The Manjimup United Soccer Club had a day to forget after losing the under-13, under-15 and under-18 Lower South West Soccer League finals. The under-18 match pitted Bridgetown Forest against Manjimup United in a highly anticipated game. The game started slowly with both sides trying to feel each other out and conserve as much energy as possible due to the weather. First blood went to Bridgetown after a speculative shot from Forest’s striker was deflected by the keeper right into the path of Bridgetown’s Jhonte Murphy, who slotted home from five metres. It went from bad to worse for Manjimup when the ball was crossed in to the box and smashed into the far post for Bridgetown to take a 2-0 lead. However, not all was lost for Manjimup when a corner was whipped in by Finlay Phillip-Johns and met by Callum Walsh to put the team in red back in the game. After half-time Bridgetown again took a two-goal lead when a piece of individual skill from Levi Herman left two Manjimup players behind him before finding the back of the net. Manjimup’s Bonnie Gleeson then scored from the edge of the box after it deflected in off the underside of the cross bar to close the gap to one goal. A penalty was then awarded to Manjimup after Phillip-Johns was fouled in the area before being tucked away by Darcy Thomas. Bridgetown looked to have sealed the win when they scored their fourth and final goal of the match with around 10 minutes left to play. Nevertheless with two minutes left on the clock, Walsh make a bursting run through the midfield for Manjimup to meet a cross and score. When the final whistle blew Manjimup and Bridgetown had drawn 4-4 and the final would be decided on penalties. Bridgetown Forest emerged victorious, coming away 4-3 winners on penalties. In the under-15 final Southern Strikers defeated Manjimup 5-0 while the undefeated Southern Strikers also prevailed 9-0 over Manjimup to take out the under-13 final.