Fury eye fi­nals run

Team fum­ble their way to fifth

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

HIS mantra is nor­mally “one game at a time” but North­ern Fury coach Ian Fer­gu­son knows the next three weeks will likely de­cide his team’s fi­nals hopes fol­low­ing a 3- 1 win over SWQ Thun­der.

A crisp strike from Corey Waples fol­low­ing a counter at­tack put the Fury ahead 1- 0 af­ter 15 min­utes, but the re­sult was far from as­sured as the Thun­der main­tained steady pres­sure, re­sult­ing in an equaliser from Thun­der player Kea­gan Sheri­dan on the stroke of half- time.

Fer­gu­son was left frus­trated by a se­ries of lapses that con­tin­u­ally handed the Thun­der scor­ing chances, although a penalty goal to Joe Thorn­ton on 76 min­utes – fol­lowed by an im­pres­sive NPL de­but goal by Jar­rod Lee in stop­page time – gave the Fury a de­served win.

The Fury have now moved to fifth on the NPL ta­ble, tak­ing them a step closer to their first fi­nals cam­paign in the league’s three- year history.

Fol­low­ing the bye this week­end will be an away clash against Bris­bane City, fol­lowed by a home fix­ture against mi­nor premier­ship con­tenders the Bris­bane Strik­ers.

“Nor­mally I take that ap­proach of one game at a time but these next two games are huge for us,” Fer­gu­son said.

“We’re in this game to hope­fully reach fi­nals and we’re the same as any­one else, so we just have to keep win­ning games.

“Ob­vi­ously to get another two points away from home is very good for us and it’s only the sec­ond time this year we’ve been able to go back- to- back.”

While happy with the points and where it puts them on the lad­der, Fer­gu­son was far from happy with his team’s on- field per­for­mance at Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer Sta­dium.

Fer­gu­son con­ceded the win­less Thun­der were un­lucky not to make more of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the Fury of­ten gifted to them.

“The man­ner in which we played wasn’t the best and we were pretty lucky at times, and we could have gone be­hind,” he said.

“We kept turn­ing the ball over when we were un­der no real pres­sure, so we have to be bet­ter with our pos­ses­sion.”

The Fury did have their own chances to in­crease the win­ning mar­gin but were de­nied, thanks to a su­perb in­di­vid­ual game from Thun­der goal­keeper Pierce Clark.

North­ern Fury’s Corey Waples.

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