The Beaudesert Kingfishers escaped the clutches of defeat against the Bilambil Jets on Sunday, stealing a 20-16 victory in the final seconds of the round 14 QTOP Doug Lipp Competition clash.
Having dethroned the Mudgeeraba Redbacks in their last outing, Beaudesert should have been building towards the finals against the sixth placed Jets at Bilambil.
However, injury depleted the ranks and Kingfishers’ coach Keith Gee was forced to start the game with just 14 players at his disposal and an unlimited interchange rule in play.
Beaudesert struggled from the outset as the Jets dominated to take a 12-0 lead at half-time.
Gee said it was the worst half of football his team had played all season.
“It was dreadful,” he said.
“They were hungry and we couldn’t put it together.
“They were playing really good footy with great field position and we couldn’t hang on to the ball.”
Gee said his side seemed flat which he attributed to a possible hangover from the epic encounter with the Redbacks.
“It was also our ninth away game of the season, which doesn’t help,” he said.
The Kingfishers regrouped to post the first four-pointer in the second half and close the gap to 12-4.
The dogged Jets, however, seeing their chance to cause an upset and force their way into finals contention, hit back to command a 16-4 advantage.
Beaudesert were in trouble and in need of inspiration, and it came in the form of a sensational chip and chase try featuring a miraculous Jordan Coolwell pass.
Suddenly, the Kingfishers came to life, scoring again to cut the deficit to two and set the stage for a grandstand finish.
The final five minutes see-sawed on a knife’s edge.
The Jets peppered the try line at one end of the field, before the Kingfishers scored at the other end, only to have the try disallowed.
Finally, with only seconds remaining, the Kingfishers pierced the left edge and crossed over to clinch a 20-16 win and remain third on the ladder.
A proud Gee said the understrength Kingfishers were never in the game but somehow found a way to win proving the team will be a force in the finals.