Missed chances cost game, not a con­tentious ref’s de­ci­sion Fury own their loss

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

NORTHERN Fury de­fender Dar­ren Walker in­sists his team only have them­selves to blame despite a con­tentious late penalty de­ci­sion con­demn­ing them to a 2- 1 loss to NPL Queens­land strug­gler Red­lands in Mackay on Satur­day night.

The Fury con­tin­ued their waste­ful­ness in front of goal which has plagued them in re­cent weeks, par­tic­u­larly early, open­ing the door for sec­ond- last placed Red­lands to spring an up­set.

Red­lands took the lead in the 61st minute through Luke Hen­drix, but Fury replied in the 85th min­utes when 16year- old Kyren Wal­ters scored his first NPL goal in just his sec­ond game.

How­ever, Red­lands es­caped with all three points when Alex War­rilow slot­ted home from the spot in the 88th minute af­ter what Walker de­scribed as a “con­tentious” penalty.

The loss means the Fury’s al­ready slim top four hopes are re­al­is­ti­cally over but Walker said they shouldn’t have let the re­sult come down to a de­ci­sion by the of­fi­cials.

“The whis­tle went and every­one thought it was a free kick our way, but he pointed to the spot,” Walker said.

“It’s pretty hard to take late in the game – to go down with a ref­eree’s de­ci­sion, but we have to wear the con­se­quences our­selves for not tak­ing our chances.

“We prob­a­bly had enough chances to win two or three games last night and it’s been the story for the last three or four weeks.

“We’re cre­at­ing enough chances but not tak­ing them, and teams are hurt­ing us.”

The Fury have blooded a hand­ful of promis­ing teenagers in the past fort­night and Walker said there’s still much to play for despite fi­nals be­ing out of reach.

The club went win­less last year but are eighth in the 12team league with five wins.

“It’ll be tough for us to make the top four now but we’ve still got a good chance to fin­ish in the top half of the ta­ble, which af­ter last year would be a re­ally good re­sult for the club,” Walker said.

“With a lot of young play­ers now get­ting a run, there’s still plenty to play for.”

NPL: Red­lands 2 ( L Hen­drix 61’ A War­rilow 88’ pen) bt Northern Fury 1 ( K Wal­ters 85’) at Mackay on Satur­day night.


CEL­E­BRA­TION: NQ Red player Dee­gan Brook scores a goal and is con­grat­u­lated by Chance Dal­ley ( main) and Henry Kam­phuis makes a run ( inset) dur­ing Filippo Mele Memo­rial Car­ni­val ac­tion over the week­end.

Fury de­fender Dar­ren Walker.

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