COCKBURN City is a step closer to a berth in the Top Four Cup final after beating Bayswater City on penalties in Saturday’s second semi final.
The high scoring match at Dalmatinac Park started perfectly for the home side when they scored first on the back of a Daniel Robinson spot kick.
For the rest of the game the sides exchanged goals, with Bayswater City earning one back courtesy of an own goal to Jesse Lazzaro before Harry O’Brien sent Cockburn 2-1 up right on the cusp of halftime.
Bayswater would score first in the second half before Cockburn again took the lead in the 73rd minute after another Robinson goal.
A final score from the visitors in the 75th minute was enough to lock the teams in at 3-3 at the end of regular time.
Extra time was an arm wrestle and, despite some chances, the game was sent into penalties after neither team were able to score.
Cockburn were eventually able to seal the win after goal keeper Luke Radonich pulled out a match-winning save during Bayswater’s final kick to give his team the 5-4 penalty advantage.
Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he was proud of how his side played.
“I think it’s important that the boys enjoy it, it is the first time we have been in the top four for a long time,” he said.
“At one point it looked as though Baysie would get on top of us because they were playing some really nice football but I thought we showed great desire tonight, just like we have done all year.
The first semi final also came down to penalties after Perth Glory and Perth SC drew 3-3 at the end of regular time.
Glory would go on to win the penalty shootout 4-2.
Cockburn will now play NPL WA champions Perth SC in Tuesday’s preliminary final for a chance to face Perth Glory in the decider.
“We know Perth are a very good team, we had a draw with them in the first round and then they beat us in a close game at their home ground,” Miller said.
“So we will go over there will no worries and have a crack at beating the champions.”