Monto soccer chases twice the glory
MONTO Soccer Club will have one of its biggest days in the club's history on Saturday when its two senior sides compete in a pair of twin grand finals for the ultimate glory.
The U16 Mavericks will front up for their first ever Biloela and District junior football grand final after a nailbiting, come-from-behind 2-3 victory on Saturday, netting a brace in the final five minutes to turn around a 2-1 scorecard.
Coaches Peter and Natasha Howlett said they were "proud” of the character the team showed as they "never gave up”.
Goals were scored by Isaac Green and Declan Howlett (two), while Liam Green assisted all three.
"Captain Blake Barnett performed well leading by example,” the coaches said.
"Emilee Myles did a great job pressuring their backline.
"Jespar Delaney-O'Reilly did well in goals, limiting the opposition's score line.
"Our interchanging backline of Cody Pailthorpe, Matthew Baldwin, Lucas Spletter, Ralph Domingo, Daniel Kling and Nakayla Myles worked well together in defence.
"It was a great game by both teams and we look forward to the grand final”.
U14B Strikers won 1-5 on Saturday, a trial run for this weekend's grand final, after they won their semi-final the previous weekend in Monto 8-0, finishing on top of the table.
They will be seeking a hat-trick of premierships, as they have won the previous two years.
He said the "pressure was off” because they had already made the grand final, and were able to play free-flowing footy and also trial players in new positions.
"We had two U12 players, Jackson Pailthorpe and Braith Sinclair, step up again taking turns as reserves to give our two U14B players, Matthew Baldwin and Isaac Green, the chance to catch their breath after their stellar effort helping the U16s join us in the grand finals this coming weekend,” coach Tyrone O'Reilly said.
"The whole team played like champions supporting each other 110 per cent, which allowed Balun Delaney-O'Reilly to score a hat-trick, with Matthew Baldwin snapping at his heels with two goals, time denying him of his second hat trick in two weeks, as the whole forward and midfield packs took turns testing the opposition's goalkeeper.
"If the Strikers can continue playing as a team backing up each other, sliding their defence and attack to continuously support each other we are in with a solid chance for the grand final.”
Secretary Melinda Clarke said the club has been "building” over the past few seasons and now has a good flow of players making the step up from younger ages groups into the competitive U14B and U16 divisions.