Triple delight for Waves
WHEN the game was there to be won in the NewsMail Cup, Jason De Papi stood up when it counted.
Locked in an enthralling battle with Brothers Aston Villa for the knock-out trophy in the first division, one moment from the player-coach sent the momentum towards the Waves.
As he curled a free kick into the net to give his side a 3-1 lead in the second half, Waves had one hand on the cup.
When De Papi added a second, to give them a three goal lead, Waves had their hands on the cup for the third straight year.
The 4-2 victory in the end is also their sixth victory in the past 10 years.
Talking about his inspirational second half, De Papi was quick to deflect the attention away from himself.
“It was good to get a goal but it is good it was a team effort for most of those goals.
“I’m happy to finish and do the job for the boys.”
As the team took their chances in their front half, Waves also defended strongly as they held off almost every Villa attack.
On another day it could have been a different result but the Waves back four held their own.
“Tom Adam at the back had a good game,” De Papi said.
“(Fellow defender) Boyd Smith tackled hard all game and played his heart out.”
When asked why the team had so much success in the cup, De Papi had a simple answer.
“We just love playing finals and we throw everything at it,” he said.
“It’s grand final day, (it) doesn’t have to be pretty, just got to get the job done.”
The focus for the team will now turn to the league as they face the United Park Eagles this week.
For a dejected Villa outfit they will have to wait another year to end their NewsMail Cup drought.
Captain Josh McInnes said they were punished for not taking their chances.
“We were trying to control the game because I thought we were rushing a bit with the ball at times,” he said.
‘The final ball (into the box) let us down.
“I can’t fault the effort though, they tried really well.”