South Coast remains a massively significant nursery for football at all age levels after four teams including two Albion Park sides won the prestigious State Cup Football NSW crown.
Thousands of players, officials and supporters packed into Valentine Sports Park for 15 grand finals from under 12s to All Age Women, with South Coast the top association in NSW with four winning teams.
The Shellharbour under 12s Boys ensured a perfect start to the day for South Coast with a brilliant 3-0 win over Winston Hills (Hills Football).
Striker Sonny Randle opened the scoring from a corner and Joel Palermo put Shellharbour 2-0 ahead just minutes later.
Kaiden Markovic put Shellharbour out of sight with a third goal just before halftime.
Palermo claimed the Deploy IGNITE match ball as man of the match as Shellharbour proved the top team in a tournament featuring 51 teams from 15 associations.
Meanwhile, Fernhill under 14s Girls have continued an inspirational season with a golden goal 1-0 win over Pittwater (Manly-Warringah) to claim the State Cup crown.
Fernhill’s only loss in 2017 was on the opening day of the FSC season and the team have risen to every challenge to be among the top sides in NSW.
‘’It’s a new team just formed this season and one of the goals was to do well in the State Cup, so this win means a lot to the girls,’’ Fernhill team manager Don McLearie said.
Max Fraser had her best game of the season in the Cup final, while Bridie Inwood scored the winner in the first period of extra time with a cracking shot off a corner.
Coniston’s U16 Boys team were beaten 2-1 by a powerhouse Lourdes FC (Blacktown Association) in their grand final. Coniston were backing up after winning the Kanga Cup title earlier this month.
Albion Park made it a double triumph, winning the 18s Women and All Age Women crown. The 18s beat Gladesville (North West) 1-0 in a hard-fought decider.
The Albion Park All Age Women team were the most dominant of the 15 Cup champions, crushing Northbridge FC 8-0.
It was a remarkable finale for the outstanding team in the competition and proof they rank as one of the best club sides in any division in NSW.
The State Cup has been running for more than 30 years and gives teams from across NSW the opportunity to play teams from outside their association in a knockout format. The first rounds were in May with the tournament culminating in a massive finals day.