Late goal lesson for Cockburn, says coach
FLOREAT Athena midfielder Jonathan Stynes struck deep into second-half stoppage time to defeat Cockburn City 1-0 in a dramatic Cool Ridge Cup Final at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday.
The clubs, who will represent WA in the Westfield FFA Cup, played out a cagey opening period before chances fell to both sides in the second half.
Cockburn had better opportunities until Stynes stepped up to become the hero at the death with a well-taken strike from inside the area.
Floreat coach Glen Grostate said he was satisfied to see his team rewarded for a strong couple of seasons.
“The boys deserve it for all the hard work they’ve put in on and off the training track,” he said.
“I think both sides worked out each other’s game plans early and I know we are the winners on the day, but it was a great performance from Cockburn to take us all the way.
“Last season we were flying, we ran out of steam, but now we have some more depth and things are starting to go our way. Melbourne City (in the FFA Cup on August 2) is going to be a fun day for the club, but we still want to finish in the top four... so our attention turns to Stirling next week.”
Despite the loss, Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he was proud of his team’s effort on the day and was looking forward to their FFA Cup tie with Melbourne Knights.
“We’ve got to a cup final quicker than we thought and as much as it sucks to lose it’s a learning experience,” he said.
“It’ll be a great to go over east and experience a proper away game, which most of the boys haven’t had a chance to do before.”