THREE Whitsunday United teams consolidated their place in the finals with several matches played over the long weekend.
The Whitsunday women’s team continued their winning form defeating a determined Country Black team 8-2 at Whitsunday Sports Park on Saturday.
The first half was all Whitsunday with two goals in the first 10 minutes taking the score 4-0 at the break.
There was even more even battle in the second half with Country coming home strong and scoring two goals running with the wind.
The 8-2 result gives the minor premiership to the Whitsunday Women.
Willow Gaffney added another four goals to her tally, giving her a staggering 34 plus goals for the season and making her the leading goal scorer in the zone in any division.
The U13/14 Division 1 side narrowly missed being competition leaders as well after a hard-fought draw against City Brothers cost them the three points on Saturday.
A second game on Sunday morning saw the team down on numbers and missing several key players and facing a fresh Sarina side hungry for the win.
Violette Matthews led the team to a strong 4-0 lead at half time scoring two goals and controlling the middle of the park.
Jazz Knezevic added a goal to his tally extending his lead as top goal scorer in the division.
The second half was a gritty struggle with Sarina surging back and scoring two goals quickly in the second half.
The Whitsunday team was down to no subs due to injury and it took a massive effort to take the win 6-2 – a true display of determination.
Every player gave it all, however Liam Steen stood up and shouldered a massive workload, shutting down several raids by Sarina and scoring the spectacular final goal with a header from a free kick.
This team is now guaranteed second place at worst and has two shots at a place in the Grand Final
Our other 2020 finalists, the U13/14 Prem team had a bye on the weekend but several players made the trip to Mackay to help the U15/16 make up numbers.
The team has secured third place in their division and has a strong chance of making the finals as the top three teams are extremely closely match.
A great result this year with half the Whitsunday United teams in the finals series.
Source: Whitsunday Times