Heat defeat Brothers 2-1
THE Cooloola Heat just need one more win to make their first ever grand final after beating Brothers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Playing in Maryborough, the Heat had one of their more controlled games of the 2010 season.
At half time, the score was locked at nil all after both sides failed to capitalise on goal scoring opportunities.
Daniel Naismith stepped up to score for the Heat just after half time and the Heat looked in control, but a nice a rebound goal after a corner shot got Brothers back into the game.
Brothers scored with only 15 minutes left on the clock, but a determined Heat defence kept Brothers at bay for the rest of the half.
The Heat earned a short corner with only two minutes left on the clock.
A neat set play off the corner saw Nathan Stephens score giving the Heat a 2-1 lead and the semi- final
Coach Ben Fitzpatrick had plenty of praise for the Heat’s defensive set up saying the team kept their cool for the entire game.
“We went pretty well it was a pretty tight game like most finals,” Fitzpatrick said.
“The boys played well and carried out the game plan very well.”
Fitzpatrick said the Daniel Naismith was one of the best on the field and Nathan Stephens had a good passing game.
“Our defence was stable and goal keeper Clancy Adams pulled off some good saves.”
Next week the Heat play Roos, after they lost to competition favourites Granville 4-1 on Saturday night.
Fitzpatrick said the game would be a tight one, but the Heat was more than capable of winning the contest.
“The plan against Roos is pretty much the same, but we have to lift another level,” Fitzpatrick said.
“It will be nice and close again and whoever executes the best will win,” he said.
The game hits off at 5pm next Saturday and the coach is urging everyone to be at training tonight.
“We have a full squad next week and places in the team and run on spots are up for grabs,” he said.