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Kinglsey and Leeming eye Night Series silverware

Report by Peter Simcox

The climax of the pre-season competition takes place on Saturday afternoon when Kingsley take on Leeming Strikers in the Amateur Night Series Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium (5pm).

Both sides advanced from the semi-finals on Wednesday night, with Kingsley beating Hamersley Rovers on penalties while Leeming defeated North Perth United 2-1.

Leeming coach David Palin said his side, who topped Group C, didn’t have it easy against North Perth but they still found a way to progress.

“It was a really good win so early in the season, as they are a really good side and they asked a lot of questions. But we had the answers and in the end I think we deserved the win,” Palin said.

“It’s only our fourth game of pre-season, so the commitment and intensity was also really pleasing from all players involved and we will look to continue that this week.”

Palin said his side had embraced the Night Series and it would be a great reward to lift the trophy on Saturday.

“We’ve learned a lot in the four games already and Kingsley will be another test,” he said.

“They (Kingsley) had a really good 2017 season, finishing second and by all accounts they have improved again in the off-season, so the game be will another good test for the players.

“We are probably ahead of where we thought we would be at this time of the season but now we’re in the final we will be doing everything we can to win and we expect Kingsley will be in the same mind frame.”

Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich, whose side finished second in Group B, was happy with how his players held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out win over Hamersley, with keeper Paul Rainford the hero.

“It was a really tight affair, we knew they would be good on the ball so we set out to frustrate them when they had possession and I think it worked well for the first 35 minutes,” he said.

“Luke Coultman gave us the lead on 16 minutes with a rocket of a shot into the top corner, but they equalised and I thought it was a fair result.

“Unfortunately someone has to lose and we held our nerve in the penalty shoot-out.”

Turning to the final, Dimitrovich said: “The lads are really looking forward to Saturday night and trying to win some silverware for the club, something the first team hasn’t done for a long time.

“It will be a difficult game and I’m sure David Palin will have them well drilled and up for the challenge.

“They have some seasoned players in there squad, so who ever deals with the occasion better will come out on top.”

Fixture Details
Saturday, March 24
Kingsley v Leeming Strikers
Kick-off: 5pm
Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium