Floreat Athena won the 2015 PS4 National Premier Leagues WA Night Series Final with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Cockburn City at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday.
Lewis McMahon had given Floreat the lead midway through the second half but a late equaliser from Cockburn striker Rory Paterson sent the teams to penalties.
Athena were indebted to substitute keeper Nicholas Felekis, who denied Paterson to win the shoot-out.
Athena coach Glen Grostate was thrilled for Felekis, who had replaced Fraser Greenwood at half time, after the former Perth Glory Youth keeper broke a finger.
“It’s a blow for Fraser breaking his finger, but hats off to Nicholas,” Grostate said. “He’s a Division Two amateur keeper, who doesn’t train.
“I thought he was great for us tonightwhen he came on.”
Grostate said they were lucky to still be in the game after a good first half performance from Cockburn, but he was proud of his side’s battling display.
“They were good early and we had to fight hard to stay in the game, but we’re a new group and we’ve decided whatever happens tonight we would stick to our plan,” he said. “We were strong and the team bond we have is fantastic.
“Aryn (Williams) was outstanding at the back for us today. He was rock solid for me and we’re really pleased to get the win and look forward to the new league season.”
All players converted their spot kicks but with the tenth penalty Felekis saved to win it for Floreat.
After the game Floreat skipper Ludovic Boi was presented with the ‘Robbie Dunn Medal’ as the best player on the ground.
In the State League Night Series final, a 10-man Western Knights beat Dianella White Eagles 4 -3 in a penalty shootout.
After a 1-1 draw in normal time, Knights goalkeeper Scott Rowe played a heroic role, saving two penalties in the shootout before Tom Southgate scored the Knights’ winning spot kick.
Ross Cosgrove had the ball rolling for the Knights when he opened the scoring in the 16th minute before they were reduced to 10 men when Shaun French gave away a penalty in the 45th minute.
Angel Andres Ribeira converted the penalty to even the scores but the White Eagles could not continue their unbeaten Night Series streak.
The PS4 National Premier Leagues WA season kicks off on Saturday March 28.