Next on the agenda was strong M-League side Kuala Lumpur, who had just been knocked out of the local Cup competition.
They were way too strong in the end for WA, running out 4-1 winners despite a hard-fought effort from Fremantle United’s Alen Karaselimovic in defence.
In the final match of the tour, WA finished off in fine fashion with a 2-0 victory over the University Technology Institute of Malaysia, with Olympic Kingsway’s Felim Rugel and Joondalup United’s Larry Miller being WA’s best performers.
The week-long tour has been hailed a success by Pagnoni, who was proud of his troops who battled through trying conditions against strong opposition.
“I’m pretty happy overall with how the boys performed,” he said.
“To get a couple of wins against the type of opposition we played is a real credit to the players and they’ve really put in the hard yards to mix it with the best in Malaysia.
“The game we lost against the M-League team just showed how much quality and depth they had - they were using between 30 and 40 players in the match with constant substitutions to keep them fresh.
“If you had to compare them, they were the standard of an A-League team and prior to that the strongest opposition we faced would have been the NTC (Football West National Training Centre) in terms of sharpness and just how quickly they moved the ball.”
STATE AMATEUR REPRESENTATIVE TEAM
Gary ANDREWS JOONDALUP UNITED
Daniel ARIAS NORTH LAKE
Hussein AWADA STIRLING PANTHERS
Steven CRIPPS NORTH LAKE
Francois DU PLESSIS UWA-NEDLANDS
Matt FAVAZZO FREMANTLE UNITED
Joe STOCKER SUBIACO
Johnny FERREIRA SOUTHERN SPIRIT
Alen KARASELIMOVIC FREMANTLE UNITED
Aaron LICKISS OLYMPIC KINGSWAY
Simon MADASCHI STIRLING PANTHERS
Larry MILLER JOONDALUP UNITED
Felim RUGEL OLYMPIC KINGSWAY
David PALIN SOUTHERN SPIRIT
Glenn SHELDON FREMANTLE UNITED
Gavin KNIGHT JOONDALUP UNITED
Coach: Rob Pagnoni
Assistant Coach: Mick Piaccia
Team Manager: Graeme Marinkovich
Physio: Nafyn Pattiaratchi