Northern Inland Premier League: Brodie King scores late against Redmen to send Northies into finale

FOOTWORK: Northies' Harry Pollock in action against Norths United's Cody McCann.
FOOTWORK: Northies' Harry Pollock in action against Norths United's Cody McCann.

Brodie King did what he does best to land his side a grand final showdown with reigning three-time champions Oxley Vale Attunga at Scully Park on Saturday. 

The North Companions striker found the back of the net with just minutes to spare in a 2-1 away win over Norths United. 

But while the visiting team earned the spoils, it was the Redmen who put first points on the board through skipper Jason Boundy 13 minutes in. 

The next 25 minutes saw the ball travel end-to-end with neither side giving an inch.

That was until Northies’ Matthew Kelly levelled things up heading into half-time. 

The second stanza left everyone on the edge of their seats as each side took their chances but neither could capitalise. 

An injury to the hosts’ tireless defender Haydon Freeman late in the game saw the opportunity for King to land the final blow. 

The competition’s leading goalscorer made no mistake. 

North Companions coach Dave Palmer said his side’s resolve was what landed them the victory. 

“It’s just all ticker I think,” he said. “We were struggling a bit on the edges but we came good just with a bit of ticker.

“And once we went forward and had a crack, we were right. We knew we had to be at our best to beat this side.

“But we also knew they had to be at their best. So we just kept competing and finally got the cookies.”

North Companions will likely also have to be at their best to beat Oxley Vale Attunga in the decider. “We have a few things in store,” Palmer said. “And we will work hard during the week and we will get at them then.” 

In the grand final, Northies will face a Mushies side who are playing in their 10th consecutive grand final and who is going for a seventh premiership in a decade. 

We were struggling a bit on the edges but we came good just with a bit of ticker

Dave Palmer