Roos so close to his­toric fifth straight

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This Frenchville Roos side will go down in CQPL folk­lore as one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s best ever.

They were three min­utes away from send­ing the grand fi­nal to ex­tra time (where any­thing can hap­pen) be­fore Cap Coast pounced.

De­spite miss­ing out of an open-era record of five-straight Wes­ley Hall Cup wins, they’re a side who leaves a last­ing legacy on the league.

And boy did they go close to scor­ing that win.

Jor­dan Miller was phe­nom­e­nal, his stun­ning free kick bend­ing around the wall opened the scor­ing, and he slot­ted his penalty with author­ity.

De­fend­ers Nick Berry and Tim Zim­i­tat were ex­cel­lent, barely putting a foot wrong. Paul Jack­son was kept quiet but still caused prob­lems.

For a side in tran­si­tion, they de­serve to be re­mem­bered.

“What can you say? It was a fab­u­lous per­for­mance and I couldn’t be prouder,” coach Justin Kil­shaw said.

“Five weeks ago we were a long, long way from here. So to make the fi­nal and per­form the way we did was ex­cep­tional.

“I’m re­ally proud of the young boys and our se­nior play­ers stepped it up again. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

While Frenchville’s young keeper Cianan Ger­aghty will rue his mis­take at the death, he kept his side in it with a num­ber of out­stand­ing saves. It would have been all she wrote without him.

But given the dis­jointed sea­son they had, just mak­ing the CQPL grand fi­nal was a win, knock­ing out arch ri­vals Clin­ton FC half a cherry on top.

Like his coach­ing coun­ter­part, Frenchville’s Justin Kil­shaw was full of pride for his team.

“It is a bit­ter pill to swal­low but I am so proud of them,” he said.

“Cap Coast de­serve this, it has been com­ing for a while. They are the fittest side and went through pretty much un­chal­lenged.

“So full credit to them, I have no prob­lem with it. Yes it is dis­ap­point­ing to get within so close of win­ning a fifth but it was so good to have the op­por­tu­nity.

“We weren’t play­ing this sort of foot­ball three weeks ago.”

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK170917CSOCCER4

SO CLOSE: Frenchville player Jor­dan Miller fires off a pass dur­ing his side’s grand fi­nal game against Capri­corn Coast.

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