The Waves survive scare against Doon Villa
FOOTBALL: In one 20-minute spell The Waves showed they are ready for finals football in the Wide Bay League later this month.
The defending premiers ended the regular season with a 4-2 win over Doon Villa but they were made to fight for the win.
Goals to Villa's Joshua Barsby and Coriel Betiz right before half-time gave the Maryborough side a 2-1 lead after The Waves' Sam Meyer opened the scoring in the 35th minute.
The side held on until the 65th minute before The Waves fought back with three goals in 20 minutes to run out winners.
"I thought this was going to be one of those nights to be honest where the result was going to go against us,” The Waves coach Jason De Papi said.
"It's a credit to the boys they eventually got the goals to win.”
But De Papi said the side should not have been in that position after missing chances early on to score.
"I was pleased with how we moved the ball around but we didn't shoot well inside the box,” he said.
"We had a few injuries and brought five or six youngsters into the squad who did really well.
"A lot of them will play division 1 football next year.”
The side is now focusing on the upcoming NewsMail Cup this Saturday against Bingera at 8pm.
De Papi said the side would take a cautious approach after playing three games in the space of a week.
"We'll work on mindset to in still confidence in our boy with shooting,” he said.
"We'll also be doing a few shooting drills and I'll also be working through a couple of drills with the goalkeeper.
De Papi said the NewsMail Cup would be the perfect way to prepare for the finals.
In the other Wide Bay League match, United Warriors beat KSS Jets 3-1 in Hervey Bay.