Cap Coast super-sub in like Flynn for the winner
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.
“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.
SUPER SUB: Flynn Berry all smiles at full-time having scored the winner from the bench.