed much the same pattern with both ‘keepers making some timely interceptions and saves. Hugo was eventually beaten for a second time on 71 minutes when Brian Patterson slipped the ball through for Taylor to sweep into the visitors net.
Swan went forward four minutes later through Monterosso, whose speculative effort from out wide was caught by the wind and drifted over a hapless Herd. Gosnells’ responded in kind but Taylor’s shot was blocked while Aaron Coslani and substitute Feisal Zaw were thwarted by Hugo. There was one minute left on the clock when Ben Howe returned a partial clearance into the 18-yard box where Carroll nodded in.
30.08.13 - United head to Gosnells in Round 19
Swan United travel to Walter Padbury Reserve on Saturday to take on Gosnells City in Round 19 of the All Flags First Division (3pm)
Assistant Coach Matt Debarro is looking for a big improvement on last week’s heavy defeat at Shamrock Rovers. “Saturday’s game is our Cup Final and we need to win, plain and simple,” he said.
“After a poor effort against Shamrock, reality has sunk in regarding our position on the table and the boys need to attack the situation head on and we are looking to do that at Gosnells.”
In team news keeper Cory Hugo returns, and Simon Williams will start as United look to
Gosnells sits on the bottom of the table, but with new senior coach Alan Dunlop in charge it will be a hard game for the black and whites. Last time out Gosnells lost 3-2 to league leaders Canning City, with Chris Holland and substitute Sean Taylor on target. The week before they beat Mandurah City 2-0 with Holland scoring a brace, so United will have to be on their toes this weekend.
“The attitude of players and the commitment they gave was outstanding,” said Dunlop.
“We changed our style a bit and tweaked the line-up a bit over the last few weeks we were confident it was just a matter of time before we got a win.”
In team news for the home side Chris Holland, Darren Francis, Kevin Beattie and Luke McCord are unavailable.
25.08.13 - United well beaten at Shamrock (Courtesy of Footballwa.net)
Shamrock Rovers slammed in four unanswered first half goals to pave the way for a 5-1 win against Swan United in their Round 14 catch-up game at Harold Rossiter Reserve. Ciaran Byrne scored twice to take his season tally to 20 goals; Alan O’Mahoney also grabbed a brace with Charlie Kenna getting the remainder for the home side. It took only 8 minutes for Shamrock to open their account with O’Mahoney heading in powerfully from a Mulligan corner. That lead was doubled after 24 minutes when Byrne side-footed in from Kenna’s delivery. And sixty seconds later Byrne had another after skilfully curling around goalkeeper Connor Anderson from 15-metres.
Swan’s plight worsened eleven minutes out from half-time when O’Mahoney headed in goal number four, this time from a Paul Concannon corner. The only bright spot in the black and whites day came shortly after the interval, John Monterosso playing through for Niall Hughes who slotted under the ‘keeper in a one-on-one. With this Shamrock swung back into action, the visitors reasserting their dominance with wave after wave of attack. A fingertip save by Anderson followed by a desperate clearance off the line denied Byrne what would have been a deserved hat-trick. The visitors were unlocked again by Byrne who, unselfishly, squared for Kenna to tap-in the afternoon’s sixth and final goal.
17.08.13 - Knights leave with a point late (Courtesy of Footballwa.net)
An action-packed contest at Francis Street has ended with honours shared at 1-1 between Swan United and Western Knights. It looked as though John Monterosso’s calm finish midway through the first half would decide the game but with only minutes left on the clock Johny Mirco lashed in the equaliser. “It was a great result. Both teams played well and the draw was a fair indication of the game,” United coach Damian Scali said.
“We were disappointed to concede the goal the way we did after not reacting quickly enough to a save from Cory (Hugo) but overall I am very pleased at our work rate and effort over the last month. Hopefully some more positive results follow.”
The Knights settled into the game well by creating several promising forays into attack only to be turned away by a home backline marshalled by veteran goalkeeper Cory Hugo. But the breakthrough came at the opposite end where Monterosso placed into the bottom corner after Luke Colli punished an error by David Annall. For the rest of the half play moved swiftly from one end to the other with both defences halting attempts to add to the scoreline before half-time.
Chances continued to come and go for both teams upon the resumption. Swan came close to extending their lead through Thomas Black’s explosive drive from 25-metres which passed out agonisingly wide of the bottom corner. Slowly but surely the ledger began to tilt in favour of the Knights with Steve Purton and Luka Jukic causing plenty of problems down the flanks.
A number of shots were met by Hugo’s gloves while a clear foul on Julian Teles inside the 18-yard box was allowed to go unpunished. Their reward didn’t arrive until late with Mirco reacting quickest to Hugo’s parry by smashing into the loose ball. Ryan Shackleton squandered a golden opportunity to steal all three points by blazing high in stoppage time with only Hugo to beat.
16.08.13 - Swan United v Western Knights – Preview
After a long absence from Francis Street, United are at home on Saturday in week 18 of the All Flags First Division when they entertain Western Knights (3pm)
United Coach Damian Scali is looking forward to the game but knows it will be a tough game “It’s nice to be back on the old paddock this weekend for the big game against a very good and in form Western Knights,” said Scali.
“Last time we played them we were outplayed in the first half and found ourselves two nil down very quickly. We did work our way back into the game and had our chances to equalise. Hopefully today we can be ready form the start and display the intensity we need for the whole 90 minutes.”
The squad has been strengthened over the past three weeks and Scali believes this will help to run out games. “We have added some squad members enabling the first team to have fresh subs on the bench, which has helped,” said Scali.
“This has proven to be of great help with some much needed results coming our way over the last few rounds.
Keeper Sam Hutchinson pins a tight Knights defence with David Annall and Ivan Zuvela, vital along with Ethan Levitt and Luke Woodard.
In the middle of the park Ryan Shackleton, Craig Riley Luka Jukic and Dean Thurston push in other direction, while former United’s Brendan Craig Steve Purton and Johnny Mirco are tasked with scoring goals. The Knights arrive at Francis Street sitting in fifth spot on the table, six points of the league leaders. They have been on a good run of form, losing just the once in the last five games, and are coming of a stunning 4-0 win against then league leaders Canning City last week.
10.08.13 - United pick up three valuable points
A couple of early goals laid the foundations for Swan United to claim a 3-1 win away at Rockingham City today. Goals from Thomas Black, Stuart Long and Michael Tronchin jumped the black and whites five points clear of last placed Rockingham, who have lost their last seven games.
The day could not have started better for Swan with an unmarked Black tapping in after Niall Hughes’ flick on was cut back into the danger zone box by John Monterosso. A similar move produced a second goal for Swan; Trent Wood playing down the line for Monterosso whose low centring pass was lashed in from 14-metres by Long.
The tide began to turn late in the first half and few were surprised when Rockingham pulled a goal back, Lee Hayward converting from 8-metres after being found unmarked by Reece Frank’s flicked pass.
Fired up by Coach Damian Scali’s half-time address, Swan upped the tempo to totally dominate the second 45 minutes. Monterosso, Luke Colli, Hughes and Mark Miraudo all had chances to increase the difference but were thwarted by goalkeeper Phil Herschell and his defence.
Rockingham were hitting on the counterattack and one such move had Josh Senior go clear only to be denied by veteran Cory Hugo. The result was put beyond doubt by Tronchin, who crashed in a loose ball at close-range.
03.08.13 - United beaten by league leaders
Canning City surged four points clear at the top of Division One after coming from behind to claim a 4-1 triumph over Swan United at Burrendah Reserve.
Luke Colli grabbed the first goal of the afternoon but Michael Van Dongen sent the sides into the break on level terms before Canning pulled away in the second half with Josh Findlater, Lawrence Cheyne and Daniel Trevisiol on-target. Swan enjoyed the better of an open first half and deservedly went ahead through Colli, who threaded in from a narrow angle after being played through by Trent Wood. Mark Miraudo then came within inches of doubling their lead with a deflected shot which crashed into the post.
It took until late in the half for Canning to begin to spark and just before the break Michael Van Dongen lashed in the equaliser after meeting Sam Carello’s corner to the far post. That momentum was carried over into the second period with Findlater rising highest to head in from a Michael Van Dongen. Next it was Findlater’s turn to provide, cutting the ball through the 18-yard box for Cheyne to tuck in from 4-metres.
A fine display of athleticism by Trevisoil put the icing on Canning’s cake, the midfielder winning successive headers and out-muscled two defenders before sending the ball past goalkeeper Mat Battigelli at close-range.
28.7.13 - United Coach baffled by postponement
Swan United coach Damian Scali is still trying to fathom the reasoning behind yesterday’s decision to call off his teams’ home clash with Mandurah City.
Match officials deemed the Swan Italian Club surface waterlogged and unsuitable for play around an hour before the Division One game was scheduled to commence, a decision which stunned Scali. “I cannot understand what logic went into making this decision,” the Swan coach said. “The pitch was not even worth discussing. There was a 1-metre square area that had a very small amount of surface water – the rest of the pitch was absolutely fine.”
Scali paid tribute to the Swan officials who worked tireless to kept the pitch in match conditions. “I am very upset for the people at the club who got there at 7.30am yesterday to get the ground ready,” added Scali. “Perhaps people need to take stuff like that into account rather than grandstanding by walking around for 35 minutes inspecting a few wet spots on the ground.” The game at Swan was one of four postponed on Saturday, the others being the Stirling Lions-Balcatta derby, Dianella White Eagles verses Wanneroo City and Maddington White City’s home fixture with Fremantle United.
20.07.13 - United let it slip in Cup Semi-Final
Ashfield will line-up in the Cool Ridge Cup Final for the first time after scoring a thrilling 3-2 Semi-Final win against Swan United at Ashfield Reserve. Second half goals by Graham Tough, Jamie Burns and Ruben Tristao books the Reds a historic Cup Final appearance but had it not been for goalkeeper John Perkins, whose made a trio of brilliant saves, then the outcome may well have been very different.
United Coach Damian Scali was pleased the way his side had battled in the game and believes it bodes well for the rest of the league season. “It was a much better intensity wise from the lads today, but we gave away three goals from three set pieces which was disappointing,” said Scali. “If we go out with that intensity for the rest of the season we will more than we lose.”
The first half was a fairly dour affair in which Ashfield dictated play but were restricted to shooting from distance. Burns fired wide on the quarter hour and shortly after Jay Lang flashed past the target. The next opening didn’t present until the 38th minute, Karl O’Reilly stealing possession from Mark Miraudo before crossing to the far post where Burns nodded wide. Swan’s first serious attack arrived five minutes later, Luke Colli’s centring ball finding Matthew Beyer whose effort from 18-metres flew over the top. Two minutes later Spiro Nenadic went down under the challenge of Jay Lang and, after careful consideration, referee Adam Fielding pointed to the penalty spot from where Nick Tatasciore put the black in whites in front.
Ashfield were quick out of the blocks upon the resumption. Hugo thrust out a boot to deflect away Tristao’s vicious low strike, a powerful Tough header flashed across the face of goal and Burns should have done better than fire straight at the ‘keeper. All this pressure was rewarded in the 65th minute, Matt Wardle playing a free-kick to the far post where Tough rose strongly to loop his header over Hugo and into his net. Perkins prevented Swan from going back in front with a stunning one-handed save which kept out Michael Tronchin’s curling 71st minute shot. Ashfield waited just two minutes before grabbing the lead, Tristao hitting a diagonal cross into the 18-yard box which Burns elegantly glanced just inside the upright.
Swan refused to concede the game. Trent Wood’s deep cross found substitute Niall Hughes whose bullet-like header was kept out of the top corner by Perkins at full-stretch.
The momentum was now with the visitors and on 83 minutes they were back on level terms via a Tatasciore free-kick which deflected off Aaron Colli and wrong-footed Perkins. The deciding goal came just two minutes later, Stephen O’Mahony’s long throw was punched away by Hugo but only as far as Tristao who, from 15-metres, threaded low through a crowded goalmouth and into the bottom corner. Swan worked tirelessly to conjure a third goal in the closing stages but when referee Fielding whistled for the final time it signalled the beginning of a long night of celebration in the Ashfield camp.
Winning coach Matt Carutthers was understandably delighted with how his players responded following a poor first half. “We were not ourselves in the first half and we addressed that at half-time,” Carrutthers said. “We played well in the second half and got the rewards. There were a few close moments late in the game when Swan came at us but it was a typical Cup-tie and we’re delighted to reach the final. “The club will enjoy today and look forward to the game against Bayswater. We seem to play better against the bigger clubs. We have nothing to lose so we will be looking to continue our good run of form and bring the Cup home to Ashfield.”
Ashfield: GK John PERKINS, 3 Matt WARDLE, 4 Stephen O’MAHONY, 6 Jay LANG, 7 Ian MCKEAN, 10 Karl O’RIELLY (27 Mladen KOVACEVIC 73’), 16 Aaron COLLI, 20 Reuben TRISTAO, 22 Graham TOUGH, 28 Nick DAVIES, 67 Jamie BURNS—Subs not Used – RGK Alex SUTTON, 5 David GORDON, 8 Alex STAMATIADIS, 9 Bobby IRVINE
Yellow Cards: Burns 47’, Davies 80’, Kovacevic 83’
Swan United: GK Cory HUGO, 2 Mathew BEYER, 3 Chris MARSHALL , 4 Terry MONASTRA, 5 Michael TRONCHIN, 6 Mark MIRAUDO, 7 Luke COLLI, 8 Spiro NEDADIC (12 OWEN CURTIS 60’), 9 Trent WOOD, 10 Nick TATASCIORE, 11 Thomas BLACK (15 Niall HUGHES 66’) - Subs not used: RGK Matt BATTEGELLI, 13 Ryan DAWSON, 14 Simon WILLIAMS
Yellow Cards: Wood 80’
Referee: Adam Fielding
19.07.13 -Ashfield v Swan United – Cup Preview
Swan United make the trip to Ashfield Reserve on Saturday, to take on fellow First Division side Ashfield in the Cool Ridge Cup Semi-Final (2pm)
Swan United Coach Damian Scali played for the club the last time they reached the State League Cup final in 2004, hopes his charges can have the opportunity to experience a Cup Final. “It’s a very big game for our club, and we hope we have gained some confidence from the league win against Morley last week. It’s no doubt it will be by far the biggest game ever for many of our players, and hopefully they are up for it,” said Scali.
The last time Swan played Ashfield they were beaten 3-1 and Scali knows they will have to be stronger on Saturday, if they are to make it through. “They are very good team with some excellent players who we will need to pay special attention too,” said Scali.
“As a Coach I learnt a great deal about them last time we met. They physically bullied us off the park and we couldn’t respond. I hope the players can challenge them physically on Saturday as that is where the game will be won.”
Ashfield Coach Matt Carruthers is looking forward the game and sealing a place in the Cup Final. “It’s a huge game for the club and we want to be in the final so there will be no complacency coming from the Ashfield camp,” said Carruthers.
“The team is confident and yes we have had a run of better results, we will take confidence and not complacency into the game. Over confidence would be our first mistake.
“Our league fixture result has little bearing on today fixture – this is the cup and I’d expect Swan to lift; that and the fact Damien has had a few extra weeks now to spend with his team.”
19.07.13 - Nenadic and Stamatiadis look ahead to Cup Semi-Final
Ahead of Saturday’s Cool Ridge Cup Semi-Final at Ashfield, United defender Spiro Nenadic and Ashfield midfielder Alex Stamatiadis spoke about the game.
Last week’s hard-fought win in the league has provided United the perfect preparation for a State Cup semi-final outing with Ashfield according to defender Spiro Nenadic. It was smiles all around in the black and whites’ camp last Saturday after Mark Miraudo netted late to secure a 2-1 victory over Morley Windmills, snapping a seven-game winless streak in the process. “It’s always important to get a win before a semi-final, it gives you that much-needed confidence for such a big game,” commented Nenadic. “Even though we went a goal down we never gave up, we played as a team and were rewarded with the result we were after.”
Swan will be looking to carry the momentum gained from last weekend into Saturday’s make-or-break Cup semi-final with Ashfield. “Qualifying for the Cup final is important for everyone at Swan. The club have always enjoyed a good run in the Cup and it provides the players an opportunity to achieve some silverware,” commented 23-year old Nenadic, scorer of the decisive goal in last month’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Mandurah City. “The team performed great that day, apart from the first ten minutes when our goalkeeper, Mat Battigelli, kept us in the game with some great saves.”
The upcoming Cup semi-final provides Swan a welcome distraction from their poor league campaign, which has the black and whites placed fourth from bottom in Division One. “We’re not happy with where we’re sitting at the moment but it hasn’t all been negative,” explained Nenadic. “Yes, there have been games were we haven’t shown up but there have been games where we were unlucky not to get some points. I’m sure things will turn around soon. We’ve been training hard and as long as we play with some heart and intensity we will get a few more wins on the board in the second half of the season.”
Nenadic recognises Swan will have their work cut out if they are to progress to their first State Cup final since 2006. “Ashfield are always hard to play at their ground and they’re in some good at the moment, the fact they drew with (Division One leaders) Dianella White Eagles last week shows they are a quality team,” commented Nenadic. “It’s going to be difficult but the boys are confident of getting the win and that’s what we will be going there to do. When the game kicks off we know we can do it when we are on our game.”
Ashfield midfielder Alex Stamatiadis is back in training after injury and is looking forward to Saturday’s Cup clash. “This is probably the biggest game to date for our club, from where we were 3 years ago to now is a credit to everyone who has worked so hard to turn things around, the team has under achieved in the league this year but our cup run has been terrific. Hopefully we can get a win for everyone who comes down to support us week in week out,” said Stamatiadis.
“Swan are always a competitive team to come up against and we had to fight hard to secure the win against them last time round and we'll have to be at our best if we are to win again. We are a month unbeaten and played our best game all year against the team on top of the premier league. We have a squad capable of beating any team when we are at our best and it’s great to have hit form this time of the year. The boys have been really strong and confident in the last month and they are ready for Saturday.” The State Cup semi-final between Ashfield and Swan gets underway at 3.00pm on Saturday at Ashfield Reserve, while in the other Semi-Final Premier Division sides Bayswater City and Inglewood United do battle at Frank Drago Reserve.
13.07.13 - Miraudo gives United the points
Mark Miraudo netted a late free-kick as Swan United snapped a seven-game winless streak by seeing off Morley Windmills 2-1 at Francis Street. Morley held the upper hand at half-time courtesy of Bernard Marcelo’s strike, but at the final whistle it was the black and whites who were celebrating with goals from John Monterosso and Miraudo. “I was proud of our endeavour, intensity and desire to win today. We played hard, we played well and everybody did their job,” said Coach Matt Debarro.
“The past week has been a real turning point for us and we are looking to continue this form into the rest of the season.”
An action-packed first half was a repeat of Wednesday night’s clash where the two sides had fought out a 1-1 draw. United were seeing the better of the ball but were unable to capitalise on their opportunities. Half-time was fast approaching when Marcelo got the breakthrough, sneaking his shot past Cory Hugo, after the Swan custodian brilliantly blocked an initial attempt.
Swan returned for the second period determined to equalise and on 65 minutes that’s what they did, substitute Trent Wood cutting the ball in for Monterosso to tuck past goalkeeper Bobson Koroma. United were on top and when Monterosso was sent clear five minutes later Koroma was out quick to save bravely to save at the striker’s feet.
The game was now end-to-end with both teams guilty of wasteful finishing. There were only three minutes left on the clock Wood was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Miraudo stepped up to the free-kick and curled past the defensive wall and into the net via the post to win it was United.
12.07.13 - Swan United v Morley Windmills – Preview
Swan United are at home on Saturday in Week 13 of the All Flags First Division, when they take on Morley Windmills at Francis Street.(3pm)
Fresh from Wednesday’s 1-1draw against the Windmills Coach Matt Debarro is looking forward to another tight contest. Wednesday night's battle was intense and I’m expecting no different today,” said Debarro.
Damian Scali is away on his honeymoon and Debarro is looking forward to the challenge. “With Damian away, I have a big responsibility to fill but I’m confident in what I have learnt over the weeks from him to get the job done. Damian is an excellent coach and it has been a privilege to be able to learn from him as the players have been too,” explained Debarro
“Wednesday night I challenged the boys to take responsibility for the team’s performance, that everyone was responsible for the outcome, and to focus on playing as a unit and not a group of individuals, which they did. We showed glimpses of the side that has won themselves an opportunity to play for a cup final place.”
“Today we will have to raise the bar again and keep moving forward as one to get the result. i am confident in all the players and i know that they can get the job done. The spectators are in for a treat as the rivalry heats up between the two clubs, hopefully as the smoke clears after 90 minutes we are the team who takes home the 3 points and the bragging rights.”
Morley sits in seventh spot on the table with 16 points, and they have a few familiar faces in their side. Former United players Daniel Agudelo, David McNally and Andy O’Neill, to name a few, will be in their starting line-up and we welcome them back to Francis Street, and wish them good luck, but not too much today.
10.07.13 - United and Morley share the spoils
Swan United earned a hard fought point after a 1-1 draw against Morley Windmills in the re-arranged round two game at Wotton Reserve on Wednesday evening. Morley dominated the first half and were ahead after ten minutes, O’Neill nodding in from Chris Bradley’s delivery. Cory Hugo kept his side in the game with a number of stunning saves, but as the half ended United lifted. John Monterosso, Trent Wood and Luke Colli, all going close, but at the break it was Morley one to the good.
United brought on Niall Hughes in the second half for Tom Black, and they began to get on top, But former Swan keeper Daniel Agudelo was in fine form for the home side, to deny United the equaliser. That was until Hughes rose highest from Nic Tatasciore’s cross on 65 minutes. Monterosso was unlucky not to put Swan in front with a header which Agudelo deflected away, while in stoppage time a full-stretch Hugo kept out David Houston’s chip shot.
United assistant Coach Matt Debarro, who was in charge with Coach Damian Scali away on his honeymoon, was delighted with the side performance. “I was proud of the way the boys battled tonight, they showed heart, intensity and discipline,” said Debarro.
“The rivalry between the clubs gave us more desire to step it up tonight, and we were unlucky to not steal it in the end. But credit to Morley who seem to be getting better each week. Jason Van Rooy is doing a great job with them. We look forward to Saturday, and another intense game at Francis Street and the boys need to raise the bar even more if we are to go one better.”
06.07.13 - Barnett double gives UWA the points (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
UWA-Nedlands pulled away from the foot of Division One after a 4-2 victory over United at McGilvray Oval. Aaron Barnett opened and closed the scoring for the home side with Mark Cahill and Kyle King also hitting the target to move UWA four points clear of last place. “It was must-win game for us as we needed to push away from the teams around us,” commented Barnett, who feels the win owed as much to a solid defensive unit as the goals scored. “Tom Sellers and Tommy O’Connor, our centre back pairing, were solid as a rock and goalkeeper Ranjeet Singh made some great saves.”
A scrappy first half was punctuated only by Barnett’s opening goal just before the hour half, the attacker finishing into the bottom corner after meeting Jack Rycroft’s cross from the right. It was with their focus sharpened that the teams returned to the field for the second half. UWA doubled their advantage soon after the hour with substitute King delivering the ball deep into the 18-yard box where Cahill finish well across goalkeeper Cory Hugo. It took only a few minutes for Swan to hit back through Mark Miraudo’s through ball which Nicolas Tatasciore chipped over Singh.
Swan were now in the ascendency and although John Monterosso found the net it counted for nothing due to an offside flag. With this UWA swung back into action. A quick break orchestrated by Brian Maybin put the ball with King, who raced clear and rounded Hugo before finishing into the net. Again Swan wasted little time in replying, Hugo launching a long ball which cleared the defence and was motored onto by Tatasciore to stroke into the bottom corner. There were only a few minutes left when Barnett fired converted a penalty, awarded for a foul on Andrea Terni, to get UWA just their third win of the season.
05.07.13 - UWA- Nedlands v Swan United – Preview
Swan United will be looking for their first league win in their last five games when they travel to McGillvray Oval to take on UWA-Nedlands (3pm)
Both sides are level on points and a win will be vital for both sides as they look to move up the table. United Coach Damian Scali is looking for an improvement from his side. “We have been struggling to play for 90 minutes in many of our games and hence we are on a losing streak,” said Scali.
“This week changes have been made and hopefully the players who been promoted can lift the energy of the side and take us to a much needed win.”
In team news Mark Miraudo and Owen Curtis will come into the starting line–up, and Curtis, who has overcome injuries this season, is looking forward to the clash. “Damian has decided that given the recent results a change was needed. This week we've trained with a new style and we will come out on Saturday with a new style of play,” said Curtis.
“The boys all want the result tomorrow and I have no doubt that we can get the points at UWA tomorrow if the same lads that trained come out on game day.”
UWA will be looking for their first win at home this season, and Tom Sellers and Mark Cahill have key roles to play at opposite ends of the park for the home side. United will be looking for their first away victory of the season, so it should be a cracking game – Get down to Shenton Park and support the black and whites.
29.06.13 - Hugo Shines but The Roos take the points (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
Wanneroo City extended their unbeaten run to seven games with this afternoon’s 2-0 home defeat of Swan United. Goals in the final third from Scott Bushby and Garin Collins proved all the difference but the final margin would have been greater if not for an outstanding display from Swan goalkeeper Cory Hugo.
The pattern of the afternoon was set early with Wanneroo enjoying the bulk of possession. Collins and Anthony Jones provided an endless supply into the 18-yard box but on each occasion the ball was allowed to pass across the face of goal. Appeals for a penalty after Guy McDonald went down were ignored by the referee, and just before the break Hugo pushed Collins’ vicious drive away from the top corner.
Swan enjoyed some good possession early in the second half but it didn’t take long for Wanneroo to regain control. Collins was again thwarted by Hugo, Bushby blazed high when it seemed easier to score and substitute Kevin White failed to connect at close-range. Wanneroo persistence eventually paid off with Jones, Danny Milne and White combining to tee-up Bushby, who took one touch before drilling into the bottom corner.
Collins doubled that lead soon after by steering Bushby’s ball to the far post back across Hugo and inside the upright. Glen Thomas squandered a guilt-edged chance to post Wanneroo’s third goal, and late on Jones was denied by Hugo after being played through with just the ‘keeper to beat.
Wanneroo City – GK Clint Davies, 2 Anthony Jones, 3 Luke Palamteer, 4 David Timmins, 5 Ross Edwards, 6 Chris Pugh, 7 Scott Bushby, 8 Guy McDonald, 9 Daniel Milne, 11 Rowdy Yates, 14 Garin Collins – Subs – RGK Kevin Miller, 18 Glen Thomas, 12 Kevin White, 13 Josh Reid, 15 Brad McDonald
Swan United – GK Cory Hugo, 2 Terry Monastra, 3 Matt Beyer, 4 Spiro Nenadic, 5 Chris Marshall, 6 Stuart Long, 7 Luke Colli, 8 Michael Tronchin, 9 Trent Wood, 10 Thomas Black, 11 John Monterosso – Subs RGK Connor Andreson, 12 Nicholas Tatasciore, 13 Ryan Dawson, 14 Mark Miraudo, 15 Fraser Burt
Referee – A. Paraskevas
28.06.13 - Wanneroo City v Swan United – Preview
United hit the road this week, with a trip to the Kingsway Reserve to take on third placed Wanneroo City (3pm). United assistant Coach Matt Debarro (left) is expecting a tough game. “We beat them in the cup earlier in the season but they have improved a great deal since then,” said Debarro.
“It’s tough one for us, but every game is must win now and the boys are capable of rising up to it. On our day we can beat anyone in this league, but we have to put in a full shift. We have been dropping our guard for fifteen minutes in games and have been punished, we need to put this right.”
New signing Stuart Long will make his debut after signing from Ashfield in the week. The midfielder played at Francis Street in 2010. United will be missing the injured Rob Monterosso but his brother John returns to the side after missing last week’s cup win against Mandurah City.
Wannaroo Coach David Tough is expecting United to be tough opposition tomorrow. "I watched Swan in the cup last week and thought they were worthy winners against Mandurah. Damian has a young and energetic team who never stop working for each other and with John Montotosso likely to come back into the starting 11 it's going to be a dangerous game for us," said Tough.
27.06.13 - United to take on Ashfield in Cup Semi-Final
Swan United has been drawn away to Ashfield in the Cool Ridge Cup Semi-Final draw. The draw was made at Football West headquarters in Maylands on Thursday.
United Coach Damian Scali, who played in Swan’s last two Cup final wins in 2003 and 2004, is delighted to be in the semi-finals, but is expecting a tough challenge at Ashfield. ““We are very excited to be in the semi-finals of the cup, but going to Ashfield is going to be a difficult game, as they have already beaten us and have continued to get stronger by adding to their squad,” said Scali.
“They have already proven that they can beat anyone after their win in the quarter finals against Stirling. But we will be going there to win the game and reach the final.”
United skipper Trent Wood is delighted with the draw. “Any Semi-Final is going to be a tough game, but the boys couldn't be happier with the draw. It's a perfect opportunity to make the finals and we are all looking forward to the challenge against Ashfield,” said Wood.
22.06.13 - Nenadic wins it for United
Swan United moved into the semi-final of the Cool Ridge Cup after a hard fought 2-1 win against Mandurah City at the Swan Italian Club. Luke Colli had given the home side the lead before the break; before Craig Tone levelled, but United defender Spiro Nenadic decided the tie converting from Ryan Dawson’s corner. “Yesterday's win was a great result for the team and club. I was happy to see the boys fight back when Mandurah equalised, as we have let teams get on top of us in previous games,” said United skipper Trent Wood.
“Hopefully this is a turning point for us to push further up the league table. We look forward to the semi-finals which will be a great experience for our young squad.”
Mandurah began the game in an unfamiliar kit, after arriving at the ground without a change kit from its black and white stripes, and with Swan being the home side was forced to borrow a set of strips from Joondalup City, whose reserves had been in action earlier in the day. With that behind them they opened the brighter and almost scored in the opening minute. A mix-up in the Swan defence allowed Tone to round goalkeeper Mathew Battigelli, but United defender Chris Marshall was alert to get back and clear the ball off the line.
United keeper Battigelli then came to his sides rescue on 19 minutes. Craig Simms was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area, but Battigelli produced a stunning reaction save to deny him. The rebound fell to Craig Stares, who with the goal at his mercy hit the post from close-range. That miss proved costly for the Dolphins and moments later United went in front. Nic Tatasciore was clear down the right by Trent Wood, and his cross picked out Colli who fired home from 5-meters. It was a typical cup game with end-to-end football, and Battigelli again denied Stares on the half hour, before Tatasciore was denied by Mandurah keeper Matt Hamnett.
Mandurah started the second half just as it did the first with Tone was a constant threat for United and early he raced clear and fell under the challenge of keeper Battigelli, but referee David Bruce waved away the Mandurah’s penalty claims. But on 66 minutes their pressure was rewarded with the equaliser. Tone capitalising on a slip from Rob Monterosso, rounding Battigelli and firing home into an empty net.
All Mandurah hard work was undone five minutes later, when they switched off at a set piece. Substitute Ryan Dawson’s corner found the unmarked Nenadic and the defender fired home, much to the delight of the home faithful. Mandurah lifted but couldn’t find a way past the impressive Battigelli and his back four. United almost added a third late, Tom Black drifted in from the left; his shot beat Hamnet but was cleared off the line.
Swan United 2 (Luke COLLI 20’, Spiro NENADIC 71’)
Mandurah City 1 (Craig TONE 66’)
Date: Saturday, 22 June 2013
Ground: Swan Italian Club, Middle Swan
Match time: 2:30pm
Referee: David Bruce
Assistant referees: Hugh Best and John Taran
Swan United: 1. Mathew BATTIGELLI (gk), 2. Terry MONASTRA, 3. Matthew BEYER, 4. Spiro NENADIC, 5. Chris MARSHALL (15. Robert MONTEROSSO 62’ [12. Mark MIRAUDO 90’]), 6. Michael ITALIANO, 7. Luke COLLI, 8. Michael TRONCHIN (13. Ryan DAWSON 70’), 9. Trent WOOD (c), 10. Thomas BLACK, 11. Nicolas TATASCIORE
Substitutes not used: 23. Andrew HEALY (rgk), 14. Simon WILLIAMS
Yellow cards: Spiro NENADIC 14’, Mathew BATTIGELLI 32’, Terry MONASTRA 37’, Trent WOOD 75’
Red cards: Nil
Mandurah City: 1. Matt HAMNETT (gk), 2. Norm EVANS, 3. Liam HURST, 4. Daniel DYSON, 6. Matt STARCS, 7. Robbie HAMM, 8. Craig SIMMS (5. Zack NEWTON 76’), 9. Craig TONE, 12. Blake DIGGIN (10. Daniel BROCKWELL 60’), 14. Mark McLAUGHLIN (16. Luke JOHNSTONE 60’), 15. Craig YOUNG (c)
Substitutes not used: RGK. Connor POWER (rgk)
Yellow cards: Robbie HAMM 47’, Craig YOUNG 64’, Zack NEWTON 86’
Red cards: Nil
21.06.13 - Swan United v Mandurah City – Cup Preview
Swan United will be looking to reach the semi-Final of the Cool Ridge Cup, when they entertain Mandurah City at Francis Street in Saturday’s Quarter-Final (2.30pm)
United coach Damian Scali is hoping to put their league form behind them on Saturday. “This weekend is a great opportunity for us to escape the pressure of our poor performances in the league recently and play with some freedom and with some confidence in the cup,” said Scali.
“The cup has always been a successful tournament for us, and I'm hoping we can continue that and make our way in to the semi-final.”
United defender Owen Curtis say’s the players are really up for the game. “The lads are buzzing at the thought of getting to the semi-final and know that we have the quality in our squad to get there,” said Curtis.
“We came back from 3-0 down the last time we played them in the league at their place. We started poorly but held strong and got the goals that we deserved after a dominant second half. We have them at home this time and home advantage gives us an upper hand that hopefully we'll take the game to Mandurah because of it.”
In team news John Monterosso is cup-tied and misses the game, while Chris Marshall continues to miss due to injury.
Mandurah striker Craig Tone, believes they have the side to win the quarter-final on Saturday. “It is a big game for the club, and we will ready for a tough game. We haven’t been playing like we should this season, so we are all up for this game big time. The lads are looking strong and spirits are high and we believe we can carry on our good cup run,” said Tone.
“In the league game we were brilliant in the first half and should have buried them. But a lapse in concentration in the first ten in the second half and we conceded a soft goal. Then swan scored two great goals striking from outside the area into the top corner on both occasions, so you could only tip your hat off to swan that day.”
Mandurah welcome back Tone, Robbie Hamm, Alex Randell and Matt Hamnett for the game which kicks off at the early time of 2.30pm
15.06.13 - United let it slip
A strong second half has propelled Dianella White Eagles back to the top of Division one with a 4-1 defeat of side Swan United on a typically wintry afternoon in the Swan Valley.
The home side entered the break with the lead courtesy of Thomas Black only to have Dianella power away after the turnaround with Milan Vulin grabbing a brace alongside goals to Corey Wiltshire and Robbie Phelan. “Vesko (Zmukic) and John (Castrilli) had some stern words for us at half-time and we came out a different side,” goalkeeper Tom Dixon explained. “We scored twice in five minutes and then completely out-played Swan. We should have had several more goals but their ‘keeper, Mat Battigelli, did well to keep us to only four.”
A high intensity first half was littered with shots on goal but Black was the only one to find a way through with a shot that deflected off Kross Kamara. Dianella took the game by the scruff of the neck following the turnaround. Vulin equalised with a tidy shot from outside the 18-yard box after 49 minutes, and shortly after Wiltshire finished past Battigelli after meeting Abdul Sesay’s cross. Play was now end-to-end with both sets of players giving their all for the vital next goal.
The honour would fall to Vulin who converted from the penalty spot after Battigelli brought down Jon Stripe. Igor Novakovic laid on the sealer by making his way down the left and cutting back for Phelan to finish.
Swan United – GK Mat Battigelli, 4 Terry Monstra, 3 Thomas Black, 2 Spiro Nenadic, 5 Owen Curtis, 7 Luke Colli, 9 Trent Wood, 6 Michael Tronchin, 8 Matthew Beyer, 11 John Monterosso, 10 Nic Tatasciore
Subs – RGK Andrew Healy, 12 Michael Italiano, 14 Simon Williams, 13 Fraser Burt, 15 Mark Miraudo
Dianella White Eagles – GK Tom Dixon, 16 Corey Wiltshire, 14 Bojan Radinovic, 4 K. Kamappa, 6 Thomas Gooding, 8 Milan Vulin, 10 Robbie Phelan, 7 Abdul Sesay, 11 John Stripe, 3 Michael Salsano, 5 Igor Novakovic
Subs – RGK Nas Farsalas, 12 Branimir Dragojevic, 13 Ross Douglas,
14.06.13 - Swan United v Dianella White Eagles - Preview
Swan United is back on home soil on Saturday when second placed Dianella White Eagles visit Francis Street. (3pm)
United Coach Damian Scali continues to look for consistency from his chargers and hopes they can find it on Saturday. “Last week again showed that we do not play hard enough for 90 minutes and in a very tough league like this we got punished,” said Scali.
“Matt and I have tried to analyse the reasons for our good overall performances, but reoccurring lapses. We have identified a few possible reasons and have been working hard on these at training. The boys continue to apply themselves at training and play good football for the majority of games so I’m sure that results will come our way soon, let’s hope it starts today. Dianella obviously have been flying and provide us with a huge task today, but I believe the players are up for the challenge and hopefully provide a game of high entertainment and a positive result for our supporters.”
United defender Spiro Nenadic and keeper Matt Battigelli come against their former club and Nenadic is looking forward to the game. “ Tomorrows game should be a tough one, as we are coming up against one of form teams in the league, but were confident we can get a result,” said Nenadic.
“It will be good to catch up with a few of my old team mate from Dianella but Mat and I will be giving it our best effort to beat them.”
Dianella have made a great start to 2013, and Coach Vesko Zmukic has overseen the club head the table for most of the season. Goalkeeper Tom Dixon and Thomas Gooding and Abdul Sesay have added some steel to the side; while recent recruit Igor Novakovic from ECU Joondalup and Corey Witshire have added stability, along side Andreas Theodosiades, Dhamon Kalamaras, Simon Barber and Bojan Radinovic.
The Dianella Reserve side are yet to lose on the road this season; their only two defeats have been at home. A 1-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers in round 7, and last week they lost the top of the table match against Canning City 2-0.
08.06.13 - United lose at Ashfield (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
Ashfield snapped a four-game winless run by downing Swan United 3-1 at Ashfield Reserve.
Branimir Mikulic set the ball rolling midway through the first half with Ryan Frisina doubling the hosts’ lead on the half hour.
Swan midfielder Luke Colli pegged a goal back following the turnaround around only to have Mikulic restore Ashfield’s two-goal buffer by converting from the penalty spot.
The three points gained move Ashfield into sixth position whereas Swan remain just above the drop zone in ninth spot.
07.06.13 - Ashfield v Swan United – Preview
Swan United is on the road in week nine of the All Flags First Division on Saturday, when they travel to Ashfield Reserve to take on Ashfield (3pm).
After back-to-back defeats the black and whites will be looking for three points and Coach Damian Scali will be looking for an improvement from his chargers. “Our league form has been very ordinary as shown on our position on the ladder, said Scali.
“We must start well and play with intensity and speed from the start. We are giving teams too many starts and trying, without success, to run over them.”
The Coach knows the quality in the Ashfield side and believes they need to be at their best, but is confident they can return with the points. “Ashfield have many good players, who will cause us trouble, so we need to play very well,” explained Scali.
“We are starting to lose contact with the upper half of the table so we need wins and we will be trying our best to achieve that.”
Ashfield striker Jamie Burns is confident they can end a four-game unbeaten league run by claiming victory against United. “We’re hoping the Cup win against Western Knights can provide the spark to get our season back up and running,” Burns told footballwa.net. “The team has full belief in our abilities but we need to start taking our chances and turning possession into points.” Matt Wardle comes in for the hosts, who have Ian Stack and David Gordon unavailable.
United at home in Cool Ridge Cup quarter finals
Swan United has been drawn at home to fellow First Division side Mandurah City in the quarter finals of the Cool Ridge Cup. The game will take place at Francis Street on Saturday 22nd June with a 2.30pm kick off. United Coach Damian Scali believes it will be a tough game. “It’s a very difficult draw for us, especially after being 3-0 down to them and lucky to get a point in league a few weeks ago,” said Scali. “They have been on a good run of form in the league and I’m sure Billy Russell will have them up for a big game, so it will be hard.”
The draw was made Thursday afternoon at Football West and the other ties are as follows –
Ashfield host Stirling Lions at the Ashfield Reserve, Second Division side Quinns entertain Premier League leaders Bayswater City at Gumblossom Park, while the final game is an all Premier League clash when Inglewood United travel to Percy Doyle Reserve to take on Cup holders Sorrento.
03.06.13 - Joondalup sunk in second half blitz
Sunday amateur Premier League side Joondalup United’s State League cup run came to an end after a 7-1 defeat against Swan United at Francis Street. The game was scoreless at the break but a second half blitz from the home team put the game beyond Joondalup. Swan striker Tom Black scored five goals, with singles to Trent Wood and Matt Beyer, the consolation for Joondalup was scored by Adam Buckley.
“We were slow out of the blocks again but when we did get into the game there was only going to be one winner,” said Swan assistant Coach Matt Debarro. “Hopefully we can grow from this win and play the football I know we can play and start getting results in the league.”
Joondalup opened brightly and in the first minute Lee Jones was sent through, but Swan keeper Matt Battigelli tipped his low shot around the post. The Swan custodian was keeping his side in the game and five minutes later Karol Fazekas’ cross found Jones again, but again his long-range shot was superbly saved by Battigelli. The home side settled and Black and Christian Lopez went close but at the break it was 0-0.
The second half started with a bang and two minutes in the home side took the lead. Michael Italiano’s shot was deflected perfectly into the path of Black, who fired home from close-range. On the hour Swan won a penalty when Wood was brought down in the penalty area. The decision looked harsh, but the Swan skipper picked himself up to score from the spot.
The flood gates then opened, and Black added the third after good work on the left by Wood. Moments later Nic Tatasciore sent Colli clear, and the midfielder fired low past Will Powley to make it 4-0. Joondalup got some reward for their play when they pulled one back on 75 minutes. Buckley beat the offside trap; his initial shot was saved by Battigelli, but he fired home the rebound.
But their comeback was quashed three minutes later when Swan added a fifth. Colli’s ball into the penalty picked out Beyer, who had only just come to the pitch and he fired home from 7 meters. Joondalup keeper Powley then saved Black’s penalty after Tatasciore was brought down in the area, however they did make it 6-1 on 85 minutes.
Black completing his hat-trick, firing home from Chris Marshall’s cross, and he added two more before the final whistle to complete a great day for the former Perth SC striker. Joondalup Coach Rudy Procter was proud of his side. “I thought we were the better team in the first half, and I was very proud of the effort the boys put in today on another day we could of been three up at the break, but that’s football, we will learn from this and hopefully do better next season,” said Proctor.
Swan United – GK Matt BATTIGELLI, 2 Chris MARSHALL, 3 Michael ITALIANO, 4 Terry MONASTRA, 5 Owen CURTIS, 6 Spiro NENADIC, 7 Luke COLLI, 8 Michael TRONCHIN, 9 Trent WOOD, 10 Tom BLACK, 11 Christian LOPEZ – Subs – RGK Andrew HEALY, 12 Nic TATASCIORE, 13 Justin SKOWRAN, 14 Matt BEYER
Joondalup United – GK Will POWLEY, 2 Adam ROGERS, 4 Neil MIDDLER, 5 Graeme REID, 7 Lee JONES, 8 Joe STOCKER, 9 Dan MERRIE, 10 Karol FAZEKAS, 11 Ricky GARDINER, 15 Stuart HARTMANN, 16 Adam BUCKLEY – Subs – 3Steve MILLS, 12 Jono DOHERTY, 13 Kev BISSET, 14 Paul GREEN
01.06.13 - Gosnells leave with the points (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
Gosnells City put a bit of distance between themselves and the foot of Division One by out-shooting Swan United 2-1 at Francis Street. The entertainment value was high early on with Christian Lopez swinging a free-kick narrowly wide of the far post, then at the opposite end Sean Taylor beat three defenders only to also strike past the target. John Monterosso fired into the side netting on the counterattack, and that was met by Alan Carroll’s long-range strike which goalkeeper Matt Battigelli pushed away. As the half came to a close Gosnells gained the upper hand. Taylor headed just over, Brian Patterson placed wide and Darren Gamble was thwarted by the ‘keeper.
Taylor clipped the top of the crossbar following the turnaround after meeting a Feisal Zaw cross as Gosnells continued to press. But the breakthrough would come at the other end where Lopez’s shot trickled over the line after Nick Tatasciore dribbled his way into the 18-yard box. Now chasing the game, Gosnells soon returned to the attack and were rewarded in the 74th minute with Taylor steering in a Gamble cross. With six minutes left Wade Farmer slotted Gosnells into the lead after the ball skittered around the 18-yard box. Swan twice went close to grabbing a late point but Tatasciore’s effort was deflected onto the bar by Farmer, and Herd was down quickly to smother at the feet of Monterosso
01.06.13 - Swan United v Gosnells – Preview
Swan United, are back at Francis Street on Saturday, with Gosnells City visiting in week 8 of the All Flags First Division. (3pm)
Coach Damian Scali is looking for an improvement from last week at the Knights, especially the start of the game. “Last week we were very disappointed with the result especially in the fact that we started slowly and allowed the Knights to get two up on us before we even bean to get into the game. To the boys credit they fought back and with a bit of luck, Jack might have got a point in the end,” said Scali
“We must not allow Gosnells to do the same to us on Saturday. I'm sure they will be fired up for a fast start and we must be ready from the start. This is an area we continue to work on and improve on.”
They head to Francis Street with just one win this season, a surprise 4-0 away win at
Wanneroo in week two. Last week they were beaten 4-1 at home by Canning and with United looking to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 defeat against Western Knights it should be a great game on Saturday.
25.05.13 - Early strikes give Knights the points
Western Knights scored back-to-back wins for the first time this season by out-shooting Swan United 2-1 at Nash Field. Early strikes by Steve Purton and Brendan Craig gave the home team a dream start but had the home team in front early and they should have had a few more before livewire striker Geneveo Human breathed life into Swan in the second period. “It was a frustrating game to watch,” said Knights boss Robbie Dunn. “We should have been four or five up and the game should have been over by half-time. Swan came at us in the second half but I was really happy with the way our players soaked up their pressure.”
Swan were on the back foot from as early as the 7 minute when David Caine’s corner came out to Purton whose volley from 20-metres found the back of the net. And it looked as though the floodgates were about to open when, ten minutes later, Craig complimented some good lead-up work by sliding in goal number two. The Knights had reason to feel aggrieved when the referee waved for play to continue after Johny Mirco was unceremoniously dumped inside the 18-yard box. Purton’s explosive drive from 30-metres crashed into the upright as shots rained down on Swan custodian Matt Battigelli, who was no doubt relieved when half-time rolled around.
It was a much-changed Swan which emerged from the break, fired up and determined to take something from the afternoon. Substitute Justin Skowron was asserting his influence going forward as John Monterosso asked the home defence all sorts of questions in his patrol of the final third. The black and whites were rewarded came on 63 minutes when Monterosso’s square pass was despatched into the top corner by Human. Luke Colli was presented a great opportunity to equalise but was unable to capitalise after being found free near the penalty spot. Nerves remained on edge right up to the final whistle with both goalkeeper’s called into action to prevent any further addition to the scoreline.
Western Knights – GK Alfie BRINCAT, 18 Ben COULTER, 2 Craig RIELY, 4 Vincent WIKTORA, 5 David ANNALL, 16 Dean THURSTON, 7 Stephen PURTON, 10 David CAINE, 9 Brendan CRAIG, 14 Sime LOZIC, 22 Johny MIRCO
Subs not used – RGK Ashley CROSTHWAITE, 8 Ryan SHACKLETON11 Julian TELES, 6 Ivan ZUVELLA
Swan United – GK Matt BATTIGELLI, 2 Chris MARSHALL, 3 Matt BEYER, 4 Terry MONASTRA, 5 Michael TRONCHIN, 6 Spiro NENADIC, 7 Luke COLLI, 8 Nic TATASCIORE, 12 Veo HUMAN, 11 John MONTEROSSO, 10 Tom BLACK,
Subs – RGK Andrew HEALY, 9 Trent WOOD, 13 Justin SKOWRON, 14 Michael ITALIANO
24.05.13 - Western Knights v Swan United – Preview
United will be looking for back-to-back wins win they travel to Nash Field, in Mosman Park to take on Western Knight. (3pm) Fresh from last week’s 4-2 win against Rockingham City, Coach Damian Scali is looking forward to the challenge against the Knights. “It will be a very difficult game but I’m confident in our team to score goals,” said Scali.
“We need to defend well against Johny Mirco and former Swan player Brendan Craig as they are Premier League standard. If we can win it sets up our season nicely, but if not, we fall of the pace a bit, so the challenge is there for the boys.”
Midfielder Nicolas Tatasciore cannot stress enough the importance of a United win on Saturday. “We want the three points not only to secure the top five spot that we deserve but also to improve club moral,” Tatasciore told footballwa.net.
“We want to show that our hard work at training, a few new additions and a change of coaching staff has all been for the positive of Swan.” New signing John Monterosso is expected to start for the black and whites.
Knights Coach Robbie Dunn is expecting a tough game against the Black and Whites. “Our lads know that this will be a tough game. They have worked extremely hard for this one and we have a few disappointed guys who have missed out for tactical reasons. Luka Jukic work and Ethan Levit through a horrible work injury will miss, this paving the way for Industrious Ben Coulter and skillful Dean Thurston to come in and show their wares,” said Dunn.
“Our guys will not be taking this game lightly and after beating Canning last week will be concentrating just as hard to try and take the three points on offer against what looks like a rejuvenated Swan side.”
Kick-off is 3.00pm on Saturday get down and support the Black and Whites!!!.
Madaschi enjoying live at Francis Street
New Swan United keeper Simon Madaschi is enjoying life at Francis Street. The 33-year-old joined the Black and Whites after both senior keepers Matt Battigelli and Jordan Howell went down with injury, but he’s settled in really well. “I’m absolutely loving the opportunity to wear the gloves for Swan, it’s a great club that I’ve always had much respect for,” said Madaschi.
“It’s great to see all the people involved with the club from the committee to all the supporters and the time they devote to the club, the reason why the club exists, everyone has made me feel welcome and appreciate my experience having been around the state league for a while, and it’s great to stand in goals and not get abused by Lenny Dundo and the boys for a change.”
The shot-stopper has been impressed with the squad and believes they can surprise a few teams this season. “The playing group are a great bunch of lads; I’ve had the opportunity of playing with many of boys in the squad, and a few I’ve played against. The attitude on the pitch is really positive and everyone is willing to graft hard and fight to the end, hence the 3-3 draw at Mandurah to come back from 3-0 down, and the strong defending in the first half against Canning and the constant bombarding of Canning`s goal in the second half, unfortunately to no avail,” explained Madaschi.
The phone call from United’s assistant Coach Matt Debarro was a surprise, but he was just happy to help out. “Matty knew of what I had achieved playing with Perth SC and other clubs over the years, so he got in touch with me after both keepers suffered serious injuries, and I wish both of the lads a speedy recovery,” said Madaschi.
“Although I’m currently the goalkeeper/assistant coach at Balcatta and finished playing last year, I thought I still had a few games left in me, so I jumped at the chance to join the Black and Whites, after getting permission from Saul Contera the Balcatta coach.”
Madaschi started his football with Balcatta, and was selected in the under 13, 14 and 15 WA State teams, before moving to Bayswater and later Perth SC. He then played amateurs for a year or so due to work commitments then went back to Perth SC under Graham Normanton. While at Perth he won, Night series, League title, Top 5 series and cup medals. He then moved to Floreat and won a Night Series medal in 2011, and was also selected in the WA State amateur squad two years ago.
Football is in blood in the Madaschi household and Simon believes that’s held him good stead. “I’ve been playing football since I was five, but it is my dad who has been my biggest influence. He was also a keeper in the state league with Perth Azzuri, Bayswater and Inglewood among other teams, and and represented the WA state team thru the 70`s and 80`s. Also my brother Adrian, who has played in Italy and Scotland as well as winning numerous Australian caps, and is currently playing in the K-league in Korea,” explained Madaschi.
With former striker Damian Scali in charge at Francis Street, Madaschi believes it’s great to see a legend of the local game put back in to his club. “It’s great to see an ex player for Swan take over the coaching reins, and especially Damian Scali who only finished playing recently. I’ve had a few battles with him on the pitch over the years, usually ending up with him cleaning me up and me flat on my back,” joked Madaschi.
The Swans head to Nash Field on Saturday to take on the Western Knights a game Madaschi is looking forward too. “Saturday will be a huge game, after getting relegated last season, they will be relentless to prove they deserve to be in the premier league and with Robbie Dunn at the helm, they are well regimented. Johnny Mirco and Luka Jukic will be a handful and coming off a win against canning they will be keen for 3 points,” said Madaschi
Scali savours first win with Swan (Courtesy of footballwa.net)
Swan United collected just their second win of the campaign by out-shooting Rockingham City 4-2 at Francis Street. A brace from Luke Colli plus singles to Geneveo Human and Nick Tatasciore moved the black and whites to seventh spot, whereas Rockingham remains rooted to the foot of the table alongside UWA-Nedlands and Gosnells City. “Our attacking play and creation of chances was impressive, but if we are to achieve any success this year we must learn to defend a lot better,” said coach Damian Scali after guiding Swan to victory for the first time. “Hopefully we can now build momentum as we have a very difficult stretch of games coming up.”
The entertainments value was high with the teams sharing four goals inside 25 minutes. First to open their account were the hosts through a Colli shot from outside the 18-yard box after good interplay with Thomas Black. Rockingham’s response was swift, Rafael Insaurralde receiving the ball on top of the box and turning two defenders before placing into the bottom corner. Human restored Swan’s lead with a brilliant free-kick that he struck beyond goalkeeper Bobson Koroma. The seesawing nature of the game continued with Insaurralde’s elegant shot on the turn flying into the Swan net to bring the teams level for a third time.
Rockingham came out from the break positively with Danny Macklin getting off an early shot, however, that was as good as it got for the visitors in the second period. Swan heeded that warning by increasing the tempo with some tidy movement to dominate the remainder of the afternoon. Colli helped himself to a second goal by looping a header over the advancing ‘keeper to put the hosts back in control. Hopes of a Rockingham revival nosedived when they were reduced to nine men as a result of second yellow cards to Macklin and Connor Price. Chances flowed thick and fast for Swan over the closing stages but Tatasciore was the only one was find a way through with a crisply struck free-kick.
11.05.13 - Canning grinds out win at Francis Street (Courtesy of Footballwa.net)
Canning City kept pace at the top of Division One by out-shooting home side Swan United 2-0 at Francis Street. Daniel Neiderberger and Paul Van Dongen had Canning in front by the break after which the black and whites piled on the pressure in search for a way back in.
(Photo Chris Marshall wins a header against Canning striker Daniel Neiderberger - Photo by Tiahna Scandrett)
A positive start by the home team paid dividends when Neiderberger converted from the penalty spot after a defender was ruled to have handled Sam Carrello’s cross. Player-coach Van Dongen then doubled his team’s advantage by heading a pinpoint Josh Findlater cross past oncoming goalkeeper Simon Madaschi.
The momentum shifted after the break but despite a enjoying the bulk of possession and creating some good openings, Swan were unable to find the goal they sought.
10.05.13 - Swan United v Canning City – Preview
After last week’s second half fight back at Mandurah City, United are back at Francis Street this week when they take on league leaders Canning City (3pm)
New United coach Damian Scali will be missing on Saturday, as the 35-year-old is getting married to his fiancé Julie, and Matt Debarro will be charge, and he’s looking forward to the challenge of taking on the undefeated Canning, despite a number of injuries within the squad. “We have a few players out this week, so it will be a test of our depth, but I’m confident in the players and our plan will be good enough to get a result, as shown in the second half last week, we can turn it on,” explained Debarro.
“We have worked hard this week on the track to better the players understanding of their roles within the system we’re implementing, and I know they will be even stronger this week.”
The assistant coach is well aware of the strength of Canning and is looking forward to the challenge. “They are a strong, experienced team and they have clearly shown that early in the season, but we are looking to turn around the last home result in the league,” said Debarro.
“I wish all the best to former United defender Rory Moutett, but not that much, and I’d personally would like to send my congratulations to Damian on his wedding day, and I hope we can give him three points as a present.”
Moutett has had two spells at Francis Street, and is looking forward to the game and catching up with a few old mate. “It's a big day for me coming back to the club where I spent 10 senior years, and it's important for me to play well. My time at Francis Street has given me many fond memories and I'm looking forward to seeing all the same old faces on the sidelines,” said Mouttet.
“It's going to be a tough game, as all of the Swan V Canning games that I have played in have been highly competitive and full of drama. Swan had a great comeback last week and will draw some confidence from that. They have several players that can do damage to the opposition.
“For us it’s important to get the three points. We worked very, very hard during the preseason and are a close knit unit. We are fit and are starting to play some good football at the moment. We are a confident side and have showed great character in all of our previous four outings so will be looking for more of the same this weekend.
Wedding Bells ring for new United Coach
New Swan United Coach Damian Scali won’t have football on his mind tomorrow when he marries his fiancée Julie at St Kieran’s Catholic Church, Tuart Hill, with a 2.30pm kick off, sorry service!!!!
From everyone at Francis Street congratulations to you both and we hope the team can give you a present with three points tomorrow against Canning City.
04.05.13 - United hit back to take a point
It was always going to be a tough fixture for United to win, as they haven't picked up points in Mandurah for over five years, but with the excitement of newly appointed head coach Damien Scali, chances were better than ever.
United started positively in the first ten minutes controlling play, creating opportunity and dominating possession, on the 11th minute a cut across the box was sent just over the bar by Tom Black.
But it was Mandurah that went ahead after 12 minutes, Craig Tone turned inside the 18-yard box to find the feet of Matt Stares, who cut the ball back for Graeme Matthews to stroke in from six-yards, giving new keeper Simon Madaschi no chance. It didn’t take long for Matthews to post another, the striker poking into the bottom corner after Tone’s searching free-kick went to feet inside the area.
United were struggling, and started slipping in to old habits, losing shape, not keeping the ball, and trying to force opportunity rather than create, and they soon paid for it with Mandurah slotting a third. Danny Dyson heading home Tone’s Corner, and it got worse for United at the break with skipper Trent Wood limping off with an ankle injury.
The second half began with a bang for United, and two minutes in they pulled one back. Luke Colli blasting the ball into the bottom left corner of the net from the edge of the box.
United were now dominating and on 70 minutes it was 2-3. Colli was given far too much space 20-yards from goal and his shot flew past Mandurah keeper Matt Hamnett.
Mandurah were rattled and United were in firm control, creating opportunities from all angles but the equaliser couldn't be found, until the 80th minute. Spiro Nenadic shot from 25-yards shot flew into the top corner of the net, much to the delight of the travelling United supporters.
United pressed late for the winner but Mandurah hung on, but new United coach Damian Scali was happy with his sides fight back. “We had a few words at half time and I told the players, not lose faith in what they are doing, and to stick to the plan,” said Scali.
“The boys really took this on board and dominated the second half. Despite Mandurah’s position on the ladder it was a decent result as it is the first point in five years we have picked up in this fixture.”
Mandurah Coach Billy Russell was left frustrated with the result. “It was a great first half from our boys and an awful second half,” Russell told footballwa.net. He also struggles to reason with his team’s lack of consistency. “I have never been in this position before – it is really strange to get your head.”
Mandurah City – GK Matt Hamnett, 2 Adam Evans, 3 Liam Hurst, 4 Daniel Dyson, 5 Tom Straker, 6 Matt Stares, 9 Craig Tone, 10 Graeme Matthews, 11 Alex Randell, 13 Marlan Ramirez, 15 Craig Young
Subs – RGK Conner Power, 8 Michael Grigo, 12 Lloyd Johnston, 14 Brent Mayhew
Swan United – GK Simon Madaschi, 2 Spiro Nenadic, 3 Michael Italiano, 4 Terry Monastra, 5 Chris Marshall, 6 Simon Falcone, 7 Luke Colli, 8 Nic Tatasciore, 9 Trent Wood, 10 Tom Black, 11 Justin Skowron
Subs – RGK Andrew Healy, 12 Mark Miraudo, 13 Owen Curtis, 14 Seb DeCotter
Referee – Matt Southern
03.05.13 - Mandurah City v Swan United – Preview
A new chapter in the Swan United story begins tomorrow, when new head coach Damian Scali takes control of his first game in charge of the club when the Black and Whites visit the Hyundai Stadium to take on Mandurah City (3pm)
It’s a difficult first up assignment for the coach but he’s been happy with his players’ attitude in training since he’s been in charge and is hoping for a good result on Saturday. “This week training has been really vibrant and upbeat,” said Scali.
“It was always difficult as a player down there at Mandurah, and I’m sure it will be the same on Saturday. Our players are very much looking forward to getting on with the football and putting the last league defeat behind them.”
In team news Veo Human will miss this week with a hamstring injury, while keeper Jordan Howell will be out with an ankle injury. The goalkeeping crisis at the club has been eased with the signed of Simon Madaschi from Perth Royals, and he’s happy to be at the club. “I’ve always had respect for Damian Scali as a player and President Cos Coniglio is a top bloke, so I’m happy to help the club out, after losing both their keepers with long term injuries,” said Madaschi.
“I’m really looking forward to it, there are a lot of lads at the club who I’ve played with before, and hopefully my experience will help them gain promotion.”
Spirits are high in the Mandurah City camp ahead of the game. “The last two games have shown we are on the improve,” said coach Billy Russell, whose side defeated UWA-Nedlands in the Cup round. “We have changed a couple of things in our structure – we have a lot of experience missing at the moment – and the players seem more comfortable with how we are now set-up. Swan will be a tough game just like all of them, but we have to put points on the board soon so we have to be work hard to get a result.”
Damian Scali is the new Coach at Francis Street
Swan United have appointed former striker Damian Scali as their new coach. He replaces Mick Skowron who stepped down as coach last week, and the committee have also appointed Matt DeBarro has his assistant.
Scali was in the dugout with Matt Debarro last week, when they beat Melville City 5-3 in the cup, and President Cos Coniglio is delighted with the appointment. “Damian is Swan through and through, and were delighted he has agreed to take over the senior coaching role,” said Coniglio
“Damian has a lot on his plate at the moment with his work commitments but we’re sure he and Matt are the right pair to take us forward. Damian was a fantastic player for our club, and we are sure he will give us 100% and his experience in the game will stabilize the club and take us were we want to be.”
Scali is looking forward to the challenge. "It's a very exciting time and fantastic opportunity to be coaching Swan for 2013, explained Scali.
"I'm very much looking forward to the job and the challenge that it brings, and I'm really pleased to have Matt Debarro as assistant and can't wait for Saturday and our trip to Mandurah."
United at home in Cool Ridge Cup Second Round
Swan United has been drawn at home against Sunday Premier League club Joondalup United in the second round of the Cool Ridge Cup.
The draw was made on Thursday at the Football West headquarters in Maylands, and United’s assistant Coach Matt Debarro is looking forward to the game and is aware the cup is great leveller. “I guess any team you draw at this stage of the competition will present a tough game, and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly,” said Debarro.
“The cup is a great leveller and we respect them as a team and a club and we anticipate they will come at us hard, and we all know a team with nothing to lose is tough to beat. So we will prepare as best we can and hopefully be better on the day and progress into the next round.”
The game will be played at Francis Street on Monday 3rd June with a 3pm kick off.
The full draw is: Armadale v Inglewood United – Alfred Skeet Oval, Floreat Athena v Sorrento – E&D Litis Stadium, Bayswater City v Gosnells City – Frank Drago Reserve, Quinns FC v Rockingham City – Gumbalton Park, Mandurah City v Maddington – Hyunadi Stadium, Stirling Lions v ECU Joondalup – Macedonia Park, Western Knights v Ashfield – Nash Field, Swan United v Joondalup United – Francis Street
27.04.13 - United too strong for Melville
Swan United moved into the second round of the Football West Cool Ridge Cup after a hard fought 5-3 win against Division Two side Melville City at Len Shearer Reserve on Saturday.
A double to Tom Black and Mark Maurado and a single to skipper Trent Wood were enough for United, although the home side hit back in the second half with two stunning strikes. “I was happy with the boy’s effort today,” said assistant coach Matt Debarro (Right). “We played some good passing football, but leaked goals at the back which was disappointing. That can be put down to the lack of fitness and getting players back behind the ball quickly when losing possession. But it was a step in the right direction with a short preparation for Damian (Scali) and I and I’m real proud of them.”
The black and whites were on the offensive early with wide pair Geneveo Human and Mark Miraudo causing a good few problems with their pace. Unfortunately Human was forced out after 12 minutes with a hamstring strain, however, Swan were not to be thrown off course.
Within minutes of entering the action Black lashed into the net after receiving a cutback from Justin Skowron. One became two shortly after as Justin Skowron cut the ball across the 18-yard box for Miraudo to send past the goalkeeper. And the game looked to be over when Miraudo’s crisp strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area made for a three-nil lead at the break.
Melville needed a goal as soon as possible after the turnaround and David Palin delivered with a deflected strike that beat Jordan Howell. Black was having none of it and after latching on to Luke Colli’s through ball restored Swan’s two-goal advantage.
A stunning volley by Palin kept the hosts faint comeback hop alive, and when Blake Readwin tapped in a few minutes later after Ashley Savage’s drive came back off the crossbar Melville were back in the hunt.
