CONTEST: Brothers Aston Villa's Blake O'Brien and Bingera's Jon Wheeler battle for the ball at Martens Oval.
CONTEST: Brothers Aston Villa's Blake O'Brien and Bingera's Jon Wheeler battle for the ball at Martens Oval. Shane Jones

Villa survive tough battle

FOOTBALL: There was plenty of relief for Brothers Aston Villa when the final siren sounded on Saturday night.

Down and almost out, the side rallied late to defeat Bingera 2-1 at Martens Oval in extra time to qualify for the Wide Bay League grand final in two weeks time.

Villa was 1-0 behind until the final 10 minutes of the game before a late penalty to substitute Gareth Jones sent the match to extra time.

Villa striker Blake O'Brien then became the hero as scored in extra time to put the side into the decider.

"It was a fantastic result,” Villa coach Glen Sparozvich said.

"Bingera fatigued late and we were able to pounce.”

For moments of the match it felt like last year all over again.

Villa lost both finals matches to be eliminated from the competition and for most of the match that looked likely to happen again.

"1-0 down, 15 to go, I wouldn't say I was confident of the comeback happening,” Sparozvich revealed.

"But I knew if we got one, we'd go on to win.”

The coach said the determination of the side was exceptional.

"A win like that is character building,” Sparozvich said.

"The boys dug deep and stuck to its discipline.

"We stuck to what has worked for us.”

Sparozvich said the side was pretty pleased to have the week off now.

"We'll recover for most of this week after the 120 minutes,” he said.

"We don't mind who we play in the final, any team can beat us but we're confident we can beat anyone.”

Bingera will now face The Waves for another spot in the grand final this week.

The side for the second week in a row losing after leading 1-0.

"It was a tough game,” Bingera coach Brett Kitching said.

"We had a couple of chances to finish the game but couldn't finish them off.

"It was so near yet so far.”

The side will now need to rebound for a third time.

"If we were playing poorly we'd be more disappointed but we are doing well,” Kitching said.

"We really need to address our finishing in the final third which is what we'll do.

"We'll be right, we'll bounce back against The Waves this week.”

Bingera will take on The Waves next Saturday night.



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