TOP EFFORT: The Stanthorpe State High School side were runners-up to Harristown at the recent competition.
TOP EFFORT: The Stanthorpe State High School side were runners-up to Harristown at the recent competition. Contributed

Players snatch silver medal

Soccer: Excellent soccer skills were on display at the SSI Red Lion Cup where Stanthorpe State High School students were in the running for champion of the Downs.

The Stanthorpe team made it all the way to the grand final played on October 31 against Harristown State High School.

Stanthorpe State High School's boys soccer coach Brett Morgan said the grand final was fast and skilful with Harristown trying to systematically work their way through to the goal.

"Stanthorpe's defence was equal to the challenge forcing Harristown time and time again to reset and change the direction of the attack,” Morgan said.

"Stanthorpe tried in vain to counter with a quick movement of the ball through the midfield but Harristown were very organised and wary of the speedy Stanthorpe forwards.”

Ten minutes after half time, Harristown forced the ball into an unstoppable position and the home team crept ahead.

"Stanthorpe gradually pressed further forward chasing the equaliser, but this created holes in the back line where Harristown capitalised and produced the second goal that would seal the championship,” Morgan said.

"The match was played in fine spirit and the quality of the match showed that both teams were worthy finalists.”

Morgan said everyone on the field performed at an exceptional level.

"The defensive efforts of youngsters Nathan Brentnall and Josh Rogers is worthy of note,” he said.

"So too is the fast combination play and tireless work of mid-fielders Asbjorn Gaskell and Alex Mattiazzi.

"Stuart Filmer in goalkeeper was cool and decisive and all the players showed that they could be competitive at the highest standard.”

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