Deanne Jeffrey's side, the Wallaroos, are out of the finals despite drawing with Uniteds on Saturday.
Deanne Jeffrey's side, the Wallaroos, are out of the finals despite drawing with Uniteds on Saturday. Alistair Brightman

Unbreakable draw is enough for Uniteds to scrape into final

UNITEDS' quest for back-to back-titles is still on track after securing a spot in next week's Maryborough and District women's grand final with a dramatic 1-1 draw against the Wallaroos on Saturday.

Eighty four intense minutes, including two seven-minute extra time periods couldn't separate the two teams, which means the highest-placed team advances to the grand final where Uniteds will do battle against Granville Rovers.

In the other preliminary final, Curtis Dove scored a double as the Wallaroos beat Brothers 4-2.

They will play Granville Tigers in the men's decider.

Uniteds persistence paid off in the end, demonstrating tremendous guts in coming from a goal down to level the scores near full-time.

Shannon Brown found herself in the right place at the right time, pouncing on a rebound off the goalkeeper's pads to tap in the equaliser.

"We were very relieved," Uniteds coach Cheryll Brown said.

"It was pretty much an even match, but at point that we thought we could go on and win the match because we had more attack than they did."

In a pulsating extra-time, both teams had their chances from penalty corners, however their shots were off target.

Earlier, Wallaroos' Belinda Kenny, in her first game back from a knee injury, broke the deadlock early in the second half after burying her chance in a one-on-one situation.

Naomi Lynch was the spark for Uniteds' offence using her speed to trouble her opposition.

But Brown conceded the Wallaroos' resolute defence made it hard for them to control the game.

"We had a lot of pressure and we just kept pushing on," she said.

"We just couldn't seem to put it away and couldn't capitalise, which has been the story of our last couple of games."

Veterans Lyn Tucker and Julie Staples stood up when they needed to and offered a high work rate despite playing their third game in as many days, and second extra time match in less than 24 hours.

Brown said Uniteds still need to step up another gear for next week's grand final against the Rovers, but she admitted her players' attitude was her biggest concern.

The Rovers have had the wood on Uniteds in recent times, winning the last two contests including the grand final qualifier a fortnight ago.

"We need to be mentally and physically stronger then they are," Brown said.

"We all, especially some of my younger players, have to have the right attitude and believe in themselves."



Uniteds 1 (Shannon Brown) drew Wallaroos 1 (Belinda Kenny)


Wallaroos 4 (Curtis Dove 2, Joel Williams, Shaun Goldenstein) def Brothers 2 (Andrew Eaves, Martin Power)

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