Broad­beach’s ti­tle in ‘best fin­ish ever’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TERRY WIL­SON terry.wil­son@news.com.au HAS THERE BEEN A BET­TER FIN­ISH IN GOLD COAST SPORT? gold­coast­bul­letin.com.au

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

Pic­tures: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Knights hearts are bro­ken as Broad­beach United's Shaun Robin­son cel­e­brates with sup­port­ers af­ter scor­ing a late goal.

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