Fourth Premier League title for Dunbar
Published: 1/09/2013 12:24:00 AM
Dunbar Rovers won their fourth Premier League title, defeating Glebe Wanderers 2 – 0, on Saturday night.
In a high tempo match from start to finish, Dunbar excelled on the park by playing calm and organised football. The opening goal came on the 21st minute, with Dunbar skipper, Jon Smith, finding the back of the net from a corner.
Just six minutes later Dunbar scored a second, as Mike Hemmingway slotted the ball in the bottom corner.
Dunbar remained resilient throughout the match as Glebe continued to seek a much-needed goal. With time running out and Glebe failing to convert their chances, a repeat of last year’s late victory grew ever unlikely.
Glebe were reduced to 9 men late in the second half as the tension began to grow. Despite the fewer players, Glebe began to play some of their best football of the night, forcing Dunbar to defend from constant pressure from the middle of the park.
As the final whistle sounded, Dunbar Rovers stood tall with a performance worthy of the ESFA Premier League crown.
Coogee United continue Champions reign
Coogee United retained the Premier League crown after holding off Dunbar Rovers with a 1-0 victory.
A quality piece of interplay in the opposition half saw Coogee net the only goal of the game on the 17th minute through Paul Redfern. The early goal allowed the League Champions to settle into the match quicker and the team never looked back.
Whilst the match was fairly even, with chances at both ends of the park, Coogee began to exercise control of the match, using their pace to trouble the Dunbar defenders.
In the second half Dunbar kept the ball on the ground, playing a fluid game of football. Thanks to a well-organised Coogee defence Dunbar could not find the equalising goal from a series of half-chances.
A tight match until the very end, Coogee showed once again why they are Champions with an excellent performance on the park.
ESFA would like to congratulate both Dunbar Rovers PL and Coogee United PLR for their victories. Two fantastic performances in two equally exciting Finals.