Rose upset at A-League final loss
ROCKHAMPTON'S Joshua Rose was yesterday still coming to terms with Sunday night's heartbreaking A-League grand final loss in which his Central Coast Mariners side came within a whisker of glory.
Rose admits with three minutes to go and leading by two goals he thought the game was won.
But two quick-fire strikes from the Brisbane Roar sent the game into penalties, which the Queensland-based team went on to win.
Rose and his team-mates were left shattered.
The 29-year-old was cheered on by more than 30 family and friends from Rockhampton who were among the 50,000-plus crowd.
Yesterday Rose, who has had a stellar season with the Central Coast side which has seen him named in the A-League's team of the year, was in a philosophical mood.
“At 2-0 I admit I was thinking that we pretty much had the game sealed,” Rose said yesterday.
“As soon as they got the first one we knew we were not safe.
“They (the Roar) have done it before and they did it again.
“All the boys are really still quite depressed ... we can't believe it.
“But at the end of the day that's football, what can you do?
“We have got to learn from this experience.”
He said family members joined him after the game at the team's hotel for a few quiet drinks.
Rose flew back to Sydney yesterday with his team-mates.
They are set to return to their Gosford base where they will continue training until the end of April, when they will have six weeks off.
Rose said he was looking forward to coming home to Rockhampton during the off-season with his family.
The father of two said he still kept in regular touch with family and friends in the city.
With one more year left on his Mariners contract, Rose said he and his family were settled and enjoying life on NSW's Central Coast.
“This past year couldn't have gone better for me,” Rose said.
“The style (coach Graham Arnold) played suited me perfectly.”
Unfortunately, the Rockhampton man missed out on a fairytale finish.