Mandurah March On

The crowd weren’t quite singing about going to Wembley but Mandurah City will be travelling up to Dorrien Gardens on Sunday to face Olympic Kingsway in the State League top four final.

Despite having to be without suspended player coach John Baird and guest player Leigh Griffiths being ineligible to play finals football, it was left to Alex Grayson to have one of his best games in some time to inspire Mandurah to their 4-2 win over Western Knights.

Mandurah started off the game on the front foot and it was no surprise they took the lead on 12 minutes with Joe O’Brien making the most of a goalkeeper mistake to score, but the Knights hit back immediately when a short corner was eventually played into the box and went directly into the net.

The game then became a midfield battle but just a couple of minutes before half time, Grayson got Mandurah’s second goal, again from a mistake from the keeper.

The Western Knights coach was obviously not impressed as at half time, the goalkeeper was substituted and it may have been an inspiring change as the Knights scored their second goal as Campbell run through and lobbed Mandurah keeper Brincat to make it 2-2.

Thoughts of extra time or penalties were starting to creep in before Byrne scored Mandurah’s third, before potentially Mandurah’s player of the year, Murray Mackintosh scored the decisive forth goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Western Knights tried to get back into the game before losing their shape and discipline as Abram’s was shown a second yellow Cardin the 89th minute which effectively killed off and faint hope of the visitors getting back into the game.

So onto Sundays final against league winners Olympic Kingsway at 3pm on Sunday afternoon at Dorrien Gardens, home of Perth Soccer Club.

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