Bol­stered Mag­pies take down WFC

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: Strength­ened by first choice Mackay Pre­mier League play­ers, the Mag­pies proved too strong for Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s re­serves on Satur­day.

Mag­pies recorded a 5-2 win at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark with the help of the club’s to­pline play­ers.

Mag­pies’ pre­mier men’s team did not have a game on the week­end, which meant the club could bol­ster the re­serves team.

“Fair enough. The rules have changed this year so that they can do that and they did,” re­serves’ cap­tain An­thony No­bilia said.

“We would’ve done the same.”

WFC trailed 2-1 at half-time be­fore Mag­pies’ star play­ers found their rhythm.

“You could tell the dif­fer­ence be­cause the qual­ity was clearly there,” No­bilia said.

“We had a few fringe play­ers play­ing in the re­serves as well but we were evenly matched go­ing into the sec­ond half.

“We looked the goods at 2-2 but af­ter 90 min­utes the ex­pe­ri­ence ... just took its toll.”

De­spite the three-goal loss No­bilia en­cour­aged the re­serves to hold their heads high.

“We had our best team on and we were com­pet­ing with a stack of qual­ity play­ers. I’m happy with the per­for­mance,” he said. “We can take that as a pos­i­tive.”

The win drops WFC’s re­serves back to sec­ond on the lad­der be­hind Mag­pies, but only on goal dif­fer­ence.

In other re­sults the MCL team went down to Mag­pies 2-0.

WFC’s MCL team have three out of its seven games this sea­son and cur­rently sits in fifth po­si­tion.

There are no games this week­end due to the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end.

SKIL­FUL: Richard Draper from Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s re­serves.

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