Rosinski spot on for Bunbury

George Goodwin and Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Bunbury United celebrate their gripping penalty shootout victory over Dalyellup Rangers in Sunday's SWSA premier men's cup final.
Camera IconBunbury United celebrate their gripping penalty shootout victory over Dalyellup Rangers in Sunday's SWSA premier men's cup final. Credit: Justin Fris

Bunbury United secured the 2018 South West Soccer Association premier men’s cup final after defeating Dalyellup Rangers 7-6 on penalties on Sunday at Dalyellup.

United’s gripping victory continued one of the most remarkable anecdotes in the South West’s rich sporting history, with the Reds winning three of a possible four trophies this season.

Sunday’s victory marked United’s 23rd cup final victory from 23 attempts — a staggering record.

Although the tense finish was a far cry from the opening 90 minutes.

Both sides appeared content with a cagey opening stanza, with a lack of polish in the final third resulting in several fizzled out attacks at either end.

Max Ababio started brightly for the hosts, showing tremendous pace down the flanks and engineering plenty of promising attacks for his side.

His seventh-minute chance caught the United defence napping and appeared destined for goal, however it was hastily whisked into touch by Ryan Risdon.

Tempers flared momentarily in the middle of the field as United’s Graeme Millington was booked for a hard challenge and after some follow-up tackles by each team, the heat died down.

The visitors took a while to find their rhythm, with striker Bob Hoveling the only United forward looking a genuine goalmouth threat at times.

Proceedings livened up in the second half, with United gradually getting on top and creating a host of chances.

But for all their endeavour, they were unable to land a hammer blow in normal time and Rangers appeared to grow in confidence the longer the match wore on.

However in the shootout, United keeper Blaze Rosinski made the result his own.

After United missed their opening spot-kick, Rosinski dived to his left to deny Cameron Baker – and even scored from the spot himself moments later.

Trailing 7-6 in the shootout, Matt Evans’ effort cannoned into the upright and out of play, much to the delight of the heavy United contingent of fans.

In other South West Soccer Association final grades, Hay Park defeated Busselton 3-0 in the women’s, along with a 3-1 men’s reserves win over Bunbury United.

Blackwood took care of Collie 3-2 in men’s Division one, Margaret River defeated Blackwood 1-0 in the Masters league while Dynamos held off Harvey in division two.

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