Late goal a les­son for Cock­burn

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

COCK­BURN City’s quest to add some sil­ver to their tro­phy cab­i­net ended in heartache on Satur­day with a 1-0 loss to Floreat Athena in the Cool Ridge Cup fi­nal.

It was a tight arm wres­tle be­tween WA’s two FFA Cup fi­nal­ists for 93 min­utes and the game looked like go­ing into ex­tra time be­fore a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion from Cock­burn’s de­fend­ers gave Jonathan Stynes the late goal for Floreat Athena.

Cock­burn coach Scott Miller said he was proud of the team’s ef­forts and now looked for­ward to the FFA Cup game against the Mel­bourne Knights on Au­gust 10.

“We’ve got to a cup fi­nal

SWIM­MING SUP­PORTED BY OR­ANGE AUTOS quicker than we thought and as much as it sucks to lose it’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“The boys played re­ally well, put in a great shift to­day and it was a great strike at the end of the day as much as it hurts.

“It’ll be great to go over east and ex­pe­ri­ence a proper away game, which most of the boys haven’t had a chance to do be­fore, so we’ll go and en­joy that.”

It was a more suc­cess­ful day out for Cock­burn’s U18s, win­ning their fi­nal against In­gle­wood United 2-0.

Score­less at half­time, Cock­burn’s fu­ture stars came out fir­ing in the sec­ond half with Kris­tian San­tich find­ing the back of the net in the 48th minute be­fore Ryan Pratt sealed the deal in the 73rd.

Coach John Loreto said it was the team’s ef­fort and work rate that got them over the line.

“I’m re­ally proud of all the boys, mak­ing it through all the rounds and win­ning the cup is bril­liant,” he said.

“It could have gone ei­ther way in the be­gin­ning, both keep­ers did well from both sides and our keeper pulled off three good saves which kept us in the game.

“Af­ter that, we cap­i­talised in the mid­dle of the park and started knock­ing the ball about and found our for­wards and they fin­ished off the game for us.”

Cock­burn City’s U18s cel­e­brate a win in the U18 Cup Fi­nal.

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