REDS STAY ALIVE: Bargara moves into top four with win
FOOTBALL: You mean there is a chance?
For Bargara the answer remains yes after the team beat Brothers Aston Villa 2-1 at Martens Oval on Saturday to remain alive in this year's Wide Bay League finals race.
The side has now moved to fourth on the ladder and is on track for the finals after Sunbury drew 2-2 earlier in the day with the United Park Eagles.
Bargara is now one point clear heading into the last round and needs Sunbury to lose to the KSS Jets to qualify at their expense and play The Waves in the opening week of the finals.
"There is still hope for us yet,” Bargara coach Allan Davison said.
"We'll be actually going down to Sunbury, cheering on the KSS Jets together.
"Hopefully the Jets can do us a favour.”
The game was won in the second half after Mirko Benzi scored in the 48th minute and Andrew Fallon doubled the lead from a free kick in the 71st minute.
Brothers Aston Villa scored late through midfielder Josh McInnes but it wasn't enough.
"The boys played beautifully and our defence was organised with only one clear shot on goal throughout the game,” Davison said.
"Regardless of what happens next week we will be using this result as motivation for next season.
"We've proved that we belong and can compete against the best.”
Davison said Fallon was the best player on the day with the centre back stopping consistent attacks.
Bargara will be training this week just in case it qualifies for the finals.
While Bargara was happy, the same couldn't be said for Villa.
Villa coach Glen Sparozvich said he found no positives out of the performance and was disappointed.
"We were out-enthused and mentally we weren't there,” he conceded.
"Bargara are also a far better side than when we played them so credit must go to them.”
Sparozvich said he would put his side on notice this week ahead of its final match.
"I'll be talking to them about what to expect,” he said.
"It starts at training and we need to bring an upbeat tempo.”
The coach revealed players will also be fighting for finals spots.
"I still haven't made my mind on the make up of the 11,” he said.
"One or two looked to have qualified for the team but after Saturday I'm on the fence again.”
The side takes on the United Warriors in Hervey Bay on Saturday.