FRANTIC FINISH: Clinton captain Chris Hill and Frenchville's Zhayd Harbin combat for the ball in the CQ Premier League grand final at Apex Park.
FRANTIC FINISH: Clinton captain Chris Hill and Frenchville's Zhayd Harbin combat for the ball in the CQ Premier League grand final at Apex Park. Matty Holdsworth

Gutsy Clinton goes down

CLINTON was on the canvas then somehow managed to fight courtesy of a header from captain Chris Hill which sent the game into overtime in the Football Central Queensland Premier League grand final.

But unfortunately for the visiting Clinton team, Frenchville were awarded a dubious free kick on the edge of the box at the 120th minute mark.

Frenchville's Michael Cay broke the deadlock for the final time with a goal to etch his team's name in the game's history books as the first team in the modern era to have won four consecutive CQ Premier League titles.

Jordan Miller scored three goals to be the clear difference in the 6-5 result.

The loss is Clinton's third consecutive grand final defeat, but Clinton captain Chris Hill says the players can be proud of the manner they kept on fighting back.

"We played a tough game tonight, put the effort in, tried hard and unfortunately, it wasn't our night," he said in his post-match presentation speech.

"The game didn't pan out quite the way we wanted it to at the end there but we'll be back bigger and better next year.

"We definitely won't be hanging our heads, we'll be keeping them high because we put in a top effort tonight."

Frenchville coach Justin Kilshaw described his team's win as unbelievable.

"What can you say?" Kilshaw said.

"There were so many times we thought we had it, we had it, we had it and they just kept coming at us.

"We did it in the end, only just by the skin of our teeth but it's a sweet victory.

Clinton entered the half-time break 2-1 down before the hosts struck first in the second half.

The teams traded goals in a game that did not deserve to have a loser.

"I am extremely proud of the boys and the fight they showed," Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton said.

Clinton's division two side are the premiers after a 2-0 win against Cap Coast.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Cobb was awarded best afield honours while Luca and Liam Jones scored goals.



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