Colts book a spot in grand final
THE Warwick Wolves Colts moved through to the Toowoomba Football Association grand final with a 1-0 win against Laidley in Friday night’s preliminary final at Toara Park.
It was the 11th time this season Warwick kept the opposition scoreless with the best defence in the competition.
Although the scoreline was close, Warwick had the majority of possession and play. This didn’t stop Laidley providing a few anxious moments, with one shot bouncing off the top corner of the goal.
Warwick started well and had a number of close chances, with the Laidley goal constantly under attack.
A number of corners resulted, but the score remained nil-all until Martin Johnson broke through in the 37th minute with a brilliant strike that dipped into the goal, touching the underside of the bar.
Throughout the game, Johnson played exceptionally in the midfield, winning the ball and creating numerous attacking opportunities.
The second half saw Laidley come back into the game, but Warwick’s defence stood firm with goalkeeper Jake Reid making some fine saves.
Nick Kemp was again outstanding in the central defence, playing with excellent anticipation.
Matthew Carey was tireless in the midfield with a very high work rate, and as the game progressed assisted the defence in turning back the opposition attack.
Bryce Doro and Tom Settgast played very well out on the wings and Alex Beattie and Casey Baguley were effective coming off the bench.
The depth and consistency was apparent with a strong team effort.
Warwick now meets West Wanderers at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba, in the grand final on Friday night.
Wanderers have the edge, having won two of the three season’s encounters between the two teams, but Warwick has good reason to be confident after defeating Wanderers in the President’s Cup final in July.