Belmont-Swansea United FC 5 (Ty Goldsmith x2, Mark Finlayson, Clayton Poole, Cameron Lodge) def. West Wallsend SFC 0 (6-0 on aggregate)
Sunday 1 September, 2:30 pm, Blacksmiths Oval
Belmont-Swansea United have reached an astonishing fourth straight Grand Final after defeating West Wallsend with a 5-0 rout at Blacksmiths Oval.
The Grand Final rematch of 2018 started with a sole goal from Ty Goldsmith in the first leg which was the only thing that could split the two sides and it was that man again who found the net in the first minute to get Belswans off to the best possible start on the weekend.
A sensational free-kick from Chris Gazzard found Goldsmith in the box and the striker nodded home his second goal across the two legs.
The goal seemed to spring the Bluebells into action as it was now or never for the side as Brendan Frost looked dangerous from dead-ball situations while Josh Knight created some good chances down the right flank.
The Belswans defence was tested but stood firm to repel the West Wallsend attack, with Will Reeves making a couple of good saves in goal.
The home side would soon deliver the sucker punch though as a corner was cleared out as far as Clayton Poole, who whipped in a dangerous cross that found an unmarked Mark Finlayson, with the defender nestling the ball into the net to make it 2-0.
The second half began with West Wallsend having a huge mountain to climb, down by three and it got even worse when goalkeeper Blake Redman was sent off for a last ditched challenge on a breakaway, Cameron Lodge.
The Belswans boys soon found more space in midfield with the extra number and made the Bluebells pay as Reece Newton won the ball back in the centre of the park and played in Ty Goldsmith who clinically buried his chance to make it 3-0 to all but wrap up a tremendous victory.
Coach Mick Stafford was still willing his troops to keep pushing and they soon had another as Cam Lodge grabbed a deserved goal, rounding the keeper and slotting away a fourth goal for the yellow and green.
The Belswans boys were very happy when Clayton Poole added the icing on the cake, scoring an unbelievable goal, direct off a corner to make it 5-0.
A big crowd turned out to watch another titanic clash between two rivals, and the home side didn’t disappoint with a superb showing to book their place in the big dance.
Belswans will either meet Cooks Hill United or South Cardiff in a huge decider, while coach Stafford was extremely proud of his players and said it was a performance to remember.
“Stoked with the performance, the application and attitude of the group was spot on again, they (West Wallsend) threw everything at us in the first 30 minutes and the boys showed their experience and managed the game so well,” Stafford said.
“As fair as an all-round team performance, it’s one of the best I’ve seen at Blacksmiths, the defence stood tall first, then the attack was clinical, it was great to put that performance on in front of a big home crowd.
“This group is a special one, four years in a row is a massive achievement, we work super hard though and the commitment has always been there.
“Blacksmiths is a blue-collar place, you can see that in our team and our committee, nothing but mateship and a strong work ethic.”
West Wallsend certainly fought hard, but going down to ten men against a rampant Belswans side didn’t help their chances as the result ended their 2019 season.
Interim coach Steve Thomson praised his player’s effort and also said there is exciting times ahead at Johnston Park.
“I thought we dominated the first half, Belswans had three chances and took two and to go into the shed 2-0 down, wasn’t a reflection of the half,” Thomson said.
“The second half was tough with the keeper being sent off and then playing the last 25 with nine-men, due to injury, but the boys kept trying to play until the end.
“Overall, they are a good squad, if they stick together they will play semi-final football for years to come, the incoming coach will have a quality side to work with and another Grand Final appearance won’t be far away.
“Well done to Belswans, Mick and the coaching staff on another successful season.”