FOOT­BALL FI­NALS: Dra­matic end to the sea­son

Brothers As­ton Villa break Doon Villa’s hearts

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY Matthew.McIn­er­ney@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

DOON Villa’s dream of rep­re­sent­ing the Fraser Coast in the Wide Bay Premier League grand fi­nal was brought to a dis­heart­en­ing and pre­ma­ture end by Brothers As­ton Villa on Satur­day night.

The Mag­pies had hoped to use their last night at Villa Park this sea­son to book its place in this week’s fi­nal against Bingera, but the Bund­aberg team had other plans.

They scored three goals as a nine man Doon Villa bowed out in straight sets.

WBPL: Doon Villa’s dream of rep­re­sent­ing the Fraser Coast in the Wide Bay Premier League grand fi­nal was brought to a scream­ing halt by a ram­pant Brothers As­ton Villa on Satur­day night.

The Mag­pies fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son in sec­ond, and lost last week’s ma­jor semi fi­nal to Bingera in penal­ties.

Play­ing at home and de­ter­mined not to suf­fer the same fate, Doon Villa at­tacked the game with pur­pose. They needed a strong start, and an early goal could have been enough. It never came.

The scores were locked at 0-0 at half time, and soon af­ter the vis­i­tors opened the scor­ing with a ques­tion­able goal – Doon Villa play­ers and sup­port­ers ar­gued the last touch came from an off­side po­si­tion but the of­fi­cials weren’t in­ter­ested.

Brothers As­ton Villa dom­i­nated field po­si­tion as the game wore on, and when Brock He­witt was sent off for floor­ing a ri­val player with a Sonny Bill Wil­liams-like shoul­der, it was all over. Brothers As­ton Villa scored two more goals and late Mag­pies sub­sti­tute Matt Now­itzke joined He­witt for an early shower for his own re­tal­ia­tory act.

Doon Villa coach Joel Neilsen and mid­fielder Lach­lan Kenny were gutted at full­time.

“We dom­i­nated the first half, we had eight or 10 qual­ity chances and we didn’t take them,” Neilsen said.

“They took their chances and they con­verted, and that was the dif­fer­ence.

“The boys worked hard all game but they’re a good team and they’ll be tough to beat. If we con­vert one of them we could’ve gone on with them.”

Kenny said he be­lieved Doon Villa was the bet­ter side over­all, but paid for not tak­ing their chances.

“We made plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties and just didn’t con­vert them,” Kenny said.

“When they got their op­por­tu­ni­ties they put them in the net. I thought we were the bet­ter team on the night over­all but Brothers man­aged to hang in and took their chance.”

Kenny tipped Bingera to win the grand fi­nal while Neilsen backed Brothers As­ton Villa.

Photo: Matthew McIn­er­ney

Brothers As­ton Villa's Scott Som­mer cel­e­brates the first of his side’s three goals in Satur­day’s Wide Bay Premier League pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Pho­tos: Matthew McIn­er­ney

Doon Villa's Josh Yates takes a shot dur­ing the Wide Bay Premier League pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

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