Late goal a lesson for Cockburn
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.