Cooloola Heat young gun Drew Wenzel scored the winning goal for the Heat.
Cooloola Heat young gun Drew Wenzel scored the winning goal for the Heat. Craig Warhurst

The Heat hangs on

DREW Wenzel's match winning goal might not have been his prettiest, but for Heat supporters it was pretty special.

Wenzel's second-half goal kept the Cooloola Heat's final aspirations alive in the Wide Bay Premier League on Saturday.

With 20 minutes left in the game Wenzel found himself in possession and heading toward the Hervey Bay goal.

The only problem was Wenzel had three defenders chasing him and a goal keeper advancing trying to take him out of the game.

As Wenzel entered the circle he tried to avoid the approaching goal keeper but slipped over.

Wenzel, the keeper and the three chasing defenders ended up colliding at the top of the goal circle and ended in a heap on the ground.

The only thing that wasn't stopped was the ball and it emerged from behind the tangle of arms and legs and trickled into the goal.

Heat spokesman Dom Stephens said it was one of the best things he had ever seen on a hockey field.

The Heat got away to a great start in the home game.

For the first 15 minutes they were on top and Daniel Naismith slotted a nice goal for the Heat to go one up.

Stephens said things were looking good until Dean Walker did a hamstring.

After the striker left the field the Heat's attack slowed and Hervey Bay took the upper hand, attacking for the rest of the half.

Stephens said the attack continued unabated in the second half. The Heat defence held strong until a length-of- the-field pass found the Bay's striker free in the circle.

Hervey Bay levelled the game.

After Wenzel's miracle goal Hervey Bay kept the Heat pinned in its own half.

The defence held and the Heat won 2-1.

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