Late WFC surge not enough to avoid loss

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SOC­CER: Early mis­takes cost the Whit­sun­day Foot­ball Club A-grade side dearly against the Wan­der­ers in Mackay over the week­end.

De­spite a late surge from the Whit­sun­days in the last 20 min­utes of the game with two goals, the Wan­der­ers won 3-2.

WFC man­ager An­thony No­billa said they gave away too much early in the game.

“We al­lowed them to score goals and they were 3-0 up be­fore we started play­ing our game,” he said.

“The coach made a few changes, which may have brought bal­ance into the line-up and the struc­ture of the game, and we started to dom­i­nate a bit bet­ter and scored more goals, but time ran out.”

No­billa said there were plenty of pos­i­tive points to take out of the game.

“The fit­ness of the boys is start­ing to show in the last 20 min­utes of the game. Where other teams die out, we go from strength to strength and it’s a credit to our coach­ing staff who do a lot of work in the fit­ness area,” he said.

No­billa said the side needed to take some im­por­tant lessons out of the game.

“We need to start work­ing on a lit­tle co­he­sion and a sense of be­ing in the game to­gether,” he said.

“There are a few peo­ple try­ing to do too much in­di­vid­u­ally and that is un­bal­anc­ing the game play.”

The Re­serve broke their los­ing run in a 1-0 win while the ladies put in a much im­proved per­for­mance in their 3-0 loss against Lions.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

CLOSE AT­TEN­TION: Sea Ea­gles player Trevor Richie (left) gets a kick away de­spite the pres­sure of North Mackay Saints player Bren­dan Rid­dle at Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

PHOTO: ALISON LANGEVAD

TIGHT TUSSLE: Richard Draper (left) played well against the Wan­der­ers over the week­end.

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