WFC falls short in grand final
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