Joseph Ogilvie (@jogilvie17)
The Holland Park Hawks put on an impressive display to beat North Pine 3 – 0 in the Capital 1 League Grand Final.
Two freshly promoted sides came together in a repeat of the first week of the final series.
The previous encounter between them was a close fought affair with Holland Park prevailing on penalties and earning a week off, while North Pine had to do things the hard way, beating North Star last week.
It was an under strength Hawks side with Marvin Brattan and Pablo Aviles out suspended and a number of injuries meaning William McPherson got his first start in first grade for the year.
The Hawks dominated the first 20 minutes of the match with chances to Matt McNab in the first and ninth minutes.
North Pine started to get back into the game and created a chance on a counter attack in the 21st minute but James Fairgrieve pushed his chance wide.
The Gorillas created another golden chance just 1 minute later when Jay Brindell-South got one-on-one with the Hawks’ keeper who was forced to make a save.
The ball was then sent to the other end of the park and a chance again presented itself to McNab who’s shot went just wide.
There was a nervous moment for Holland Park in the 28th minute when North Pine put a hopeful ball into the box and the ball came loose, only to be jumped on by Marko Radovanovic for the Hawks.
Finally there was a breakthrough in the 36th minute, when a long ball was put through to the Hawk’s Marek Madle, who controlled the ball well and passed off to McNab, who slotted it in the bottom left corner from 20 metres out to give them a 1 goal advantage.
It continued to be an even affair up until half time with the Hawks going to the sheds 1 – 0 up.
Holland Park began to dominate after half time using the width of the pitch to their advantage.
Madle again got into the action in the 53rd minute when he beat 3 defenders and cut back inside before finishing in the bottom right corner to give the Hawks a two-goal buffer.
It was an almost identical play in the 70th minute when Madle again got the ball on the right wing, beat a few defenders, but this time put it in the bottom right and barring a miracle giving the Hawks a grand final win.
The Hawks almost had a fourth just one minute later but Gerard Bowtell-Harris made a great double save to give North Pine a slight hope.
Then in the 80th it looked to be a certain goal for Holland Park but a North Pine defender cleared the ball from his own line.
Credit to North Pine who continued to put in for the rest of the game despite the deficit.
Special mention should go to Kenny Boyle at the back for the Hawks who made several critical tackles and helped keep North Pine’s chances to minimum.
Overall it was a very convincing win for the Hawks who should be competitive in the Brisbane Premier League next year.
Holland Park 3 (Matt McNab 36’, Marek Madle 50’, 70’) v North Pine: 0