Decision ends Miners final hopes
IT’S all over for the Gympie women’s Miners following a controversial semi-final loss to Maroochydore in Buderim last Friday night.
Gympie lost the sudden death encounter 2-1 to have dreams of a grand final appearance flattened.
Miners coach Mike Donaldson said time was needed for the disappointment to subside.
“It was a good tight game but we were left disappointed with the controversy at the end of the game,” he said.
Trailing 2-1 and with mere seconds remaining, Gympie secured a corner kick, which was then picked up by striker Rebekah Martin and slammed past the Maroochydore keeper.
As the ball left Martin’s boot and travelled through the air, the referee blew the full-time whistle.
Gympie players celebrated the goal, thinking they had levelled the encounter and forced the game into extra time to decide a winner.
However, the referee ruled the match was over before Martin’s shot had entered goal mouth, therefore handing Maroochydore a victory.
Donaldson thought the decision was wrong.
“We thought Rebekah had got her shot under way and it was a goal,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to go out this way because you would like to be beaten fairly but it’s happened and we can’t change that now.”
Donaldson’s disappointment was shared by team manager Angela Williams.
“Ultimately, it was just too close to call but the girls were pretty upset about it,” she said. “It wasn’t clear cut.”
“The referee had a job to do and she did it and we can’t change the result.”
The result means Maroochydore advances to play Caboolture in Buderim this Friday night for the remaining place in the grand
The winner will play Buderim after the side took the direct route to the grand final with a 3-2 victory over Caboolture.
The Gympie girls, meanwhile, are having a break-up dinner this Friday night to celebrate a rollercoaster season.
Meanwhile attention is already starting to fall on next season’s campaign.