GOING THROUGH: United proved to be too good for Ballandean in their Football Stanthopre major semi-final showdown on Saturday.
GOING THROUGH: United proved to be too good for Ballandean in their Football Stanthopre major semi-final showdown on Saturday. Contributed

United final bound after confident men's display

Men's

Crowds of brave supporters ignored the dreary conditions to cheer on their respective sides in the eagerly awaited men's A-grade major semi-final.

Ballandean against Stanthorpe United always has spectacle written all over it and Saturday didn't disappoint.

United came out firing and had Ballandean camped in their own half for most of the opening 20 minutes.

They eventually capitalised with Curtis Allen netting the opening goal.

Not long after Allen found the back of the net again, this time from the penalty spot after Ben Manahan was adjudged to have been brought down illegally.

That incident saw Ballandean 'keeper Jeremy Willoughby sin-binned for 10 minutes.

United went to the break looking comfortable.

Ballandean did find some rhythm in the second half, but their hard work was undone when Allen notched his hat-trick.

Aiden Fox pulled one back for the Reds but by then it was too little, too late.

The Reds face a tough task this Saturday after Carlton put in a stellar showing to progress to the preliminary final.

City were outdone by Carlton 2-0 in the A-grade minor semi final.
City were outdone by Carlton 2-0 in the A-grade minor semi final. Contributed

Jacob Steele grabbed the opener for the Bears before Renato Fraguas got their second.

It was all uphill from there for City who have shown plenty of fight in recent weeks and while down on the scoreboard, never looked defeated throughout the 90 minutes.

Luke Andreatta and Ben Staley worked tirelessly in the middle for City, who found it tough to get by Stephen Torrisi and Michael Vaticano.

In the end Carlton held on and will line up against Ballandean full of confidence.

Ballandean will be without Zac Willoughby and have several player's walking a suspension tight-rope.

The two will go head to head at C.F White with kick-off at 4.20pm.

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