Columbia earns finals berth
FOOTBALL: Columbia football team have earned their place in the Meccano Cup finals after coming from behind in the second half with four goals to nail a 4-2 win over previously undefeated United Warriors on Saturday.
Columbia built up momentum in the second half to secure the win, putting an end to the Warriors' two-year undefeated roll and knocking the premiers out of the 2012 competition.
Columbia's Dave Arthur said the side had had a good season but had a fight on their hands to take the lead over the Warriors.
"It was a hard-fought game.
"We've certainly interrupted their winning streak," Arthur said.
Columbia got off to a slow start and the Warriors dominated the first half, scoring two well-earned goals.
"They scored two really good goals in the first half.
"Then we started to work.
"In the second half we committed to our defence and we lifted our game.
"We started to get good possession and our defence really hardened up," Arthur said.
Arthur said the team took advantage of the departure of Warriors full-back Blake Walker, who was injured early in the second half after he fell, bruising his hip and hurting his back, while attempting to challenge possession.
Dion Egden, who Arthur said played a brilliant game and considered player of the match, finally scored for Columbia 15 minutes into the second half.
Arthur said Egden worked hard in the midfield, as did Harry Johnston in the back.
Egden's efforts were followed with three goals from Arthur.
Arthur's first goal came 10 minutes after Egden's, which tied them with the Warriors 2-all.
He scored again with 10 minutes left on the clock, giving Columbia a 3-2 lead.
"With 10 minutes to go we were up 3-2.
"Then I really started to get nervous, thinking that they could score again," he said.
A third goal from Arthur late in the game secured the 4-2 win against the reigning grand finalists.
"It's good to see we can come back from behind," Arthur said.
He said it was a good test for the team, who'd had a near-prefect run in the Meccano Cup, except a loss earlier in the season to the Warriors. Columbia will play Doon Villa in the home and away finals. Dates are yet to be advised.