SO CLOSE: Frenchville player Jordan Miller in the grand final game against Capricorn Coast.
SO CLOSE: Frenchville player Jordan Miller in the grand final game against Capricorn Coast. Chris Ison ROK170917csoccer4

Roos so close to historic fifth straight Wesley Hall

FOOTBALL: This Frenchville Roos side will go down in CQPL folklore as one of the competition's best ever.

They were three minutes away from sending the grand final to extra time (where anything can happen) before Cap Coast pounced.

Despite missing out of an open-era record of five-straight Wesley Hall Cup wins, they're a side who leaves a lasting legacy on the league.

And boy did they go close.

Jordan Miller was phenomenal, his stunning free kick bending around the wall opened the scoring, and he slotted his penalty with authority.

Defenders Nick Berry and Tim Zimitat were excellent, barely putting a foot wrong. Paul Jackson was kept quiet but still caused problems.

For a side in transition, they deserve to be remembered.

"What can you say? It was a fabulous performance and I couldn't be prouder,” coach Justin Kilshaw said at full-time.

"Five weeks ago we were a long, long way from here. So to make the final and perform the way we did was exceptional.

"I'm really proud of the young boys and our senior players stepped it up again. I couldn't have asked for more.”

While Frenchville's young keeper Cianan Geraghty will rue his mistake at the death, he kept his side in it with a number of outstanding saves. It would have been all she wrote without him.

But given the disjointed season they had, just making the CQPL grand final was a win, knocking out arch rivals Clinton FC half a cherry on top.

Like his coaching counterpart, Frenchville's Justin Kilshaw was full of pride for his team.

"It is a bitter pill to swallow but I am so proud of them,” he said.

"Cap Coast deserve this, it has been coming for a while. They are the fittest side and went through pretty much unchallenged.

"So full credit to them, I have no problem with it. Yes it is disappointing to get within so close of winning a fifth but it was so good to have the opportunity.

"We weren't playing this sort of football three weeks ago.”