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North Perth and Kwinana fight for Amateur Cup

Report by Peter Simcox

Kwinana United will make their first appearance in the Amateur Cup Final since 1992 when they take on North Perth United at E&D Litis Stadium on Sunday.

After winning promotion to the league last season, Kwinana started their run this year with a win over Division Two side Gosnells City in round one, before edging out Division Three side Curtin University in round two.

In round three they beat Division Three side Stirling Lions Panthers 5-2, before a 3-1 win against Division Three side Peel United in the quarter final. That set up a Semi Final against Leeming Strikers and a brace from Gary Lunt gave them a 2-1 win.

Kwinana coach Kris Donnell said the win against Leeming gives his side confidence going into the final.

“The Semi-Final win was a great display from our lads,” he said.

“It proved that when we have our full strength out, teams struggle to cope with how physical we are and I thought Leeming couldn’t cope with us.

“We know North Perth are a great side, and we know they have a very talented number of players.  But we have to be prepared and be ready for a battle, because they are always dangerous going forward.

“In both games this season it’s been tough and at home we struggled to stop their play, especially in the middle of the park, and we gave them too much respect.

“But away from home we never gave them a minute and marked their strikers out of the game, so that was a great boost coming into this game.”

Kwinana top goal scorer Jamie Nugent will be vital, while keeper Joe Page will need to be on his toes behind a tight defence, with skipper Craig Dineley and Danny Dyson at the heart.

North Perth United last won the Amateur Cup final in 2014 when they beat Gwelup Croatia 4-2.

They started their run this season with a big win against Division Two side Kalamunda United and continued with another strong performance to beat Division One side Maccabi in round two.

In round three they hosted fellow Premier League side Hamersley Rovers and ran out 2-0 winners, before a titanic quarter final 4-3 win in extra time against Premier League side Ellenbrook United.

In the Semi-Final they took on fellow Premier League side Southern Spirit and goals from BJ Andrews and Ago Mujic gave them a 2-0 win.

North Perth coach Jason Winters is expecting the final to be a challenge for his side.

“It was a very tough game in the semifinal against a good Southern Spirit side, who play some good football,” he said.

“We’re expecting another tough game on Sunday, they (Kwinana) have some top players and (Kwinana coach) Kris (Donnell) will have them pumped for the game.

“In the first league game against them down at their place we played really well and got the win, but in the second game Kwinana were the better side.”

Former ECU Joondalup keeper Jamie Serra has been in good form this season for North Perth, while top scorer Mehdi Rabei and fellow striker Ago Mujic are busy up top. Winters will look to skipper Oscar Kelly to lead them from the front as they battle to add another cup to their trophy cabinet.

In the earlier games, Joondalup City will take on North Perth United in the Metro Cup Final, Spearwood Dalmatinac and Joondalup United meet in the Masters Cup Final and Wembley Downs and North Perth United go head-to-head in the Reserves Cup Final.

Full Match details:

Sunday, October 1

E&D Litis Stadium

Metro Cup – 10.00am Joondalup City v North Perth United

Masters Cup – 12.15pm Spearwood Dalmatinac v Joondalup United

Reserves Cup – 2.30pm Wembley Downs v North Perth United

Amateur Cup – Kwinana United v North Perth United