But a sublime piece of skill in the 85th minute by Wood secured Swan’s place in the next round, the livewire attacker slicing his way between four opponents before blasting into the net from 25-metres .
Cool Ridge Cup First Round
Melville City 3 (Palin 2, Readwin)
Swan United 5 (Black 2, Miraudo 2, Wood)
@ Len Shearer Reserve
Swan United – GK Jordan HOWELL, 2 Michael ITALIANO, 3 Luke COLLI, 4 Terry MONASTRA, 5 Chris MARSHALL, 6 Spiro NENADIC, 7 Genaveo HUMAN, 8 Mark MIRAUDO, 9 Trent WOOD, 10 Nic TATASCIORE, 11 Justin SKOWRON - Subs – RGK Andrew HEALY, 12 Simon FALCONE, 13 Tom BLACK, 14 Seb DECOTTER, 15 Simon WILLIAMS
Melville City – GK Elliot DUNCAN, 2 Ryan RUSSELL, 3 Lasse JENSEN, 5 Daniel BROWN, 7 Sasa SLANVJEVIC, 9 David PALIN, 10 Aaron BAHADDRI, 11 Blake READWIN, 13 Jack HALDANE, 14 David WILSON, 19 Sasa GOJIC -
Subs – RGK Mark BENTLEY, 20 Ashley SAVAGE, 23 John BRENNAN, 37 Lucas PICKERING,. 40 Stephen FORDE
Referee – Shuo Chen
25.04.13 - United Part Company with Skowron
It’s been a difficult month for Swan United, with the on-going Morley Windmills saga still in the back ground, but there has been unrest, which has been brewing in the camp and today the club decided to Part Company with head Coach Mick Skowron.
United President Cos Coniglio said the decision was difficult but is in the best interest of the club. “It was a very difficult decision, and we thank Mick for his work during his two years at the club,” said Coniglio.
“It’s been brought to the attention of the committee that a number of players were unhappy with certain aspects, of training, match day’s and the overall dis-harmony in the squad and we believe a change of coach would help sort these problems out.
“With that in mind we spoke to Mick today to tell him the situation and we’re now in the search for a replacement. It’s never an easy situation, but we believe the decision we have made is the right one and the person who comes in will get us back on the direction we are all hoping to achieve.”
United skipper Trent Wood although disappointed with the decision, he just wants to get on with the football. “I know a few players weren't particularly happy with our shape and formation, but were willing to play whatever system Mick set out for us,” said Wood.
“A few supporters and committee members have also commented on our style of play and believe it wasn't the best. I believe Micks intentions were good, but the club has probably made the decision at the right time as the season is still fresh, and myself and the players are just concentrating on playing decent football, starting on Saturday at Melville in the cup.”
25.04.13 - United head to Melville in Cup First Round
It’s a been a tumultuous week at Francis Street, but the football goes on and United are in action on Saturday in the First Round of the Football West Cool Ridge Cup, when they travel to Len Shearer Reserve to take on Division Two side Melville City (3pm)
After the departure of Mick Skowron, Matt Debarro has taken the last training session, while the search goes on for a replacement coach, and believes the club are looking to bounce back from last week’s lose against Shamrock Rovers. “Even after the disappointing result last week from the boys, I’m confident that we can get a result at Melville,” said Debarro.
“It’s a hard week for me with Mick’s departure but the football goes on we’re really looking forward to the game and we all know what we are capable of and the players will be going out to prove that on Saturday.”
Melville has had a disappointing start to the season but everyone knows the cup is a great leveller and United will have to be on their toes. “All at the club are excited to be facing Swan in the cup, and hopefully we can put on a good show at Len Shearer in front of our home supporters,” said Melville City Coach Dan Evans.
“Last year we had a good run getting to the quarters, but obviously this year we have had a poor start to the league and we are looking for something to get us going.
“We are a young side and Swan is a good club but on our day we can be very competitive and in a cup game we can play without fear as we have nothing to lose when playing a Division One side.”
The game kicks off at 3pm, while the Reserves are also in action against Melville with a kick off of 12.45pm
19.04.13 - United to consider appeal of Morley decision
Swan United are closely reviewing details of the incident with an eye on appealing the Football West decision to replay the State League Division One game against Morley Windmills, in which Simon Falcone was sent off after he was substituted in the 57th minute. United went on to win the game 2-1 but Football West on request had decided an error by referee Trent Fleskens during the incident was incorrect and they have declared the game void.
United club officials were disappointed that they were not consulted on the incident and they have only taken one side of the story. United assistant Coach Matt Debarro was in the thick of the action and had a good view on what actually happened. “It was, I must admit, a heated exchange between Simon, the referee and his assistant. Mick (Skowron), who had called the substitution, could see it flaring up and decided to bring Simon off,” explained Debarro.
“We made the substitution and Simon was replaced by Nic Tatasciore, but once this occurred the referee’s assistant grabbed Simon by the arm and pulled him back on to the pitch and asked Nic to step back off the pitch.
“Well me and Mick were troubled by this, and as Simon left the field the referee then came over and issued a second yellow card to Simon. The sub had been made and both officials had already written the substitution in their book, making it official and Simon had left the field of play.”
The club believes therefore the referees decision to allow the substitution that had ALREADY taken place and been made official correct and to not reduce Swan to 10 men was correct interpretation.
Matt Continues. “We had a decision like this in the Night Series competition when Nic (Tatasciore) was sent off, and even Bayswater coach Chris Coyne believed it was harsh, and we even had the referees inspector who was going to support our appeal, but we were informed that Football West would not go against their referee’s decision on the night, so why now,” said Debarro.
“The substitution had been made, players exited and entered the field of play, one of our players was man handled, which is a Football West regulation that has been broken by its own representative, why are we the ones to be punished. All around the world, referees make wrong decisions, and we know no one is perfect, but this goes against its own by law stating in simple terms the referee’s decision is final. “
19.04.13 - Swan United v Shamrock Rovers – Preview
Swan United are back home on Saturday when former Coach John O’Reilly brings his new club Shamrock Rovers to Francis Street in week 3 of the All Flags First Division (3pm)
United won a hard fought game at Morley last week, and will look to keep their 100% record in take and Coach Mick Skowron is expecting another tough encounter. “We've had a good start to the season with 3 wins against 3 good teams including a win against Wanneroo City in the Cup, but we will have to step up this week if we want to come away with the points against Shamrock,” said Skowron.
“It will be John’s first visit as an opposing coach so I'm expecting The Rovers to put in a big effort for him. They had a good win against Mandurah first up but went down to Canning City last week so they'll be looking to bounce back with a win today. After a tough battle against Morley last week we're expecting much the same today.”
In team news Nic Tatasciore and Veo Human are available for selection, but Simon Falcone (suspension) and Christian Lopez (Injured) will be missing.
There have been significant changes made to Shamrock by O’Reilly, who has balanced a lengthy list of outs with some quality signings. Strike partners Ciaran Byrne and Dan Corbett will benefit enormously from Will Pender’s supply, while Irish imports Jeff Flood and Shane Cassidy anchor a very intimidating defensive unit.
They head to Francis Street after winning the opening game of the season 3-0 on the road at Mandurah, before a 2-0 home defeat against Canning City in week 2 – Get down and support the Black and Whites!!
Keeper a Hit at United
New Swan United keeper Matt Battigelli has joined from Dianella White Eagles and has settled in at Francis Street, despite hitting his head on the goal post last week at Morley. “I’m loving life as a Swan player, the club have made me really welcome and the lads are great,” said Battigelli.
“There were a few twists and turns down the road, but I’m glad the road led to Francis Street.”
The 25-year-old had four great seasons at Dianella and the decision to leave was hard. “Yes I spent four years at Dianella Reserve, two of them as captain, so leaving the club was tough,” explained Battigelli.
“I had a lot of mates their and the respect that was shown to me I will never forget. I did find I was getting complacent being the number one for so long and some poor performances followed, so that’s why I thought it was time to move on.”
The talented keeper almost joined Premier League side ECU Joondalup in the pre-season but things didn’t work out. “I found going to Joondalup in pre-season then coming to Swan has lit a new fire in me and now i want to show the swan faithful that I’m still one of the best keepers in the league,” said Battigelli.
“I was very close to signing for ECU in pre-season; in fact everyone thought I had. But i got injured just before the night series and was out for six weeks. The injury carried into the start of the premier state league and i didn’t want to be on a bench for 12 weeks, so here I’m a Swan boy.”
The Swan custodian had a number of injuries last season, but he said ‘Fingers crossed’ they are all behind him – well apart from the odd head butt of the goal post!!! “I found last year I had the more injuries then in my whole career. I had muscle and ligament injuries for the first time which took me a while to get over but I’m over them and 100 per cent ready and focused for this year,” said Battigelli.
United have a completely new squad for the new season but the keeper believes they are gelling well together. “We got a great bunch of lads down here at the moment which has made the transition for myself so easy and it feels like we have been playing together for years,” said Battigelli.
“We have gelled together pretty quick and I genuinely believe that with the quality and camaraderie we have at the club we will be pushing for the top spots in all grades come the end of the season.”
It’s been a great start to the season with three wins from three starts, and Battigelli believes they can continue on with it. “We're unbeaten at the moment, but I feel we still got a lot we need to improve on. We have let teams get back into games where we really should have killed them off. Once we get more consistency and play for the full 90 I really don’t see any team that can match us,” explained Battigelli.
“It’s pretty clear that Mick (Skowron) wants us to be an exciting, attacking team. We work a great deal on forward play and finishing drills and ten goals in four games is evidence in that. I think realistically top 5 is our expectation but I personally feel we can go a couple rungs higher.”
Like father like son for Skowron
New Swan United midfielder Adam Skowron has settled in well under the guidance of his father Mick and after a stint in the American college Soccer system is back and rearing to go for United. “So far things at Swan are great. We’ve had a solid preseason and a great start to the season. The team is looking better and better as the weeks go on and I’m as fit as I’ve ever been and feeling better every week” explained Skowron.
His time in the USA has been beneficial in his development as a player and he enjoyed it greatly. “The time I spent in America playing soccer for the Peninsula College Pirates were amazing. I got to spend two years playing and living with a great bunch of guys from all over America and the world as well as working with Head Coach Andrew Chapman and his top class coaching staff, which have helped me grow as a player,” explained Skowron. (Above in action in the US)
“I’ve got to say the highlights for myself was winning the colleges first every NWAACC title, two west division titles and to them follow that up the following year going undefeated until a disappointing loss in the semi-finals, but that’s football as they say.”
The 22-year-old has been delighted the way the side have started the season and believes they can only get better with everyone behind the club and what they want to achieve. “Everyone has been getting along great, the entire squad form the under18’s all the way up to our first team are all very close and encourage and support each other and its great to see,” said Skowron.
“It’s very much like one big family. Although our senior squad is completely new this year most of have played together before but as I said we are a very close group and I think that’s contributed a lot to the start we have had.”
A perfect start to the season for the Black and Whites and Skowron believes all the hard work in the pre-season is now paying off. “Yes, it’s been a great start to the year, and that win against Wanneroo was a great way to gain momentum going into the start of league games especially because Wanneroo are predicted to finish in the top 2 this year,” said Skowron.
“UWA was a tough team but I thought we played well and fought all the way to the end so it was great to come away with 3 points, likewise the Morley game. Having come away with two wins from two tough matches against top table teams, well the players and coaching staff couldn’t be happier, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”
It’s always difficult to play in a team where your father is the Coach, but Adam is enjoying it. “I think to have my old man as the coach is great. He has coached me for most of my junior career so it’s nothing new for me. He has worked hard all pre-season shaping the team to get us where we are now,” said Skowron.
“All the players have a lot of respect for him and we all work hard for him. He has a lot of knowledge when it comes to the game and I take full advantage of that whenever I can and so do all the other boys. Matt Debarro is great to work for, I’ve known him for about five year, since playing with him at Balcatta and really respect him for the insight and knowledge of the game that he brings.
“Matt and my Dad as I’ve said are very well respected get along well with the players and I think when you’ve got that in your coaches it’s easy to go out on the weekend and work your ass off to get the result, not only for yourself and your teammates but also for your coaches who put in so much hard work on and off the field to get you there.”
13.04.13 - United win at Morley
Swan United continued their good start to the season with a 2-1 win against Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Simon Falcone gave United the lead in the first half before former United midfielder, Andy O’Neil levelled before half time. The loss of keeper Matt Battigelli with concussion mid-way through the half did hinder United, but Luke Colli scored the winner on 70 minutes. Senior Coach Mick Skowron was delighted with the battling display from his side.
It was United who opened the brighter, but they failed to take their early chances, and Morley began to get into the game. O’Neill was a constant threat, and former United midfielder Scott Campbell was finding room in the middle of the park and causing problems, while former United keeper Daniel Agudelo was in great form. But there was little he could do on 27 minutes when United hit the front.
A poor clearance from defence fell to Trent Wood in the middle of the park. He played the ball to Mark Miraudo on the left, his first time ball sent Falcone clear, and rounded Agudelo and fired home to give United the lead. The lead only lasted only two minutes, a mix up at the back gave O’Neill time and he finished low past Battigelli from eight-yards. Both sides had further chances before the break but it was all-square at half time and all to play for.
It was an explosive start to the second half, with goal scorer Falcone receiving a yellow card from referee Trent Fleskins. He was immediately subbed by coach Mick Skowron, but kept on at the referee and he was given a second yellow card on the bench, and was sent off. Then moment’s later United keeper Battigelli saved low at his near post, and collided with the post. After a lengthy stoppage the keeper was taken off the field with concussion and was replaced by Jordan Howell. Morley was getting on top, but United were defending well, with Chris Marshall and Justin Skowron outstanding. United were hitting on the counter attack and on 70 minutes they retook the lead.
A corner by Morley was well claimed by Howell, and his quick long clearance sent Luke Colli racing clear. He held off the final defender before rounded Agudelo and firing home into an empty net, much to the delight of the travelling supporters. Christian Lopez was introduced on 75 minutes, for his first senior game since a serious knee injury two years ago, and after showing his pace and causing the Morley defence problems he went off with hamstring tightness near the end of the game. Morley pressed late but United held on to move joint top of the table with Canning City and Dianella White Eagles.
In other games Danny Kavcic's under 18's maintained the 100% league form with a 3-2 win at Morley, goals to Kevin Tran, Blair Kaputin and Brennan Borzecki, while Chris Bates' reserves side won for the first time in the league this season , also winning 3-2, with goals from Genaveo Human, Simon Williams and Seb Secotter.
Swan United – GK Matt Battigelli, 2 Spiro Nenadic, 3 Luke Colli, 4 Adam Skowron, 5 Chris Marshall, 6 Justin Skowron, 7 Simon Falcone, 8 Mick Italiano, 9 Trent Wood, 10 Tom Black, 11 Mark Miraudo
Subs RGK Jordan Howell, 12 Nic Tataciore, 13 Terry Monastra, 14 Veo Human, 15 Christian Lopez
12.04.13 - Morley Windmills v Swan United Preview
After last week’s good 3-2 win against newly promoted UWA Nedlands, United hit the road this week, when they take on Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve (3pm)
New defender Spiro Nenadic was in good form last week and he was pleased to start the season with all three points. “Yes it was a great win last week, against a new team to the league, and we didn’t know too much about them. But I thought we really deserved the win,” said Nenadic.
“We’ve had a number of pundits doubting us this season due to the youth in side, so it was pleasing to win the opener and show them we will be competitive this season,”
United beat Morley in the Night Series and Nenadic is expecting another tough game against them on Saturday. “It will be a tough game but one we are all looking forward too,” said Nenadic.
“I believe Morley will come at us hard with a point to prove after the night series game, but I’m confident we will leave with a good result.”
Morley were beaten last week at Canning City but Coach Jason van Rooy is expecting them to bounce back this week. “With all the work done off the field to get the club into a great position, it’s now important we get our season going on the pitch,” Van Rooy told footballwa.net.
“We let last week’s game slip against Canning City and we can’t afford to do the same against Swan. The lads have been working hard on the type of football we want to play and I believe we have a great opportunity to secure our first win for the season.”
Get down and support the Black and Whites – Kick off is 3pm
12.04.13 - Human joins United
After three seasons at Premier League side Balcatta Veo Human has made the move to Swan United for the 2013 Division One season.
The striker has fitted in well at Francis Street and is looking forward to the season. “The team has been playing well, and has managed first up wins in the cup and league which is pleasing,” said Human. “The standard of training has been very good with everybody trying to warrant their place in the team. Also everybody has been great and welcoming down at the club, not only the players and coaches but also committee members which has made for a smooth transition.”
