A total of 60 goals in just 8 games was the stand-out feature of the South West Soccer Association’s Pioneer Cup games played on Sunday.
In the Men’s division Margaret River once again impressed in the manner in which they recorded a 4-1 win against a new-look Bunbury United. With Gordon Becker and Sam Leigh calling the tune up front, Margaret River quickly asserted its authority and led 4-0 before United scored a late consolation goal. Certainly the ‘match of the day’ was the clash between Hay Park United and a Dunsborough side that has recruited heavily for this season. Despite two top quality goals by the dangerous Ross Kirby, Hay Park conceded three second half goals to lose 4-2 in what was a very competitive and physical encounter. In the other two games Busselton City easily accounted for an under-strength Collie Power outfit whilst the superior technique and fitness of Dynamos proved too much for Division 1 club, Capel Wolves. Busselton City will now meet Dynamos whilst neighbours Margaret River clash with Dunsborough in Sunday’s semi-finals at Bunbury United.
Hay Park United sent out a powerful message in the Ladies division by comprehensively defeating last season’s champions, Dynamos 8-0. Certainly Hay Park possess a number of attacking options with their ability to stretch opposition defences through the Castrilli sisters. Busselton City can count themselves a little fortunate to progress through to the semi-finals after defeating a fast-finishing Australind side, 2-1. Dalyellup ‘s prolific goal scorer Jamie-Lee James was in fine form scoring all four goals in her sides win over Bunbury United whilst Margaret River had a comfortable win over Geographe Bay. On Sunday Busselton will be underdogs against Hay Park whilst the Dalyellup and Margaret River game promises to be a hard fought semi-final.