League champion Perth SC booked their place in the final of The West Australian Top Four Cup with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over Inglewood United at Dorrien Gardens.
Perth into Top Four Cup final
Perth skipper Clark Keltie had given his side the lead but the major semi-final was sent to extra-time when Brian Woodall scored a late equaliser.
Inglewood’s hopes of gaining revenge on Perth, who had beaten them to the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues WA title on the last day of the season, were snuffed out on penalties after neither side could add to the score in extra-time.
Perth coach Ramon Falzon was pleased that his side had progressed after a difficult match.
“We were awake today,” he said. “I thought our first half was really good but we should have scored more.
“Second half started well but Inglewood started putting pressure, which serves as a lesson. When we have the opportunities to finish off the game we must take the game to a 2-0 lead.
“In extra time from our side it was just defend, keep the result, get to penalties.”
Inglewood will get a second chance to reach the final when they take on ECU Joondalup in a Preliminary Final at Inglewood Stadium on Wednesday after the northern suburbs club won a thrilling minor semi-final against Floreat Athena, 5-4.
Joondalup trailed Athena 2-0 to goals from Jonathan Stynes and Cameron Yorke at half-time but had pulled it back to 3-3 after 90 minutes before Daryl Nicol grabbed an extra-time winner.
Paddy Doyle, Rikki Smith, Shane Pickering and Michael McDougall had also been on target for ECU, while Lewis McMahon and Stynes’ second goal of the day completed the scoring for Floreat.
The winner of Wednesday’s Preliminary Final will take on Perth SC in the final on Saturday, September 10.
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