Round 18 – Premier League Roundup


BRAHMA Lodge has clinched their first Premier Division Championship in style with a 6-0 win over Parafield Gardens at Cockburn Green.
Lodge, who won the division 2 title in 2015, knew that a win would secure an historic inaugural title but Gardens provided an early scare when a Louis Brain cross was headed just wide by Paul Whitney.
The home side soon settled the nerves when a speculative shot from Phid Coumi on nine minutes eluded a crowded box before finding its way into the net.
The lead was doubled on 20 minutes when Anthony Stam failed to clear a Chad Bugeja cross and when the ball fell to Michael Mullen he headed the ball into the vacant net.
The game and Championship was all but sealed on 31 minutes when a Jay Crescenzi cross was met strongly by Robbie Macdonald who buried his header to make it 3-0.
It was more of the same in the 2nd half with Crescenzi again providing an assist when he passed to Mullen who coolly slotted the ball home on 49 minutes.
On the hour Macdonald grabbed his 2nd with a rifle shot from 25 yards and with 10 minutes remaining Macdonald turned provider with a square ball to Johnny Velasquez who slid the ball home.
Coach Ryan Mogg paid tribute to his squad “We were favourites going into the season and the Downs didn’t let up all year but the who squad of 16 to 17 players all played their part.” On securing the clubs first Premier division title “It’s a really surreal feeling at the club tonight, we will enjoy the night and then look forward to meeting Gardens in the Cup semi next week.”
A 2nd half brace from Scott Lindsay has helped Elizabeth Downs to a 3-1 victory over rival Elizabeth Vale at Argana Park.
The Maroons came into the game looking for a 7th consecutive win in the league and on 13 minutes they were in front when a Braiden Gundlach cross was well finished by Matt Watson.
The visiting Vale support had something to cheer right on the half time whistle when Chris Nicholls headed home a Tim Crawford corner to make it 1-1 at the break.
On 50 minutes the Downs regained the lead when Ben De Bono dummied a ball leaving Scott Lindsay a tap in from close range and Lindsay sealed the game on 75 minutes with a 20 yard screamer to the delight of the Downs army.
Despite winning 15 games for the season the Maroons have had to settle for a runners up finish behind league Champions Brahma Lodge. Downs coach Alan Mottram “We are disappointed but at the end of the day we lost twice to Brahma so congratulations to them. Leagues are hard to win so they deserve to enjoy themselves tonight.”
TWO late Jason Trimboli goals have helped Salisbury Florina secure a point with a 3-3 draw against Tea Tree Gully at Tilley Reserve.
Brad Boocock gave Florina the lead on 10 minutes with a curling shot passed the out coming Gully keeper.
The relegated Gully lifted and looked like securing their 2nd win off the season when they led 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining but Trimboli showed his predatory skills to slot two close range goals which saw both teams take a point from the game.
Florina coach Jeff McCormack “It’s been a great season for us. We learnt from the last time when we came up and went straight down so we are really pleased.”
A KAHMEN Grieg strike with three minutes remaining has helped Elizabeth Grove to a 2-2 draw with Salisbury Inter at Dauntsey Road.
Inter opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Ryan Kaftan played in Marcus Marchioro who finished coolly.
After the break the Peckers drew level via a Jarred Foster header but within a minute Inter regained the lead when a fine Russell Deeley cross was headed home by Chesk Mandi.
The Grove, embarrassed 9-0 by Inter in round 9, left it late with a fine Kahmen Grieg free kick to secure a point.
Inter coach Steve Cook “The boys have done everything asked of them this season but I feel we have underachieved in the league.” Grove coach Shane Golder “It’s been a real topsy turvy disappointing season for us.”
INGLE Farm has finished their season with a 1-0 win over the relegated West Beach at Walkleys Park.
Farm Champions in 2015 have struggled to reach the heights of 2015 but have still had a steady season finishing 3rd.
While West Beach fought hard all day a goal on 10 minutes proved enough for Farm.
West Beach coach Bud Hilton “It looked like it was going to be a long day but the boys dug in and played well. We look forward to next season.”

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