Goals from Craig Tone and skipper Andy Brown saw Mandurah City win the WA State League championship on Saturday — but they had to come from behind to earn the points and the trophy.
City outplayed their opponents in then first half, but couldn’t find a way past Joondalup’s keeper James Bosdet, who had a superb game between the sticks.
Ged Burke and Jordan Rhodes had peppered the goal, booth going close and the game looked to be locked up goalless minutes before the break.
But a miscommunication between skipper Brown and keeper Davie Keenan saw a headed back pass go beyond the keeper and into the net.
City love to come from behind and the goal made little difference to their dominance in the second half as they went in search of an equaliser.
When Tone was put through midway the half to score the party was warming up on and off the field as the large crowd sensed an historic day.
Wild celebrations broke out at the thought of a first championship in eight years — but there was still 20 minutes to play.
Those celebrations were lifted another notch ten minutes from time when Brown redeemed himself to fire home through a crowd of players on the edge of the box.
At the whistle, joy, relief and pure exuberance as the men in black and white received their medals from Football West Director Henry Atturo before skipper Brown lifted the championship trophy.
“It’s been an amazing season with a fantastic group of players and coaches who have gone beyond the call of duty many times to get us to this,” club president Pete Rowe said.
“The supporters and sponsors have also been fantastic as this is a real ‘team’ effort on and off the park.”
City’s victory extended their unbeaten run to 19 games, a club record, with one game left in the 2015 campaign, away at Gosnells on Saturday.