By Joseph Ogilvie
Toowong claimed the Capital 3 League Championship in both grades today after their first side beat New Farm United 1 – 0 and their reserves beat Virginia 4 – 1.
After Toowong’s triumphant win in reserve grade, a depleted Phoenix side took on freshly promoted New Farm United, to decide the Capital 3 League Premiers for 2015.
There was some big team news for both sides with the notable absence of Pedro Gondim for Toowong and the addition of Andy Balzat for New Farm.
Toowong were stretched for numbers on the day and this was made worse in the 5th minute when Steve Jackson went off with a groin injury.
It was a gritty first half with Toowong dominating possession and most of the midfield play.
Neither team managed to create clear-cut chances early on with the majority of play taking place in the middle third.
Toowong had the best two chances of the half with a lovely through ball to Robert Tewksbury in the 40th minute, followed by a ball into the area that again found Tewksbury and this time he hit the cross bar.
The sides went to the sheds at 0 – 0 after a somewhat dour first half.
It began to open up more in the second half and Toowong managed to take a lead in the 50th minute when Ashley Howell controlled a cross with a nice touch and then found the back of the net.
New Farm continued to push for an equalizer and almost found one when Corey-James Window put a ball through to Balzat who hit the side netting.
Balzat was again in the action just 3 minutes later after he beat a number of players and found his way into the box before having his shot saved by Toowong’s Joshua Dennis.
The game became very niggly and physical in the last 30 minutes with a number of yellow cards and Toowong were down to 10 men after Jack Marchant was given his second yellow in the 86th minute.
Toowong put on an impressive defensive display throughout the match and controlled possession incredibly well.
Having won both grades in the league they will consider themselves unlucky not to be moving up to Capital 2 League next year and will no doubt be a strong team in Capital 3 in 2016.