PERTH SC kept within touching distance of the top two on the National Premier Leagues WA ladder on Saturday as Gustavo Catarcione’s hattrick helped it record a comprehensive 5-0 win over Sorrento.
The Brazilian got the ball rolling with two first half goals in a dominant display from the hosts, before an own goal put Perth three up at the break.
Frank Furfaro netted early in the second half before Catarcione completed his hattrick with a terrific finish from the edge of the area.
Coach Ramon Falzon marked the performance as his side’s intended benchmark.
“We’ve had other good performances this season where we’ve missed too many chances, but we know we’ve got the ability and if we can do it against a team like Sorrento we can do it against anyone,” he said.
Falzon also praised Catarcione for his display.
“When he’s on song, he’s very dangerous and has the ability to score goals for fun,” he said.
“He’s had a few games where the opposition has locked him down or he hasn’t been at his best, but it was good to see him hit top form today. He’s a very important player for us.”
The win puts Perth one point behind second-placed Floreat Athena, who lost 2-0 to Subiaco on the weekend in a round 20 upset.
In other matches on Saturday, ECU Joondalup beat Cockburn City 3-0 at home, Inglewood United made light work of Joondalup United with a 7-0 thumping at Percy Doyle Reserve and Bayswater City put two past a struggling Balcatta at Frank Drago Reserve to take home all three points.
Stirling Lions beat Perth Glory 2-0 at Macedonia Park while Armadale and Mandurah City played out a 1-1 draw at Alfred Skeet Reserve.
NPL WA round 20 results
Armadale 1 (Skorich 41min)
Mandurah City 1 (O’Brien 45min)
Bayswater City 2 (Ninkovic 45+min, Marulanda 86)
ECU Joondalup 3 (Pickering 26min, Nicol 36, 58)
Cockburn City 0
Floreat Athena 0
Subiaco 2 (Candlish 12min, Smith 49)
Joondalup United 0
Inglewood United 7 (Dau 5min, 40, Woodall 38, 59, Rosindale 39, Keogh 82, Salmon 87)
Perth SC 5 (Catarcione 21min, 26, 74, OG 44, Furfaro 53)
Stirling Lions 2 (Micevski 45+min, Rubidge 77)
Perth Glory 0