Depth on dis­play in WFC win

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Whit­sun­day Football Club’s im­pres­sive depth is start­ing to show with the re­serves fol­low­ing the premier team’s lead.

WFC is sit­ting atop the Mackay Premier League Re­serves’ points lad­der af­ter down­ing Cru­saders 2-0 on Satur­day.

The visi­tors led 1-0 in Mackay be­fore scor­ing late in the sec­ond half to seal the win.

“It was ex­pe­ri­ence that won over youth and ex­u­ber­ance,” cap­tain An­thony No­bilia said.

“They (Cru­saders) are a great young team with a great work ethic but we seemed to have enough ex­pe­ri­ence on board to hold them out.”

Nick Hod­gen pro­vided a coach­ing mas­ter­stroke when he in­tro­duced Justin Bai­ley to the game in the sec­ond half.

Bai­ley scored the match­win­ning goal to hand WFC their fifth win from eight matches.

No­bilia praised Bai­ley for his im­pact while he also hailed Richard Draper, who was named man of the match.

“Ev­ery time they came for­ward he stopped them. His work rate is sec­ond to none,” No­bilia said.

“Nick (Langevad) in goal had a great game and kept them at bay. He kept us in the game with some great saves.”

No­bilia said the re­sults at the week­end il­lus­trated just how much the club had de­vel­oped.

When the two clubs met in the first round the re­serves played out a 3-all draw and in the MLC com­pe­ti­tion WFC were thumped 5-0 but on Satur­day played out a 0-0draw.

This time they were able to take the three points, like the premier men – who turned their round one 0-0 draw into a com­pre­hen­sive 5-0 romp­ing.

In the premier league, WFC belted Cru­saders 5-0 af­ter be­ing held to a score­less draw in round one.

“What­ever’s go­ing on (at the club) is work­ing,” No­bilia said. “The at­ti­tude of the boys has been great and Nick and the older guys are re­ally step­ping up and lead­ing the way.”

WFC has a bye in the MCL this week­end while the re­serves and premier men will both play City Broth­ers at Whit­sun­day Sportspark. The re­serves kick off at 3.30pm with the premier men to fol­low at 6pm.

GOAL: Richard Draper kicked a cru­cial goal in Whit­sun­day’s win over Cru­saders in the re­serves on Satur­day. Photo: Ali­son Langevad

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