Battle for glory

CUP FINAL: Captains Dale Robinson (Wanderers) and Daniel Rhodes (Westland United) pose with the Bill Paterson Association Cup.

CUP FINAL: Captains Dale Robinson (Wanderers) and Daniel Rhodes (Westland United) pose with the Bill Paterson Association Cup.


Sunday, October 20, Jenkins Park - Wanderers vs Westlands United

A grade, 3pm kickoff. Reserves 12.30pm, kickoff

The two best teams this year, Wanderers and Westland United, will battle it out for this season's Bill Paterson Association Cup in what should be a cracking final.

After narrowly getting past Croatia in the semi final on penalties, Wanderers enter this final with a chance of completing a historic double treble if both the first team and reserves were to win.

The only other club to do this in the history of Whyalla soccer was Croatia back in 2002 which funnily enough current Wanderers coach Paterson was a part of.

Wanderers created a heap of chances in their last outing but poor finishing let them down, Westlands will not allow that many chances here so a big improvement is needed in that area.

Wanderers' second goal on that note was a gem with 20 plus passes put together before Ben Robinson finished it off, what a great team goal.

Heron and Aitkin missed last weeks semi final but should be available here while Association top scorer Joslyn is on the mend and should also take part.

Westlands also had a narrow victory in their semi final with a brilliant strike by Papoulis with only two minutes remaining seeing off a gallant Lions outfit.

Lions really made it hard for Westlands but the Red Devils made it count when it was needed and have plenty of experience and attacking options when going forward.

Rhodes opening goal in that game was top draw and will need to be closely watched by the Blues as he can be a match winner on his day.

Full back Baldwin and centre half Barr missed the semi last week and may come into the side although Ryan Darby had a solid game in their absence.

Wanderers took the top prize this year in the league championship but Westlands have had a pretty good year themselves and will be desperate to put some silverware in the cabinet.

Good luck to both teams.

Possible squads: Wanderers - Rowlands, Aitkin, B. Robinson, Shannon, Ratzlaf, Tulett, Heron, Mikic, D. Robinson, Arbon, Fellah, Joslyn, Willmott, Dawson, Marinkovic. Westlands - Gibbs, Jackson, Barr, Mitchell, Delgaccio, Darby, Baldwin, J. Holland, Rhodes, Payne, Papoulis, M. Robinson, S. Dunbar, D.Dunbar.

In the reserves cup final, Wanderers and Westlands will go head to head in the opener.

Wanderers took out this season league title undefeated and will go into this match as favourites although Westlands have given them some tough games this year.

Wanderers have a good mixture of youth and experience with Muir and Nielsen at the back while Willmott and Lawrence will be stars of the future.

Westlands also have the same type of squad with Anderson and Ernesti leading the side in experience with bustling forward Dave Dunbar a threat up front.

Get down early because I recon this will be a great opener.

Please note this game was due to be played on Saturday but has been changed to Sunday so the soccer community can pay their respects to Westlands and soccer stalwart Ricky Finnigan.

Condolences to the Finnigan family and Westland United.