Cowboys win Clinton decider in a shoot-out
SOCCER: It was a battle of two teams within one club and all players left everything out on the pitch in the under-17 boy's grand final.
Clinton Cowboys won the showdown 3-2, but not without a score from arch-rivals Clinton Cockatoos.
The Cockatoos rallied in the second half to close the margin to 3-2, but the Cowboys' defence was stellar in the dying stages of the match.
What made the win the more special was that Cowboys are actually an U16 team playing up an age bracket while Cockatoos are a year older.
"It was very close and we also finished as minor premiers,” Clinton Cowboys coach Jeff Jackson said.
Player-of-the-match Tai Doran and fellow strikers Jeven Raghoovar and Kai Nugent all scored first-half goals.
"They were three really nice goals and were well constructed,” Jackson added.
The second half was pulsating as the older Clinton team began to get on top with midfielder Josh Findlay and striker Zac Smith getting plenty of ball.
"The Cockatoos were all over us in the whole of the second half,” Jackson said.
"We showed a lot of character and our defence held up well...it was basically an 11-man defence in the second half.”
Jackson said he was relieved that the game did not go into extra time.
"Cockatoos are a really good team and we absorbed it and held on,” he said.
"Extra time would've been very bad for us.”
The loss of young gun Liam Stephen with a broken foot hurt the Cowboys and Jackson said his loss may have been the difference in Clinton's Premier League division one side.
"You could tell on Saturday night that Clinton really missed him,” Jackson said.