NORTH­ERN FURY FIGHT­BACK TO DOUSE FIRE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

A TRIO of sec­ond- half goals helped the North­ern Fury to a de­served 3- 1 win over the Sun­shine Coast Fire yesterday af­ter­noon.

Goals to Joe Thorn­ton, Jake Perry and Tris­tan Rus­sell en­sured the visi­tors snapped a two- game los­ing streak and was a re­mark­able turn­around from the Fury’s four- goal loss to the Sun­shine Coast ear­lier this sea­son.

Fury coach Ian Fer­gu­son had plenty to smile about postgame and said it was great that his team had been able to fi­nally make the most of their chances in the at­tack­ing third.

“I was re­ally pleased with the re­sult, the guys were mov­ing the ball a lot bet­ter and we are start­ing to get back to where I want them to be,” he said.

“In the first half we had a lot of pos­ses­sion but we weren’t pen­e­trat­ing enough and I thought in the sec­ond half they did a much bet­ter job at­tack­ing rather than just re­tain­ing the ball.

“I thought pos­ses­sion- wise, ter­ri­tory- wise we were the far bet­ter team and credit to our back four, they did a great job all game for us.”

Scores were locked up at 0- 0 af­ter the first half but the Fury were quick to break the dead­lock in the sec­ond stanza when Thorn­ton fin­ished off a sweep­ing team move­ment with a neat fin­ish in­side the 18yard box.

The Fury’s lead proved to be short- lived as the Fire hit back from the penalty spot less than 10 min­utes af­ter the opener but they re­gained their lead soon af­ter when Perry snuck a shot past the Sun­shine Coast keeper.

Rus­sell sealed the game with a per­fectly chipped ef­fort in the fi­nal minute of in­jury time and Fer­gu­son has now called on his team to take this mo­men­tum into next round’s clash with the South West Queens­land Thun­der.

“When we went one- nil up we sat back a lit­tle bit and pan­icked, but we got back into the game and went back to play­ing our style of football,” he said.

“We wanted to keep go­ing right un­til the end and it was great to see Tris­tan score right at the end of the game to give us even more mo­men­tum go­ing for­ward.”

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