Pride Seal First Silverware After Late Late Winner
Words: Blake Birt
Images: Chris Simpson
Western Pride have secured the first silverware in club history after a 90th-minute Dylan Wenzel-Halls freekick lifted them to a 2-1 Grand Final win over Moreton Bay United at Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
Jets captain Alex Janovsky had pulled his team level with a curling left-footer with five minutes left on the clock, but Wenzel-Halls capped off a fantastic personal season with his well-timed winner.
Pride's opener arrived in simple fashion midway through the first half, as Joe Duckworth floated in a freekick for Cameron Crestani to volley home from six yards out.
Pride's win continues the unpredictable history of PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland, as the competition has now seen five different winners in five seasons.
Briggs Road was packed out with 3,383 rowdy supporters, and Pride sent their fans home happy after a historic night in Ipswich.
The late loss was painful for Moreton Bay, but the Jets can still consider 2017 a great success, after a run into the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 and a win over Premiers Brisbane Strikers in the PS4 NPL QLD Semi-Finals.
7’ CHANCE FOR JETS – Alex Janovsky plays a through ball to Declan Smith but his first-time effort is palmed away.
19’ GOAL FOR PRIDE – Pride's opener arrives in simple fashion, Joe Duckworth floats in a freekick for Cameron Crestani to volley home from six yards out.
22' CHANCE FOR PRIDE – Dylan Wenzel-Halls beats two Moreton Bay defenders but drags his shot wide left.
31' CHANCE FOR JETS - Matt Capelo's freekick finds Corey Lucas but the defender's header flies well over the bar.
55' CHANCE FOR JETS - Declan Smith fights through several defenders but his shot lacks sufficient power.
72’ CHANCE FOR JETS – Jesse Rigby sends a marvellous lobbed pass towards Wenzel-Halls but Thurtell closes the angle down.
85' GOAL FOR JETS - Alex Janovsky cuts inside onto his left and sends a cross-shot in off the left upright.
90' GOAL FOR PRIDE - Wenzel-Halls steps up to send a fantastic freekick home, securing Pride a historic Championship.
PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland 2017 – Grand Final
Saturday, September 2
Briggs Road Sporting Complex
Western Pride 2 (Cameron CRESTANI 19', Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 90')
Moreton Bay United 1 (Alex JANOVSKY 85')