Majos out to avenge 12 months of heartache in decider
2nd DIVISION: AFTER falling at the final hurdle in the 2016 season with a grand final loss to Yuraygir, Majos is fit and firing to reverse its fortunes in today's main event against Yamba Breakers.
The red and whites went on a run of the ages this season, keeping a perfect record against all-comers in the Anytime Fitness 2nd Division North competition.
The beginning of the season saw them pick up a few experienced players to bolster the makeup of the side, including Irishman Gary Masterson, who has been a constant threat in front of goal. After missing both semi final legs against Yuraygir Bears due to overseas work commitments, Masterton will be a welcome addition to the side ahead of today's decider.
The return of Daniel Fung to the Clarence Valley football scene in 2017 has been another asset for the red and white, and his invaluable experience from the highly competitive Gold Coast Premier League has seen him excel at this level.
But it will not be all smooth sailing for the Majos outfit after losing regular skipper, and 2017 2nd division golden boot winner, Fraser Robinson to suspension after the willing leader picked up a yellow card in each of the two semi-final legs.
Despite being shorn of their best attacking strike weapon in Robinson, Majos coach Matt Green said they would approach the decider with the same attacking mentality they have exhibited all season, and plan to take the game right to the Breakers from the outset.
Meanwhile the Breakers have forced their way into the finals through sheer graft and willpower at the back end of the season and will be happy to have a full squad of 30 to choose from in the final.
The brains trust at Yamba believe the boys are peaking at the perfect time, and their resounding 4-0 victory over Coutts Crossing Cougars in last week's semi-final second leg - to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit - is spoken about as a season best performance.