Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fire Reignites in a 5-4 Thriller

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fire Reignites in a 5-4 Thriller

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Byline: STEELE TAYLOR steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

FIRE 2

(S Blackman 61', T Holmes 83')

MINERS 2

(D Corbett 30' M Leslie 86')

Fire won 5-4 on penalties

THE Sunshine Coast Fire stamped its final mark on the Queensland State League yesterday, when it captured a thrilling grand final victory over the Whitsunday Miners at Bokarina.

The Fire snared its third QSL championship in a row and its fourth in the competition's five-year history by edging the Miners in a penalty shootout, after scores were locked at 2-2 following regulation and extra time.

C[pounds sterling]They threw everything at us and we threw everything at them. It was like a boxing match,C[yen] Fire captain Tyson Holmes said.

C[pounds sterling]We felt like we were punching each other in the head but no-one would fall. (But) we knew it was going to be a battle."

The match represented the end of an era; with the QSL to be essentially replaced by the Queensland division of the Australian Premier League next year.

It was also the final game for the Fire's stalwart striker Shaun Blackman, who at 37, scored a crucial goal and played the entire 120 minutes of the match.

C[pounds sterling]We probably couldn't have written (a script for) it any better to be honest, especially with Shaun Blackman getting on the scoresheet as well,C[yen] Holmes said.

Blackman's goal came in the 61st minute, when one of his trademark headers hit the back of the net to nullify a first-half goal from Miners striker Dean Corbett.

The Fire enjoyed more chances than the Miners and it told when Holmes put the hosts in front on 83 minutes with a deft header over flat-footed keeper Brad Moss.

But the gutsy Miners levelled with just four minutes on the clock when Michael Leslie's shot took a deflection and went in. Neither side could make the most of a handful of chances in extra time and they were forced into penalties. …

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