Points split but the re­serves are happy

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FOOTBALL: Whit­sun­day Football Club’s re­serves were happy to split the points with City Broth­ers on Satur­day.

While the match ended in a 0-0 draw, the re­sult showed con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment from the re­serves, who suf­fered a con­sid­er­able de­feat last time the teams met.

“It was def­i­nitely a good re­sult for us con­sid­er­ing they beat us con­vinc­ingly last time,” re­serves cap­tain An­thony No­bilia said.

“We man­aged to hold it at four points which is a good re­sult for us. It was a good game to watch.”

Over­all, No­bilia said he was happy with the per­for­mance at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark as his side matched it with one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s front-run­ners.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to other guys in their team they were play­ing de­fen­sively. They knew they had to keep us out,” he said.

“They (City Broth­ers) have an amaz­ing de­fence and it was proven on Satur­day. It was tough to break down.

“Over­all we did well in the con­test. We opened them up a few times but couldn’t fin­ish them.”

The re­serves are cur­rently fifth on the lad­der, be­hind City Broth­ers, Cru­saders, Rangers and Mag­pies.

They can bridge that gap on the top four with a vic­tory on Satur­day, when they take on Rangers at Walk­er­ston.

“They’ve beaten us a num­ber of times be­fore,” No­bilia said.

“They are al­ways tough to play and they’re de­vel­op­ing into a bet­ter team year by year.

“We’re not go­ing into the game lightly be­cause it’s an im­por­tant one for us.”

In other re­sults from the week­end, WFC’s MCL team lost to City Broth­ers 4-0.

The MCL team is fourth in the com­pe­ti­tion, tied on points with City Broth­ers, hav­ing won seven of their 14 matches this sea­son.

Lions and Mag­pies oc­cupy first and sec­ond spots, more than five points clear with just four matches re­main­ing un­til fi­nals. The MCL team has a bye this week­end but will re­turn to the pitch for an im­por­tant clash with Wan­der­ers on Septem­ber 5.

Photo Kea­gan Ryan

THROW-IN: Macken­zie Ross gets play restarted for WFC's re­serves on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

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