He enjoyed his time at Balcatta but thought a change of environment was required this season. “I really enjoyed my time down at Grindleford Reserve, and it was tough decision to leave because there's a really good bunch of players down there,” explained Human.
“There were a number of factors for the move but the main one was the departure of Michael Roki and Pete Vatistas, and I just stopped enjoying it, and guess it felt right for a change.”
United won last week, without Human, who was away on holiday, but he’s been really happy how the new squad is gelling. “The team is coming together quite well, and naturally with such a young group of guys comes plenty of enthusiasm which has been reflected in our performances so far I think,” said Human.
“There are a fair few players in the team who have played together at previous clubs also including myself which has helped the team gel a bit easier.”
He made his debut for the club in the 3-1 win against Wanneroo City in the Cup and he was delighted with the performance. “We played very well against Wanneroo, we've got a very young squad with a lot of pace and I felt we all clicked used every ounce of if to our advantage. For me personally I felt comfortable because I have played with a number of the lads at Perth and Balcatta,” explained Human.
The striker has also been impressed with the coaching staff at Francis Street and he believes they will surprise a few teams this season. “I really like what I've seen from Mick (Skowon) so far he wants us to play free flowing football, and is very attack orientated which is exactly what I like. I've played with Matt (DeBarro) back in 06 at Perth in the under 18s even back then he was a leader both on and off the field, I’m looking forward to working with the both of them” explained Human.
“I don't see why with the talent we have got, and the free flowing, attacking football the coaches are trying to get us to play and hoping we stay injury free, we can’t go on to win the league.”
United head to Morley Windmills this weekend and Human is looking forward to it. “This week’s game should be interesting, I played a pre-season friendly against Morley while at Balcatta and they seemed pretty organised quiet physical and direct not a bad side, so to see them loose first game up came as a bit of a surprise to me. So I'm sure they'll be fired up for the game, hopefully I can have a decent performance and get my first goal for the black and whites,” he said.
06.04.13 - United edge out UWA to take the points
Swan United opened their 2013 All Flags Division One campaign with a hard fought 3-2 win against newly promoted UWA Nedlands at Francis Street on Saturday afternoon.
A first half double from Mark Miraudo and a second strike from Justin Skowron were enough for Mick Skowron’s side, but goals to Steve Purton and Rory Feely made it interesting late, but United held on and skipper Trent Wood was delighted with the win.
“We pressured them straight from the whistle and defended well from the front which was pleasing,” said Wood. “Luke Colli's pace caused problems for UWA and Mark (Miraudo) had two great finishes early into the game. We haven't been switched on after half time for the last couple of games, and have allowed teams to get on top of us, which is something we need to change. Overall it was a great effort by the lads, and a well-deserved victory.”
It didn’t take long for Swan to take the lead in this game. In less than 10 minutes Miraudo had smashed two very well finished goals into the net and it set the tone for a half completely dominated by the Swans, and some fantastic football down the left side, as together Luke Colli and Miraudo dominated down the wing causing a lot of trouble for the new boys in the league.
The first goal Colli carried the ball forward and put through Mirauado, who finished clinically into the far corner of the net. It was 2-0 moments later, Justin Skowron won the ball at right midfield and hit a long diagonal ball to Colli on the left, he ran forward and cut the ball back to Miraudo who again drove the ball into the far corner.
With solid first half performances from Miraudo, Colli, Wood, and Justin Skowron, Swan never looked threatened in the first half barring one opportunity mid-way in the half but keeper Matt Battigelli was up to the challenge pulling of a fine save.
The second half saw a change in control and just 5 minutes in UWA had struck one back after a poor clearance fell to UWA left winger Purton and with a lack of shape and no cover he was able to storm through one on one and bury the ball in the bottom corner.
The pressure was on Swan now as UWA pressed for a second, however on the 60th minute, a break in midfield by Wood found space and played a ball into the box but UWA keeper Duncan Lissiman missed his kick and Justin Skowron run through to an open net and slot the ball home to give the Swans there two goal lead again.
However once again it was short lived as just 10 minutes later UWA struck a second time, as a shot from the edge of the box was parried down by Matt Battigelli and with no Swans defender following up to clear UWA striker Feely was able to cut the lead back to one goal as he smashed the ball home.
The game was played out with UWA pressing hard and Swans lack of shape and failure to keep possession allowed the Uni boys opportunity to find the equaliser, a yellow card was issued to Wood from a challenge on the wing which was evident of the build-up of pressure felt by Swan as UWA kept pressing.
However Swan held on for the win and the three points leaving UWA ruing on some missed opportunities to tie the game. It was a solid first performance for UWA who showed some positive signs to their credit, and another win for Swan but barely.
The reserves were beaten 2-0 by UWA, but the under 18's won an eleven goal thriller 6-5 against UWA. Goals to Zane Loh, Sheran D'Silva, Callum Burton, Blair Kaputin, Reegan Borzecki and Jordon Rossetto
Swan United – GK Matt Battigelli, 2 Spiro Nenadic, 3 Luke Colli, 4 Adam Skowron, 5 Chris Marshall, 6 Justin Skowron, 7 Simon Falcone, 8 Mick Italiano, 9 Trent Wood, 10 Tom Black, 11 Mark Miraudo
Subs RGK Jordan Howell, 12 Terry Monastra, 13 Seb De Cotter, 14 Matt Beyer, 15 Fraser Burt
UWA Nedlands – GK Duncan Lissiman, 3 Mat Chapman, 4 Tom Sellars, 5 Dan Wolfe, 6 David Mudd, 7 Steve Purton, 8 Roberto Lujan, 9 Kyle King, 10 Aaron Barnett, 11 Rory Feely
16 Chris Yates
Subs – RGK Ranjeet Sekhon, 2 Jack Ryecroft, 12 Manuel Arapis, 14 Harry Mudd, 17 Johanes Tadesse
05.04.13 - Swan United v UWA Nedlands – Preview
Swan United open their All Flags Division One season on Saturday when they entertain newly promoted UWA Nedlands at Francis Street (3pm) “After easily taking out the Division 2 title last year UWA will be looking to establish themselves as a challenger for the Division one title this year and will no doubt looking for a good start to the season. As such, we won’t be taking them lightly and are approaching the game with a lot of caution,” said United coach Mick Skowron.
“The boys are looking forward to the first game of the league season. With a short break after Monday’s game and UWA not being involved in the preliminary round of the Cup, UWA will come into the game in a much fresher state so this will make the game an even bigger challenge for us. On the plus side we have Terry Monastra returning from suspension but will be without striker Veo Human who is currently overseas.”
The coach was delighted with the cup win against Wanneroo and hopes they can continue on with it on Saturday. “On Monday we were very happy to come away with a win in the Preliminary round of the Cup against a very strong and experienced Wanneroo City line up. It was a very good performance by all the players especially newcomer Mat Battigelli (left) in goal who kept us in the game in the first half with three world class saves. We need to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes and play to the game plan and I’m sure we will take the three points,” explained Skowron.
Newly promoted UWA are very much the dark horse in the league. The club from the western suburbs stormed their way to the Division Two championship last year, amassing a staggering 88 goals and losing just once over 24 regular season games, and for the new campaign they have much the same set of players of board. James Plowman and Rory Feely are sure to score a bagful of goals, captain Steve Purton and former Swan Roberto Lujan provide inspiration through midfield with Tom Sellers and newcomer Lee McKay at the heart of an impressive defensive line. – Get along and support the Black and Whites!!!!!
05.04.13 - United travel to Melville in First round of the Cup
The reward for the 3-1 win against Wanneroo City in the Preliminary round of the Football West Cool Ridge Cup is a trip to Division Two side Meville City in the first round. The draw was made this morning at Football West headquarters and coach Mick Skowron is looking forward to the April 27th cup tie. “We’re happy to draw Melville City in the first round of the cup especially after getting past very tough opposition in Wanneroo in the Preliminary round,” said Skowron.
“Although a Division 2 side, we won’t be taking them lightly as they will be one of the main challengers for promotion in their division. By then our side will have four games behind us and hopefully getting to the level we want to be playing at so we should be more confident going into the game than we were against Wanneroo. Melville will have plenty to prove against a side in the division above them so I’m expecting a very tough and exciting encounter.”
The full draw is - Ashfield SC v BB United, Canning City SC v Joondalup United, Perth SC v ECU Joondalup, Floreat Athena v Cockburn City, Bayswater City v Shamrock Rovers, Balcatta v Armadale, Quinns FC v Subiaco, Mandurah City v UWA-Nedlands, Inglewood United v Dianella White Eagles, Joondalup City v Maddington White City, Olympic Kingsway v Gosnells City, Melville City v Swan United, Stirling Lions v Bunbury Forum Force, Western Knights v Fremantle Croatia, Sorrento v Gwelup Croatia, Southern Spirit v Rockingham City FC – Games to be played Saturday April 27th.
01.04.13 - United beat ten-man Wanneroo in Cup
Swan United moved into the 1st round of the Coolridge Cup, after a 3-1 win against a ten man Wanneroo City in the Preliminary round at Francis Street on Monday afternoon. Wanneroo went down to ten men two minutes into the second half, and United midfielder Michael Italiano opened the scoring two minutes later. Scott Bushby levelled with a stunning long-range volley moments later, but further goals to Spiro Nenadic and Tommy Black gave the home side the win.
“We had a game plan today and to the lads credit they stuck to it and we got the win,” Swan United Coach Mike Skowron said. “All over the park was good from us today. It was hot conditions but we ran the game out well, and the players that came on played there part too, which is pleasing.”
It was even opening in hot conditions and the first chance fell to the home side. A quick free kick from Luke Colli on 13 minutes caught Wanneroo napping, but Trent Wood’s shot from the edge of the penalty area flashed just wide. The visitors were dominating the middle of the park and went close themselves seven minutes later. Bushby picked out Stuart Montgomery on the right; he cut inside Colli but new United keeper Matt Battigelli saved well. It was end-to-end football and on 25 minutes new United striker Veo Human (above) was sent clear by Wood, but Wanneroo keeper Kevin Miller narrowed the angle well and he fired wide.
With half time looming the visitors began to take control and after some great work down the right by Josh Booysen, he crossed to Bushby who fired wide from 12-yards. Wanneroo were well on top and Montgomery and Bushby combined moments later, but Battigelli was out quick to deny Bushby. On the stroke of half time Montgomery beat two United defenders on the right and his cross picked out Booysen, who looked certain to score, but Battigelli spread himself well to superbly block the strikers shot.
The second half was only two minutes old when Wanneroo went down to ten men. Human sent an inch perfect ball into the path of Mark Miraudo (left) who raced clear but he was brought down on the edge of the penalty by Callum Trayner and referee Mathew Cheeseman had no other option but to send the big defender off. United made their one advantage count two minutes later. Wood found space down the left and his cross was headed on by Chris Marshall and Michael Italiano fired home from six-yards.
Their lead lasted only three minutes, a clearance from keeper Battigelli went to Bushby, 35-yards from goal. The former ECU Joondalup midfielder hit it first time on the volley and it flew into an empty net, for one of the goals of the season. United hit back again on the hour. A corner from Miraudo found Italiano, whose header crashed off the crossbar and Nenadic was quickest to react to score from close-range. Wanneroo continued to press forward and on 65 minutes Booysen was sent clear by Montgomery, his shot beat Battigelli but Marshall was alert to clear the ball of the line.
The decisive third goal for United on 79 minutes made the game safe. Colli outmuscled Garin Collins on the left, his cross was fired home by second half substitute Thomas Black from eight-yards.
United skipper Trent Wood, who has missed most of the re-season due to injury, was delighted with the performance from his side. “We moved the ball around well today, which we’ve been working on in training. We have a great deal of pace up front and we used it to our advantage today,” Wood said. “We’ve brought some new players to the club and they all performed well today in the debuts for the club which bodes well for the up-coming season. I’ve struggled with injury over the past month but it was good to get a good 80 minutes in today.”
Swan United 3 (Italiano 49’, Nenadic 59’, Black 79’)
Wanneroo City 1 (Bushby 52’)
Monday 1st April, 2013
Francis Street, Middle Swan
Attendance – 150 (Approx)
Referee: Mathew Cheeseman
Assistants – Matt Southern and Nico Hoyle
Swan United – GK Matt BATTIGELLI, 2 Spiro NENADIC, 3 Luke COLLI (15 Matthew BEYER 84’), 4 Adam SKOWRON, 5 Chris MARSHALL, 6 Justin SKOWRON, 7 Simon FALCONE (12 Thomas BLACK 70’), 8 Michael ITALIANO, 9 Trent WOOD (13 Seb DECOTTER 84’), 10 Veo HUMAN, 11 Mark MIRAUDO
Subs not Used – RGK Jordan HOWELL, 14 Simon WILLIAMS
Yellow Cards – Falcone 63’
Wanneroo City – GK Kevin MILLER, 5 Rowdy YATES (15 Luke PALMATEER 84’), 22 Anthony JONES, 79 Callum TRAYNER, 87 Chris PUGH, 14 Guy McDONALD (20 Jordan MILLER 84’), 44 Glen THOMAS (72 Jordan DODD 74’), 57 Scott BUSHBY, 34 Josh BOOYSEN, 10 Stuart MONTGOMERY, 63 Garin COLLINS
Subs not Used – RGK Ramiro NEUER
Yellow Cards – Bushby 21’, Collins 80’
Red Cards – Trayner 47’
Reserves win but 18’s go down in Cup
Swan United reserves also moved into the first round of the Cool Ridge Cup after a 3-2 win against Wanneroo City at Francis Street on Monday. A brace from Christian Lopez and Owen Curtis’ goal gave Chris Bates’ side a hard fought win. “The boys were fantastic today; we kept possession well and ran the game out, so yes I’m very pleased with the performance. We have a good bunch of lads with a great attitude so it bodes well for the season ahead,” said Bates.
“It was great to get Christian (Lopez) back and he was fantastic for us today. It’s still early days for him he slowly working his way back into the game after a serious injury, but he’s looking good, which is good news for Mick and the first team.”
Unfortunately the under 18’s were beaten 9-2 by Wanneroo City. An undermanned side, with six squad players on holiday, meant there were no substitutes on the bench, so it was always going to be a struggle for DannyKavic’s side. Michael Hagos and Callum Burton were on the scoresheet but Hagos was then sent off and Justin Howell was carried off with a knee injury, and they finished with only eight players on the pitch at the final whistle.
29.03.13 - Let the season begin
Swan United officially start their 2013 season when they take on fellow Division One side Wanneroo City in the first round of the Coolridge Cup at Francis Street on Monday afternoon (3pm).
Coach Mick Skowron is looking forward to the new season but knows Monday will be a tough game. “The summer has seen a major rebuilding program at with only Trent Wood retained from last year’s original squad. It has been a difficult time trying to put together a new squad and this was further compounded by the number of injuries sustained during the pre-season,” explained Skowron.
“To top that off, Terry Monastra and Nic Tatasciore are both serving 1 and 2 game suspensions so it is unlikely that we will see our preferred line up on the park until at least round 2 of the league season bearing no further injuries. With most players back in full training for the past 2 weeks including a few new additions, the atmosphere around the club has been very exciting and positive with all three teams looking forward to the start of competitive games.”
“To come up against Wanneroo who will be one of the favourites for the league title in our first game will be a big test for us but will give us a good indication of where the team is at.”
Wanneroo Coach David Tough is expecting a tough game at Francis Street. "I don't think we could have drawn a harder assignment then Swan United away. It will be the tie of the round and were very excited to get the real season started,” said Tough.
“There has been a longer break in between the night series and the season for real this year which has been hard to manage but has given us more time to work with our new players.”
New Reserve coach Chris Bates (Left) has been pleased with his squad. “The squad has been working hard during the preseason .Rebuilding a team has shown me what great talent we now have at the club and for the future development throughout the ranks. The effort from players, coaches and the committee towards making this a reality will lead us into a good season ahead. With a senior management team in place of Fraser Burt, Alec Stanojevic, Luke Wood and Danny Degasperis to guide the younger lads through from the 18’s,”said Bates.
Under 18’s coach Danny Kavcic (Right) believes his young squad has had a good pre-season. “We have added several new faces to our squad and they have had a good solid pre-season and have put together what we hope is a competitive team. Congratulations to our leadership group which was announced last week at our Shirt Presentation, Captain Reegan Borzecki and Co Vice Captains Jack Goard and Jordon Rossetto,” said Kavcic.
