Whitsunday FC celebrates 4-game clean sweep
PLAYERS of the Whitsunday Football Club (WFC) had a real cause to celebrate on the weekend after all four teams claimed victory over the Wanderers on their home turf of the Whitsunday Sports Park.
The premier women posted an epic 3-1 victory, while the premier men battled it out in a grand final rematch for the their 2-1 win over Wanderers.
The reserves men also found the scoreboard to claim a well-deserved 1-0 victory while the Mackay Club League (MCL) men secured a 4-3 win over the side.
The premier women faced a very tight first half but it was a glorious kick by Emily Goodie, who played an outstanding game in the middle of the park, who gave the WFC women the halftime lead 1-0.
The second half started similar to the first with the Wanderers having a few chances.
Some great play by Tyrah Dunn saw a kick by Robyn Dunn find its mark to take the score to 2-0 to WFC.
The Wanderers proved they weren’t ready to go down without a fight and came back to make the score 2-1 and put the pressure back on the WFC women.
All players showed great resilience in defence and sheer determination by Kristy Gouldthorp saw her boot WFC’s third goal of the match making a well deserved 3-1 victory.
Captain Abi Draper said it was great to get another win and have a full team after last week’s game.
She said the whole team played well, fought hard and deserved the three points.
Emily Goodie, Michelle Reiner and Tyrah Dunn were all commended for their excellent performances.
The premier men had been counting down the days until they would have the opportunity to replay last year’s grand final against the Wanderers.
The WFC Premier Men may have been unsuccessful in their bid last year but it didn’t show as they ran onto the field.
The men were hungry for the win and were not disappointed posting a 2-1 victory over the Wanderers side.
Captain Ben Smith produced a brilliant goal in the first half giving momentum for the boys to charge forward.
Luke Hillery did a mammoth job in his centre midfield position and although Wanderers were lucky enough to be gifted a goal from a defensive error, Owen Hodgen secured the win for WFC by scoring their second goal in the 67th minute.
The WFC Reserves Men played a very tight, physical game with team teams’ defences proving harder to breakdown.
The WFC men managed to capital- ise on a cross to the back post where Richard Draper was unmarked to head the ball in the goal.
The team had to dig deep to stop Wanderers from getting the equalising goal and managed to hold them off to secure their hotly contested 1-0 victory.
The Mackay Club League (MCL) men faced a very physical encounter with the Wanderers but proved they had more gas in the tank when they came away with a close 4-3 victory over the side.
The WFC had to recover from a slow start but two crucial penalties saw the men come fighting back to take the win by one point.
Cy Taylor proved he was the man to watch scoring two of his team’s four goals in the epic clash with Hayden Filby and Lathan Dunn also scoring one goal each.
The MCL men will now enjoy a well-deserved break over the Easter weekend and a bye the following weekend will give them the chance to regroup before the next round.
The WFC’s next games will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Country United sporting grounds at Walkerston.
Reserves will kick off at 4pm against Wests United, followed by the premier women playing Country United with a 6pm kick off and premier men also taking on Country United at 8pm.
The MCL Men will have a bye for this round.
In last week’s Whitsunday Times published on Thursday, April 10, it was reported “2 losses for WFC” but this was incorrect.
The MCL men earned a well-deserved victory over Lions Gold posting a 2-1 win over the side, while the Premier Women were defeated by Country United 8-0. This was a subeditor’s error.