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Celebrations begin as Wembley Downs clinch title

Report by Bobby Stamatoski

Wembley Downs sealed the Amateur Premier League title by defeating Kwinana United 3-1 at Butlers Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Colm Costello was ecstatic after his team sealed the league title.

“Today we started really slow, it wasn’t one of our best performances. Kwinana made us work hard for it. You always get a tough game against them” he said.

“Hard work can get you the reward. Every player worked hard in the squad so I’m just delighted for them more than anything. It’s a good feeling.”

Wembley Downs started the game well and almost took the lead in the 5th minute when Dean Wall headed the ball into the woodwork.

After a flurry of missed opportunities, Wembley finally took the lead through Gavin Walsh with a great solo effort to put the champions ahead in the 34th minute.

The second half saw much of the same as the hosts dominated possession and almost doubled their lead through Walsh’s speculative long-range effort, which sailed over the bar.

The home side doubled their advantage four minutes later as Banin Hashem was bought down in the box and rewarded a penalty. Substitute Mark King stepped and calmly converted the spot kick to put Wembley firmly in control.

Kwinana had a chance to snatch one back through Jamie Nugent, but his shot was just wide.

Two minutes later, King was at the double for Wembley with a long-range volley that was too hot for goalkeeper Page to keep out, making it 3-0.

Kwinana quickly pulled a goal back from the restart through Lee Bates just a minute later.

Wembley stayed firm in defense and saw the rest of the game out winning 3-1 on the day and sealing the title.

Kwinana coach Kris Donnel cut a frustrated figure on the bench and was disappointed with the result.

“It was a disappointing result but a lot of players were missing today”, he said.

“The first 35 minutes I thought we had played very well, but then we gave a silly goal away.

“In the second half, we just lost our way a little bit. But there were positives as well.”

Champions Wembley visit fourth placed Subiaco next week to close out season.

Wembley Downs 3 (Walsh 34min, King 57, King 75min)
Kwinana United 1 (Bates 76min)
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Butlers Reserve
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: P. Kaiser
Assistant Referees: J. Ku, A. Wright

Wembley Downs: 1. Niall MCCARTHY, 10. Banin HASHEM, 7. Stephen GEOGHEGAN, 25. Jay MCDONALD, 2. Anthony JONES, 19. Juri GALBA, 9. Dean WALL, 4. Blaine SLATER, 71. Gary MCCARTHY, 40. Marty KELLY, 15. Gavin WALSH, 17. Mark KING, 95. Matt DEVEREOUX, 8. Barry O’CALLAGHAN, 26. Scott URUQUART, 41. Scott PRAGNALL
Yellow Cards: Walsh, McDonald, O’Callaghan
Red Cards: Nil

Kwinana United: 1. Joe PAGE, 14. Craig DINELEY, 12. Craig RICHARDS, 3. Peter JAMES, 10. Luke COLLINS, 15. Jordan O’BRIEN, 2. Alex JONES, 16. Anthony HARRIS, 9. Lee BATES, 13. Dale VINEY, 11. Jamie NUGENT, 8. Alessandro RETAMAL, 7. Dean VATEHELD, 5. Christian GALVEZ, 71. Luke HIGGINS
Yellow Cards: James, Jones, Nugent
Red Cards: Nil