It may not have been full of excitement but Uni just managed to hold on in their semi final against Wests setting up another mouth watering Grand Final showdown with Albion Park.
A gutsy 2-1 victory over Wests in the Preliminary Final has ensured the two sides will, as expected contest the decider once again and Uni will have the chance to secure an impressive fourth consecutive title.
Captain Coach Simon Beaton’s plan to get on the board early ultimately gave his side the upper hand, with first half goals to Matt Burke and Nick Jennings giving Uni a healthy advantage with a 2-0 lead at half time.
While Wests showed their mettle in defence to deny Uni from extending their lead in the first half, their attacking woes continued in the second half as both sides failed to capitalise on opportunities or were denied by great defence to keep the score at 2-0.
It appeared as though Uni may well have been able to hold on and claim victory from their early efforts, but Wests were able to inject some life into the contest late in the piece when Todd Unicomb scored just seven minutes from full-time to halve Uni’s lead.
Uni searched desperately for another goal to extend their lead in the dying minutes, while Wests tried hard to find an equaliser.
Ultimately Uni’s solid defence proved to be the difference in the two sides, with Wests never really being able to threaten in attack, despite scoring a consolation goal.
However there was to be no final twist in the tale this time around and the two early goals proved to be just enough for Uni to hold on for victory.
Although not entirely convinced by his side’s performance, Uni Captain Coach was still happy to get the win and feels the victory has given them the confidence to take out their fourth consecutive title.
“We made it tough for ourselves, but we got there in the end,” Beaton said.
“It’s always good to be able to score first against them but especially today, even when it got tough towards the end, the early goals got us home,” he added.
“We’re looking forward to playing Albion Park again next week and I think if we can improve our defence against corners, then we will go a long way towards winning our fourth title in a row.”