Beaudesert Rangers move step closer to grand final

LETHAL: Joe Nilon scores against St Paul's earlier this year.

LETHAL: Joe Nilon scores against St Paul's earlier this year.

The Beaudesert Rangers are just one win away from the grand final after comprehensively defeating the Sunnybank Saints 3-1 on Saturday at Mansfield.

Rangers started strongly against Saints, slotting two goals within the first 20 minutes through attacking weapon Lewis Steindl

Steindl first found the back of the net with a blistering penalty strike after Luke Cahill was brought down inside the penalty box.

The second came when he collected a well-directed pass at the top of the 18 yard box and fired it to the keeper’s left-hand side.

Leading 2-0 at half-time, Rangers had Sunnybank on the ropes and were showing no signs of relenting.

The first lapse came immediately after the break when the Saints jagged a goal within moments of kicking off to take the score to 2-1 and give themselves hope.

But it was short-lived as the determined Beaudesert outfit regained composure and control of the contest.

With five minutes left on the clock and Sunnybank in disarray Michael Rogers banged home the match-winner.

Beaudesert manager Lachlan Snow said he was pleased with his team’s 3-1 triumph and proud they maintained focus as Sunnybank fell apart.

“They capitulated and our boys kept their composure,” he said.

“It was one of our better games of the season.

“Hopefully we can replicate it against Logan.”

Snow said his side will be hoping to break through for an elusive victory over Logan after posting a draw and two losses in clashes this season.

Beaudesert’s eagerly anticipated Queensland Christian Soccer Association Division Two preliminary final showdown with Logan will be played at Mansfield this Saturday from 7pm.

Dylan Lawrence on the attack in a game against St Paul's earlier this season.

Dylan Lawrence on the attack in a game against St Paul's earlier this season.