Points shared in stoppage time

Southside United centre back Sean Jaspersen cuts inside against Bluebirds at Jardine Park on Saturday night.
Southside United centre back Sean Jaspersen cuts inside against Bluebirds at Jardine Park on Saturday night. Chris Ison ROK190317csoccer1

FOOTBALL: Luke Stewart broke the hearts of Southside United, popping up with a questionable 95th minute equaliser in stoppable time.

Despite sitting in a clear offside position, the ball deflected off a Southside player, handing the Bluebirds United striker a chance to even up the game.

His shot was clean and well hit, earning his side a valuable point at 1-1.

After controlling the majority of the second half, Southside coach Roy Benson thought they did enough.

"It is a bitter pill to take. Six and a half minutes of extra time is the most I have seen," Benson said.

"I thought we were good for the 1-0 win but a draw is a draw. Importantly, because we will be challenging them at the end of the year, was that we didn't lose to them."

After being thumped by Frenchville in round one, Benson was pleased with how his new-side responded.

"We had a lot to learn from last week and made a lot of changes. We are still getting used to each other and haven't trained a lot together," he said.

"For large parts of the game we did what we wanted to do. Fitness was a small problem and we did invite them into the game.

"But in saying that, I think we did limit their opportunities.


Bluebirds player Darren Holmes in the soccer game against Southside United at Jardine Park.
Bluebirds player Darren Holmes in the soccer game against Southside United at Jardine Park. Chris Ison ROK190317csoccer2

"It was a real team performance. I thought James Swadling and Sean Jasperson were very calm and controlled at the back and Matty Black up front did really well for his goal."

Bluebirds' manager Lachlan McLean's grin was sheepish at full-time, his side, while physically dominant, did get out of jail.

"At the end of the day a point was what we deserved. We didn't drop our heads and we kept working until the very end," he said.

"I think we did miss a few chances early in the second half after copping a pretty soft goal but it was a very spirited game.

"Southside will be gutted but that is football.

"I thought Jordan Polkinghorn and Darren Holmes were very smart and composed in midfield. And Caleb McLean at the back was strong."

Topics:  bluebirds united football central queensland football queensland jardine park southside united

Rocky council's $125K splash for new environment role

Division 6 councillor Drew Wickerson was driven by his own passion for the environment in pushing for council to create a $125K position.

Councillor pushes for big move to fill a de-amalgamation void

He's 93, has dementia and makes love with a sex worker

People with dementia can experience massive changes in their libidos.

Meet the escort who helps men with dementia enjoy sex

Cold blast: 'Feels like' 4.1 degrees in Rocky, 2.3 at coast

Frost is expected throughout inland CQ this morning.

Shivering start to week as cold blast impacts CQ

Local Partners

St Ursula's College students win with the power of words

The students debated their way to victory in the Rockhampton District Secondary School Debating Competition Grand Final this week.

Get Set for Summer

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Machine Gun Preacher heading to Rocky to give Hope

SAVING LIVES: Sam Childers, aka the Machine Gun Preacher, at Angels of East Africa's orphanage in Nimule, South Sudan.

Former bad boy biker turned preacher and humanitarian on road

What's on this weekend in Rockhampton and the Cap Coast

Head trackside this weekend for the Yeppoon Races at Keppel Park.

We've got the gossip of what's happening this weekend.

The world's best in things that roll embark on Rocky

AUSTRALIAN FIRST: Colin Cole from CQUniversity with Sebastian Stichell from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden at the 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks.

International symposium held in Australia for the first time

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

LOCAL music legend Paul Kelly has thrilled fans with the announcement of a massive tour around Australia and New Zealand.

Truth behind Whitney Houston’s ‘fairytale’ life

Documentary reveals the 'truth' behind Whitney Houston's life.

IT MIGHT be the greatest myth in modern pop music.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

Singer Taylor Swift has deleted her social media accounts

Social media wipeout prompts rumours of a new album

Rocky in top-10 fastest growing areas for residential units

CBD FRAMEWORK: Artist impression of the $14 million combined residential and commercial high-rise on the corner of William and Bolsover streets, Rockhampton.

Development approvals align with bold inner-city living vision

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.