FORRESTFIELD United won its first Football West State League division two title after a 1-0 win over a 10-man Rockingham City at Lark Hill Sportsplex last month.
In front of about 1000 fans, Jordan Hart scored the decisive goal early, with the home side suffering another blow after ’keeper Cyril Sharrock was sent off on the hour.
The win promotes coach Rod Banjac’s side into division one next season.
Banjac, who has overseen the club’s rise back up the table, was overjoyed after the game and said his players had been outstanding all season.
“This is the end result of two years of dedicated work and credit to the players, coaching staff and many people behind the scenes as well,” he said.
“We are a regional club and take football seriously and most importantly we are representing the eastern corridor.
“The whole team performed well today, like they have all season, and what a way to win it – in front of a big crowd with the two best teams in the league fighting it out for the title. We couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Forrestfield skipper Trent Wood said the club had big plans and this was just the start.
“It was a tough game today, especially with that wind, but we decided to play into it in the first half and luckily we got the early goal and we never looked back,” he said.
“It all positive at the club at the moment, we are upgraded the facilities at our home ground and we want to be pushing for NPL, that’s our goal, and that’s why a lot of our former players came back for, to take the club to where it should be.”