Bundaberg Cities’ Brodie Latham carries the ball forward while the Cooloola Heat’s Dom Stephens and Lachlan Robertson chase hard. Latham was the match winner for Cities.
Bundaberg Cities’ Brodie Latham carries the ball forward while the Cooloola Heat’s Dom Stephens and Lachlan Robertson chase hard. Latham was the match winner for Cities. Craig Warhurst

Latham leads Cities to a win

THE Cooloola Heat was less than a centimetre away from progressing into the Wide Bay Premier League finals on Saturday night, instead they will have a week's break after losing to Bundaberg Cities 4-3.

The Heat needed just to draw with Cities to progress to the semi- finals and had a chance to even the score in the last minute of the match.

The Heat had come back into the game during the last 10 minutes after being 4-1 down.

After two quick goals from Drew Wenzel and Dom Stephens to bring the score to 4-3, Ben Marshall had a chance to level the score off a penalty corner.

Marshall's laser like drag flick from the top of the circle rebounded off the goal post and allowed Cities to advance to the finals.

Heat captain David Dixon said he was still bitterly disappointed with the outcome of the match yesterday.

"It was good fight back," Dixon said.

"We had a chance to draw the match and progress on the bell but we certainly didn't play well enough in the second half to deserve it."

Mitchell Kuether scored first for the Heat to take a 1-0 lead and the Heat looked to have control of the game.

But a moment of brilliance by Cities' Brodie Latham saw the striker take on the Heat's defence just before half-time.

From the 25-metre line he beat five tacklers before pushing the ball past Heat goal keeper Jed Webb.

At half-time the scores were level and the match in the balance.

In the second half Latham was again the main attacker for Cities setting up three quick goals to give the Rum City side a 4-1 lead.

Dixon said the period of play was disappointing for Cooloola.

He said poor marking and the defensive structure let Cities into the game.

"It was a disappointing way to lose because we had a great chance to progress to the finals," Dixon said.

"It was good to get as close as we did considering the scratchy start to the season we had."

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