Matches won on one goal
PROGRESSION to the women's final of the Central Queensland League came down to a single goal in both matches with the dynamic Megan Hendry (nee Lewis) getting the one that put Wanderers through.
“I'm glad it didn't have to go to extra time,” Wanderers coach Todd Harmsworth said.
“Megan got a touch in goal midway through the second half.”
The goal sunk the hopes of a valiant Gladstone Meteors team and gives Wanderers a chance to pick up a first trophy for the season when meeting Gladstone Souths in next week's CQ League grand final.
“Overall I am very happy with the way we played,” Harmsworth said.
Wanderers have been missing a few players with the loss of playmaker Jodie Dwyer for the remainder of the season the biggest hurdle the side has to overcome.
Apart from the work up front by the speedy Hendry, Harmsworth was also impressed by what Kim Chiro gave to her team.
“She was rock solid at the back,” he said.
Saturday's final had been expected be a replay of the final of the Dunlop Trophy but Gladstone Souths had other ideas.
In that final, Park Avenue Brothers beat Wanderers in extra time to claim the trophy.
On Saturday they were set to make it to their second grand final of the season when they faced their Gladstone's opponents.
PA coach Daryn Watson admits he is still in shock after watching his talented team fail in front of goal and lose the semi-final encounter 1-0.
“The girls had a shocker,” he said.
“They had plenty of chances but missed opportunities cost them the game.
“We had the better of the chances throughout the match and yet they took their chance when it arrived.”
Watson said players had to lift when it came to playing finals, but he said he felt the girls played the game as if it were a normal club fixture.
“They (Gladstone Souths) were hungrier. They wanted the win,” he said.
“Reputations don't count for anything when it comes to playing finals.”
Unfortunately, when Souths took the lead early in the second half, through a strike by Leanne Steele, the coach sensed it was not to be his team's day.
“It was a game when you know there is only going to be one goal in it,” he said.
Watson wasn't even prepared to name the best on park for his Brothers team.
“No one stood out for me at the weekend,” he declared. “I was very disappointed with the team effort.”
That does not mean Watson has given up on his Brothers players for the season.
On Sunday PA plays a catch-up game against Frenchville Rovers and from there it is the start of the Rockhampton & District finals series.
“We are building towards the local finals,” he said.