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(E) Six out of six for Croatia
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  10/15/2002 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Six out of six for Croatia

Six out of six for Croatia


By Neville Paterson
Tuesday, 15 October 2002

Croatia completed Whyalla soccer's first double treble with a five to one victory over Port Lincoln in the Association Cup final at Swandel Park on Saturday.

After watching the reserves secure a four to two win over Lions, the first team knew victory in the A grade would see all six trophies on the shelf at the Croatia clubrooms.

Lincoln were dealt a blow before the game as Kym Perone was unavailable, while Croatia was at full strength.

It was Lincoln who had the first chance after five minutes when Nunu turned and hit a volley into the net, but the linesman flag ruled him off-side.

Soon after, Morris saw Faulds in space but his right foot shot was well saved by Tooby in the Lincoln goal.

After 10 minutes Jones collected a short corner and rounded his marker before unleashing a superb shot that cannoned off the upright and safely into the arms of the keeper.

After 30 minutes the crowd was witness to one of the freak cup final spectacles of all time, five goals in a nine minute spell.

A through ball found Faulds and his quick feet saw him knock it past Tooby and into the net, one-nil to Croatia.

Then a great ball from Leopold was met by a stretching Faulds and he smacked it in off the crossbar two-nil.

Two minutes later Leopold collected a ball on the inside of his marker as his accurate pass provided Faulds for his hat-trick and three-nil.

After 38 minutes a corner by Faulds was flighted nicely into the middle and captain Simon Mechis out muscled his marker to send his header beyond Tooby for four-nil.

Lincoln got some joy when Panizzolo beat the off side trap and, on a difficult angle, his half volley was hit sweet to get it back to four-one at the half time break.

Five minutes into the second half, Biedenweg's run from defence was spotted by Mechis and he put him in on goal but his effort crashed into the side netting.

Ten minutes later Lincoln full-back Hawks got forward and really got hold of his shot but Tudhope did well to catch his drive.

Twenty-five minutes into the second half Croatia got a fifth when substitute DaRocha found his way to the by-line and cut it back for Morris who knocked the ball home.

With 10 minutes to go Lincoln forced successive corners without reward and just before full-time DaRocha nearly got on the score sheet with a cheeky effort but the referee blew the full-time whistle to end a memorable season for Croatia.

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