WFC falls short in grand fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL

WHIT­SUN­DAY FC’s hot run of form came to an end in Satur­day night's Mackay Premier League grand fi­nal as they fell 4-1 to Wan­der­ers in Mackay.

Satur­day’s grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance was the first for the Whit­sun­day club and coach Bob Spees said the oc­ca­sion may have got to his team.

“Nerves def­i­nitely played a big part in the game early on but in the first half we had a few chances that could have sent us lead­ing 2-0 at half time in­stead of Wan­der­ers. A cou- ple of blun­ders on de­fence cost us but we did well to fight back into the game,” he said.

“I moved one of our de­fend­ers up the pitch to try and chase an equaliser in the last 10 min­utes and un­for­tu­nately they scored two late goals to seal the win.”

Wan­der­ers coach Tim Malysiak said he wasn't ex­pect­ing the score line to be as lop­sided as it was.

"I thought if we were go­ing to win it was go­ing to be by one or two goals. It's an un­fair re­flec­tion on them to lose 4-1, it was a very tight game up un­til prob­a­bly the last 10 mi- nutes." Af­ter tak­ing over the team mid­way through the year coach Spees said he was im­pressed with his team’s at­ti­tude on and off the pitch and pre­dicted big things for 2014.

“I had three goals for this team when I took over, to make the semi-fi­nals, qual­ify for the NQ knock-out com­pe­ti­tion and make the grand fi­nal and we achieved all that,” he said.

“We’ve had a great ride and re­ally gained the re­spect of the Mackay foot­ball com­mu­nity. I have the ut­most re­spect for the play­ers and with the ma­jor­ity of our team re­turn­ing I re­ally think that 2014 will be our year.”

HOT CON­TEST: Whit­sun­days' Jar­rod Lee and Wan­der­ers' Hay­den Mat­sen in ac­tion dur­ing the men's grand fi­nal. Photo Lee Con­sta­ble / Daily Mer­cury

GREAT GAME: Wan­der­ers Alan Jack­son and Whit­sun­days' Ryan Lee bat­tle for pos­ses­sion in the men's premier league grand fi­nal. Photo Lee Con­sta­ble / Daily Mer­cury

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