Neil McKean was back in form for the Cooloola Heat against Wallaroos on Saturday.
Neil McKean was back in form for the Cooloola Heat against Wallaroos on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Last minute loss leaves Heat cold

WITH five minutes left on the clock, Cooloola Heat’s Dean Walker scored an impressive goal against Wallaroos, to go 2-1 up, with victory .

Well that’s what they thought anyway.

Wallaroos returned fire, scoring two quick goals off penalty corners in the final minutes – the last with only 30 seconds left on the clock to win the thrilling game.

“We lost it,” a disappointed Ben Fitzpatrick said yesterday.

“We thought we had the game in the bag, but the boys went to sleep for five minutes.

He said the game wasn’t played with a lot of skill and those missed chances in the first half probably cost the Heat the game.

“We had one shot hit the goal post and another two on one with the goal keeper we stuffed up.”

He praised Heat striker Dean Walker for scoring two magic goals, and fullbacks Dave Dixon and Dom Stephens for their defensive effort.

“The backs played really well until the very end.

“But we started to run the ball to much out of defence while under pressure, instead of just clearing the ball when we are tired,” he said.

The Heat take on Brothers this weekend in their final home game of the season at Ramsey Park.

“We have a bit to work on with only two games left before the finals,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Our forward press was non existent last weekend,” he said.

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