Fi­nals bid has all but ended

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FNQ Heat’s fi­nals bid has all but ended in laugh­able cir­cum­stances against the same team who de­stroyed their grand fi­nal dreams last sea­son. Red­lands United came from be­hind to record a 2-1 win with a stop­page time goal but the home team was so ashamed at the of­fi­ci­at­ing they felt the need to apol­o­gise to Heat play­ers. Such was the as­sis­tance of the ref­er­ees, the crowd at Cleve­land Show­ground even cheered them off the ground for calls that still have the vis­i­tors scratch­ing their heads.

FNQ Heat’s fi­nals bid has all but ended in laugh­able cir­cum­stances against the same team who de­stroyed their grand fi­nal dreams last sea­son.

Red­lands United came from be­hind to record a 2-1 win with a stop­page time goal but the home team was so ashamed at the of­fi­ci­at­ing they felt the need to apol­o­gise to Heat play­ers.

Such was the as­sis­tance of the ref­er­ees, the crowd at Cleve­land Show­ground even cheered them off the ground for calls that still have the vis­i­tors scratch­ing their heads.

While there was no ex­cuse for fail­ing to stop Ryan Michael’s win­ning header, the Heat were forced to de­fend the free kick, which was baf­fling in it­self, with 10 men.

Key de­fender Josh Jen­ni­son, who con­ceded the free kick de­spite com­ing off sec­ond best, was asked to leave the field for a sup­posed il­le­gal cov­er­ing on his ear, which he had been wear­ing for the en­tire game.

Ten min­utes ear­lier the Heat looked to have scored what could have been the win­ner through MJ Nki­wane, but the flag went up and the goal was dis­al­lowed.

FNQ Heat coach Tim Camp­bell said it might sound like “sour grapes” but it was the story of their sea­son. The mys­tery dis­al­lowed goal was the third such oc­ca­sion this sea­son, but the coach said there was no point fol­low­ing it up.

“The op­por­tu­nity to ask for an ex­pla­na­tion isn’t avail­able to us like it seems to be for every other team. We don’t get a chance to find out,” Camp­bell said.

He said de­spite the con­fu­sion, the Heat had enough chances to leave with the three points they needed.

“It’s our own fault. We gave Jamie Car­roll two good oneon-ones. Last year they were chances he would have been tak­ing but this year he’s just not do­ing it,” he said.

“Kasper hit the post, Jamie hit the bar. They just weren’t go­ing in. We just have noth­ing of the con­fi­dence we had in com­par­i­son to last sea­son.”

Car­roll though did score mid­way through the first half, although Camp­bell said he de­served much bet­ter than the farce that un­folded af­ter­wards in his mile­stone game.

“He man­aged to do it in his 100th game and we took some joy in that,” he said.

“It’s a great hon­our for us to be in­volved in some­thing like that but it’s just a shame we get that kind of re­sult.”

The Heat now ef­fec­tively need Bris­bane City, More­ton Bay and West­ern Pride to dis­in­te­grate to be any chance of mak­ing the top four.

While there is an NPL game in Innisfail against Bris­bane City to con­cern them­selves with, the Heat will now throw ev­ery­thing into their up­com­ing FFA Cup clash against Syd­ney United 58 on Au­gust 9.

“It’s our last hur­rah,” Camp­bell said. “The boys know the sea­son is over in the league, the to­tal fo­cus is now on Syd­ney and what a chal­lenge that will be for us.”

Pic­ture: AN­DREW HUD­SON

BIG MO­MENT: Jamie Car­roll on the ball in his 100th game for FNQ Heat, against Red­lands United in NPL Round 19.

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