MATT Weir has emerged as the semi-final hero for Thistles, after scoring both goals in their drama- charged 2-1 away win over Lismore Workers in the sudden-death minor semi- final.

Weir scored the Blues only goal from the penalty spot in last week's win over Alstonville in the elimination semi and once again did the damage.

In a fast-paced, entertaining clash, both sides crafted plenty of attacking chances, but it was a penalty late in the first half that gave Weir the chance to slot the Blues first goal.

Workers defender Jay Keevers brought down nippy Blues striker Jake Nind, allowing the dot shot specialist to send 'keeper Simon Cleaver the wrong way with a typically powerful shot.

The speed of Thistles game was causing problems for the Redmen, who found it hard to settle into their ball possession game plan.

But it took its toll on Thistles too as they contested their third game in a week, and as the second half wore on they seemed to tire.

Workers upped the ante and created several good chances, including a shot from Bill Latimer that forced a brilliant diving save from Blues 'keeper Brad Robertson.

But just minutes later he could do little to stop a looping header from Shaun McDonald for Workers to equalise.

Just as the momentum appeared to be swinging Workers way, Thistles found a second wind and pushed numbers forward for a desperate late attack.

A ball, crossed to the edge of a crowded box, found Weir, and his deflected shot wrong-footed Cleaver for the winner.

"There were a few out there starting to struggle ... but it was a great effort the way they did their best to maintain the pace of the game" said delighted Blues coach Rod Lees.



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