Whit­sun­day FC cel­e­brates 4-game clean sweep

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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.

PRE­MIER WOMEN

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.

PRE­MIER MEN

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.

RE­SERVES MEN

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.

MCL MEN

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.

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