Parkside defeats Atlas in North West Qld Soccer Zone senior men's competition

CHEERING: The Parkside boys rally around to celebrate with a group shot after their 2-1 victory against Atlas in the grand final. Photo: Chris Burns.

CHEERING: The Parkside boys rally around to celebrate with a group shot after their 2-1 victory against Atlas in the grand final. Photo: Chris Burns.

EXTRA time was needed to settle which team would win the grand final in the men’s senior competition. 

When the siren was called Atlas’s and Parkside’s score was one-all. They played extra time but within five minutes the winning goal was kicked by Parkside. 

Atlas had chances with minutes to go to even the score and possibly compete for a penalty shootout. 

Parkside captain Josh Elliott acknowledged after the second goal the team played a tighter and more defensive game. “That’s what you’ve got to do,” Elliott said. “You have got to see the game out really. 

BATTLE FOR CONTROL: Parkside and Atlas lose possession of the ball and attempt to be the first to regain it. Photo: Chris Burns.

BATTLE FOR CONTROL: Parkside and Atlas lose possession of the ball and attempt to be the first to regain it. Photo: Chris Burns.

“You have got to play smart. We thought we did that pretty well.” 

He said it was a tight game between the best two teams in the competition. 

Elliott said that the battle was won in the midfield where both teams fought the hardest. “That’s probably where we won the game,” he said. 

“We scored the first goal and obviously we came back and had a little team talk and settled the team down, because obviously that first goal was crucial.” 

Elliott was asked how the team felt shortly after their win. As soon as the question was asked, his teammates shouted at him across the field. “Talk it up Joshie!” they yelled about his interview. 

“You can obviously see everyone is loving it,” Elliott said. He praised the work of centre-midfielder Marcus Varley and left winger Kevin Robinson.

Atlas’s loss in the grand final means that the team misses out on claiming the trifecta of trophies. They had won the minor premiership and the Scottish Cup. 

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