Late goal les­son for Cock­burn, says coach

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Inside & Out -

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.”

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