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Leeming Strikers and Kingsley met in the Night Series Final in March.

Kingsley out to strike back in cup final

Football West News

Kingsley coach Steve Dimitrovich wants his side to “get the monkey off the back” in this weekend’s Belt Up Amateur Cup Final – and then use it as a springboard for an assault on reaching the State League next season.

Kingsley face Leeming Strikers at Inglewood United’s Perth Plasterboard Stadium on Sunday in a repeat of the Night Series Final from earlier this year.

Leeming won that game 1-0 and while Dimitrovich played down the significance of the loss, it was an opportunity missed to win a trophy.

Kingsley also had to settle for second place in the league, finishing behind champions North Perth United. Now Dimitrovich wants to change the script.

“The boys have been starved of silverware for too long and a win on Sunday will get the monkey off our back,” he said. “We don’t need much motivation for a cup final.

“And as a club we do want promotion and that is the aim for next season, to become a State League club. That was our goal this season and we came up short.”

Kingsley finished eight points ahead of fourth-placed Leeming in the table but just as with the Night Series, Dimitrovich isn’t reading too much into it.

“The Night Series is exactly what it is, a pre season competition. Yes, it’s a bit of silverware but really it’s getting ready for the league season.

“And it’s the same with the league positions, you can’t take too much into the game. We finished second but towards the back end of the year they were resting a lot of players. We know they are a really good side and it will be very tough.”

Leeming player-coach David Palin is also expecting a tight encounter in a game he says his side have targeted for the past few months.

“The league was the focus but we wanted to improve in the cup after getting knocked out in the semi final last year,” Palin said.

“After we lost to North Perth in round six we put all our eggs in one basket and concentrated on the cup and rotated a lot of players.

“In the league we beat them once at their ground and they won at ours so it was one apiece.”

Unlike Dimitrovich, Palin says the Night Series Final result in March could be a factor in Sunday’s final.

“We beat them in the Night Series but that feels a long time ago and a lot has happened since then. Both teams have improved and changed.

“But I think it will have a bearing, Kingsley will still remember it. Both teams were desperate to win.”

Kingsley finished the season as top scorers in the division, while in Palin Leeming have a clear threat up front. He banged in 19 goals with good support from Ben Greaves and Karl Gorman.

“Everybody is looking forward to it and is ready to go,” Palin said.

The Belt Up Amateur Cup Final kicks off at 4.45pm and is the fourth and final match of the day. Leeming and Kingsley also meet in the Belt Up Amateur Reserve Cup, while Kingsley are in the Masters Cup Final against AFC Joondalup.

The Metropolitan Cup Final is between Sorrento Vikings and Hillarys.

Fixtures

Sunday, September 23
Perth Plasterboard Stadium

Belt Up Metropolitan Cup Final (10am)
Sorrento Vikings v Hillarys

Belt Up Masters Cup Final (12.15pm)
AFC Joondalup v Kingsley

Belt Up Amateur Reserve Cup Final (2.30pm)
Leeming Strikers v Kingsley

Belt Up Amateur Cup Final (4.45pm)
Leeming Strikers v Kingsley