Pre­mier men scrape in against Coun­try United

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FOOT­BALL

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.

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