WITH 13 minutes remaining of regular time on Saturday, Devonport looked poised to seal a memorable win in front of the Valley Road faithful for the final time this season.
After a goalless first half against the finals-bound Northern Rangers, Beau Blizzard put the home side ahead in the 77th minute courtesy of a nice pass from Michael Holden, and an unlikely victory was on the cards.
Beau Blizzard scored for the Devonport Strikers in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Northern Rangers. Picture: Katrina Dodd.
But the fairytale ending soon turned to dust when the visitors equalised through Shane Brassington in the 85th minute.
The Strikers’ defence overcommitted in trying to get their opponents offside and were caught flat-footed before Brassington danced around keeper Casey Eaves to level the scores.
Devonport coach Nick Owen said it would have been great to give the loyal home fans something to cheer about after what had been a disappointing year, but all the same he was happy with his team’s endeavour in the 1-all draw.
“Although there wasn’t anything on the line for our guys, they got themselves up for the game and everyone put in 100 per cent, which was good,” Owen said.
“In the end it really would’ve been nice to snatch it but I can’t complain.”
Owen said his men were now looking forward to their last roster match of the fixture this weekend against Kingborough in the South of the state.
He indicated that a couple more youngsters may be blooded given that there was nothing to lose.
But the Strikers will be without English import Cory Vickers, who received a fifth yellow card in the clash with the Rangers.
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