Heat’s too hot as Fury fall off

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

THE FNQ Heat have con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance over south­ern neigh­bours the North­ern Fury with a thump­ing 5- 1 tri­umph in their Na­tional Pre­mer League Queens­land clash.

Satur­day night’s re­sult at Brolga Park was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing for the Fury as they fell away badly in the sec­ond half to hand the Heat the Frank Fa­rina Cup and brag­ging rights un­til next sea­son.

The Fury were down 2- 0 at the break af­ter first- half goals from Joshua Pin and Cameron Nu­ci­fora but man­aged to work their way back into the con­test when skip­per Ja­cob Crow­ley nod­ded home for his first league goal of the sea­son in the 56th minute.

An in­cred­i­ble strike from Heat striker Alex Smith min­utes later quickly cur­tailed the Fury fight­back and fur­ther goals from Shaun Owens and Jamie Car­roll put an ex­cla­ma­tion mark on the one- sided vic­tory.

Fury coach Ian Fer­gu­son lamented missed op­por­tu­ni­ties from his team early in the sec­ond half and gave full credit to the Heat for their im­pres­sive 90- minute per­for­mance.

“We had a great op­por- tu­nity with a three- on- one chance and a goal there would’ve put us back at 2- 2 but we made the wrong de­ci­sion and from then on it was all FNQ,” he said.

“The boy Smith scored a won­der goal, it was one- in- amil­lion and a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from him to make it 3- 1 and from there I think some heads went down.

“They had a de­flected goal af­ter that which made it 4- 1 and the last goal they pun­ished us again on a ball that we should’ve done a bet­ter job in clear­ing.”

The loss ended the Fury’s two- game win­ning run and con­tin­ued a wor­ry­ing trend of poor re­sults at home.

It was a bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for the home side against their north­ern ri­vals and the club went as far as apol­o­gis­ing to fans on Twit­ter af­ter the game.

“It was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to play like that at home, we just didn’t pro­duce on the night and for some rea­son we just don’t seem to play well at home,” Fer­gu­son said.

“We have been do­ing rea­son­ably well in Bris­bane and we have more points away from home than we do in Townsville which is a lit­tle bit dis­turb­ing.

“In the end we just weren’t good enough on the night, they con­trolled the game for 80 or so min­utes and they de­served to win.”

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