Cap Coast su­per-sub in like Flynn for the win­ner

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BIG WIN: Capri­corn Coast with the spoils af­ter go­ing the full 12 rounds with Frenchville in Satur­day night’s thrilling Cen­tral Queens­land Pre­mier League grand fi­nal de­cided by a goal from a sub who only ar­rived at the game late in the sec­ond half.

Su­per sub Flynn Berry will re­mem­ber this mo­ment for­ever.

The 17-year-old winger was rac­ing the clock to be part of Cap Coast’s charge in the Cen­tral Queens­land Pre­mier League grand fi­nal. He al­most didn’t make it. Down in Brisbane for a schol­ar­ship in­ter­view, the Year 12 St Bren­dan’s Col­lege stu­dent boarded a plane at around 7pm Satur­day.

His fam­ily picked him up in Rock­hamp­ton and broke land speed records (prob­a­bly) to make the game.

He ar­rived, fully kit­ted, with 20 min­utes to go, only to glance ag­o­nis­ingly at the score­board: 3-2 in Frenchville’s favour.

A quick warm-up and he was thrown in. It was sink or swim, kid.

The rest, is his­tory.

“It was prob­a­bly harder to miss that one than score it,” the buzzing teenager said af­ter scor­ing the win­ning goal for Coast’s first win since 2010.

A fa­tigued Frenchville keeper Cianan Ger­aghty spilled a fierce shot straight to the feet of Berry in the box. It was a shot he’d score 10 times out of 10.

Yet un­der the im­mense grand fi­nal pres­sure, a less-com­posed player could have slipped up.

He didn’t.

“It is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to be able to come off the bench and score that one,” he said.

“I was get­ting mes­sages from the coach say­ing be ready to go on. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be 2-3 down though and to turn it around is amaz­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously this is the first time in a long time we have won the Wes­ley.

“So this is re­ally some­thing special.”

Af­ter a sea­son of pro­mot­ing youths to the first team, coach Josh McLen­nan’s faith was re­warded.

It is only Berry’s sec­ond goal of the sea­son, but no bet­ter one to score.

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK170917CSOCCER2

PHOTO: RORY CREMIN

SU­PER SUB: Flynn Berry all smiles at full-time hav­ing scored the win­ner from the bench.

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