Onslaught means Reds have to score
Yaralla’s first division season is as good as over after a heartbreaking 6-4 loss to Valleys on Sunday cost them a shot at a fourth-place play-off with Central next week.
The Reds held a 4-3 lead with 15 minutes remaining courtesy of goals to Tim Stewart, Edwin Jones and a double to Sam Pitt, but they were unable to resist Valleys’ late onslaught.
“The guys were pretty shattered after the game considering how far we’d gone, but I couldn’t be happier with the guys that went and the effort they put in. If we had played like that all season we would be up a lot higher than we are,” Yaralla coach Warren Wales said.
Yaralla’s inferior goal difference means they must beat Central by well over 20 in the final round to steal fourth place.
“We’ve got to put about 25 or 26 goals past Central, so never say never,” Wales said.
“We’ll probably have a bit of shooting practice at training this week.”
Clinton’s 4-0 win over Boyne Tannum left the minor premiership wide open, with Valleys and BTFC equal top on 36 and Clinton third on 35.
Andrew Robinson and Andrew Fritz scored for Clinton, but marksman Charlie Keenan was again the star with two goals.
A win for either side in next week’s Valleys versus BTFC game would secure first place, but Clinton could leapfrog the loser into the major semi-final with a win against bottom side United.