Depth on display in WFC win
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