On Anzac day our Sorrento FC U18 side met a Perth U18 team who were coming into the game on the back of a convincing 6-1 win against Subiaco in the League game prior. Sorrento were also coming into the game full of confidence after a comfortable 7-2 victory over neighbours Joondalup United.
These two teams met earlier in the season with Sorrento 3-0 winners on that day but it was Perth who dominated this State League Cup fixture in the first half and they dominated possession from the very start of the game. Whilst Sorrento had plenty of chances of their own which they failed to convert, Perth were clinical in front of goal and rushed out to a 4-1 lead at half time seemingly leaving Sorrento an impossible task to get back into the game.
Sorrento came out for the second half looking like a different team and piled the early pressure on the Perth goal with plenty of goal scoring opportunities early in the half but again couldn’t find the back of the net. Perth absorbed the early pressure and managed to find a 5th goal which looked certain to have secured the game for them.
Sorrento’s youngsters continued to push forward despite now trailing 1-5 and with just under 20 minutes remaining in the game their effort was rewarded as they found the net to bring the score back to 2-5. Perth were now very much on the back foot and looking to see out the game but Sorrento’s pressure continued and they were rewarded with quick goals from Tom MacDonald and Jacob Muir to get the score back to 4-5 with only 3 minutes left to play. Perth were now hanging on to try and secure a victory but in the last minute of the game Jackson Christie cut in from the left and unleashed a 20 yard strike into the top right hand corner to make the score 5-5 and send the game to penalties.
Perth stepped up first only for Sorrento goalkeeper Louis Delaney-Coe to guess correctly and save the first penalty. Unfortunately Sorrento couldn’t take advantage and also missed their first attempt. Perth were then clinical and dispatched their next 3 penalties whilst the Sorrento youngsters failed to hit the back of the net with the Perth keeper producing some great saves to send Perth through the next round 3-0 on penalties.
This was a fantastic game for those who watched and a great comeback by Sorrento but it was Perth who kept their nerve and move on to the quarter finals.
Sorrento Goalscorers – Jackson Christie (2), Daniel Pearce, Tom MacDonald, Jacob Muir