Start­ing well is the go

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - SUR­VEY­ING: Lathan Dunn looks for an op­tion down field on Satur­day night against Cru­saders. Photo: Ali­son Langevad

FOOTBALL: Fast starts are in vogue at the Whit­sun­day Football Club, as the premier men have found suc­cess in hit­ting the ground run­ning.

WFC con­tin­ued its un­de­feated sea­son on Satur­day in Mackay, down­ing Cru­saders 5-0 to close the gap on Wan­der­ers – who lead the Mackay Premier League lad­der on goal dif­fer­ence.

Last year’s grand fi­nal­ists led 4-0 at half­time in wet and windy con­di­tions be­fore shut­ting down the game to post their fifth win in six starts.

“We took con­trol from the start. Cru­saders weren’t in the game from what I saw,” WFC football man­ager An­thony No­bilia said.

“The game plan is to go hard early, jag a few goals then con­trol the pace of the game. When you con­trol the pace, you’re not al­low­ing them pos­ses­sion.”

Ben Smith and Owen Hod- gen capped stel­lar games with two goals each while Mark Kil­lian was taken to hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion fol­low­ing a leg in­jury.

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