Call for a Fu­ri­ous fin­ish

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

NORTH­ERN Fury coach Paul Ron­cato has im­plored his charges not to put their good work to waste.

The Fury are near­ing the end of the Queens­land NPL sea­son and while fi­nals are likely out of reach, Ron­cato says there is still plenty to prove, start­ing with tonight’s away game against the South West Queens­land Thun­der in Toowoomba.

Ron­cato could only watch as a hand­ful of golden scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties went begging for the Fury in last week­end’s 2- 1 loss to Red­lands.

“We’ve had a lot of bad de­ci­sions go against us that have cost us big time,” he said.

“But at the end of the day we have to learn to take our op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We’ve been miss­ing ab­so­lute one- on- one op­por­tu­ni­ties, and against Red­lands I counted about seven one- on- one op­por­tu­ni­ties that we didn’t take.

“It’s like the say­ing in cricket that catches win matches.

“It’s not as if we’re not cre­at­ing th­ese won­der­ful chances, we’re just not tak­ing them.”

Jono Ba­gley and Jake Perry ( ham­string) are likely to miss tonight’s game, while Reid Mur­ray and Dar­ren Walker are also in doubt af­ter nurs­ing leg in­juries in last week­end’s hitout.

A ma­jor bonus has been the re­cent re­turn of mid­fielder Jae Eurell from over­seas.

“It’s his sec­ond game af­ter com­ing back and he’s only go­ing to get bet­ter,” Ron­cato said.

“We’ve had some younger guys com­ing in and Kyren Wal­ters, one of our 16- yearolds, scored last week­end.”

The Fury scored a 2- 1 win over the Thun­der dur­ing their promis­ing start to the sea­son, which saw the club win four of their first six games.

That start failed to ma­te­ri­alise into a charge into the NPL’s top four as the wins dried up, with the next vic­tory against Sun­shine Coast a fort­night ago.

South West have ex­pe­ri­enced a con­trast in for­tunes, hav­ing gone win­less in the sea­son’s open­ing eight games be­fore hit­ting form to win three of their four past matches.

“They’ll be con­fi­dent, and they’re tak­ing their chances,” Ron­cato said.

“We know what it’s all go­ing to be about, and the cold con­di­tions will prob­a­bly be a shock to the sys­tem.

“But hope­fully we take our op­por­tu­ni­ties.” Pick up your mem­ber­ship pack and FREE GA ticket to a Cow­boys home game for just $ 39!* Join as a 2017 Cow­boys mem­ber, and go in the draw to win a signed Cow­boys jersey and foot­ball^.

IN­FLU­EN­TIAL: Joe Eurell has been a wel­come ad­di­tion for the North­ern Fury. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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