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Fremantle City lift the Belt Up Metro Cup. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Belt Up Metro Cup Final: Burns fires Fremantle winner

Report by Samuel Hays

Fremantle City had to come from behind to defeat Joondalup City 3-2 in the Belt Up Metro Cup Final at Macedonia Park on Sunday.

It was a north vs south battle with both teams playing in their respective premier competitions and this result ssaw Fremantle complete a league and cup double.

Joondalup took the lead after seven minutes when a pinpoint cross from Stephen Connolly found the head of Roshann Frederic, who left Fremantle keeper Oisin Blaney with no chance.

But Fremantle responded well and were on level terms when Joe Williams did just enough to get the ball over the line.

And the goal lifted Fremantle as they took the lead in the 23rd minute and again through Williams. He was played through and although his initial effort was saved by Joondalup keeper Rory Lister, the follow up trickled over the line.

Fremantle had some breathing space just before the break after Riley Burns made a great run down the wing before finding a finish to match

Joondalup almost pulled one back soon after the interval but Frederic’s shot came off the post and into the grateful arms of Blaney.

But two minutes later Frederic netted when his powerful free-kick beat keeper Blaney, who didn’t have a clear sight of the ball.

Gavin Brady should have levelled with 20 minutes to play but he couldn’t find the target before Craig Highet went close with a great header but Blaney was equal to it as pulled off a great low save.

Star player: Joe Williams (Fremantle City)

Joondalup City (Frederic 7min 50)
Fremantle City (Williams 18 23, Burns 39)

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Macedonia Park
Kick-off: 9am
Referee: Mark McKane
Assistant referees: Niall Gillmor, Sam Decarovic
Fourth official: B Soh

Joondalup City: 1. Rory Lister, 2. Noor Ahmadi, 3. Jacob Di Bartolomeo, 4. Craig Highet, 5. Bryan Neal, 6. Stephen Connolly, 8. Joseph Woodin, 9. Roshann Frederic, 10. Jordan Wydes, 11. Rhys Booth, 12. Nicholas King, 13. Gavin Brady, 14. Jack Clarke O’Reilly, 15. Joe Armitage, 16. Liam Wales, 17. Wayne Culverwell
Yellow cards: Di Bartolomeo 64

Fremantle City: 5. Kade Bassett, 15. Dan Barker, 10. Declan Creighan, 7. Marc O’Connor, 6. Ross Moncrieff, 2. Jack Beech, 1. Oisin Blaney, 18. Joe Williams, 16. Ben Vallance, 8. Alex Isaia, 9. Daniel Scott, 4. Ashley Green, 11. Riley Burns, 12. Christopher Abraham