Margaret River thrill with 4-0 victory
Football Margaret River claimed their first trophy since 2013 at the weekend, taking out the SWSA division 1 cup final 4-0.
After missing out on the league title on the final day of the regular season, Football Margaret River travelled to Australind on Sunday to take on Hay Park United.
A full squad made the journey with the exception of key member Patrick Becker, who was saving turtles in Queensland.
The match started with both teams playing tentatively with the fear of losing the opening goal, but the hard working midfield trio of Tom Collins, Juan Manuel Jardel and Sam Leigh were beginning to find some space.
The three created changes for forwards Danny O’Grady and Guilherme Gomes, with both players coming close to scoring on numerous occasions.
It wasn’t until the 30th minute that a breakthough happened.
Donnie Longmore found some space on the left wing and played in Gomes, who chipped the ball over the Hay Park goalkeeper to open the scoring.
Hay Park were dangerous on the break and their two speedy attackers were causing some problems for the FMR backline.
If it wasn’t for some astute defending by Josiah Allington, Jayden Stammers-Russell and Volitare Takahashi, the game could have turned in favour of the Bunbury club.
Just before half time, FMR scored again when a fantastic pass from Alex Bayley from his own half found Gordon Becker leaping in the air to send his header over the keeper’s head, taking FMR into the sheds at half time with two goals.
Hay Park came out after halftime looking to score.
The defence were playing out of their skin, with tackles flying in from Allington, StammersRussell, Takahashi and Jardel to keep Hay Park at bay. It seemed FMR could feel this was going to be their day, but with the nerves of the first half gone they started to play some really good football, with left winger Ben Cawley running the Hay Park defence ragged with his silky play, and speedster Becker on the right wing showing why he is the most feared player in the league.
Becker got his second goal and FMR’s third when O’Grady set him up with 25 minutes remaining.
A fantastic team performance was capped off when a training ground set play resulted in a goal.
Cawley’s corner was whipped into the box with three players dragging defenders out of space and Leigh ghosting into the space to fire his header into the back of the net.
The score sat at 4-0 with 10 minutes to play and FMR played out the rest of the game with some fine passing and attitude.
Becker was awarded the Ivan Garic award for best on ground and captain Tom Collins lifted the trophy in front of the supporters who had made the trip up to watch the game.
It was a great game to end a great season.