It was cup-tie soccer at its best when CMI Busselton City reached the final of the South West Cup with a stirring 2-1 win away to Bunbury United on Sunday.
Despite playing into a significant breeze, Busselton made a promising start with midfielder Mitchell Monck having a shot cleared off the line after 13 minutes.
For the remainder of the first half the Busselton maintained their organisation and defensive structure and whilst United looked good in possession up until the final third, they just couldn't find a way through. Just after the break when it looked likely Busselton would open the scoring, United’s Jaxon Illman got on the end of a long ball to put his side in front.
As a result Busselton then injected the exuberant Martin Ryan into the game and his impact was almost immediate. Within 20 minutes he had sent Bunbury keeper Blaze Rosinski the wrong way from the penalty spot then demonstrated his sublime finishing skills to capitalise on the diligent work of winger Mike Newell.
With full time looming United had one last attempt to equalise but a goal line clearance by club stalwart Michael Seia saved the day.