Tenth time’s a charm

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: Stan­thorpe United has claimed their tenth A-grade ti­tle in stel­lar fash­ion, down­ing the might of Bal­lan­dean in a clas­sic bat­tle.

The two met in last sea­son’s grand fi­nal and it was United again, who’d tri­umph af­ter 90 min­utes.

United went into the tie hav­ing only lost a soli­tary game all sea­son, to their grand fi­nal foes back in Au­gust.

With that game at the back of their minds, the young side were never go­ing to take their op­po­nents lightly. The game started at a fre­netic pace, both sides try­ing to as­sert some dom­i­nance and build mo­men­tum.

The cut-up pitch made it dif­fi­cult for ei­ther side to play any sort of fast, pass­ing foot­ball.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral raids on Bal­lan­dean’s goal, United would even­tu­ally take the lead when a cross-come-shot from United mid­fielder Matthew Pur­cell found its way to the back of the net.

One-up and United soon found their rhythm.

It wasn’t long be­fore the Red­backs went two-up af­ter a Hunter Mur­phy cross found the head of com­pe­ti­tion top-scorer Cur­tis Allen.

Bal­lan­dean went to the break deflated but not de­feated. Ace McDon­ald and Ai­den Hal­ford shone for the reds as they tried to get one back.

As the game wound down, United dug their heels in and sat deep de­fend­ing any at­tack thrown at them.

Bal­lan­dean threw more and more at their op­po­nents but luck wasn’t with them as United would hold on to claim the win and their tenth A-grade ti­tle in 12 years.

United young­ster Hunter Mur­phy was awarded the match ball, named man of the match af­ter an ex­cel­lent dis­play in the mid­dle of the park.

TI­TLE SUC­CESS: Stan­thorpe United made it 10 A-grade ti­tle wins af­ter their vic­tory over Bal­lan­dean in the grand fi­nal on Satur­day.

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