Lessons learnt for WFC de­spite cup loss

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: It was not the re­sult they were af­ter but Satur­day’s FFA Cup loss to Frenchville was an eye-opener for the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club.

WFC lost 1-0 at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark, end­ing their im­pres­sive FFA Cup jour­ney, which saw them qual­ify as the top-ranked Mackay team.

Although it will go down as a loss, WFC foot­ball manager An­thony No­bilia said the club was richer for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think the whole club learnt from it. No one at the club has ever played at that level be­fore,” he said.

“It’s a good learn­ing curve. We’ve been dis­cussing it and it’s go­ing to teach us for fu­ture years.”

The Rock­hamp­ton-based team scored the de­ci­sive goal early in the first half but the game was turned on its head when a Frenchville player was given his march­ing or­ders fol­low­ing a pro­fes­sional foul in the box.

“That ac­tu­ally saved them,” No­bilia said of the foul.

“He ac­tu­ally saved the ball with his hand, which is a red card of­fence.

“We missed the penalty that en­sued so ef­fec­tively he saved them by hand­balling.

“Had we scored that penalty it would’ve been a dif­fer­ent story.”

De­spite that miss WFC could not make the most of the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage on the field, set­tling for a brave 1-0 loss.

No­bilia said it was frus­trat­ing that the team could not find the back of the net but paid credit to the determined Frenchville out­fit that lifted in the face of ad­ver­sity.

“The mea­sure of the best teams is the fact they can score against a team with one man down,” he said.

“A one man down team usu­ally plays 10 men at 110% ... 10 men play that lit­tle bit ex­tra.”

TOO FAST: Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club’s Joel Smith out­runs Frenchville play­ers dur­ing Satur­day’s FFA Cup game.

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