Golden City, Spring Gully claim KO cups

THE giant-killing run in the Knockout Cup series by Golden City's and Spring Gully's soccer teams rolled in Sunday's division one and women's finals.

Seven clubs were represented across four finals on the Spring Gully pitches.

The skilful Golden City took on Eaglehawk in the men's division one final.

One of the youngest players in City's team, 16-year-old Goodwill Basha struck the first goal in the 20th minute.

The play was set up by Josh Claney's run from near the halfway mark into the 18-yard box and cross to Basha.

Oliver Leonard-Shannon, 14, showed a lot of pace and skill down the left wing.

Eaglehawk created several chances early in the second half. A superb strike by Simon Doherty was brilliantly saved by City keeper Jayden Abbott.

The Hawks threw their side around, but could not seize control through midfield.

City's newest recruit, Englishman Chris Hayden scored late to seal victory.

Best for City were Hayden, J. Leonard-Shannon and Basha. Eaglehawk's best were S. Eleveld, S. Christmas and D. Kelly.

Spring Gully took on Epsom in the women's final.

The Epsom Scorpions led 2-1 at half-time after Jacinta Steel struck twice.

Both attacks battled to capitalise in the early minutes of the second half.

Momentum swung after Spring Gully's Jade De Marchi struck in a goalmouth scramble.

The Reds did most of the attacking and scored two more goals for a 5-2 lead.

Epsom added another when Megan Williams was on the end of a pass from keeper and now midfielder Angelina Pahina.

Spring Gully 5 (J. De Marchi 2, G. Young, A. Shiels, M. Killick) d Epsom 3 (J. Steel 2, M. Williamson).

BEST - Spring Gully: A. Van Dalen, C. Lenaghan, J. Smith. Epsom: B. Trimboli, A. Pahina, C. Green.

Spring Gully scored a 2-0 victory in the division two final after Matt Goss and Luke Tempest beat Colts United's defence.

The youth play-off ended in a 5-4 victory for Strathdale against Swan Hill. The Swans led 4-2 in the 65th minute, but the Ben Drechsler-led Blues fought back.  

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