A brace from Hillarys FC striker Thomas Turner gave them a 2-0 win against Sorrento Vikings in the 2018 Belt Up Metropolitan Cup Final at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium on Sunday morning.
It could have been more on the day, but Vikings keeper Brad Smith saved two Ciaran Judge penalties.
However Hillary’s coach Ian Greg was content with a well-deserved first cup win for the club in the spring sunshine.
“I thought overall we were the better team. It could have been more, but their keeper made two penalty saves,” he said.
“The goals today were fabulous finishes and Thomas has done that all season for us.
“But we are delighted. We’ve only been in the league a couple of years and this is our first cup, so it’s onwards and upwards for us.”
Vikings coach Scott Taylor agreed the better team won.
“It wasn’t our day today. The lads put everything into the game but the best team won on the day,” he said.
“The weather took its toll today but we did have a few half chances, but they created more and were worthy winners today.”
Hillary’s made a flying start and they were ahead on four minutes … and what a goal it was.
Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo
There looked little danger when Turner received the ball, but his stunning long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net giving Vikings keeper Brad Smith no chance.
Hillarys should have doubled their lead five minutes later when referee Robert Newbury pointed to the spot for a foul in the box, but Judge’s spot kick was well saved by Smith and the keeper did even better to push away the rebound.
Sorrento started to get into the game and Andrew Roland’s volley from the edge of the box whistled just wide before Wayne Guest’s shot was saved low by Ryan Stocks.
Hillarys looked dangerous going forward with the hard-working Nick Banks a constant threat, and he went close to adding second on 20 minutes but his shot on the run was tipped around the post by Smith. Then from the corner Philip Bridle’s header was cleared off the line.
But Hillarys’ pressure was rewarded with a second on the half hour.
A long throw by Bridle into the box wasn’t dealt with and Turner’s spectacular overhead kick flew past Smith.
Sorrento pressed after the break and Darko Mikic shot was saved low by Stocks, before Guest’s shot flashed over the top.
But Hillarys, and Turner, almost added a third on the hour but the striker’s free kick was saved low by Smith, as the heat took its toll on the players with a number going down with cramp.
Still Sorrento pressed for a goal to get them back in the game and Harry Gent wriggled his way into the box moments later but his shot was saved low by Stocks.
Against the run of play Hillarys were awarded another penalty on 83 minutes when Jason McBride was brought down by Dillon Page.
Judge stepped up again and buried his spot kick, but his celebrations were cut short when the referee spotted some encroachment and made him retake it. His second spot kick was straight down the middle and saved easily by Smith.
To Sorrento’s credit they continued to push forward but they couldn’t find a consolation goal and it was Hillarys taking out the Belt Up Metropolitan Cup Final derby.
Hillarys FC 2 (Turner 4min, 32)
Sunday September 23
Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium
Referee: Robert Newbury
Assistant referees: Byungwook Son, Bradley Forbes
Fourth official: John Westmerland
Sorrento Vikings: GK Brad SMITH, 23 Wayne GUEST, 24 Harry GENT, 25 James YOUNG, 26 Bailee YEOMANS, 27 Wancharlem VICHA, 28 Dale BLOOR, 29 Dillon PAGE, 30 Andrew ROLANDS, 31 Remo VENDITTI, 32 Matt THOMAS, 33 John HAYDON, 34 Dane RADLEY, 35 James GREATHEAD, 36 Darko MIKIC, 61 Scott DUFFY
Yellow card: Young 10’
Red cards: Nil
Hillarys FC: GK Ryan STOCKS, 2 Jason MCBRIDE, 3 Thomas PETTAN, 4 Declan BYRNE, 5 Mark HUGHES, 8 Anthony NOLAN, 9 Daniel NUGANT, 10 Nick BANKS, 12 Chris CRAIG, 14 Thomas TURNER, 15 Aiden HOGAN, 16 Ciaran JUDGE, 17 Philp BRIDLE, 18 Yannick KARECH, 19 Christopher BROOKER, 61 Eoin MURPHY
Yellow cards: Judge 40’, Brooker 68’
Red cards: Nil