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Miners win Charity Shield

The Gympie Miners ( from left, back): Jacqui Pascoe, Linley Archard, Jessica Carlton, Ashlee Beutel, Bianca Connell; (middle): Kirra Mieran, Kristy Reid, Kiah Monk, Rebekah Martin, Annika Coyne, Kym Espin, Kim Priem; (front): Kylie Rayson, Christy Bryan.
The Gympie Miners ( from left, back): Jacqui Pascoe, Linley Archard, Jessica Carlton, Ashlee Beutel, Bianca Connell; (middle): Kirra Mieran, Kristy Reid, Kiah Monk, Rebekah Martin, Annika Coyne, Kym Espin, Kim Priem; (front): Kylie Rayson, Christy Bryan. Contributed

A SOLITARY goal by Gympie Miners’ striker Rebekah Martin has clinched the Charity Shield and second place on the competition ladder for her team.

The Miners travelled to Kawana to play top of the table Caboolture on Saturday with a new game plan devised by Coaches Mike Donaldson and Jim Ambrose.

The plan was to nullify Caboolture’s go forward by cutting down the space in the Miners defensive line and it worked.

Donaldson said the last time the two teams had met Caboolture had won 4-1 and 6-2.

“Jim and I worked out a game plan to counteract their attack and changed the shape of our defensive set up,” Donaldson said.

“The girls played really well and the plan worked, they did everything I asked them to do.

“Their effort and work rate was fantastic,” he said.

The Miners goal came in the 12th minute.

After some great lead up work by her Miners team-mates, Martin received a lovely pass and found herself one on one with the Caboolture goal keeper.

Donaldson said Martin showed great maturity to guide the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

He said Gympie dominated the rest of the first half and were unlucky not to score again with shots missing by centimetres one even hit the top bar of the goal.

Caboolture changed its line up for the second half, but the Gympie girls held on for the victory.

The win cements second spot on the Sunshine Coast ladder for the Gympie team just one point behind competition leaders Caboolture.

The Miners play at home this Friday night against bottom-placed Kawana.

Gympie Times