Kingsley advanced to the final of the Belt Up Amateur Cup following a 2-1 extra-time victory over Jaguar FC at Chichester Park on Wednesday night.
Kingsley will play Leeming in next month’s decider after the Strikers overcame Stirling Panthers 4-2, also after extra-time, in the other semi-final.
The final will be a repeat of ths year’s WA Amateur Night Series Final, which Leeming won 1-0.
A Gojam Nyoun penalty opened the scoring for Jaguar in the 27th minute before Josh Waldock levelled for the hosts after 53 minutes.
The score stayed the same at 90 minutes but with the semi-final just three minutes from going to penalties, Jesse Higgins put Kingsley in front for the first time to spark jubilant celebrations among the home support.
Kingsley coach Steven Dimitrovich was ecstatic after his side secured their place in the cup final for the first time since 1994.
“I thought first half Jags were in control of the game, they didn’t let us settle down,” he said.
“We struggled to get into the flow of the game, our passing let us down and everything we were hitting was just a little bit too wide and they were putting a lot of pressure on us. And fair play to them, they’re probably the best football playing team in this league.
“We’re on a winning streak at the moment and the boys are just confident, they’re fit and I think they showed that we were probably the better side in extra-time.”
A place in the cup final is in contrast to the past two seasons for Kingsley, who were knocked out in Round Two in 2017 and Round One in 2016. Looking ahead to the showpiece match, Dimitrovich added: “Doesn’t matter who it’s going to be, you’ve got to beat the team that’s put in front of you and that’s all we can do.”
After a fairly even opening in which both sides threatened, Jaguar went ahead through Nyoun’s spot-kick after referee Stephen Clarke consulted his assistant.
Kingsley came out looking the stronger after the break and were rewarded in the 53rd minute when Waldock levelled the score when he curled a shot with the outside of his foot past Jaguar keeper Makuei Mapooth.
The goal lifted Kingsley even more and David Ashworth hit a half-volley from the edge of the box which Mapooth spilled but Sean Johnson couldn’t turn home the rebound.
It was soon Jaguar’s turn to get on the front foot and they had the ball in the back of the net after 67 minutes but the assistant referee raised his flag and the goal was disallowed.
Laurance Gama then fired a powerful shot towards the goal but the Kingsley defence stood strong to clear the ball off the line.
And Jaguar thought they had broken through again but once more they were denied by the assistant’s flag.
Kingsley had two late chances to win the match but both Lee Thomas and Johnson were unable to convert their headers.
In the extra period Mapooth did well to deny Johnson and Thomas, while at the other end Jaguar saw a hird “goal” ruled out for offside.
When Bailey Salmon’s free-kick rattled the crossbar with Mapooth beaten, the match looked destined for penalties. But a long throw from Thomas into the box was fumbled by the otherwise impressive Mapooth and Higgins tapped the loose ball home at the back post before running to celebrate with the Kingsley supporters.
Jaguar coach Chol Kong was disappointed with his side having three goals disallowed.
He added: “The cup is very important for us as we are a new club, we’ve only been around for 10 years.”
Both teams will now return to league action where Kingsley will face Hamersley Rovers at Chichester Park while Jaguar will play Subiaco at Herb Graham.
Kingsley 2 (Waldock 53min, Higgins 117)
Jaguar FC 1 (Nyoun 27)
Wednesday, August 22
Referee: Stephen Clarke
Assistant referees: David Clarke, Peter Kelly
Kingsley: 1. Paul Rainford, 5. Brett Cutting, 3. Bailey Salmon, 4. Aaron Lickiss, 16. Jesse Higgins, 13. Lee Thomas, 14. David Ashworth (11. Luke Armstrong 75), 6. Luke Coltman, 8. Josh Waldock (12. Nick Lowe 65), 9. Sean Johnson, 10. Jayden Drummond
Substitutes not used: 7. Stuart Montgomery, 15. Cathal Quinn
Yellow cards: Cutting 45
Red cards: Nil
Jaguar: 1. Makuei Mapooth, 8. Lok Mamal, 14. Zacharia Makeny, 10. Gojam Nyuon, 11. Malek Domkoc (18. Michael Wantee 60), 9. Akuei Guot, 3. Deug Akol (7. Laurence Gama 75), 15. Emmanuel Aniyego, 6. Martin Gorang, 17. Juma Wade, 16. Derick Yuga
Substitutes not used: 13. Ali Elhassau, 12. Cisse Djibril, 4. Bol Warok
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil