Second-half blitz gives Valleys second spot on ladder
VALLEYS secured second place on the Gladstone Men's Division 1 football ladder with a 4-2 win over Meteors on Saturday night.
With Yaralla accounting for CQ Mariners, the three points moved Valleys into outright second, thanks in large to an outstanding goalkeeping display from Pablo Centurion, who earned the praise of his coach Jason Williams.
"Pablo played excellently," Valleys' head coach Williams said. "He saved probably four certain goals for us."
Williams praised the adaptability of his troops, who were guilty of playing too directly in the opening stanza, but were able to change their game plan to break down the Meteors side.
"The boys played excellent, in the first half they played probably too many long balls and were a little too direct but we were able to change that," Williams said.
"Our two outside boys were just playing too good for them (Meteors)."
With scores locked at 2-2 early in the second half, Williams pushed Brad Smith up front, with the change paying dividends as Smith netted a brace.
The winning coach praised his side's ability to maintain the lead, despite losing some of their compact structure as they continued to press late in the game in search of more goals.
"I'm not one who likes to sit back when I'm in the lead, I like to keep going forward," Williams said.
Williams was also quick to praise the weekend efforts of youngster Bruno Ramos.
Men's Div 1:
- Valleys 4 def Meteors 2
- Yaralla 2 def CQ Mariners 0
- BITS 2 def Clinton 0
- Southside Utd 4 def Central 0
- Clinton BYE