GUYRA Central defended its State PSSA Girls’ Football Knockout regional title in windy conditions in Guyra on Friday, but was pushed to the brink by Tamworth Public.
Extra-time was required to decide the champions after scores were locked at 1-1 at the end of regular time.
Tamworth Public scored in the first half through Chelsea Emery and held the lead until the last five minutes of the game when Kirby Burey levelled things up.
Stephanie Cameron then put the home side ahead early in the first period of extra-time and they held on to win 2-1.
“After half-time the girls got their composure back and all did their jobs,” Guyra coach Eunice Blair said.
She said they weren’t playing as well as they could.
In fairness conditions were horrible. It was blowing a gale, Tamworth Public coach Sue Klingsch said.
“At half-time we spoke about what we needed to do,” Blair said.
“We needed to tighten our defence up and take opportunities early.”
“When we had extra-time we were just hungrier and wanted the win.”
She always believed they could come through.
“The girls worked really hard.
“That came out in their game,” Blair said. They went on to finish fourth in the state last year, and were also regional champions in 2010.
“For a small schools its unbelievable,” she said.
Klingsch said it was a great effort from her girls.
“They all put in and tried to the end,” she said.
She said they had been doing some training with Mick Alexander and gelled nicely as a team.
“They’re really playing nicely and playing a nice passing game,” Klingsch said.
Guyra are awaiting their next opposition.
Some of the other areas are a couple of games behind.