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Pioneer Cup - There's good news and bad news

CMI Busselton City caused the upset of the day in the semi-finals of the South West Soccer Association‘s Pioneer Cup competition on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Dynamos.

A well taken hat-trick by Bunbury Grammar student Will Jackson was enough for the local side to defeat last year’s premiership winners.

Jackson, along with fellow teenager Beau Haynes were most impressive with their considerable work-rate, their directness in taking on opposition defenders and good decision-making ability. However the foundation of Busselton’s success was the outstanding efforts of center backs Dan Dewaal and Mitch Monck who were able to keep a close eye on free-scoring Dynamos strikers Corey Barclay and Kosta Koukouva.

Leading 2-0 at the break Busselton withstood numerous attacks from Dynamos before Busselton midfielder Kei Ichikawa went close to scoring his first goal for the club with a fine individual effort. With 15 minutes remaining Jackson grabbed his third when he cut from the left wing and comfortably beat Dynamos keeper Jordan King with a well-placed shot. Busselton City will now face neighbours Dunsborough Town in the Pioneer Cup Final on Anzac Day.

Missing key players through injury did not help the Triple M Busselton City Ladies side in their game against a very competent Hay Park team. After going a goal behind midway through the first half Busselton came close to equalising through the efforts of Emma Killick and Tui Clarke.

The second half was end to end football with the promising Allyson Armstrong and Nicole Rogue working diligently to get their side back on even terms. But it was Hay Park who had the last say when they scored from a well- constructed corner kick to clinch a spot in the final against Football Margaret River. Despite the loss player-coach Therese Charlton was very positive about the season ahead which commences on 7 April.

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