Fury’s young guns take it up to City

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

A DOU­BLE from promis­ing young striker Sean Karam­ba­sis wasn’t enough for the North­ern Fury as they fell to a dis­ap­point­ing 3- 2 loss to Bris­bane City on Satur­day.

City were up 2- 1 at half time af­ter goals from An­thony Pol­jak and An­to­nio Mur­ray can­celled out Karam­ba­sis’ 16th minute opener be­fore the 18- year- old struck again in the sec­ond half to level the con­test.

A win would have seen the Fury move into the NPL Queens­land top four but it wasn’t to be as hosts Bris­bane scored the de­cid­ing goal on 70 min­utes through a Mat Big­gins header. The Townsville­based club has now slipped to eighth in the stand­ings.

In­juries to reg­u­lar starters Ari Is­man and goal­keeper Dan Wile­smith pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for some of the Fury’s younger play­ers to step up to first team football and, de­spite the re­sult, coach Ian Fer­gu­son still took plenty of pos­i­tives out of the game.

“We lost Ari and Dan late on Fri­day af­ter­noon so I brought some of our 18- yearolds into the squad and all in all I was pretty pleased,” Fer­gu­son said.

“Bris­bane City are such a big, phys­i­cal side and that put us un­der some pres­sure and they also got a lot of joy out of

I thought we played some rea­son­ably good football, es­pe­cially see­ing we had so many young kids in there NORTH­ERN FURY COACH IAN FER­GU­SON

corners and free kicks. We were un­com­fort­able for spells but the team had a lot of changes and I thought we played some rea­son­ably good football, es­pe­cially see­ing we had so many young kids in there.”

Satur­day night’s re­sult was the first home win for Bris­bane City since May and coach Dar­ron He­selden said the win was the per­fect way to bounce back af­ter a last start loss to lo­cal ri­vals Olympic FC.

“We got back to our­selves tonight,’’ He­selden said.

“We were busy and we had some great young tal­ent on show tonight that re­ally stood up.”

The Fury are at home this week­end and will face a tough task when they host com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Bris­bane Strik­ers at the Townsville Sports Re­serve on Satur­day night.

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