Harnwell hails new dad sparky:'You can't help but be proud'

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell has hailed his team of painters, electricians and plasterers as well as new father James Morgan who pulled off a penalty save.

The WA NPL side lost 2-0 to Sydney FC in front of approximately 3,500 fans in the FFA Cup round of 32 at nib Stadium on Wednesday night.

However, Morgan provided one of the highlights of the evening, saving Shane Smeltz’s second-half penalty to keep the score at 1-0 and give the Gulls hope of an equalizer.

“He’s been superb for us all season,” Harnwell said. “He got us here on penalties in the last round.

“To step up, you could feel the whole stadium lift when he saved that second penalty from Smeltz. The boys got that instant buzz.

“He’s a great bloke, he’s a sparky, he’s just had his little baby boy and he comes out in front of 3,500 and a national audience and does something like that.

“You can’t help but be proud and glad you know this guy.”

The Sorrento line-up also included players such as Daryl Platten and midfielder James A Morgan who work as a painter and plasterer respectively.

It’s all part of the magic of the FFA Cup, where every day tradies take on international professionals such as Smeltz, who famously scored at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“For those guys to be on the same pitch, that’s what the game is all about,” Harnwell said.

Harnwell has a promising coaching career, having led Perth Glory to the W-League premiership last season. He’ll join Adelaide’s Lady Reds in September.

The 38-year-old said Wednesday’s FFA Cup round of 32 clash has only boosted his passion for coaching.

“I loved tonight and I’ll look back and enjoy every moment of it,” Harnwell said.