Kings nab dramatic victory
IT was only a matter of time until one went their way and on Saturday the Tweed Valley Kings showed exactly what they are capable of.
Facing the daunting task of a long road trip north to tackle third-placed Coomera, the wooden spooners overcame adversity to post a dramatic 1-0 victory.
The win, the second of the Kings’ Gold Coast Soccer premier league campaign and only their fourth in two years of top-flight football, could do much for a side lacking in confidence.
“It was a real morale-booster for the boys,” captain Luke Craig said.
“We’re all really happy with the way we played.”
The three points, courtesy of a Lleyton Pauley goal, moves the Kings to within one point of Runaway Bay (11th) and two of Southport (10th), with a home game against Nerang (9th) to come next week.
“It was a great momentum builder and we’ll take a lot of confidence into our clash with Nerang,” Craig said.
“If we can take three points there, we’re on our way again.”
Despite sitting at the foot of the ladder, the Kings have been in every contest but unable to come out on top.
When leading, they have failed to shut the game out and when behind, they have failed to convert opportunities into goals.
However, their round 11 performance was one of a team starting to blossom, a team which has learned to close a game out and a team starting to believe in themselves and their coach.
“We’re always competitive and always give the opposition a run for their money, but haven’t been taking chances,” Craig said.
“It was one of those games where everyone was more desperate. We really put the pressure on them.
“We took our chance early and controlled the game from there. I can’t remember our keeper having to make a crucial save.”
Elsewhere, Knights edged out Nerang 1-0, Palm Beach beat Burleigh 4-0, Magic United sunk Southport 2-1 and Broadbeach belted Runaway Bay 5-1.