The only other all-Division One fixture brings together Morley Windmills and Rockingham City at Wotton Reserve. Sunday League side Hamersley Rovers will be out to upset Gosnells City at Hartfield Park, likewise North Perth United who are away to Western Knights. Mandurah City has a tricky home game against Fremantle United, while Ashfield are expected to get the better of South Perth United. Division Two rivals Forrestfield United and Kingsway Olympic meet at Hartfield Park. Kingsley welcomes Maddington White City to Chichester Park, and Subiaco AFC journey north to Whitford City. All games start at 3.00pm on Monday.
15.03.12 - Swan United Club News
Swan United are in pre-season action this weekend when they visit Nash Field to take on Western Knights. The under 18's and Reserves will play on Saturday (18's - 11am, Reserves 1pm) while the first team will play on Sunday at 11am.
Saturday State League Teams have a few spots left to finalise our squads please contact
Mick Skowron 0417 938 493
Matt DeBarro 0481 278 187
Swan United Junior’s require 12, 13 and 14 year olds players to fill the squads for season 2013.
For further information contact Jenny Hill 0412 948 292
22.02.13 - Swan United Supporters - Football needs you.
Whether your interest is entirely based around watching your child kick a ball, participating on a social or semi-professional basis or extends to a deep passion for a local or overseas team, you stand to benefit from the bid to build a Home of Football.
By backing the push for funding, you will be sending a clear message that the most-played team sport in Western Australia has a collective voice that deserves to be heard.
A centre of training excellence, small competition venue, community facilities and administrative headquarters will deliver improvements in every area of football, and to every one of the hundreds of thousands of people it already touches in this state.
This is not about building a house for Football West. It is about building a home for football.
Our campaign for a Home of Football has generated international interest and thousands of messages of support.
Football fans throughout the world have watched the “For Football’s Sake” online video and letters have already been sent to political leaders asking them to consider funding a project that will benefit everyone associated with the game.
English Premier League legend Robbie Fowler, Perth-born Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones and Germany-based former Perth Glory striker Nikita Rukavytsya have joined the thousands of fans who are backing our funding push.
The video, featuring WA football greats including Stan Lazaridis, Bobby Despotovski and Jamie Harnwell and AFL champion Glen Jakovich, had some people wondering about the use of the “f” word – that’s “f” for football - to promote the campaign.
Since Football West does not condone the use of foul language, expletives were not used in the short video presentation and the subsequent promotional material.
The “For Football’s Sake” video was released to draw attention to the plight to build a Home of Football, and at no point did we intend to offend members of the Football Family or wider community and hope you will continue to support our campaign by completing our letter to political leaders at www.homeoffootball.com.au.
Check out the video on the following link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1agfATYdnQ
United teams in pre-season action
United continue their preparation for the new season with all three teams with games in the next two weeks. This Saturday morning (23.02.13) the Under 18’s and Reserves have games against Floreat Athena at Swan View Park, the 18’s at 9.00 and Reserves at 11.00.
The first team is having a break again this week but will be back in action next week with all 3 teams playing ECU Joondalup again at Swan View Park 18’s at 9.00, reserves at 11.00 and first team at 1.00. “We will be looking at replacements for Chris Atkinson who has returned to England so the pre-season games take on more significance for us,” explained Skowron.
“Unfortunately the players that we were expecting to challenge for Chris’s spot are unavailable with Christian Lopez unlikely to feature in any preseason games as he continues to make a comeback from ACL surgery and Owen Curtis is returning from a broken ankle.
“Owen was looking really good but took a couple of bad knocks on the ankle against Morley and has just resumed training. There are a few other players we will look at and hopefully we’ll find a short term solution.”
18.02.13 - 2013 ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED
Football West, has announced the 2013 All Flags State Division One season will kick off on Saturday, April 6. Swan United has been given a home start when they entertain newly promoted UWA Nedlands at Francis Street, and they visit Morley Windmills in round two. Newly appointed United coach Mick Skowron is looking forward to the season ahead. “We are fairly happy with the fixtures but we need to have a good start to the season and these first two games are very important,” said Skowron.
“UWA are an unknown for us. I saw them in the night series against Perth and they are a very tall and strong side and held their own against Perth for most of the game. Getting a new team first up could go against us but hopefully I’ve gauged enough from their game against Perth to have us well enough prepared. We had a 2-1 win over Morley in the night series but both teams had players missing so it will be a different game next time round.
“Although last year Morley didn’t have many wins they were unlucky to lose a lot of games by a single goal. They have recruited well and will be looking to challenge for promotion and I’m sure a lot of those unlucky losses will be wins this season. Both games will be tough encounters and could go either way but hopefully we can come away with a couple of wins.”
Click link for full fixture list - http://members.iinet.net.au/~jacob/wasoccer/2013fd/ergebnis.htm#aktuell
13.02.13 - Under 18's players wanted!!!
Swan United under 18's Saturday State League Team are looking to bolster their squad for the up-coming Division One State League season. They require the services of 3 outfield players and one goalkeeper to compliment the current Squad
Please attend training this Thursday (14 Feb) at Midland Oval, Morrison Road, Midland commencing at 6:30pm til 8.30pm for assessment, this will continue on same time and place the following week on Tuesday and Thursday
For further information please contact
Mick Skowron 0417 938 493 or Danny Kavcic 0427 388 148
or you can email email@example.com
10.02.13 - Bayswater too good for United (By Nathan Drudi)
Swan United bowed out of the Football West Night Series after a 6-1 defeat against Premier League side Bayswater City at Wotton Reserve on Sunday evening. United coach Mick Skowron said the errors that his team made were costly. “Unfortunately we made a few mistakes, things we talked about before the game and we gave them two goals very quickly.”
“We did alright, with 10 men they didn’t score, when we got the second red card, things changed.”
New Bayswater City coach and former Socceroo Chris Coyne was disappointed with sides performance especially when United were reduced to nine men for the final 25 minutes of the match. “I am not going to lie, I think we could have scored another five or six and that is not being disrespectful to Swan, but I was not happy with the performance”, he said.
“The lads know it is not acceptable and they’re a bit disappointed that they didn’t do better.”
For the second time in as many weeks, Bayswater conceded the first goal of the match from a set piece. Mark Miraudo was awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and curled it in to the penalty area, and after a mix up between Bayswater defenders and goal keeper Clint Davis, Michael Italiano was on hand to fire home from close-range. .
It was a dream start for the black and whites but Bayswater hit moments later. Former Perth Glory midfielder Todd Howarth equalised just one minute, before limping off late in the second half with a hamstring injury.
Gustavo Catarcione put Bayswater ahead just after the drinks break with a phenomenal piece of skill. United were already starting to crack and just after the half hour mark, a lazy tackle from Terry Monastra earned him a red card and Steve Burton stepped up and slotted home the penalty.
After half time United were very competitive creating a number of chances, however the game soon turned when Nicholas Tatasciore was sent off and Swan were down to nine players.
In the following six minutes, Bayswater opened the floodgates and rammed three goals past 18 year-old Connor Anderson. Coyne said he was not happy with the way the team played. “Everything we worked on during the week did not come into fruition and we didn’t have the application. I am not one for making excuses but the heat was tough.” Bayswater now progress through to the knockout stages.
Swan United 1 (Italiano ’13) Bayswater City 6 (Howarth ’14, Catarcione ’24, Burton ‘36(P),’70, Farrell ’72, Catalano ’76)
Date: February 10, 2013
Venue: Wotton Reserve, Embleton
Crowd: Approx. 150
Referee: David Bruce
Assistants: Tim Mikevic and Paul Baxter
Swan United: GK Connor ANDERSON.2. Spiro NENADIC, 3. Luke COLLI, 4. Adam SKOWRON, 5. Christopher ATKINSON, 6. Justin SKOWRON, 7. Nicholas TATASCIORE, (8. Alec STANOJEVIC ’77), (9. Sebastian DECOTTER ’77), 10. Mark MIRAUDO, 12. Simon FALCONE, (14. David PAONE ’77), 15. Terry MONASTRA, 16. Michael ITALIANO,
Subs not used: 11. Cameron ANDERSON, 23. Jordan HOWELL
Yellow cards: Christopher ATKINSON ’26
Red cards: Terry MONASTRA ’36, Nicholas TATASCIORE ‘67
Bayswater City: 1. Clint DAVIES, 2. Andy REALE, 4. John WEARNEY, 5. Trent KAY, 6. Todd HOWARTH, (7. Ross COSGRAVE ’59), 9. Brian FARRELL, 10. Damien CATALANO, 11. Gustavo CATARCIONE, 12. Steve BURTON, 14. Larry MILLER, (16. Dhour CHOL ’45), (18. Thomas GOODING ’54), 20. Patrick QUINN.
Subs not used: 17. Hassan AL YASSIR, 21. Fraser GREENWOOD
Yellow cards: John KEARNEY ’34, Todd HOWARTH ‘44
Red cards: Nil
02.02.13 - Super Atkinson sees off Quinns (by Kelechi Osunwa)
Swan United put the disappointment of the loss of keeper Jordan Howell after only half-an-hour to beat Division Two side Quinns FC 4-0 in week two of the Football West Night Series at Wotton Park on Sunday evening.
The Swan custodian was carried off after a clash and was replaced by youngster Connor Anderson, but the hero on the night for the black and whites was English striker Chris Atkinson. He made it 11 games on the bounce with a goal as he lifted Mick Skowron’s men to victory
Atkinson spoke after the match about the team performance and his rich vein of form. “We started pretty slow, but once we got into it in the second half it looked a lot better,” he said.
“We’re still a new team and we’ve been pushing it (scoring goals) in training and I hope it continues for the rest of the season,” Atkinson added.
Two instinctive goals against the run of play from Atkinson in the first half were enough to conceal the fact that neither team had any real cutting edge or any real sequences of dominance.
Atkinson finished past a helpless Daniel McAinvy for his first after being found in acres of space following a marauding box to box run by Luke Colli.
His second goal came from extraordinary circumstances. A long clearance from keeper Connor Anderson’s allowed Atkinson to skip clear of the Quinns back four and have the simplest of finishes.
Speaking about the first half, Mick Skowron said his troops didn’t follow his orders. “I wasn’t happy, we just gave the ball away too often, the instruction was before the game to string the passes together – but we’d string two passes and then send a 50/50 ball.”
His opposing manager John Evans blamed silly mistakes and a lack of concentration for conceding twice in the first half. “It was silly mistakes again, the first half we had a free-kick just outside their 18-yard box, they broke early and we obviously didn’t have the cover at the back,” he said.
“It was just down to concentration, we have some new players who haven’t played with each other before. But it’s good for us, it’s a training session and I’m happy with the attitude of the boys.”
Swans started the second half with far greater impetus and it wasn’t long before Atkinson had his third. Nicholas Tatasciore collected the ball in midfield before dribbling past several Quinns players to find Luke Colli on the left. Colli’s precise cross was taken with aplomb and proved to be the move of the match.
A fourth was added moments later as a shell-shocked Quinns defence failed to clear their lines and gave Mark Miraudo a goal his hard work deserved.
The win sees Swans go into next weekend’s game against Bayswater equal on points with Swans needing a win to progress. Mick Skowron is relishing the chance to play against Bayswater next week.
“We saw them a bit last week, but I will have a look at them tonight to see how they go against stronger opposition, and we’ve got a few plans up or sleeves to get a result but we’ll see how we go,” he said.
Quinns 0 Swan United 4 (Christopher ATKINSON 27’, 35’, 51’, Mark MIRAUDO 53’)
Saturday 2 Febuary 2013
Wotton Reserve, Embleton
Local kick-off: 6pm
Referee: Tom Gravovic
Assistant referees: Tony Chorley, Brian McDonald
Crowd: Appx 200
Quinns FC: GK Daniel MCAINVY, 7 Arran MAPLESTONE, 8 Jake BENNION-SMITH, 2 Tom CANN, 4 Louis HUGHES (18 Cameron BOOSEN 45’), 5 Shane MCTAGGART, 10 Rudy COETZER, 14 Gregg PELLOW, 12 Billy ANDREWS, 11 Ryan PELLOW (John MCNEIL 31’), 6 Gareth DAVIES ( 9 Tom EVANS 71’)
Substitutes not used: RGK Anthony COCHRANE
Yellow Cards: Jake BENNION-SMITH 72’
Swan United: GK Jordan HOWELL, (RGK Connor ANDERSON 34’), 2 Spiro NENADIC,3 Luke COLLI, 4 Adam SKOWRON, 15 Terry MONASTRA, 6 Justin SKOWRON, 7 Nicholas TATASCIORE, 14 David PAONE, 12 Simon FALCONE, 5 Christopher ATKINSON (16 Michael ITALIANO 66’), 10 Mark MIRAUDO (9 Sebastian DeCOTTER 66’)
Substitutes not used: 13 Fraser BURT, 11 Cameron ANDERSON
Yellow Cards: Nil
01.02.13 - United v Quinns FC – Preview
It’s week two of the Football West Night Series and United take on Division two side Quinns FC on Saturday afternoon at Wotton Reserve )6pm)
A good first up win for the black and whites with Luke Colli and Chris Atkinson on target in the 2-1 win against Morley Windmills. Owen Curtis misses the game, but he was happy with the side’s performance against Morley and is expecting more of the same on Saturday night. “The response from the boys after the game on Friday was nothing short of extremely positive. We were happy that we controlled most of the game and got the goals we deserved after long periods of dominant play,” said Curtis.
“It’s unfortunate I’m away this weekend, but the lads saw the Quinns result, but still regard them as another opponent, and know they will want to put last week’s 9-0 defeat against Bayswater City behind them. Mick (Skowron) has had the lads working well this week and they will go out with the same mentality and level heads that saw us go away with the three points last week.”
Get down and support the lads – Kick off is 6pm – Admission is free
25.01.13 - United open Night Series with a win
Swan United and Morley-Windmills showed what the Night Series is all about in a fiery encounter at Wotton Reserve. (By Kelechi Osunwa)
United overcame an early penalty to come from a goal behind and snatch a win from their Division One rivals, with a delightful finish from Christopher Atkinson proving to be the difference between the two teams.
Jason Van Rooy of Morley and Mick Skowron of Swans both spoke confidently before kick-off despite each echoing that 2013 could be a year of rebuilding for each club.
“We approach it (this game) with a lot of confidence, it’s rebuilding for us, and we want to achieve little goals one game at a time and that’s what we’re looking at doing tonight; we want to see what the players can do in a competitive hit-out against a competitive team,” said Morley coach Van Rooy.
The game took a frantic pace from the first whistle as tackles were flying in thick and fast and a couple half chances fell to Swans winger Owen Curtis who headed two efforts wide of the target.
An already heated atmosphere became more hostile as referee Matt Southern pointed to the spot following what looked like handball from Swans defender Adam Skowron.
While debate continued from the sidelines, Morley striker David Houston stepped up and buried the penalty in the bottom right corner.
The first half petered off with both sides failing to create any clear cut chances.
Swans levelled three minutes into the second half with the words coach Skowron ringing in their ears.
“We were all over them in the first (half), and most of the game was played in their half, it was just the final third and getting that good ball in,” he said.
That good ball came when a counter-attack found Falcone in acres of space and he picked out the onrushing Luke Colli who slotted home confidently. The defender provided a finish any striker would be proud of.
The goal spurred Swans on and they were unlucky not to take the lead in the 50th minute after Tatasciore beat two players before seeing his left-footed effort crash off the crossbar.
The winning goal would eventually come in the 65th minute after Atkinson, Swans player of the year last season, created a yard of space on his left before curling his shot home to send the travelling support into raptures.
United failed to put the game away as a mixture off superb goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the game level.
The Swans were almost made to rue a host of chances as the final moments saw Morley have three chances cleared off the line by some last-ditch United defending.
“We always like to make it interesting,” said Skowron about his side failing to grab a third and put the game beyond doubt.
Morley-Windmills 1 (David HOUSTON 13’)
Swan United 2 (Luke COLLI 48’, Christopher ATKINSON 65’)
Friday 25 January 2013
Wotton Reserve, Embleton
Local kick-off: 8:30pm
Referee: Matt Southern
Assistant referees: Scott Ferguson and Alex Best
Crowd: Appx 150
Morley-Windmills: 1 Daniel AGUDELO (gk), 2. Niall MURPHY, 3. Chris DENNIS, 13. Sasha CVIJEBIC, 17. Scott CAMPBELL (18. Michael LACAVA 75’), 6. Adam PYGRUM, 11. Robbie FTYNOGIANNIS. 14, Chris BRADLEY, 9. Luke O’NEILL (8. Blaz RADOVANOVIC 56’), 10. David HOUSTON, 4. Brandon DA SILVA (5. James MCPHAIL 53’)
Substitutes not used: 12. Michael DUDEK, 16 Keith NOLAN
Yellow Cards: Nial MURPHY 21’, Chris BRADLEY 90+4’
Red Cards: Nil
Swan United: 18. Connor ANDERSON, Anthony COCHRANE (gk), 2. Spiro NENEDIC, 3. Luke COLLI, 4. Adam SKOWRON, 15. Terry MONASTRA, 6. Justin SKOWRON, 7. Nicholas TATASCIORE, 14. David PAONE, 12. Simon FALCONE (9 Sebastian DeCOTTER 64’), 5. Christopher ATKINSON (17. Fraser BURT 83’), 11. Owen CURTIS (10. Cameron ANDERSON 46’)
Substitutes not used: 8. Alec STANOJEVIC, 23. Ahmed TERCH
Yellow Cards: Daniel FALCONE 58’
Red Cards: Nil
25.01.13 – United v Morley Windmills Preview
Swan United opens their 2013 Night Series campaign with a trip to Wotton Reserve to take on fellow Division One side Morley Windmills tonight (8.30pm)
United coach is looking forward to the game but will be without a number of players. “Excluding a number of hiccups the team has started to take some shape over the past week and we feel we will have a very competitive line-up despite the fact that we will be without a number of players,” said Skowron.
“As we are building a team from scratch we have only been playing intra club games to allow all players the opportunity to play alongside each other in an effort to find a line-up we are happy with. Friday night's game will be our first competitive game so we have nothing to gauge expectations on. All I can say is that all the players are keen to impress and will be putting in a 100% effort."
In team news Trent Wood (injured), Jordan Howell (injured), Chris Marshall (Europe), Mark Miraudo (Melbourne), Mick Italiano (Melbourne) and Christian Lopez (injured) will all miss.
Morley Coach Jason van Rooy is hoping for a winning start against United. “Swan has always been a competitive team and since we have a couple of ex-swan lads at Morley I think the boys are looking forward to having their first real competitive hit out tonight,” said van Rooy, who will give club debuts to new signings to former United duo Daniel Agudelo, David McNally, also Sasa Cvijetic, Brandon DaSilva, Keith Nolan and Blaz Radovanovic.
23.01.13 – United Junior Trail dates
Swan United FC are holding final Trials for their 13 – 16 year old First teams.
13 Div 2 and 15 Premier will be held Monday 4th and Monday 11th February
14 Div 2 and 16 Div 3 will be held Friday 8th and Friday 15th February.
All trials will be held at Midland Oval, Morrison Road, Midland from 6pm Sharp to 7.30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for Registration.
For further information please contact Jenny Hill 0412 948 292 or Penny Borzecki 0413 017 555.
20.01.13 - Young Swans prepare to spread their wings
Swan United go into the new First Division season with a new look squad after a big clear out of players during the off season. Coach Mick Skowron has seen a number of his senior players retire or leave the club but is looking forward to the challenge of turning the young group into a tight unit. “We have retained only one experienced player from last year, with Trent Wood committing for the new season,” said Skowron.
“John and Rob Monterosso, Aaron Colli and Miki Vujacic are with Premier League teams whilst Daniel Agudelo and Dave McNally are at Morley and Rory Mouttet has joined Canning City. Tommy Shepherd and Dom Ando have retired, Lucas Whitehouse and Rory Hollingham haven't returned, Chi Noda has returned to Japan and Chris Atkinson has returned to England. Michael Tronchin will be working up north and Brendan Knox continues to work overseas, which has made a big hole in our squad.”
A good end to season 2012 impressed Skowron, and he was delighted with some of the younger players who stepped up. “We finished last season with six reserves players in the starting line up and we have had quite a few young players join the club who will be more than adequate replacements for those who have left. Jordan Howell, Connor Anderson, Chris Marshall, Terry Monastra, Fraser Burt, Simon Falcone, Luke Colli, Mick Italiano, Tom Black, Mark Miraudo, Cameron Anderson, Owen Curtis and Seb DeCotter have all had some first team experience all remain at the club,” explained Skowron.
The squad is into pre-season training and Skowron has been happy with the new signings in the squad and has welcomed back a few old faces. “Striker Christian Lopez returns after being out for the past two seasons due to knee surgery, David Paone returns after two years working in Europe, Justin Skowron returns from Perth and Niall Hughes returns after a year away from the game. We have also secured the services of Nic Tatasciore from ECU Joondalup, Spiro Nenedic from Dianella White Eagles and Adam Skowron, who has spent two successful years at Peninsula College in the US where the team won back-to-back West Division titles as well as their first ever College Championship,” said Skowron.
“With the oldest player in the current squad being 25 years of age we have a very young squad which has been training very well and is full of enthusiasm. All spots are up for grabs so competition for starting spots is high.”
10.12.12 -United drawn in Group F for 2013 Night Series
Swan United has been drawn in group F along with Premier League Bayswater City, Morley Windmills and Quinns FC. United coach Mike Skowron is looking forward to the games and has been delighted with the pre-season to-date. “The draw for the night series is ok. Being 2012 Premier Division League Winners, Bayswater was probably the toughest premier team to draw but we'll see how we go,” said Skowron. (right)
“It would be good to get wins against Morley and Quinns and then play off with Bayswater for a quarter final spot. Our last game against Morley was a close one with us getting over the line with a 1-0 win, so that should be a close game as well. I'm sure Quinns will be looking to cause an upset so we'll have to be wary of them.”
“We started training last week and moral is high and the boys are really motivated to perform well. We've lost a number of experienced players from last year and the oldest player we have in our current squad is 25 so there's a lot of enthusiasm which you would expect from a young squad. All spots are up for grabs so competition for starting spots is high. We're looking forward to next year and hopefully getting a few wins in the night series.”
The latest version of the popular pre-season tournament will again feature 32 teams, with 31 All Flags State League teams and MySolar Sunday Premier League winners Joondalup United included. The Football West National Training Centre will not take part.
Eight venues will host the group stages with Armadale’s Alfred Skeet Reserve, Mandurah’s Hyundai Stadium, Cockburn’s Dalmatinac Park, Stirling’s Macedonia Park, Floreat’s E&D Litis Stadium, Morley’s Wotton Reserve, Inglewood’s Intiga Stadium and Perth’s BGC Stadium all taking part.
Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg says next year’s instalment will live up to the hype.
“Everyone can’t wait for the local action to begin again after a brilliant 2012 season,” said Hugg.
“This tournament is a great opportunity for teams to get match-fit for the regular season and it is a great chance for fans to see some of the new faces around their clubs.
“We saw plenty of local rivalries formed in the season just gone, and they are only going to get bigger and better with how the fixtures have panned out.
“Our Competitions team have been working very hard to make the eight groups as even as possible based on geographic location and results, so we look forward to seeing more upsets like last season as everyone chases Perth SC for the Football West Night Series crown.”
All the action begins on Friday 25 January, 2013, and the details regarding finals will be released in due course.
Round 1 Quinns FC Bayswater City SC Wotton Reserve - 25 January 2013 - 6.30pm
Round 1 Morley-Windmills SC Swan United FC Wotton Reserve - 25 January 2013 - 8.30pm
Round 2 Swan United FC Quinns FC Wotton Reserve - 2 February 2013 - 6pm
Round 2 Bayswater City SC Morley-Windmills SC Wotton Reserve - 2 February 2013 - 8pm
Round 3 Swan United FC Bayswater City SC Wotton Reserve - 10 February 2013 - 5pm
Round 3 Morley-Windmills SC Quinns FC Wotton Reserve - 10 February 2013 - 7pm
01.11.12 – Swan United appoint Skowron has head Coach for 2013
Swan United has shown their faith in caretaker coach Mick Skowron by appointing him the position on a permanent basis. It’s a worthy reward for Skowron, who stepped into the role in August following the departure of John O’Reilly to guide the club to fifth on the final standings. “I’m very happy to be appointed as head coach,” commented Skowron, who under Swan won four and drew one of their final seven games. “I’ve worked very hard for a long time and it’s great to finally get the opportunity to coach at this level.”
Skowran faced several hurdles in taking over the reins mid-season. “It was a challenge to instill my way of playing onto the players in a short period of time,” he explained. “Having success with the Reserves made the transition a bit easier but the (first team) players initially weren’t too sure with my ideas. I kept things fairly simple and the changes came off in a positive way in the first few games so it didn’t take long for the players to lift. And with that the atmosphere around the club improved and things really took off.”
Competition in the second tier will be intense next year with Western Knights, Mandurah City, Ashfield and Wanneroo City all expected to be in the mix for promotion. “The standard of the league is fairly high now and to string a number of wins together will be very difficult,” said Skowron. “The way we finished the season I think we could be confident of causing a few upsets and finishing in a top four position. We have very good depth which we had to use in the last few games given the number of injuries we sustained in the last three games.”
Skowron sees little reason to make wholesale changes to his squad. “Six players who started against Cockburn (on the last day of the season) were playing reserves prior to me taking over the first team and all performed admirably, so I won’t be looking to make many changes,” he said. “With an average age of less than 23 we have a very young squad and this will probably reduce with about five under 21 year olds who were previously with the club indicating that they would like to return. These players will offset the few losses we will have.”
A strong team spirit and a continuing development of youth will ultimately bring success to Swan. “I respect the players and in turn the players have shown me respect, and I think this had a lot to do with the way the team stepped up,” Skowron said. “I have faith in the players we have so I won’t be looking for experienced players to come into the squad. We want the young players we have to want to play for the club because they feel part of it and in return we want to show loyalty to them and I think with this success will come.”
Meanwhile United are pleased to announce that Chris Bates will be the Coach of Reserves team for 2013. Along with their Senior Coach and Danny Kavcic our 18's Coach, Swan would like to officially welcome Chris to the Club and look forward to working with him in 2013 and beyond.
For further details on our Reserves Squad please contact Chris on 0407 724 761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
30.10.12 – Atkinson takes out United’s ‘Player of the Year 2012’
Winning Swan United’s top award is the icing on the cake of a superb season for English import Chris Atkinson. The hard-working defender was honoured with the black and whites Fairest and Best award at the annual presentation ceremony ahead of midfielder Aaron Colli.
Veteran Rory Mouttet picked up the Swan Perpetual Trophy and for the second time in as many years John Monterosso received the Golden Boot. The Young Player of the Year was awarded to Fraser Burt, and the Jimmy Jamieson Award to Bob Hatten.
Chris Marshall was named Fairest and Best in the Reserves with Jake DeRa runner-up, and the Golden Boot recipient was Ben Hasler. The under-18 awards went to Matt McNee (Fairest and Best), David Panaia (Runner-up Fairest and Best) and Connor Anderson (Golden Boot).
30.9.12 – United go down in seven goal thriller
The crowd at Dalmatinac Park were treated to a seven-goal thriller in which Cockburn City scored twice in the final few minutes to grab a 4-3 win over Swan United.
An attacking outlook by the black and whites had them in control early with Trent Wood forcing a good save out of Dejan Aleksic. Eventually Cockburn found their rhythm to take a 16th minute lead through Devon Gibson, who applied a close-range finish after a tidy exchange with Nick Carroll.
Unperturbed, Swan held their focus to draw level on the half hour when Aaron Colli’s centre was lashed in from 15-metres by Chris Atkinson. Paul Natale and Paul Lloyd had chances to send Cockburn in to the break with the lead but neither was able to better the goalkeeper.
Chances came and went at both ends of the park after the interval before Marc Anthony converted a 64th minute penalty, awarded for Terry Monastra’s soft foul on Ian McMurray. Swan was not to be denied and fourteen minutes later Rob Monterosso banged an equaliser into the bottom corner after Aleksic pushed away a shot from Colli. Only a couple of more minutes passed before Monterosso slotted in from close-range to give Swan the lead.
Stung into action, Cockburn hit back four minutes later with Ian Stack delivering a low centre which Harry O’Brien tapped in. McMurray decided who would take out the points in the final minute by turning in Lloyd’s low free-kick into a crowded goalmouth.
22.9.12 – United made to work for the three points
Swan United extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 4-2 come-from-behind defeat of Fremantle Spirit at Francis Street. It took the black and whites only three minutes to open their account through Chris Atkinson’s shot from 20-metres.
Atkinson should have further added to Swan’s lead but sent his close-range strike straight at goalkeeper Elhoussaine Atekhis. That miss was punished on 17 minutes when Sean Treacey equalised with a long-range shot. The game could have been over by the break had Swan been able to make more of a slew of chances that came the way of John Monterosso, Luke Colli and Mark Miraudo.
It appeared this wasn’t going to be Swan’s day as Mick Italiano and John Monterosso squandered further chances in the second half. So it was against the run of play that Fremantle edged in front via a converted penalty awarded for handball by Danny Clapham. The home side finally got the goal they were after on 71 minutes with Brendan Knox levelling at close-range.
Four minutes later John Monterosso cut the ball back for substitute Trent Wood to make it three-two. John Monterosso then twice fired wide of the target before netting his second goal a minute from the end of regulation time. The three points gained keep Swan in fifth spot, ahead of Shamrock Rovers on goal difference.
15.9.12 – United fly away with all three points
Chris Atkinson put away his fourth goal in three weeks to lead Swan United to a 1-0 victory away at Dianella White Eagles. The game had barely started when the hosts were dealt their first blow, goalkeeper Matt Battigelli stretchered from the field with a quadriceps injury.
Despite the setback, Dianella enjoyed the better of early play but rarely looked like breaking through. Swan slowly came into the game and on 22 minutes Chihuro Noda nodded into the net only to be ruled offside. Mark Miraudo chipped onto the crossbar, and just before the break Atkinson lifted over after being played through.
Swan picked up after the break where they left off and on 52 minutes Michael Italiano played in John Monterosso whose cutback was slotted in by Atkinson. Five minutes later Atkinson could have doubled the black and whites lead but blasted high at close-range.
Luke Colli pulled wide of the target when faced with only the ‘keeper to beat, the a few minutes later a Rob Monterosso thunderbolt flashed past the post. Dianella were hitting on the counterattack but opened up very few holes in the Swan defence, and on those occasions they did find a way through Jordan Howell was positioned to save.
8.9.12 – All square against Ashfield
Swan United and Ashfield came away with a point each after finished deadlocked at 2-2 at Francis Street. The home team could not have wished for a better start with Chris Atkinson netting at close-range courtesy of a Brendan Knox corner after only three minutes.
In a game of few clear cut chances Ashfield nabbed a 26th minute equaliser when former Swan defender Mark Donnelly headed into Jordan Howell’s net during a goalmouth scramble resulting from Rueben Tristao’s cross.
Swan finished the half well but had two strong penalty shouts waved away by the referee before Atkinson’s shot was halted literally on the line by Perkins.
The second half opened with both teams on the attack. Ten minutes in it was Ashfield that got the rewards with an unmarked Karl O’Reilly firing in at the back post after meeting a Branimir Mikulic cross. The game threatened to boil following an altercation between Karl Tate and Trent Wood, the latter on the receiving end of a late tackle from behind not long after.
With eleven minutes left defensive error allowed Simon Falcone to release fellow substitute John Monterosso to slot past the goalkeeper and bring the sides level. Ashfield were denied a late winner by Howell, who courageously dived at the feet of Tristao to smother his opponents shot.
01.09.12 – United too strong for Shamrock
A sensational second half has seen Swan United overturned a half-time deficit to beat Shamrock Rovers 4-1 at Ashfield Reserve. Chris Atkinson scored twice with captain Rob Monterosso and Brendan Knox also on the scoresheet to earn United their tenth win of the campaign. “Our squad depth was tested today and this result will give the club a lot of confidence going forward,” said Swan’s caretaker coach Mick Skowron. “Chris had an excellent game, scoring two goals and setting up another, and Jordan Howell was very good in only his third first team game of the season.”
The afternoon started positively enough for Shamrock with Brian Farrell punished an error in the opposing defence to strike into Howell’s net after only nine minutes. It looked as though it would be only a matter of time before the hosts had the ball in the net for a second time but despite some promising build-up play delivery into the final third was lacking quality. As the half drew to a close Aaron Colli brought Swan back into the game, the midfielder’s drive from the centre of the park leading to several scoring opportunities, each of which went unconverted.
Swan picked up after the break when they left off and on 66 minutes Knox brought the teams level by rising unchallenged to head in an Atkinson cross. Six minutes later Rob Monterosso unleashed a low drive from 14-metres which flashed into Philip Shiel’s net to put the black and whites in front. Shamrock were on the ropes, and Atkinson landed another blow by applying a tidy finish from just outside the 18-yard box. Atkinson completed a remarkable eleven minute spell by netting at close-range after being put through by Colli. Mark Miraudo was within inches of scoring Swan a fifth goal with his 85th minute strike rattle the crossbar.