Soccer | Sparkling end to season for Wodonga Diamonds

WODONGA Diamonds have stolen the league title on the last day of the home and away season.

The club had relinquished the lead in the league race and trailed Boomers by two points heading into round 22.

But Diamonds were leading 2-1 against Albury United after half-time when they were told that the defending league holders were down 2-0 to Albury City and all three points would give them the title for the first time in seven years.

Coach Tony Cigana said it was anxious final 45 minutes.

“We just needed to hang on and our keeper Meredith Quick pulled off a double save that stopped them equalising,” he said.

“But we changed things up today — used the width of the park and that is how we scored our first two goals. The young girls in our engine room in the middle were outstanding — Bree Buckingham, Bethany Morgan, Grace Gill and Ella-Jane Riley.

“This squad deserved that today — we knew we had to win and rely on other results and Albury City did us a favour.”

Captain Bonnie Denison said they weren’t expecting it.

“We played great, the midfield was outstanding but then to get the call and tell us that Boomers lost was just incredible — we were just ecstatic,” she said.

Our keeper Meredith Quick pulled off a double save that stopped them equalising ... This squad deserved that today — we knew we had to win and rely on other results and Albury City did us a favour. Tony Cigana

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