Tweed United's Alex Thelwall helped to secured his team's win against Kingscliff.
Tweed United's Alex Thelwall helped to secured his team's win against Kingscliff. contributed

Threlwall assists United to crucial victory

TWEED United have kept their hopes of winning the Coast League 1 Premiership alive with a late winner against Kingscliff on Saturday.

After trailing 3-1 with 15 minutes to go, the Marlins came back to win 4-3 and retain their one point lead over Mudgeeraba with one game to play. The local derby was an entertaining affair with Kingscliff making the most of their early dominance and going 2-0 up at the break even after the send off of Charles Swift.

United pulled one back thanks to a curling free kick to Benji Hill.

The comeback was somewhat stalled when the visitors scored a third goal and it looked bleak for United.

Ryan Nield slotted home from close range at the back post to make it 3-2 and install sight of at least a draw. Until, in the 87th minute, Alex Thelwall was brought into the game.

Striker Thelwall has returned to the playing field this season as the club's reserve grade goalkeeper after a horror run with injuries.

Former leading goal scorer and Gold Coast United academy player Thelwall required three knee operations after rupturing his ACL three times. Making just his second appearance on the field all season after a one minute cameo a few weeks ago, Thelwall netted twice in a dramatic finish to the game. He could have even completed a hat trick if not for Kingscliff's man of the match goalkeeper Craig Attewell denying him when he sprung the offside trap.

Thelwall believed he could come of the bench and get the job done with whatever time was available.

"I believed I could score the two goals as I'd been imagining it on the bench for 87 minutes,” Thelwall said.

"It makes all the rehab over the last four to five years worthwhile.”

United travel to Musgrave next week.

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