Coast captures cup
LAST time Capricorn Coast met Clinton, young goalkeeper Hamish Fairweather had a game he’d prefer to forget, but when it really mattered he stood up and made two stunning saves that assured the Coast of victory and the Wesley Hall Cup.
The Coast lads lifted the precious silverware for the second time in four years by beating Clinton 2-0 at Apex Park in a blood-stirring battle that was intriguing rather than a footballing spectacle.
After starting the season badly, Clinton has been the form side of the second half of the program and had shown it could score goals in their 5-3 extra-time win over the Coast in the major semi-final.
The first 45 minutes was played at a frenetic pace with Clinton, as expected, playing long, sweeping passes to their wide players to keep the Coast defence turning around.
While the plan worked on one flank with speedster Kelly Searston it was not quite so effective on the other side where Liam Jones lacked the pace to trouble the defence.
After a goalless first period Coast coach Shaun Janes admitted he was forced to make some changes to get his team on track for victory.
Matteson Maguire was told to “pull his head in” and think about the defensive part of his game to prevent the ball finding Searston.
“We spoke about playing our short game again,” he said.
Early in the second spell Cap Coast looked more composed, pushing short passes with the quick feet of Frahm and Sauer giving the Gladstone defence something to think about.
A handball gifted Jonathon Sauer a penalty to put the Coast one up, and their lead was doubled late when Dan Spyve capitalised on a Clinton blunder at the back to seal the win and the premiership.