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Cockburn score late to win Reserves State Cup

Report by Peter Simcox

A penalty two minutes into additional time from Sam Garces gave Cockburn City a hard fought 3-2 win against Balcatta in Saturday’s Reserves State Cup Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium.

Cockburn dominated the first half and an own goal from Giordan Serra and a Julian Teles strike gave them a commanding lead at the break, but Balcatta hit back after the break, with a brace from Kyle Jackson.

It looked like going to a dreaded penalty shoot-out, but second half substitute Sam Garces, converted from a penalty in regular time to win it for the Cockerels.

U20's Cockburn City v Balcatta FC 22_07_17 (3027)

Coach Ross Greer said they deserved the win but had a few uneasy moments in the second half, and had a special mention for the player who scored the winner.

“I thought we created more than enough chances to win the game, but they made a few changes, and they had too after we totally dominated the first, but it could have gone either way after half time,” he explained.

“It was great for Sam to score the winner, he was really disappointed not to be in the side, but I’m really happy he came off the bench and scored the winner, he won’t be disappointed tonight.”

Skipper Chris Thackrey said it was a great first half by his side but Balcatta made them earn it after the break. “We were great in the first half and really dominated, but we were a little complacent after the break and they hit back,” he said.

“We knew they (Balcatta) would come out strong, and all credit to them, they made it difficult for us, but we slowly got our way back into it and probably deserved the win at the end.”

Cockburn’s early dominance was rewarded with the lead on 16 minutes. A cross from Daniel Santich was saved by Hutchinson, but the ball rebounding off the unfortunate Serra and rolled agonizingly into the net.

It was 2-0 just 60 seconds later, Teles found space on the edge of the penalty area and finished clinically.

Balcatta’s first chance came moments later Brennan Borzecki’s long-range shot was well saved by Ryan Barker, at the second attempt.

U20's Cockburn City v Balcatta FC 22_07_17 (633)

Balcatta went close to scoring again just before the break when Abbas Alshaikh slipped a great through ball into the path of Ben Meredith, but Barker stood tall to deny the striker.

Balcatta started the second half positively and scored after just 50 seconds.

Borzecki feeding Jackson on the right, with his shot not dealt with by Barker as the ball rolled home. It was an open game now, with chances at both ends. Borzecki heading wide for Balcatta, before Pratt’s shot was well saved by Hutchinson.

On 65 minutes Balcatta levelled, Alshaikh’s free-kick was headed back across goal by Meredith, and Jackson was at the back post to stab the ball home.

It looked like this one was going to a penalty shoot-out but on 92 minutes, Teles sent Pratt into goal and was brought down by Gioffre with the referee awarding a penalty.

Garces stepped up to give his side the win in the dying seconds of the match.

Cockburn City 3 (OG 16min, Teles 17, Garces 90+)
Balcatta 2 (Jackson 46min, 65)
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium
Anthony Walsh
Assistant Referees: Shane Skinner, Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Josh Nixon

Cockburn City: GK Ryan BARKER, 2 Ryan SARDI, 4 Hudson BLISS, 6 David DOS SANTOS (10 Sam GARCES 62’), 7 Adam ANFUSO (17 Michael DE BELLIS 80’), 9 Ryan PRATT, 11 Andrew EMSAVANA (8 Losene DULLEH 75’), 13 Chris THACKRAY (C), 14 Julian TELES, 15 Daniel SANTICH, 16 Daniel ROBINSON
Substitutes not used: RGK Jordan COMBE, 5 Thomas BOURNE
Yellow Cards: Emsavana 57, Santich 59, Garces 70, Sardi 93
Red Cards: nil

Balcatta: GK Luke HUTCHINSON, 24 Brennan BORZECKI, 25 Kyle JACKSON (28 Luqman ABDIRAHMAN 92’), 26 Abbas ALSHAIKH, 27 Ben MEREDITH, 32 Tyler UGLOW, 33 Antoni DALESSIO, 34 Filippo GIOFFRE, 35 Tim HIGGINS, 36 Giordan SERRA (C), 37 Johnathan BOUHLAS (30 Henri MULWILA 68’)
Substitutes not used: RGK Skye DOYLE, 29 Oliver FORD, 31 Raed ALANZI
Yellow Cards: Hutchinson 21, Alshaikh 51, Uglow 88, Meredith 93
Red Cards: nil