An early penalty from striker Lee Bates has given Kwinana United a 1-0 win in the Amateur Cup Final against North Perth United at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday.
Kris Donnell’s side showed determination to defend their lead, with Kwinana skipper Craig Dineley presented the Man of the Match medal after the game.
“The lads were outstanding for 90 minutes,” Donnell said.
“We knew it would be battle and it was, but I’m really proud of the players and really happy with everyone involved at our club.
“I thought we were the better team in the first half, but credit to North Perth they really threw everything at us after the break and we knew they would, but our back four for were brilliant.
“It’s been a great season for our club, top six in the league and now a cup final win. I’m lost for words at the moment but I’m a proud man tonight.”
Bates was impressed with his side’s performance and said they deserved the reward of claiming the title.
“We played (North Perth United) a few weeks ago, drew 2-2 and showed we could match them,” he said.
“The lads put in a great shift tonight and that’s the spirit of Kwinana. We got stuck in and we have great camaraderie.
“If anyone would have offered us a top six finish in the league and Cup win we would have taken it all day long, but it shows what Kris and the new lads have done.”
Kwinana, who were cheered on by their large support group, made the perfect start and were ahead on 14 minutes.
Peter James was brought down in the penalty area by Byron Andrews and referee Shane Skinner had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Bates stepped up a sent Jamie Serra the wrong way to give Kwinana the lead from the resulting penalty.
Following that, both sides had chances in an entertaining game but neither managed to take them. North Perth’s Ago Mujic’s snap shot from the edge of the box flashed over the top, before Kwinana’s Alan Benson saw his shot cleared off the line at the other end.
North Perth coach Jason Winter made a double change at the break, with the lively Mehdi Rabei and Ken Naan coming into the game.
Kwinana had the first real chance of the second half as a great run and shot by Robert Hamm whistled inches over the top.
They were in again on the hour as Craig Richards raced down the left and his cross picked out Bates, who fired over the top when well placed.
North Perth hit back and Rabei headed wide at the back post, as they started to take a strangle hold of the game.
Kwinana were defending gallantly, throwing themselves at every shot, as North Perth pressed for the equaliser.
It was wave after wave of North Perth attacks, but they couldn’t find a way past the Kwinana defence.
Kwinana almost added a second five minutes from time. It was two against one as Bates raced clear picking out Hamm on the edge of the box, but Serra was out quick to narrow the angle and produced a great save to deny him.
North Perth had one last chance to send it to extra time as Paul Urbanski found space and raced into the box, but his shot flew over the top, leaving Kwinana to celebrate a hard fought win at the whistle.
Kwinana United 1 (Bates 14min pen)
North Perth United 0
Sunday October 1, 2017
Referee: Shane Skinner
Assistants: Ammar Timour, Amit Hosany
Fourth Official: Walter Ciotti
Kwinana United: GK Joseph PAGE, 4 Peter JAMES, 6 Jordan O’BRIEN (20 Luke RENNIE 90+3’), 8 Alex JONES, 9 Lee BATES (7 Luke COLLINS 87’), 14 Crag DINELEY, 21 Alan BENSON, 24 Anthony HARRIS, 26 Robert HAMM, 27 Daniel DYSON, 40 Gary LUNT (19 Craig RICHARDS 55’)
Substitutes not used: 11 Luke HIGGINS, 33 Cristian SANCHEZ
Yellow cards: Lunt 31’, Jones 32’, Hamm 61’, Dyson 78’