COOL RIDGE CUP QUARTER FINALS

The quarter finals of the Football West Cool Ridge Cup (qualification for the Westfield FFA Cup) saw four games played over the weekend across Western Australia. Keep reading to find out who won, who lost and who caused a major upset!

The quarter finals of the Football West Cool Ridge Cup (qualification for the Westfield FFA Cup) saw four games played over the weekend across Western Australia. Keep reading to find out who won, who lost and who caused a major upset!

Subiaco 2 (Ian McMURRAY 8-, Jonas DORLING 75-) Cockburn City 1 (Alan CARROLL 81-) Saturday 10 May, 2014 WA Athletics Stadium Kick-off: 6:30pm Report by Kalon Harris

Subiaco coach Gerry McEwan said his side-s mentality after poor recent results is remarkable after beating heavy favourites Cockburn City 2-1 in the quarter-final round of the Cool Ridge Cup at the WA Athletics Stadium.

“We scored first for a start, which makes a difference,” he said.

“Then just as they change their tactics and throw a defender up, we score straight away because they were caught short at the back.

“Little things like that haven-t fallen in our favour.”

For just the second time this season the home side scored the first goal of a game and Ian McMurray was the man of the moment.

In the eighth minute McMurray rose above his marker and headed the ball back across Dejan Aleksic and into the corner of the goal after a deep, high cross.

Subiaco-s break came in the 75th minute when substitute Jonas Dorling had the penalty area to himself after a Jordan Rhodes pull-back found the winger and he coolly slotted past Aleksic followed by wild celebrations by the home side.

They were almost cut short by Alan Carroll who pulled one back for the visitors in the 81st minute, but the home side stood firm.

Cockburn City coach Marc Anthony said his side just weren-t good enough.

“It was a poor performance, really,” he said.

“We struggled to break them down and they defended really well...we probably didn-t deserve much in the end.”

Read the full SUBIACO VS COCKBURN match report HERE

ECU Joondalup 3 (Jake BENSON-COOPER 60-, Charlie COMYN-PLATT 92-, Tommy AMPHLETT 116-) Balcatta 1 (James SAMMUT 7-) Saturday 10th May, 2014 ECU Joondalup Football Stadium Kick-off: 2.30pm Report by Bianca Niederberger

ECU Joondalup have booked a place in the Coolridge Cup semi-finals with an emphatic 3-1 extra-time win over Balcatta on Saturday afternoon.

Benny Kouakou , Sammut and Gustavo Catarcione were switched on and eager in front of the Balcatta goal. After another threatening attempt was met with another brilliant save by keeper Andy Banks, the ball deflected to the feet of Sammut who was perfectly positioned and converted from close range.

ECU Joondalup struggled initially and were forced to push hard defensively and try to stitch something together to stay in the game. It wasn-t until the 60th minute that they did that and found the equalizer after Amphlett released to Dejan Spaseski and the loose ball was picked up by Benson-Cooper, who used his time and space to sneak one past Balcatta keeper Simon Madaschi.

The game then forced into extra time.

ECU Joondalup asserted themselves two minutes in, when Madaschi fumbled a save from a Jon Higgins free kick. Comyn-Platt was on hand to capitalize on the mistake with a tap-in.

Balcatta fought back as substitute Ben Meredith worked the ball through to Kouakou who loomed large once again for Ryan Townsend. He stepped around his man and shot but the angle was too great and the ball landed in the wrong side of the net.

ECU found their third when after a break away run saw Foster knock inside to Amphlett who volleyed from the edge of the box to finish in style and send his team into the final four.

Read the full ECU JOONDALUP VS BALCATTA match report HERE

Bayswater City 2 (Brian FARRELL 8-, David HEAGNEY 30-) Inglewood United 2 (Teeboy KAMARA 15-, David PERICH 45-) Saturday 10 May, 2014 Intiga Stadium, Inglewood Kick-off: 2.30pm Report by Tristan Lavalette

Bayswater City goalkeeper Devon Spence was the hero during a thrilling penalty shootout with Inglewood United in Cool Ridge Cup quarter-final action on Saturday afternoon.

After scores were level 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and then extra-time, Spence saved penalty kicks from Andrija Jukic and Scott Blackmore to stun Inglewood-s faithful at Intiga Stadium.

Trent Kay sent Bayswater into the semi-finals when he converted a penalty to seal his side-s 5-4 victory in the shootout.

All four goals were scored during a pulsating first half, with both teams showcasing an appetite for flair and attack.

In the eighth minute, Brian Farrell scored the game-s opening goal to put Bayswater ahead when he pounced on a deflection from an initial save from Inglewood goalkeeper Luke Martino.

Inglewood responded seven minutes later when Teeboy Kamara produced a scintillating strike from outside the penalty box.

The game continued at a fast and furious pace with Bayswater again nudging ahead when David Heagney found space on the break and promptly guided the ball past Martino and into the net.

Once again Inglewood would respond with David Perich producing the equaliser with a stinging volley rocketing past a flat-footed Martino.

Inglewood-s defence quelled the influence of Bayswater strikers Heagney and Steve Burton, who had minimal impact in the second half after a dominant start to the match.

Spence said a “team effort” propelled Bayswater to victory.

“Sometimes it is pot luck when you are goalkeeping in a penalty shootout,” he said.

“As a keeper you are either the villain or the hero and fortunately I made two good saves.”

Penalty shootout Bayswater City 5 (Brian FARRELL, David HEAGNEY, Jamie COYNE, Adrian CACERAS, Trent KAY) Inglewood United 4 (Matt DANSKIN, Abdul SESAY, Teeboy KAMARA, Ryan FRANCIS)

Read the full INGLEWOOD VS BAYSWATER CITY match report HERE

STIRLING LIONS 3 (David Micevski 69' Daniel Micevski 84' Salter 108') FLOREAT ATHENA 2 (Eames 8' Boi 40') (AFTER EXTRA TIME) Macedonia Park 2.30pm, Saturday 10th May, 2014. Report by Daryn McCleave

Stirling Lions belied their recent league form to storm back from a two-goal half-time deficit against Floreat Athena to force this Cool Ridge Cup quarter-final tie into extra-time, where Jack Salter popped up to complete the turn-around with the winner in the 108th minute.

The Lions' frailty in defence in the past few weeks looked like it was going to haunt them again once Jamie Eames and Ludo Boi had given Floreat Athena a well deserved 2-0 lead, but the Micevski brothers turned from villains in the first half to heroes in the second to keep their side's cup dreams alive.

The man-in-the-middle certainly did his best to keep a lid on things, brandishing seven yellow cards during the afternoon in a feisty encounter.

Athena certainly settled into the game a lot quicker, and duly took the lead in the eighth minute following a howler on the edge of his own penalty area by David Micevski, who hesitated on the ball and found himself dispossessed when Brian Gwatininga nipped in before playing in Jamie Eames who finished emphatically past Aleks Vrteski.

And the second goal they had deserved arrived in the 40th minute, when Ludo Boi's through ball for Pretorius had the home defence appealing in vain for a raised flag.

Vrteski came out quickly to capitalise on Pretorius' heavy touch, but could only look on as the ball fell invitingly for Boi to finish off what he had started by firing into the unguarded net.

Vrteski then pulled off a fingertip save to deny Wilson's shot, before the Lions had a glorious opportunity from the penalty spot to halve the arrears after a foul, but Dan Micevski's 12-yard effort was too close to the centre and Tom Dixon did well to block it away to safety.

And the Lions, who could have been staring at a three-goal margin, found another gear and started to boss the midfield.

It was David Micevski who began the recovery, atoning for his error that gifted the lead to Athena when he curled home past Dixon from around 30 yards in the 68th minute to lift the majority of the crowd inside Macedonia Park.

Athena were desperately looking to see the game out, and the equaliser typified that when two shots ricocheted inside the box, the second off the line by superb defending, but Dan Micevski was on hand to add the final touch from close-range with six minutes left on the clock.

Both sides had chances to win it, but the game headed into extra-time where Stirling continued to create the better openings, Hayden Doyle firing over a gilt-edged opportunity before the hard-working Jack Salter came with the winner 12 minutes before a possible penalty shoot-out would have frayed the nerves even further.

Read the full STIRLING LIONS VS FLOREAT ATHENA match report HERE