New Subiaco signing Albert Iuwi scored the only goal in Saturday’s NPLWA Night Series semi-final win over Cockburn City to secure his side’s place in their first final.
The former Gosnells City winger was too quick for the opposition, scoring nine minutes before half-time at Dalmatinac Park.
Having only entered the top-tier of WA football in 2014, Subiaco will play in a Night Series final for the first time when they take on Floreat Athena at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Saturday night.
Iuwi credited the win to a mix of youth and experience in Subiaco’s squad.
“It was a tough game and we defended well as a team but I’m happy to score the winner and send us to the final,” he said.
“I kept my composure like the coach has told me to and scored. We’re all looking forward to the final next week.”
Player-coach Ian McMurray is focused on turning his team’s attention to the final.
“I told the players before the Night Series started I wanted a good run and the boys have got us to the finals so I couldn’t have for asked for more,” he said.
“We’ll set up for the final now and give it our best shot.”
In the other semi-final, Floreat Athena keeper Jason Saldaris was the hero for his side as they beat Perth SC 3-1 on penalties.
The game ended 1-1 after Richard Howles gave Perth the lead and Floreat’s Carlo Coelho levelled. Saldaris then saved three penalties in the shoot-out to send Floreat to their 11th Night Series Final.
The keeper was confident ahead of each penalty and was pleased to play his role in the win.
“It was a tough game but we showed a great deal of character in the second half and we’re developing as a squad,” he said.
“We move on to the final and Subiaco will be no pushovers. They are in the final for a reason and we need to be ready for the challenge.”
Floreat coach Howard Tweats was impressed with his side’s defensive performance.
“Our last two games have been run away wins, so it was good to see us be so resilient tonight and earn our place in the final,” he said.
“Subiaco have also earned their place. It may be a pre-season competition but there is a reward at the end of it and I’m sure Ian will have his side ready for us.”
The NPLWA Night Series final will kick off at 7pm on Saturday.