Bill Turner Cup Final – the report

September 8, 2011

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Westfields Sports High have won the 2011 and 33rd Bill Turner Cup.

Westfield Sports High School retained their 2010 title with a hard fought win over 1994 champions Patrician Brothers, Blacktown, who were competing in the final for only the second time.
Blacktown were by far the more impressive team in the first half and had the usually strong Westfield defence under pressure. As early as the sixth minute they caused confusion when a corner kick was brilliantly headed by tall striker Natnaeil Koko straight at goalkeeper Jayden Diacono.

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Final: Westfields Sports 3 (Amadou Keita 50m, Jordan Nadalin 58M, Aaron D’Mello 60+m) bt Patrician Brothers Blacktown 1 (Natnoeil Koko 14m).

Third place play-off: Cavendish Road 2 (Aleksa Krkeljas 43m, Aaron Tucker 57m) bt Marian Catholic College 0.

Star Player Award: Damon Mazzarolo – Marian Catholic College, Griffith

Hear what Westfields coach Trevor Morgan had to say after the match.Trevor Morgan

Match report by Ray Sandell.

Westfield Sports High School retained their title with a hard fought win over 1994 champions Patrician Brothers, Blacktown, who were competing in the final for only the second time.
Blacktown were by far the more impressive team in the first half and had the usually strong Westfield defence under pressure. As early as the sixth minute they caused confusion when a corner kick was brilliantly headed by tall striker Natnaeil Koko straight at goalkeeper Jayden Diacono.
Blacktown continued their onslaught and on a number of occasions Diacono was forced to make telling saves from the opposition attack.
It was no surprise when, in the 14th minute, Blacktown scored. Joshua Currie picked up a loose ball on the goal line and cooly chipped in to the Westfield goalmouth for Koko to jump high to head the ball into the net.
Westfield were limited to a few attacks that were always cut out by a busy Blacktown defence and at half time the score was unaltered.
The second half commenced with an immediate change in the Westfield attitude and effort. They invaded the Blacktown goal, but the defence stayed strong and Blacktown were reluctant to give up the single goal advantage.
Blacktown’s efforts started to show and they became noticeably slower in their reactions. Westfield noticed this and “upped the ante” and the ball never seemed to leave the Blacktown half.
With ten minutes remaining, the ball was played into the Blacktown penalty area and pushed out, only to see a quickly advancing Amadour Kieta volley the ball into the top of the Blacktown net for the equaliser.
Blacktown never really recovered from this disappointment and it was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened.
With two minutes remaining, the ball came in to the Blacktown goal mouth from the right hand side. Diacono came out to gather but was beaten by a lightning quick Jordan Nadalin who side footed the ball past him for Westfield’s second goal.
Two minutes later the result was confirmed when Evan Patramanis fired a vicious shot from 15 metres that left Diacono clutching thin air. 3-1!
The final whistle was blown, and Westfield had retained the championship, but not before Blacktown had given them one hell of a shock!
Well done to both teams for a hard fought and entertaining game that concluded a wonderful 2011 Bill Turner Cup season!

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