The Beaudesert Rangers under-15/16 girls are through to their second grand final in as many attempts after overcoming the North Lakes Mustangs 4-3 at North Pine on Saturday.
Rangers, who were runner up in the Queensland Christian Soccer Association competition’s inaugural season, will be looking to go one better when they do battle with the winner of North Lakes and Raceview on August 15.
The team enters the decider full of confidence following its convincing display in the semi-final which it dominated for much of the contest.
Beaudesert started with an increased intensity which signalled that the business end of its campaign had begun.
They immediately got on the front foot, controlling the ball through the midfield and attacking with fluency.
Coach Glenn Berg said his team enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory in the first half which allowed it to create chances at will and eventually open the scoring.
“We had three times the amount of shots as North Lakes,” he said.
“They made a couple of breaks but we shut them down.”
Leading 1-0 at the break, Berg urged his charges to stay focused and maintain their level of play if they aspired to reach another grand final.
Moments after half-time, the Mustangs got themselves on the scoreboard and Beaudesert heads dropped.
The Rangers needed to lift and that’s exactly what they did, hitting back within five minutes to regain the lead 2-1.
However, the Mustangs were not about to lie down and after ten minutes of end-to-end football, they drew level again.
With the score locked at 2-2 and both sides desperate to progress straight to the final and secure the week off to freshen up, the game was now well and truly on.
It was in this decisive period that Beaudesert demonstrated the qualities of a champion side, surging to bang home two goals and give itself some breathing room.
In the dying moments, as the Rangers relaxed marginally, the Mustangs stole a late consolation goal.
A proud Berg said the girls worked well as a team, moving the ball around the park seamlessly and resisting wholeheartedly on defence.
“They communicated well and were able to apply a lot of pressure,” he said.
“Our defence was particularly strong.
“It was impenetrable.”
Berg said the Rangers had a slow start to the year but have found form on the back of a six game winning streak mid-season.
He expects to meet Raceview in the grand final but said it would be a difficult game, whichever club his squad faced.
“I am pretty confident,” he said.
“The girls who were in the team last year are certainly very passionate about winning it, and that has spilled over to the younger girls who have stepped up.
“They just need to stick to what they’ve been doing, work together and be there for each other - back each other up and never give up.”