A LATE long distance goal from the Proserpine Taipans under-12/13s helped claim a 2-1 win in their grand final against Country Red on Saturday.
Travelling to Mackay to take on the minor premiers was never going to be an easy task but the Taipans were able to get across the line, scoring two goals in the second half after scores were locked at 0-0 at the break.
Coach Ricky Enkelmann had prepared the team for the game with double training sessions leading into the game and their hard work paid off in the memorable victory.
Country were the first team to score after converting a penalty early in the second half but Proserpine were able to lift and Hunter Mansfield fired an equaliser into the net six minutes later.
The determined Taipans put in a courageous effort and Mansfield managed to draw the Country goalie out of the box before passing to Ben Cornish who fired a 30-metre kick into the vacant goals.
Country threw everything at them, but the Prosperpine team held on bravely to take the grand final trophy in a thriller.
Harry Hodgen took player of the match honours after his great work in defence, putting his body on the line on several occasions to keep Country at bay.
Proserpine celebrated their win on Sunday at the Taipans' break up held at the Proserpine Pool.
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