Mandurah City booked their final spot for this Saturday nights Night series cup final with a 2-1 win over Subiaco on Wednesday night.
In a tight first half, there was not much goal mouth action and the only highlight of the half was when Joe O’Brian was clearly fouled on the edge of the box but the referee just waved play on. Joe was obviously a little frustrated with the referee’s decision and reminded him of the laws of the game, which the referee objected to and gave him a yellow card.
The second half started on a more positive note. The Dolphins came out for the second half and started to attack more. Subiaco were not offering anything in defence and it was only a matter a time before a Mandurah player was fouled in the area and a penalty awarded. John Baird stepped up and calmly slotted the ball home.
This should have made Subiaco come out and attack more, but they really didn’t offer anything that was going to trouble the Mandurah keeper and it was not surprise that the Dolphins doubled their lead with a well worked goal, which started in their left back position and ended up with Baird getting his second of the game with a wonderful finish.
In trying to now see the game out, a rare Subiaco attack lead to a corner and they scored from it with just five minutes remaining. Everyone in the crowd thought this would lead to a thrilling last minutes along with the five additional minutes the referee played but it was Mandurah who continued to dominate the game.
Jubilent celebrations occurred when the final whistle was blown and the good number of travelling support celebrated with the team for some time.
After the game, joint coach Kris Donnell said “I am ecstatic for the boys over the period of games they have deserved to get to the final and we are looking forward to a great day now on Saturday. First half I thought we took a while to get into a rhythm but the second half was a different game. We started taking more risks playing forward and it paid off”
The Dolphins will now play Kingsley in the final, being played at Sirling’s ground on Saturday 27th March with a 7.15pm kick.
John Baird scoring Mandurah first goal from the penalty spot