CQPL Finals: Coast go through in nail biter
FOOTBALL: A clutch save from Ged Kelly and an ice-cool penalty from Dylan Kussrow saw Cap Coast book their name in the CQPL grand final.
With the scores locked at full-time and extra time, penalties proved the difference between Coast and Clinton - the top two sides all season.
In a physical, sometimes spiteful contest, both sides went hell for leather for 120 pulsating minutes.
Young winger Jared Moran opened the scoring at Apex Park while Clinton's midfield maestro Mitch Innocend levelled with a free kick.
First season coach Josh McLennan and his men in orange are now one game away from a Wesley Hall.
"After a loss to Clinton last weekend the lads were keen to turn things around,” McLennan said.
"But it was clear Clinton were up for the contest right from the start. It was end to end for the whole first half with both teams creating opportunities.
"The game opened up a bit more in the second half with space available. Then our fitness levels proved crucial in extra time where we gained control.
"Right across the park the boys dug deep and pushed themselves to the limit. After the game we were all aware it wasn't a complete performance and we know we still have another level in us.”
Cap Coast conductor Kussrow pulled the strings as well as ever
"He was easily our man of the match, his performance was top drawer,” McLennan said.
"Also honourable mentions to Moran and Ben Parker who were both injured but played on.”
In the knockout semi final, Frenchville showed they will go down fighting in bid for a surprise fifth-straight Wesley.
They clinically dismantled Bluebirds United 5-2 showing there is life left in the juggernaut.
Attacking threat Jordan Miller ran riot, creating chances at will with his speed and tricky feet a huge headache. Striker Paul Jackson had one of his best games of the season as did Zhayd Harbin.