Mar­garet River thrill with 4-0 vic­tory

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Foot­ball Mar­garet River play­ers Don­nie Long­more and Sam Leigh with the premier­ship cup.

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.

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