Narrogin players help Collie Power end 28-year title drought in South West cup competition
Five Narrogin players have helped snap a 28-year premiership drought for Collie Power as their team claimed victory over the Dalyellup Rangers in the South West Soccer Association cup final earlier this month.
Narrogin locals Scott Cochrane, Tyler Stewart, Barrie Stewart, Peter Baker, and Mark Tenney have donned the boots for Collie Power this season.
Having lost twice to Dalyellup in their previous encounters, Collie went into the South West Cup final as underdogs and for much of the match it remained delicately poised.
From the outset, both teams fought for dominance in the middle of the park.
Dalyellup hit the post from close range in the early minutes but Collie soon settled as both sides traded chances and some spectacular goalkeeping ensured the game remained nil-all at half time.
In the second half Collie began to press their advantage but, despite some promising build-up play, they couldn’t find the finishing touch.
After 90 minutes the two teams could not be separated and the game went to an additional 30 minutes of extra time.
Just as the game looked to be heading to a penalty shootout, an in-swinging corner was deflected into the path of Baker who tapped in from close range in the 117th minute to secure a historic win.
Collie Power now look forward to promotion next year up to the premier division in the South West Soccer Association.
The players from Narrogin now turn their attention to the Balingup Soccer Carnival in November, where they will formally play as Narrogin Soccer Club for the first time since the late 1980s.
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