Congratulations to State League side Mandurah City, who won the Football West State League Night Series final on Saturday night, beating Fremantle City 6-5 on penalties in a very highly entertaining match. Credit is due to Fremantle for their part in this game, which will show everyone that the State League season will be a very exciting one this year.
Mandurah opened the scoring in the first half through Robbie Galvin and then went 2-0 up on the hour mark when Shaun Mukwevho doubled the lead. The old saying that 2-0 is a dangerous lead came true as Fremantle scored 3 times in the next 10 minutes and must have thought they had done enough to win the game, but in the 6th minute in stoppage time, substitute Sam Byrne score a very early goal of the season contender to level the scores and send the match straight to penalties.
With both teams scoring their first 5 penalties, it came down to sudden death. Mukwevho made it 6-5 and the Fremantle player, knowing he had to score to keep the game going, put his penalty over the bar and gave Mandurah the win.
On Sunday, the Womens League Night Series continued with the 2nd round matches. This week was the local derby between Port Kennedy and Mandurah City and it was the ‘home’ side who came out victorious, winning 4-0.
The Men’s Amateur Night Series was also on Sunday. Port Kennedy beat Kwinana United 1-0 while Peel United beat South West Phoenix 2-0. These results now set up a show down in a couple of weeks’ time, when Peel play Port Kennedy. Peel will need a win to progress to the semi-finals, while Port Kennedy only need a point.