Ballandean's Sarah Day shields the ball.
Ballandean's Sarah Day shields the ball. Matthew Purcell

Ballandean scrapes home in ladies finale

FOOTBALL: IT would prove to be yet another titanic tussle in the ladies' grand final as Ballandean took on Tenterfield.

These two teams have always had tight final games that have generally gone the distance, or even into extra time, as would this.

It took until extra time before there was a clear and outright winner.

It was a game where Ballandean's scoring prowess was up against Tenterfield's defensive counter attacking style.

Tenterfield was looking to quickly counter attack through Alana Condrick up front, putting pressure on Ballandean's back four.

While Ballandean's structured play and forward outlets in Anika Spiller and Richelle Reardon were nullified by Amy Condrick, who shut down everything in the opening half.

In a see-sawing game, each team created their chances but it was Ballandean that spurned the best one.

Ally McLellan broke down the wing and put a cross into the box which found Sarah Day, only to see her shot go over the bar from close range.

The second half saw a scrappier affair as the tension built in both camps.

Gianna Newman, who was by now playing her third game of the day, was doing her bit for her team with some good passes out of the midfield along with Kirsty Beckett.

Beckett was winning most balls being played through by Tenterfield, while Emily McMeniman was working hard along with encouraging her fellow team mates.

Ballandean thought they had the winning goal when Anika Spiller broke in behind Tenterfield's defence to slot home.

The effort was adjudged to be offside.

Once again, into extra time the two teams went and it was Anika Spiller who'd break the deadlock during the first stanza of extra time.

The ball came in from the right flank and into the penalty box with a goal mouth scramble before Anika could slot home the winning goal.

The score remained unchanged.

It was a close and fitting end to the season with both teams neck and neck throughout 2017.

Kirsty Beckett won the player of the match award

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