Extra time determines Port Lincoln soccer cup final

CHAMPIONS: The 2021 cup champions Lincoln Knights. Pictured are (back): Peter Wale, Kaleb Oestmann, Marcus Vivian, Sven Ditrich, Bradley Harkness (vice captain), Jo Jeffrey (team manager), Ryan Black (coach), Henry Price, Dan Harders; (front): Ethan Franklin, Charlie Price, Will Franklin, Francis Ramoni, Luke Frears (captain), Meekson Hagaria, Luke Hennell and Ricko Kendra. Photo: supplied
CHAMPIONS: The 2021 cup champions Lincoln Knights. Pictured are (back): Peter Wale, Kaleb Oestmann, Marcus Vivian, Sven Ditrich, Bradley Harkness (vice captain), Jo Jeffrey (team manager), Ryan Black (coach), Henry Price, Dan Harders; (front): Ethan Franklin, Charlie Price, Will Franklin, Francis Ramoni, Luke Frears (captain), Meekson Hagaria, Luke Hennell and Ricko Kendra. Photo: supplied

PORT LINCOLN SOCCER

Lincoln Knights def South Coast 4-1 (AET)

The Port Lincoln Soccer Association cup final was played out between Lincoln Knights and South Coast.

This was a rematch of the previous season's cup final, with South Coast being the team that lifted the cup on that occasion.

Knights were the form side through out the cup rounds but it was South Coast who started off the final looking more dangerous.

Knights seemed to be panicking on the ball and their passing game was not as fluent as it has been in recent weeks.

New South Coast recruit Benbolt was causing problems for the Knights defence with his electrifying speed down the right wing, but the Coasters were not able to capitalize on their attacking play when they broke forward.

As the half went on Knights started to control possession more which helped them create more chances on goal but the South Coast defence held firm with the experienced central partnership of Hess and Thompson dealing with most attacks.

Any they could not deal with goal keeper Secker had an answer for.The first half was a solid affair and it ended nil-all after 45 minutes.

The second half was like the first, both teams playing well but neither really finding the upper hand.South Coast created some great chances through Duns and Ingerson but neither could find the net and put the Reds in front.

The last half hour Knights started to get on top in the midfield through Kendra and Frears as South Coast looked to tire and pick up an injury or two.

They got forward a few times through Ramoni, Meekson and Price but the ball would not go in. Both sides battled hard to find the break through but it was nil-all after 90.

So extra time was needed to find a result. Both sides pushed as hard as they could during extra time but the goals did not come until the second half of extra time.

The opener came after 105 minutes of football when Charlie Price made an aggressive run down the right wing, he crossed in and found Meekson who calmly found the back of the net.

Only moments after the restart it was the league's top goal scorer Price again causing havoc, this time he got through and drilled a shot home to make it 2-0.

The Knights looked home until Kane Ingerson tried to ruin the party, he drove through and put one past Knights keeper Henry Price to keep South Coast chances alive.

However youngster Charlie Price stepped up again and scored one of the goals of the season curling his shot up and over the keeper into the far post to give Knights back their two goal lead.

With only a minute to go Meekson slotted his second to give the Knights a 4-1 win in the final. The game did not deserve to be decided by a three-goal margin with South Coast playing brilliantly for majority of the game.

An absolute cracker of a final game to end the season with.best on ground in the final with his two late goals and an assist was Charlie Price.

OTHER CUP FINAL RESULTS

UNDER 16 - Lincoln City Raiders def Sekol Masters 4-1

Goals: Lincoln City Raiders: Dru Stott 3, OG 1; Sekol Masters: Sam Lydeamore 1.

Best: Dru Stott, Brandon Pettitt, Sam Lydeamore

UNDER 12 - Sekol Masters def Lincoln City Raiders 3-2 (AET)

Goals: Sekol Masters: Harry Butterworth 3; Lincoln City Raiders: Isaiah Spinks 2.

Best: Harry Butterworth, Isaiah Spinks, Taige Thomson

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