A SOLITARY goal in the seventy first minute was enough to send the Mareeba Bulls into the 2020 FNQ Football grand final this Saturday.
With such a young side, the preseason aim was to just reach the top four.
“The boys did so well tonight, I never thought we would get to the final this year as it is a building period for the club,” said an emotional Coach Ang Tatti after the game on Saturday night against Leichhardt.
“We lost both of our regular fixtures to the Lions during the course of the season and for us to win here tonight in their back yard is just amazing.
“We didn’t adapt to the man down at all in the first half, in fact Leichhardt adapted better, but our defence was outstanding tonight, the second half was much better.
“We’re going to savour this moment, we are over the moon about making the grand final and we will think about Edge Hill tomorrow.
“They’re a champion team without doubt; we are going to give it 100 percent.
“They are beatable, we just have to perform, work hard and take our opportunities and it’s a final so anything can happen.
“We really would like to stuff up their season with a win in the final.” Coach Tatti said.
Leichhardt went down to 10men with just five minutes on the clock when a straight red card was shown to Cody Eszes for swearing at the linesman.
The Bulls controlled the match there after but were unable to show composure in front of goal and squandered many opportunities to go ahead.
The goal came in the seventy first minute through Solomon Island international Richard Fono who lashed upon a defensive error to give the Bulls the lead, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.
In other matches featuring Bulls teams the Premier Youth came unstuck with a 3-0 loss to Edge Hill United while the Premier Ladies found it tough against Leichhardt going down 2-0 in sweltering conditions.
A date with destiny awaits five Bulls teams this weekend with both the Premiers and Premier Reserves playing Saturday night.
The under 12 Division three come up against Stratford while the under thirteen/fourteens kick off at 12.30pm.
On Friday night the Mareeba Men’s Second Division come up against Marlin Coast Rangers in their grand final match up.
All matches will be played at Endeavour Park in Cairns.