Premier men scrape in against Country United
WHILE the Whitsunday Football Club premier men came away with a 1-0 victory against Country United in the Football Federation Australia Cup clash over the weekend, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
The winning goal was scored late in the match, close to the 80th minute mark, by Jayden Tween.
“It was a lovely goal from the corner,” Whitsunday Football Club director of football Eric Thompson said.
“He finished it on the volley and it was a really nice goal.”
However, Thompson was far from impressed with his team’s performance, feeling their defence was sorely lacking throughout the match.
“I know it might sound strange because we won the game 1-0 and didn’t concede a goal,” he said. “I’m seeing things about the team that need to be fixed if we really want to be serious about the competition this year.
“I’m talking about basics. Defensively we aren’t a good side at all.
“I suppose I’m being negative, but it’s just how I approach things. I see the game with how we have to change.
“We have the potential to be a very, very good side.”
Thompson said defence basics would be a large part of this week’s training program.
“That’s where we’ll have to work and that’s what we’ll be working on Wednesday night,” he said.
A missed penalty also caused the WFC premier men a headache they could have done without. “The thing was we struggled to get where we should have been earlier in the game,” Thompson said.
“We missed a penalty and it was one of (those) games where you dominated but you always felt you were going to get beat 1-nil.” In the day’s other match-up, the WFC reserve team scored a decisive victory over Country United in the MCL, winning 3-0.
The club’s muster day will be held this Saturday, with close to 100 juniors signing up to play.
CRUNCH TIME: Ian Radford goes for a header while Mackenzie Ross and Liam Hilary look on. Photo by Alison Langevad.