THUNDER STRUCK: Tenterfield will contest the grand final after overcoming City at International Club on Saturday afternoon.
THUNDER STRUCK: Tenterfield will contest the grand final after overcoming City at International Club on Saturday afternoon. Contributed

'Miracle' lands a finals berth

FOOTBALL: The Tenterfield ladies have pulled off the unthinkable, going from last place on the ladder a few weeks ago, to a grand final showdown.

The games couldn't have started any better, with Thunder striker, Alana Condrick, netting for her side within the opening three minutes of the game.

From there it was an uphill battle for opponents City. Last year's grand final winners were missing Bek Stibbard from their midfield, with her youthful replacements feeling the pressure.

Tenterfield managed to control most of the field position and possession. Their chance to grow their lead however, was squandered on several occasions.

The game tightened up for most of the second stanza and it was City who found an equaliser with only ten minutes on the clock through a well finished shot by Lydia Barker.

With the teams deadlocked at 1-1 after the final whistle, the game was extended into another 20 minutes of extra time.

With a free kick awarded outside City's box, Tenterfield's Ellen Counter stepped up and delivered.

Tenterfield solidified their win with another goal to Condrick in the last five minutes.

Earlier in the day, Carlton confirmed their place in the Fillies grand final with a 4-1 win over an undermanned Ballandean outfit. They'll have a tough task when they take on a confident and deadly Inter side this Saturday.

City looked to have put the previous weeks' shock loss to Stanthorpe United in Junior Colts behind them, when they scored within a few minutes of their clash against Tenterfield.

The Thunder made it interesting, when they hit the net just after the half time break.

However, City regained the lead after they hit two quick goals courtesy of Coen Cook and Dustin Alldridge to snatch their spot in the grand final.

Ballandean's senior colts were keen to avenge last week's loss through penalties and came out strong from the outset against Stanthorpe United.

They were on the board in the opening six minutes when Byron Whitaker's shot from outside the 18 yard box deceived United's keeper, giving Ballandean the ascendancy.

They grew their lead when Ethan Zamprogno and Beau Bannon got themselves on the score sheet. Another goal was added late on in their four-nil win.