Attacking pair Chok Dau and Alex Salmon continued their goal-den form by scoring two apiece as Inglewood United thrashed Subiaco AFC 4-0 on a chilly afternoon at Rosalie Park. The win extends Inglewood unbeaten league run to ten games while moving Andy Keogh’s side to within one point of the league summit.
“It was a very comfortable win. The lads were great, they implemented the tactics and game plan down to a ‘T’ and I think we could have had a few more,” Keogh said. “We’re just taking each game as it comes. The lads are in a good space and enjoying their football.”
Dau need just 12 minutes to make his mark on the game, the teenage livewire showing great composure to slip the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Montgomery after being played through by Salmon. The same two players combined again eight minutes later but on this occasion Salmon’s finish was wide of the target.
Subiaco threatened briefly via Alex Randell’s long-range strike that rose over the crossbar. Play soon returned to the opposite end where referee Adam Fielding dismissed a penalty claim after Matthew Ntoumenopoulos was felled inside the area. And on the stroke of half-time Salmon’s clever flick along the bar.
The second half opened with Dau netting his second at close-range following some truly calamitous defending by the hosts. Salmon got his angles right only for Montgomery to turn the shot away with his legs. And the Subiaco custodian came up trumps again with a great reflex save to deny Dau his hat-trick.
Salmon got the goal he deserved on 71 minutes by delicately side-footing over the advancing ‘keeper from the top of the 18-yard box. Five minutes later Barrera played through the defence for Salmon to waltz the ball around Montgomery before calmly tucking in to an empty net.
Subiaco AFC 0
Inglewood United 4 (Chok Dau 12, 49, Alex Salmon 71, 76)
Subiaco AFC: Ryan Montgomery, Nathan Smith, Stefan Hill (Mike Lawson 74), Alex Castiello, Jordan Candlish, Alex Randell, Ross Jarman, Rory Feely, Nathan Diaz, Owen Coates (Carlin Feely 74), Ian McMurray
Inglewood United: Alex Dunn, John Migas, David Cyrus, Adam Tong (Scott Blackmore 76), Jason Colli, Matthew Ntoumenopoulos, Jason Barrera, Victor Brauner (Ashley Rosindale 59), Chok Dau, Brian Woodall (Hamza Hina 51), Alex Salmon
Bookings: Tong (23), Randell (75), Castiello (89)