Broadbeach’s title in ‘best finish ever’
BROADBEACH United coach Lee Vernon has hailed his side’s epic Premier League great escape “the most astonishing finish in Gold Coast history” – and few can argue.
The Dolphins reclaimed their mantle as kings of the Coast by snatching a sixth grand final victory in the last nine years in astonishing circumstances, coming back from the dead in a gripping finale against league champions Gold Coast Knights at the Croatian Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Trailing 1-0 going into added time, Broadbeach’s never-say-die attitude produced a magical finish when two goals from striker Shaun Robinson gifted a 2-1 win.
Not even successful coach Vernon expected what was about to happen as the game was turned on its head.
Vernon admitted he was planning tactics for extra time after Robinson scored his first goal in the 92nd minute – a header from a Daniel Viccars cross.
“When we were one down late we tried to push players forward to put the Knights under pressure,” Vernon said.
“We scored and I was basically getting my plans ready for extra time when Robbo scored again.
“I reckon that was the most astonishing finish in Gold Coast history. It was just snatch and grab in the end.”
It was a clever through- pass from Japanese Keita Ikeda, who intercepted a Knights ball in his defensive end, that set up the winner.
Ikeda’s pass found Robinson who neatly lobbed advancing Knights’ keeper Matt Harris for the goal that set the Sports Centre alight.
Asked what makes Broadbeach the club it is, Vernon put it down to a winning culture and never-give-up ethos.
“It is something that has been built into the culture for a long time,” Vernon said.
“People come to us for the right reasons. We have a nomoney policy, it goes from myself down – I’m treasurer and senior director as well. We have only four junior teams which makes it difficult to find sponsorship.”
Losing coach Alex Morrison was gracious in defeat.
“I’ve been telling you all season that they are a good side and never to write them off,” Morrison said.
“Obviously we’re disappointed in ourselves (for conceding the two late goals) but football is a cruel game at times. We’ll be all right and we’ll be back.”
WE SCORED AND I WAS BASICALLY GETTING MY PLANS READY FOR EXTRA TIME WHEN ROBBO SCORED AGAIN. UNITED COACH LEE VERNON
Knights hearts are broken as Broadbeach United's Shaun Robinson celebrates with supporters after scoring a late goal.