Gr8 win by United
IT WAS a nail-biting game that came down to the final few minutes but, thanks to the magic boot of Brett McEvoy, Stanthorpe United men's side have secured their eighth straight grand final victory after defeating Ballandean 1-0 on Saturday.
It was a tough and physical game from the outset, with both sides putting everything on the line for the coveted trophy.
Despite both teams making several shots at goal, neither team had managed to find the back of the net by half-time.
The second half was the same as the first, which left both coaches on edge.
With three minutes left to go in the second half key United striker Brett McEvoy managed to hit the ball into the back of the net, putting United ahead 1-0.
The final three minutes elapsed and Ballandean were unable to level the scores.
United coach Steve McEvoy said he had not been expecting the goal at all. "I was making preparations for extra time," he said.
"Ballandean marked Brett well but he managed to come up with that goal out of nothing, which is what good players do.
"I am happy for the boys as they worked really hard all season."
McEvoy said Ballandean had not made it easy for United. "Ballandean were strong and a number of players played the best game they had played all season," he said. Player of the final went to United captain Matt Purcell, which McEvoy said was well deserved.
He also said goalkeeper Aaron Oudman and defender Brendan Harvey were crucial to the team's success on the night.
"They both worked really well in the back line," he said.
Ballandean coach Anthony Rametta said the game was certainly tight.
"But in the end we were the ones who made the mistake and United were able to capitalise," he said.
And while there were a number of strong individual performances McEvoy said the win really was the result of a squad effort.
The win is the side's eighth straight grand final win in a row.
McEvoy said he knew other clubs did not like the length of the reign.
"But it is a great effort and as a club we value how hard the players have worked," he said.
"The streak won't last forever but we are going to enjoy it while it does."