GREAT GRUBS: Clinton players celebrate their grand final win against Cap Coast in the Central Queensland Premier League division 1.
GREAT GRUBS: Clinton players celebrate their grand final win against Cap Coast in the Central Queensland Premier League division 1. Matt Taylor GLA220918DIV1

VIDEO-GALLERY: Clinton claim hard-fought grand final win

SOCCER: Clinton Grubs are the grand final winners and new holders of the coveted Wesley Hall Cup after a dour decider against gallant Cap Coast.

The Football Central Queensland Premier League division one grand final was an arm wrestle as both teams, more-so Clinton, squandered numerous chances in front of a raucous and packed Clinton Oval crowd.

The deadlock 0-0 scoreline was cracked when Coach's Player of the Match Liam Jones burst through with a header just one-minute into the second and final phase of the allotted 15-minute extra-time.

Jones' matchwinner led to passionate scenes as players and fans ran onto the pitch as soon as full-time sounded.

"Oh mate, we were building pressure for a long time and it was just a matter of time before it came,” an exhausted but jubilant Jones said immediately after the match.

"Any one of us could've scored and I was lucky enough to get there in the right spot and tuck it away, so pretty relieved.

"That's what I rely on for goals and I got up there and tucked it away and we got the win ... you beauty.”

Clinton co-captain Mitch Innocend and Liam Stephen threatened all night while Cap Coast young guns Fergus Sansom and Nathan Norris played their roles to perfection in defence and midfield respectively.

Cap Coast's goalkeeper Ged Kelly produced a brilliant save when he threw himself to his left that prevented what would have been a certain Innocend header goal.

Clinton goalkeeper Dan White produced a smothering save in the second half off a Ben Cummins' shot on goal as the game lifted in intensity.

Chris Hill and Jones were stellar in defence and put their large frames on the line with timely clearances while Kelly Searston produced a couple of searing runs after he came off the bench late in the game.

The tough and Player of the Final Josh Noonan hobbled off onto the Clinton bench with just five minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock as the hosts held on.

Clinton head coach Derek Horton said he was simply relieved.

"I don't like doing it that way, I tell you,” he said of the double extra-time win.

"The boys dug in and we didn't play our best and we just had to keep the ball...we just kept giving it back to them.

"Luckily they weren't able to hurt us and a better team would have hurt us.

"No-one played great, but everyone worked hard.”

He did laud the efforts of Innocend, Hill, Jones and Noonan and he knew the reward would come.

"I think we got over the top of them in the end and I thought I could see a goal coming and we just had to keep at it and we locked it in for long periods in the second half and in extra time,” Horton said.

"Our fitness, we worked hard on that and it certainly helped us out.”

Cap Coast mentor Shaun Janes said the final lived up to its billing.

"It was everything that we thought it was going to be and they were lucky to get one and we were unlucky not to get one,” he said.

"They played well on the night and we both threw everything at each other and they executed a great corner and got the winning goal.”

Janes said he had a great young squad at his disposal led by the courageous pair of Sansom and Norris.

"Congratulations to Clinton, and it was well-deserved, and hope they celebrate long and strong,” he said.



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