Time running out for Phoenix to rise from the mire

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The South West Phoenix have a bye this week.
Camera IconThe South West Phoenix have a bye this week. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times/RegionalHUB

With time running out to secure their survival in State league division two, South West Phoenix coach Gareth Johnston is hopeful a weekend off could add some pep in their step.

The Phoenix fell 6-4 against Wanneroo City on Saturday in Perth, with Gareth Johnston’s men 3-1 down at half-time.

After a stern address from the Phoenix boss, the visitors charged out of the dressing room, with goals to Lee Stewart and Jayden Prosser in a lethal two-minute burst putting them back on level terms.

The purple patch left Johnston pondering the following question — where was this fight in the first half?

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“The game was end to end, but there were also some soft goals,” Johnston said.

“It honestly could have ended 12-10. We have so many players who can put the ball in the back of the net, but the issue for us is the constant conceding of goals.

“Because keeping a clean sheet and nipping the odd goal here and there? That is the difference at the moment and it is something we have struggled with all year.”

Following this weekend’s bye, the Phoenix will host Carramar Shamrock Rovers at Onside Sports Stadium.

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