Lessons learnt for WFC despite cup loss
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.