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Kingsley too good for Kingsway in cup

Report by Samuel Hays

A dominant Kingsley display saw them run out 3-0 winners over Olympic Kingsway in the Belt up. Amateur Cup on Saturday night at Kingsway Reserve.

Jayden Drummond and David Ashworth handed Kingsley the lead heading into the break before Drummond added his second to put the game to bed.

Kingsley arrived at this stage after a 14-0 thrashing of South Perth but coach Steven Dimitrovich said they knew Kingsway, despite playing in Division Three, would be a stronger side.

“The game started exactly the way we said it was going to start out,” Dimitrovich said.

“They were full of energy, full of fight and kept pushing forward to try and put us under pressure.

“It was just a matter of weathering that storm and getting that first goal and once we did the game just opened up onto our terms the way we thought it was going to.

“When you’re playing a lower league side sometimes it’s hard to know what you’re going to get from them but we’ve come up with a game plan and it just worked.”

Josh Waldock looked threatening early on as he sent a free-kick onto the crossbar before playing a wonderful through ball to Drummond who slid the ball past A. Olou to open the scoring after 30 minutes.

And Waldock was again pivotal in the second goal after some great build-up play allowed for Lee Thomas to cross into Ashworth who buried his header into the bottom corner.

The game opened up towards the end of the first-half allowing both teams to create chances.

Kingsley dominated the second half but still struggled to create clear-cut chances as they were mainly restricted to shots from distance with Aaron Lickiss and Waldock both going close.

The elusive third goal would eventually come through Drummond when he was given too much time and space on the edge of the box before a great finish into the bottom corner.

Kingsway assistant coach Jason Stern was disappointed his side couldn’t pull off another upset after beating Ellenbrook 3-0 in the previous round.

“We battled hard, Kingsley are a top side and Dim (Dimitrovich) had the boys well prepared, but really proud of our boys they battled all night and did us proud,” Stern said.

“The difference in that level is the really good teams take their chances, we had some chances but didn’t take them and Kingsley had some chances and took theirs.”

Olympic Kingsway 0
Kingsley 3 (Drummond 30min, 75, Ashworth 39)
Kingsway Reserve
Saturday, June 23
Kick-off: 5pm
Referee: A Cohen
Assistant referees: L Delaney

Olympic Kingsway: GK. A.Olou, 2. J. Pogmore, 3. L. Wood, 13. J. Bennett, 4. J. Speldevinde, 8. R. McCullough, 7. T. Driver, 9. D. Luxton, 6. L. Harrison, 11. J. Tickner, 15. C. How, (14. D. Malatesta 58), (17. G. Redfern 66), (RGK. Y. Alesa 68)
Substitutes not used: 10. D. Miller, 20. D. Jones
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Kingsley: 1. Paul Rainford, 15. Cathal Quinn, 6. Josh Waldock, 16. Jesse Higgins, 5. Brett Cutting, 8. Nick Lowe, 13. Lee Thomas, 14. David Ashworth, 3. Bailey Salmon, 10. Jayden Drummond, 9. Sean Johnson, (12. Oliver Valentine 62), (4. Aaron Lickiss 65), (7. Stuart Montgomery 78)
Substitutes not used: 11. Luke Armstrong, 31. Mark Woolley
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil