Figg and Green star in com­fort­able ‘ team ef­fort’ tri­umph over Thun­der Fury back with force

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

THE North­ern Fury have re­dis­cov­ered the goal scor­ing mojo with a 3- 0 win over South West Queens­land Thun­der.

A long- range strike from de­fender Ni­cholas Figg fol­lowed by a sec­ond half brace by Jar­rod Green rounded out the com­fort­able vic­tory.

The re­turn to form for the Fury has also moved the club clear from the Queens­land NPL lad­der’s bot­tom four.

Go­ing into Satur­day’s game in Toowoomba with a strong em­pha­sis on con­vert­ing goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Fury didn’t dis­ap­point, with Figg’s driv­ing ef­fort out­side the 18yard box on 20 min­utes cap­ping off an early phase of dom­i­nant pos­ses­sion.

The Fury kept dic­tat­ing terms for the rest of the half and were just as dom­i­nant in the sec­ond half, with Green scor­ing his first on 55 min­utes by tap­ping in a failed clear­ance by the Thun­der.

The two- goal buf­fer never looked un­der threat, and Green capped off the win with his sec­ond in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­lar play by scor­ing from a for­ward run into the penalty area.

“We de­cided to take our op­por­tu­ni­ties last night,” Fury coach Paul Ron­cato said.

“I know I sound like a bro­ken record, but we’ve been talk­ing about the im­por­tance of tak­ing our op­por­tu­ni­ties for a long time now.

“If you take your chances, you go on to win the game.

“Nic Figg is one of those de­fend­ers who likes to take his chances when he pushes up, and his goal re­ally kicked things off.

“It re­ally was a whole team ef­fort, ev­ery­one from the goal keeper to the were fan­tas­tic.

“It was a mas­sive win and it re­ally couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.”

The Fury will hit the road again this week­end to take on com­pe­ti­tion lad­der lead­ers Gold Coast City.

The Gold Coast out­fit handed the Fury a 2- 0 de­feat at the Townsville Sports Re­serve in April and Ron­cato’s side will be de­ter­mined to ex­act some re­venge. Ron­cato went with­out start­ing play­ers in­clud­ing Jono Ba­gley and Jake Perry be­cause of in­jury, mean­ing young bloods Ezra Kennedy, Ben Ste­wart and Kyren Wal- guys up­front ters were NPL run.

“It’s good to see the guys that we’re start­ing to blood re­ally stand up,” Ron­cato said.

“It’s hard to say if we will get any­one back at this stage, but like I said be­fore a re­ally good spirit has re­turned and it was great to walk into a win­ning dress­ing room again.

“I re­ally hope we can keep that spirit and bring it against the Gold Coast.”

Michael Ma­her and Corey Waples re­ceived yel­low cards dur­ing Satur­day’s game, as did two Thun­der play­ers, but the Fury pair will be free to play this week­end. again handed an

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Fury de­fender Nic Figg.

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