Second straight Wide Bay League decider for United Warriors
IT WAS always going to be a close game.
United Warriors and United Park Eagles were virtually inseparable in their four regular season fixtures.
They won two games each, with an aggregate score of 10-all, and at one stage early in the season boasted identical win-loss and points differential records.
It should be unsurprising to learn the women's Wide Bay League teams needed extra time to find a winner, but not quite in the fashion the extra period was forced.
United captain Sarah Walker explained.
"We were up 1-0 at half time, but they came back. They led 2-1 with about eight minutes so I revved them up a bit,” she said.
"Renee Crilly, our centre back, came up and said she was going forward, and would score.”
Lo and behold, in the last minute, Crilly chipped UPE goalkeeper Sharon Anderson and sent the game into extra time. Victoria Merrick scored the winner.
The Warriors will face the undefeated Bingera in Saturday's grand final, which will be held at Bundaberg's Martens Oval.
It will be the second consecutive grand final United Warriors has played, but Walker said her team desperately wanted to reverse last year's result, in which Bingera won 5-1.
"We want to win,” Walker said.
"We drew with them earlier this year which will give us a bit of confidence.”
The preliminary final win was doubly sweet for four Warriors who played in United's 1-0 Fraser Coast League Ladies Division 1 grand final win against Doon Villa on Friday night.
Saturday's grand final starts at 5pm.