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Leeming Strikers celebrate their 2019 Belt Up Amateur Night Series final win over Quinns. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

Strikers retain Amateur Night Series crown

Report by Peter Simcox

Leeming Strikers retained their Amateur Night Series crown with a 4-2 win against Quinns FC in Sunday evening’s final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium.

Player-coach David Palin gave Leeming the lead early, only for Liam Hunt to level for Quinns.

Michael Maratea restored Leeming’s advantage before the break and Palin added his second early in the second half.

Quinns weren’t going down with out a fight and Wayne Carter reduced the deficit just before the hour, but Paulo Coelho’s long-range stunner put the icing on the cake for the Strikers.

There was a minute’s silence prior to kick off as mark of respect for Quinns coach Darren Kay’s wife Fleur, who passed away during the night.

On the pitch it was a perfect start for Leeming and they were ahead on five minutes. Scott McDowell’s cross found Palin, who finished expertly from the edge of the box.

Leeming were dominating early and Quinns keeper Robert Kelly had to be alert to tip over Michael Maratea’s volley, before Palin hit the base of the post after good work from Aydan Evans.

But Quinns fought back and levelled on 27 minutes. Liam Hunt’s free kick caught Lemming keeper Greig Christie out on his near post, the ball squirming under the keeper’s body to equalise.

It was Quinns who were now on top and seven minutes later Carter picked out Andrew Pandeli’s who shot on the run flashed inches wide of the target.

Leeming ended the half the better and two minutes before the break they restored their lead when Palin’s deep corner to the back post was headed home powerfully by Maratea.

Quinns went close to levelling just after the break, but Mark Hynes couldn’t keep his volley down. However on 55 minutes it was Leeming who added a third. Ben Greaves’ cross from the left found Palin, who made no mistake volleying home from close range.

Four minutes later Quinns found themselves a lifeline when second half substitute McManus was brought down by keeper Christie and referee Alex Best pointed straight to the spot. Carter stepped to score from the resulting penalty despite Best going the right way.

It was game on with both sides pushing forward, and Leeming thought they had a fourth on the hour but Danny McKenzie’s celebrations were cut short with the flag up for offside.

Leeming did regain their two-goal advantage on 68 minutes, however, and what a goal it was as Coelho’s long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net giving Kelly no chance.

Late on Quinns keeper Kelly produced a stunning reaction save to deny Maratea.

But at the final whistle it was Leeming celebrating successive Amateur Night Series wins.

Amateur Night Series Final

Leeming Strikers 4 (Palin 5min, 55, Maratea 43, Coelho 68)
Quinns FC 2 (Hunt 27, Carter pen 59)

Sunday March 31, 2019
Kick off: 6:00pm
Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium, Inglewood
Referee: Alex Best

Leeming Strikers: GK Greig CHRISTIE, 2 Michael MARATEA, 3 Liam MONTGOMERY (9 Jay DOST 79), 6 Mackenzie BORGOYNE, 7 Ben GREAVES, 8 Danny McKENZIE, 12 Paulo COELHO (10 Jack HERMAN 85), 15 Matt BENNION, 16 Scott McDOWELL, 17 Aydan EVANS (11 Lucas PICKERING 71), 19 David PALIN
Substitutes not used: 18 Brian GAFFNEY, 23 Josh BLACKMAN
Yellow cards: Montgomery 70
Red cards: Nil

Quinns FC: GK Robert KELLY, 2 Andrew PANDELI (10 Liam McMANUS 46), 3 Kevin WESTNEAT, 4 Tom ASHWORTH, 5 Craig TAYLOR, 6 Lee BARLOW (15 Michael MASON 46), 7 Ross KIRRAGE, 8 Mark SADOR KOLTS, 9 Liam HUNT, 11 Mark HYNES (12 Aaron TAYLOR 77), 14 Wayne CARTER
Substitutes not used: 16 Will OLDFIELD, 71 Luke WESTNEAT
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil