Toowong claim Capital 3 Reserves Grand Final

By Joseph Ogilvie

A strong crowd were rewarded today at Elder Oval as Toowong beat Virginia 4 – 1 to claim the Capital 3 League Reserves Premiership in dramatic circumstances.

Their previous encounter in the first week of the final series was a fairly one sided affair and despite the 2 – 1 sideline, Toowong looked the far better side.

Virginia arrived up for the encounter after overcoming a 2-goal half time deficit to beat Tarragindi 4 – 2 last week.

In the early stages it looked as if fortunes had changed with Virginia having the better of possession and field position in the first 20 minutes.

Despite their dominance, Virginia struggled to create any real opportunities thanks to Toowong’s strong central defensive structure.

There was a lack of clear-cut chances in the first half but Toowong looked sure to take the lead in the 8th minute until Virginia’s Nick Riggall made a fantastic one on one save.

The deadlock was broken in the 32nd minute when Toowong’s James Starnes hit a cracking strike from almost 30 metres out, flying just under the cross bar and into the net.

From that point on the pace of the game really dropped and the Phoenix held a 1-goal advantage at half time.

Virginia struck back almost immediately after the break when a defensive error from Toowong saw a lofted free kick bounce over the keeper and into the goal.

It looked like the game would be all over in the 68th minute when a Toowong attacker was brought down in the box seeing the Virginia defender red carded and a penalty awarded.

Riggall again stepped up to the plate for Virginia making a fantastic double save to keep his side in the game.

Patrick Tunnah blew a golden opportunity for Toowong in the 71st minute missing a one on one after Riggall came out at him.

Toowong finally took advantage of the 10 man Virginia side in the 85th minute scoring a classy goal to take a 2 – 1 lead.

In yet another turn, a poor challenge in the box saw Virginia awarded a penalty in the 87th minute and given a golden chance to equalise.

Toowong’s keeper saved the penalty the first time before being called back and re-taken only for the shot to be sent wide.

The score line blew out with goals two late goals to Toowong ending things 4 – 1.

In absolutely cracking game of football, special mention should go to the goal keepers from both teams who produced some stunning saves for their sides.