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Belt Up Amateur Reserves Cup Final: Hughes the hero

Football West News

North Beach Soccer Club completed a successful season by winning the 2019 Belt Up Amateur Reserves Cup Final.

North Beach, who also won the Belt-Up Amateur Division Two title, recorded a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory against Wembley Downs at Macedonia Park on Sunday afternoon following a tough 0-0 draw against their Premier Division opponents.

Keeper Jackson Hughes was the hero in the shoot-out, saving the final penalty to seal the win.

North Beach coach Mick Frost said: “It was a great result for us today and we’ve got a great bunch of young lads who have worked really hard this year, so full credit to them, I’m really proud of them,” he said.

“They (Wembley) came at us late, but we stuck to the game plan and got the result and it’s the icing on the cake after winning the league.”

Both sides had early chances in this one. First North Beach’s Callum Parker’s long-range shot was saved at the second attempt by Tom Livingstone, before Diarmaid Ryng’s shot whistled over the top at the other end.

Wembley went close again when Gary McCarthy raced down the right and cut inside the penalty area. His shot was turned towards goal by North Beach defender Finn McMahon, but Hughes reacted well to make a vital save.

It was a real arm wrestle and the hot weather was taking its toll on the players, but Jason Doherty was leading the line well for North Beach, while James Mackie was doing likewise for Wembley.

It was Wembley out of the blocks early after the break and after some neat build-up play Ryng’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was well saved by Hughes.

Wembley were now well on top and created a number of chances. First McCarthy’s cross was headed wide by Ryng, before Nicholas Riveros’ long-range shot flashed wide of the target.

Then in stoppage time Wembley almost won it. A long clearance was flicked on by Dave Mohan and Darragh Wright was in on goal, but his shot flew inches wide of the target.

That meant penalties and the first 10 were successful scored, which meant sudden death. Alec Etheridge scored North Perth’s sixth, but Hughes managed to save Nick Richards’ spot kick to win the cup for North Beach.

“A fantastic day for the club, but going into the shoot-out I was a little worried. But the lads stepped up and scored them all to see us home,” North Beach keeper Hughes said.

“I managed to something on the last penalty to save it, and I got a hand to another in the shoot-out but couldn’t keep it out, but happy to do my part in the club’s success.”

Star player: Jackson Hughes (North Beach)

North Beach 0
Wembley Downs 0
North Beach win 6-5 on penalties

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Macedonia Park
Kick-off: 4.00pm
Referee: Stewart Beatie
Assistant referees: Albert Muyembe, Henry Bradley
Fourth Official: Liviu Katona

North Beach SC: GK Jackson HUGHES, 14 Jason DOHERTY, 15 Kane GRAVES, 17 Darrell GIBNEY, 19 James PAYNTER, 20 Alec ETHERIDGE, 21 Marko VIDOVIC, 22 Ali WESTWOOD, 23 Jordan FUTTER, 24 Dennis PERRIE, 25 Arron ROBERTS, 26 Tom VINCENT, 27 Callum PARKER, 28 Finn MCMAHON, 29 Billy SIMMONDS, 31 Ben SMITH

Wembley Downs: GK Tom LIVINGSTONE, 8 Gary McCARTHY, 9 Zack KILLORAN, 12 Dylan MOORE, 14 James BOWLAND, 16 Karl FISHER, 17 Nicholas RIVEROS, 28 Darragh WRIGHT, 30 Danny D’AVOINE, 34 Dave MOHAN, 35 Daragh LINDSAY, 40 Anton MITTRA, 46 Diarmaid RYNG, 48 James MACKIE, 51 Nick RICHARDS, 99 Ben NOBLE