A five goal second half burst from Balcatta has resulted in a tough day at the office for Perth Glory's young guns losing 6-1 in Round 10 of PS4 NPLWA action at Ashfield Arena.
Glory was severely undermanned with a number of first team players on tour in Malaysia for the Frenz International Cup.
Former Glory Youth striker Cameron Teece was the main destroyer, scoring a hat-trick. He opened the scoring early, but Daniel Stynes levelled for the Glory before half time.
But it was tough going from there as Teece added two more second half goals to with Carlo Coelho, Gomo Dukuly and Steve Sokol also on target to give Balcatta a comprehensive win.
Glory striker Nikola Talimdzioski said it was an even game until the hour.
“It was a very disappointing loss, I felt that we dominated the game up until they scored their second,” he said. “
“It’s never nice to lose a game, and this one is a hard loss to take, but considering the players we had missing and the players we brought in we still gave it our all.”
Balcatta went close early, when Dukuly made space down the left, but his shot was off target.
Glory gave as good as it got and skipper Joe Knowles header flashed over the top, from a Stynes’ corner moments later.
But on six minutes Balcatta hit the front with a corner that wasn’t dealt with, and Teece fired home from close-range.
The goal didn’t deter the Glory and it went within inches of levelling on the quarter hour.
Stynes drifted past two Balcatta defenders before playing in Knowles, whose shot flicked the outside of the post.
Knowles was in again moments later, Yacoub Mustafa sent the speedy striker clear, but Clint Davies was out quick to save.
Davies was in the action again on 26 minutes, the Balcatta custodian saving well to deny the lively Stynes.
But the Glory’s pressure was rewarded with the equaliser four minutes from half time.
Talimdzioski played in Stynes, who finished neatly into the bottom corner of the net.
Glory had the opportunity to go into the half time break with the lead, when Mustafa and Stynes combined to find Knowles, but Davies was alert to save.
It was much of the same after the break, with the Glory pressing, and Stynes and Talimdzioski both going close, but on the hour, and against the run of play, Balcatta regained its lead.
Coelho was given too much room on the edge of the penalty area and his shot beat 14-year old debutant keeper Jackson Lee.
Balcatta added a third sixty seconds later, Teece racing clear to score, and a fourth moments later with Dukuly on target.
The visitors hit two more goals, as Teece completed his hat-trick with the fifth on 73 minutes, before Sokol added a sixth late on.
Glory travel to Macedonia Park this weekend to face Stirling Lions.
Perth Glory 1 (Daniel Stynes 41’)
Balcatta 6 (Cameron Teece 6’, 62', 73', Carlo Coelho 61', Gomo Dukuly 66', Steve Sokol 84')
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Referee: Tom Dowle
Assistant Referees: Liviu Katona, Simon Hicks
Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Ben JOHNS, 3 Dejan SPASESKI, 4 Luc BODNAR, 6 Cal WHITNEY, 7 Daniel STYNES (12 Chok DAU 83’), 8 Sean TROUP, 9 Joe KNOWLES 10 Yacoub MUSTAFA (14 Sasa NJEGIC 83’), 11 Nikola TALIMDZIOSKI
Subs not used: 13 Joe MARINO, 15 Abu DELLES, 16 Jesse MCEWAN
Yellow Cards: Stynes 34’
Balcatta: GK Clint DAVIES, 2 Hanafi GHAZALI, 3 Keiron STALLARD, 6 John CORNESS, 9 Carlo COELHO, 10 Zelphy NAZARY (11 Feisal ZAW 73’), 12 Eamon MCNELIS (4 Aleks SULESKI 69’), 13 Cameron TEECE, 17 Kieran COLWELL, 19 Alan CARROLL, (20 Steve SOKOL 73'), 23 Gomo DUKULY (66')
Subs not used: RGK Josiah GODFREY, 16 Mark ELDRIDGE,
Yellow Cards: Teece 38'