Grand Final day was finally here for the Jimboomba U14’s

With Jimboomba being back to nearly full strength for the first time in three weeks, with only Kalum Burke missing, the signs were all positive for the Premiers. The game started off slowly with both teams being very nervous, but it was the Jimboomba players who seemed to settle quicker and they were soon pushing forward and laying siege to the Redlands goal. Luke Harris was unlucky to be called offside after a neat pass form Travis Parkes found him with the Redlands goal at his mercy, but this setback did not upset the Jimboomba players who continued to press forward in search of the opening goal. With keeper Jordan Cheers being protected by the strongest defence in the competition, of Corey Pickard, Luke Virtue, Jack McHugh and Tyson Briar, the Jimboomba goal did not come under much pressure in the first half. For all the JUFC pressure, possession and dominance the first half ended in deadlock.


The second half again got off to a slow start, but the pace quickly changed when after a defensive mix up, Kieran Anderton took a quick throw in to Dan Russell who passed  the ball back to Lachlan Gittins who put in a pinpoint cross for Mitchell Battelley to leave the Redlands keeper rooted to the spot as the ball went into the back of the net. This was the spark the team needed and they did not sit back and defend the lead but continued to press forward in search of another goal. As full time got closer so did the desperation of the Redlands team, but tireless defensive running from Michael Bulner and Brandon Post in the centre of midfield saw the Redlands attacks stopped short. In a twist of fate from last week which saw Jimboomba awarded a penalty in the final minute, Redlands were awarded a free kick just outside of the Jimboomba penalty area. As the shot was taken the wall stood strong with the shot hitting a Jimboomba player and the follow up attempt was blasted high over the bar. With the goal kick being taken so sounded the referee’s final whistle. Team Coach Aaron Battelley congratulated the team on winning the ‘double’ and manager Martin Anderton said “What an end to a magnificent season which saw the U14’s completing the double of both the Premiership title and the Grand Final. Well done boys you have done your club, your parents and most importantly yourselves proud. You have all shown great team spirit; courage and strength in your achievements this year and we hope to see you all back next season”.


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