WFC learn on a win­ning run

Premier men adapt to chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a lot of play­ers, par­tic­u­larly about be­ing pa­tient... – Luke Hillery

FOOTBALL: Adapt­ing to var­i­ous cir­cum­stances and chal­lenges thrown their way was one of the pos­i­tives the Whit­sun­day Football Club took out of last week­end’s com­fort­able win.

WFC tri­umphed 4-0 over City Broth­ers on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark and while the score­board makes for im­pres­sive read­ing, the most no­table as­pect of the vic­tory was how the team tai­lored their play to the sit­u­a­tion.

“The op­po­si­tion parked the bus and went all out de­fence,” WFC’s Luke Hillery ex­plained.

“They never re­ally at­tacked. They had heaps of play­ers in front of goal which can make it dif­fi­cult.

“It was 0-0 at half-time but we had a talk and changed our style of play and it worked for us.

“It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a lot of play­ers, par­tic­u­larly about be­ing pa­tient and com­ing up with dif­fer­ent styles of play.

“We con­trolled pos­ses­sion and they rarely made it out of their half. We dom­i­nated the game but found it dif­fi­cult to cre­ate good chances.

“It wasn’t un­til we changed our style in the sec­ond half that the bet­ter chances started to come.”

Ben and Joel Smith each scored goals while Ben McLough­lin reg­is­tered a brace on the night.

Hillery saved praise for Ben Smith, who played a cap­tain’s game in guid­ing the team to yet another win this sea­son.

The re­sult ce­ments Whit­sun­day’s spot in sec­ond place on the Mackay Premier League lad­der be­hind Wan­der­ers.

Last year’s grand fi­nal­ists have 10 wins from 13 starts this year, in­clud­ing two losses and a draw.

This week­end the premier men and the MCL teams have byes while the re­serves tackle Rangers in Mackay.

The premier men’s side’s next as­sign­ment will be the lad­der-lead­ing Wan­der­ers at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

Photo: Ali­son Langevad

BRACE: Ben McLough­lin scored two goals in the team's win over City Broth­ers on Satur­day night.

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