TITLE DECIDERS: United Warriors player Gracie Eadie controls the ball in her side's 2-1 grand final loss to Bingera.
TITLE DECIDERS: United Warriors player Gracie Eadie controls the ball in her side's 2-1 grand final loss to Bingera. Paul Donaldson BUN090917FOOT15

Warriors go close in grand final loss

UNITED Warriors went agonisingly close to ending Bingera's dominant run in the biggest Wide Bay League game of the season.

The Warriors held an early 1-0 lead but the Stripeys, who were undefeated in their previous 43 games, hit back with two quick goals by halftime.

United pressed in the second half but were unable to find an equaliser.

Warriors coach Paul Crilly commended his team's effort.

"Of course we're disappointed with the result but there's pride in that we gave it everything we had,” Crilly said.

"I thought we'd played awesome. We were a bit unlucky with a last minute chance that went across the face of goals. I thought the second half was ours.”

As Bingera celebrated another premiership, United reflected on a season in which the players developed exponentially.

United fell 5-1 to the same team in last year's grand final, but to cut that deficit - not to mention the 4-0 and 4-2 losses from just weeks earlier - showed just how much the team improved.

"I was a spectator last year but it's probably easier for the girls to take this year's (margin) as we went out and did everything we could, and had a very good chance,” Crilly said.

"We did push towards the end of the second half but we ran out of time. The half went so quickly.”



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