Report by Peter Simcox
Defending champions North Perth United will take on Wembley Downs in the Amateur Night Series Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday.
Wembley Downs beat East Perth 2-0 in the semi-finals with Banin Hashem bagging a brace, but the striker was sent off late in the game and will miss the final.
North Perth United reached the final with a hard fought 2-0 semi-finals win against Joondalup United on Wednesday evening, with Ago Mujic and Paddy Montgomery on target.
Former Perth Royals coach Jason Winter is the new coach at North Perth United and is hoping to secure back-to-back titles for the club.
“It’s my first season here and a win in the final would be a great start to my tenure here,” he said.
“It’s still pre-season and we’re still getting our fitness up but Wembley are the specialists in knock-out competition, so they will be hard to beat.
“We are still working on our structures, but I’m sure the lads will put in 100% and will do all they can to win on Sunday.”
Wembley Downs coach Colm Costello said his team’s performance on Wednesday was their best display of the competition.
“It was a polished performance and we played some really good football,” he said. “But credit to East Perth, who we knew would make it very difficult for us after beating some good sides in the group stages.”
Costello also praised North Perth.
“They are a great side, and we have huge respect for them,” he said.
“We know we’ll be up against it. Their results speak for themselves and Jason (Winter) seems to have set a winning mentality straight away. But it’s a cup final and anything can happen and we are really looking forward to it.”
Amateur Night Series Final
North Perth United v Wembley Downs
Sunday March 26, 2017 – 5:00pm
Venue: Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, Inglewood