THE Gatton Redbacks premier men advanced through to the finals at the weekend after toppling Rockville in what was a nail-biting clash decided in a penalty shootout.
A man down due to a red card early in the match, the Redbacks held their composure throughout a tight 90 minutes of football to fend off the Rockville advances while successfully attacking into the opposition half to leave the scores tied 2-2 at full-time.
As the game entered extra time, spectators sat on the edge of their seats as both sides put on a gripping display of football which saw some missed opportunities.
Despite playing well, the final whistle went, sending the match into a penalty shootout and a make or break situation for Gatton.
Despite a slow start to the shootout, down two goals, the Redbacks remained focused to level the goals to 3-3 with the final and most crucial save from young keeper, Jack Godley, propelling the team into celebration mode.
Gatton Redbacks premier men coach Greg Leithart said the team put in a gutsy effort and deserved to come away with the win.
“I think they showed a lot of courage, spirit and team work for what they did, especially to be one man down,” he said.
“It was a very tight game, but I felt like we were always in control and dominated a lot of the possession, we just couldn’t capitalise on it as well as we have in the past.
“They are a top four side and deserved to play in the semi.”
Club vice president Anthony Staatz said it was the first time the team had entered the finals in more than three seasons.
Coach Leithart believed the team would be a strong contender in the finals this Sunday as they took on top of the table hot favourites Willowburn and hoped they could continue their current form to reach the grand final.
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